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  • Randy Pench / rpench@sacbee.com

    Eric Sunderland, a delegate with the Sacramento Central Labor Council, hands a flier supporting ousted leader Bill Camp to Diane Buffington of Curtis Park at the council’s Labor Day picnic Monday at William Land Park in Sacramento.

  • Randy Pench / rpench@sacbee.com

    Leno Pedres, president of the Sacramento Central Labor Council, said Bill Camp’s absence would not detract from the unions’ solidarity. Pedres attended the labor council’s annual Labor Day picnic Monday at William Land Park in Sacramento.

AM Sacramento: Here’s what you need to know for Tuesday

Published: Tuesday, Sep. 2, 2014 - 6:45 am

Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:

Labor Day laboring: Just like August, which started off with a high of 107 degrees, the first day of September was also on the hot side. The high in Sacramento on Monday was 101, with folks in Old Sacramento laboring under the heat as they photographed beautifully restored cars and buses during an Americana festival. Look for relief in the form of a gradual cool-off the rest of the week with temperatures in low 90s in Sacramento.

Leader’s absence loomed: Notably absent Monday at the Sacramento Central Labor Council’s annual Labor Day picnic was longtime local labor leader Bill Camp, the labor council’s executive secretary who was fired last week, had his termination rescinded and is now on paid administrative leave. Camp’s union has filed a grievance, accusing council members of conducting a “witch hunt” against Camp. The dispute over Camp’s status loomed large at Monday’s picnic, suggesting internal divisions in the region’s house of labor at the traditional start of the fall campaign season.

App-pealing trend: As landlines and paper handouts disappear, local school districts are experimenting with new ways of reaching families. At Folsom Cordova and Natomas unified school districts this year, that means launching an app that allows parents to keep tabs on their children almost anywhere and anytime.

Walk this way: Responding to patron requests, Sacramento International Airport today will open a new pedestrian walkway from the daily surface parking lot to both air terminals. Officials said the walkway will allow fliers to chose a five-minute walk, rather than wait for a shuttle bus.

Water answers: In a Q-and-A session, The Sacramento Bee speaks to John Woodling, a local water expert about what the drought means for the Sacramento metro area and how the region should adapt and respond. Woodling is executive director of the Sacramento Regional Water Authority, a joint powers agency that represents 25 water providers in Sacramento, Placer and El Dorado counties.

Local sports: San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies, 5:40 p.m. (CSNBA, KNBR 680)

Seattle Mariners at Oakland A’s, 7:05 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140, KAHI 950)



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