My name is Carlos Davila-Viera and this is my community. Watch this video to find out more!
My name is Carlos Davila-Viera, and I was born on January 17th, 2000 in the city of Lima, Peru. I was born premature and as a result I was very small, like incredibly small to the point where you couldn’t even hear me cry sometimes. I didn’t stay in Peru long however as my family, consisting of my mom, dad, and older sister, moved to Sacramento, California when I was only one year old. Because of this, I’ve always considered Sacramento my home. When going back to Lima to visit, I get homesick because I’m so used to my surroundings in California.
I’ve gone to a Catholic school from Kindergarten to my senior year of high school which I just finished. That’s been a really big part of my life- not the fact that it’s Catholic but because of the people that I met there. When I was in second grade, my parents separated and my mom, sister, and I moved to Denver, Colorado because my uncle lived there. That’s what I consider one of the hardest years of my life, it was just awful. Getting to know new people, new places, going to a new school, getting new friends, it was tough and because of that, we moved back to Sacramento a year later.
When I returned to Sacramento, I met Joe, who would become my best friend, at the same school I had gone to. We were always in the same class but didn’t become friends until then. He lived right across the street from the school so I’d go to his house almost everyday. We’ve been together since then, through thick and thin and other cheesy things to say about a lasting friendship.
High school was an interesting transition because I was so used to a small Catholic elementary and middle school before transfering to a large Catholic high school. Luckily, my two closest friends in Joe and Jacob, who I had met a few years prior, were there to help me through that. I struggle with anxiety and self esteem issues so sometimes I become overwhelmed and while that wasn’t too great, something strange ended up really helping me with that.
The game “Super Smash Bros. for WiiU” is what helped me overcome these self esteem issues and escape my comfort zone. There was a club at Jesuit High School that was dedicated to playing the game competitively. I had it and played casually but I thought that I could at least try to be better, so I did and ended become one of the best three players in the entire club. This is where I met some of my closest friends that I hang out with almost every day. Meeting these people helped me open up and get over things more. They drive me to improve myself and not stop even when I face a difficult road. It was because of these people that I was cast in the Fall play at Jesuit, “Isaiah Says”, and it was because of the interest they had in my original screenplay that I continued writing it. Other than hanging out with friends and family, I like to watch movies, watch TV and play videos games,most of the time with friends and family. My three favorite films are Pulp Fiction,which sparked my love for film, Psycho, which I can watch anytime and just love, and, my all time favorite, Scott Pilgrim vs the World, a film that I can watch endlessly and quote almost every single line. My favorite TV shows are Parks and Recreation, Game of Thrones, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia which is, in my opinion, the funniest show on television. My favorite video games are Tetris which I’ve spent hours on in one sitting, Kingdom Hearts 2 (a childhood classic), and my favorite, The Last of Us, a game that I’ve played over eight times, all the way through, and am still not bored of it.
That’s really all there is to know about me. I’m just a guy that wants the best for everyone, I would do anything for my friends and family. I just want to see everyone happy because I think that’s what everyone deserves. I like to talk about things that I care about and hang out with people that I care about. I’ve been told I’m a good listener and incredibly kind, not to toot my own horn, it’s what others have said.
I’m really looking forward to this experience, thank you!
I grew up and currently reside in Arden Park. I have a younger brother named Milton who is 14-years-old. I was born on May 10, 2001 and I went to Mariemont Elementary School before attending Arden Middle School. I now attend El Camino High School where I will be graduating early this December. I took the CTE Television and media arts class this past school year at San Juan High School. There I learned many of the skills I will need for this job.
I enjoy playing with my airsoft guns and riding my bike to the store to buy things or to go to a friend’s house. I also like playing video games on my Xbox. I think having this job at Access Sacramento will be a great opportunity for me now and in the near future.
I enjoy going to small town of Graeagle in the mountains as often as I can with my grandparents, Sharon and Harry Moos. They have a house up there and I like spending time with them. I help my Grandpa chop wood and do other things he needs help with since he’s getting older. They are my mom’s parents. Even though my other grandparents live on the same street as me I don’t get to see them very often.
Each year I have a tradition with my dad where we go to Pin-A-Go-Go which is all you can play pinball all weekend, the weekend after Mother’s Day. We go on a Friday and play pinball till 10 or 11 at night. It’s awesome.
I would like to say that I am a fairly cool and unique person. I create art in various mediums, and I have an internship at an art center where I get to do a little of everything within and I own my queerness more than anyone I know. You can often find me in a thrift shop, reading a new book about how racism is so embedded in our culture or out and about continuing my search for delicious vegan foods, although I’m only strictly a vegetarian. I consider myself a social rights activist even though I have been lacking in my online presence as an activist. I am constantly doing research, collecting data and recording everything going on to understand where the problems stem from and how to fix them. To me, those exact things would be listed under the terms “cool” and “unique”.
Although I do have anxiety and a few other illnesses up my sleeve, I know how to manage various tasks and events happening throughout my life. Sometimes I even purposefully fill my schedule in order to feel productive, which is a weakness of mine. That being said, I do understand the huge significance of a break and reading the signs of your body. To get through my day-to-day, I am somewhat spiritual. Not religious, but I celebrate the Earth and all she has given us, as well as using the law of attraction and positivity candles while I work on myself and my own personal growth.
Overall, I enjoy and am passionate about topics and subjects that the average person may not enjoy or maybe just does not know or think about. I often like to think of myself as someone who can think deeply and understand the beauty of our earth and the art that we create.
My name is Isabella (Izzy) Ignacio and I’m a writer, dancer, singer and student. I’ve spent the past three years participating and acting in musicals and plays – all because of a script I decided to write when I was 12 years old. I have told many stories before, but never mine.
I had plans to go to college and become a teacher, but that was never my dream. It was always my dream to be involved with a play on Broadway, not the star or even as part of an ensemble, but to write a script so beautiful, so engaging that it landed on Broadway.
Ever since I was in first grade, I’ve written stories, novels, and even scripts. Not necessarily the best quality novels, but to me they had meaning. As I continued to grow up, so did my writing. My little stories about twin witches in a fantasy world became a script about twins in the 1960s navigating a new world of cultural revolution. Somehow the one script I wrote about the new world in the 1960s and 1970s started an entire fascination for me with the era. It was an era of change and acceptance, both of which I believe are still needed today. The past became prevalent to understanding the present, and my passion for the era led to me falling in love with the fashion, the slang, and even the little eccentricities of the era.
Music has always been a part of my life. I learned to play the piano at six years old and my entire family practically worshipped music. It was fitting then that ever so slowly my script became a musical. As I dove into the journey of understanding my script, I joined a musical theatre company to understand more about musicals. It was there I learned I couldn’t dance, so of course I joined a dance company. I lived the life of my characters, I felt their emotions and I revised my script, over and over again.
As of today, I’m currently on Act 2; Scene 7, on my third draft of The Zodiac Journal. In the course of the three years, I’ve been working on Zodiac, I’ve written one play and another short musical, both of which don’t mean nearly as much to me as Zodiac. So when I was asked to write an article introducing myself, I realized that a substantial amount of who I am is my writing, yet I also realized that I might not have gotten myself into theatre just for the script. I believe there was a part of me, when I started that first draft of The Zodiac Journal , that knew I wanted to dance, and I wanted to sing. A part of me craved the idea of creating music and a story, one that I desperately want to live.
Hello everyone! My name is Fabiana Dávila-Viera and I’m very excited to be part of the AccessLocal.Tv team as a Neighborhood News Correspondent. I am 19 years old and I was born in Lima, Perú. My family and I moved here in 2000 when I was 5 years old. I graduated in 2014 from Saint Francis High School which is an all girls college preparatory. I am currently enrolled at Sierra College where I will be starting my sophomore year this fall.
When I was younger, sports were my life. At the age of 8 I joined the Sacramento Synchronized Swim Team and competed with them for 5 years. I then decided to switch to playing volleyball at the age of 13. I played on my school’s team and for volleyball clubs for about 3 years of my life. At the age of 15, I was diagnosed with a chronic illness which severely limited my physical activity. I could still play, but at a recreational level. When I found out my diagnosis, I took it pretty hard. I had to leave what I most loved to do at that point of my life, which was volleyball. While my illness closed me off from playing sports, it opened up my artistic side.
I’ve always been an artistic person, but never before took it all that seriously. At school I started taking art classes almost every semester, including an after school advanced placement class which I wouldn’t have been able to take if I would had still been playing volleyball. I took the dance class to meet my physical education requirement and joined the school’s hip-hop team. During my senior year I chose Literature and Film as my English class, which was a definite turning point in my life. For years I would disapprove of every single piece of writing I would compose until my senior year. While writing speeches for retreats and for my Literature and Film class, I started becoming proud of the work that I put out. This class taught me to appreciate my writing and develop a love for film which is why I plan in majoring in film studies when I transfer to a 4 year college my junior year.
From the second I saw the ad for this position, I signed up. It seemed to be an amazing opportunity to create content that really matters, explore my abilities in journalism, and expand my knowledge about film. It also seemed like a great way to explore Sacramento in many ways that I hadn’t in the 14 years that I’ve lived here. I can’t wait to start learning more about my community through the articles and video that I’ll compose throughout the next few months.
Hello, I’m Ivan Caballero and I am a junior at John F. Kennedy High School. I was born in Santa Clara, California. I was raised here in Sacramento. I also lived in San Antonio, Texas from 2008 through 2009. It was a very interesting experience. Eventually, I came back to Sacramento in 2010.
Growing up, I had an admiration of movies. I would go to my local BlockBuster and rent about ten movies at a time. Every time I would watch a movie, I would always wonder how they film, perform, and act all the scenes out. My imagination would go wild. I would always think that I would have a great idea for a film in my head. That’s when I realized that I may want to be a director.
When I was five years old, my mother bought me a Flip camcorder, which at the time meant so much to me. After that, I got a better camera and began getting more equipment so that I could do short films with a few of my friends. My first short-film was awful , but it got better as time went on. I’m still learning but I have become so much better than I was when I began.
I also love to read. My friends and family don’t realize that I read a lot. I mostly read online or through my phone. Reading a book is almost the same as watching a movie. It can be just as immersive. Just like a movie, a book can make you feel, think, and relate a certain way to a story. The only difference about a movie and a book is that in a book you can imagine how the story looks on your own. That’s the glory of reading. It could take you to a whole other world in the matter of seconds.
I am also very interested in science related subjects, such as astronomy. It fascinates me. I love to learn about new things. There is a saying from Neil Degrasse Tyson- “For me, I am driven by two main philosophies. Know more about today than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You would be surprised how far that gets you.” I personally have taken that as advice for how I live my life.
I am the first in the family to have ever wanted a job that involves the media. I think being a youth reporter is a great start for the present and the future of my life. I am happy to be where I am and to have received this job. I’m excited to see where this is going to go!
Hello everyone! My name is Maipaluku Moua and I recently completed my first year of college at UC Santa Cruz where I studied Psychology. I decided to return to Sacramento for school where I am currently attending American River College. Although my time in Santa Cruz was great, I knew that I wanted to return to Sacramento where I could support the community that I grew up in. With my first year of college done in Santa Cruz, I learned a lot and would like to bring the new things I learned to Sacramento. What better way to do this than with Access Sacramento?
Before I left for school in Santa Cruz, I attended a law-themed charter high school called NP3 located in North Natomas. Ever since I attended NP3, an interest in law sparked in me. Although I am interested in pursuing a career in the law field, I have always had a passion for working with the media. I often created and edited videos in high school that I shared with my classmates. I used to play around with different computer programs and record videos from my phone and video cameras teaching myself how to use them, but I am glad that I can now turn that hobby into an opportunity to bring together my community.
I am a very community-oriented person. In my spare time when I’m not attending classes or appreciating the city that I live in, I like to volunteer at local events. One of the more recent events that I volunteered for was the Hello Kitty Friendship Festival here in Sacramento. I think it’s a great thing to volunteer and even greater to get to know your community better.
With my genuine interest in my community and passion for working with the media, I am ecstatic to be a neighborhood news correspondent for Access Sacramento. I am grateful for the opportunity to bring neighborhood news to you all and am looking forward to the upcoming months ahead!
Born and raised in beautiful Sacramento, I enjoy spending time with friends and family in this city I like to call home.
My name is David Alcala, I am 18 years old and have lived in Sacramento all my life. I am in love with this city and the people in it. I am the youngest of four children, and my parents are Richard and Susie Alcala. My dad and brother work for the City of Sacramento and my mom works at the La Familia Counseling Center. I have three older siblings; Desiree, Danila and Dominic. My sister Desi has a five year old son and is expecting twin boys. My sister Dani has a one year old boy and is also pregnant.
School has always been my community hub. Growing up I attended and graduated from Saint Robert’s elementary and went to Christian Brothers High School for three years. This past year I graduated high school through the Community Collaborative Charter School and am now in my first semester at Sacramento City Community College.
I am Mexican-American and grew up in a Mexican cultured community. I went to 12 o’clock Spanish mass at Saint Roberts. My grandfather was a deacon there and then moved to St. Phillomenes. My family is large and extremely close. It was always nice attending the same school as all of my cousins. At one point my mom owned a day care and we all had a place we could go to after school. There wasn’t a day where I didn’t see my cousins or a weekend where the entire family wouldn’t get together. For example, this past weekend we got together to celebrate three birthdays.
When I was 15 I started working at my uncle’s bakery, La Esperanza. I currently still work there with my uncle Martin Rodriquez and a few of my cousins. I enjoy the close contact with the community in the area. Many customers are natives to the region and have been going to the store since they were young.
I have great respect and huge appreciation for the environment and people I grew up with. I have to thank the Sacramento community for allowing me to establish close relationships with my community members and for making me the person I am today.
My name is Mark Smeltzer and I’m thrilled to be part of the AccessLocal.Tv team. I’m pretty new to the city, but I look forward to experiencing it with my team and audience alike. I call Placerville, California my hometown, but I was actually born right here in Sacramento, and have since lived in New York, Washington, and most recently Utah. Now I’m back and truly excited to be a Neighborhood Correspondent. In the short time I’ve lived here I can already tell that there are plenty of stories to keep me busy. I’m proud to call the City of Trees my home.
I enjoy fishing, mountain biking, tennis, following current events, and of course, writing. I’ve completed one year of college and would like to return soon to pursue a degree in either Journalism or Political Science. I’ve never liked soap operas or reality TV; it seems to me there’s already plenty going on in the real world that demands our attention. In fact, cable news gets me riled up in the same way as a NFL fan watching the playoffs.
Two subjects that are especially interesting to me are religion and politics, the two most headache-inducing topics for many people. However, they are so important when it comes to understanding current events that I try to approach them bluntly and objectively.
I take great pride in my writing, often recreating the same paragraph five different ways just to come up with the most reader-friendly passage. I also try to be original in my writing and enjoy coming up with memorable phrases, avoiding stock expressions “like the plague” as author William Safire would say. As an aspiring writer, I want to go to great lengths to find a personality in my writing and protect it. To keep things simple I remember what Christopher Hitchens, a personal hero of mine, once told his students: “If you can talk, you can write.” If I can make at least one reader feel as if I’m speaking directly to him or her I would be forever grateful.
I write simply because I can’t see myself doing anything else. That’s why being a part of the AccessLocal.Tv team is such a great outlet for me. I hope to cut through the media hype and find stories that matter to Sacramentans. I look forward to learning and growing with my team and anyone who just wants to know what’s going on in this great city.