Governor Brown talks heavy fines for water wasters

Governor Jerry Brown is calling for $10,000 fines for residents and businesses that waste the most water during the drought. The recommendation was part of a proposed legislation to expand enforcement of water restrictions. Brown previously ordered a mandatory 25 percent reduction in statewide water use in cities and towns after voluntary conservation wasn’t enough to meet his goals. California is in its fourth year of drought, and state officials fear it may last as long as a decade. State water officials on Tuesday toured the High Sierra by helicopter, finding snow at only one of four sites that normally would be covered.