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Sacramento police, fire budgets chopped

SACRAMENTO, CA - The Sacramento City Council voted to pass budget cuts that affect the police and fire department at Tuesday night's council meeting.

With $12.2 million diced form its budget, the Sacramento Police Department will have to lay off more than 150 members of the police staff.

The police department will eliminate positions from NARC, gangs, mounted patrol, bike patrol, boat patrol, the magnet program, traffic and auto theft investigation.

Sgt. Norm Leong said 82 sworn officers and 68 civilians will be laid off. The department will not fill 14 vacant positions which were held by sworn officers.

Wednesday, the police department said it would be shifting to how it currently handles calls to primarily dealing with emergencies and major crime investigations.

Illegal immigrants tuition break law unchanged

SACRAMENTO, CA - Thousands of undocumented students in California are breathing a sigh of relief.

By declining to look at the case, the U.S. Supreme Court let stand a state law that allows illegal immigrants who've attended a California high school for three years and graduated to pay the much lower in-state tuition rate at public colleges and universities.

CSU graduate Maria Luna paid in-state tuition at Cal State even though she's not here legally.

Luna said, "For us, we've been California residents all of our lives, and most likely when we graduate, we're going to continue to be residents of this state. So I think it's fair."

The class action lawsuit came about in 2005 when numerous students from other states became fed up with having to pay the substantially higher out-of-state tuition rates while attending a California community college or public university.

Sacramento Unified looking for input for new high school

East Sacramento, Midtown and Oak Park do not have a traditional neighborhood high school to serve their children, and the Sacramento City Unified School District is asking community members to take part in an important survey to help deal with the issue.

The online survey is available for community members, including teachers, staff, students and parents, to participate in at the district website -- www.scusd.edu.

“This community has for many years debated what types of high school offerings should be available in the East Sacramento, Midtown and Oak Park neighborhoods,” SCUSD Superintendent Jonathan P. Raymond said.

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