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A Man and His Mountain by Edward Humes

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Chapter 10

Gallo, Gall, Greens, and Growth: Jess Jackson at War

Jess Jackson didn’t mind going to war. His life as a lawyer was built on it, first on behalf of the state seeking to construct a modern California, then on behalf of the property owners and developers he previously had battled for the state. In both incarnations he saw not the seeming contradiction but a continuing, if evolving, dedication to fight on what he called “the side of the angels.” It was simple enough in his eyes: he was creating jobs and vital public infrastructure in the first instance, championing property rights and creating jobs and important private infrastructure in the other. Who could argue with that? He saw his creation of a major winemaking power and his simultaneous ...

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