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.
Sacramento State is looking at a $7.1 million deficit if no changes are made to Governor Jerry Brown's proposed budget.
Fifty-three of 58 California counties have sent representatives or teams of people to Sacramento to hear what works and what doesn't in the effort to keep the mentally ill out of jail.
Arts were a focal point of this week's Sacramento City Council meeting.
Hundreds of people gathered in Sacramento Friday to celebrate the opening of a park built specifically for the homeless.
Caltrans says all roads are now open after two vehicle crashes caused multiple highway closures Tuesday.