EMQ FamiliesFirst, the embattled group home operator, has faced dozens of complaints in recent years at its youth facilities in Davis and Los Gatos, according to state documents obtained by The Bee.

A small fire district board in Sacramento County ousted one of its elected members last month, prompting an outcry from residents and a county supervisor who say the removal was illegal.

In an email last week to California Department of Transportation employees, agency Director Malcolm Dougherty mischaracterized the status of several controversies involving faulty materials, construction and testing on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

In "A New State of Mind: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness," a documentary that premiered on California Public Television stations last week, student Moeshe Johnson describes a common problem for young people.

The sentencing Friday of a former operator of a Sacramento marijuana dispensary brought into sharp relief the increased secrecy surrounding plea bargains and punishment of federal defendants willing to help the government in exchange for a shorter prison term.

Experts say that while a total collapse seems unlikely, if Caltrans miscalculated corrosion estimates a major quake could cripple sections of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

Three weeks before he allegedly murdered his 9-year-old son with a hatchet, Phillip Raymond Hernandez was the subject of a complaint to Sacramento County Child Protective Services alleging that he neglected his two boys.

The San Juan Unified school board on Tuesday will privately discuss employee complaints that Superintendent Glynn Thompson created a hostile work environment for some female administrators, according to district officials.

Local politicians, lobbyists and business leaders from the Sacramento region fly across the country each year to meet federal officials – and eat at some of Washington, D.C.'s, best restaurants.

The troubled Rio Linda/ Elverta Community Water District recently settled lawsuits brought by its former general manager for $264,000 – a payout that could undermine its ability to restore liability insurance.

In a dramatic change to their controversial discharge practices, Nevada health officials no longer will send state psychiatric patients alone on buses to cities across the country, they said Wednesday.

Despite the Brown administration's edict last year to sweep out nearly all retirees from the state workforce, more than two dozen departments still use them to fill some of the highest-paying positions in government, according to state data reviewed by The Bee.

A Sacramento County safety inspector alleges county workers may have suffered asbestos exposure last year after managers did not take proper steps when cleaning up fallen ceiling material.

Placer County supervisors are weighing whether to ask voters for a raise after a county panel suggested pay hikes are long overdue in the fast-growing region.

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.

The issue has become the latest flash point between the county, parkway advocates and a resident of the area who sued last week over the fact that the storage facility is inside a county park.

Dozens of Sacramento city employees received extra subsidies to help pay for their commutes in 2012, a report by the city auditor has found.

The Sacramento City Unified School District issued $12,000 in checks to eight trustees for board meetings they did not attend dating back to 2011, a new district audit shows.

The city of Sacramento is saddled with more than $500 million in debt created by the reluctance of past city councils to fully fund benefits granted to employees.

By now, the story seems old. A young city, thirsty for water, deploys wealth, cunning and power to divert a river from a distant valley, safeguarding its future at the expense of others.

As federal judges pressured California to relieve prison overcrowding in 2011, Gov. Jerry Brown pushed lawmakers to send tens of thousands of parolees and lower-level offenders to counties.

Sacramento County probation officials hoped to save on waxing and other maintenance when they requested special floor tiles as part of a juvenile hall expansion project. The county ended up losing about $300,000 on the decision, however, as the tiles didn’t adhere to the concrete floor and quickly buckled and deteriorated.

Six months after he was discharged to a Greyhound bus and shipped out of Las Vegas, one former patient of Nevada’s primary hospital for mentally ill people stabbed a man to death in Iowa.

Placer County’s Dr. Richard Burton was the region’s highest paid public official in 2012, earning nearly $340,000. Throw in his benefits, and his total compensation reached nearly $460,000.

Can the United States – a sovereign nation– be sued in the tribal court of a sovereign Indian nation?

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