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Today in Sacramento: Here’s what you need to know for Wednesday

State Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, observes the reaction of a mixture she helped prepare with glycerin and potassium permanganate, as she was recognized as an honorary state scientist in 2010 at State Scientist Day on the west steps of the Capitol.
State Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, observes the reaction of a mixture she helped prepare with glycerin and potassium permanganate, as she was recognized as an honorary state scientist in 2010 at State Scientist Day on the west steps of the Capitol. Sacramento Bee file

Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today, Wednesday, May 13.

Thursday rain, weekend looks good

It’s never too early to plan the weekend in Sacramento during the spring. The area’s weather is often terrific for outdoor activities. This weekend is no exception with sunny weather in the mid-70s forecast for the region. However, until then, there will probably be some showers on Thursday. Chance of precipitation: 70 percent in Sacramento. Partly sunny today.

Elk Grove City Council wants more staff

It’s not the $681,661 in additional staff that Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson wants, but the Elk Grove City Council on Wednesday night will discuss adding more employees for its mayor and council members. Each council member currently can hire a part-time assistant who works about 12 hours a week. Options include adding hours for part-time assistants, hiring a full-time administrative assistant for the entire council or giving each council member a full-time employee. Elk Grove Council chambers, 6 p.m.

Natomas considers renewal of top charter school

The Natomas Unified School District will consider renewing the charter for Westlake Charter School for five years through 2020. Based on state Academic Performance Index scores issued by the state until 2013, Westlake Charter regularly has been the highest-performing elementary school in the district. Natomas Unified School District board room, 6:15 p.m.

Earthquake machine, live insects at state Capitol

The California Association of Professional Scientists will hold its 27th annual State Scientist Day at the state Capitol. The event promotes work conducted by state scientists and draws thousands of local students to a mobile veterinary lab, earthquake machine, live insects and other hands-on exhibits. West steps of the Capitol, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Overwatering a public nuisance?

The Elk Grove City Council will consider adding language to its Nuisance Code “specifically to call out water wasting as illegal and a public nuisance.” The city says the change won’t affect how the city enforces water waste, but is intended to emphasize that Elk Grove considers overwatering a nuisance. Offending acts include overspray and activities that result in excessive water flowing onto neighboring property, walkways and roads. Elk Grove Council Chambers, 6 p.m.

Things to do

  • Children’s sing-along with Mr. Cooper, 4 p.m., Belle Cooledge Library, 5600 S. Land Park Drive, Sacramento
  • UC Cooperative Extension teaches gardeners how to use less water. From 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. at the Elk Grove Library, 8900 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove
  • The city of Davis is offering a class on “Safe Routes to School: A Guide to Safe and Eco-Friendly Transportation.” Starts at 6:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St., Davis
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