Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today, Tuesday, June 9.
A short reprieve after 105 degrees
After a high temperature of 105 in Sacramento and 108 in Elk Grove on Monday, a drop of 10 degrees forecast for today is welcome news. Along with cooler temperatures, there is a slight chance that sprinkles or thunderstorms will occur tonight and Wednesday in Sacramento. Triple digits are predicted to return on Friday.
Sacramento City Council votes Tuesday on general fund budget
The Sacramento City Council will vote Tuesday on a city budget that boosts spending on firefighters, police officers and parks, as well as five additional employees for Mayor Kevin Johnson. The $396 million general fund budget relies in part on funds from Measure U, a sales tax increase voters approved in 2012. The meeting begins at 6 p.m., City Hall Council Chamber.
Sacramento panel considers artificial turf for front yards
The Sacramento Law and Legislation Committee will consider an ordinance allowing city residents to install artificial turf in front yards. City code prohibits artificial turf in front yards for aesthetic reasons, but city staff suggests allowing fake grass “due to the extraordinary drought and improvement in artificial turf.” If approved today, the proposal would move next to the Planning and Design Commission. The item is set for 3 p.m., City Hall Council Chamber.
Area school boards tackle plans for new year of spending
School boards in Elk Grove and Carmichael on Tuesday will hear Local Control Accountability plans, the state-required documents that disclose how school districts intend to spend state money during the new academic year. San Juan Unified School District trustees in Carmichael, who meet publicly at 6:30 p.m., are to begin the discussion about 7:35 p.m. in the board room, 3738 Walnut Ave., Carmichael. In Elk Grove, trustees meeting at 9510 Elk Grove Florin Road are to discuss the plan about an hour into the public meeting, which starts at 6 p.m.
Critics of vaccines for schoolchildren at state Capitol today
Red-shirted detractors of Senate Bill 277, which requires full vaccinations for California schoolchildren, are expected to show up in force at the state Capitol on Tuesday ahead of an Assembly Health Committee hearing. The critics plan another big rally before lining up to testify against the measure at the 1:30 p.m. committee discussion.
Things to do
▪ The Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera performs an “Art Invasion” from 6 to 8 p.m. at the North Natomas Library, 4660 Via Ingoglia, Sacramento.
▪ Sacramento River Cats vs. Tacoma Rainiers, Raley Field, 7:05 p.m.