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A.M. Sacramento: Here’s what you need to know for Thursday

New home construction is seen at Blackstone south of Highway 50 on El Dorado Hills Boulevard on Wednesday in El Dorado Hills.
New home construction is seen at Blackstone south of Highway 50 on El Dorado Hills Boulevard on Wednesday in El Dorado Hills. pkitagaki@sacbee.com

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

Whither the rainy weather?: Leaves are turning and falling: sure signs of fall. But another harbinger of the season – rain – is nowhere in sight. No rain is forecast for most of Northern California through Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Today’s forecast for Sacramento: 77 degrees and sunny.

Local election roundup: Here are Sacramento Bee stories and results for races in Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado and Yolo counties. Here a few highlights of Tuesday’s election:

▪  After six years, it appears Sacramento’s strong-mayor debate has been put to rest. Mayor Kevin Johnson on Wednesday conceded the defeat of his strong-mayor ballot measure and said it was time for the city “to get back to work.” Measure L was soundly defeated by voters, trailing 57 percent to 43 percent with most of the ballots counted.

Bee editorial: Moving the city past strong-mayor defeat

▪  One of the most expensive and bruising campaigns in Sacramento City Unified School District history ended with two new trustees, one incumbent ouster and losses for three candidates backed by the Sacramento City Teachers Association.

▪  El Dorado County voters overwhelmingly rejected Measures M, N and O, which proponents argued would protect rural community boundaries and ban new subdivisions that threaten to gridlock Highway 50 with traffic.

▪  School districts across the Sacramento region generally had little trouble winning their school bond measures, and often by a wide margin.

State of Rancho Cordova: Rancho Cordova Mayor Dan Skoglund will deliver the 2014 State of the City Address at 7 p.m. today at City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive. Admission is free. A complimentary dessert reception will be presented by Koreana Plaza International Market.

Bar’s B-Side: One of Sacramento’s oldest bars will debut in February with a new name and ownership team. The owners of Shady Lady Saloon at 14th and R streets – Jason Boggs, Alex Origoni and Garrett Van Vleck – have taken over the Monte Carlo Club a block away at 15th and S streets. The bar, which is currently undergoing a remodel, will debut in February with a new name, B-Side.

Local sports: The Sacramento Kings won their fourth straight game Wednesday night, blasting the visiting Denver Nuggets, 131-109. The Kings are 4-1 for the first time since the 2001-02 season. Bee photo gallery

NHL – Vancouver Canucks at San Jose Sharks, 7:30 p.m. (CSNCA, KAHI 950)

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