Category Archives: Community

Helping Families in Need

First 5 California and Supply Bank are making sure families are covered no matter what the need. The First 5 Diaper Kit Pilot Program which provides 100 diapers and 200 baby wipes to families to help relieve some of the financial stress they may be dealing with.

Working together and having a sense of collaboration $50-70 in the store could be pennies on the dollar. Instead of 25 cents for a diaper, it’s a dime. The kits are being provided to families for free or reduced prices to homes based on needs.

California Community Colleges in Sacramento

This video is the entire meeting of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges in Sacramento. The President, Cecilia V. Estolano welcomed everyone to the “momentous occasion,” that being the first organized meeting of the new California community online college.

Agenda presented by Vice President Epstein:

  1. Overview (board of governors which is a known entity à to be becoming the board of trustees which is newer and which will be elucidated in this meeting).
  2. Establish executive committee of the board of trustees.
  3. Provide authority to the chancellor to conduct managerial and administrative functions of the online college until a CEO is appointed.
  4. Give Chancellor some contracting authority

Sac City Council: Post Clark Shooting

Following the shooting by local police officers of Stephon Clark, the Sacramento City Council has taken action.  One possibility currently being debated is the prohibition against entrance of “abusive/threatening” protestors in all council meetings. Tension has risen since the shooting and activists have had to be accompanied out of meetings.

Quite simply, Councilman Steve Hansen said to one such activist: “Because you broke our laws we are asking you to leave.”  Some speakers have claimed that what has transpired in these meetings is not only “unfair,” but actually even illegal.

The establishment of Black Lives Matter occurred five years ago.  A “cease and desist” order was submitted to the council by Ben DeBerry for Brown Act violations protecting the public’s right to participate in council meetings.  On March 22, a protest was held at Evergreen State College and further events have been planned on the matter of inclusion and the problem of racism on campus as a response to the cancellation of this year’s “Day of Absence.”

 

Sacramento Bee Awards!

The California News Publishers Association just awarded The Sacramento Bee 11 honors!!!!

In its 2017 California Journalism Awards contest, The Sacramento Bee came out with two 1st place honors as well as a staggering 9 other awards, from over 3,000 entries from various news journals. Other competitors included newspapers that have a readership circulation of up to 150,000.

One of the 1st place honors was awarded to writers: Cynthia Hubert, Ryan Lillis and Phillip Reese for their coverage of youth and education in their story: “In the killing zone: Why can’t we keep them safe?” which investigated and try to understand the high level of teen murders in Sacramento County.

Sacramento Native Greta Gerwig Wins Spirit Award for “Lady Bird”

Sacramento native Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird”, an award-winning film, has brought much publicity and artistic interest to its set: Sacramento. Yesterday, Gerwig added another award to her collection at the Film Independent Spirit Awards, with “Lady Bird” taking the Spirit award for best screenplay.

Lady Bird was Gerwig’s directorial debut, and has been nominated for several awards, including Best Feature. In January it was named best motion picture musical or comedy and also won best performance by an actress in a motion picture musical or comedy  at the Golden Globes.

Though Oscar prospects seems slim, it has been nominated for five categories.

The film premiered in Sacramento and Gerwig spoke to the crowd about the autobiographical piece both before and after the viewing.

 

Sacramento State Receives $6 Million Donation to Boost Entrepreneurship

Sacramento State recently received its largest cash donation in history from former Sleep Train owner Dale Carlsen. The $6 million donation was made in support of a new innovation and entrepreneurship center on campus.

After the announcement, Carlsen said: “Right now at Sacramento State and in our region, this is a transformative time. This is the time to grow more entrepreneurs, grow more businesses, grow more jobs in our area, and this is the way to do it. We have to do it through innovation. We’ve got to do it through creativity.”

“The old-school way doesn’t do it anymore” he added. “Changing the mindset at the campus will change the mindset in the region.”

The Dale and Katy Carlsen Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will include classes and a curriculum from UC Berkley, and will take place in the library’s multimedia room. The university is looking for the right executive director to take over the project and build an appropriate program.

“Our vision is to provide the tools, resources and guidance to achieve it,” Carlsen said.

 

Sacramento Plans Full-Service Housing Facility for the Local Homeless

Sacramento is pushing ahead a plan to move its homeless off of the streets and into a full-service temporary housing facility. Over the last two years, local homelessness has increased 30%. Sacramento City Councilman Allen Warren has been working toward a solution for months, and calls the current situation “a crisis.”

Mayor Darrell Steinberg added: “This is not just a sobering report, this is a damning report.”

Warren believes action is required now. “Let’s try and get as much done as we can while we’re here,” he says. “Why be complacent?”

His goal is to establish a full-service facility with restrooms, showers and some social services such as medical care. The cost for the project is estimated at $200,000-$300,000, and may not succeed in its mission.

“Is it a risk worth taking?” asks Warren. “Absolutely.”

He intends to move ahead as soon as the end of the summer.

CBS Sacramento reports:

 

$15m Plan to Revive Old Sacramento’s Business Scene

Old Sacramento may be getting a $15 million revamp thanks to riverfront project manager Richard Rich’s plans to boost tourism and local business in the area. In an effort to make a new name for the historic district, Rich proposed a wide range of improvements at a recent City Council meeting, with everything from a new Ferris Wheel or other landmark to upping local artistry and encouraging a new startup scene amongst the upper floors of old buildings.

 

Rich’s vision extends beyond just flashy cosmetic improvements. He stated that he hopes to draw attention to Old Sacramento’s entertainment scene as well as its historical position by restructuring the pedestrian experience, mainly by fixing up the K Street pedestrian tunnel under Interstate 5 and turning it into a dramatic, interactive light show. He also hopes to draw visitors of the California State Railroad Museum into the district by enhancing access to the River, adding barges and building a themed waterpark to entertain both locals and tourists.

 

Downtown Sacramento Partnership executive director Michael Ault believes Rich’s plans “would be a great addition to Old Sacramento and would enhance the entire city.” It will also boost local businesses and attract new companies to the area, doing wonders for the city.