The past year saw major events throughout the Sacramento area: the COVID-19 pandemic, demonstrations for racial justice, and devastating wildfires.
CapRadio Visual Journalist Andrew Nixon brought his camera along to capture how the region responded. Here are some key moments he documented in 2020.
Thousands gathered for the fourth annual Women’s March Jan. 18, walking from Southside Park in downtown Sacramento to the Capitol. The march came during the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
Early in the pandemic, many artists moved their shows online in an attempt to earn just a fraction of their former show income through online tips via Venmo or Paypal. In March we visited with drag performer Zackery Bolin as she brought her show to Instagram.
As the pandemic wore on, demonstrations against the state's stay-at-home order began at the state Capitol. See more of the May 1 protest in photos here.
California began easing restrictions on businesses in May, allowing some businesses to start to reopen.
Demonstrators gathered in Sacramento for weeks of protests following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, leading city officials to call for a curfew. See more photos from the June 3 demonstrations here.
California experienced its largest wildfire season on record in 2020, with millions of acres burning across the state. In September, at least 20,000 residents in parts of Butte and Yuba counties near Oroville were given evacuation orders because of the Bear Fire, part of the North Complex fires that eventually killed 16 people.
President Donald Trump maintained forest management is the key to preventing California’s deadly fires and predicted “it’ll start getting cooler” when presented with facts about climate change during his visit to Sacramento In September.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died in September, inspiring memorials across the country, including at the state Capitol in Sacramento.
As California's wildfire season continued into October, I encountered firefighters in Calistoga as they defended homes against the Glass Fire as it burned along the side of Mount St. Helena.
After California introduced a tiered reopening system, some businesses started to reopen and move indoors. Some, like these Sacramento cardrooms, doubled down on outdoor operations.
Many in Sacramento’s Mexican community have experienced the loss of a loved one during the pandemic. But the mood was jovial at a drive-through Dia de Los Muertos display on Sacramento’s Front Street in October.
“It’s not a mournful or grieving event in Mexico,” Marie Acosta, executive director of the Latino Center of Art and Culture, said. “It really is celebrating a person’s life. However, this year the underlying tone will be of the devastation Covid-19 has caused.”
The pandemic also led to major changes in how we voted in 2020. That included opening the Golden 1 Center in downtown Sacramento as the largest voting center in the county, and extra precautions as election workers counted the vote after the Nov. 3 election.
Though hundreds of Californians die each year while experiencing homelessness, most do so with little notice after living largely an invisible life on the streets. In November, CapRadio spoke to Greg Tarola about his experience living unhoused in Sacramento. He died days later, sparking a debate about how the city cares for homeless residents during cold weather.
Local charities say the COVID-19 pandemic has completely changed the demands for their services, and how they raise money. Here's a guide on how to donate this winter.
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