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California's drought and the risk of another budget sequester were two of the top topics at the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce's annual Congressional Luncheon on Monday, which also broached such topics as immigration, education and the upcoming vote on renewing the Patriot Act.

The State Water Resources Control Board released on Saturday its draft emergency regulation for executing Gov. Jerry Brown’s April 1 order calling for mandatory statewide water conservation of 25 percent.

The next month will result in considerable discussion at the San Diego County Water Authority, as it responds to the Metropolitan Water District vote Tuesday to cut water deliveries by 15 percent, and the State Water Resources Control Board's plans to enforce a mandate to cut water use by 25 percent.

Cities and water districts serving 19 million people in Southern California, including the San Diego County Water Authority, face smaller water deliveries this summer under a plan approved by the region's water wholesaler in response to ongoing dry conditions.

One of California's largest water providers is considering a proposal that would reduce the amount of water it delivers to more than two dozen cities and agencies serving 19 million people amid the lengthening drought.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer says the city is moving to get more serious about water restrictions enforcement, and to find ways to cut the city government's water use following Gov. Jerry Brown's executive order to reduce water usage by 25 percent statewide.

San Diego-based Home Energy Renovation Opportunity has announced that its HERO program can help homeowners meet Gov. Jerry Brown's 25 percent water reduction target and energy-saving improvements.

An nationwide effort to encourage the public's participation in water and energy conservation began Wednesday in San Diego, offering locals a chance to win sustainability-focused prizes in exchange for their pledges to slash water and energy use.

It was two years after Bill Howe started his plumbing business in 1980 that Tina Howe arrived from Yorkshire, England, and moved into 974 Thomas Ave., Unit 5, in Pacific Beach. Bill’s office was in Unit 9, downstairs.

Nearly one year after a San Francisco County Superior Court judge ruled in favor of the San Diego County Water Authority in a lawsuit alleging the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California had violated laws when setting rates applied to the Water Authority for 2011-2014, the second phase of the water rates lawsuit is set to start March 30 to determine damages due to the Water Authority.

The San Diego County Water Authority says the extended and tightened water-use regulations approved Monday by the State Water Resources Control Board aren’t expected to affect local restrictions that already meet state standards.

Scheduling your appliance-related chores for off-peak hours can help ease strain on the local power grid, and could even save you money in lower electric rates down the line. An app developed by San Diego State University computer engineering professor Yusuf Ozturk makes it easy to know the best time to plug in.

In the midst of a drought bringing what the State Water Resources Control Board says is a historically low snowpack for this time of year, the state agency on Tuesday adopted an expanded emergency regulation to conserve more of the state’s remaining water supplies.

The State Water Resources Control Board on Tuesday will consider amending and extending drought-related regulations that took effect last summer.

More than 600 people from the state and around the country convened at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley for the California Small Farm Conference, which connected farmers, ranchers and farmers market managers, as they addressed issues including the ongoing drought, the Farm Bill, specialty crops, changing laws and marketing.

The San Diego Association of Governments and the North County Transit District are moving forward on a $31 million project to replace four bridges that cross Los Peñasquitos Lagoon.

When Dan Malcolm, chairman of the Port of San Diego’s board of commissioners, opened a hearing on whether to build a gigantic Ferris wheel along the waterfront, he told his fellow commissioners that they were about to have “a little bit of fun.”

The Port of San Diego sent out a request last summer for qualifications on its plan with the city of Chula Vista to build a hotel and convention center along Chula Vista's bay front, a major component of the city's Bayfront Master Plan. A "whopping" response was received, "but it turned out to be a good one," Chula Vista City Manager Gary Halbert said recently.

San Diego County's reputation as one of the nation's top beer-making centers should be burnished in the next couple of months, as the region opens its 100th brewpub, with dozens more potentially in the pipeline.

San Diego County businesses have special opportunities to help the region conserve water through the adoption of water-efficient practices indoors and outdoors during what is shaping up to be a fourth consecutive dry year. Those upgrades can boost the bottom line and demonstrate the business’ dedication to the efficient use of natural resources.

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