How Climate Change Impacts Sacramento’s Economy | New ‘988’ Hotline for Mental Health Crisis Calls | Political Memorabilia Convention

Firefighters protect homes in Christmas Valley from the Caldor Fire Monday, Aug. 30, 2021.

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How climate change is impacting the greater Sacramento economy and how industries are adapting. The national rollout of dialing 988, a new hotline for mental health calls. The American Political Items National this week in Reno.

Climate change’s impact on Sacramento’s economy

From the agriculture industry to home builders and restaurants, climate change impacts how business is done across the Sacramento and Central Valleys. Those who decide to adapt, innovate, and have the means to do so may find themselves better able to take on the challenges, while others who wait may struggle to survive in the new reality we are finding ourselves trying to navigate. Our “ag” industry is a big one and has been dealing with years of drought, extreme weather, and of course, devastating wildfires. Farmers are trying to stay ahead of a rapidly changing landscape. Adam Steinhauereditor-at-large at the Sacramento Business Journal, and reporter Emily Hamann produced a series of reports on how climate change is already or will soon impact how business is conducted in our area.

988 hotline

The “911 for mental health” is officially live across the country. “988” is a new hotline that routes callers to the “National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.” People can call, text or chat and be connected with trained counselors to connect them to resources and support. But this isn’t simply a light switch, but rather years in the making, and a transition of this magnitude also comes with funding (and staffing) challenges for the long-term. On Insight, we learned more about California’s rollout of “988” by speaking with dr Le Ondra Clark Harvey, the CEO of The California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies, which represents four of the state’s 13 call centers. Insight also spoke with Tara Gamboa Eastman with the Steinberg Institute. The non-profit was founded by Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and focused on public policy surrounding issues of brain health.

American Political Items Convention

What is history for one is a valuable collector’s item for another. This week the nation’s largest political memorabilia convention embarks on Reno, which means hundreds of collectors converge with thousands of political buttons, campaign posters, pop culture, and other historical items in tow. The annual event is hosted by the “American Political Items Convention,” or APIC for short. Adam Gottlieb is with the American Political Items Convention and joined Insight with a lay of the land to the national convention in Reno.

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