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Gov. Jerry Brown seeks fines of up to $10,000 a day for water wasters
Gov. Jerry Brown seeks fines of up to $10,000 a day for water wasters

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown wants to fine big water wasters up to $10,000 per day, one of two new efforts he announced Tuesday to battle California’s drought. The higher penalties would be a sharp increase from the current $500 maximum that local water districts can now impose on residents and businesses. The governor’s proposal, which must be negotiated with lawmakers, would also empower cities and counties to issue fines. Local governments would be able to enlist staff members to dish out warnings and citations, expanding the ranks of officials prodding Californians to meet conservation targets. “Only the worst offenders” would face the maximum fines,...

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