Today’s weather forecast for Mill Valley is 75° and sunny. There isn’t a drop of rain in the near future for Northern California. Southern California is experiencing unseasonable wildfires while the entire state is suffering from a twenty percent drop in normal precipitation. For the second time during a Jerry Brown administration, a formal drought emergency has been declared. Unless, the forecast radically changes soon 2013 – 2014 will go on record as the driest in 153 years of state weather recording.
“If it’s yellow let it mellow. If it’s brown flush it down.” In the late ‘70’s vibrant signs and stickers featured this slogan or a variation in every bathroom at the University of California. From sororities, fraternities, co-ops and dorms to Sproul Hall no restroom lacked signage reminding one to conserve. Showers beyond a couple of minutes and running tap water to brush teeth were serious “no nos”. The water police patrolled urban and suburban neighborhoods to ensure that lawns were not being irrigated. Pools were drained giving birth to a new generation of skateboard fanatics. Car washes shuttered their doors. The entire state became a brown cesspool. Finally, at the end of Governor Brown’s second term in office, the drought lifted, and the floods arrived bringing mudslides and major damage. Oh, Governor Moonbeam, what will you leave Californians with when your current term expires?
Post Script: The author apologizes about the lack of posts over the holidays.