10-digit local calls?
Are 10-digit local calls in the capital’s future? The California Public Utilities Commission is holding a meeting at 1 p.m. at Sacramento City Hall to discuss adding a new area code to the Sacramento region, which currently uses 916. The commission expects to run out of phone numbers in the first quarter of 2018 due to increased demand. Each area code has approximately 7.9 million available phone numbers, according to Joseph R. Cocke, an official with the North American Numbering Plan Administration, which allocates them. Cocke said the 916 area code has used up 93 percent of its available prefixes (the three digits after the area code in a phone number) and has only 53 prefixes left, which translates to 530,000 usable phone numbers available. Adding a new area code would not affect existing lines, but people requesting phone numbers after March 2018 could get a new area code. The plan would, however, eliminate seven-digit local calling because there would be multiple area codes in the region. The 916 area code was created in 1947 as one of California’s three original area codes. The area code covers most of Sacramento and Placer counties as well as parts of Yolo, Sutter, Solano and El Dorado counties.
5 mph for Folsom Lake watercraft
The maximum speed limit for boats and other watercraft on Folsom Lake will be reduced to 5 mph beginning Monday due to low water levels. The 5 mph speed limit is necessary because the low water level has brought rocks in the lake closer to the surface, and boats are in danger of being scratched or worse in some shallow areas, according to a news release from the California Department of Parks and Recreation. As of Monday, the Hobie Cove ramp at Browns Ravine in El Dorado County will be the only launch ramp available to boaters. The Rattlesnake Bar, Granite Bay, Folsom Point and Peninsula boat ramps are all out of the water and closed to boat launching, officials said. The Granite Bay low-water ramp will surface and should be available in about a week, they said.
City Council to meet
The Rancho Cordova City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive. Among the topics scheduled to be discussed is the mural selection for the Folsom Boulevard fence replacement project. Go to www.cityofranchocordova.org for more information.
Things to do
- Sacramento Cocktail Week will continue through Thursday with events celebrating local bartenders and artisan drinks. Events Monday include a golf tournament at Ancil Hoffman; Pool Party at the Hyatt Regency; The Tavern on the Green at Hook and Ladder; Stranger Things and Stranger Drinks at Bottle and Barlow; and a Bar Stories Competition at Fox and Goose.
- Sacramento River Cats vs. Omaha Storm Chasers, 7:05 p.m., Raley Field