San Ramon: Most of city weathering drought

Dougherty Valley, the city's lone area reliant on another water supplier, is being hit hardest. 
Rare thunderstorm at California beach hard to see coming
A thunderstorm formed so rapidly over a Southern California beach that experts said Monday it was impossible for anyone to predict a lightning strike would turn a day of carefree fun into one of terror.  

Civilian drone almost blocks Northern California firefighting planes
A private drone trying to record footage of a Northern California wildfire nearly hindered efforts to attack the flames from the air, but firefighters made enough progress to allow most of the 1,200 people under evacuation orders to return home Monday.  

A whale of a business: Humpbacks bump up Monterey Bay tourist economy
Spectators crowded the railings of two whale-watching boats about 200 yards from shore. A handful of kayakers paddled close by. More watchers lined the beach to catch the show. 

Sewage in San Francisco Bay: Settlement reached to prevent overflows
The $1.5 billion effort will take place over the next 21 years and will include the cities of Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda, Albany, Emeryville and Piedmont, as well as the Stege Sanitary District, which serves Kensington, El Cerrito and parts of Richmond. 

Drakes Bay Oyster Co. granted reprieve
Drakes Bay Oyster Co. will be able to keep harvesting oysters for at least another 30 days in the wake of an agreement reached with the National Park Service Friday.  

New poll: 75 percent of Californians support local mandatory water-use restrictions
Support for restrictions stretches across the state and tops 80 percent in Los Angeles, where water use has barely budged since Gov. Jerry Brown declared the drought earlier this year, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California. 

San Mateo: Mosquito fogging planned for Monday night
A truck spraying mosquito-killing insecticide will be driving around parts of San Mateo and Hillsborough Monday evening, in an effort to combat the spread of West Nile Virus.  

Sand Fire: Hundreds flee homes near Northern California wildfire
PLYMOUTH (AP) -- A rapidly spreading wildfire in Northern California has forced the evacuation of about 700 homes. State fire spokeswoman Lynn Tolmachoff says evacuation orders were expanded Saturday to cover residences in and around River Pines Estates in Amador County. 

Solano County slams governor's water plan
Delta tunnels proposal would have "far-reaching impacts" on county's agricultural foundation, according to draft response  

This barren, desert prison is where O.J. Simpson lives

Some here call it the 'O.J. House,' the only gated community in a vast stretch of desert rich in gold and silver, pioneer trails and proud, isolated towns north of Reno.