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AM Sacramento: Here’s what you need to know for Tuesday

Stacey Powell, right, greets “Barkley,” the mascot for the Sacramento Tree Foundation, during the Big Day of Giving event at Fremont Park in Sacramento on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. The Big Day of Giving is a 24-hour online giving challenge for the Sacramento region.
Stacey Powell, right, greets “Barkley,” the mascot for the Sacramento Tree Foundation, during the Big Day of Giving event at Fremont Park in Sacramento on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. The Big Day of Giving is a 24-hour online giving challenge for the Sacramento region. rbenton@sacbee.com

Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today, Tuesday, May 5:

A toast, not toasty on Cinco de Mayo : The weather for May 5 is forecast to be perfect for a cerveza on the patio. Cinco de Mayo, a day of pride for many Mexican Americans, is a time for gathering of friends and family for food and a toast. The high temperature today in Sacramento is expected to reach 80 degrees. Salud!

Big Day of Giving: More than 500 local nonprofits are encouraging donors to give today during the Sacramento Region Community Foundation’s Big Day of Giving. Groups can receive additional matching dollars based on how much they raise today. Last year’s event generated more than $3 million from 12,000 donors. A Big Day of Giving “Halftime Celebration” goes from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cesar Chavez Park in downtown Sacramento, complete with food trucks, live entertainment and giving stations.

Museum building for sale: The Sacramento City Council will consider selling the California Automobile Museum building and parking lot near the Sacramento River waterfront to the foundation that operates the museum. The California Vehicle Foundation would purchase land, the building and parking lot for $65,700, including a nearby parcel that could be used for expansion. The city estimates that upgrade costs for the building are more than the structure is worth, and it calculates that demolition costs would exceed the value of the land. The foundation believes that owning the building would allow it to raise more money for the needed improvements.

Water rates increase: The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors will consider approving two years’ worth of rate increases for about 50,000 customers of the Sacramento County Water Agency. The first increase would be $2.40 per month starting in July, and the next increase would be $2.15 a month starting a year later in July 2016.

Twin Rivers superintendent raise: The Twin Rivers Unified Board of Trustees will consider a new four-year contract extension for Superintendent Steven Martinez with a $20,000 annual raise. Martinez would receive $260,000 annually, compared to the $240,000 a year he receives now. The district also would pay his contributions into a 457 or 403(b) plan. His pay would still lag that of some other area superintendents, such as Sacramento City Unified’s Jose Banda, who receives $290,000 a year.

Local sports: Sacramento River Cats at Reno Aces, 6:35 p.m. (KCTC 1320 - taped; airs at 7 p.m.)

San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants, 7:15 p.m. (CSNBA, KNBR 680)

Oakland A’s at Minnesota Twins, 5:10 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140, KAHI 950)

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