Every year, fancy sports cars gather at the door of Shriners Children Hospital. The community gathers to donate toys and help the children who are less fortunate.
The film “LadyBird” was filmed here in Sacramento. It’s about a teenager who’s family struggles financially. Her dream college is in New York, but going there could harm her already rocky relationship with her mother.
As the January 1st deadline to legalize marijuana distribution approaches, the Sacramento City Council recently discussed the improvements made to the city’s new Cannabis Equity Program and Cannabis Cultivation enforcement.
In March of this year, Sacramento celebrated it’s plan provide business permits to marijuana dispensaries and estimated to collect $6.3 million in revenue over the next three years. The marijuana business is booming, but in order to get a cannabis growers’ permit, there are strict requirements put in place.
All marijuana growers are required to get a conditional use permit and a business permit, a security plan, odor control, business plan, water efficiency plan, lighting plan, energy efficiency plan, a background check, and the security requirements must be written by a professional, specified to every location, be UL certified, and verified by the Sacramento Police department.
“The development of high standards is vitally important,” said Joe Devlin, Chief of Cannabis Policy and Enforcement on November 21st. “But the ability to enforce those high standards is how we will ensure the cannabis industry ultimately reflects the values of our city.”
However, some worry that the strict requirements unfairly marginalize the number of possible marijuana distributors. For example, the licensing fees for indoor grow rooms with up to 5,000 square feet are nearly $10,000 the first year, and close to $30,000 for a indoor grow room up to 22,000 square feet. Also, state and local agencies are able to deny licenses to people with felony convictions, specifically narcotics offenses or other crimes related to the once illegal marijuana business.
“The communities that have most been harmed by the decades-long war on drugs deserve to be at the front of the line to benefit from the legalization of cannabis, done right,” Mayor Steinberg said during a November 28th meeting.
Many other community members shared the mayor’s sentiment including Kevin Daniel, an employee at the Greater Sacramento Urban League and resident of District 2, and Malaki Amen, President of the California Urban Partnership and resident of District 5.
“I’m definitely in favor of some equity and I know Sacramento believes in equity as well,” Daniel shared on November 28th. “It’s important that those communities have access to scholarships to pay for some of the fees, maybe business loans…we have to make sure that our communities get a chance to bounce back from this lucrative industry and not be left behind on the sidelines to watch.”
“Councilmembers, this item presents a greater opportunity to launch Sacramento’s newest industry with decency and with fairness,” Amen expressed. “Today you have the power to heal families and neighborhoods that were disproportionately destroyed by marijuana jail sentences…legally ending institutional poverty and generational racism, this is an honorable way to strengthen our local taxbase and make the city that we love a place that truly works for everyone.”
Everyone on planet Earth needs food to survive, but people need to eat healthy foods to thrive. Many food companies have counteracted against government-issued dietary warnings for decades. In an article by alternet.org, an email chain published by the Agriculture and Health and Human Services Department revealed several tactics that food companies used to avoid negative research about the foods they produced. The exchanged was between Michael Ernest Knowles, former vice president of Global Scientific and Regulatory Affairs at Coca-Cola, and Alex Malaspina, a former Coca-Cola executive
One tactic that food companies used is creating their own studies. In the email exchange, Knowles said: “We have to use external organizations in addition to any work we directly commission.”
By funding their own research, the food industry could downplay the effects of their food on consumers health or shift the blame to another product altogether. Their findings are often advertised to overshadow government issued research.
Here in Sacramento, there have been government efforts to help public school students avoid eating junk foods. The Sacramento City Unified School District recently passed a new “Wellness Policy” to regulate what the students eat while at school. The SCUSD Board of Trustees unanimously voted yes on the policy. The aim
of the policy is to help students eat healthily and to curb obesity rates.
“We passed the wellness policy 3 months ago,” said Michael Minnick, Board Member for District 4 Of the Sacramento Unified School District. “We want to make sure that, at least on the school campuses, [the students] are eating healthy. We are also currently in the process of building a new central kitchen. Since we are a farm-to-fork community, we can bring in fresh food to our students.”
The food industry is a powerful force with many resources. To help people, sometimes the government has to step and regulate what the people eat. Sometimes, business and government works together, but when they do not, it is an ongoing war for dominance.
With the holidays coming up and passing by quickly, it’s important to give thanks and to be grateful for what you have, and it can be better for your health. People who are thankful tend to have a more positive outlook, as well as get better sleep.
Studies show that individuals who are thankful for things in their life tend to have a more positive outlook. This betterment in attitude leads to better quality sleep, whereas people who are depressed, r have a negative outlook on life, tend to get worse sleep.
Listing things you are thankful for can help you acknowledge them. Writing notes, as well as simply expressing that you are thankful for things in your life, can help you recognize what it is in life that makes you happy and what you appreciate.
“I’m thankful for the people in my life,” Isabella Ayers, a 15 year-old student at Casa Roble High School said. “(They help) me find myself when things get crazy.”
When you are listing things you are grateful for, it may be a good idea to show gratitude towards whatever it is thanked you appreciate. Getting a pat on the back for doing something good, even if it’s small, is rewarding and encouraging.
“I’m thankful for my hearing because without it I wouldn’t be able to hear the wonders of music and spoken word that I’ve come to love,” Katherine Alestra, a 15 year-old student at Visions and Education said. “I was born without an eardrum in my right ear, making me half-deaf. When I turned 4, I got it surgically fixed.”
“I’m thankful for my caring, wonderful friends and family, and my cat Zoe,” Jessica Brazer, an 18 year-old student of San Jose City College said. “They all support me and make me happy just by having them in my lives, and make me feel better even if I’m not feeling too good.”
No matter what time of year it is, it is always a good idea to be thankful for what you have. Not only is it benefiting you, it’s encouraging to the people around you to continue to do good things.
In the recent past, sexual assault seemed to be a topic not often discussed in society. However, with accusations in Hollywood and the new hashtag #metoo appearing quite often, that seems to be changing. Perhaps with this change of discussion, also will come a change of mindset and action on sexual assaults and harassment, since both of those things have also been lacking in our society.
Sexual assault has long been a topic that survivors often don’t discuss, and sometimes don’t report, as they believe it is their fault. Society plays a part in the mentality of “victim blaming”, a term used to describe the phenomenon of how some people put the blame on the person who was assaulted, rather than the person who committed the crime.
However, as talking about sexual assault has become more prevalent, and there are more accusations of sexual assault coming out from within the film industry. Famous actor Kevin Spacey was accused of sexually harassing Anthony Rapp, another actor, who was 14 at the time. Producer Harvey Weinstein, who spearheaded the movement of capturing predators, was also accused of sexually assaulting multiple people, including Uma Thurman as well as Angelina Jolie.
“I think it’s good for those child actors in the recent cases to draw the line and before anything can occur,” said Oliver Moring, a 17 year old high school student. “It’s good to see that those people who are speaking out can give others who have sadly suffered in silence the courage to speak up finally. In terms of (affecting) how people perceive sexual harassment, I don’t want to admit that I don’t think these new cases could change much. Not even a few months ago a 27-year-old model made a post about how Finn Wolfhard should “Hit her up in 10 years”. And to top it off, Millie Bobby Brown was voted as one of the top 10 “sexiest tv stars” by a magazine. So although these actors and people (affected) are speaking up, we as people are not changing our views or trying to rid the problem by increasing the rate in which these things happen.”
On Twitter, Instagram, and other social media, the hashtag #metoo is used by survivors of sexual assaults to share their experiences and talk about other things related to the topic.
“I think it’s very good to talk about (sexual harassment) experiences,” said Maxwell Cade, a 16-year-old high school student. “Some people can learn from it. I think people should get more educated in school about it. Like a lot of kids are getting (taught) the wrong things from family members and such.”
Perhaps all the allegations happening in Hollywood will encourage more people to speak out against predators. The #metoo movement is a good start to opening up to the conversation about sexual assault and harassment.
Logically, if something is broken, people tend to throw them away. However at the Oak Park Fix-it Cafe, they are trying to change that tradition.
It took four overtimes for Del Campo to squeeze past Sacramento 49-48 in a Div. 2 CIF-Sac-Joaquin Section Quarterfinal football game during Access Sacramento’s Game of the Week.
Announcers Will James and Jim Dimino all the highlights:
Replays of this game are scheduled for Tues. Nov. 21 at 7 p.m., Wed. Nov. 22 at 11 a.m. and Thurs. Nov. 23 at 3 a.m. on Access Sacramento, Comcast or Consolidated Communications channel 17, AT&T channel 14 or streaming from AccessSacramnto.org.
What does the new Gender Recognition Act mean for California
For many of us socialization, our family and school taught us about the gender binary. We learned to categorize people into a box: either you are female or male. Girl or boy. Feminine or masculine. Pink or blue. On the surface, the gender binary helps us make sense of the world in simplistic black-or-white terms; however, boxing gender into just two categories doesn’t allow for the exploration or freedom for one to discover one’s individual gender expression and identity.
Think about it – How many times have we taught our young children to stay within their gender lanes? Multiple studies have shown that when interacting with babies as young as 3 months old, adults play with babies differently based on the babies’ perceived gender (look up the Baby X experiment). “Boys aren’t supposed to play with dolls. Nice girls don’t run around and roll around in the dirt. Boys will be boys. Nice girls behave.” What’s wrong with these statements, you ask?
Not only are we constricting and imposing gender roles on impressionable and malleable children, we are not allowing our children to explore and express who they really are. We are also teaching our children to be intolerant of differences. While at times the gender binary can be confining, in other times, the gender binary can have even more insidious effects.
If we dig deeper into the gender binary, we find that gender norms often go hand in hand. For example, female-identified individuals are expected to be feminine, soft, nurturing, submissive, and uphold purity. Male-identified folks are held to a masculine, assertive, action-oriented, dominating standard. On the surface, these are harmless generalizations but upon closer inspection, they can breed toxic masculinity and patriarchy that oppresses women and men alike.
It is not a coincidence that transgender women are at very high risk of homicide and suicide in the U.S. For people who have wholly invested their identity on the gender binary, when they encounter people who do not prescribe to the same ideals, it can cause people to be confused, scared, or act out violently and aggressively to nonbinary people who are simply trying to live their authentic lives. There are whole courses in college dedicated to this topic that this article can hardly scratch the surface of. Embracing the concept of non-binary gender expressions is just one way of disintegrating the gender binary.
According to the National Center for Transgender Equality, non-binary gender is defined as a someone whose gender expression does not fit neatly into being either male or female. Under the umbrella of non-binary gender expression, a person can identify as being a mix of female and male or fluctuating between male and female at any given moment and many more nuanced expressions. There are numerous terms to describe this spectrum, such as agender, genderqueer, genderfluid, and bigender. These terms are not necessarily interchangeable and the differences may be subtle but important. It is crucial to note that although some transgender and intersex people may identify as non-binary, it does not mean the same thing and not all identify as such.
This idea of non-binary gender is not new, not something created by the young whippersnappers of today’s generation, and not a phase. Being nonbinary has been recognized by Native American cultures since the dawn of time and have been given a name – Two Spirit. In fact, most Native American cultures recognize 5 genders – female, male, Two Spirit female, Two Spirit male, and transgender. In the Native American culture, parents give their children gender-neutral clothing from birth to encourage them to form their own gender expression and identity. Community members revered Two Spirit people because they were perceived as wiser for being able to tap into both masculine and feminine perspectives.
I’d like to think that some regions in our country, specifically California, are slowly changing to more inclusive practices for the better. In October of this year, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into effect the Gender Recognition Act, which will allow transgender, non-binary, and intersex individuals to update their gender on state-issued identification documentation to a third gender – non-binary. This includes California state-issued IDs, driver’s licenses, birth certificates.
The Gender Recognition Act will streamline the process to make it easier for individuals to change their gender on legal documentation by bypassing the requirement to obtain a sworn statement from a physician confirming that they have gone through clinical treatment. The law also allows minors to update the gender on their birth certificate with parental permission. The Gender Recognition Act will go into effect in 2019.
So how can you be a good ally to the non-binary community? If this is your first encounter with the non-binary community and you are confused, that is okay and understandable. The great news is you don’t need to have full comprehension of the gender spectrum to be a respectful human being. A good rule of thumb is to never assume someone’s gender. You can respectfully inquire about someone’s gender by asking for their gender pronouns. Introduce yourself and your pronouns and then ask them for theirs in return. And the best thing to do is simply listen.
On Saturday, November 11th, a group of like-minded people gathered together at the state capital to talk about gun violence in America, and steps you can do to prevent it.