A state firefighter, right, talks to workers on the Oroville Dam project in front of the dam’s crumbling main spillway on Feb. 20, 2017. On Monday, it was shut down so that debris could be removed from the bottom of the spillway, allowing the dam’s electrical turbines to be restarted.
A state firefighter, right, talks to workers on the Oroville Dam project in front of the dam’s crumbling main spillway on Feb. 20, 2017. On Monday, it was shut down so that debris could be removed from the bottom of the spillway, allowing the dam’s electrical turbines to be restarted. Hector Amezcua hamezcua@sacbee.com
A state firefighter, right, talks to workers on the Oroville Dam project in front of the dam’s crumbling main spillway on Feb. 20, 2017. On Monday, it was shut down so that debris could be removed from the bottom of the spillway, allowing the dam’s electrical turbines to be restarted. Hector Amezcua hamezcua@sacbee.com
Dan Walters

Dan Walters

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Dan Walters’ column appeared in dozens of California newspapers. He joined the Sacramento Union’s Capitol bureau in 1975 and in 1981 began writing the state’s only daily newspaper column devoted to California political, economic and social events. In 1984 he moved to The Sacramento Bee, where his column ran until 2017.