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Report projects impact of huge storm in California

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A new report details the projected impact on California if a catastrophic winter storm causes extensive flooding and landslides.

The report released Thursday by the U.S. Geological Survey creates a realistic scenario to raise questions about the ability of authorities to handle such a disaster and is to be used for preparedness.

A team of 117 researchers considered a hypothetical winter storm similar to a 45-day storm that devastated California in 1861 and 1862.

They found that such a storm could cause hundreds of landslides, flooding stretching 300 miles long in the Central Valley and serious damage in the state's major population centers.

In all, researchers estimated the losses and damages could cost on the order of $725 billion.

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The New Professional: Party tights and forgetting

OK, so I lied. But I didn't do it on purpose. You see, when I wrote this guest post for Classy Career Girl about a month ago, I actually wrote that I cheated three times.  However, when I went back to add links, I could only find two links. I tried and tried but could not for the life of me remember what my third cheat was. Had I counted the two pieces of my skirt suit? Unlikely. So I changed it to "twice" and linked both cheats I could remember. But the third cheat just would not get out of my mind. Had I just imagined it?

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2011 West Sacramento Restaurant Guide

Looking for a great eatery in West Sac, but am not sure where to start?  Try the online 2011 West Sacramento Restaurant Guide prepared by City of Sacramento Economic Development.  Restaurant and eateries are categorized by type of food, and also have address and phone information. You can also find a variety of services and retail shops to choose from at West Sacramento’s Shop Local/Think Local website.

For more information contact Ernesto Lucero, Economic Development Analyst at 617-4535.

The Golden State goes green with new light bulb laws

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - As of this week, 100-watt incandescent bulbs manufactured after Jan. 1, 2011 can not be sold in California stores. 

The new law means a former 100-watt bulb will have to use 72 watts or less, or be 28% more efficient. The 72-watt replacement bulb will provide the same amount of light (measured in "lumens") for lower energy costs. 

Adam Gottlieb, spokesman for The California Energy Commission, said the Golden State is the first state in the country to enact the new light bulb efficiency standards outlined under federal law. 

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West Sacramento man arrested after SWAT surrounds home

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - West Sacramento police arrested a man suspected of assaulting a woman and barracking himself in his apartment.

Jayson Gibbs, 30, of West Sacramento, was arrested after SWAT Teams surrounded his apartment and a Davis Hostage Negotiation Team convinced him to surrender peacefully.

Lt. Tod Sockman said Gibbs apparently ran out of his apartment and attacked a woman walking with her two children on Michigan Avenue about 2:50 p.m. Gibbs ran into the apartment when witnesses tried to intervene, Sockman said.

The 33-year-old woman received head and upper body injuries, Sockman said. Her condition was not known, nor was the reason for the assault.

The children were not hurt.

Sockman said Gibbs has a "history of violence." 

People living within 100 feet of Gibbs apartment were asked to leave for their safety, Sockman said.

Gibbs is being held at Yolo County Jail.

Free tax assistance to low-income earners in Yolo County

The Yolo County Department of Employment & Social Services has partnered with other local organizations to provide convenient tax filing assistance to low income wage earners residing in Yolo County. The service is provided by Volunteer Income Tax Assistance specialists who have been trained by the Internal Revenue Service.

Low-income wage earners are encouraged to contact Yolo Social Services (in West Sac on Jefferson Boulevard across from the police station) or Yolo County Children's Alliance: toll free, (866) 607-4030 or (530) 757-5558 for free help in filing state and federal income tax returns during the tax season.

Qualified taxpayers are encouraged to apply for the federal Earned Income Credit. The credit is designed to help low-income wage earners increase financial stability by reducing their 2010 income tax burden. Many families may also qualify for a Child Tax Credit refund even though they owe no income tax.

Sacramento police: Teen shoots, kills partner during robbery

SACRAMENTO, CA - Police have arrested 19-year-old Marquis Greenwood for the accidental shooting death of an 18-year-old acquaintance during an armed robbery Monday evening, according to authorities.

Sacramento police spokesman Sgt. Norm Leong said it all began just before 7 p.m. Monday when officers received a call of a gunshot victim taken to a mdeical clinic in the area of 30th and Q streets. The victim, identified as Tiekarian Troutman, later died from his injuries.

Investigators determined earlier that evening, Troutman, Greenwood and a 16-year-old girl attempted an armed robbery near 12th and E streets around 6:15 p.m.

Leong said during the robbery, a struggle ensued between one of the suspects and an employee of the business. At some point, investigators believe Green accidentally shot Troutman while trying to shoot an employee. Leong said Greenwood fled the scene but the girl stayed behind with Troutman.

Air quality districts urge no fireplace use during holidays

SACRAMENTO, CA -- For many people, a crackling wood fire in the hearth is just part and parcel of the holiday season.

"I like it," said Greg Thompson who estimated he uses his fireplace at least two or three times a month. "I like the smell, the different aromas...we put a little flavor in our fireplace and jazz it up. We really enjoy it!"

But air quality management districts from Sacramento to Bakersfield are asking that this year, people refrain from that particular holiday tradition.

"What people don't understand," said Jamie Arno of the Sacramento Air Quality Management District, "is that the smoke from fireplaces is very unhealthy. Not only the smoke coming out of the chimney, but also the smoke seeping into the home."

2-alarm fire displaces Woodland apartment residents

WOODLAND, CA - An early morning fire ripped through an apartment complex Sunday, leaving more than a dozen residents without a place to stay.

Woodland fire chief Rick Sander said fire crews from several agencies responded to an attic fire at 814 Fifth Street in Woodland just before 3 a.m.

PHOTOS: Apartment fire displaces residents

Residents in the 6-unit apartment building were already evacuating by the time firefighters arrived on scene. Sander said the fire quickly spread from the attic to neighboring units, prompting a 2-alarm response request.

Sander said three units were destroyed and three others sustained heavy fire damage.

There were no reported injuries.

Christmas Eve Grinch stalks Fed Ex truck

SACRAMENTO,CA - A Fed Ex delivery driver looked in his mirrors perplexed, another driver was stalking his truck.

The driver would leave holiday deliveries at the doors with a tag, but suspected a Grinch was soon stealing the Christmas packages, boxes, and bags.

"It's unfortunate that people do that. It's happened before to our neighbor," said Cory Anderson, who was waiting for a Fed Ex package.

A Fed Ex driver called Sacramento police when he noticed a white pickup truck following his route. He said he thought the driver was getting out and taking the packages he just delivered. He took down the license plate number and description.

"I've heard about it and I've known about it, but its something that happens on occasion unfortunately. Tis the season. ho-ho-ho," Tom Harris, Fed Ex Express driver who heard of the report. Harris said he delivered 150 packages today without any incident.