Some wonder if they’ll survive without rain, despite water conservation measures.
As it has slid, the state's citizens have begun to focus on its core dysfunctions.
A political logjam broke Thursday, with a GOP senator's vote to swallow some tax hikes in return for support for election reform.
Requirement for two-thirds vote approval gives minority unusual power. The public is weighing in too.
Amid the state's budget woes, a bipartisan initiative looks for structural solutions.
While Obama urges expanding conservation corps, cash-strapped states such as California mull cutbacks.