Happy Thursday, neighbors! Here's what's going on today in town.
First, today's weather:
Partly sunny and chilly. High: 48 Low: 37.
Here are the top stories in Sacramento today:
The National Weather Service is forecasting overnight temperatures in the low 30s in Sacramento Friday and Saturday nights. The City of Sacramento is opening two respite centers so people experiencing homelessness can come inside during the worst of the cold weather. City Hall Lobby, at 915 I St., and the Hagginwood Community Center, at 3271 Marysville Blvd., will be open Friday and Saturday, nights (Dec. 31 and Jan. 1) from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. The City will review the weather forecast later this week and determine if the respite centers should be extended into Sunday night. (Sacramento City Express)
A man has surrendered after he barricaded himself alone in an apartment unit at the Vivleo Apartments along the 9100 block of Tuolumne Drive, off La Rivera and Folsom Boulevard in ABC10 & CBS Sacramento). According to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect is wanted for a domestic violence arrest warrant. The name of the suspect has not been released. (
A 23-year-old suspect allegedly assaulted and carjacked an elderly woman at an Elk Grove senior community during the afternoon of Dec. 20. Authorities found the victim’s car in south Sacramento and took the alleged robber into custody later that night. Markee Pettaway McDowell was arrested on carjacking, robbery, assault, and elder abuse charges. He was also wanted by the Reno police, according to Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office records. (Elk Grove Citizen)
If you live in Folsom, your garbage collection rate is going up starting in 2022. At the beginning of December, The Folsom City Council voted to gradually increase resident and business solid waste utility rates and fees to help pay for new state organic waste diversion laws. Due to the high cost of SB 1383 programs, staff said the rate increases needed to cover costs were as high as 22 percent for commercial users and 44 percent for average residential customers or $15.25 per month. Under the gradual plan, the current monthly bill of $34.50 for a typical residential customer will go up to $46.25 in 2022, $56 in 2023, $58 in 2024, and finally $60 in 2025. (Folsom Telegraph)
Filed under "intentionally ignorant" hundreds of travelers in the Sierras have ignored signs and warnings and gotten themselves hopelessly stuck in the snow. Preferring to listen to Siri, rather than the locals and law enforcement agency warnings, including road closures and neon signs, some out-of-towners who wanted to frolic in the snow, instead found themselves frolicing with downed power lines and stuck snowplows trying to rescue them. “We’ve been running our butts off. A bunch of non-local people who haven’t wanted to read a sign,” said Krishna Alcala, who works as dispatcher for B&K Towing. “It’s been very frustrating," she said. "We’ve certainly never had a winter like this where people just don’t listen.” (US News via MSN)
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Today in Sacramento:
Come grab some Cousin's Maine Lobster at Dreaming Dog brewery in Elk Grove! They'll be there along with Elk Grove's School of Rock! It's going to be a great time! (3:00 PM)
Have a premium wine tasting experience at Sheldon Wine Shop in Elk Grove. They will be popping bottles out of the infamous locked cabinet! And they will be on sale to attendees, quantity on hand! Wine pairing charcuterie to cleanse that palate between tastes! (4:00 PM)
Have the last laugh at Sacramento's Last Laughs at Punch Line. This show is 18 & over with valid, government-issued photo ID. (8:00 PM)
From my notebook:
COVID-19 testing is in high demand. Here's where you can get one in and around Sacramento County. (KCRA3)
The Metro Fire EMS Division is now recognizing those members whose actions and direct intervention have saved a life. Earlier this month, Assistant Chief Eric Saylors presented the first two challenge coins, from the EMS Division, to Captain Kevin Ashley and Battalion Chief Eric Saari. The two members were recognized for their efforts in saving the life of a person who suffered cardiac arrest on March 11, 2021. (Facebook)
When Metallica arrived in Sacramento in October (as part of Aftershock), while fired up to see so many fans, they were saddened to learn that food insecurity numbers in Sacramento are higher than state and national averages. Thanks to Metallica’s non-profit All Within My Hands Foundation they generously went #AllInForSacramento and donated a $25,000 grant to feed Sacramento's hungry. (Facebook)
In January, the state’s minimum wage will increase to $15 an hour for workplaces with more than 26 employees and $14 an hour for those with fewer than 26 employees. In addition to the pay increase, workplace safety fines will also see a boost in the new year. Click this link to see more California labor laws that go into effect in the new year that could affect your workplace. (FOX40)
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— Jeri Karges
About me: Jeri Karges has been living in and loving the Sacramento region for over 30 years. Her passion is finding new and unique ways to enjoy the city and surrounding areas. On weekends, you can find her pestering her friends to sample the restaurant that doesn't have silverware, or try their hand at throwing an axe. Jeri also enjoys writing about retirement planning at https://rockinretirement.subst...