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Katrina catastrophe offers lessons to Sacramento

When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans with devastating force last week, my first reactions were shock and sorrow.

I spent a wonderful week there covering the 1988 Republican National Convention. Seeing familiar streets submerged, the massive loss of life and the misery of the dispossessed has been horrifying.

Within a few days, shock turned to anger as it became clear that authorities were unprepared for the catastrophe. It


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