The Nation: Studying California

No target seems too large or formidable for Ralph Nader's lance. The latest to feel its thrust is the state of California. A team headed by the energetic consumer advocate has completed a 15-month study of the anatomy of California's land and water resources and political power. The findings are disturbing. According to the report, the nation's most fecund state is virtually controlled by a closely knit power structure that is systematically stripping California's resources for immense profits. The report claims that a mere 25 landowners—24 of them corporations—hold 13% of all private land and that many of these holdings were...

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