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 Sacramento Suburban Water District is asking customers to voluntarily cut outdoor watering to one day a week this fall as other water providers move to mandatory restrictions.
Low water levels in the American River, due to the drought, is expected to increase the volume of trash volunteers collect during the Great American River Clean-Up Saturday in Sacramento County.
Sacramento’s Farm-to-Fork program hopes to set a world record Wednesday for fresh produce collection.
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.