Sacramento County supervisors and a group of residents are asking the grand jury to re-investigate the Herald Fire Protection District. In June, the grand jury released a report detailing political and financial problems, including an “off the books” bank account used for revenue from district-owned rental property. But supervisors and Herald district critics say the grand jury didn’t capture the full extent of disarray.

The San Juan Unified School District has paid $3.4 million in settlements and other costs tied to accusations that its former superintendent, who was forced to retire in January, mistreated female employees.

Since the state gave counties responsibility for incarcerating lower-level offenders three years ago, health care costs at county jails have gone up dramatically – and legal actions threaten to push them even higher.

State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, is calling for a criminal investigation into construction problems on the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, and said the release this week of a Senate investigative report will show how the California Department of Transportation knowingly accepted substandard work at taxpayer expense.

Inside a government warehouse along a noisy freeway in West Sacramento is a set of metal shelves holding more than 100 carefully labeled cardboard boxes. Inside those boxes are tens of thousands of state records that could help scientists and water policy specialists better understand and protect California groundwater.

Caltrans allowed cracks in the roadway of the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, contrary to the welding code, and officials neglected to study the impact of a major earthquake on the cracks. A new analysis suggests the cracks pose a threat to public safety.

As California public schools climb out of a recessionary hole, Sacramento-area districts have ramped up spending for employee travel and conferences, including trips outside the state and stays at luxury hotels.

The fight over the secrecy of crude oil rail shipments in California intensified Monday. Responding to a federal order, the BNSF Railway Co. acknowledged in a report to state safety officials it is transporting the flammable Bakken crude oil in California, but it continued its vehement fight against releasing information about the shipments to the general public, saying it’s a trade secret that only fire responders should be allowed to know.

Caltrans’ decision to hire an inexperienced Chinese company, unaccustomed to the rigor of American construction rules, to fabricate the suspension span’s signature tower and roadway partly explains why costs ballooned to $6.5 billion and misgivings about the quality of the bridge persist. Caltrans continued to bet on ZPMC by relaxing U.S. standards when the company couldn’t finish the job fast enough.

As part of a national shift in shipping practices, several oil companies are laying plans to haul hundreds of train cars a day of flammable crude through the region on the way to coastal and Valley refineries, passing through neighborhoods and downtowns, and crossing the region’s two major rivers. Saying they have been told little about the transport projects, area leaders are scrambling to gather information so they can advocate for local safety interests as several of the rail shipment proposals move forward.

School districts usually pay to fix up schools and build new ones by floating bonds and repaying them over a long period, often as much as 25 years. Now the San Juan District is considering repaying its debts much faster to save on interest costs.

Sacramento County started work on an expansion project at Mather Airport before receiving an environmental review required under state law, angering elected officials in El Dorado County, Folsom and Sacramento County itself.

The California Department of Transportation released today its long-promised assessment of maintenance issues facing the new $6.5 billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge – concluding that apart from ongoing tests of anchor rods, no concerns exist.

The allegations against Julie Gutierrez have surfaced just as elder advocates are asking county supervisors to reinstate an Adult Protective Services financial fraud unit that was cut several years ago along with elder abuse prosecutors and investigators in other county departments. The loss of such personnel has coincided with a rapid rise in financial abuse reports to APS, The Sacramento Bee reported last month.

Elected officials have called for an independent review of corrosion inside the new $6.5 billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

Some of the most vulnerable and integral cable sections and rods on the new $6.5 billion Bay Bridge are rusting. A Sacramento Bee investigation found corroded cable strands and anchor rods inside supposedly sealed chambers that protect attachments for the main suspension span cable to the bridge deck girders. Experts said if corrosion worsens, it could lead to catastrophic damage well ahead of the planned 150-year service life of the bridge.

The San Joaquin Valley is facing a crisis of geological proportions: Large stretches of the valley floor are sinking, as groundwater stores are depleted, crippling the region’s irrigation and flood control infrastructure. At the root of the crisis is the frontier-style exploitation of the last unregulated resource in California: groundwater.

CPS repeatedly recorded inaccurate information, failed to include domestic-abuse reports against the father and omitted the mother's own history of childhood abuse, The Bee found in a review of William Philyaw's 257-page case file.

Through California’s budget busts and rosier-than-expected revenues, in good times and bad, two things have held steady during Gov. Jerry Brown’s third term: the size and payroll of the state workforce.

Among the nine University of California undergraduate campuses, UC Davis charges the highest student fees, largely to support its emerging Division I athletics program and amenities like a state-of-the-art recreation center and upgraded coffeehouse.

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