San Diego, Los Angeles mayors take stage in drought fight

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The mayors of California’s two largest cities are getting ahead of the state in pushing sweeping water restrictions during a historic drought.

Communities across the state are figuring how to revamp their rules and control water after Gov. Jerry Brown called for mandatory water reductions. Draft plans call for each city to cut water use as much as a third compared to 2013 levels.

Political observers say escalating dry conditions and state mandates make it easier for local officials to impose painful measures.

This week, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced the city would boost water waste enforcement and revive a turf removal rebate program.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti launched a public awareness campaign supporting his own order to cut water use by 20 percent.

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