Of the thousands of pictures I made during 2021, hundreds of them ended up on CapRadio’s platforms and beyond, and 21 are in my year in review. There are five themes that the photos fall under, so rather than a list of my favorite images, let’s explore last year’s main topics that I covered visually for CapRadio.
The COVID-19 pandemic was top of mind going into 2021. The hope of a return to pre-pandemic activities was short-lived. After vaccination rates didn’t reach levels public health officials wanted, and then the delta variant, among other problems, meant “reopening” would not be as fast or smooth as hoped.
- Photos: What In-Person Classes Look Like In The Sacramento Region
- Photos: Sacramento River Cats Welcome Fans Back For First Time Since 2019
The pandemic exposed long-building inequities, and one of the most visible was housing. Whether it was rents rising ever higher or the ever-growing unhoused community, it seemed to be on the mind of residents and in the news often in 2021.
- Nixing Single-Family Zoning: Will It Make Housing More Affordable?
- Homeless Sacramentans describe how they survived the weekend’s historic storm
- ‘We Really Want To Figure This Out.’ Sacramento City, County Government Divided In Struggle To Confront Homelessness Crisis
“Fire season” reached a height this summer and set new records for destruction across the state. Here in Northern California, the Caldor Fire entered the Tahoe Basin, a nightmare scenario, yet was halted due to the efforts of firefighters. Thousands of homes were destroyed and many more people were displaced statewide after evacuation orders from the barrage of fires.
The recall election of Gov. Gavin Newsom was cooking for a long time, and amidst the chaos of fire season, Californians went to the polls. Unlike previous elections, the recall was the only item on the ballot in Sacramento County. Statewide, the recall election itself cost nearly $300 million. Newsom defeated the recall effort.
With so much of daily life in flux, communities in Sacramento provided respite from the chaos from wildfires, pandemic, housing and elections. Here are five images of life in the region as it unfolded.
- CapRadio Instagram
- A Neighborhood In Transition: Sacramento’s Little Saigon Grapples With Culture And The American Dream
- Sacramento’s Afghan Community Fears For Friends, Family As Taliban Take Over Afghanistan
- ‘We Have Been Targeted’: Sacramento Asian American Community Demands More Support, Unity After Atlanta Killings
- Hmong residents connect at Sacramento’s community gardens, but want more city support to grow more food
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