There Will Always be an Empty Chair

Last week I attended the law enforcement vigil for 26-year-old Officer Tara O’Sullivan, who was gunned down while assisting a victim of domestic violence. Although I am so grateful for my relationships and friendships within the Sacramento Police Department over the...

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Bring the Shame

This week comedian and writer, Jon Stewart, gave an eloquent and powerful speech before a Judiciary Subcommittee on behalf of the 9/11 first responders. While I don’t always agree with his politics, I have admired him as a tireless advocate for our veterans,...

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Be a Five-Minute Advocate

I feel like I’ve been advocating my entire adult life—for the nonprofits I worked (or volunteered) for, the Breast Cancer community after losing my 28-year-old sister to the disease, adopting my fur baby from a shelter and the public health and safety advocacy I do...

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We Should All be Nimbys

In a recent interview I talked about how people use the word NIMBY (which stands for "not in my backyard") to shame people who take a stand for their community, but if you’re doing the same in a low income neighborhood, you’re called a hero. If someone wants a safe...

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Interview: The Phil Cowan Show (Second Time)

This morning I did an interview on The Phil Cowan Show. It was my second time on the show with guest host, Katy Grimes. I spoke about the following: - How and why I started my advocacy group, Land Park Society. - What me and my group have documented in the last almost...

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My Letter to the Mayor

Last October, I wrote an email to the Mayor of Sacramento, Darrell Steinberg, which I was asked to share publicly and with the media by many who had read it. Because the Mayor had responded within thirty minutes of receiving my email, requesting a private meeting, I...

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You Can Do Anything

No matter how much I’ve accomplished in the past, I always seem to forget what I’ve done, and what I’m capable of. Maybe it’s because I’m always looking to the next thing, which can be good and bad. But last week I received an email from a colleague, which listed what...

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Art for California Wildfire Victims

I’m a native Californian, living in Sacramento, 90 miles from The Camp Fire, which has killed multiple people and completely wiped out the city of Paradise. Northern California is covered in a thick blanket of smoke, and as we see the images of the devastation, we all...

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It Took Me Years to Figure This Out

I have a BA in Communications and spent my career doing exactly what I went to school for: public relations and marketing. When I went out on my own, after working for the private and nonprofit sectors, the trend was to have your website and messaging be in the third...

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It Should Hurt Like Hell

July 17th is my late sister’s birthday. And this year it hit me really hard; I had some very bad days leading up to it. A friend of mine sent me an email the day of saying, “Wish the pain would go away.” He is one of the most decent and thoughtful people I know. And...

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