Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:
Limited visibility: Slooooow down out there on the roadway. Dense fog is once again present in the Sacramento Valley, dropping visibility to a quarter of a mile in some locations, including Sacramento’s Executive Airport and Sacramento International Airport. It’s also cold: 39 degrees before the sun came up in Sacramento.
Boost for streetcars: A proposed streetcar system linking West Sacramento with Sacramento’s central city took two important steps forward Tuesday night.
New pact for firefighters: The Sacramento City Council unanimously approved a new four-year contract for city firefighters Tuesday night that will grant raises to front-line firefighters, but contribute to city deficits in the future.
▪ Bee editorial: Is this fire contract the best city can do?
Deadly crash: The scene that emerged from the fog Tuesday morning was a gruesome one: five men dead after a violent vehicular collision early Tuesday at the intersection of Highway 4 and Van Allen Road east of Stockton.
▪ Bee video: Resident speaks about fatal accident
Near the top: Two climbers trying to become the first in the world to use only their hands and feet to scale a sheer granite face in Yosemite National Park are almost to the top. They may reach the top this evening.
▪ Bee video: Historic Yosemite Climb
Hiring process begins: At 8 a.m. today, the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District will open the online hiring process for the position of firefighter/paramedic, accepting the first 1,000 qualified applications received. The application process will officially close at 5 p.m. Feb. 5.
Overtime loss: The host Sacramento Kings dropped a 108-104 overtime game to the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night.
Local sports today: NBA – Miami at Golden State, 7:30 p.m. (KNBR 680)
Men’s college basketball – Stanford at Cal, 8 p.m., (ESPNU, KAHI 950, KNBR 1050)