The powerful agency that manages development on California's coastline fired its executive Wednesday after a lengthy and, at times, emotionally charged meeting that veered from accusations about the influence of developers and lobbyists to discussions on the mundane inner workings of government.
The Valley Fire blackened 76,067 acres of Northern California hill country in September 2015, killing four people and destroying 1,280 homes during one of the state's worst fire seasons. Among the victims are David and Cindy Leonard, whose Cobb Mountain home was burned to its foundation. Like many of the displaced, the Leonards have vowed to rebuild. The Sacramento Bee chronicles their emotional journey beginning Sunday, February 14, 2016.
David Leonard, Paul Kitagaki Jr. The Sacramento Bee
A helmet-mounted camera caught the drama of Sacramento Fire Department firefighters battling a blaze inside a burning house on Del Norte Avenue in South Sacramento on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, and finding a dog hiding in a back bedroom. The firefighters put a leash on the dog and led the animal to safety. The dog was reunited with its family, all of whom got out of the house safely. Officials credit a working smoke detector for their safe exit.