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 City Council has voted to investigate the possibility of building a new theater to replace the 40-year old Community Center Theater.
Sacramento's Planning and Design commission have approved plans for the King's downtown arena.
Forecasters are predicting that the rain falling in drought-stricken Northern California may be the beginning of the longest stretch of wet weather yet this year.
Get ready for some wet weather -- and maybe even a few thunderstorms -- over the next couple of days in drought- ridden Northern California.