Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:
Coolish weather: Can’t beat this weather. Summer sizzler? It seems summer took a chill pill. The hottest day in Sacramento history is 114 degrees, a mark set on July 17, 1925. The temperature forecast for today in Sacramento is 84 – 30 degrees below the all-time record. The Delta breeze is delivering great weather for anything outdoors and saving homeowners money on air conditioning
Patient tested for Ebola at Kaiser South: Fears of an Ebola outbreak in the United States hit home Tuesday as health officials announced that a patient at a Sacramento hospital was being tested for the virus that has killed an estimated 1,200 people in West Africa. Doctors at the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center took a blood sample from the patient that was subsequently sent by the Sacramento County Public Health Lab to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. It will take several days to get the results and to determine whether the patient has the virus, according to a statement from the Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services.
Local leader dies: Grantland Johnson, a trailblazing Sacramento politician who rose in rank while staying in touch with his community roots as a city councilman, county supervisor and top health official in state and federal government, died Tuesday at 65.
Shootings draw protests: Two shootings, one fatal, by law enforcement officers in separate incidents Monday in Yolo County drew protesters to Woodland the past two days. A Woodland police officer shot Jeffrey Tow dead after authorities said Towe allegedly charged with a knife after officers arrived at his apartment building in response to a call about a disturbed, screaming man. Late Monday, a California Highway Patrol officer shot and wounded a man who allegedly pulled a gun on officers in a drunken driving stop. The suspect, who was hospitalized in critical but stable condition, was identified as Heath Austin Nunes, 38, of Lincoln. The four-county Sacramento region, which includes Sacramento, Yolo, Placer and El Dorado counties, this year has nearly doubled the five fatal officer-involved shootings in 2013. In 2012, there were 16 fatal police shootings, including a record 10 by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. Statewide, California averaged 100 annual deaths from police shootings from 2006 to 2011.
Death a shock to friends: Elaine Greenberg, who for decades rescued and cared for dogs from her home in rural Davis, was found dead Friday, just days after authorities seized her Rottweilers and accused her of neglecting them. Friends are shocked at the turn of events for Greenberg, a former biochemist who dedicated her life to rescuing, caring for and finding homes for animals that otherwise would have been put to death in shelters.
Water drain: A study by UC researchers has found that California has allocated at least five times more water rights than nature can deliver. The rivers under the most strain, the research indicates, are virtually all that drain into the Central Valley, including the Sacramento, Feather, Yuba, American, Mokelumne and San Joaquin rivers.
Less water, worse air: Low water levels at Folsom Lake are causing an increase in air pollution from the $900 million Folsom Dam auxiliary spillway project. The lake is filled to just 40 percent of capacity, which has allowed construction to proceed without the use of marine excavation equipment this year. The land equipment used instead has emitted more nitrogen oxide, said Katie Huff, spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Zesty pours: Midtown Cocktail Week continues at area establishments. Today’s pop-up events include the Freaky Tiki Luau (3-6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to closing time at Pour House, 1910 Q St.) and the Whiskey Sour and Friends (4-6 p.m. at Capital Dime, 1801 L St).
Local sports: New York Mets at Oakland A’s, 12:35 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140, KAHI 950)
San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs, 5:05 p.m. (CSNBA, KNBR 680)
Sacramento River Cats at Memphis Redbirds, 7 p.m. (taped: subject to change KSTE 650)
Wilmington Hammerheads at Sacramento Republic FC, 8 p.m.