Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today, Monday, Feb. 23.
Wintry forecast: The forecast for the week actually includes some winter weather. Unlike the past few weeks of warm, dry days, Monday is starting on the chilly side. An accompanying breeze calls for a jacket at least through early afternoon. And what is that in the long-range forecast? It is something we have not seen for awhile. The National Weather Service is predicting a slight chance of rain for Friday.
Is ‘welfare queen’ law outdated?: The “welfare queen” law passed two decades ago, with Democrats in charge of the Legislature: In California, a family that conceives and births an additional child while on welfare is barred from getting an increase in its grant. Today, with Democrats still in the majority, the measure’s base of support is eroding. Advocates for the poor are mounting their strongest effort yet to repeal the so-called “maximum family grant” rule, a big-ticket spending item that could bleed into state budget talks.
Shortage of subs: School districts across the country have struggled with a severe substitute shortage for the last few years as an economic rebound has created better job options. The shortage has grown more severe as California school districts remove teachers from classrooms to receive training in Common Core State Standards. The result: More administrators are substituting in elementary schools, students get crammed into other classrooms for the day, and high school and middle school teachers forgo their preparation periods to fill in for colleagues.
Long trek for young traveler: The trip to the planet’s coldest, driest and most mountainous continent is not one that most pre-teens are likely to attempt. And it’s not one that most parents of pre-teens would support. Winter winds regularly climb in excess of 100 mph. Temperatures in the Antarctic summer, which is nearing an end, are close to freezing. The continent’s ice sheet is in constant motion. Crevasses mark the region. But 12-year-old Aidan Fong heading south. Way south.
Artist lofts: As downtown embarks on a new era, K Street gets a lot of the attention and so does the downtown arena. But walking through the corridors of the new Warehouse Artist Lofts, it becomes clear right away that R Street is this city’s next urban destination.
Local sports: The Sacramento Kings have another couple of days off before continuing their season reset under new coach George Karl on Wednesday.