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KCBS Cover Story: Santa Cruz Residents Already Fined Thousands For Excessive Water Use

Santa Cruz residents have already racked up more than $500,000 in fines for excessive water use.

07/30/2014

A home with a dead lawn stands in front of hills that are browned with dried grass on July 18, 2014 in Fremont, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

California Residents Can’t Be Fined For Allowing Lawns To Turn Brown During Drought

The bill signed by Governor Jerry Brown this week prohibits homeowner associations from penalizing residents who fail to water their lawns during the drought.

07/23/2014

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Santa Clara Water District Approves Hiring ‘Water Cops’ To Issue Warnings

In a unanimous vote, the Santa Clara Valley Water District approved hiring up to 10 people to respond to complaints about people wasting water in the county.

07/22/2014

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BART Police Begin Cracking Down On Homeless Sleeping, Lying Down Inside Stations

BART police have begun enforcing a ban on sleeping, lying down or sitting with legs extended at Powell Street Station Monday with plans to expand the ordinance to all BART stations, prompting many homeless people to move elsewhere.

07/22/2014

California Drought Dries Up Bay Area Reservoirs

California Asked To Cut Back Water Use, But East Bay MUD Claims To Be In Better Shape

Last week California mandated fines of up to $500 for water wasters prompting Bay Area water agencies to urge usage cutbacks of up to 20 percent. In the East Bay, one water agency says they’re in much better shape.

07/21/2014

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Santa Cruz Sets Up Water Conservation Classes To Let Residents Avoid Penalties

Santa Cruz has set up something of a traffic school to help water wasters avoid penalties from the state during the severe drought.

07/20/2014

A man spray-paints a lawn in Southern California during a severe drought. (CBS)

SoCal Homeowners Spray-Painting Lawns Green To Avoid Water Fees During Drought

Homeowners in Los Angeles are facing tough choices in keeping their lawns green during a devastating drought, pushing some far enough to spray paint them.

07/20/2014

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State’s Imposed Fines For Water Wasters Don’t Sit Well With Some Silicon Valley Businesses

The newly approved state-imposed fines for water wasters doesn’t sit well with some Silicon Valley business owners.

07/16/2014

A sprinkler sprays water on a lawn at Golden Gate Park on January 29, 2014 in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

State Approves Fines For Wasting Water After Report Shows Californians Using More Water, Not Conserving

California has approved fines for water wasting after a new report showed water customers in the state using more water, not less, amid calls for conservation.

07/15/2014

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Californians Using More Water, Not Less During Drought; Statewide Fines Approved For Water Wasters

State water managers are contemplating mandatory fines for water wasters as calls for water conservation in drought-plagued California have apparently fallen on deaf ears.

07/15/2014

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