Here are seven stories from the weekend that you will want to catch up on before the work week hits.
Dean "Dino" Cortopassi called his November ballot initiative - a proposal to require voter approval before the state issues revenue bonds for public works projects costing more than $2 billion - his "moral obligation."
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Carmelo the cocker spaniel dropped into the canine foster system this week when his owner, Marilyn Crisp, 62 and also blind, came to the hard realization that she could no longer care for the aging pet who has been at her side since he was a puppy.
The new free form play space at the Maple Neighborhood Center in south Sacramento is every child's fantasy.
Colin Kaepernick did not stand during the national anthem Friday because he refused to "show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," he told the NFL Network's Steve Wyche after the game.
5) Popular on Twitter: Herd thunders on as Elk Grove routs Inderkum in opener
There were some rough edges, per the norm for a season opener, but the upside is tremendous for both teams.
6) Popular on Facebook: Sacramento County foster care agencies band together to help LGBT youths find homes
Sacramento County Child Protective Services and other local foster youth and adoption agencies formed a collaborative last year to increase recruitment of parents who are open to housing LGBT youth.
7) Popular on video: Sacramento Mural Festival paints the city beautiful
Between August 20 and August 27th, 2016 artists from near and far created about a dozen murals on empty walls in midtown and downtown Sacramento during Sacramento Mural Festival.