Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:
Back to the 70s: Sacramento will see increasing cloudiness today, with a high temperature expected to reach 76 degrees. On Saturday, the high temperature in downtown Sacramento hit a record 85 degrees, eclipsing the old mark of 83 set in 2004. It was the first time in 2015 that the capital city broke the 80-degree mark. The unseasonably toasty temperatures are the result of a high-pressure system in Southern California that is making its presence felt throughout the state.
Work of art or kitsch?: The $8 million sculpture that Jeff Koons is creating for the plaza in front of Sacramento’s new NBA arena has polarized the city in recent weeks. That’s nothing new for Koons, whose work has long divided his audience into lovers and haters. Some critics extol Koons as a pop art genius; others deride his work as commercial kitsch.
▪ Bee columnist Marcos Breton: If the Jeff Koons art made you mad – you probably had your facts wrong
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Library lightning rod: Residents in Loomis are gearing up for a fight as Placer County seeks to close the town’s library – a key gathering spot for the community – in an effort to reduce costs after several years of budget deficits.
Needed care: Dogs, cats and other pets owned by homeless people receive care and TLC at a monthly veterinary clinic at the Loaves & Fishes homeless complex north of downtown Sacramento.
Author to speak: Patricia Bracewell will read from and discuss the book “The Price of Blood” from 2 to 3 p.m. today at the Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in Davis.
Unfriendly: A friendly between Republic FC and UC Davis turned chaotic in Davis on Saturday when Republic FC coach Preki pulled his team off the field in the 66th minute and forfeited a match his team was leading 1-0.
A very good hoops year: Both of the area’s Division I men’s college basketball programs captured at least 20 games, dominated their home courts and survived the opener in their respective conference tournaments. The UC Davis Aggies and Sacramento State Hornets generated some serious chatter around the water cooler. More impressively, they became winners for the first time at the D-I level, writes Bee columnist Ailene Voisin.
Local sports today: College baseball – Sacramento State at Cal Poly, 1 p.m.
UC Davis at Fresno State, 1:05 p.m.
College softball – Sacramento State vs. Loyola Marymount (22nd annual Capital Classic Tournament at Shea Stadium), 9 a.m.
Spring Training baseball – Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants, 3:05 p.m. (Channel 31, KNBR 680)
Oakland A’s at Milwaukee Brewers, 1:05 p.m.