This Week: Flood of advertising may not raise voter turnout

Mailboxes in Sacramento have been stuffed to the brim with political hit pieces and promotional mailers in the weeks leading up to election day on Tuesday.

Experts predict that turnout may hit a record low in this primary, since it’s a nonpresidential year and neither of the Republic candidates for governor has a realistic chance of unseating Gov. Jerry Brown. But you wouldn’t know that from the flood of advertising.

The race to replace Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully has turned into a fierce fight between Deputy District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert and state Deputy Attorney General Maggy Krell. Krell has bashed Scully – and, by extension, Schubert – for not paying enough attention to preventing crime and for prosecuting juveniles for sex crimes. Schubert has taken aim at Krell’s relative lack of experience and an error she made at trial.

Independent expenditure groups, meanwhile, have been churning out hit pieces in the race between Assemblymen Roger Dickinson and Richard Pan for the state Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Darrell Steinberg.

– Mary Lynne Vellinga

In the News

Prostate cancer? Find out what you need to know

Dignity Health is hosting a free information session Tuesday on prostate cancer. Dr. Javid Javidan will be at the Courtyard Marriott – Cal Expo, 1782 Tribute Road in Sacramento, from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. to answer questions from the public about the disease, which affects 1 in every 7 men in America. Participants will learn about screening guidelines and treatment options and to recognize symptoms linked to the prostate.

Info: (916) 851-2511

Citrus Heights restores bus for youth programs

A newly restored, 25-passenger bus to serve underprivileged youths through Sayonara Community Center, 7861 Sayonara Drive in Citrus Heights, will be unveiled to the public during special ceremonies at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the center. The restoration effort was a collaboration of the center, the Rotary Club of Citrus Heights, the city, Regional Transit and Campus Life.

Info: www.chrotary.org

New California export totals due Wednesday

California businesses shipped merchandise valued at $15.43 billion in March, up nearly 10 percent compared with the same month in 2013, which was a record year for Golden State exports. April export totals will be released Wednesday by Beacon Economics, a consulting firm with offices in the Bay Area and Los Angeles.

Info: Check details at www.sacbee.com

Singing group offers ‘Hart in the Park’ concert

Members of an older adult singing group, Singers with Hart, will stage a free concert, “Hart in the Park,” at noon Friday at at Marshall Park, 27th and J streets in midtown. The park is home to the the Ethel MacLeod Hart Senior Center, where the group’s 50 singers have been participating in the Creative Aging Choral Initiative, a program of the city of Sacramento’s Older Adult Services Division and Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission.

Info: (916) 808-1590

Sacramento’s first Black Book Fair staged in Oak Park

The first Sacramento Black Book Fair, centered in Oak Park at 35th Street and Broadway, will feature the works of more than 70 authors of African descent in a three-day festival Friday through Saturday. Panel discussions, book signings and featured writer discussions are also part of the event that is free and open to the public.

Info: www.sacramentoblackbookfair.com

Children invited to ‘Paws to Read with Norm Lopez’

Kids can have their pictures taken with Sacramento’s most fat cat at the Central Library’s “Paws to Read with Norm Lopez” event 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday. The summer reading celebration will feature a feline-themed story time. The Central Library is at 828 I St.

Info: (916) 264-2920