Good morning! Here’s what you need to know today.
Weather: Relief begins today from the recent run of triple-digit temperatures. Sunday’s high is forecast at a comparably cool 96 degrees, with sunny skies. Forecasters also predict temperatures in the mid-90s heading into the work week.
Kings in talks to buy Sacramento soccer team: Even as they begin building a new downtown arena, the owners of the Kings are in discussions to expand their footprint in the region by buying Sacramento Republic FC – the minor league soccer team selling out games locally since April. This week, Sacramento Kings President Chris Granger will travel to Portland to meet with MLS officials along with current Republic owner Warren Smith. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson is also expected to attend the meeting, scheduled for Wednesday.
Philharmonic scraps fall season: For the first time in its 17-year history, the Sacramento Philharmonic will not present any concerts during the fall season, which will leave Sacramento as the only U.S. city of comparable size without an active symphony orchestra. The Sacramento Opera has also decided not to stage performances in the fall. Laurie Nelson, president of the alliance, said the board opted in June to cancel the fall season to give the organization a “hiatus” so it can reorganize. It is unclear whether its musicians will return to the stage in the spring of 2015.
Raley Field adding enclosed private club: The Sacramento River Cats baseball team announced Saturday that it would be adding an enclosed club with a bar and patio to its Raley Field stadium in West Sacramento. The 5,000-square-foot Western Health Advantage Legacy Club will be open to River Cats season ticket holders, said team spokesman Mark Ling. Ling declined to say how much it would cost to build the club, but said it’s the most expensive and significant addition to Raley Field since the stadium was built in 2000 at a cost of $46.5 million.
Venture capital game hits the golf course: Check out the pitches of the area’s up-and-coming companies competing for admission into Velocity Venture Capital’s entrepreneur accelerator program and vote for your favorite. The online votes will help determine the 10 business that make it. Cost is $1 per vote and “vote-stuffing is encouraged,” said Monique Brown, executive director of Velocity’s nonprofit entrepreneurs campus. The votes are tax deductible and help to underwrite programs at the Folsom-based non-profit. Voting ends Aug. 15.
Local sports: S.F. Giants at N.Y. Mets at 10:10 a.m. (CSNBA, KNBR 680)
Kansas City Royals at Oakland A’s, 1:05 p.m. (CSNCA, KAHI 950, KHTK 1140)
Las Vegas 51s at Sacramento River Cats, 5:05 p.m. (KSTE 650)