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New regulations to ridesharing services introduced

New regulations to ridesharing services introduced

There was talks of adding new regulations to ridesharing services including Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar.Taxi cab drivers, who feel those services create an unfair market, called on state lawmakers to do something to help their cause.

Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian introduced legislation this week that will address that. The exact details of his bill won't be released until the early part of the new year, but Nazarian's chief of staff told the Sacramento Business Journal that the legislation will add new regulations.

Super Bowl tickets raffle in Stockton aids charities

Super Bowl tickets raffle in Stockton aids charities

STOCKTON - At every Super Bowl, you can be certain there's a dozen or so people from the Stockton area -- and they didn't spend much getting that Super Bowl experience.

That's because they took part in the annual raffle of Super Bowl tickets in Stockton, tickets donated by the family of Alex Spanos so agencies like the St. Mary's Dining Room can raise much-needed funds.

"This year we're looking to raise about $50,000 from the event, which will help us provide meals in our dining room, that's about 14,000 meals per year, " St. Mary's Director Edward Figueroa said.

Spanos is the owner of the San Diego Chargers. For years, the Spanos Family has donated the game tickets and $2,000 in cash to give to people who win the raffle.

Senate layoffs resulted from $4 million budget gap

Senate layoffs resulted from $4 million budget gap

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state Senate faces a budget shortfall of up to $4 million this fiscal year, helping explain why it laid off 39 of its roughly 1,000 staff members last month.

Senate officers had previously said that fiscal problems were to blame for the cutbacks.

Dan Reeves, chief of staff in the Senate president pro tem's office, tells The Sacramento Bee (http://bit.ly/15QTIdl ) that the deficit resulted from slow budget growth during the recession, higher health care costs and having too many employees.

He says the constitutional formula that the sets the Legislature's budget provided a smaller than expected increase this year.

Rain causes travel problems in Sacramento area

Rain causes travel problems in Sacramento area

The much-needed rain storm throughout the Sacramento area on Tuesday did not go off without a hitch.

The wet and slippery roads caused major travel problems for commuters during the evening rush hour. The heavy congestion was a headache for drivers who were stuck in bumper to bumper traffic.

Dozens of vehicle accidents were reported, including a solo-vehicle roll over crash on Exposition Boulevard. The driver walked away without injuries.

"There's a lot of traffic and accidents so it kind of helped me," said Lea Johnson, who found herself stuck in traffic, trying to make her flight out of Sacramento International Airport.

Luckily for Johnson, her flight, as well as dozens of others, were delayed because of the inclement weather.

"First, they told me 35 minutes [delay] and now, it's almost an hour," she said.

Lodi toddler saved by bone marrow transplant meets donor

A 2-year-old Lodi boy who needed not one, but two bone marrow transplants to save his life, came face to face with his donor Tuesday evening in the community of Morada.

Josiah Madrid has a rare, life threatening blood disease. It seemed his life was set when Daniel Childress of Phoenix came forward with a bone marrow match. But the first donation didn't work out, and Childress was asked to participate again and he accepted.

At Josiah's grandparents home Tuesday night in Morada, Childress walked through the door with his wife and daughter, to see the little boy he saved.

The timing couldn't be better. The two families are spending the Thanksgiving holiday together in San Joaquin County.

Obama's immigration plan brings relief to local families

Obama's immigration plan brings relief to local families

President Obama will announce executive action on immigration in a primetime address on Thursday. His remarks are eagerly anticipated by millions across the country, including families here in Sacramento.

Gloria Casillas came to the United States 10 years ago where she met her husband and had a 6-year-old son who is an American citizen. While waiting for immigration reform, her biggest fear was getting deported and separated from her son.

The president's impending executive action brought relief because it meant she would be able to drive and work legally in the country. But she felt for
those who may not qualify for the protection.

Detectives investigating rape behind Lodi store

Lodi police detectives are gathering information about a rape that took place behind a business complex Saturday night.

The assault was in the alley behind a Ross store on 300 block of W. Kettleman Lane at about 9 p.m. Saturday, according to police Lt. Sierra Brucia.

A 44-year-old woman was attacked by an unknown man armed with a knife. She described him to officers as Hispanic, 40 to 50 years old with dark, wavy hair.

The assailant ran away after the rape.

Investigators think it was a random attack, Brucia said.

Anyone who may have seen something or someone suspicious in the area at the time should contact Lodi police.