This year has been an anxious year for California - State economy was in dumps and the effects were aggravated by an ongoing drought. Now, having seen the real "drought", I don't think that if our reservoirs are half full, it is really a drought but many would dispute my account. Every end of the month, there is an article published in sf chronicle reminding that we are in drought and seems to be following the state official's systematic way of keeping the drought financing alive.
This season, as far as I can remember, we have had major storms every other week and I literally turned off watering for 5 months - my water bill is less than 40 dollars for 2 months. It has rained like anything. The biggest California reservoir shasta lake is 110% of normal and almost full. Snow pack is 143 % of normal. Lake Oroville is 3/4 th of normal and fast catching up as snow melt happens. All southern cal reservoirs are normal or above. We are still in drought because only one reservoir out of 12 is 3/4th of normal!
Ughh .. Drought politics