On Saturday, January 26th, the Sacramento Black College Expo took place at Sacramento State University. There were on-site admissions, resources and a celebrity after-party!
Rental prices in Sacramento have been rising over the last few years. Sacramento rental costs have seen an increase of 10% every year since 2014. While it’s impossible to say for certain why rents are so high in Sacramento, it is important to look at the problem and see how it is affecting people.
According to KCRA, the Blackstone Group investment firm owns 1,566 single family homes in Sacramento County. Even though that number might seem small, the group owns more homes than most other groups except for the City of Sacramento.
“We see Blackstone and companies like it charging rates above market — and that leads other folks to follow suit,” said Veronica Beaty, a Sacramento Housing Alliance spokesperson to KCRA.
Many people in Sacramento are not excited about the cost of rent. There are four colleges in the greater Sacramento area: California State University, Sacramento City College, Cosumnes River College, and American River College. The high rent could be the reasons why many students are struggling to find their own place to live. Students instead may resort to living at their parent’s house or in some cases, become homeless. Students can work full time in order to afford housing, however that might impede them academically.
“Having a consistency at home is key because how are you going to focus on algebra if you don’t know where you live, you know, or if you’re sleeping on somebody couch?” said Chandler Cooper, John F. Kennedy High School’s ASSETs Director. “(If) you don’t (have) a space that is your own you don’t have privacy, there might be little kid running around, you might have to be kick out of the house at a certain point because of rules that aren’t your own. All that stuff factor in, let alone being a young developing person.”
A common idea that has gained attention in places all over the world is a “soda tax”. This would be, in many cases, a one-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks. This tax has been being brought up by nutritionists and being fought back by soda production companies and some citizens. While the U.K. seems to have a handle on the idea of this tax, some places in the United States are having a rocky start getting one of their own.
Soda definitely has its costs, including being damaging to one’s health and leading to diabetes, and in the U.K. were the tax has been implemented, fewer people are buying soda. The tax on soda seems to be a good way of instituting good health practices, but not everyone agrees with taxing sugary beverages, as seen in Chicago, when the soda tax was rejected after a few months of being implemented.
“My opinion on taxing soda, I mean… it’s one of the cheapest drinks and it gives you a little bump into finishing the day,” says Charlie Mitchell, a student at American River College in Sacramento. “So taxing it would make it really difficult to like her a little something, because water is kind of more expensive… Not that I’m saying it’s not healthy and you should drink (sodas) as an alternative to healthy stuff, but it’s cheaper and college students are broke.”
At American River College, the cheapest place to get a soda is the cafe, which costs $1 for one can. The cheapest place to get water on campus is the vending machines, where it costs $1.75.
You may not even need to worry, considering the soda tax doesn’t seem to be very successful in California. Whenever the soda tax appears, it seems to be rejected in California. Other types of preventative measures can be taken, such as educating the public on how unhealthy soda is, and the possibility of having a warning label on every can of soda. Only time will tell if soda consumption will go down in the United States.
At American River College, there is a plethora of resources for the students.
WAC and RAD, Writing Across the Curriculum and Reading Across the Curriculum, are classes designed to help their students write papers and make sense of their textbooks.
Another thing ARC offers for their students are clubs. On Tuesday’s and Thursday’s, there is a gaming club, a finance club, and many other clubs.. Clubs are a great way for students to do what they love or to socialize with other students. There is also a Club Day when all the clubs gather in front of the Student Center to advertise their clubs to students.
College hours and events are held at ARC as well. College hours are meant to inform and educate students on all types of matters; it’s also a good way to spend time in-between classes.
Events, such as plays, art show, and contests are also held on campus. There are always plays running in the fall semester, the current play being Beauty and Beast, next being Seagull.
Art galleries hold show from from student artists or professionals who come on campus to showcase their pieces. Typically for art students, their art gallery shows are held in early December around finals.
There are also events held at ARC that offer either knowledge or a chance to relax. ARC has meditation rooms, and twice a week during finals they bring in adoptable puppies for students to pet and take their minds off of their tests.
If you’re interested in enrolling in American River College, you can click here and sign up for the next semester.
The Summer Transportation Institute just wrapped up a three week program which invited San Jose high school students to the campus of San Jose State University. While there, students learned about careers in transportation by taking classes which allowed them to earn transferable college credits.
Four slots were open to students from Sacramento, three of which were taken by Access Local News Correspondent team members, and one of which was taken by a young woman from a YMCA youth program.
“I expected to see lots of lectures on how the transportation system works,” said Miranda Villarreal, a Sacramento student who attended the program. “I also expected to meet more people and that can wake up our eyes and see what kind of changes we can accomplish.”
Students from Sacramento stayed at the program for three days. They toured the tech museum, learned about some of the history about San Jose State University, sat in on a lecture about energy usage, toured city hall and spoke with San Jose transit workers, explored the boardwalk in Santa Cruz, Looked around the PG&E center, and lastly, toured the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, in less than 72 hours.
This program has been going on for 15 years for San Jose Students but the 2017 trip was the first time they opened the program to students from Sacramento. The group from Sacramento had less contact with the San Jose group, and were on a slightly different schedule.
“It was a great experience overall, “Villarreal explained. “I was excited and (overwhelmed) by all the new faces I got to see. I learned many new things (such as) the types of reusable energy (and) ways to save our planet.”
“Redlining” was a legal practice from 1932 to 1964. It directly affected minorities living conditions and housing options. Today, among other factors such as the wage gap and the pricey cost of higher education, redlining continues to affect people of color and other minorities.
During the 1930s, the Federal Housing Administration and the Home Owners Loan Corporation worked together to finance over $120 billion dollars worth of housing. However, they did not make this housing available to minorities. They would purposefully exclude minorities, and even went as far as to mark on a map of where the majority of colored people were, so that way the would not finance homes in that area.
This affects people to this day, as homeowners in the redlined areas have a harder time financing their homes, due to the area being poorer than the surrounding communities. This in turn brings down the value of the entire neighborhood. In these redlined areas, the houses also tend to be more decrepit, and the cost of repairs become more expensive.
However, redlining isn’t the only reason minorities are having a hard time. A study done by the Survey of Consumer Finances shows that there is a wage gap between minorities and their white counterparts. The wage gap refers to the phenomenon where one person gets paid less than another due to prejudice rather than skill or adequacy.
With this gap in pay, it makes it a lot harder to attend college in hopes of a higher education. With the price of tuition on the rise, it’s becoming harder and harder for poor people to climb out of their predicament.
Redlining, coupled with the wage gap and pricey education, makes it extremely hard for minorities to pull out of this poor crisis. Solving this issue would not happen quickly, and there are more factors that go into poverty than most people realize, but a good place to start would be to make education more affordable. Also, encouraging affordable houses in nicer areas, and fixing up less desirable areas would be a great place to start.
The question of who will lead the world of tomorrow might not be as clear cut but it’s a question many have tried to answer. Young people will be the one to take the torch once the older generation retired. Are the youth of the Sacramento prepared to make changes?
Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed legislation that would have expanded California’s ban on public smoking to all California State University and community college campuses.
The governor announced last Monday that he is taking initiative on the legislation that would have banned tobacco use on all 136 CSU and community college campuses.
According to the Sacramento Bee, the legislation by Democratic Assemblyman Kevin McCarty of Sacramento would have prohibited chewing, dipping, smoking or vaping natural or synthetic tobacco products at the schools, which have about 2.5 million students.
The bill would have allowed school trustees and board members to decide whether to fine campus smokers up to $100. The money would have gone to support education programs at the campus where the violation occurred.
“I honestly, cannot stand smokers on campus its toxic fumes being polluted on this campus,” says Sacramento State student Tamicia Hightower. “This bill would have helped decrease the harmful effects of nicotine and secondhand smoke on campus.”
According to the L.A Times Brown, says the colleges already have that authority and are fully capable of setting their own smoking policies.
Earlier this year the governor has already taken more action by approving tougher tobacco regulations as part of a special legislative session on health care, including boosting the legal age to buy tobacco to 21 and extending existing regulations governing tobacco to electronic cigarettes.
It’s already known Californians are making an effort to raise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products at the November ballot box. Proposition 56 would raise the per-pack tax on cigarettes by $2 and raise taxes on other tobacco and vaping products.
As the Election Day nears many California voters will soon be able to cast their ballots in hopes that the tobacco companies will be taking another hit.
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A recent survey says that many of the brightest, young minds at University of California campuses do not have access to high quality, nutritious food.
With a single movement of the arm a tassel was shifted, an experienced ended, and a teenager graduated.
A big deal for some and a formality for others, graduation from high school marks a young person’s transition from adolescence into adulthood, although many of them would argue they feel no different after the ceremony.
Adulthood cannot be achieved through such a universal act. Maturity comes differently to each person. It can be reached through an untimely traumatic event, an empathetic revelation, or, perhaps the most prevalent, a collegiate escapade.
College is intimidating, period.
In terms of a spectrum, feelings about it range from excessively ecstatic to tremendously terrified and everything in between.
“I feel very excited to go off into the abyss of college. It is time to learn that I can spread my wings and soar over it,” said recent Rio Americano High School graduate, Bliss Boutin. “Sure the unknown is intimidating, but it’s what makes life worth living. You have to feel, experience, and embrace with your entire being in order to lead a fulfilling life.”
Boutin, who will be attending Lewis and Clark University in the fall, shares similar sentiments with another student who plans to study Theatre and Dramatic Arts at Pace University in New York City.
“I’m so excited to be studying what I love in one of the best cities in the world!” said recent RAHS graduate, Alana Roberts. “But it is also one of the most dangerous cities, and theatre is a difficult industry to survive in.”
It is clear that young adults are thrilled by the concept of adventure, but can be timid when it comes to leaving home and “starting anew”.
They also feel that the cumulative aspect of it all heightens the whole transition.
“We have all worked so hard to get into college and the pressure has built up over the years,” said Ama Marcelos, a RAHS grad who is also planning on attending Lewis and Clark. “So emotions are flowing freely right now.”
Despite initial feelings about college most people enough themselves and some people even say it is the best four years of their lives.