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.
There's good news and bad news in a new housing forecast out Wednesday, depending on whether you already own a home in the Sacramento area or are trying to buy one.
UPDATE 4:45 a.m.: The Sacramento City Council has approved a proposal to change how the city oversees its police department.
Can coffee and muffins help Sacramento's homeless drug addicts get off the streets and stay clean and sober? A local non-profit says yes.
A woman was rescued from a slippery spot on a steep bluff along the American River in suburban Sacramento after tumbling about 70 feet onto a ledge a few feet above the frigid waters.
A lawsuit against the development didn't convince the California State Appeals Court that action was required to stop the McKinley Village development. The court did rule that the City of Sacramento must explain how it determines traffic impacts.