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

Dianne Heimer

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 […]

Community Forum keeps us safe

Marianna Sousa demonstrates electrical safety.

From kitchen fires to downed power lines, community members learned essential safety skills at a Sacramento City College and Sacramento Voices Community Forum organized by Voices correspondent Marianna Sousa, with assistance from correspondent Kalaisha Totty. The highly successful event was held Jan. 28 at the SCC Student Center. “The issue of safety effects all of […]

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, […]

A dead child, killed by accident

When I was in middle school, a girl in my youth group accidentally shot and killed her 13-year-old brother. Like his sister, the boy was a student at our school. They had been playing hide and seek. The girl, who was 10, grabbed her father’s gun as a joke. She didn’t know or think to […]

Pull the trigger first

The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution says U.S. citizens have the right to bear arms. I agree with this. I believe any stable-minded individual with the right training on how to use a gun should be able to own a firearm, if that’s their choice. What I don’t agree with is the type […]