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The 13 best Calif. native drought-tolerant plants for your garden

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| Looking to ditch your grass? Here are the best native California plants for your garden, which scientists say are better for native animals and birds than exotic imports.

Drought: Temecula vineyards face 10 percent water cut


Grape growers say the cut won't hurt their yields, but they warn that additional cuts would be difficult to manage

Drought: Rich SoCal cities use more water than poorer neighbors


Residents of higher-income areas in Southern California used more water in March than their lower income neighbors, a KPCC analysis found.


Income and water use in Southern California


Many eyes have turned to the manicured lawns, swimming pools and fountains in wealthy communities, with the assumption that wealthy Californians use more than their share of the state's water. So do they?

Bottled-water business in California grows despite drought


The San Francisco Chronicle reports Sunday that the Crystal Geyser Water Co. is opening the latest of more than 100 water-bottling operations by various companies in the state.

CA water cuts ignore past changes by some cities


Several water agencies in California are complaining that the state's new water restrictions don't take into account their previous efforts to address water shortages.

The etiquette of #DroughtShaming


What do you do when you catch a water waster in the act? Do you walk on by? Do you gently remind them that California is in the midst of a devastating drought? Or do you tweet a picture of the guilty party and shame them from the safety of the internet?

LA water fines already four times the number issued in 2014


The agency issued 27 financial penalties in the first four months of the year. It only gave out seven in all of 2014. Still, most enforcement against water waste is handled through warnings.