Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:
80s one more time: The last 80-degree day of the week is expected to occur today. A below average high of 89 is forecast by the National Weather Service. On Thursday the temperature is expected to jump to 96, followed by two 100-degree days. The fairly comfortable weather today makes a visit to the Tractor and Supply Co. Big Barn at the California State Fair tolerable. That’s where 4-H and FFA members will show off their dairy cattle and dairy goats. The cattle show is at noon and the goat show at 1:30 p.m. today.
Alert changes: Furor over an unscheduled Saturday aerial pesticide spraying for West Nile virus in North Natomas has prompted the local mosquito control district to change its alert process when spraying agricultural fields near residential neighborhoods. The spraying, which took place last Saturday and Sunday, surprised many residents in North Natomas. Those who normally receive email alerts about spray days were not notified because they were signed up only for alerts covering residential neighborhoods, not nearby farm fields.
Investigation yields arrest: A 21-year-old man is in jail, accused of burglary and using forged credit cards, following an investigation by the Cal Expo Police Department. Cal Expo officers served search and arrest warrants in the 7200 block of Greenhaven Drive in Sacramento about 7:45 a.m. Tuesday. The warrants resulted from a 10-day investigation prompted by unauthorized activity on a California State Fair patron’s credit card on July 11. The unauthorized activity did not take place on Cal Expo property, but the patron was made aware of the fraud while at the State Fair, according to the Police Department.
Back to the basement?: Bay Area retailer Sports Basement has revived its interest in opening a downtown Sacramento store just as city officials are attempting to buy a building the company eyed as recently as last year. The city is in negotiations to purchase a property at 730 I St. from Sacramento County, city officials said. The county has owned the 70,000-square-foot building since 1996 and reached a deal in 2011 to sell the property to Sports Basement. That deal fell through last year.
Sales tax hike sought: Rancho Cordova is asking its residents to raise the city’s sales tax by a half a cent to pay for greater police protection, urban redevelopment and other services. The City Council voted 4-0 Monday to place a measure on the city’s November ballot that would increase the local sales tax from 8 percent to 8.5 percent. Such a half-cent hike would add 25 cents to a $50 purchase. A majority vote is required to approve the tax, which would take effect April 1, 2015. The city estimates the increase would generate more than $5 million a year for city coffers.
Day 13: The California State Fair continues at Cal Expo. At 3, 5 and 7 p.m. every day, there are freestyle motocross shows in a half-drained lagoon. After each free show, riders will sign autographs and talk with fans. Here is The Bee’s State Fair guide.
Local sports: San Francisco Giants at Philadelphia Phillies, 4:05 p.m. (CSNBA, KNBR 680)
Sacramento River Cats at El Paso Chihuahuas, 7 p.m. (joined in progress; KSTE 650)
Houston Astros at Oakland A’s, 7:05 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140, KAHI 950)