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.
The change comes as lawmakers are making final decisions on hundreds of bills, including big ticket items like how to pay for road repairs and Medi-Cal services.
The Sacramento Fire Department says more "training burns" along the American River Parkway provide buffers and can prevent larger fires.
People in the Sacramento-area exceeded the mandated water conservation goal last month.
(AP) - A California lawmaker who wants to allow terminally ill patients to take life-ending drugs is postponing a vote on the contentious legislation as support lags.
Sacramento-area homicide detectives are investigating the deaths of three men found shot to death in cars overnight.