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California regulators are offering a new plan for mandatory water reductions that would require some cities to conserve even more while reducing conservation targets for others. The State Water Resources Control Board released the new water reduction targets over the weekend after cities blasted an earlier proposal as unfair and unrealistic. The targets are based on per-capita water use last summer.

The revised plan says four of Bakersfield's eight municipal water companies are required to reduce water use by the maximum of 36%. The board lowered the water reduction goals for major cities including Los Angeles and San Diego.

The emergency plan may change further before the board formally adopts it early next month.

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The drought appears to be taking a toll on the Delta smelt. State officials found one during a survey earlier this month of 40 sites in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The survey by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife typically turns up dozens of smelt and found 143 three years ago.

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. says a gas pipeline that exploded Friday afternoon in Fresno had been inspected twice in April and found no gas leaks. Authorities say the fiery blast on the Fresno County Sheriff's gun range occurred while an equipment operator was building up a dirt berm. A total of 13 people were injured.

California home prices reached fresh seven-year-highs last month, while sales rebounded from a two-month slide. The median sales price for single-family houses and condominiums was $397,000 in March, up 5 percent from February and 6 percent in March 2014. It marks the 37th straight month of annual gains, though price increases have moderated since last year.

Construction is taking place this week on the Rosedale Highway Widening Project. The work will start at Gibson Street and go westward to Patton Way. Two lanes will remain open to daytime traffic. Nighttime closures of the inside lanes, in both directions, will happen from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

Look for nighttime lane closures, ramp closures and detours on Highway 58, between Freeway 99 and Cottonwood Road this week. Work will be performed from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. through Friday morning.

The Chevron Weather Center reports it will be mostly sunny Monday with highs in the upper 80s. It will be cooler Tuesday with rain and thunderstorms in the forecast late Tuesday night through the end of the week.


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