Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:
Back to triple digits: At 6 a.m. the temperature was 63 degrees in Sacramento. By the end of the day, it is going to be a whole lot hotter. National Weather Service forecasters predict a high of 100 degrees by late afternoon. Temperatures will probably reach 90 degrees at noon. Look for another century-mark reading on Saturday, followed by slight cooling to 98 on Sunday.
‘Disaster city’: Saying California’s emergency responders need more training to handle major calamities, state and local leaders are pitching plans to build a world-class $56 million training facility in eastern Sacramento County that would pit fire crews against a variety of realistic, pressure-packed simulated disasters. Initial construction on the Emergency Response Training Center has begun on 53 acres east of Mather Field in Rancho Cordova. The facility would be “a total disaster city,” said Kurt Henke, Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District chief.
Final ruling today?: A judge is poised to remove what is probably the final legal barrier before construction can begin on the new Sacramento Kings arena. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley, in a tentative ruling, rejected a citizen group’s request for an injunction that would have stopped the $477 million project from moving forward until the lawsuit was resolved. Frawley could make a final ruling as early as today after a hearing on the matter. The Kings have said they expect to begin demolition on the eastern end of Downtown Plaza sometime before the end of the month.
City Hall proposal continued: With opponents threatening a lawsuit, the Citrus Heights City Council voted 3-2 Thursday night to continue the proposal to move Citrus Heights City Hall to make way for a medical office building to its Aug. 14 meeting. If approved, all city buildings on the northwest corner of Greenback Lane and Fountain Square Drive, except the Police Department, would be demolished. They would be replaced with a three-story, 68,727-square-foot medical office building proposed to house 50 Dignity Health physicians and 120 support staff. The city would construct a new city hall building on a city-owned parcel at 7625 Antelope Road, in a largely residential area between Sunrise and Auburn boulevards. Kim Schaefer, coordinator of opponents called Preserve Our Civic Center, said if the project is approved, a lawsuit would be filed on the grounds that there was an inadequate study of the environmental impacts of the respective projects on the Fountain Square and Antelope Road sites.
Reward increased: Authorities announced that the reward for information in last week’s deadly bank robbery in Stockton has grown to $50,000. The money is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of an unknown partner who dropped three alleged co-conspirators off at the Bank of the West the afternoon of July 16. The driver left in a dark Buick sedan that later was found abandoned not far from the bank. The FBI and the Bank of the West each pledged a reward of $20,000, adding to the $10,000 pledged by Stockton Crime Stoppers
Dance under the stars: The Strauss Festival of Elk Grove continues at 8:15 p.m. today. The event is a free outdoor staged dance production at Elk Grove Regional Park that has attracted more than 30,000 people annually since its inception in 1987. Each year features a different choreographed storyline set to music by the family of Austrian composer Johann Strauss, played by a live orchestra. Each performance ends with a fireworks display. The festival also takes place at the same time Saturday and Sunday.
Local sports: Sacramento Republic FC hosts West Bromwich of the English Premier League in a friendly at 7:30 p.m. today at Bonney Field. Tickets to Republic matches at Bonney Field double as California State Fair entrance passes at Cal Expo.
Oakland A’s at Texas Rangers, 5:05 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140, KAHI 950)
Sacramento River Cats at Tacoma Rainiers, 7:05 p.m. (KSTE 650)
Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants, 7:15 p.m. (CW 31, KNBR 680)