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Water patrols increase in Sacramento

Water patrols with the City of Sacramento go out every morning and evening to catch people misusing water. Complaints come into the city through their 3-1-1 line, by email or the 3-1-1 app. The person reporting the misuse can take a picture, give the time and location of where the water is being wasted.

Steve Upton is a water patrol agent. He drives to homes that have been reported. If there are signs of water misuse, such as watering on the wrong day or time, or over-watering, Upton will take a picture and leave a citation.

"I have to observe the violation", Upton said. "Most of the time the problem gets fixed."

Since Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency in January of 2014, Water Conservation Administrator William Granger said there has been an increase in complaints and proactive patrols.



Our wonderful Coach Lisa A. upgraded to this beautiful Cervelo road bike with the help of Rich and his team at Rocklin Endurance Sports.  Congrats Lisa! You deserve it!

Get all your gear out this week and do a few checks.  Does my bike need a quick tune up?  Are my running shoes ready to be replaced?  Where are my goggles?  Get those kayaks out and ready for the water.  

It just takes a few minutes...Be proactive with your equipment so you can have a wonderful time when you are out there in the world!

Sheriff detectives investigate shooting, car crash, that left one dead

Sheriff County Sheriff deputies were investigating a shooting and a car crash that killed one man near Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and 46 Street on Tuesday night.

The sheriff's office spokesperson, Lisa Bowman, said that the driver of the car that crashed into a power pole was involved in a shooting. The driver was shot at least one time, according to Bowman.

The driver was described as Hispanic man and in his 40s. He later died at a local hospital after the crash, Bowman said.

It was not known if the driver died as a result of being shot or from the injuries from the car crash, Bowman said.

Before the crash, Sheriff deputies had received multiple calls regarding gunfire near Franklin Boulevard and 44th Avenue. Detectives believed that the shooting happened between two vehicles, according to Bowman.

Sacramento passes new food truck regulations

Food truck vendors in the city of Sacramento said they are finally getting their fair shake.

On Tuesday night, the city council unanimously approved new regulations that ease up existing food truck rules.

Trucks will now be able to park on streets for as long as the posted amount permits instead of having to move locations every 30 minutes.

"We could all work now, and be comfortable and move to the next step," said George Azar, owner of La Mex Taqueria taco truck.

For some time, brick and mortar restaurants complained that food trucks were driving away business. After much debate, the established restaurants found the new rules reasonable.

"If you're going to set up a city ordinance, it should be fair to both sides," said Patrick Diegelman, general manager for Il Fornaio of Sacramento.

Railroad Museum to Present Monthly Speaker Series on Thursday Evenings This Summer

Railroad Museum to Present Monthly Speaker Series on Thursday Evenings This Summer

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are pleased to present a monthly Summer Speaker Series that will coincide with the special “Thursday Night at the Museum” extended hours program when the Museum is open every Thursday until 8 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2015.  With monthly presentations at 6 p.m. on scheduled evenings inside the Museum’s East Theater, the Summer Speaker Series will be highlighted by local historians and/or special guests who will present lectures covering a wide range of compelling rail and history related topics.

May 28:  Sutter’s Town: Then and Now presented by Shirley Burman

See smoke near Sacramento? Firefighters conduct grass fire training

Smoke could be seen Tuesday morning rising from the American River Parkway, near Highway 160, north of Sacramento. Sacramento firefighters were conducting grass fire training, and lit a controlled burn to practice.

The fire was lit near Costco, for those familiar with the area.

Smoke was visible from most of Midtown, downtown, Natomas and Arden Arcade and other surrounding neighborhoods.

Sideshows put bystanders, drivers in danger.

SACRAMENTO - Risky, so-called, "sideshows" were keeping the California Highway Patrol busy even as they spilt over from freeways to city streets.

The latest major sideshow blocked traffic in the southbound lanes of the Capitol City Freeway Saturday afternoon, as bystanders took video and traffic came to a standstill.