Hiram Johnson High School is currently looking for a new principal. Recently, the community held a meeting to discuss what the expectations and characteristics the district should look for when hiring the principal for the school.
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To many people, participation is one of the key elements of a healthy and thriving neighborhood. Whether it’s through social media or face-to-face interactions, many people in America are now attempting to reach out and make new connections to their community. On the first Tuesday of August, many people have made it a point to gather for their annual National Night Out events. The purpose of National Night Out is to raise and bring awareness to the police-community relationship. One of the many locations in Sacramento where such a gathering happened this year was the Fruitridge Shopping Center on Stockton Boulevard.
“My husband is a volunteer [and] I have a son that is a sheriff for Yolo county, [so] I believe in people giving back in their community,” said Donna Shintaku, an attendee of the event. “That’s the biggest reason why I want to support the community, I love Sacramento.”
During this event, a Sacramento Police Department S.W.A.T Vehicle and K9 unit greeted the visitors. Area police officers and community leaders from the Stockton Boulevard Partnership and Fruitridge Manor neighborhood were also present. Sacramento City Councilmember Eric Guerra came by to chat with the attendees and event organizers before leaving to visit other National Night Out locations. Under the summer sky, free ice cream was served to everyone.
“Your council members, your mayor, and everyone makes their rounds,” said Vincene Jones, a member of the Stockton Block Redevelopment Community. “It’s really a support for the neighborhood about crime. [National Night Out is about] getting to know your neighbors [and] looking out for each other.”
Despite temperatures which passed 100 degrees, about two dozen people showed up at this particular National Night Out event. New people met each other and strangers become friends. It was not just a social gathering, it was also a discussion between law enforcement and community members. National Night Out aims to promote the police public image. With many visual examples of police brutality over the past years, organizers believe that part of the solution is to get people and officers enjoying ice cream together.
Many people see the criminal justice system as a necessity for any well-functioning society. But in recent years, the system has been under scrutiny from many communities in America. Locally, the different neighborhoods of Sacramento have come out to express concerns about how the justice system has affected them. One such event to voice those concerns was held at the Fruitridge Elementary School on July 29th. The “It’s Our Time” community forum seeked to help educate people about government reinvestment into their own community instead of the prison system. They aimed to accomplish this through statistics and personal stories.
A few dozen people attended the events. It was an ethnically diverse event with mostly African-Americans, Hispanics, Asian-American and White people in attendance. Most of the people who attended had some experience with the prison system. Some have been in prison for decades while other have family members who went to prison. Everyone had something to say about how the criminal justice system has affected their lives.
“[The purpose of this event is to] talk with the community about the impact of criminal justice so we can work together to make a change in the criminal justice system,” said Pastor Dee Emmert, manager of the event. “It helps the community because our voices individually are not strong but when we come together we are a force to be reckoned with. [We are] also informing our community how they can vote and how they can have an impact on their community.”
Voting was one of the major themes of the event. People were givens flyers with the contact information of their community representatives such as the Sheriff and District Attorney. They were highly encouraged to call, email, and contact their representatives in any way possible to voice their opinions. People were also educated on what their rights are within the criminal justice system, particularly for parolees. In the end, many resources were given to the attendees on how to improve their community and themselves.
July is National Minority Mental Health Month, and Sacramento responded with its first annual Multicultural Mental Health Town Hall meeting to help increase awareness about the stigmas surrounding mental health. Many organizations gathered to help educate the public on the subject.
As more local young people are entering the workforce for the first time, many are finding it difficult to find employment in part because of their lack of work experience. One possible solution to their problem are programs that help train teenagers in skill development and leadership. The Sacramento Building Healthy Communities project has provided support for a wide variety of programs that are aimed at preparing young people to civically engage in their own communities. A newly released report by the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity took a look at these programs to analyze their compositions and how young people are being affected by it.
For the report, fifty five young people who actively participated in local BHC programs were surveyed. Most of these youth come from a low-income background and only few have a parent with a bachelor degree. Latino youths make up more than half of the participants, followed by African Americans, and then Asian-Pacific Islander and White youth. The survey found that this racial makeup is also reflective and representative of the overall South Sacramento population at large.
Programs like those at the La Familia Counseling Center claim that “The community is our [their] top priority,” and Sol Collective seeks to “provide artistic, cultural, and educational programming, promote social justice, and empower youth through art, activism, music, and media experience.”
“Youth also commonly reported an increased understanding of health or other community issues (47%), and an improved ability to speak in public (45%),” according to the report.
From what the survey gathered, it seems that these programs are achieving their mission statements. Young people who are participating in their programs are learning through mentors with hands-on experience on how to better themselves and by extension, their community. These programs provide a place where the youth can engage in different cultures as well help them to participate in civic engagement.
South Sacramento is considered by many as the lower economic area of Sacramento. These youth programs offer opportunities that are very much needed in some of these communities, and could be responsible for producing the next generation of community advocates and leaders as a result.
Recently, Oak Park Sol held a free demonstration cooking class for the community. The goal was to build a healthy community and educate the public on healthy food.
The Neighborhood News Correspondents of AccessLocal.tv got the amazing opportunity to participate in the 2017 National Summer Transportation Institute. Very few of the correspondents have actually travel out of Sacramento often so this was an eye-opening experience from every single one of them.
Obesity is one of the biggest problems to American health. Many public officials are becoming more concerned about how to stop it. Many argue that sugary products should be taxed while other say that the state should implement programs for healthier foods. There is one possible solution does not target the dietary choice of the people- instead, it focuses on how people travel.
According to Science Daily, increases in support for public transit would decrease the national obesity rate. “The analysis found that for each 1 percent increase in a county’s population who frequently ride public transit, obesity rates dropped 0.2 percent,” says the Daily Mail about a study conducted by the University Of Illinois that was published in the Journal Preventive Medicine
The study argues that by taking public transit, people have to walk from one location to another. This would reduce the obesity rate because people would have to be active. However, when a person is driving, they might drive directly to their location rather than be doing anything physically demanding.
According to the Sacramento Regional Transit District, Sacramento has over 3 thousand bus stops, 3 light rails routes, and 67 bus routes. The transit system is one of the major players in transporting people around Sacramento. Many students, both in primary and secondary school, depend on RT for movement.
“[There’s] a lot of low-income people who are literally struggling by and I’ll hand them an extra pass and be like here quick before they give you a ticket,” said Rae Bandorf, SAC organizer, in an interview. “That’s not fair and I don’t want people to be like that.”
According to the University of Los Angeles, 39.9 percent of students in Sacramento are obese. Obesity is one of the biggest cause of health complications in America. There is definitely more than one way to fight obesity and every one of them count.
Several years ago, the creation of a Central Kitchen for the school district entered into the minds of communities members in Sacramento. As proposed, the Central Kitchen is supposed to bring fresh food to SCUSD students. In this video, residents descend on Hiram Johnson High School to discuss the subject.
Since the Stonewall riots of 1964, the month of June has been known to many as LGBT pride month. On the third of June, hundreds gathered at Crocker Park in downtown Sacramento to prepare for the March of Equality. The March of Equality was hosted by the California Endowment and a coalition of people from various communitIes. The purpose of the march strive for equality and justice.
People started to gather at around 8:30 AM in the morning to prepare for the march. Signs were being made on the spot while new friends were meeting for the first time. Just before the march at around 10:00 AM, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg came to give a pep talk.
“We march to reaffirm that we are one community,” Steinberg told the crowd. “We march to say loud and clear that Sacramento has always been always will be a place where we celebrate diversity and inclusion. We march to celebrate the incredible strives we have made for the LGBT and transgendered communities.”
According to the March of Equality Facebook page, one emphasis of the event was to “resist the hate”. In light of some of President Trump’s actions, the #resist movement has suddenly became more popular in many states. During the march
there were many people holding signs with the “#resist” or “#resiste” statement on it. The sentiment were not necessarily anti-Trump, but it is clear that some of the strong feelings that were invoked during the march stem from the president’s actions since taking office. The march continued until almost 11:00 AM. People stopped outside the Pride Festival to hear stories from individuals that were willing to share. The march dispersed shortly afterward with many going into the festival.
Sacramento is home to a diverse population with many ethnicities and sexual orientations. According to organizers, the march was held to honor the fights that these communities have taken part in for their civil rights.