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Bill limiting gifts for state lawmakers dies

SACRAMENTO - A bill that would have limited the amount of gifts that state lawmakers receive died a quiet death in the State Assembly. The bill would have prohibited lobbyists and their employers from giving elected officials or their family members certain gifts, such as tickets to sporting events and concerts, gift cards, spa treatments and fishing trips.

The bill passed out of the senate without opposition, but was stashed in an assembly committee where lawmakers let the bill expire.

This is the third time Senator Sam Blakeslee has introduced legislation like this. Each time lawmakers have found a way to sweep the bill under the rug.

Matsui announces over $2M in grants to hire 253 AmeriCorps members

SACRAMENTO - Thursday, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-05) announced that two local Sacramento organizations will receive a combined $2,087,419 in AmeriCorps grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service, and will be able to hire 253 AmeriCorps members as a result.  Matsui, co-chair of the bipartisan National Service Caucus, has been continually supportive of both AmeriCorps and the Corporation for National and Community Service, and has helped lead the fight for adequate federal funding to support programs like these in the last several Congresses.

“As our region continues to work toward economic recovery, these funds will help put 253 AmeriCorps participants to work in our community,” said Matsui.  “Not only will today’s grants create new jobs, they will create jobs at two of our local nonprofits that work each and every day to make our community a better, safer, and healthier place. I am thrilled that Sacramento will be receiving th

Mother of Schwarzenegger's love child revealed

By Luchina Fisher, Suzan Clarke, David Wright and Kevin Dolak, ABC News

LOS ANGELES, CA - Mildred Patricia Baena is the woman with whom former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger fathered a son about 14 years ago, ABC News has learned.  

Known as Patty, she reportedly worked in the famliy home as a housekeeper and assistant for more than 20 years, until January.

Amid the public speculation, Schwarzenegger's wife and mother to four of his children, Maria Shriver, was in Chicago Tuesday at the star-studded tribute to Oprah Winfrey, which also featured appearances from Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, Madonna, and ABC News' Diane Sawyer.

Wearing a glittering blue halter gown, the former first lady of California didn't appear to show any evidence of her recent marital troubles as she paid tribute to her friend Winfrey.

1,000 Teachers Rally at State Capitol

SACRAMENTO, CA - Teachers from across California rallied at the state capitol Friday calling their situtation a state of emergency.

More than 1,000 took part in a rally designed to pressure Republicans to extend a series of temporary tax hikes which are set to expire.

"This isn't about teacher salaries; it's about providing kids a motivating enviornment where they can learn," said Elk Grove teacher, Patty Kershner.

The rally capped a week of statewide protests over education funding.   About 90 teachers and students were arrested this week after they refused to leave the State Capitol at closing time.

Protesting teachers released from Sacramento County jail

SACRAMENTO, CA (AP) - 27 California teachers were released Friday after spending a night in county jail for protesting too late at the Capitol Thursday over education funding in the state budget.

Dozens showed up Friday to lend their support for the arrested teachers, who included the president of the state's largest teachers union.

The California Highway Patrol began arresting the teachers shortly after the building was scheduled to close at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The teachers were singing and chanting in the hallways outside the offices of the Republican leaders of the state Senate and Assembly.

The teachers lined up and quietly waited to be arrested one by one. CHP Officer Sean Kennedy says no one resisted, and they will be charged with trespassing on state property, a misdemeanor.

Thursday's occupation was part of a weeklong protest over education funding.

Sacramento Sheriff faces 186 deputy layoffs

SACRAMENTO, CA - As the County of Sacramento faces a nearly $70 million deficit, the agency tasked with keeping it safe is grasping at straws to do its job.

Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones told reporters Friday afternoon his department faces a $26.7 million cut for the next fiscal year.

However, Jones remains optimistic that layoffs can be avoided if additional revenue is found elsewhere.

If not, the department could stand to lose approximately 186 deputies. 

That's a rough number after Jones said $1 million equates to 7 or 8 deputies. He was also quick to note that layoffs could happen for non-sworn personnel to avoid massive street cuts.

None of it is in Jones' plan though.

He's hoping for that additional revenue, possibly nearly $5 million if vehicle and license fees extensions are approved.  He's also eyeing non-projected sales tax revenue or funding changes in the legislature.

Sacramento County budget picture is bleak

SACRAMENTO, CA - Preliminary numbers show Sacramento County will have to cut $69.4 million from the 2011-2012 fiscal budget.

Interim County Executive Steve Szaley made the announcement Friday morning. He said the cuts will include the elimination of 321 positions. 

"They're going to hurt all sectors of the county and certainly the employees who will have positions reduced and be laid off," Szaley explained. "I know it's devastating to them and their families and I'm sorry about that."

The Department of Human Assistance which helps people on welfare will take a big hit. Director Paul Lake said he'll have to lop at least $28 million from his bottom line.

"About $12.5 million is related to state budget cuts in our CalWORKS program," Lake said. "We're still going to be able to engage our clients in the welfare-to-work program so they can get jobs, but we won't be able to provide a lot of background support."