Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today, April 8, 2015.
Leave the umbrella at home: Sunny and cool weather is predicted in Sacramento Wednesday as the spring storm that soaked the city has exited to the east. Three-quarters of an inch of rain fell on Tuesday in Sacramento. The Sierra, where flakes were still falling this morning, is cloaked in white. Kirkwood Ski Resort reported two feet of new snow. The high today in Sacramento is expected to be 64 degrees.
Painful cuts: Granite Bay, Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Folsom, Fair Oaks are among Sacramento-area communities that need to cut water use by 35 percent this year, compared with 2013, or potentially face stiff penalties. The drought management framework was issued Tuesday by the State Water Resources Control Board. Local districts that ause significantly less water per capita – including the cities of Sacramento, Roseville, Davis and Woodland – would be required to cut water use by 25 percent. Under the framework, mandatory cutbacks for communities statewide range from 10 percent to 35 percent.
Mom charged: The woman accused of setting her 7-year-old daughter on fire was charged Tuesday with attempted murder. Porche Latrice Wright, 27, was arrested at her Sacramento home Saturday after a family friend called for help after seeing burn marks on Wright’s daughter. The girl was taken to the hospital, where she remained Tuesday. She is expected to live. Wright could face up to life in prison if convicted.
Streetcar $3 million closer: The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors approved $3 million for a downtown streetcar project on Tuesday, completing the round of local government support needed for the $150 million project. The streetcar would run just over three miles across the Tower Bridge and past riverfront landmarks. Advocates need to come up with $75 million to match a federal grant that has been requested. Taxpayers along the route have agreed to pay $30 million, West Sacramento plans to pay $25 million, and the city of Sacramento will contribute $7 million. To reach the needed match amount, supporters will need to secure a $10 million grant from the state. County supervisors voted 3-1 in favor of the funding, which relies on an expected increase in downtown parking revenues to pay for the project.
Foggy testimony: Under cross-examination in her second day of testimony, Colleen Harris couldn’t recall details from her “fog” of memory during and after the shotgun death of husband Robert “Bob” Harris, 72, in 2013. In the same courthouse nearly 30 years ago, Harris was acquitted in another murder trial in the 1985 killing of second husband, James Batten, 46, after the defense argued he sexually abused her. On the witness stand Tuesday, Colleen testified she didn’t remember many things about that, either. She is scheduled to continue her testimony today.
Local sports: Sacramento Kings at Utah, 6 p.m. (CSNCA)
San Francisco Giants at Arizona, 6:40 p.m. (CSNBC)
Texas at Oakland’s, 7:05 p.m. (CSN+)