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Letter: Governor's mansion should be open to public

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Posted: Friday, June 9, 2017 10:30 am

Editor: It amazed me that Jerry Brown moved into the old governor's mansion in 2015 without a challenge from state historians.

The old mansion was designated a historical park and museum since Reagan moved out in 1967. Now, Californians are deprived of an opportunity to tour the landmark and learn about the legacies of past governors like Hiram Johnson and Earl Warren. He mentioned some rooms might be left open to the public but that hasn't happened.

While the idea sounds ridiculous of not letting our governor live in the mansion, the sticky questions remain of damaging relics or altering valuable historic documents. It was given to Californians to learn from and appreciate, but now it's been taken back. I think some legislation should be in order to evict the current tenant.

Bill Graham