The governor can’t control the weather, but he does have quite a bit of power over the budget. Brown and Democratic leaders want to spend more than $680 million on projects to provide immediate, and longer term, drought relief.
“We don’t know when it’s going to rain. Or, if it does rain, we don’t know how long it’s going to rain," Brown said. "And, therefore, we really don’t know how bad the drought is going to be over the next year or two or three."
Brown’s plan requires legislative approval. Most of the money will come from bonds earmarked for water infrastructure. Much will go toward projects that help communities capture and manage water.
State Republicans say the Democrat's plan does not go far enough. They say they'll propose legislation of their own.
The drought in California, in its fifth consecutive year, has created conditions that are ripe for wildfires. The National Interagency Fire Center predicts "above normal" fire potential through September for portions of California, Nevada and Idaho.
A new report shows there are certain highways in California that are "hot spots" for wildlife-vehicle collisions.
A new report says more people in California are at risk from wildfire and fires are starting earlier and are three times larger than in the 1970s.
A new study finds California’s Central Valley has three times more water beneath it than previously estimated.
UPDATE June 26: Fire managers says the Erskine Fire near Lake Isabella in Kern County has grown to 43,460 acres and is 40 percent contained. Two people have died, and more than 250 structures have been destroyed and an additional 75 damaged.