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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.

Community and police connect to return missing dog to owner

The "sweetest dog ever" according to his owner is being reunited with his Rocklin family after disappearing late Mondayt afternoon.

Chip, a 10-year-old German shorthair, was reported missing on Rocklin social media community posts. He disappeared in the unincorporated area around the Thunder Valley Casino Resort, his owner wrote.

Tuesday, a woman spotted Chip and after trying several sources, contacted the Rocklin Police Department about how to get the word out about the dog.

Rocklin police said one of their social media officers recalled the community posts circulating about the missing Chip and made the connection.

The power of community!

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.

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.

Longtime Del Oro High School football fan passes away

Last Friday, Nov. 14, friends and supporters made it possible for dying Del Oro High School football fan Wilbur Heath to see his Golden Eagles play one more time.

Mr. Heath, 75, had three sons who played for Del Oro and he was a long-time booster of the Loomis school's football program.

Sunday evening, Mr. Heath died from complications of cancer..

Our condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Heath.

UPDATE: Rocklin woman found after 8 days

A woman who was missing for eight days was found safe Friday, Rocklin police said.

Mary Dye, 84, was last seen on Thursday, Oct. 23. Police believed she was with her son, who had made vague threats to law enforcement and Adult Protective Services in regard to the care of his mother.

On Friday, a family member told police that Dye was possibly at a home in Citrus Heights. After hours of searching the area, Dye was found at a home on Ming Way.

Police said Dye was found alone and was in good health.

Caltrans equips fleet with high-tech devices

Caltrans equips fleet with high-tech devices

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's transportation agency is spending $2.5 million to update its fleet of vehicles with high-tech gear.

The Sacramento Bee reported Saturday that Caltrans is installing GPS tracking devices on its 7,500 sedans, snow plows, trucks and other vehicles. The devices will report where vehicles are traveling, how long they idle and their speed among other things.

The devices will also track which employee is driving.

In July, the California Highway Patrol found a stolen Caltrans vehicle and arrested a thief within an hour of it going missing because of a GPS tracking device.

The devices cost $2.5 million and Caltrans will spend another $1.5 million on a reporting system annually.