Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today, Tuesday, April 14.
Pollen in the wind: Grab your hat and some allergy medication because it is going to be windy Tuesday in Northern California. Morning breezes are expected to be from the north, blowing from 15 to 20 mph in Sacramento. Gusts could reach 30 mph.
Harris trial resumes: The murder trial of Colleen Ann Harris, who stands accused of killing her husband in their Placerville home, resumes today in El Dorado Superior Court. It marks the second trial Harris has faced for murdering a husband; she was acquitted in her first trial after her attorney argued she acted in self-defense against a spouse who abused her. The defense is expected to call additional witnesses, and both sides may make closing arguments today. She said last week that her husband’s death was an accident rather than a suicide as she initially suggested.
Child care on chopping block: The Sacramento City Council is scheduled to discuss a plan to close 4th “R” before- and after-school care at four Sacramento City Unified campuses because the program is facing a deficit next fiscal year. The city offers 4th “R” care to families at 14 district campuses and relies heavily on parent fees. While the issue remained on the Council agenda Monday, some city and school officials said the vote likely will be delayed, perhaps until Councilman-elect Eric Guerra is sworn in.
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African American youth deaths: Sacramento County supervisors will hear presentations today from First 5, probation and other officials about $6 million in proposed programs to reduce the death rate among African American children. Supervisor Phil Serna has for a couple of years led the effort to identify the causes and possible solutions for the disproportionately high rate of death for African American youth.
Nature tour at McClellan: The U.S. Air Force will sponsor a tour of the West Nature Area at the former McClellan Air Force Base from noon to 2 p.m. today. Long-term conservation plans for the 220-acre wildlife preserve will be featured, and Air Force personnel will discuss the area’s remediation and restoration. Visitors are asked to park in a lot next to Watt Avenue at the end of Olson Street and meet in the Air Force building, where they will take vans or carpool to the nature area. The event is part of Creek Week activities.
Ethnic studies: San Juan Unified School District trustees at their Tuesday board meeting will consider adding ethnic studies courses at high schools next year. The main class is a yearlong course for freshmen with an emphasis on “African Americans, Asian/Pacific Islanders, Chicanos/Latinos and Native Americans in Northern California,” according to the board agenda.
Oak preservation in Rocklin: The Rocklin City Council will consider buying an acre of land off Rocklin Road to establish a “City of Rocklin Oak Woodlands Preservation” area in a location that has seen an increasing amount of commercial development. The property would cost $150,000 and improvements would be less than $25,000.
Local sports: Sacramento River Cats vs. Las Vegas 51s, 7:05 p.m. (KCTC 1320)
Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants, 7:15 p.m. (CSNBA, KNBR 680)
Oakland A’s at Houston Astros, 5:10 p.m. (CSN+, KHTK 1140, KAHI 950)