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Today in Sacramento: Here’s what you need to know for Tuesday

Sacramento budget discussion

The Sacramento City Council and its Budget and Audit Committee will discuss Mayor Kevin Johnson’s budget priorities in separate meetings. Johnson has called for an extension of the city’s sales tax of a half-cent on the dollar, as well as for hiring 15 new police officers each year for the next two decades. The Budget and Audit Committee meets at 2 p.m., while City Council convenes at 6 p.m. in open session. Both meetings take place at City Hall, 915 I St., Sacramento.

Enjoy the sun

Two more days of dry, sunny weather are forecast for Sacramento. A high of 74 degrees is projected for the area on Tuesday, perfect for pulling weeds already popping up in flower beds due to the warm weather of last month. If gardening is not appealing, there is always basking in the sun and doing nothing.

Elk Grove school board to stress civic education

Local leaders will ask the Elk Grove Unified School District Board of Education to pass a “Citizenship and Civic Learning” resolution that commits to emphasizing civic engagement, especially in a presidential election year. Former Assemblyman Roger Niello, former San Juan Unified School District Superintendent General Davie and 3rd District Court of Appeal Judge Ronald Robie are among the leaders asking local districts to emphasize civic education. The board is scheduled to discuss the item at 7 p.m., Robert L. Trigg Education Center Board Room, 9510 Elk Grove-Florin Road, Elk Grove.

How environment affects low-income communities

A panel of environmental justice leaders will discuss how low-income communities are disproportionately suffering the effects of pollution and other environmental hazards in the Sacramento region. The discussion is tied to the release of a report called “Capitalizing Environmental Justice in the Sacramento Region,” published by the UC Davis Center for Regional Change. The event takes place from noon to 1 p.m., UC Center Sacramento, 1130 K St., Room LL3.

Modernizing state’s election systems

State and local elections officials will ask lawmakers to pay for modernizing election systems in California. Among those expected to attend are Secretary of State Alex Padilla, Sacramento County Registrar of Voters Jill LaVine and California Voter Foundation president and founder Kim Alexander. The hearing starts at 1:30 p.m., Room 3191, State Capitol, Sacramento.

Things to do

  • The Sylvan Oaks Library has a free showing of “Shaun the Sheep Movie” as part of its monthly family movie series. 6 p.m., 6700 Auburn Blvd., Citrus Heights.
  • For its quarterly owner meeting, the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op will host a panel discussion titled, “How Cool Can Sacramento Get?” 7 p.m., Co-op Community Learning Center, 1914 Alhambra Blvd., Sacramento.
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