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The Los Angeles Times reports that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is officially declaring the state to be in a drought, a largely ceremonial proclamation to provide notice that water supplies are tight because of court-ordered water cuts and a lack of rainfall. Unlike a financial recession, a drought doesn’t formally connote any specific number of dry years back-to-back.

The Times says:

But the governor is stopping short of declaring a water emergency in California. Administration officials say today’s move is a first step, intended to put Californians on notice that rationing could be coming if the situation does not improve.

ROB DAVIS

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