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.
Security forces on Friday killed two al-Qaida-linked brothers who went on a murderous rampage at a satirical newspaper in Paris and an accomplice who seized hostages at a kosher supermarket. In Sacramento, people rallied in support of the victims.
The City of Sacramento is moving closer to meeting a mandate for water meters at the city's 136,000 residences.
Rain in the valley and snow in the Sierra are in the forecast -- just in time for Halloween.
The Sacramento Region may get millions of dollars for water projects to help during the drought.
As a change of pace this summer, Sacramento’s B Street Theatre is staging a pastoral fable called “Provenance” – a gently mysterious tale in which characters find ways to overcome their personal troubles and move forward with their lives.