| 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 28, 2014
| 12:05 AM
It was a year of mysteries. To list some of the more baffling ones:
A huge airliner simply vanished, and to this day nobody has any idea what happened to it, despite literally thousands of hours of intensive speculation on CNN.
Millions of Americans...
| Jan 2, 2015
| 1:28 PM
A cold snap this week brought snow and freezing temperatures to much of California during the final days of the year, but for the most part 2014 was hot.
In fact, it was the warmest year for California since record-keeping began in 1877.
| 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&...
| 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 11, 2014
| 3:00 AM
When a man of 91 is downright cantankerous and has been on his land longer than most everyone else has been alive, he wastes no time speaking his mind.
So after his new neighbor started sinking a well to plant a water-sucking almond orchard in the...
| Oct 30, 2014
| 4:00 AM
Lake Mission Viejo is Southern California at its most idyllic and, when it comes to water, its most extravagant. Multimillion-dollar homes surround a 1.2-billion-gallon lake created solely for recreation, where sailboats sway under sunny afternoon skies...
| Oct 31, 2014
| 5:36 PM
Q: I am hoping you can give me a diagnosis on my ailing African violets. All of them were doing fine and then suddenly last winter 90 percent of them developed something at the crown. None of the existing leaves died, but after a few months no leaves...