Major Setback for Jerry Brown’s Water Conservation Plan?

A California state appellate court struck down a tiered water rate plan used by the city of San Juan Capistrano as unconstitutional on Monday. The ruling that could represent a major setback for the state’s recently amended water conservation plan, backed by Gov. Jerry Brown as an answer to California’s crippling, historic drought.

Jerry Brown at Sierra Snow Pack (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Beverly Hills Ordered to Reduce Water Use by 35%

Under the plan, 135 of the state’s biggest water-using communities–including Beverly Hills, Malibu, and Palos Verdes–will be forced to cut use by 35 percent to comply with Gov. Jerry Brown’s executive order to cut statewide use by 25 percent this year, according to the New York Times.

Wash Me Rolls (W. Marsh / Flickr / CC)

Top 10 Weird Facts About California’s Drought

California Gov. Jerry Brown finally pulled the trigger Wednesday, ordering mandatory statewide water restrictions for the first time in state history. While Brown has been criticized for his slow, “lame” response to California’s water problem, the fact is, we are

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As State Suffers Thirst, California Bureaucrats Keep the Pumps Off

California farmers, agricultural workers, and elected officials packed the hearing room at the headquarters of the State Water Resources Control Board in downtown Sacramento on Wednesday morning. The agenda: comments and complaints related to Board executive director Tom Howard’s rejection of a temporary order that would increase water pumping from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to the drought-ravaged southern two-thirds of the state.

Drought farm (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)