Good Morning! Here’s what you need to know today.
Weather: No sign of relief in the valley. Temperatures are continuing to climb Friday and are expected to reach a high of 105 degrees in Sacramento in the afternoon. This is a slight bump up from Thursday’s 104 degree high. It is expected to stay in the triple digits until Sunday, so if you want to be able to enjoy the weekend it might be time to get out of town.
Cover up on the Bay Bridge? A new report from California Senate says Department of Transportation managers “gagged and banished” at least nine top experts for the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge after they complained about substandard work by the Shanghai, China, firm that built much of the span. Caltrans’ chief executive for the job, Tony Anziano, removed or demoted quality-assurance and fabrication engineers who tried to force the contractor to fix cracked roadway welds, the report says.
Sheriff’s Stingray tracks cell data: The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department acknowledges that it possesses surveillance technology that allows detectives to collect location data from the cell phones of investigative targets, possibly without a court order. The so-called “Stingray technology” is controversial because it also collects location data from nearby cell phone users. In a statement to The Bee, Sheriff Scott Jones said such “collateral” data is not kept by investigators.
Last-ditch effort to stop arena: The Sacramento Kings plan to start preliminary demolition work on Downtown Plaza early this morning, despite a last-minute court appeal by a citizens’ group trying to stop the team’s $477 million arena project. The group of 12 citizens filed a notice of appeal Thursday, seeking to overturn a judge’s refusal to grant an injunction halting construction of the arena.
Court says Nutting’s got to go: Former El Dorado County Supervisor Ray Nutting’s attempt to retain his seat and halt a special election was rejected Thursday by California’s Third District Court of Appeal. A Superior Court judge declared that Nutting must forfeit his office because of misdemeanor convictions over how he raised bail money as he faced arrest last year on felony charges of political malfeasance.
Local Sports: San Francisco Giants at N.Y. Mets, 4:10 p.m. (CSNBA, KNBR 680)
Kansas City Royals at Oakland A’s, 7:05 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140, KAHI 950)
Albuquerque Isotopes at Sacramento River Cats, 7:05 p.m. (KSTE 650)