Census efforts continue in Sacramento County

On a given Saturday, residents line up to get food assistance from River City Food Bank in Arden Arcade. Though people come for pasta, canned goods and other food, this summer many have walked away with something else: a completed census.

Abdul Basir Ahmadzai, an interpreter and case worker at the International Rescue Committee in Sacramento, has spent hours speaking in Farsi, Dari and other languages in an attempt to convince community members to fill out the census. As one of the only walk-up food banks, River City serves many who don’t own cars, including refugees, one of the hardest to reach communities in census-counting efforts.

Ahmadzai has been working with countless others in a massive effort to get everyone to fill out their census, organized by Sacramento County’s Complete Count Committee. Facing a Sept. 30 deadline, the committee has been working to get as many census submissions as possible.

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Temperature checks. Spread out desks. How the first day went in a reopened Sacramento school

There were temperature checks for students and desks spread out. Hallways marked so students would only walk in one direction, cutting down on congestion. Everyone was in masks.

This was the school experience on Monday at St. John Vianney in Rancho Cordova, one of 19 campuses in Sacramento County that received a waiver last week to reopen classroom instruction with coronavirus safeguards in place. Of those campuses, 16 were part of the Sacramento Diocese, whose officials worked closely with county health officials to reopen campuses for students in grades TK through sixth grade.

Students at St. John Vianney returned to campus early in the morning, ready for a full day of instruction. Teachers handed students their bags of supplies: books, crayons, and other school materials. There will be no sharing supplies this school year. Students tucked their materials under their desks, near or in pouches behind their chairs.

Classrooms were

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What’s on Trump’s Sacramento agenda + Flavor tobacco ban referendum + New Prop. 15 poll

Good morning and happy Monday! Let’s get right into the news.


Fresh off a weekend of campaigning in Nevada, President Donald Trump is scheduled to touch down in Sacramento today for a briefing on West Coast wildfires.

He’s expected to meet with Gov. Gavin Newsom at McClellan Park, the business park and former Air Force Base that now houses California’s Office of Emergency Services and hangars for Cal Fire aircraft.

Trump is also hosting a round table, and at least one of the reported experts has a law enforcement background. That’s Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims, a Republican who has met with Trump on past visits to California.

Trump likely will be greeted by some protesters. The Democratic Party of Sacramento County on Sunday put word out that it’s organizing a rally outside McClellan Park this morning.

Over the weekend, Trump’s allies took swings at

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Ex-workers allege sexism, mistreatment of homeless by Sacramento coffee kingpin

Identity Coffees has an identity problem.

Former employees have accused Identity co-owner and prominent figure in the Sacramento coffee scene Lucky Rodrigues, 35, of gender discrimination, anti-gay slurs, and mistreatment of homeless people.

The allegations arose on social media in early-to-mid June and spread into a deluge of comments, prompting the third-wave Sacramento roastery to delete its Facebook and Instagram pages entirely rather than deal with the torrent of criticism flooding both.

Third-wave coffee roasters rely heavily on social media to reach customers, and Identity’s radical erasure shows how pervasive the online protest was. Rodrigues has a high-profile role in Sacramento’s burgeoning restaurant and craft coffee scene, and is not only a purveyor of coffee in his cafe, but a leading trend-setter and supplier of coffee to other businesses.

Rodrigues, co-founded Insight Coffee Roasters in 2011, left in 2015, and opened Identity the following year with his wife Vanessa Rodrigues

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Sacramento fall sports shutdowns hit parents, coaches

As the debate on whether to open California schools during the coronavirus pandemic continues, many Sacramento area fall sports have been postponed or canceled, affecting children and families.

The cancellations have caused uncertainty for many households, especially those with young children. If parents have to work and are unable to get a caretaker for their kids or put them in an activity, it can cause stress.

Richard Graham is the 14U coach for the Roseville Junior Tigers, a travel football team.

In addition to coaching, he has three sons of his own. His 14-year-old plays football, while his 7- and 8-year-olds play soccer. He also sponsors and coaches four other children who do not have father figures.

Graham notes that in wealthier areas, parents are more likely to be in the picture and can afford to do more with their kids. “Not everyone has that,” he said.

“It’s not just

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COVID-19 cases are rising in West Sacramento. Mayor explains what’s behind the surge

Few communities are immune to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, it seems. That’s of little consolation to Mayor Christopher Cabaldon of West Sacramento, where infection rates have risen dramatically in the past two weeks.

“The situation is very problematic,” Cabaldon said Tuesday. “It’s no comfort that it’s the case across the region and across the state.”

A month ago, West Sacramento was seeing one new case a day. Some days the city recorded no new cases at all, according to data compiled by Yolo County’s Health and Human Services Agency. The record for one day was six, reported in early April.

In the past few days, however, daily infections have risen significantly. The city had either 10 or 11 new cases reported on four separate days last week.

Cabaldon said many of the new cases are originating in private family gatherings — a belief echoed by Gov. Gavin Newsom

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Police unions donate heavily to Sacramento politicians. Are our leaders ‘rolling over’?

Flojaune Cofer sat at the front of an empty Sacramento City Council chamber earlier this month. She was disgusted.

The City Council had passed a budget weeks earlier that included $157 million for the Sacramento Police Department – an all-time high, despite officials calling it a “status quo” pandemic spending plan.

A Black woman who lives in south Sacramento and is head of the Measure U Citizens Advisory Committee, she felt she had let her community down. She wanted to make sure new sales tax money from the Measure U ballot measure went toward uplifting disadvantaged neighborhoods as city politicians had promised it would.

During an impassioned 12-minute speech during a committee meeting broadcast online, she broached a topic rarely discussed by anyone sitting at the City Council dais: the power and influence of the Sacramento Police Officers Association (SPOA).

“I’m sorry that the people don’t have a well-paid union

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