Today in Sacramento: Here’s what you need to know for Tuesday

Council looks at housing initiative

The Sacramento City Council will be asked Tuesday night to approve an initiative by Mayor Kevin Johnson to bring 10,000 new housing units to downtown in the next decade. While many units are already in the planning stages or are under construction, the mayor’s office has said the housing initiative is aimed at helping major projects come to fruition by simplifying the development process and helping to market the area to new residents. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the City Hall council chambers, 915 I St.

Relief on the way after some heat

Temperatures are expected to inch up this week, coming very close to 100 degrees in Sacramento. The hottest day is predicted to be Thursday when the mercury is forecast to reach 99 degrees. Then comes the weekend, and lovely maximum temperatures of 87 on Saturday and 86 on Sunday.

San Juan school kickoff

Trustees of the San Juan Unified School District will hear a report on the school year kickoff, including school enrollment trends, the impact of immunizations and district hiring. Included will be a review of summer learning programs. Trustees also will hear recommendations for the prospective use of one-time funds. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. in the district’s boardroom, 3738 Walnut Ave., Carmichael.

Placer Union test results

The Placer Union High School District school board will hear staff members discuss results of the first Smarter Balanced Assessments Consortium tests, which replace the former STAR testing in California. The meeting starts at 5 p.m. in the boardroom, 13000 New Airport Road, Auburn.

Things to do

  • Have fun while helping the Sacramento Zoo at a night of bingo complete with dinner, nonalcoholic drinks, no-host bar, raffle and a chance to win cash prizes. The event will be from 5 to 8:30 p.m., Florin Road Bingo, 2350 Florin Road, Sacramento. Tickets cost $45 at the door. Call 916-808-5888 for more information or visit www.saczoo.org/bingo.
  • Always wanted to meditate? Check out the Sunlight of the Spirit Books & Gifts at 2314 J St., Sacramento, at 6 p.m. The free one-hour event starts with a short lesson and review of basic, effective techniques followed by a prayer, chanting and meditation. Bring a meditation cushion, or chairs are available.