AS CHIEF OF AVIATION for the California Department of Forestry (CDF), I was used to alarms. But this note rattled me: "Call the governor's office." I dialed and a woman said, "I need to coordinate the governor's flight to Lake Tahoe on Friday. He's meeting Nevada's governor to sign the joint environmental agreement for Lake Tahoe." After noting times and places, I signed off and immediately called the CDF director's office. His assistant provided background. "We just found out ...


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