SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Nearly 4,000 corporations, farms and others hold senior water rights in California, exempting them from government-mandated cuts in water use during the third year of drought. Here is a look at five of them, along with how they obtained the right to draw water from waterways and how they use it:
Editor's note: Mario Vernali is now a Manteca resident.
Bulletin staff reports
MODESTO – The Great Valley Museum of Modesto Junior College will open the Planetarium on Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8, for 12 shows scheduled on the hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the American Graffiti Festival and Car Show on the MJC West Campus. The planetarium is located in the new Science Community Center.
The Manteca Costco is hosting a book signing for Ripon author John Mangelos of his pictorial history of Ripon on Saturday, June 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
GOLETA. (AP) - Elliot Rodger pounded on the sorority house front door while, inside, the young women he yearned to slaughter were preparing for another Friday night.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A 2011 surveillance video shows a woman with a bag walking into a Neiman Marcus store and trying on clothes. She buys some items and returns others before being stopped outside the high-end department store by security workers.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state board overseeing California's sex offender registration laws wants to overhaul the registry because they claim it has grown too big and does not help law enforcement or the public differentiate between offenders who pose significant risks and those not likely to reoffend.
SANTA ANA (AP) - Two convicted sex offenders charged with killing four California women while wearing electronic ankle bracelets fled parole supervision - and the state - together more than once before they were arrested and accused in the recent slayings, according to a law enforcement official close to the investigation.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland is under fire for a new contract clause that requires teachers to conform to church teachings in their private lives.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Nearly 60,000 high-tech workers are likely to receive an average of $4,000 apiece in a settlement of a class-action lawsuit alleging Apple and Google conspired in an illegal cartel of Silicon Valley employers that secretly refused to recruit each other's engineers.
SANTA CRUZ (AP) - Record-low rainfall during California's lingering drought has resulted in less runoff and cleaner water at beaches up and down the coast, according to a new report.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Assembly on Friday passed a bill banning the use of plastic microbeads in soaps and cosmetics, following actions already being taken by manufacturers and other state legislatures to keep the products out of waterways.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari has $1.4 million on hand to surpass fellow Republican Tim Donnelly's cash-starved campaign in California's June 3 primary, according to campaign finance filings released Thursday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two California counties have filed a lawsuit accusing five drug companies of waging a campaign of deception to boost the sales of painkillers behind the nation's prescription drug addiction problem.
ALTADENA (AP) - A veteran Southern California high school teacher accused of asking three students for a ride, holding a knife on them and ordering them to take him to a fast-food restaurant, was suspended Monday and remained in custody, officials said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's call for Californians to reduce water usage by 20 percent appears to have fallen on deaf ears - at least in the San Francisco Bay Area.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a lower court ruling that California bears responsibility for nearly 2,000 disabled parolees housed in county jails.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - A judge has set bail at $1 million for a Northern California teenager accused of using stolen credit cards to rent a $240,000 sports car and a $12 million vacation home.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A 2-year-old Utah boy was killed when a 6-foot-tall dolphin statue fell on him in the Fisherman's Wharf area of San Francisco, police said Monday.
RIVERSIDE (AP) - Police say a University of California, Riverside, psychology student may have used her lessons to escape from a kidnapper.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A measure before the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors this week would limit indoor marijuana growing to nine plants per house in unincorporated areas.
• SISTERS CHARGED IN SAN FRANCISCO BROTHEL PROBE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris says two sisters are in custody for allegedly operating a sex trafficking ring in San Francisco.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Sitting in a kitchen stocked with free food, a handful of 20-something Google summer interns weigh their favorite perks, but where to begin? With bikes, buses, massages, swimming pools, dance classes, nap pods, parties and access to their tech heroes, it's a very long list.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - An elementary school principal in Fresno shot and killed himself as sheriff's deputies prepared to search his home as part of a child sex abuse investigation that will continue in the aftermath of the suspect's suicide, authorities said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - One out of three grocery workers in California is receiving some type of public assistance while one in five rations the food he or she helps sell, according to a new report that laments the industry's diminishing standing as a source of stable, middle-class jobs.
SANTA ROSA (AP) - A Sonoma County teenager remained jailed Sunday after he was arrested on suspicion of using stolen credit cards to rent a $240,000 sports car and a $12 million vacation home.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Kern County officials filed a lawsuit Friday over the state's $68 billion high-speed-rail project, alleging deficiencies in the environmental review of the route from Fresno to Bakersfield, a day after Kings County and a group of residents there made similar claims in a separate lawsuit.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - For seven years, inmates at a Southern California state prison have learned to express themselves through acting, acquiring skills that actor Tim Robbins says can change their lives.
• CRIMINAL PROBE IN BIRD INJURIES DROPPED: OAKLAND (AP) - Federal wildlife officials are no longer pursuing criminal charges against a tree trimmer who injured baby birds outside California post office.