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California facing harsh reality of continuing drought

Severity of dry spell, now in its fourth year, is forcing a change in the way the state does business

Aerial view of landscaping in Ramona, California. Governor Jerry Brown has ordered a mandatory 25 per cent cut in water consumption.

Los Angeles

FOR more than a century, California has been the state where people flocked for a better life - 425,000 square kilometres of mountains, farmland and coastline, shimmering with ambition and dreams, money and beauty. It was the cutting-edge symbol of possibility: Hollywood,