Good morning. Here’s what you need to know Monday.
Rain in this week?: Today should be dry, but an umbrella might be needed on Tuesday. The forecast calls for mostly sunny skies today with a high in Sacramento predicted of 60 degrees. In short, a pleasant winter day. On Tuesday, the National Weather Service predicts a slight change with a 30 percent chance of showers. Bring on the rain, no matter how slight.
Project on wheels: Uncertainty about certain aspects of the project and calls from a watchdog group for more transparency have not stopped officials on both sides of the Sacramento River from pushing hard for get secure $75 million from the federal government to help build a 3.3-mile trolley system that would roll past some of the urban core’s most notable landmarks.
Tough talks: After years of making concessions to Gov. Jerry Brown, California labor leaders had hoped that the fourth-and-final-term Democrat finally would be in a giving mood. But after the governor’s budget proposal two weeks ago, several unions are bracing for tough talks in the coming months about Brown’s determination to cut the state’s costs of insuring employees and retirees.
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A bigger fairytale?: Plans to expand Fairytale Town, that beloved children’s play land in Land Park are in an “embryonic” stage, but ideas are being considered. Included are ideas to expand by half an acre, toward some soccer fields and a picnic area in Land Park. Organizers would like to add an indoor learning space and spruce up the bathrooms the facility shares with the park. It’s expected the work would cost at least $5 million, raised mostly from private donors.
Kings in NYC: The Sacramento Kings head east for the second of five consecutive road games, facing the New York Knicks at 4:30 p.m. Monday. If you can’t catch the game on TV (CSNCA) or on the radio (AM 950 and 1140), get updates and highlights from our live blog beginning at 3:30 p.m. at sacbee.com.