THE DECLINING YEARS
Sensing the temper of the times, Hiram Johnson delivered a moderate inaugural address in January, 1915. The governor placed major emphasis on past performance, not future reform. After proudly listing an impressive number of accomplishments achieved during his first term of office, he declared that it was not his purpose at that time to set forth any definite program. Johnson shared the attitude of a majority of members of the 1915 legislature, described by the California Outlook as being influenced strongly "by the nationwide impression that there has been enough, if not too much, legislation in recent years…. The present desire…is to take time to digest and assimilate the new laws now on our statute books."1 The number of bills introduced in both houses during the first session, smaller by 1,000 than in 1913, reflected this attitude as well as anything could.
The failure of orthodox Republicans and Democrats to develop an effective anti-Johnson bloc before the opening