Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:
Not so hot: The all-time high for Aug. 19 is 108. No surprise there. August in Sacramento can be extremely hot. The late San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen once wrote that when he lived in Sacramento as a boy his parents cooled his bed sheets in the icebox during the day so that he would have a comfortable night’s sleep. This week is so not like Caen’s childhood memories of stifling Sacramento days. The high forecast for today: 84 degrees, 60 for tonight.
Sweet 70: From the time they were kids, John and Treva Hurt couldn’t imagine life without one another. The Sierra Oaks couple today have reached a rare milestone after 70 years of marriage. It is a marriage so long that the U.S. Census Bureau doesn’t keep track of how many couples reach their platinum anniversary.
Mayoral foe: Sacramento City Councilman Steve Hansen is launching a political committee that will try to defeat the “strong mayor” proposal sought by Mayor Kevin Johnson on the November ballot. The move pits the first-term councilman against a mayor backed by business groups and building trades unions.
Market mural momentum: Two artists and their business partner have raised nearly $100,000 of the $150,000 they need to complete a mural project under the W-X freeway where Sacramento’s biggest farmers market is held each Sunday. The artists envision turning the grey concrete into colorful trees as part of the Bright Underbelly project.
Gubernatorial debate: Sacramento will host the one and only debate between Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and Republican challenger Neel Kashkari, Brown’s campaign announced Monday. The one-hour debate will take place at the California Channel studios in Sacramento on Sept. 4.
Elk Grove schools chief: The area’s largest school district – Elk Grove Unified – is moving quickly toward hiring a new superintendent to replace outgoing chief Steven Ladd. The district has held dozens of meetings to solicit opinions on how to shape its search and expects to find Ladd’s replacement by the end of September.
Cats eye playoffs: The River Cats have begun selling playoff tickets for their five potential games at Raley Field.
Local sports: San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs, 5:05 p.m. (CSNBA, KNBR 680)
New York Mets at Oakland A’s, 7:05 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140, KAHI 950)
Oklahoma City RedHawks at Sacramento River Cats, 7:05 p.m. (KSTE 650)