One option those of you who have yards might want to consider is the rock garden. They sometimes include plants, but they don’t necessarily have to include plants. I’d go that way myself, but my balcony isn’t really large enough to accommodate many rocks. What ideas do you have for dealing with the drought?

A woman photographs a whale as it glides past the Seal Beach Pier. For this and other stories, visit www.sunnews.org.

Reese Silofau,  above, of Seal Beach, competed at the nation’s top prep football all-star camp, Football University’s Top Gun. For details, click on http://bit.ly/1lMHi7m .

Seal Beach real estate columnist Nat Ferguson looks at the myths and realities of real estate auctions. For details, click on http://bit.ly/1l6VM1Z .

To raise funds for Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Seal Beach Police Department officers will serve tables at Macaroni Grill on Seal Beach Boulevard Thursday, July 31. For details, visit bit.ly/1o5Z6Kv .

Water

Back in the year 2000, I read a CIA report that was released to the general public about what life would be like in the year 2015. We’re not quite there  yet, but one of those predictions proved chillingly accurate: a severe drought in the United States. I don’t remember any mention of California, but ours is such a big and prosperous state that what happens to us sends ripple effects throughout the nation.

 

I’ve been writing about water for more than a year now. I’m beginning to worry. Should I give up my aquarium? Possibly—or convert to salt water and buy filtered sea water. Should I voluntarily reduce my water use by 25 percent? No, not yet. When mandatory water rationing—and I mean by the gallon rationing—comes to the mainland, the baseline for the mandatory reduction will be determined by the water I used during the year before entering Stage 1 water restrictions. (Technically, Stage 1 is also called water “rationing,” but consumers won’t be limited to a fixed ration of water so I find the official terminology misleading.)

 

Yet I can’t help thinking that the California mainland should have begun strict rationing a long time ago. We’ve only begun planning three years into a drought that could last a very long time.

Do you remember the story of Marina Palace? For a look at this colorful chapter in Seal Beach history, visit www.sunnews.org.

A body is found on the jetty. A reader thanks the police chief for solving a frustrating problem. The Sun’s editor describes the rules for letters about and news coverage of the 2014 Seal Beach elections. The Lions gear up for the annual Fish Fry. For details about all of these stories, visit www.sunnews.org.

A car goes into the flood channel in Leisure World. A PONY team sweeps a tournament. Lions prepare for the Seal Beach Fish Fry. For details, visit www.sunnews.org.

Three council seats will be in play this November–and two council members have termed out. In other news, SBPD extradited a Montreal man to face fraud charges and coyotes have infiltrated the Long Beach neighborhood of Belmont Heights. For details, visit www.sunnews.org.