“Joe Biden” by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0, “Donald Trump” by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. Photo Illustration by Rahul Lal. (Rahul Lal)
“Joe Biden” by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0, “Donald Trump” by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. Photo Illustration by Rahul Lal.

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The State Hornet Voter Guide 2020

November 5, 2020

For some, this is our first election. For others, this is one of many. For all of us, this is a monumental election.
We're mostly isolated from the 30,000 people we share a school with, and the typical discourse of campus is nowhere to be stumbled upon. There are no political groups tabling and shouting outside the Union. Nobody is preaching from the dry library quad fountain.
And some of us have no clue what the Union or library quad even look like.
While a significant part of us lives in a virtual world now, the physical world still turns, and Sacramento, California and the nation need to hear what students have to say. Students need to vote, and that also means students need to be informed.
Stay informed and find below all The State Hornet's election coverage, by students, for students.

Mask mandate is lifted, but not for everyone
Mask mandate is lifted, but not for everyone
Isaiah Mercado April 28, 2022
The mask mandate was lifted for almost everyone at Sac State, but not for some. Two centers on campus are still required to wear them. See who they are and why the mandate persists for them:
Wendy Le, a third year computer science major (left), and Elisha Singh, a first year psychology major (right) walk down the stairs of the Student Union, on Thursday, March 10. Sacramento State President Robert S. Nelsen announced via mass email to students that masks can come down beginning Friday, March 18. (Photo by Kamelia Varasteh)
Masks off: Sac State’s face covering mandate will be lifted after March 18
Kamelia Varasteh March 12, 2022

President Robert S. Nelsen announced via a SacSend on Thursday afternoon that the school-wide mask mandate will be lifted on the majority of Sacramento State’s campus and at the downtown location after March 18. “It means that the university has...

Therese Gatchalian, a third-year pre-nursing major, sits near the library benches on Friday, Feb 18. Gatchalian said she agrees with the campuss continued requirement to wear masks indoors and feels that masks protect students when social distancing in classrooms is impossible. (Photo by Priscilla Garcia-Pargas)
Sac State students comment on county and campus mask mandates
Priscilla Garcia-Pargas March 4, 2022

California’s Department of Public Health announced that Sacramento’s indoor mask mandate would be lifted for vaccinated people on Feb. 16.  In response, Sacramento State President Robert Nelsen released a SacSend email saying the university will...

Volunteers distribute grocery items at the St. Paul Church of God-Christ Food Distribution Center in Sacramento on Wednesday, Feb. 16. Students can expect the university to send out applications in March as more information on the program is released. (Photo by Laura De la Garza Garcia)
Sacramento State included in College Corps $10,000 pilot program for students
Program set to launch in March
Laura De la Garza Garcia February 26, 2022

Sacramento State has joined several other California colleges and universities in a community service program that will award $10,000 to selected students for 450 hours of community service while allowing them to earn college credit and get resume-building...

Sacramento State University President Robert Nelsen addresses students in the University Union about COVID-19 policies on campus on Sept. 3, 2020. In his address on Jan. 21, 2022, Nelsen discussed continuing COVID-related issues and plans to change the culture of the campus to fight systemic racism.
Nelsen’s 2022 Spring Address: Anti-Racism, COVID and a “Healing Campus”
Odin Rasco January 22, 2022
Sacramento State University’s President Nelsen gave his Spring Address Friday, covering COVID, anti-racism, graduation rates, and more.
An empty view of tables near the Riverfront Center at Sacramento State on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021. The State Hornet spoke with Vice President of Student Affairs Ed Mills and Provost Steve Perez to answer questions about the COVID-19 protocols and percentage of in-person classes in spring 2022.
FAQ: What to know about Sac State’s spring 2022 classes, COVID-19 protocols
Dominique Williams December 13, 2021
The State Hornet spoke with Vice President of Student Affairs Ed Mills and Provost Steve Perez to answer questions about the COVID-19 protocols and percentage of in-person classes in spring 2022. Here’s what you need to know:
Sacramento State students with exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccine requirement test for COVID-19 at the testing site in parking structure III across from The WELL on Sept. 30, 2021. All Sac State students are able to test at the site using their OneCard.
Sac State no requiere a sus estudiantes reportar exámenes positivos de COVID-19 tomados fuera del campus
96% de estudiantes accedendo el campus están completamente vacunados
Dominique Williams and Erick Salgado November 7, 2021

To read the English version click here   Sacramento State no requiere que sus estudiantes notifiquen a la universidad si salen positivos de COVID-19 en los exámenes mandatorios tomados  fuera de la escuela, según los Servicios de Consejería...

Sacramento State students with exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccine requirement test for COVID-19 at the testing site in parking structure III across from The WELL on Sept. 30, 2021. All Sac State students are able to test at the site using their OneCard.
Sac State students not required to report positive off campus COVID-19 tests
96% of students accessing campus are fully vaccinated
Dominique Williams November 1, 2021
Sacramento State students are recommended, but not required, to notify the university if they test positive for COVID-19 off campus or outside of the campus’ mandatory testing.
FILE PHOTO: Catherine Nigro, registered nurse for the Student Health Center, prepares for the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to be distributed to students and faculty in the Brown Bag room in the Union on Jan. 28, 2021. Sac State Vice President of Student Affairs Ed Mills said that professors have “not yet” been emailed a list of their students who missed the COVID-19 vaccine certification deadline.
Sac State struggles to deny campus access to students who missed vaccination deadline
Camryn Dadey, news editor • September 16, 2021
While 2,206 Sacramento State students have still failed to certify their COVID-19 vaccination status and are denied access to campus, Sac State Vice President of Student Affairs Ed Mills told The State Hornet that professors have “not yet” been emailed a list of their students who were now denied access to campus.
(File photo) Sacramento State students walking on campus by Mendocino Hall in September 2019. 4,306 Sac State students failed to meet the Sept. 13 deadline to self-certify their COVID-19 vaccination status, according to an email from Vice President of Student Affairs Ed Mills.
Sac State denies campus access to 4,306 students after failing to certify COVID-19 vaccination status
Students who fail to certify by Sept. 27 will have in-person courses administratively dropped
Camryn Dadey, news editor • September 14, 2021
4,306 Sac State students failed to meet the Sept. 13 deadline to self-certify their COVID-19 vaccination status and are now denied access to campus, according to an email from Vice President of Student Affairs Ed Mills.
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Scenes from Election Day

View our developing photo essay here.

Do you have a plan to vote?

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the voting process in California has undergone a few changes. Every registered voter in California should receive a vote-by-mail ballot, which can be submitted in a few ways. Some California counties also offer early voting, Election Day voting and same day registration. Not sure where you stand in the process? The State Hornet has created a step-by-step guide to make sure your vote gets counted in California.
Click the underlined links in the infographic below to access voter and ballot information online.
NOTE: This voting guide is specific to California. If you live out-of-state, please check your state’s voting guidelines.

Do you know where to vote?

All of the county’s 84 voting centers and 86 ballot drop boxes can be found on the map published by Sacramento County below.

A Proposition for You

Broadcast editor Ian Ratliff has a proposition for you. Watch our one-minute breakdowns of the propositions that will affect students the most, and see live results for the propositions here, courtesy of CalMatters.

Proposition 16 would essentially repeal Proposition 209.

In 1996, voters passed Proposition 209, banning the consideration of race, sex, color, ethnicity and national origin in public employment, public education and public contracting, according to Lourdes Morales, principal fiscal and policy analyst at the LAO.
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Proposition 17 extends voting rights to people who have completed their terms in prison but are still on state parole.

Luke Koushmaro, fiscal and policy analyst at the LAO said with roughly 50,000 people on state parole, there will be increases in workload at a county level and state level.
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Proposition 21 would modify the limitations of the current rent control policies in order for cities and counties to apply rent control to more properties.

It would allow cities and counties to apply rent control to most properties over 15 years old and single-family homes owned by individuals that have three or more properties.
Read more

Proposition 22 would make app-based drivers for ride-hailing and delivery companies independent contractors instead of employees.

Ride-hailing services include app-based bookings for private cars or taxis like Uber and Lyft. Ride-sharing is the term used in the proposition and refers to services that allow booking of shared shuttles, but the proposition would apply to ride-hailing services as well.
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Proposition 24 would expand human privacy rights, giving consumers new rights like the control to have businesses not share their information and personal data, to correct data and to limit sensitive personal data like social security numbers, according to Anita Lee, principal fiscal and policy analyst at the LAO.

Businesses collect information about people from public sources, consumers and other businesses to help in ads, consumer predictions and providing services, Lee said.
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Information on the other propositions can be found here.

All about Sacramento city ballot measures

The Sacramento Mayoral Accountability and Community Equity Act of 2020, also known as Measure A or the “strong mayor” proposal, if passed would reform Sacramento’s governing system from a council-manager government to a mayor-council government.
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Measure B on Sacramento’s Ballot this year, also called the Independent Redistricting Timeline Exception, focuses on the timeline of redistricting that the city follows after receiving population data from the 2020 census.
Read more

Measure C on Sacramento’s ballot this year, also known as the Sacramento Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Charter Amendment, would replace the Sacramento Tenant Protection Act adopted in 2019.
Read more

Prefer to listen?

Podcast editor Robbie Pierce talks with Dann Mead, the co-founder of the Racial Harmony Project recently featured in a Comstock’s Magazine article by State Hornet multimedia editor Sara Nevis for his electoral activism, about the 2020 ballot measures and propositions and how they might affect Sacramento residents.

Also listen on Spotify.

Nathan Dietrich of Sacramento State’s division of public affairs and advocacy talks all about the history of the Modoc Hall Vote Center and how you can use it this year.

Also listen on Spotify.

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