The basic facts about California's water supply are clear: Northern California has the water, Central and Southern California need it. That's where it stops being simple.
Stakeholders have been fighting for decades about how the water should travel from the top of the state to the bottom. In the meantime, the system has become more unstable.
Governor Jerry Brown tried to tackle the water problem during his first stint as Governor, more than 30 years ago. Now, he's trying again, and finding that the fight is still a fierce one.
Reporter Evan Halper wrote about this issue in today's Los Angeles Times. He joins the show to explain.