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New regulations to ridesharing services introduced

New regulations to ridesharing services introduced


There was talks of adding new regulations to ridesharing services including Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar.Taxi cab drivers, who feel those services create an unfair market, called on state lawmakers to do something to help their cause.

Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian introduced legislation this week that will address that. The exact details of his bill won't be released until the early part of the new year, but Nazarian's chief of staff told the Sacramento Business Journal that the legislation will add new regulations.

Super Bowl tickets raffle in Stockton aids charities

Super Bowl tickets raffle in Stockton aids charities


STOCKTON - At every Super Bowl, you can be certain there's a dozen or so people from the Stockton area -- and they didn't spend much getting that Super Bowl experience.

That's because they took part in the annual raffle of Super Bowl tickets in Stockton, tickets donated by the family of Alex Spanos so agencies like the St. Mary's Dining Room can raise much-needed funds.

"This year we're looking to raise about $50,000 from the event, which will help us provide meals in our dining room, that's about 14,000 meals per year, " St. Mary's Director Edward Figueroa said.

Spanos is the owner of the San Diego Chargers. For years, the Spanos Family has donated the game tickets and $2,000 in cash to give to people who win the raffle.

Senate layoffs resulted from $4 million budget gap

Senate layoffs resulted from $4 million budget gap


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state Senate faces a budget shortfall of up to $4 million this fiscal year, helping explain why it laid off 39 of its roughly 1,000 staff members last month.

Senate officers had previously said that fiscal problems were to blame for the cutbacks.

Dan Reeves, chief of staff in the Senate president pro tem's office, tells The Sacramento Bee (http://bit.ly/15QTIdl ) that the deficit resulted from slow budget growth during the recession, higher health care costs and having too many employees.

He says the constitutional formula that the sets the Legislature's budget provided a smaller than expected increase this year.

Rain causes travel problems in Sacramento area

Rain causes travel problems in Sacramento area


The much-needed rain storm throughout the Sacramento area on Tuesday did not go off without a hitch.

The wet and slippery roads caused major travel problems for commuters during the evening rush hour. The heavy congestion was a headache for drivers who were stuck in bumper to bumper traffic.

Dozens of vehicle accidents were reported, including a solo-vehicle roll over crash on Exposition Boulevard. The driver walked away without injuries.

"There's a lot of traffic and accidents so it kind of helped me," said Lea Johnson, who found herself stuck in traffic, trying to make her flight out of Sacramento International Airport.

Luckily for Johnson, her flight, as well as dozens of others, were delayed because of the inclement weather.

"First, they told me 35 minutes [delay] and now, it's almost an hour," she said.

Obama's immigration plan brings relief to local families

Obama's immigration plan brings relief to local families


President Obama will announce executive action on immigration in a primetime address on Thursday. His remarks are eagerly anticipated by millions across the country, including families here in Sacramento.

Gloria Casillas came to the United States 10 years ago where she met her husband and had a 6-year-old son who is an American citizen. While waiting for immigration reform, her biggest fear was getting deported and separated from her son.

The president's impending executive action brought relief because it meant she would be able to drive and work legally in the country. But she felt for
those who may not qualify for the protection.

'Neglected' Stockton neighborhood considers leaving

'Neglected' Stockton neighborhood considers leaving


STOCKTON - A movement by a Stockton neighborhood to leave the city for the county is gaining momentum after a series of recent meetings.

Richard Smith and Dale Fritchen hosted an informational gathering early Monday morning to explain the pros and cons to residents, then in the afternoon the two men met with San Joaquin County Sheriff Steve Moore and Stockton Chief of Police Chief Eric Jones.

Smith and Fritchen, who is a former city council member, say Weston Ranch in southwest Stockton is under-served by the city.

"I believe wholeheartedly we're paying more in than what we're getting back in services. Our funds that we generate in Weston Ranch are being used to provide services elsewhere in Stockton," Fritchen said.

Former Tiger Tennis ace helps celebrate new tennis complex

Former Tiger Tennis ace helps celebrate new tennis complex

Thirty years ago, Eve Zimmerman threw herself on newly resurfaced tennis courts at University of the Pacific – and kissed them. That passion brought her back to her alma mater recently to help celebrate the groundbreaking for what is planned as one of the finest tennis facilities on the West Coast, the Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center.

Made possible by a $1.5 million gift from Zimmerman, the Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center will include 12 courts, a 5,500-square-foot clubhouse, covered player benches, and a new electronic scoreboard. It will occupy a portion of the footprint of the former Amos Alonzo Stagg Memorial Stadium.

“This facility will enable Pacific tennis players to shine as Tigers should,” said Zimmerman, who played for Pacific from 1980 to 1984 and went on to become a world-ranked professional player. Returning to Pacific for Homecoming, she will be making her first visit to the campus since she graduated.