State law bans smoking inside bars and restaurants, but dozens of cities around California have enacted tougher laws that ban or limit smoking for outdoor diners too - including Davis.
Sacramento City Councilman Steve Hansen has asked the council's Law and Legislation committee to look into a ban as well given the public health concerns about second-hand smoke.
The committee will meet today to consider recommending the ban to the council. But it's early in the process, and it's expected to be quite some time before the full council would take any action on the idea.
Some local restaurant owners have said they oppose a ban, saying different establishments have different customer needs -- and an overall policy wouldn't work.
UPDATE: It's legal to be naked in some areas of downtown Sacramento, but probably not for long. The city council's Law and Legislation Committee has approved a police request to change the ordinance.
Professional cyclists say the Amgen Tour of California is second only to the Tour de France when it comes to fan support.
Population and housing construction increased in almost every part of the state last year, including Sacramento and the Inland Empire.
The American Lung Association's annual air quality report said many California cities have some of the worst air pollution in the country.
Some areas in the Sacramento region will have to reduce water use by 36 percent under proposed emergency drought rules from state water regulators. How urban suppliers will reach that goal varies. Enforcement is likely to increase everywhere.