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February 11, 2010 | By Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton
More than 1,500 inmates have been released from county jails around California in response to legislation designed to cut the state prison population, prompting an outcry from some law enforcement officials. More than 300 inmates have been released in Orange County in the last few weeks and about 200 in Sacramento County, including a man who allegedly assaulted a woman hours after getting early release from jail. A Sacramento County judge Wednesday ordered a temporary halt in that county's early releases, saying the legislation applies only to state prisons and not to county jails.
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April 29, 2009 | Anna Gorman
At least three private schools in California were temporarily closed because of concerns about the swine flu outbreak while state officials reminded students Tuesday to take precautionary measures and practice basic hygiene. A Catholic school in Sacramento County, which has three students with confirmed cases of swine flu, shut its doors for the entire week.
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April 9, 2009 | Associated Press
A man who had been holding his wife and three children hostage on Interstate 80 near the Sierra summit in Norden has released them to safety, officials said Wednesday night. The main northern artery linking California and Nevada remained shut down near the summit as authorities negotiated with the unidentified man, who remained in his car with a weapon.
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February 13, 2009 | Patrick McGreevy
Angered by what they see as a state raid on cash that belongs to them, top officials from a dozen counties converged on Sacramento on Thursday and warned of a mutiny. In a contentious meeting attended by half a dozen legislators, the officials threatened lawsuits, vowed to withhold local taxes owed to Sacramento and said they would shut down unfunded state programs -- including those aiding children and the poor -- if the "deadbeat state," as one official put it, does not change its ways.
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February 4, 2009 | Maria L. La Ganga
The most serious problems started back in 2004, when Pam Pratt was recalled as mayor of this tiny city on the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, a half-square-mile known these days for crawdads and municipal chaos. In the dysfunction that followed, Isleton stopped paying its bills. City workers and council members ran up $600,000 in attorneys' fees. The city spent more than $156,000 that belonged to its waste collector and had to pay it back -- with interest.
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March 27, 2006 | From Associated Press
A man wielding a shotgun on a busy downtown street Saturday night killed one person and wounded four others before he was shot by a Sacramento County sheriff's deputy, officials said. Aaron Norman Dunn, 28, remained under arrest Sunday at UC Davis Medical Center, where he was being treated for injuries received during a rampage that started outside a restaurant, Sgt. R. L. Davis said. Armed with a 12-gauge shotgun, Dunn shot a man in the head at 7:45 p.m.
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September 9, 2003 | Nancy Vogel, Times Staff Writer
Hostility between Republicans and Democrats flared all over the Capitol on Monday, as Republicans vowed to repeal a new law that grants driver's licenses to illegal immigrants and Democrats killed a popular bill by a Republican challenger to the governor.
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July 12, 2003 | Allison Hoffman, Times Staff Writer
Every morning this week, boxes packed full with some of the last few hundred thousand signatures collected in the drive to recall Gov. Gray Davis have arrived via special delivery at county registrars' offices around the state. "We got hit yesterday with 30,000 new signatures," said Suzanne Slupsky, Orange County's assistant registrar of voters, on Friday. "And we got some more boxes in today."
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September 12, 2002 | From a Times Staff Writer
The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors reversed itself this week and voted to offer domestic partnership benefits to the county's 14,000 employees. The 3-2 decision Tuesday came when Supervisor Muriel Johnson announced a change of heart after hearing stories of county employees who faced hardships because their partners did not have insurance. Previously, a majority of supervisors had opposed the move, citing potential increased costs and opposition to recognizing same-sex unions.
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