Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:
Cloud cover coming: While the coast is getting some high waves courtesy of tropical storm Marie far off into the Pacific, Sacramento will only see some high clouds from the former hurricane. Clouds are expected to move in on Friday, putting a damper on this week’s hot conditions. The high on Wednesday was 97, several degrees hotter than what forecasters had predicted. Today’s high is expected to be 95.
Labor upheaval: Amid a roiling dispute among labor groups over Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson’s strong-mayor ballot proposal, Bill Camp, the longtime executive secretary of the Sacramento Central Labor Council, was abruptly fired this week. In a telephone interview Wednesday, Camp, who opposes the mayor’s measure, said he learned he had been fired when he showed up for work at his office earlier this week and found a letter of termination – signed by two officers of the labor council – taped to his door.
Challenge to Benicia: Sacramento leaders will send a letter to Benicia today formally challenging the Bay Area city to do a better job of studying train derailment risks before it approves an oil company’s plans to ship crude oil on daily trains through Sacramento-area downtowns to a Benicia refinery.
Purchase for pitch?: Elk Grove is buying a 100-acre parcel south of the city with an eye toward building a long-sought complex that would draw Major League Soccer to the city. The nearly $4.4 million land deal for farmland at Grant Line Road and Highway 99 was approved Wednesday by the Elk Grove City Council.
Environmental hurdle: The state’s proposal to build two giant water diversion tunnels in the Delta will be delayed for months because parts of the environmental document need rewriting, officials announced Wednesday.
Local sports: Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants, 12:45 p.m. (CSNBA, KNBR 680)
San Francisco 49ers at Houston Texans (preseason), 5 p.m. (Channel 13, KNBR 680, ESPN 1320) Read Matt Barrows’ 10 49ers to watch in Houston.
Seattle Seahawks at Oakland Raiders (preseason), 7 p.m. (Channel 58, KNBR 1050, KHTK 1140)
Oakland A’s at Los Angeles Angels, 7:05 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140, KAHI 950)
Reno Aces at Sacramento River Cats, 7:05 p.m. (KSTE 650)