Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:
Late rain: Weather experts say there is no need for an umbrella today as a weak Pacific rain-maker won’t arrive until about 10 p.m. in the Sacramento region. So just enjoy the mild temperatures and wish for plentiful precipitation during the sleeping hours. The high today is expected to be 66 degrees under partly sunny skies.
Nursing home chat: Sacramento Bee reporters Marjie Lundstrom and Phillip Reese spent months researching nursing-home ownership in California and how the state’s largest chains perform. The resulting series, “Nursing Homes Unmasked,” unraveled the tangled web of nursing-home ownership in California, and uncovered chain-wide patterns in patient care. Today at noon, join the reporters and consumer expert Michael Connors of California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform for a live online chat about the state of the skilled-nursing industry and how effectively it is regulated.
Strike scheduled to resume: Kaiser Permanente’s 18,000 nurses in Northern California plan to continue their two-day strike today, a work stoppage that they say is not about pay but about staffing.
Bountiful harvest: Faced with epic water shortages, growers shifted production to tomatoes to take advantage of record prices. Fears of possible tomato shortages have abated. “Everything’s OK. Plenty of pizza,” said one tomato processor.
Local discussion about Obamacare: Does Obamacare create more health care choices for consumers in Sacramento, or limit them? That’s the question three health care experts – Western Health Advantage CEO Garry Maisel, Health Access lobbyist Beth Capell, and Bay Area Council policy adviser Micah Weinberg – will address at a free noontime discussion today at UC Center Sacramento, 1130 K St. downtown. The discussion will be moderated by Emily Bazar, author of the “Ask Emily” question-and-answer column on the Affordable Care Act.
Prescribed fires explained: The Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team will host an open house today to explain and answer questions about how prescribed fires are planned and implemented in the Lake Tahoe basin. The open house will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the forest supervisor’s office, 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe. It will include stations for the public to learn more about fire weather forecasting, smoke dispersal, fire behavior modeling and how moisture in vegetation is tested before burning.
Tough road: The Sacramento Kings dropped their second straight game, losing 106-98 to the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night. Sacramento led by 24 points in the second quarter but were overrun by host Dallas.