The Sacramento Bee says the proposed ordinance approved Tuesday by a City Council committee would require drivers to wear collared shirts, slacks and closed-toe shoes. They must drive newer vehicles and keep them cleaner. They must accept credit cards. And they will be required to take a test to prove they can speak some English and count change correctly.
The proposal has drawn support from Yellow Cab and other large taxi operators, as well as from hotels and downtown convention executives.
But some firms don't like the proposed rules, saying they could drive smaller operators out of business.
The full council is expected to take up the issue within the next two months.
Nearly 3,800 people who live close to a proposed street car line in downtown Sacramento will have the chance to vote on a special district that would collect property taxes for the $150 million project.
A man charged in the killings of two northern California sheriff's deputies appeared in court Wednesday.
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.