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

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


City law challenged: The state vehicle code says cyclists shall ride in the streets with cars, and obey all traffic laws. But in Sacramento, a little-known city code says it’s legal for cyclists to ride on sidewalks in residential areas. That law is now being challenged by a Sacramento woman who was hit and seriously injured downtown by a cyclist on the sidewalk. Related coverage: Marcos Breton: Sacramento cycling culture can be menacing.

Emotional testimony: Don Hatfield, an acclaimed impressionist painter who grieves over the loss of his “brilliant and soulful and articulate” daughter as he now raises her three small children, was the final witness called by prosecution in a sensational El Dorado County murder trial.

Financing for 700 block of K Street: One of the most blighted stretches of downtown Sacramento received a long-awaited boost on Tuesday night, when the City Council approved a complex financing plan for a major development in the 700 block of K Street. The development team behind the project said it expects to begin construction on the $51 million housing, retail and entertainment project early next year. Work could be completed by late 2016, soon after the expected completion of a new sports arena for the Sacramento Kings a block away.

Cash piles up: The campaign pushing stronger powers for Sacramento mayors is getting an assist from some wealthy public figures – in Sacramento and beyond. Sacramento Tomorrow, the committee behind Measure L on the November ballot, has raised $498,674, according to the most recent campaign finance documents filed with the City Clerk’s Office. On the other side of the campaign, Stop the Power Grab reported donations of $158,325 through this week in its fight to defeat Measure L.

Be alert, motorists: Today is International Walk/Bike to School Day, so watch pedestrians and cyclists around campuses this morning.

Tips for good digestion: Dr. Antonella Aguilera-Ruiz and Terese Esperas will lead “The Doctor and the Chef: Nourishing Foods for Healthy Digestion,” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at the Sacramento Natural Food Coop Learning Center, 1914 Alhambra Blvd., Sacramento. Visitors can learn about key foods that feed and heal the digestive tract and how to incorporate these into a tasty menu.

Local sports: MLB – The San Francisco Giants will take on the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship series after besting the Washington Nationals 3-2 Tuesday night at AT&T Park. Related coverage: Sacramento Bee photo gallery, video

NBA – The Sacramento Kings defeated the visiting Toronto Raptors 113-106 Tuesday night, claiming their first preseason win. DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings with 19 points.

NHL – San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings, 7 p.m. (NBCSN, KAHI 950)