Carley Porter's legacy
parley Porter's legacy Â·; The death of Assemblyman Carley V. Porter is a sad event for his friends and neighbors, and we were both. It is sad, too, for the California Legislature. The Compton Democrat's contributions to that body were far more than routine. He was a master practitioner of politics as the art of the possible, but he consistently proved that more was possible than the ordinary politician ipight expect. All California benefited from Carley Porter's legislative skill when he wrote and guided into the state's major legislation developing water resources and fighting water pollution. He was a good Democrat, good conservationist, a believer developing water resources. But he was not doctrinaire about of these things, and that was he was able to use his considerable talents to become a great legislator. The Feather River Project and the clean water Californians drink are his legacy to Few legislators can claim accomplishments like that.