Prop. 1 bonds a first step in addressing state's water needs

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Even in wet years, there will never be enough Sierra snowpack to give every interest group and every region in California enough inexpensive water to quench every thirst and satisfy every ambition. The state has a long way to go before it properly takes account of its water limits and updates the way it divvies up this crucial natural resource. Proposition 1, the $7.5-billion water bond on the Nov. 4 ballot, is really just a drop in the bucket. But it's a start. It probably took the crippling drought, now in its third year, to even get this measure on the ballot, given the state's decades-long standoff over water.

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