This video tells people how to vote and where to get registered or pre-registered in California. It also gives information about where you can turn in your ballot to vote.
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On October 26th, from 5 PM to 7 PM, La Familia is holding an event at the Maple Neighborhood Center about the proposed Measure U tax plan that is said to be renewing the old 2012 plan but adding an additional half-cent to the old one making the new tax a one-cent sales tax.
Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg will be there to answer any questions about Measure U, and as an avid supporter of the proposal he will tell you how this tax would benefit people rather than hurt them. There will also be food provided.
We interviewed about what he thinks about the bill passing, he said, “Me personally, I am voting no, and I would encourage anyone who is on a fixed income to also vote no,” said Jrmar Jefferson, candidate for U.S. Congress, and local resident opposed to Measure U. “If you are a union worker and you are wealthy, influential, you live in a nice house, I would expect and encourage you to vote yes, because you probably own the union, corporations, and jobs they’d employ workers to give them a living wage.”
“We don’t have enough of a resource base to invest more in youth and community in the first place,” said Mayor Steinberg when asked why he thinks Measure U would benefit Sacramento and its youth residents. “What we’re trying to do with Measure U is to lift the neighborhoods, work with the private sector, and make more jobs.”
So what side do you fall on? Still undecided? Go to The Maple Neighborhood Center on October 26th to ask the mayor any questions about Measure U before voting.
Accesslocal.tv attended a forum at the Sierra 2 Center concerning the local sales tax- Measure U. Mike Mckeever and Craig Powell both gave their views and how this plan could benefit or worsen the Sacramento region.
Food claiming to be organic has started to have been exposed to have more sugar in it than health experts initially thought. Yogurt is recommended as a healthy option for many infants and children. In a survey in the UK, only 10 percent of organic yogurts had low sugar. Organic foods are typically thought to be healthy alternatives to other foods. But new finding show that those are typically the ones with the highest amounts of sugar.
Yogurt especially claims to have friendly bacteria or “Probiotics” in it that makes it beneficial to people of all ages. Some people are concerned that the sugar content in yogurt is close to the amount one finds in soft drinks and fruit juices. While yogurt is less concerning for many people than sodas and artificially flavored drinks it can still be concerning for young children that eat yogurt with high sugar in it every day. It would be a much better idea to eat Greek Yogurt instead of yogurt with added sugar and other artificial flavors and added sugar. It would have a benefit for children with the five per day recommendation for fruits and vegetables.
Although the fat content may be high as well it isn’t as much of a worry, it isn’t a worry because of the recommended portion of fat intake which is typically 95 grams for men and 78 grams for women. What worries most people who know the sugar amount is that yogurt is shown as a healthy food but isn’t the case when it has high amounts of sugar in it.
Over the past few years in California, youth seem to be getting more interested in politics. With that in mind, the state has started an initiative to get youth involved in voting. The way it works is that public schools now have signed up forms for young people to pre-register to vote at. All one needs to have is a state ID to get registered. It’s hoped that this will get young people more interested in voting and in politics. Instagram has partnered with TurboVote to make voter registration as easy as they possibly can. They are using stories and posts in feeds to get youth interested in the voting process, and with youth spending lots of time on social media this is seen as a good campaign. A sticker on Instagram has a link to the pre-registration website meaning that it will only take a couple of minutes to get a young person registered.
“While you are still in school you have the time to research politics,” says Matthew Risley, a 17-year-old Sacramento resident. “When you have full-time employment you have less time to be a part of politics.”
It can be hard to get involved with politics while you have school and you have to study for tests. But for today’s youth who are on Instagram, pre-registration just got a whole lot easier.
An unsettling statistic in Sacramento County has arisen- it seems to be that three out of five students in third grade don’t read at their grade level. While five percent of kids in Sacramento County have increased their skills in language arts, the schools still need to find ways to better students reading proficiency.
April Javist, the Library Foundation’s Executive Director wanted to find out if high need schools in Sacramento were increasing at the same rate of other schools in the county or the state. “We just wanted to highlight where literacy providers are at because eventually, that’s the line we need to move the most,” Javist said. ”That’s the line we want to see the greater increase.”
When the report cards from Sacramento County came in and it clearly showed that there wasn’t much to be proud of. It showed that schools with more literacy programs often lagged behind schools with reading and writing proficiency. They also are typically farther behind the state average.
Also, according to the One World Literacy Foundation, 78 percent of fourth graders reading below that level will more likely end up in prison, on welfare, or both. And the fact is while kids in high-need schools improved faster overall, they are still trailing their counterparts by 14 points.
The worst areas in Sacramento County seems to be at schools such as the North Area District schools, Dyer Kelley Elementary School, and Thomas Edison Elementary. Schools like Encina Preparatory School and Elanor Hickey Junior/Senior High School are also struggling.
The question truly remains, what can we do to improve our literacy communities in low-income areas?
Leaders in Sacramento are asking the voters to renew and double the sales tax known as Measure U. While the Mayor touts the plan as a win for the city, not everyone is convinced.
Climate change in California is starting to be a lot more concerning, especially in recent years. With more wildfires sprouting up every year, especially during the summer, people are becoming alarmed. In a span of 40 years, we’ve been seeing a dramatic increase of wildfires in the western states- even more so in California.
Between 1980 to 1989 only 140 large wildfires occurred in total. Then from 1990 to 1999, there were 160 and from 2000 to 2012 it reached 250. The number of wildfires is only increasing every year in California and the other western states.
This directly affects me as a Sacramento resident since I was born and raised here. The air quality is so bad sometimes there is so much smoke in the air you can’t even see that far. It can get really bad for your health as well. You definitely notice when you’re coughing a lot more. Since Sacramento is in the valley, the smoke from wildfires can stay here for a very long period of time because the valley is shaped like a bowl and the air can sit in place for a long time. Even now after the fires have been mostly contained there is still smoke in the air that is clearly visible.
Recently, many residents of Sacramento have had to deal with rising rents as property values continue to rise. Mayor Darrell Steinberg addressed the problem by talking about ways to make housing more affordable in the city. According to newly released data, Sacramento rents jumped 9.3 percent in 2017, the largest increase in the country.
To further discuss this issue, and specifically to delve into rent stabilization and “just cause evictions”, the City is holding a public workshop on September 4th at 5 p.m at the City Council chambers on 915 I Street.
“We have to recognize that creating more supply is going to take some time, and we cannot ignore the plight of people who are suffering today,” Steinberg said. “These are people at risk for losing their apartments.”
Steinberg thinks a multiple-pronged approach is needed. The earlier workshop was about increasing the affordability of housing in Sacramento, where staff presented ideas for how to speed the construction of more affordable housing by reducing parking requirements and waiving fees, among other things.
Steinberg has been negotiating for months with housing advocates and labor and business leaders to come up with a plan that will shield renters from excessive increases. He believes that the talks will not put brakes on new units built.