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The X Street shelter in Sacramento Calif., Friday, Oct. 27 , 2023.
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Sacramento’s X Street Navigation Shelter progress and setbacks for those unhoused. What we know, and don’t know, about the El Niño winter forecast. Is this year’s wildfire season over? The 30th Annual “Run to Feed the Hungry.”
It’s one of Sacramento’s busiest homeless shelters and while there has been some success in connecting people with housing options, there’s still room for improvement. CapRadio Homelessness and Housing Affordability Reporter Chris Nichols joins us for an update on the X Street shelter and the significant barriers that still keep people from finding a permanent, safe, place to live. We will also learn about a new seasonal shelter that has opened in Elk Grove.
The forecast this winter is that El Niño is making a comeback, a weather pattern associated with wet weather and flooding. But it’s not that simple or predictable. According to the NOAA, El Nino dates back to the 1600s, when South American fishermen noticed periods of unusually warm water in the Pacific Ocean. Some 400 years later, there is still a great deal we don’t know. While some climate models are predicting a “super El Nino” this winter, it doesn’t mean we’ll feel that impact in Northern California. Dr. Paul Ullrich, Professor of Regional Climate Modeling at UC Davis, explains how big of a role El Niño plays in predicting wintertime precipitation in California.
You might think this year’s wildfire season is a closed chapter. But history would caution otherwise. Tomorrow marks five years since the Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history. And in Southern California, the 2017 Thomas Fire is among one of the largest and most destructive in state history. They are sobering reminders that wildfires can defy seasons and be year round. Craig Clements, Professor and Director of the Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center at San Jose State University and joins us with a clearer picture of where things stand so far this year.
Run to Feed the Hungry is the largest Thanksgiving Day fun run in the country, and the largest annual fundraiser for the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. This year, the Sacramento tradition returns for its 30th year, and a goal of 30,000 participants. Blake Young, President and CEO of the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services gives a preview of the 30th annual run taking place on Nov. 23, and how it will support those in the Sacramento region facing hunger and food insecurity.
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