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PHOTOS: Celebrities who don't care about the drought

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    Jenny from the Block now owns property the size of a city block — with a whole lot |John Chapple

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    It used to be that the underground private shopping mall was the most outrageous thin|John Chapple

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    The Playboy Mansion has needs that trump California's, apparently. |John Chapple

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    At least some spots in Simpson's lawn seem to be browning, but the surrounding lots a|John Chapple

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    It looks like Kim isn't the only Kardashian sister ignoring calls for conservation.

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    On the not-so-bad side of things? Cher planted palm trees and succulents, which are d|John Chapple

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    Julia Roberts is also doing her part, letting some of her lawn go and installing s|John Chapple

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    Much like Cher, the "Friends" star has updated her landscaping to be more drought-|John Chapple

In case you haven't heard, there's a drought going on in California. Like, a really, really bad one — so bad that some experts predict the state's reservoirs have less than a year's worth of drinking water left in them. Well, either a bunch of A-listers didn't get the memo, or they just don't care. Photographer John Chapple recently cruised some posh neighborhoods via helicopter for visual confirmation of how the rich and famous are apparently more concerned with lawn maintenance than the fragile state of their state.

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While Barbra Streisand's cliffside Malibu estate and Hugh Hefner's famed Playboy Mansion stand out, it's the sprawling home of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian that's the most galling in the photos, with lush, emerald green lawns abutting the dried brown dirt more native to California during a drought. Jennifer Lopez's home is a close second. Of course, there are measures in place to combat wasting water and boost conservation, but the maximum allowable fine is $100, which is less than these folks are likely paying their gardeners to begin with.

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