Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today, Monday, March 9.
Warm winter day: Get ready for another abnormally warm winter day. On Sunday an afternoon high temperature of 77 degrees prompted bike riding, gardening and sitting outside coffee shops in the brilliant late-winter sunshine. Today’s high is expected to be 78 degrees. Look for cooling mid-week when showers could cross into the north state.
Moving a hospital: Come early August, a fleet of ambulances will shuttle 180 patients from the venerable Sutter Memorial Hospital, built in the Great Depression and scheduled for demolition, to Sutter’s gleaming new hospital tower in midtown Sacramento. The trip to the new hospital is two miles. The move has taken years in preparation.
Jail killings: The killings of two inmates at Sacramento County Main Jail were just the third and fourth such deaths at the facility since 1984, making them relatively rare. Authorities say they do not appear to reflect any underlying problem regarding inmate placement or supervision. Others, though, suggest the deaths may reflect inadequate supervision of inmates and a lack of timely medical care.
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Healthy move: In August, a fleet of ambulances will shuttle 180 patients from the venerable Sutter Memorial Hospital, built in the Great Depression and scheduled for demolition, to Sutter’s gleaming new hospital tower in midtown Sacramento. The trip to the new hospital is only two miles, but the move has taken years of preparation.
North Natomas sign of life: A new business in North Natomas is one indication the area might be getting its swagger back. One business can’t fully reverse years of a neighborhood that has felt dissed at every turn, says City Beat writer Ryan Lillis. But when that new business is Track 7 Brewing Co. – one of Sacramento’s most successful start-ups of the past five years – you start to wonder whether owners Ryan Graham and Geoff Scott were on to something when they opened their brewery in Natomas last month.
Empty glasses: Sacramento Beer Week came to a close after 11 days of celebrating the region’s growing legion of craft brewers. Sunday’s finale was Capitol Beer Fest, which drew thousands to Capitol Mall for an afternoon of sipping and sampling.
Artistic license: Watch Ed Fletcher’s video interview with two prominent Sacramento art observers who discuss the controversial piece coming to Sacramento: Jeff Koons’ $8 million sculpture planned for outside the new Sacramento Kings arena.
Local sports: The Sacramento Kings continue their season’s-long eight-game road trip with a visit to Atlanta and a game with the powerful Hawks. Game time is 4:30 p.m.
In spring training, the San Francisco Giants play the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Oakland A’s play the Texas Rangers.