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A.M. Sacramento: Here’s what you need to know for Monday

The train station in downtown Sacramento has history on its side, but it also has the age that goes with it. An effort to upgrade the station is one of the city’s most aggressive historic preservation efforts in decades.
The train station in downtown Sacramento has history on its side, but it also has the age that goes with it. An effort to upgrade the station is one of the city’s most aggressive historic preservation efforts in decades. lsterling@sacbee.com

Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015.

Weather: If you’re itching to plant spring flowers, this week’s weather is good news: Plenty of sunshine and no rain in sight. Today’s high is predicted to be 73 degrees with an easy breeze.

Upgrading history: Sacramento’s downtown train depot has earned a spot on every historic register – federal, state and local – but city officials say this is one building they can’t afford to let get stuck in the past. The vintage 1926 station is the latest civic site to undergo major reconstructive surgery, with $30 million, two-year upgrade that is one of the city’s most aggressive historic preservation efforts in decades.

Blurring the border: As West Sacramento becomes more urban – Edible Pedal, anyone? – its small-town differences with big-city Sacramento may begin to fade. Ryan Lillis covers that topic in his City Beat column.

Pumping up a popular park: Cruising down Mt. Vernon Road in north Auburn, it’s easy to believe it’s a dead end – albeit a charming one dotted with wineries and cattle ranches. Those who endure a few more winding turns to the entrance of Hidden Falls Regional Park will discover a lush landscape that will open soon to the public if Placer County park officials succeed in their expansion efforts.

Black history highlights: To the drumbeat of djembes and other African drums, more than 2,500 gathered Sunday for a colorful celebration of Black History Month, an annual event at the Crocker Art Museum.

Local sports: The Kings take a break ahead of new coach George Karl’s arrival – on Friday at Sleep Train. Sacramento State and UC Davis basketball are dark, too, but Sac State’s baseball team completes a holiday weekend series with Utah at 11 a.m. today at John Smith Field.

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