Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today, Monday, Feb. 29, 2016:
Leap into your birthday with sunny skies
Leaplings can celebrate their first birthday since 2012 by getting out into the sun. The weather is forecast to be sunny with a high near 75 degrees in Sacramento on Leap Day Monday.
El Dorado district trustees to discuss principal
The El Dorado Union High School District is scheduled to meet in closed session to discuss the status of Oak Ridge High School Principal Paul Burke. The principal has been on paid leave since Nov. 2 for an undisclosed personnel matter. The meeting’s open session begins at 6:30 p.m. in the district boardroom, 4675 Missouri Flat Road, Placerville.
I-80 bridge work continues in Placer County
Work continues on a $36 million project to increase the vertical clearance of nine bridge structures in south Placer County to 16 feet 6 inches. The state Department of Transportation advises that eastbound and westbound Interstate 80 motorists can expect alternating lane closures from 8 p.m. to 9 a.m. every day through Saturday from Sierra College Boulevard to Newcastle Road. Motorists also can expect one-way traffic controls from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day through Friday on the Brace, Gilardi, Horseshoe Bar, King, Penryn and Magra overcrossings. There will also be intermittent full ramp closures to I-80 at the Newcastle Road overcrossing from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. every day through Saturday.
‘Rosie the Riveters’ will be honored
Made popular in a government campaign to recruit women for the munitions industry, “Rosie the Riveter” became an iconic image of World War II. Today, eight real-life ‘Rosies,’ who filled positions at the Richmond shipyard during the war, will be honored on the Assembly and Senate floors. The events are tied to Women’s History Month in March.
Poetry Out Loud about to conclude
Monday marks the conclusion of California’s Poetry Out Loud competition, in which about 35,000 high school students battle each year to deliver the most moving prose. The contest began last fall in classrooms throughout the state. Similar to spelling bees, winners were selected from each school and advanced to a district or county competitions.
Now, the top 39 students are sparring in Sacramento for the title of best in state. The final rounds began Sunday and conclude Monday at the Capitol. The event kicks off at 8:30 a.m. in room 4202. The winner will represent California in the national championship.
Things to do
- The Sacramento Zoo celebrates Leap Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with chats on the zoo’s greatest leapers. Visitors can also sign Gus the Green Tree Frog’s birthday card and take a picture with him as he makes appearances throughout the day. Go to www.saczoo.org for more information.
- Sacramento Kings vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, 7 p.m., Sleep Train Arena