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


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

Nighttime soaking: December is a month of giving, with Christmas and Hanukkah taking center stage. The postal carrier and the UPS deliverer know all about that. Mother Nature is also delivering: rainfall in buckets. Sacramento received nearly three-quarters of an inch of rain in the past 24 hours. Most of that came last night when a steady, heavy rain came down. Occasional showers forecast for today. Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain.

Housing market stalls: Sacramento County’s housing market continued its traditional seasonal slowdown in November, with the number of sales falling significantly compared with October, CoreLogic DataQuick reported. And the November calendar didn’t help things, either. Sales of all homes – new, resale and condos – in Sacramento County totaled 1,459, down 22 percent from 1,871 in October. That was the worst November since 2007, when 1,341 sold.

Back on the pro stage: Less than two years after selling the Kings, the Maloofs are partners in a promising effort to gain a National Hockey League team for Las Vegas.

Virtual Santa arrives: Santa Claus held virtual visits Tuesday with about 70 UC Davis Children’s Hospital patients, including patients in the surgery unit, the pediatric intensive care unit and the pediatric infusion room. Patients who were able to walk to the playroom stood in line before talking to Santa individually on the screen, while those who could not leave their rooms spoke to Santa through iPads.

▪ Looking for the perfect Christmas tree? Sierra foothill tree farms, mostly small-scale family operations, are open for the annual tradition if you’re looking to cut your own tree or just get out for a drive and a cup of hot cider. Here’s a list.

Thunder thwarts new coach: The Oklahoma City Thunder spoiled the debut of new Kings head coach Tyrone Corbin with a 104-92 victory Tuesday night at Sleep Train Arena.

▪ Sacramento Bee photo gallery: Kings retire Peja Stojakovic No. 16 jersey

▪ Bee video: Scot Pollard shares a moment with Peja Stojakovic

Local sports: Men’s college basketball – Loyola Marymount at Stanford, 6 p.m. (PAC 12)