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.
Population and housing construction increased in almost every part of the state last year, including Sacramento and the Inland Empire.
The American Lung Association's annual air quality report said many California cities have some of the worst air pollution in the country.
Some areas in the Sacramento region will have to reduce water use by 36 percent under proposed emergency drought rules from state water regulators. How urban suppliers will reach that goal varies. Enforcement is likely to increase everywhere.
Sacramento International Airport has hit a milestone for passenger traffic in the past year.
A report from UC Davis said two of the most dangerous traffic spots for wildlife are in Northern California, including Sacramento.