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Scattered showers: Another fast-moving, weak storm system is expected to bring scattered showers to Northern California on Monday. The chance of rain in Sacramento is a mere 20 percent. The weekend weather system didn’t add up to much of anything, failing to drop any measurable rainfall into Sacramento’s official rainfall bucket. Look for maximum temperatures in the low 70s toward the middle of the week.
Water works: Hundreds of property owners across California’s Central Valley and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta are scrambling to prove they have a right to divert water from the region’s streams, the result of a state order that comes due in just four days.
Two-edged sword: Permanent South Lake Tahoe residents complain they are losing their sense of community in the face of ever-increasing tourist traffic, loud music and partying strangers. Many neighborhoods have fewer owner-occupied homes than full-time vacation rentals, so the City Council is considering reforms that seek to preserve the city’s treasured tourism economy while also providing some care and consideration for its increasingly agitated full-time residents.
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Rapping truth: Cesar Chavez Plaza will be the site of an experiment in hip-hop on Monday night. That’s when young artists will re-ignite their “Most Open Mic in the City” experiment. It’s like a flash mob, where poets, rappers and songwriters take turns showcasing their art. Their performances are often deeply personal, and no one brags about dealing drugs or guns. Anyone who uses a homophobic slur gets booed.
Celebrating Tet: An estimated 15,000 people - roughly half of the region’s 30,000 Vietnamese Americans, many of whom had spent years dodging explosions during the Vietnam War - turned out to celebrate Tet - the Vietnamese Lunar New Year heralding the Year of the Goat - through the food, music, dances and traditions of their ancient culture and the freedoms of expression, belief and equal opportunity they’ve availed themselves of here.
Local sports: After a three-game home stand, the Sacramento Kings go back on the road, taking a day off Monday before playing the Knicks in New York on Tuesday in a game originally postponed because of harsh weather.