Brilliant art, beautifully discovered

By Franceska Gomez. Instagram @ewfrank

I found it by accident. An afternoon walk in downtown Sacramento led me to a line of people alongside the Golden 1 Center arena construction site at 7th and L Streets. Curious, I asked where the line was leading. A man told me, “Art Hotel 916.” Spontaneously, I situated myself amongst the rapidly forming group […]

In my world, a new victim every day

In the world I live in and the places I go, I’m in close contact with many disenfranchised and hurting people. Many homeless women come to Wellspring. There are now more and more homeless men, women and children in our Oak Park community. I volunteer for Safeground when my Bayside Church in midtown hosts it. […]

Local business: a city’s heart and soul

There’s an awakening happening in Sacramento. Between big businesses booming, the arena looming and developments popping up everywhere, major change is happening.   With every twist and turn, the city is paving the way to become the major metropolitan center that will finally remind visitors that San Francisco and Los Angeles are not the capital of California. This […]

Clothes celebrate city’s style

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All the talk about the glitz and glam of New York’s Fashion week is fine, but Sacramento had its own Fashion Week as February came to a close. To be honest, I had no idea Sacramento had a Fashion Week. The closest I’ve come to a fashion show in Sacramento was through shows like America’s […]

Heart of the World: Community Journalism

When I was asked to speak today about community journalism, I was honored. I have a lot of respect for the Maynard Institute and its goals to bring diversity to journalism. And I’m so proud to see former students as a part of this important program: Marianna, Totty, Courtny and Ricardo. I thought about what […]

Why Voices matter

Sacramento City College Professor of Journalism Dianne Heimer recently spoke to Sacramento Voices correspondents at a training workshop. Her words captured the essence of the Voices program, and the motivation behind its support by the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. Professor Heimer’s remarks follow.

Fresh food to Oak Park, with love

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“The groundwork of happiness is health.” – Leigh Hunt, Essayist, Poet and Critic (1784-1859) The concept emerged as early as 1980. Skeptics and outside forces who believed Oak Park residents did not like fruits and vegetables hindered, but could not smother, what is now enjoyed by Oak Park residents and people from across Sacramento. It’s […]

Inspirational words for Sac Voices

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Sacramento City College journalism professor Dianne Heimer and Sacramento Voices alum Burt Clemons used heartfelt and inspirational words to describe the importance of community journalism at a Sacramento Voices training workshop in February. Heimer examined how traditional media outlets overlook stories in many South Sacramento neighborhoods, unless the stories involve crime. “You are the only […]

To protect, destroy and teach

In the hands of some people, guns forced a pathway to develop the Declaration of Independence and create this country I call home. In the hands of others, a gun took the life of a childhood friend. Guns can protect. Guns can destroy. But how can they do that, when they have no intellect, emotion, […]