Investigations

Afghan Refugees

No Safe Place: Afghans risked their lives for U.S., now struggle in Sacramento

Sacramento has become a major destination for Afghan refugees who translated for U.S. troops or otherwise served in the war effort. But California hasn’t provided the better life they expected. Marked for death by the Taliban at home, they’ve endured poverty and violence in Sacramento.

Education

Read UC Davis’ contracts to repair online image

UC Davis contracted with consultants for at least $175,000 to improve the school’s online image as part of an effort to counteract negative publicity after the November 2011 pepper spraying of student protestors. These documents describe the services the firms promised.

City Beat

Shuttered gun range in south Sacramento park leaked toxic lead dust

City officials shut down the James G. Mangan Rifle and Pistol Range in south Sacramento more than 15 months ago, and a “temporarily closed” note on the side door is the only notice area residents received. The city closed the range because it was polluted with lead dust after decades of operation. It has never cleaned that toxic dust from the interior of the shuttered range, nor from the roof. Experts say that may pose a hazard for park users and residents.

Nursing Homes

Shifting population in California nursing homes creates ‘dangerous mix’

Once thought of as “rest homes” for the frail and elderly, California nursing homes are changing. Today’s residents are getting younger – 1 in 5 is now under 65. And some come in with unique circumstances: mental illness, drug addiction, homelessness and criminal histories. The mix, say advocates, is volatile and sometimes dangerous. The Sacramento Bee investigates.

Nursing Homes

7 case studies show nursing home lapses

These cases offer a glimpse of the conflicts and lapses that have occurred in mixed nursing home populations. The facts set forth are included in state and federal inspection reports. The owners are identified in the federal government’s Nursing Home Compare database. Federal quality ratings range from 1 star (much below average) to 5 stars (much above average.) The listed ratings reflect the facility’s current status.

Videos

Afghan allies from war on terror struggle to find the American dream

The State Department offers Special Immigrant Visas to Afghans who risked their lives translating and providing other services to U.S. and allied forces during the war on terror. Sacramento's ethnic diversity and mild climate have made it a magnet for these refugees, making California’s capital city home to 2,000 Afghans with these special visas. Their transition has been difficult. They’ve faced poverty and violence, and some long for their war-torn homeland.
Jessica Koscielniak McClatchy
Afghan allies from war on terror struggle to find the American dream 11:15

Afghan allies from war on terror struggle to find the American dream

Female Afghan visa holder runs struggling day care to make ends meet 1:13

Female Afghan visa holder runs struggling day care to make ends meet

In Afghanistan he feared death as a military interpreter, in Sacramento he fears the future 1:28

In Afghanistan he feared death as a military interpreter, in Sacramento he fears the future

They risked their lives for U.S. troops - and in return face poverty, violence in Sacramento 1:27

They risked their lives for U.S. troops - and in return face poverty, violence in Sacramento