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Laura Didier poses with a photo of her son at an assembly about the dangers of fentanyl to students at El Camino Fundamental High School in Sacramento County, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022.
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California Hall of Fame 2022 class. Sac City Unified’s fentanyl warning. New majority women Sacramento City Council. Peter Petty’s “Hepcat’s Holla’Daze Swingin’ Yuletide Revue” returns to The Sofia, Home of B Street Theatre.
California Hall of Fame
Amanda Meeker, Executive Director of the California Museum, joins us to discuss the latest class of California Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees include actor and singer-songwriter Lynda Carter, ice skater Peggy Fleming, and soccer player Megan Rapinoe. Meeker also shares details of the museum’s latest exhibits.
SCUSD fentanyl warning
Zach Didier was a 17-year-old senior at Rocklin’s Whitney High School with dreams of attending UCLA. Although Zach was accepted, he would never step foot on campus. The teen’s life was tragically cut short by Fentanyl poisoning just days after Christmas in 2020. Zach was just one of the more than 10,000 Californians who died from drug-related overdoses from October 2020 to September 2021, with Fentanyl accounting for more than half of those deaths, according to the state. Since then, the opioid crisis has only worsened. In Sacramento County alone, over 800 people were hospitalized for opioid overdoses in 2021 and claimed the lives of 174 others. In October, we spoke with the Sacramento City Unified School District about its plans to distribute a potentially life-saving drug to prevent poisoning and overdoses on all of its campuses. CapRadio Sacramento Education Reporter Srishti Prabha joined us to provide an update on that effort and how Zach Didier’s family and others are sharing their stories.
Sacramento's majority women city council
For the first time in 30 years, Sacramento has a women-majority city council. Three of whom are new faces and will be sworn in Tuesday night. CapRadio Sacramento Government Reporter Kristin Lam joins us with an introduction to the new face of the city council as well as a refresher on what these “hyper-local” elected officials do.
Holiday music and gatherings are a highly anticipated tradition for some, while others may be done hearing the same songs and may dread the return of holiday parties. If the latter is you, there is a scintillating party in Sacramento to shake up the holiday season. Hepcat's Holla'Daze Swingin Yuletide Revue is making a roaring return this weekend at The Sofia, Home of B Street in Sacramento. It's a holiday tradition like no other, with music that promises to transport you back to the height of the "Swing Era." At the center of it all is Band leader and Master of Ceremonies Peter Petty, along with his Jazz orchestra the "Mercenaries of Merry." The ringleader of this swingin' Christmas celebration joined Insight to provide a preview of the celebration.
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