Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:
Basking weather: Today’s weather is expected to be great for walking, running, bicycling and basking – generally anything outdoors that takes advantage of warm but not hot conditions. The high on Friday is expected to be 69 degrees in Sacramento. The weekend looks similarly spectacular.
Don’t forget history: A plan to convert the now-vacant Hotel Marshall in downtown Sacramento into a 10-story Hyatt Place hotel received a generally warm response from the city’s preservation commission. Some commission members and historians encouraged the developers to do more to preserve the Marshall’s history and said the plans reflect a growing trend of builders merely keeping a historic building’s exterior facade while gutting the interior.
▪ Bee special: The last days of the Hotel Marshall
▪ Bee video: Build-A-Bear
Back to the basement: The drinks are starting to flow once again at downtown Sacramento’s Pre-Flite Lounge. The no-frills bar was among the businesses displaced by the demolition of the Downtown Plaza to make way for the new Sacramento Kings arena. Pre-Flite Lounge shut down in April, but found new digs at 1011 10th St. Similar to its previous subterranean environs on L Street, the new Pre-Flite Lounge is in a basement space and patrons will find the front door in the alley.
Touring the capital area: The first two stages of the 2015 Amgen Tour of California will feature rivers and bridges – and plenty of sprinting. A field of 144 cyclists is expected to compete in the eight stages that covers 724.1 miles, including the 127-mile opening stage that begins and ends in Sacramento and the 120-mile second stage from Nevada City to Lodi. Details of the race were announced Thursday.
▪ Bee poll: Do you like the Kings’ trade?
Local sports today: NBA – Boston Celtics at Kings, 7 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140, KAHI 950)
San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN, KNBR 680)
College baseball – Portland at Sacramento State, 2 p.m.
Gonzaga at UC Davis, 2 p.m.