Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:
Bring an umbrella: The delightfully rainy week continues today with the evening commute expected to be wet. The main part of the weather system should track into Sacramento late in the day. Looking into next week: another big rainstorm is forecast for Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.
No student buy-in: Sacramento State students overwhelmingly rejected a $438 annual fee increase this week to build a 5,000-seat arena on campus, joining a wave of discontent over increasing costs at public universities across California.
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▪ Even though Sacramento State students voted down a $219 per semester fee increase to fund an event center – including a arena – university officials will continue working to fund the proposed facility, writes Sacramento Bee columnist Ailene Voisin.
White-capped mountains: The scant snowpack at Lake Tahoe was blotchy and uneven, with a smattering of pine needles. But while they produced rain at the lake itself, this week’s storms have transformed the mountains ringing the lake into snow-capped beauties.
Book of Dreams: Representatives from Serna Village in McClellan Park and the Sacramento Sheriff’s Bike Unit seek funds to provide area youths with needed bicycles. The Bee’s annual holiday effort helps people in need. Here’s how to make donations.
West Sac light fest: The annual West Sacramento Tree Lighting Celebration is scheduled from 6 to 8:30 p.m. today outside City Hall, 1110 W. Capitol Ave.
More alacrity sought: Sacramento Kings coach Michael Malone said despite a four-game losing streak, there’s “no panic at all,” but he wants to see the team play with more urgency.
Local sports today: NBA – Indiana Pacers at Kings, 7 p.m. (CSNCA, NBA-TV, KHTK 1140, KAHI 950)
Prep football – Sac Joaquin Section Division II championship: Grant vs. St. Mary’s, 7:30 p.m. (KSAC-FM 105.5)
Women’s college basketball – UC Davis vs. Santa Clara, 3:30 p.m. (KDVS-FM 90.3)