Good morning. Here’s what you need to know for today:
Seasonably cool: There have been more than a dozen 100-degree days this year in Sacramento, but there won’t be any this week. The weather forecast is refreshingly, pleasantly boring. Daytime highs should be below normal thanks to a slight onshore flow into the Sacramento area. Today’s high is expected to be 89 degrees, followed on Friday by 92, followed by 92 on Saturday, followed by 91 on Sunday. You get the picture.
Here they (mid) rise: For years developers have wanted to build soaring residential towers in downtown Sacramento, but the cost of high-rise construction and the down-to-earth prices condominiums can fetch here undercut their efforts. Today there’s a wave of apartment and condo projects being built or planned with ground-floor shops and restaurants. Most are midrise structures framed with wood, not steel, on top of concrete. Experts say that type of construction is a more cost-effective way to build housing in central Sacramento that also adds to the city’s urban appeal.
New role for Rhee: Michelle Rhee, the prominent and controversial education figure who is the wife of Mayor Kevin Johnson, announced on Wednesday that she is stepping down from her post as chief executive of StudentsFirst, the national advocacy organization she founded in 2010. As Johnson’s national stature increases, Rhee’s new role will be to focus on the mayor’s future.
King-sized job: Sacramento’s landscape will continue to change the next two years. On Wednesday, Downtown Plaza started coming down in chunks, the first visible sign of demolition as much of the moribund shopping mall is transformed into a new arena for the Sacramento Kings. The team will continue play its next two seasons at Sleep Train Arena. The NBA on Wednesday announced the 2014-15 schedule, which has the Kings hosting the Golden State Warriors in the season opener Oct. 29.
Sign of the times: Sacramento County supervisors have approved a digital billboard along a Highway 99 commute corridor in the south area, continuing a local government trend of authorizing electronic displays in exchange for large fees.
More scrutiny: A grand jury report critical of Sheriff Ed Prieto left Yolo County supervisors with more questions than answers. Now they want a new panel to re-examine claims that he ran his department under a cloak of harassment and intimidation.
Fair through Sunday: The Yolo County Fair continues its run in Woodland, 1125 East St. Fair buildings open at noon; the fairgrounds closes at midnight. The fair is the largest and oldest free gate fair in California.
Local sports: Oakland A’s at Kansas City Royals, 11:10 a.m. (MLB [noon], KHTK 1140, KAHI 950)
Colorado Springs Sky Sox at Sacramento River Cats, 7:05 p.m. (KSTE 650)