The Sacramento Bee

The Sacramento Bee is a daily newspaper published in Sacramento, California, in the United States. Since its founding in 1857, The Bee has become the largest newspaper in Sacramento, the fifth largest newspaper in California, and the 27th largest paper in the U.S.[4] It is distributed in the upper Sacramento Valley, with a total circulation area that spans about 12,000 square miles (31,000 km2): south to Stockton, California, north to the Oregon border, east to Reno, Nevada, and west to the San Francisco Bay Area.[5][6]

The Bee is the flagship of the nationwide McClatchy Company.[5] Its "Scoopy Bee" mascot,[7][8][9] created by Walt Disney in 1943, has been used by all three Bee newspapers (Sacramento,[10] Modesto, and Fresno).[5]

The Sacramento Bee
The Sacramento Bee front page
Front page of The Sacramento Bee,
July 27, 2005
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)The McClatchy Company
PublisherGary Wortel[1]
EditorLauren Gustus
Founded1857 (as The Daily Bee)[2]
Headquarters2100 Q Street
Sacramento, California 95816
Circulation122,600 Daily
225,343 Sunday [3]
OCLC number37706143


Under the name The Daily Bee, the first issue of the newspaper was published on February 3, 1857, proudly boasting that "the object of [the Sacramento Bee] is not only independence, but permanence".[5] At this time, the Bee was in competition with the Sacramento Union, a newspaper founded in 1851. Although the Bee soon surpassed the Union in popularity, the Union survived until its closing in 1994, leaving the Sacramento Bee to be the longest-running newspaper in Sacramento's history.

The first editor of the Sacramento Bee was John Rollin Ridge,[11] but James McClatchy took over the position by the end of the first week.

Also within a week of its creation, the Bee uncovered a state scandal which led to the impeachment of Know-Nothing California State Treasurer Henry Bates.[12]

21st century

On March 13, 2006, The McClatchy Company announced its agreement to purchase Knight Ridder, the United States' second-largest chain of daily newspapers. The purchase price of $4.5 billion in cash and stock gave McClatchy 32 daily newspapers in 29 markets, with a total circulation of 3.3 million.[13][14]

On February 3, 2007, the paper celebrated its 150th anniversary, and a copy of the original issue was included in every newspaper. On February 4, 2007, a 120-page section was included about the paper's history from its founding to today. In 2008, the Sacramento Bee redesigned and changed its layout.


The Sacramento Bee has won six Pulitzer Prizes in its history. It has won numerous other awards, including many for its progressive public service campaigns promoting free speech (the Bee often criticized government policy, and uncovered many scandals hurting Californians), anti-racism (the Bee supported the Union during the American Civil War and publicly denounced the Ku Klux Klan), worker's rights (the Bee has a strong history of supporting unionization), and environmental protection (leading numerous tree-planting campaigns and fighting against environmental destruction in the Sierra Nevada).[15]

In 2003 the Council for Media Integrity from the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSICOP) gave the Candle in the Dark award to Edgar Sanchez for his column "Scam Alert" where he has written about Nigerian scams, car-mileage fraud and phony police detectives. The Council is made up of by scientists, media and academics, all concerned with the "balanced portrayal of science". The Candle in the Dark Award is presented to those who show "outstanding contributions to the public's understanding of science and scientific principles".[16][17]

Notable people


  1. ^ "Executive Leadership". Sacramento Bee. December 4, 2006. Archived from the original on March 22, 2009. Retrieved December 14, 2009.
  2. ^ Alfano, Anthony (January 23, 2016). "The Alfano Group: 20 Things you probably didn't know about The Sacramento Bee newspaper". Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  3. ^ "FORM 10‑K". 2017. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  4. ^ "2007 Top 100 Daily Newspapers in the U.S. by Circulation" (PDF). BurrellesLuce. 31 March 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 4, 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-29.
  5. ^ a b c d History of The Sacramento Bee from the newspaper's website
  6. ^ Profile of The Sacramento Bee Archived July 15, 2006, at the Wayback Machine from The McClatchy Company website
  7. ^ Lessons from Scoopy Bee, from McClatchy editor, Howard Weaver
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  10. ^ "Working at The Sacramento Bee". Glassdoor. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  11. ^ Carolyn Thomas Foreman (September 1936). "Edward W. Bushyhead and John Rollin Ridge, Cherokee Editors in California". Chronicles of Oklahoma. Oklahoma Historical Society. Retrieved October 22, 2010.
  12. ^ Richardson, Darcy G. Others: Third-Party Politics from the Nation's Founding to the Rise and Fall of the Greenback-Labor Party. iUniverse: 2004; p. 206.
  13. ^ Katharine Q. Seelye and Andrew Ross Sorkin, "Newspaper Chain Agrees to a Sale for $4.5 Billion", The New York Times, March 13, 2006.
  14. ^ Seelye, Katharine Q.; Sorkin, Andrew Ross (13 March 2006). "Newspaper Chain Agrees to a Sale for $4.5 Billion". Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  15. ^ "Award-winning coverage that makes a difference". The Sacramento Bee. December 8, 2006. Retrieved April 5, 2011.
  16. ^ Nisbet, Matt (1999). "Candle in the Dark and Snuffed Candle Awards". Skeptical Inquirer. 23 (2): 6.
  17. ^ Frazier, Kendrick (2004). "From Internet Scams to Urban Legends, Planet (hoa)X to the Bible Code: CSICOP Albuquerque Conference Has Fun Exposing Hoaxes, Myths and Manias". Skeptical Inquirer. 28 (2): 7.
  18. ^ "MANOPAUSE: Experts seeking treatments for middle-age male testosterone deficiencies". Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  19. ^ Pierleoni, Allen (October 27, 2014). "Between the Lines: Spooky tales for Halloween". Retrieved August 5, 2018 – via Sacramento Bee.

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2016 California Proposition 55

Proposition 55 is a California ballot proposition that passed on the November 8, 2016 ballot, regarding extending by twelve years the temporary personal income tax increases enacted in 2012 on earnings over $250,000, with revenues allocated to K–12 schools, California Community Colleges, and, in certain years, healthcare. Proposition 55 will raise tax revenue by between $4 billion and $9 billion a year. Half of funds will go to schools and community colleges, up to $2 billion a year would go to Medi-Cal, and up to $1.5 billion will be saved and applied to debt.

2016 California Proposition 57

Proposition 57 was a initiated California ballot proposition, approved on the November 8, 2016 ballot. The Proposition allows parole consideration for nonviolent felons, changes policies on juvenile prosecution, and authorizes sentence credits for rehabilitation, good behavior, and education.

2016 California Proposition 60

Proposition 60 was a California ballot proposition on the November 8, 2016 ballot which would have allowed the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) to prosecute an enforcement action anytime a condom is not visible in a pornographic film. The proposition failed to pass.Proposition 60 would have allowed any California resident to sue a pornographer and obtain their personal information. Frivolous law suits and actor safety were a major concern, as well as millions of taxpayer dollars it would cost to enforce.Enforcement of Proposition 60 was predicted to cost more than $1 million annually. State and local governments were predicted to lose tens of millions of dollars in tax revenue per year if the industry left the state.If the state decided not to defend Proposition 60’s constitutionality in court, the measure would have empowered its sole sponsor, Michael Weinstein of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, to defend the measure himself. Weinstein’s legal expenses would have been paid by the state and he could only be removed by a majority vote of both houses of the California State Legislature. These provisions were included in response to the United States Supreme Court ruling in Hollingsworth v. Perry that only state employees have standing to defend state ballot propositions in federal court.

Proposition 60 was similar to Measure B, passed by Los Angeles voters in 2012, which resulted in a large drop in permit filings for pornography shoots. Proposition 60 would have required adult film performers to use condoms during filming of sexual intercourse, and required producers to pay for performer vaccinations, testing, and medical examinations, and to post the condom requirement at film sites. Additionally, producers would have been required to renew their adult film licenses every two years as well as contact Cal/OSHA if and when a film was being made.The statewide California pornography industry employs 2,000 people. Pornography in California is estimated to be a $9 billion industry.California law already requires all workers to use protection against infectious bodily fluids, and the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration has already interpreted the statute to require porn actors to wear condoms. In early 2016 rulemaking, Cal/OSHA drafted detailed regulation requiring condom use but it was withdrawn after widespread industry criticism.Proponents spent $4.6 million fighting for the measure, all of it from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.Opponents spent $433,614, with the top donor being Wicked Pictures. Other top donors included Cybernet Entertainment and the California Democratic Party. The editorial boards of the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Sacramento Bee opposed the measure.The proposition failed, with nearly 54% against and 46% in favor.

2016 California Proposition 62

Proposition 62 was a California ballot proposition on the November 8, 2016, ballot that would have repealed the death penalty and replaced it with life imprisonment and forced labor without possibility of parole. It would have applied retroactively to existing death sentences and increased the portion of life inmates' wages that may be applied to victim restitution.A September 2016 poll from USC Dornsife / Los Angeles Times showed 40% percent of registered voters in favor of Proposition 62, 51% opposed, and 9% unknown.Proposition 62 was rejected by voters in the November general election, with 46.9% voting to end executions. Proposition 66 was approved by voters in the same election, with 51.1% voting to speed up executions. If voters had passed both Proposition 62 and Proposition 66, then the measure with the most "Yes" votes would have taken effect.Proposition 62 was estimated to have reduced state spending by $150 million a year. Proponents spent $8.9 million fighting for Proposition 62, with the top contribution being $1.5 million from Stanford University professor Nick McKeown. Other top contributing proponents include Tom Steyer, Reed Hastings, John Doerr, and Paul Graham. The measure was supported by the editorial boards of the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Sacramento Bee. Opponents spent $4.4 million fighting against Proposition 62, with the top contribution being $498,303 from the California prison guards’ union. Other top contributing opponents include the California Highway Patrolmen’s union, and the LAPD police union.

2016 California Proposition 66

Proposition 66 was a California ballot proposition on the November 8, 2016, ballot to change procedures governing California state court challenges to capital punishment in California, designate superior court for initial petitions, limit successive petitions, require appointed attorneys who take noncapital appeals to accept death penalty appeals, and exempt prison officials from existing regulation process for developing execution methods.The intention of Proposition 66 was to speed up the process of capital trials and executions. Proposition 66 was approved by voters in the November general election, with 51.1% voting to speed up executions. Proposition 62, which would have abolished the death penalty in California, was rejected by voters in the same election, with 53.1% voting against it. If voters had passed both Proposition 62 and Proposition 66, then the measure with the most "Yes" votes would have taken effect.The measure was opposed by the editorial boards of the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Sacramento Bee.

Adult Use of Marijuana Act

The Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) (Proposition 64) was a 2016 voter initiative to legalize cannabis in California. The full name is the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act. The initiative passed with 57% voter approval and became law on November 9, 2016, leading to recreational cannabis sales in California by January 2018.

California State Fairgrounds Race Track

California State Fairgrounds Race Track has been the name of two dirt oval racing tracks located in Sacramento, California. The track was built in 1906 for horse racing on the site of the California Exposition. It was active for auto racing in 1907, 1912, and from 1946 until 1970. The Exposition moved to a new site north of Downtown Sacramento in 1968, and the old fairgrounds were closed and sold for development in 1970.

From 1949–1970, the track hosted the Golden State 100, a round of the AAA/USAC National Championship. The race was revived at the new Cal Expo site as a USAC Silver Crown race from 1989 until 2000. Motorcycle racing's Sacramento Mile continues to be held at the new California Exposition as part of the AMA Grand National Championship.

A 2.1-mile (3.4-km) road course was laid out in the parking lots surrounding the oval, and used for sports car racing between 1955 and 1969. It hosted a SCCA National Sports Car Championship round in 1955.

Golden 1 Center

The Golden 1 Center is an indoor arena, located in downtown Sacramento, California, United States. It sits partially on the site of the former Downtown Plaza shopping center. The publicly owned arena is part of a business and entertainment district called Downtown Commons (DoCo), which includes a $250 million 16-story mixed-use tower.

The arena, which replaced Sleep Train Arena as the home of the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association, hosts concerts, conventions and other sporting and entertainment events. Capacity is expandable to about 19,000 to accommodate concert audiences. Thirty-four luxury suites were sold to include all events year-round. Suite partners have access to three exclusive clubs on the premium level including two skyboxes that overlook the concourse and have a direct view of the outside. In addition to the luxury suites, there are also 48 loft-style suites.

Golden State Killer

The Golden State Killer is a serial killer, rapist, and burglar who committed at least 13 murders, more than 50 rapes, and over 100 burglaries in California from 1974 to 1986. He is believed to be responsible for three crime sprees throughout California, each of which spawned a different nickname in the press before it became evident that they were committed by the same person.

In the Sacramento area he was known as the East Area Rapist, and was linked by modus operandi (MO) to additional attacks in Contra Costa County, Stockton, and Modesto. He was later known for his southern California crimes as the Original Night Stalker. He is suspected to have begun as a burglar (the Visalia Ransacker) before moving to the Sacramento area, based on a similar MO and circumstantial evidence.During the investigation, several suspects have been cleared through DNA evidence, alibi, or other investigative methods. In 2001, DNA testing indicated that the East Area Rapist and the Original Night Stalker were the same person and he was known as the EAR/ONS. The FBI and local law-enforcement agencies held a news conference on June 15, 2016, to announce a renewed nationwide effort, offering a US$50,000 reward for his capture. The case was a factor in the establishment of California's DNA database, which collects DNA from all accused and convicted felons in California and has been called second only to Virginia's in effectiveness in solving cold cases. To heighten awareness that the uncaught killer operated throughout California, crime writer Michelle McNamara coined the name "Golden State Killer" in early 2013.On April 24, 2018, authorities charged 72-year-old U.S. Navy veteran and former police officer Joseph James DeAngelo with eight counts of first-degree murder, based upon DNA evidence. This was also the first announcement connecting the Visalia Ransacker crimes to the Golden State Killer. Due to California's statute of limitations on pre-2017 rape cases, DeAngelo cannot be charged with late-1970s rapes, but he was charged in August 2018 with 13 related kidnapping / abduction attempts.

Jack Ohman

Jack Ohman (born September 1, 1960) is the editorial cartoonist at The Sacramento Bee, in Sacramento, California. His work is syndicated nationwide to over 300 newspapers by Tribune Media Services. He was the cartoonist at The Oregonian in Portland, Oregon, but left after being offered the job of editorial cartoonist by The Sacramento Bee. He succeeded his late friend, Rex Babin. In 2016, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning.

James McClatchy

James McClatchy (1824–1883) was an American newspaper editor.

Although he is thought of as founder of The Sacramento Bee, which grew into The McClatchy Company, James McClatchy was actually the newspaper's second editor, taking over just days after the newspaper began publication as The Daily Bee in February 1857.


KLMG (97.9 FM, "Latino 97.9") is a radio station licensed to serve Esparto, California, United States. The station, which began broadcasting in 1996, was previously owned by Adelante Media Group and the broadcast license was formerly held by Bustos Media of California License, LLC. On October 21, 2014, Adelante announced that it was selling KLMG, its sister stations and its LPTV outlet in Sacramento to Lazer Broadcasting, pending FCC approval The transaction was consummated effective December 31, 2014, at a price of $2.9 million.

List of Sacramento Regional Transit light rail stations

The Sacramento Regional Transit District, or Sacramento RT, operates a three-line urban light rail mass transit network, serving portions of greater Sacramento, California, United States. The network consists of three lines, the Blue and Gold Lines that both opened in 1987 and the Green Line that opened in 2012. The 43-mile (69 km) network serves over 56,800 passengers a day as of 2012, making it the 10th-largest light rail system in the United States in terms of ridership.The stations along the network are open-air structures featuring passenger canopies for protection from adverse weather. Twenty-six stations offer bus transfer services and eighteen have free park-and-ride lots with a total of 7,379 available parking spaces. Works of public art included at several stations were developed as part of the RT Public Art Program, and represent an array of media including, mosaics, sculptures, metalwork and murals. Each was commissioned to incorporate an identity and sense of place unique to the neighborhood surrounding the station.Light rail service began on March 12, 1987, with the opening of 13 stations between Watt/I-80 and 8th & O. The second phase of the initial line opened on September 5, 1987, with 13 stations between Archives Plaza and Butterfield. In 1994, a pair of infill stations opened at 39th Street and 48th Street. Included originally as part of the network, both stations were deferred resulting from neighborhood opposition only to be built later due to changing attitudes towards the rail project. In 1998, Mather Field / Mills opened at Rancho Cordova as the first extension to the original network. The District opened 17 stations as part of multiple expansion projects between 2003–2007, resulting in the construction of stations in Sacramento, Rancho Cordova, Gold River and Folsom. On June 15, 2012, 7th & Richards / Township 9 opened as the first new station constructed for the Green Line. Three additional stations were opened on the Blue Line on August 24, 2015, extending the line 4.3 miles (6.9 km) to Cosumnes River College; a fourth station on the extension, at Morrison Creek is planned to open in 2017 to coincide with the development of lands around the station.Still in the conceptual phase of development, the Green Line will add approximately 13 miles (21 km) of track in connecting Downtown Sacramento with the Sacramento International Airport.

Marjie Lundstrom

Marjie Lundstrom (born 1956) is an American journalist. She is a reporter and senior writer for The Sacramento Bee and was a 1991 recipient of a journalism Pulitzer Prize. Lundstrom and Rochelle Sharp of New York City—at the time, both reporters for Gannett News Service, based in Washington, DC—were jointly awarded the prize for National Reporting for a series of stories they wrote about child abuse.

Nick Peters

Nick Anthony Peters (April 1, 1939 – March 23, 2015), was an American baseball writer, who mostly covered San Francisco Giants games in his career, one that spanned 47 seasons (1961–2007).

He spent the majority of his career on the Giants beat at The Oakland Tribune and The Sacramento Bee and also worked for the Berkeley Gazette and San Francisco Chronicle. He was nicknamed "The Greek."Peters attended all 50 of the Giants' home openers from 1958 to 2008 and authored five books on the team.He was elected the 2009 winner of the J. G. Taylor Spink Award in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.Peters died at his home in Elk Grove, California on March 23, 2015, aged 75.

Russell Carollo

Russell John Carollo (March 16, 1955 – December 19, 2018) was an American journalist who worked as an investigative reporter for, among numerous publications, the Dayton Daily News, the Los Angeles Times, and The Sacramento Bee. He won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting at the Dayton Daily News for uncovering mismanagement in military healthcare. During his 30-year career, Carollo reported from at least seventeen countries.

Shooting of Joseph Mann

On July 11, 2016, Randy Lozoya and John Tennis, two Sacramento police officers, attempted to run over, and later shot and killed Joseph Mann, a 51-year-old mentally ill and homeless African-American man.

Shooting of Stephon Clark

In the late evening of March 18, 2018, Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old black American man, was shot and killed in Meadowview, Sacramento, California by Terrance Mercadal and Jared Robinet, two officers of the Sacramento Police Department. The officers were pursuing Clark because he had allegedly been breaking windows. When they confronted the unarmed Clark, he sprinted from the police in an encounter that was filmed by police video cameras. A Sacramento County Sheriff's Department helicopter was involved in observing an individual on the ground and in directing ground officers to the point at which the shooting took place. Helicopter video footage was released three days after the shooting. The officers stated that they shot Clark, firing 20 rounds, believing that he had pointed a gun at them. After the shooting, police reported that he was carrying only a black cell phone. According to an independent autopsy, Clark was shot eight times, including six times in the back. However, the Sacramento County Coroner's autopsy report concluded that Clark was shot seven times, including three shots to the right side of the back.

The shooting caused large protests in Sacramento, and Clark's family members have rejected the initial police description of the events leading to Clark's death. The Sacramento Police Department placed the officers on paid administrative leave and opened a use of force investigation. Police have stated they are confident that Clark was the suspect responsible for breaking windows in the area prior to the encounter.

On March 2, 2019, the Sacramento County district attorney announced that the Sacramento police officers who shot and killed Clark did not commit any crimes and would not be charged.


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