California Drought Emergency Declared, 6-Alarm Inferno, $17M Drug-Weapons Bust

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Almaden Reservoir in Dec. 19, 2013. Courtesy SCVWD
Almaden Reservoir in Dec. 19, 2013. Courtesy SCVWD
—Written by Genevieve Bookwalter

Welcome to the your weekend Northern California Patch roundup!

Friday's big news came from Gov. Jerry Brown, who confirmed what many already know: California is in the middle of a major drought emergency. Read more on Los Gatos Patch and check out the dramatic photos.

“We have to recognize this is not a partisan adversary," Brown said at a news conference in San Francisco Friday morning. "This is Mother Nature. We have to live within the resources we have," the governor said.

“Brown said 2014 is projected to become the driest year on record in California. His proclamation of a state of emergency includes a series of executive orders requiring state agencies to aid affected farmers and communities by expediting water transfers and releasing stored water from reservoirs.

“The governor also ordered state agencies to implement water conservation plans and called on all Californians to reduce their water usage by 20 percent.”

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