The Sacramento Regional Transit Board has voted to lower the price of fares for K-12 students starting January 1st, 2018.
The Me Too movement originated over a decade ago when a woman named Tarana Burke was at a youth camp. A young girl had asked to speak with Burke alone and she told Burke about sexual acts her stepfather had done to her. From the experience, Burke would go on to create the Me Too movement later that year. The movement exploded in October of 2017 after actress Alyssa Milano came out against movie producer Harvey Weinstein for sexual assaults.
Shortly after, Milano tweeted out, “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.”
Thousands of people started to reply to the tweet and tell their story. The metoo hashtag was trending on Twitter for many days. Other actors and actresses also came out with their own experiences of being sexually assaulted. The movement is so powerful that it has influenced politics. The Washington Post published in early November that Alabama Senate Candidate Roy Moore had an inappropriate relationship with a 14 year old girl while he was 32 years old. Roy Moore lost the election afterward.
In Sacramento, Assemblymember Kevin McCarty called for more responsibility in regards to sexual harassment claims in the California Legislature.
“The California State Assembly should look at the taxpayer funded payouts for sexual harassment — and explore holding perpetrators of sexual harassment more financially accountable,” said McCarthy on his website. “Why should taxpayers be on the hook for sexual harassment payouts, while wrongdoers walk away with no financial accountability? The State Assembly and the Joint Rules Committee should consider ways to recover financial damages from proven violators directly.”
The Me Too movement came late in 2017 but has already had a tremendous effect on society. Many women felt more empowered to speak out as a result.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
DO/LOVE/LIVE hosted a Veterans Day Community Party at McKinley Park and AccessLocal.TV was there to relay the ambitions and thoughts of two organizers.
At the same exact time as shots rung out in Texas during the worst mass shooting in that state’s history, Moms Demand Action was organizing a new chapter in Sacramento to advocate against gun violence.
It is expensive to be poor in Sacramento. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, a citizen living barely above the poverty line in California during 2017 has an average annual income of $12,060. For the average American, it is safe to say that $12,060 is not enough to live comfortably by today’s standards. When considering budgeting for the annual expenses of owning a car, healthcare, living space, or food it is easy to see that $12,060 is not a lot to survive on.
According to ValuePenguin, the average annual cost of car insurance in California is $1,962. In an article in HowStuffWorks, the average annual cost of car maintenance, oil changes, and other necessities amounts to $3,269 and the cost of gas is $2,208. Considering these individual expenses, owning a car amounts to $7,439 a year in costs.
Living poor and alone in Sacramento is especially expensive. According to RentCafe, the average rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in Sacramento is $1,088 a month. The San Francisco Gate reported an individual plan’s average cost of healthcare in California is $331 a month or $3,972 a year. A quick Google search reveals that the average American also spends roughly $2,641 per person annually on food.
Other than the overwhelming costs of basic living that the lower-middle or poverty class faces, Apartment List, a renowned website for finding apartments, revealed a tremendous study concerning rental insecurity. According to their statistics, an estimated 3.7 million Americans have experienced eviction and one in five renters were unable to pay their rent in full at least once every three months in 2017. The eviction rate for low-income citizens in Sacramento is 4.4% compared to the national average eviction rate of 3.3%.
Apartment List data determined that eviction often leads to destabilized families and communities, poor educational performance, and increased behavioral problems in children. According to the Independent Budget Office, eviction is the leading cause of homelessness.
“It’s tough trying to make it month by month,” said Dominique Mejia, a student at American River College. “We have a pretty big family, plus we live with our grandparents to cheapen rent. We usually don’t buy food until my sister gets a paycheck by the end of the month, and by that time the only thing we have left is a few canned foods. As for paying bills and rent, our grandparents really help out. If it wasn’t for them, we’d likely be homeless.”