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  • Students, Teachers Demand More CSU Funding from State’s Rainy Day Fund

    SACRAMENTO — Increasing the state’s rainy day fund is something Governor Brown has been trying to do for years, but a group of California State University students and teachers says they need to tap into that fund now. “$200 is textbooks, $200 is gas money,” Sacramento State student Jorge Quintana said. Quintana, a fourth-year Sac State student, says even what some may consider small tuition or fee increases can make a world of difference — not just to students. “I’ve […]

  • Vallejo Fire Department Understaffed, Struggling to Retain Firefighters

    VALLEJO —  For Vallejo firefighter Anthony Shair-Ali, seeing a fire station close down breaks his heart. “It’s always a sad state when you see a station close or an unstaffed engine,” said Shair-Ali. “It breaks our hearts.” Ten years ago, Vallejo had eight fire stations open — today, there are six. With the fire department understaffed and an increase in emergency calls in recent years, crews are working mandatory overtime upwards of 100 hours per week — a point of […]

  • Students Participate in Peaceful, 17-Minute Walkout for Stricter Gun Laws

    Students across the country, including Sacramento and Stockton, participated in National Walkout Day on Wednesday in support of stricter gun control laws. Students say they often feel like their opinions are dismissed but this walkout made them feel empowered. For 17 minutes, participants stood in silence for the 17 teens and teachers who lost their lives in the Parkland, Florida shooting one month ago. For many students, the silence speaks volumes. Peaceful Gathering at Stagg “‘You’re too young to have […]

  • Middle Schoolers Treated to Pop-Up Theater aboard Light Rail

    SACRAMENTO — It’s far from your average Light Rail ride, and certainly not your run-of-the-mill field trip. Friday, some John Still Middle School students rode the train to the new Sofia Center downtown to see a production of “Gandhi.” “Hey teachers, take your kids on field trips. If transportation funding is a problem don’t make it be. Get on Light Rail we’ll give you a free class pass. Transportation is not a problem if you’re going to B Street Theatre,” said […]

  • Bill Would Prohibit Gun Buyback Giftcards from Retailers that Sell Guns, Ammo

    SACRAMENTO — Gun buybacks are used by law enforcement across the state to get guns out of homes off the streets, but one state assemblywoman says there’s a problem with one aspect of the program and has introduced a bill to change it. A recent gun buyback in San Diego was so popular law enforcement had to turn away people because they ran out of gift cards, but the type of gift cards authorities were using to pay people at […]

  • Sacramento County Shows Off Changes to Voting System

    SACRAMENTO — Major changes are comig to the way Sacramento County voters cast their ballots. The county held a preview on Monday, highlighting some of those changes. First, every registered voter will be getting a ballot in the mail — regardless of whether or not they signed up to vote by mail. Voters can mail their ballots in or drop them off at one of 50 ballot boxes around the county. For those who prefer to vote in person, polling […]

  • Oakmont Health Students Take a Look at Sutter’s Germ-Zapping Robot

    ROSEVILLE — Oakmont High students have been waiting weeks to see Sutter-Roseville Medical Center’s new germ-zapping machine. “I’m really excited to see how it works and see how well it works,” Oakmont student Lance Berg said. Allison Gontheir heads infection control at the hospital. She says the staff was excited about the new technology, which uses UV light to disinfect hospital surfaces after staff manually clean them. They couldn’t keep it to themselves. “We thought, ‘Wow, we really need to […]

  • Community Donates Funds for K-9 Ballistic Vests

    SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY — San Joaquin County K-9s have some much-needed protection, thanks to tens of thousands of dollars raised by the community. It’s been more than three years but San Joaquin Sheriff`s Deputy Joshua Stillman clearly remembers the night Haakon almost gave his life for the job. “Pretty traumatizing to see all the blood. I didn’t think he was going to make it,” Stillman said. Stillman’s partner, Haakon, was stabbed in the neck while trying to get a suspect. […]

  • Local Firefighters Join Together to Support Burn Survivors

    CITRUS HEIGHTS — Firefighters from around the region took to the streets of Citrus Heights Friday morning, boots in hand, appealing to the kindness of the community. All funds went toward the Firefighters Burn Institute, a charity providing support to burn survivors and funding burn research. “Usually every year we get multiple burn survivors that stop by and say ‘hi,’ hang out with us. So they tend to share their stories, which is kind of even more motivation to be […]