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.
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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