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Holiday weekend catch-up: 7 stories you don’t want to miss

Sacramento City Council candidate Eric Guerra, 36, goes door to door to introduce himself to his constituents on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015. Guerra, a farmworkers child, picked walnuts and toiled with his family while dreaming of something more. He put himself through school and was senior class president at California State University, Sacramento. He went into politics, got a job at the Capitol and was appointed to the Sacramento Planning Commission. If elected, he would be the first Latino elected to the Sacramento Ctiy Council in nearly 20 years. He also represents the next generation of Sacramento leaders.
Sacramento City Council candidate Eric Guerra, 36, goes door to door to introduce himself to his constituents on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015. Guerra, a farmworkers child, picked walnuts and toiled with his family while dreaming of something more. He put himself through school and was senior class president at California State University, Sacramento. He went into politics, got a job at the Capitol and was appointed to the Sacramento Planning Commission. If elected, he would be the first Latino elected to the Sacramento Ctiy Council in nearly 20 years. He also represents the next generation of Sacramento leaders. jvillegas@sacbee.com

Here are seven stories from the long Presidents Day weekend that you’ll want to catch-up on before the work week hits:

1) California anti-vaxxers push back from across political spectrum

Opposition to a bill that would require more schoolchildren to be vaccinated by eliminating the “personal belief exemption” is coming from disparate corners of the political spectrum, where both camps worry that the measure will curtail parental freedom and personal choice.

2) State’s population growth expected to outstrip water conservation in coming years

“The problem is, every time the drought ends we snap out of it, and we don’t actually start planning for the next drought. We need to help people understand what this means for future generations.”

3) Sacramento overhauling vintage train station

Large portions of the building have been gutted, readying it for a modernization that will expand its role as a depot that can handle more train passengers, but also as a civic gathering point with offices, retail areas, a cafe and possibly even a rooftop cocktail lounge.

4) A talker: Woman stung by scorpion on flight from LA to Portland

5) Popular on Facebook: Marcos Breton: Sacramento City Council candidate Eric Guerra rose from poverty

Guerra has gone from farmworker kid, to college student living out of his car, to student body president at California State University, Sacramento, to an advanced degree, a sought-after job, a home, family and a community where he is a budding leader.

6) Popular on Twitter: Frank Gore seeking commitment from 49ers as free agency looms

“I know the fans love me,” he wrote on his Instagram account Sunday, “but I need to know if the management does but I’m going to love my fans no matter what.”

7) Popular on YouTube: DeMarcus Cousins on his first All-Star game

The Sacramento Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins talks about his experience in his first NBA All-Star game, how he interacted with other All-Stars and his plans for the second half of the NBA season.

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