AM Sacramento: What you need to know for Saturday

Published: Saturday, Jul. 5, 2014 - 10:01 am

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

90s again: Sunny skies are in the forecast with a high temperature of 99 degrees expected for Sacramento. The National Weather Service said smoke from the Monticello fire that started Friday night in eastern Yolo County is blowing into the region.

Charred remains: The Cal Expo fireworks show survived Friday night despite a nearby grass fire, rewarding patrons who waited outside the fairgrounds gates with a 20-minute display of pyrotechnics. Cyclists and runners using the American River Parkway may see – and smell – the remnants of that fire for some time, as the blaze occurred over 40 acres between the river and Cal Expo.

Kings’ cozy confines: With $477 million being spent on a new downtown arena, you’d figure everything is bigger and better than at the Kings’ current digs. But one thing is smaller: the capacity. The new arena will have the fewest seats in the NBA, and the team’s owners say that’s just how they want it.

Looking for Club members: New owners of the struggling Country Club Plaza are planning to focus first on basic maintenance and finding businesses that serve the surrounding Arden Arcade community. One commercial real estate expert suggests a remake that includes restaurants and a grocery store.

Don’t kick the art: They don’t have Italy to watch in the World Cup anymore, but the folks at Hot Italian aren’t giving up on soccer. To the contrary, the restaurant remains a prime World Cup viewing spot, and for the rest of the tournament it is hosting an art exhibition that features soccer balls.

Rodeo concludes: The Folsom Rodeo culminates tonight at Dan Russell Arena with a fireworks display and live music. Here’s a schedule of events.

Local sports: San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres, 4:15 p.m. (Fox40, KNBR 680).

Toronto Blue Jays at Oakland A’s, 7:05 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140, KHAI 950).

Sacramento River Cats at Reno Aces, 7:05 p.m. (KSTE 650).

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