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    Vernon “Cody” Mathews

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    Jesse Garcia lifts his daughter Presley Garcia, 4 into the water mist outside of Cafe Dantorels in Curtis Park

AM Sacramento: What you need to know for Wednesday

Published: Wednesday, Jun. 11, 2014 - 6:48 am

Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:

No triple digits: The Delta breeze that brought a quick cool-down Tuesday evening will result in cooler temperatures through Friday in Sacramento with highs in the mid-80s. After a high of 104 degrees Tuesday in downtown Sacramento, a high of 86 degrees is forecast for today, according to National Weather Service forecasters. Read more here.

Search to expand: Searchers combing rural El Dorado County to find Vernon “Cody” Matthews, a missing UC Berkeley student, plan to expand the search today in an effort to find Matthews. Matthews, 23, a senior majoring in anthropology, was dropped off at his family cabin June 4 in the Eldorado National Forest. His mother spoke with him by telephone on Friday before he was to leave for a hike alone. He has not been heard from since. Read more here.

Budget surplus: After deliberating for 10 minutes Tuesday evening, the Sacramento City Council voted unanimously to approve a spending plan that did not include cuts to programs and staffing for the first time since the peak of the recession. The optimistic atmosphere could be short-lived. After a projected $1.9 million surplus in the fiscal year that begins July 1 and another surplus next year, city officials are projecting deficits to return in 2016. Those budget gaps could reach $41 million by 2019 if city voters don’t extend a half-percentage-point sales tax increase approved in 2012. Read more here.

Major step for Natomas basin: A major roadblock to completion of critical levee repairs in Sacramento’s Natomas basin was cleared Tuesday when President Barack Obama signed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act into law. The act, blocked for years by partisan battles in Congress, authorizes 34 projects across the nation totaling $12.3 billion. Among them, it directs the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to strengthen 24 miles of levees protecting Natomas, a project estimated to cost $760 million. The Natomas floodplain north of downtown Sacramento is home to 100,000 people and property worth more than $7 billion. Read more here

Editorial: A big step for Sacramento’s flood protection

Local sports: •  Republic FC vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 7:30 p.m., Kezar Stadium, San Francisco. Read more here.

•  Washington Nationals at San Francisco Giants, 7:15 p.m. (CSNBA, KNBR 680).

•  Oakland A’s at Los Angeles Angels, 7:05 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140, KHAI 950).

•  Omaha Storm Chasers at Sacramento River Cats, 7:05 p.m. (KSTE 650).



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