Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:
Fall showers: A rainy morning commute is likely to produce a few bumper thumpers. Today’s wet weather is the first real rainstorm of the season. While not a deluge, the National Weather Service still predicts that the narrow band of clouds could drop from a tenth- to a quarter-of-an- inch on precipitation in Sacramento. The showers should mostly be over by 11 a.m.
New safety analysis sought: Brown administration officials say Benicia has underestimated the risk posed by oil trains planned to run through Sacramento and other parts of Northern California to the city’s Valero refinery, and is calling on the city to redo its safety analysis before allowing oil shipments to increase.
King fire reports: Nadya Lorenz is still trying to grasp that an ongoing disaster of the King fire started just feet from her parents’ Pollock Pines property on King of the Mountain Road. Nadya’s parents, Lynn and Ralf Lorenz, returned from the Bay Area on Sept. 13 to find their front door kicked in, a fire crackling behind their property, and firefighters and sheriff’s deputies at the scene. Law enforcement officials say they believe Wayne Allen Huntsman, 37, set the fire, then broke into the Lorenz home and called 911 to report the blaze himself. In other fire news, an inmate firefighter was injured Wednesday when a a tree limb struck him. The man was taken via helicopter to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, but his injuries are not considered life threatening, according to Cal Fire officials.
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Plaza exodus?: Some of the remaining tenants at Downtown Plaza could be leaving soon as the mall’s developer considers remodeling the site to coincide with construction of the new Sacramento Kings arena.
Healthy walk: Kaiser Permanente’s “Walk to Thrive” downtown walking club hosts another a stroll today at Sixth Street and Capitol Mall. Join the group at 11:45 a.m. for a 1-mile walk and an opportunity to talk with a doctor during and after the event. The walk is open to all and coincides with the Capitol Mall Farmers Market.
Fundraiser for food bank: The River City Food Bank is holding a “Harvest for Hunger” fundraiser from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. today, with live music, food trucks, beer, wine and tours of the food bank. The food bank is at 28th and R streets in Sacramento. The $20 admission fee includes a beverage and a drawing for a trip on the Sac Brew Bike for the winner and 14 friends. Proceeds help the food bank continue its services for the 6,300 children, seniors and families it serves monthly in the Sacramento region.
West side stories: Elk Grove police will meet with residents of the city’s west side at a community forum at 6 p.m. today at Elk Grove City Council Chambers, 8400 Laguna Palms Way. Residents can bring their questions, concerns and suggestions to the meeting planned for those who live on the west side of Elk Grove, west of Highway 99. The neighborhoods are patrolled by police Beats 1, 2, and 4. A future forum is planned for Elk Grove residents who live in neighborhoods east of Highway 99, police officials said.
Local sports: Local sports: Oakland A’s at Texas Rangers, 5:05 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140, KAHI 950)
San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants, 7:15 p.m. (CSNBA, KNBR 680).