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.
Last November, as UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi was searching for ways to improve the university’s online image, she dispatched staff to companies in Switzerland, Texas and Maryland to study their digital operations.
By the time more than 15,500 ticket holders stream downtown to watch Paul McCartney at the new Golden 1 Center in October, Sacramento police plan to electronically eyeball the crowd from a new “real time crime center.”
UC Davis contracted with consultants for at least $175,000 to scrub the Internet of negative online postings following the November 2011 pepper-spraying of students and to improve the reputations of both the university and Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, newly released documents show.
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.
Sacramento Assemblyman Kevin McCarty called Tuesday for the state’s toxic waste watchdog to investigate conditions at a city-owned gun range in south Sacramento that was closed in 2014 after tests found high levels of lead dust were leaking outdoors.
Sacramento Councilman Jay Schenirer asked the city manager Monday to order tests of residential yards for lead contamination near a closed city gun range in Mangan Park where test records show the toxic substance leaked outside at high levels.
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.
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.
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.
Few things are as prized in the Sacramento County suburbs as parks, and residents of the Mission Oaks Recreation and Park District are fighting hard to prevent a merger with their neighbors to the east.
In his last year in office, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has regularly left City Council meetings early without public explanation or skipped meetings altogether, leaving his colleagues to conduct city business without him, according to a Bee review of council minutes and video.
University of California regents this week will consider new restrictions on when top administrators can accept outside work after months of controversy about lucrative board positions UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi had with a textbook publisher and for-profit university.
Aging suburban neighborhoods in unincorporated Sacramento County now have the biggest concentration of substandard rental apartments in the region – a reality reflected in a recent Bee series on Afghan refugees.
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.
Afghan allies from war on terror struggle to find the American dream
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
They risked their lives for U.S. troops - and in return face poverty, violence in Sacramento