California Drought: Lawns Of The Rich & Famous

California is currently in the fourth year of its worst drought in history, but the rich and famous residents of Los Angeles are still keeping up with the Kardashians when it comes to their over-the-top landscaping.

Residents across California have been demolishing pools, cutting back on showers and letting their lawns turn brown after experts estimated that there will be less than a year’s worth of drinking water left in the state’s reservoirs by the end of 2015.

But for the residents of Los Angeles’ wealthy enclaves, a $100 fine for wasting water is chump change and a fee they are apparently glad to pay in order to maintain their almost fluorescent green lawns.

Photographer John Chapple recently went out in a helicopter to photograph these private oasis and found the mega-mansions owned by Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez and heiress Petra Stunt to be among the worst.

‘The Kardashian flowers and hedges are right in our face,’ a neighbor of West and Kardashian in Hidden Hills told the New York Post. ‘It’s disgusting. You walk by and you can smell the freshness.’

The reality star previously claimed that she was washing her hair only every five days in response to the drought, a move she called ‘a little excessive, maybe’.


  • Raymond Hietapakka

    No water, no humans…it’s that simple. China is building a 2,000 km. canal to supply Beejiang. De-salinate, or die.

    • Waffle

      Not to worry. Israel is on the case:

      “Israel and California have cooperated on water issues for years, but mostly “on a grass-roots level,” said Yoram Cohen, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at UCLA-Los Angeles. “Now it’s time to collaborate on commercial water technology projects that can benefit both countries.”

      An Israeli company, IDE Technologies, is designing a desalination plant in Carlsbad, Calif., 35 miles north of San Diego, that would provide 300,000 Californians with 50 million gallons per day of drinking-quality water. Desalination plants remove salt and chemicals from seawater.”

      (USA Today, May 7, 2015)

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  • The Goat

    Remember folks, we’re supposed to do as they say, not as they do.

    • Something tells me all these folks voted Obama.

      • barryjr

        And for Jerry Brown.

  • David Murrell

    Good journalism by John Chapple. We need more of this type of thing.

    • nobull

      Liberal hypocrisy exposes itself daily. The serfs will have brown lawns, not US! Just like the DOJ is the dept of Just Us. So quick to jump on any minor infraction a conservative may do, while ignoring things like Al Gore’s energy use/carbon footprint.

      • Sophie B

        Yet what would they do without the serfs to adore them? They need to be careful they don’t anger them too much. Even Eva Peron understood that.

  • Rama44

    People, people who dislike people – are the selfish-est people…

  • mauser 98

    ……man made drought
    Streisand homes and pools all kept at constant temperature
    any road trip the Streisand limo followed by motorhome so Babs does not have to use public washroom

  • tom_billesley

    David Suzuki extols the virtue of California and describes the eco-warrior leadership role of the state as the “California Effect”.

    • andycanuck

      He’s praised Cuba for being so eco-friendly too!

  • andycanuck

    That can’t be Babs’ house—there’s no laundry hanging from clotheslines in the backyard!

  • Ghost of Ed

    Will that earthquake ever come? I’m tired of waiting.