When the Legislature returns next week from spring break, it will pick up with the drudgery of its shortcomings right where it left off, with ethics training in the upper house.

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In the courtroom, Ray Nutting, a four-term county supervisor, faces prosecution for alleged misconduct related to state grants he took for clearing brush on his family ranch. But it is the spectacle surrounding his case that envelops this county east of Sacramento.
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Witnesses and victims of last week’s fiery crash between a FedEx tractor-trailer and a passenger bus struggled to process the tragedy, based on 911 tapes released Thursday by the California Highway Patrol.
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Supporters of Anne Marie Schubert pushed back Thursday against her main rival in the Sacramento County district attorney’s race, saying Maggie Krell is wrongly asserting that Schubert accepted pay raises as a supervisor in the DA’s Office while line prosecutors were being cut.
The Sacramento Ballet's The Nutcracker performance
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Educating 4-year-olds is important to California voters – important enough that 57 percent say it’s worth spending $1.4 billion a year for the state to provide all of them with preschool.
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Pointing to the catastrophic derailment in Quebec of a train transporting oil and similar accidents, Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, proposed legislation Thursday to get emergency responders more information about crude-carrying trains that roll through California.

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