Op-Ed

Black Lives Are American Lives

Many of us are looking at the reality of race relations in America today with new eyes. We are listening to those giving voice to the pain of the black experience with new ears. In a moment where every possible calamity has seemed to befall America at once the familiar tragedy of the historic relationship between law enforcement and the black community has suddenly spilled forth among all other issues as the great moral reckoning of our moment. Who among us saw this coming? Yet all of American history has led us here.

Black lives matter. But black lives are American lives. Like all American peoples, the African-American journey is made up of not one story but many. Understanding the streams of these experiences can help us to understand the journey of a people whose aspirations lie at the heart of our path to a more perfect union.

How To Increase Transparency and Accountability

Currently, the African American community feels that policing in America is prone to abuse. Therefore, they distrust the police. All too often, African Americans put all the police in one box labeled “the police are generally bad for black people.” However, not all officers are bad; so, the good officers get painted with the same brush as the bad officers.

Transport Board Avoids Public, Pushed For New Sales Tax

Like the City Council and County Board of Supervisors, the Sacramento Transportation Authority continued to meet during the coronavirus closures. What did our transportation leadership focus on during two meetings at the height of hysteria in March and April?

You might assume they talked about an emergency plan related to the pandemic. You would be wrong.

No On Measure G

No on Measure G Funding nonprofits with tax dollars hurts the city By Angelique Ashby, Larry Carr and Jeff Harris February 2020Sometimes, a measure appears on the ballot promising easy solutions to difficult problems. It sounds too good to be true. Measure G is one...

Yes On Measure G

Yes on Measure G Vote would lock in money for youth programs By Jay Schenirer, Sophie Vang and Isra Uz-Zaman February 2020On March 3, Sacramento voters will have the opportunity to make a long-term difference in the lives of thousands of children by voting yes on...

Off The Streets

A new way to manage the homeless problem is making its way across California. It’s called civil conservatorship for the chronically unsheltered, and it’s gaining traction.

In October, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 40, which enhanced existing laws that allow three counties to obtain conservatorships over mentally ill homeless people who can’t care for themselves. For now, the law is limited to San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego counties. It’s time to expand the scope and reach of civil conservatorships.

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