The drought has forced farmers to fallow their fields, put thousands of agricultural workers out of work and prompted conservation measures in cities throughout the state.
Schwarzenegger spokeswoman Lisa Page says the governor is expected to sign the proclamation Friday afternoon.
The order will direct state agencies to provide assistance for affected communities and businesses.
Three dry winters have left California's state- and federally operated reservoirs at their lowest levels since 1992.
Federal water managers plan to temporarily cut off water this March to thousands of California farms. The state has said it probably would deliver just 15 percent of the water contractors have requested this year.
(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
A man who was drunk when he drove off in an ambulance from Scripps Mercy Hospital with two patients inside was sentenced Thursday to four years in state prison.
Police in San Diego's Tierrasanta neighborhood were on the lookout Thursday for a man suspected of following a 12-year-old girl even after she confronted him and told him to stop.
The fight continues over how to dispose of the nuclear waste from the now shuttered San Onofre nuclear plant.
The CBS News 8 Crimefighters are helping authorities in a manhunt looking for Rosendo Castillo Gomez. If you have information call CrimeStoppers at (888) 580-TIPS. A reward is being offered for his arrest and remember you can make a tip and still remain anonymous.
Dinelson Lamet overpowered the Mets in his major league debut, New York's Rafael Montero labored on short notice and the San Diego Padres won 4-3 on a rainy Thursday night.
Six parents have sued the San Diego school district, alleging that its anti-Islamophobia campaign favors Islam over other religions and grants special protections to Muslim students.
The U.S. Postal Service honored the oldest living Pearl Harbor survivor. On Thursday dozens gathered in Poway to celebrate Ray Chavez who turned 105-years old in March. The special birthday bash included a cake and toasts from local leaders.
New video gives a first look at a violent standoff between San Diego Police and a domestic violence suspect.