| Dec 26, 2014
| 5:00 PM
The long-range weather forecast is the biggest wild card in the battle over every available bucket of water in drought-stricken California — but a close second may be Dianne Feinstein.
In a dispute in which positions have hardened after years of...
| Dec 20, 2014
| 10:00 AM
At brunch on a recent Thursday, Sunny Butler nibbled at an omelet and considered playing a round later that afternoon. Part of the joy of living on the 18th hole of the Citrus Club in the Coachella Valley, Butler said, is the verdant green landscape...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 4:30 AM
Wet weather kept Alberto Ortega from working most of last week — and he couldn't have been more pleased.
"This rain is a blessing I was beginning to think I'd never see," the gardener said.
In four decades of tending people's yards, this year...
| Dec 14, 2014
| 7:30 PM
There are two things very annoying about the deluges that have been drenching California. And neither involves nature.
Both involve government.
One is that the downpours are routinely dismissed by bureaucrats and water professionals as not very...
| Dec 3, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Scott Martin surveys his Christmas trees, inspecting their needles row by row for signs of stress.
The trees in his South Bay nursery differ from those in a typical Christmas tree lot: These are potted living trees, and they're for rent, not for sale....
| Dec 3, 2014
| 10:48 PM
Officials in Orange and San Diego counties Wednesday warned residents to steer clear of the ocean as a double whammy of rain runoff and sewage contamination hit beaches along the Southern California coast.
In Newport Bay, Orange County environmental...
| Dec 5, 2014
| 1:26 PM
Californians are living through the most severe three-year drought in the last 1,200 years, according to a new study published this week in an American Geophysical Union journal.
Although other three-year periods have been drier, 2012-14 stands as...
| Dec 8, 2014
| 8:30 PM
Before Southern California was drenched with much-needed rain, the Burbank City Council last week approved two measures intended to help residents conserve water amid the state’s ongoing drought.
The council voted to expand Burbank Water and Power&...
| Nov 15, 2014
| 7:40 PM
Mark your calendar: January 1, 2020.
As this future year unfolds, the gap between how much cocoa the world wants to consume and how much it can produce will swell to 1 million metric tons, according to Mars Inc. and Barry Callebaut, the world's...
| Aug 22, 2014
| 7:38 AM
At the University of California's prized winemaking institute near Sacramento, a sleek metal wine crusher on Thursday morning let out a deep rumble and began to shake, jostling grapes made sweeter by the state's ongoing drought into sticky juice.
| Aug 30, 2014
| 9:14 AM
The chance of a "megadrought" gripping the Southwest for more than 30 years has increased to 50%, scientists say, which means bad news for California's already parched landscape.
The odds of a 10-year drought afflicting the southwestern U.S. have...