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

Steve Cruz, the “mayor” of the established camps along the American River, prepares to move from his home hidden behind bamboo thickets on Wednesday in West Sacramento. Cruz said he has been homeless for 17 years because of financial reasons that were spurred by cancer treatment for his ex-wife. The Vietnam War-era veteran created his home with plywood and washed up debris found on the banks of the American River. Cruz is excited to move and integrate back into society “People are shocked that society opened their arms again,” he said.
Steve Cruz, the “mayor” of the established camps along the American River, prepares to move from his home hidden behind bamboo thickets on Wednesday in West Sacramento. Cruz said he has been homeless for 17 years because of financial reasons that were spurred by cancer treatment for his ex-wife. The Vietnam War-era veteran created his home with plywood and washed up debris found on the banks of the American River. Cruz is excited to move and integrate back into society “People are shocked that society opened their arms again,” he said. aseng@sacbee.com

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

Quick-hitting storm: Rain, beautiful rain, fell this morning. The welcome sight arrived in the early morning hours and is expected to continue with light showers across Northern California today. As of 6 a.m., about a tenth of an inch had fallen in the Sacramento region. Sunny skies are predicted for the weekend. The National Weather Service advance forecast has the next chance for precipitation arriving on Wednesday.

EpiPens in schools: All schools in California will be required to stock at least one EpiPen (epinephrine injector) that is prescribed to the school or district, rather than a specific person, and to train at least one staff member on how to use it on students who have severe allergic reactions.

Annexation OK’d: The Rocklin City Council voted Wednesday night to approve a measure to annex a 103-acre unincorporated island that it surrounds, despite protests from neighbors.

Shelter for homeless group: West Sacramento city officials, police and nearly 100 volunteers on Wednesday helped the homeless encamped on a riverbank north of the Broderick Boat Ramp pack up their belongings and take them to a converted motel. Steve Cruz, the encampment leader, widely announced that – at last – it was safe to leave.

Winner declared: Retired education administrator Michael McKibbin has won a seat on the San Juan Unified School District board, joining Trustee Greg Paulo as a victor in last week’s election, based on new Sacramento County returns.

Senior services: Amy Dierlan of the River City Food Bank and Mark Snaer of Sacramento County’s senior companion program will speak about their programs at today’s meeting of the Wisdom Project, aimed at gay and lesbian seniors. Dierlan and Snaer will discuss the services their programs offer, as well as ways older community members can help their agencies. The meeting takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Hart Senior Center, 915 27th St. in Sacramento.

Local sports today: NBA – Sacramento Kings at Memphis Grizzlies, 5 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140). Even after back-to-back losses in humbling fashion, Kings coach Michael Malone can smile, writes The Sacramento Bee’s Jason Jones.

Brooklyn Nets at Golden State Warriors, 7:30 p.m. (TNT, KNBR 680)

College football – Cal at USC, 6 p.m. (ESPN, KAHI 950)

NHL – San Jose Sharks at Tampa Bay Lightning, 4:30 p.m. (CSN+)

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