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.

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.

As California struggles through a third year of drought, elected officials from both parties are proposing to spend billions in public money on new reservoirs. But questions loom about the value of such projects in an era of scarcity.

Yolo County’s Board of Education yielded to public pressure last week and voted not to raise the pay of Superintendent Jorge Ayala, who is set to leave office in December.

Having spent almost nine years in the military, including service in the Vietnam War, Edward H. Nellis was entitled to a military burial in a national cemetery when he died in 2005.

They are Democrats, yet their votes in the Capitol have helped big business continue fracking in California and defeat a bill dictating pay and benefit levels for Wal-Mart workers.

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.

Sacramento city officials say they’ve kept their word about how they would spend money raised by increasing the city’s sales tax.

Water theft is rarely prosecuted in California. Even when it is, years may pass before the state punishes a violator. Critics say improving this process is critical if the state hopes to stretch water supplies in this year's drought.

Two years after California leaders approved widespread pension changes, Sacramento County is struggling to persuade its workers to pay higher retirement contributions, one of the signature elements of the state overhaul.

Nearing the end of a long life that included service in three wars, Clyde Gleaves Murphy decided to rewrite his will. He excluded his wife and son and gave almost all of his $300,000 estate to a man who had started taking care of him.

Sacramento City Unified School District spent $9 million for MacBook Air laptops and other equipment. Other districts bought the cheaper Chromebook.

Occupancy rates at the city-operated marina at Miller Park on the Sacramento River remain at less than half what they were eight years ago, city officials said. The city has reworked a loan it has with the state’s Department of Boating and Waterways, city budget officials announced this week.

As California prison officials began looking into the September death of a breathing-impaired inmate who had been pepper-sprayed by a guard, they found themselves facing unusual interference and oversight from above, according to documents from an internal corrections investigation obtained by The Sacramento Bee.

A federal judge in Sacramento on Wednesday ordered a hearing in the case of a mentally ill inmate who died after being pepper-sprayed inside his cell at the Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, and directed California prison officials to ensure that none of the documents concerning the death are destroyed.

Confidential corrections documents obtained by The Sacramento Bee, including notes of interviews with prison staffers and an internal review of the case by a psychologist, raise questions about Joseph Damien Duran's treatment and have sparked a demand for an investigation by attorneys representing mentally ill inmates in an ongoing class-action lawsuit.

Trustees in the Sacramento region’s three largest school districts have boosted their own stipends after cutting the payments during the recession.

The Sacramento City Unified School District will ask trustees early next year to return compensation – with interest – for meetings they did not attend.

Less than a month before Aqueline Talamantes was arrested for the murder of her 5-year-old daughter, Tatiana, Sacramento County Child Protective Services received a report questioning her mental health and her ability to take care of Tatiana and her son. The agency did not pursue the report beyond leaving a card on the door of Talamantes’ apartment.

One city of Sacramento employee averaged more than three hours a day talking on a city-issued cellphone last year. Nearly half that time was spent on personal calls with the same person.

Rocklin Unified School District must rehire four nurses it laid off in 2010 and pay them four years of back wages with interest, the California Public Employment Relations Board ruled last week.

A Sacramento attorney filed a $50 million tort claim this month, a first step toward suing the Board of Equalization on behalf of employees who say their bosses downplayed the high-rise tower’s ailments and put workers’ health at risk.

On the Tuesday in June when the Assembly health committee killed a bill to require warning labels on sodas, 13 lawmakers and more than three dozen legislative staff members attended a reception inside California’s Capitol sponsored by PepsiCo.

Family and friends repeatedly warned Sacramento County Child Protective Services that 3-year-old Airabella Mello suffered from abuse and neglect in the year before she drowned in a backyard pool.

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