Seven months ago, California's historic drought prompted governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency.
As the farmland-rich Central Valley remained parched, wildfires ravaged Northern and Southern California. Elsewhere in the state, mudslides washed away homes. Then there was a water main break that wasted up to 20 million gallons of water and flooded the UCLA campus.
There's simply no way around it: California -- the most populous state in the Union -- is going through some tough times.