Primary has new, top-two structure
Remember Proposition 14? Chances are, the answer is no. Yet that 2010 ballot measure transformed the ballot you'll fill out in Tuesday's primary election.
Instead of candidates from your own political party, you'll get to vote for any candidate for state offices and Congress. The top two vote-getters will advance to the general election, regardless of party.
The presidential section of the ballot will still list only your party's candidates. Local, nonpartisan races won't be affected.
Some of the hot races this year include two Sacramento City Council seats that are up for grabs, since the incumbents decided not to run again. Seven candidates are vying to replace Councilman Rob Fong in the District 4 council seat, which includes Land Park, midtown, downtown and River Oaks. In District 2, which includes North Sacramento and Del Paso Heights, six candidates are seeking the seat held by Sandy Sheedy.
Mayor Kevin Johnson, meanwhile, is aiming to secure a majority vote and avoid a runoff. His rivals are municipal finance manager Jonathan Rewers, bounty hunter Leonard Padilla and insurance broker Richard Jones.
Mary Lynne VellingaExhibit celebrates 100 years of Girl Scouts
An exhibit celebrating the Girl Scouts' 100th anniversary debuts at 10 a.m. Thursday at the California Museum, 1020 O St., in Sacramento. Developed by the Girl Scouts Heart of Central California chapter, the exhibit teaches about notable members such as founder Juliette Gordon Low and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta.
Behind the news: The exhibit is one of a number of events in Sacramento commemorating the Girl Scouts' founding. In April, more than 12,500 Girl Scouts from 18 countries convened for a gigantic celebration at Cal Expo. On June 22, a gala for adult alumnae and supporters of the Girl Scouts will be held at the California Museum.
Scavenger hunt on bikes back in midtown
Feel like riding your bike around midtown looking for stuff in the hot afternoon sun and then drinking beer afterward? Then Sacramento Bicycle Kitchen's Hunt the Grid is just for you. The scavenger hunt on bikes for teams of two to four people takes place on Second Saturday, June 9. There's an entry fee of $10 per person.
Behind the news: This is the fourth year that Sacramento Bicycle Kitchen, a group of do-it-yourself bicycle maintenance volunteers, has staged the event. The group hosts a monthly Second Saturday party at its shop, 1915 I St.
IN THE NEWS
Can state continue its hot export streak?
Coming off an all-time record year in 2011, California businesses exported merchandise valued at $14.62 billion in March. That marked the 29th consecutive month of year-over-year growth. On Friday, Bay Area consulting firm Beacon Economics will release California export trade numbers for April, based on U.S. Commerce Department trade figures.
Stay informed: Check www.sacbee.com for details.
Auburn weekend festival fetes American River
Family-friendly nature, art, and canyon activities are on tap at the American River Confluence Festival this coming weekend at the American River Outlook on Pacific Avenue in Auburn. The festival kicks off Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. with a $20 wine- and beer-tasting event. A number of free activities are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
EnduroCross races into Sacramento arena
EnduroCross, which blends all elements of extreme off-road racing into a Supercross-style course, is coming Saturday to Power Balance Pavilion. Riders of all levels will compete in a series of races. The off-road race challenges riders as they blast through obstacles including rocks, boulders, logs, sand, mud and a water hole. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., races begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $12.50 to $30.
Free workshop details homebuying process
The nonprofit ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions is offering a free Spanish-language workshop for new homebuyers Saturday at the San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce office, 7500 West Lane, Suite 111, in Stockton. The eight-hour workshop covers all aspects of buying a home, including escrow, loan approvals and down payments. Lunch is included. Participants also receive a HUD certificate to help qualify them for down payment assistance.
To register: Call (800) 750-2227 or go to www.clearpointcreditcounseling solutions.org.
Agency banquet to honor Fathers of the Year
The Center for Fathers and Families in Sacramento is honoring its 2012 Fathers of the Year at a banquet on Thursday at the Woodlake Hotel from 6 to 9 p.m. The honorees were selected through a community nomination process. Individual tickets are $150 and must be purchased in advance.
Classic car display to benefit Shriners
The 2012 Capitol Concours d'Elegance benefiting Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California and the California Automobile Museum in Sacramento will be held along Capitol Mall downtown from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $20. Gleaming, top-tier motor vehicles of all stripes will be parked along the mall. Featured vehicles include Streamliners, Hollywood movie vehicles and classics from 1962. Certified Sports Car Club of America judges will determine car show winners in various categories.
SARTA hosts medical technology showcase
Dr. Gregory Sorensen, CEO of Siemens Healthcare North America, will be the keynote speaker at the Sacramento Area Regional Technology Alliance's "Med Tech Showcase" from 2:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Woodlake Hotel (formerly the Radisson) along Highway 160 north of downtown Sacramento. The gathering also will include a discussion of new technology, featuring speakers from Dignity Health, Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Health and the UC Davis Health System. Individual sessions will focus on telehealth, regenerative medicine and molecular imaging. A dinner with an awards ceremony also is on the agenda.
More info: Tickets and day passes range from $70 to $140. To register or obtain more details, visit www.sarta.org or call (916) 231-0770.
Sutter offers free seminars for women
Sutter's Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery is holding two free seminars this week on the latest treatments in hormone replacement therapy, minimally invasive surgery and robotic surgery for women experiencing pelvic discomfort. Dr. Olivia Juhn, a gynecologist with Sutter Roseville Medical Center, and Dr. Larry Bowen, a urogynecologist, will present the first seminar today from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Sutter Roseville Medical Center, One Medical Plaza Drive in Roseville. Dr. Elizabeth Gonzalez, a gynecologist, and Dr. Wesley Hilger, a urogynecologist, will lead the second event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Sutter Center for Health Professionals, 2700 Gateway Oaks in Sacramento.
Info: Call (916) 453-5837 or go to www.sutterwomens.org
Dashing with doggies at William Land Park
Leash up man's best friends Saturday and walk around William Land Park for a fundraiser for the Sacramento SPCA. The 19th annual Doggy Dash is a 2K/5K walk that begins at 9 a.m. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. There will also be a Bark at the Park Festival from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dog walk registration is $25; the festival is free.
French Open finals on tap this weekend
The French Open, one of tennis's four major tournaments of the year, comes to a close this weekend in Paris with the women's final on Saturday and the men's final on Sunday.
Info: Television coverage in the United States is on ESPN and NBC. Check local listings for channel information.