In today’s CALmatters column, Dan Walters notes that each California governor since George Deukmejian (1983-1991) has had to deal with one or more crises during their terms and that their responses to these events have proven critical in shaping their historical profiles.

He recalls the leadership of Pete Wilson and the failures of Gray Davis and Arnold Schwarzenegger to step up to the plate during their respective crises.

Walters then turns his attention to our current governor, Jerry Brown. He cites Brown’s shortcomings during his first term, namely, his perceived mishandling of the 1981 fruit fly infestation, as signs that he would fail to amount to much in the history books.

However, the second time around, Walters writes, Brown has done a better job, reacting swiftly and decisively to the numerous crises he has faced.

To read Walters’ assessment of Brown’s leadership, read more here: Jerry Brown 2.0 wins higher marks in crisis management

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