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AM Sacramento: Here’s what you need to know for Thursday

Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:

Seasonal survey: The mornings feel like fall, although the afternoons feel a lot like July. Nevertheless, the calendar confirms it is autumn and the City of Sacramento is asking “What’s your favorite part of fall in Sacramento?”. The choices include the cooler weather, leaves changing color and hot pumpkin-flavored drinks. To vote go to http://sacramentocityexpress.com/ and scroll down to the survey.

Costly mistakes: A pair of blunders by the Sacramento County elections office that omitted information from the sample ballot booklet sent to thousands of registered voters is costing taxpayers more than $68,000 and has the potential to affect voting in the Nov. 4 election.

Ruling jolts CalPERS: In a potentially groundbreaking decision, a federal bankruptcy judge on Wednesday struck down the sanctity of government pensions in California, saying the city of Stockton has the right to sever its contract with CalPERS.

Lyon arrested: Michael Lyon, the disgraced former head of Lyon Real Estate, was arrested Wednesday on felony drug possession and eavesdropping charges, according to online booking records from the Sacramento County jail. Lyon, a one-time Sacramento philanthropist and Boy Scout leader, fell from grace in 2010 when he was arrested and charged with secretly filming women and himself engaged in sex acts in his home.

Parents upset: More than 200 parents with students at George Washington Carver high school and its Waldorf-inspired feeder schools, A.M. Winn and Alice Birney, have emailed school trustee Christina Pritchett to complain about the planned $6 million Sacramento Gun Club, she said. Some are threatening to remove their children from Sacramento City Unified’s public Waldorf schools entirely if the high school campus remains situated across from the Rancho Cordova gun club, which will feature an indoor shooting range, VIP lounge, coffee bar and retail sales.

Local sports: From Bee columnist Ailene Voisin: Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis should stop fretting about his team winning its first football game of the season. Davis should let general manager Reggie McKenzie monitor the current mess and spend every waking hour in pursuit of the individual who would immediately restore credibility and provide a dynamic Bay Area alternative to the 49ers’ Jim Harbaugh – Jon Gruden.

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