Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today, Tuesday, May 30:
Have you ever inhaled the helium from an inflated balloon to give yourself a funny, high-pitched voice? Turns out it was not a great idea. That’s just one of the helpful tips for “smart balloon practices” that the Balloon Council has to share. The national organization of manufacturers, distributors and retailers is touring the country to promote the “proper handling” of balloons for children and their families, and will make its next stop in Capitol Park near 12th and L streets at 10:30 a.m. The delegation includes “spokesballoon” Farady, named for the English scientist Michael Faraday, who invented the rubber balloon in 1824 for use in his research with hydrogen. Assemblyman Bill Quirk, D-Hayward, who has legislation to clarify that willfully releasing a foil balloon is a crime in California, is also expected to attend.
Council to review massive housing plan
The Sacramento City Council will review Greenbriar development, a nearly 600-acre proposed community of lakeside homes and apartments on farmland near Sacramento International Airport. The controversial project, a decade in the works, is designed in the pedestrian-oriented style of old city neighborhoods like Land Park and Curtis Park. The developer, Integral Communities of Newport Beach, will ask the City Council on Tuesday to approve a development agreement and other final documents with a go-ahead, meaning construction could begin next year. The meeting starts at 5 p.m. at 915 I St.
London play shown on big screen
The critically acclaimed production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” is being broadcast live from London to Sacramento’s Tower Theatre, beginning at 7 p.m. The production of Edward Albee’s landmark play is currently on stage at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London. Tickets for the live broadcast cost $20.
Twiztid hadlines at Ace of Spades
Twiztid, a rap rock group from Detroit, performs at Ace of Spades, 1417 R St. Twiztid is composed of Jamie Spaniolo and Paul Methric, who perform under the respective personas of Jamie Madrox and Monoxide. Also performing are G-Mo Skee, Young Wicked, Gorilla Voltage and Mr?E. The event starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $22.
Deadline week in the Legislature
It’s a crucial deadline week in the Legislature, with all bills required to pass out of their house of origin by Friday. To get through about 700 measures on their collective agendas, the Senate and the Assembly will be holding extra floor sessions. The fun kicks off today when the Senate reconvenes at noon. According to the president pro tem’s office, the upper house aims to take up 80 bills, then another 100 tomorrow and 75 on Thursday, leaving Friday open for any spillover. The Assembly, which has to clear approximately 440 bills, meets at 1 p.m. Sessions are also scheduled for 10 a.m. the rest of the week.