The National Weather Service says the recent wet and severe weather we've had has made positive contributions, but not enough to make a significant dent in our drought. 

A portion of the Sierra dropped one level in the drought rating, from extreme to severe.

The snowpack is only about a third of it's average for this time of year.

Dry weather is in the extended forecast, but there is another chance for some precipitation by the end of next week.

A bill moving through the Legislature protects people in homeowner associations from retribution if they take steps to reduce water use for landscaping.

AB2104 passed the Assembly today on a 71-1 vote without debate. The bill's author, Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez of San Diego, says associations have been finding ways to force their members to maintain lush lawns despite existing laws that seek to protect homeowners.

Her bill aims to reduce loopholes that are being used by the associations.