Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:
Rose pruning sans coats?: January is traditionally the time when Sacramento residents prune rose bushes. Bundled up in coats, gardeners trim back the leggy dormant bushes so that in spring the reward is bountiful blooms of floribunda or grandiflora. This week the pruning can be done while clad in a long-sleeve shirt because temperatures are liable to reach 60 degrees each afternoon.
See the trophies: The River Cats’ new partnership with the San Francisco Giants will be on display today when the Giants’ World Series trophies from 2010, 2012 and 2014 come to Raley Field in West Sacramento. From 4 to 6 p.m., the trophies will be set up in center field for viewing and picture taking. The Sacramento Bee also will display its World Series photography throughout the ballpark during the event. Admission is free, though the team suggests a donation to the Junior Giants program.
Capt. makeover: To put a spark into her life as she turned 50, a Sacramento Fire Department firefighter underwent a television makeover on the Steve Harvey talk show. The transformation of fire Capt. Cathleen Russell will be unveiled at 3 p.m. today on KCRA, Channel 3.
More Natomas housing?: Housing construction in Sacramento’s Natomas region could resume as soon as June because FEMA officials anticipate dropping their building restrictions. That move comes as a result of progress on levee upgrades so far, although a lot of work remains to be done.
Depot lease examined: State officials have launched a review into whether the city of Dixon has violated transportation grant fund requirements by leasing its downtown “train depot” building to the city’s Chamber of Commerce.
King-sized funk: The fallout from the Dec. 14 firing of Sacramento Kings head coach Michael Malone – the timing of the decision, followed by management’s disagreement regarding a successor, followed by a collective team funk – keeps growing, writes Bee columnist Ailene Voisin.
Local sports today: NBA – Oklahoma City Thunder at Kings, 7 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140)
Indiana Pacers at Golden State Warriors, 7:30 p.m. (KNBR 680)
Men’s college basketball – Cal-State Northridge at UC Davis, 7 p.m. (KSAC-FM 101.5)
Cal at USC, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)