Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:
A triple-digit day: It will feel like the middle of summer in Northern California today as the temperature reaches 100 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. A ridge of high pressure is keeping the weather hot, skies clear and the Delta breeze at bay. Temperatures will be mild tonight, in the middle 60s.
Local 9/11 memorial: The Cal Expo 9/11 Memorial Plaza is open to the public today from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The memorial at Cal Expo honors the victims lost in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. The Sacramento Young Marines will present colors at the memorial, located inside the Main Gate near the Expo Center buildings, at 10 a.m. Central to the exhibit is a fountain including a granite ball inscribed with all of the names of the Sept. 11 victims, as well as a carillon bell tower, reflections of the World Trade Center in New York and individual memorials to American Airlines Flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93, aborted in a field in Pennsylvania. Admission and parking is free.
Bee Public Eye: The San Juan Unified School District has paid $3.4 million in settlements and other costs tied to accusations that its former superintendent, who was forced to retire in January, mistreated female employees. Settlements with the current and former female employees of the district total $3.2 million, according to documents obtained by The Bee under the California Public Records Act. Insurance covers less than 45 percent of the settlements, with the rest being covered by the district.
Drought implications: Ronald Stork takes part in the second installment of The Sacramento Bee’s question-and-answer sessions with local water experts about what the drought means for the Sacramento area and how the region should adapt and respond. Stork is a senior policy advocate at Friends of the River, a Sacramento-based environmental group that works on behalf of wild rivers, water quality, fishery protection and water conservation.
Related Sacramento Bee stories:
•Q&A: City of Sacramento watching for water run-off, watering violations
•Californians cut water use by 7.5 percent in July
•Field Poll: Majority support water bond
Eviction threatened: A woman and four children face eviction from a North Sacramento rental after she withheld rent over a persistent rodent problem.
Music returns to foothills: The venerable Strawberry Music Festival, silenced for more than a year by fire threat and then permit issues, opens today at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley – 200 miles from its home of three decades.
Local sports: The 49ers on Wednesday announced that radio play-by-play man Ted Robinson will not call the team’s next two games, punishment for comments he made earlier in the week about domestic violence on KNBR radio. Soon after the announcement, the Pac-12 Network, for which Robinson also calls games, announced its own two-game suspension.
• Oakland A’s at Chicago White Sox, 11:10 a.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140, KAHI 950)
• Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants, 12:45 p.m. (CSNBA, KNBR 680)