The Classic Club in Palm Desert, Calif., April 3, 2015. The state’s history as a frontier of prosperity and glamour faces an uncertain future as the fourth year of severe water shortages has prompted Gov. Jerry Brown to mandate a 25 percent reduction in non-agricultural water use. (Damon Winter/The New York Times)

California dream meets dry reality

California’s punishing drought is forcing a reconsideration of whether the aspiration of untrammeled growth that has been the state’s driving engine has run into the...