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With audio postcards from the streets, and inspiring interviews with community activists, we address issues of homelessness, the disappearance of public space, gentrification and the value of helping each other out from our base in Reno, Nevada. We do live reporting, micro storytelling and spoken word. As we face an affordable housing crisis, what happens to our most vulnerable?
 
What lies in the heart of Sacramento? Do you really know what goes on in this thriving city? Have you ever wondered what it‘s like living here? Welcome to Our Town, where we connect you closer to Sacramento! This podcast is proudly presented by The Chris Kennedy Team at Reliant Lending (Instagram & Facebook @thechriskennedyteam). We will be covering everything from what attracted leaders to Sacramento, what kept locals here in this growing town, business insider talks, real estate & mortgage ...
 
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Reno Food Systems is an urban farm located on the corner of Mayberry drive and McCarran boulevard. Everything from fruit to fresh vegetables to medicinal and culinary herbs are produced on the lot during the growing season. Everything is grown organically and with sustainability in mind. “We have workshops, we have volunteers, we have interns,” sai…
 
Dr. Sherilyn Duckworth is the founder of A Friend of Mind, empowering youth through yoga, education, and mental health advocacy. She also wants to help in Reno where she just arrived with the unhoused, as in 2021 there were four reported suicides in Washoe County among people living without stable shelter.…
 
Catherine Schofield interviews fellow student reporter Richard Bednarski who looks back on reporting about the unhoused for 18 months during the pandemic and worsening affordability in Reno with motels being destroyed and more and more luxury apartments popping up.由Nico Colombant
 
Catherine Schofield hosts and reports for this episode from the Believe Plaza in downtown Reno where a new young group of volunteers has started a new regular Tuesday night outreach event. Some of the first people they helped were recently resettled Afghan refugees who have also struggled with the affordable housing crisis.…
 
Savannah, a university student, thought she had found the perfect apartment, near the downtown hotel where she works full time, below $1,000 per month with everything included, even if that's about half of what she makes. But that was until a public notice sign went up, and there were indications her apartment building was being bought up by Jacobs…
 
Karen Foster, the reverend at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern Nevada, gives day in and day out, including during the giving season. Amid an affordable housing crisis, this religious leader has a plea for developers, as she tries to spread compassion and empathy. Our reporter for this episode is Richard Bednarski.…
 
Non-binary lesbian Rachel Jackson recently started Pride of 775, a multimedia project to highlight and share queer experiences in Reno. On this episode with reporter Catherine Schofield we talk about how Pride of 775 started, what Rachel plans to do for the project, and we both share some of our experiences of being queer in Reno.…
 
In this podcast you will learn how to set specific/measurable goals for 2022, what goals you should be focusing on, and industry insights on what the next year will hold. A little about Kendra Cooke: Over the last 28 years, Kendra developed a successful real estate career, delivering great service to more than 100 families annually while working le…
 
What's it like having a tent village right behind your classes? Bailey Shepard shares his thoughts and interviews a couple staying there, hoping to get into rehab housing soon. Richard Bednarski interviews another tent occupant who has done lots of jail time and has had a hard time figuring out his economic footing. The tent village has had notices…
 
It was a cold, windy, and cloudy fall day. Puddles of water marked the Believe plaza in the normal random manner. Yellow and red leaves stuck to the aged concrete. A lone skateboard practiced through the puddles. Near the crumbling Space Whale, a small group of unhoused community members took a rest and shared conversations. Bill Sims, a longtime R…
 
Our older residents have been lonely during the pandemic, while some of our kids have been struggling in school. What better program than to pair the two together in a win win program. Seniors in Service has been doing just that. They have a foster grandparents program that pairs senior citizens with students in local schools. Half mentorship and h…
 
Kathleen Lang got caught up in recent sweeps while living at a tent city in Reno. She’s now in housing in a dorm style room inside containers at the Village on Sage Street but her long time partner Doug is dead. In this episode, she recounts his final weeks and the weeks leading up to his death. She can't forgive herself for not being there with hi…
 
The Truckee River is looking frighteningly low toward the end of 2021. Our guest for this episode is environmental storyteller and Truckee River expert Kelsey Fitzgerald. She is a graduate of the Reynolds School of Journalism who earned her Master’s degree here in 2015 and started the website truckeeriverguide.org/ The website is a citizen interact…
 
What happens when you've lost almost all hope while living on the streets? Why is it that in certain situations it's so difficult to climb that hill again and get back into the job market? Our Town Reno reporters speak to Robert and Ace, the first saying he's waiting for death, and the second from our archives suicidal while unhoused. Our neighbors…
 
Contracted private operator Keolis, transportation and city officials have expressed disappointment and frustration bus drivers are back on strike amid ongoing efforts to get a better collective bargaining agreement. Little media attention is given to who these bus drivers are exactly and what led them to pursue the job in the first place. Our repo…
 
Too many of our neighbors have had their relatives killed by local law enforcement in situations which could have easily avoided death. At a recent rally, Our Town Reno reporters Gracie Gordon and Rachel Jackson met with the daughter and sister of Johnny Bonta who was killed at the age of 43 by Sparks police four years ago.…
 
In this episode with Richard Bednarski, we look into getting more details on what’s going on at the Nevada Cares Campus and the overall local government plan to help the unhoused.Our guest is Washoe County Commissioner Alexis Hill. She speaks to us as the county is taking over leadership in helping the unhoused regionally from the city of Reno afte…
 
Being elderly in normal times can lead to acute loneliness. In this new normal of a still surging pandemic and terrible air quality, the loneliness has grown exponentially. Our guest with reporter Richard Bednarski for this week’s podcast episode is Hannah Sweeney, the program director for Seniors in Service. The northern Nevada non profit has been…
 
In this bonus episode, we look into the plight of evacuees from the Caldor Fire on the California Nevada border. Despite efforts by firefighters, hundreds of homes have already been destroyed. Reporter Richard Bednarski catches up with evacuees now staying at the Reno Sparks Convention Center amid this climate change crisis we are experiencing full…
 
Jessica Castro was unhoused herself and went through devastating trauma but has rebounded. She’s now a powerhouse advocate for those struggling in Reno and northern Nevava, on social media, at City Council meetings and outside the new Nevada Cares campus. She works as a local auditor at a call center, but when she’s off work you’ll usually find her…
 
Our guest on this episode is Anthony Shafton, a Chicago native, independent scholar and current Reno resident. He’s an author who has written several books including The Nevada They Knew, Robert Caples, Walter Van Tilburg Clark, a double biography about Nevada’s prominent modern painter and novelist of the 20th century. Recently Shafton wrote an op…
 
What's it like for journalists covering the devastating fires and never ending smoke here in the West during a historically bad year? Our guest is one of our current reporters Richard Benarski, who was an intern with the Reno Gazette-Journal this past summer, and whose aspiration is to become a storyteller raising awareness by covering climate chan…
 
How can public art become better for Reno and other communities across the United States? Mark Salinas, the senior project manager at Forecast Public Art, recently helped develop a land recognition statement as part of many projects he is working on in the Biggest Little City where he works from. He has also recently worked with a social worker art…
 
Danielle Barrineau went from tying herself up in garbage bags to stay warm and hidden while living on the streets in Reno and addicted to heroin, to now being housed with her daughter and helping others. She recently spoke up at City Hall to stop the sweeps. She has plenty of insights from her own experiences and her current work as a peer recovery…
 
It was the start of the pandemic. It was the beginning of the end of the Record Street shelter in downtown Reno. It was before the Nevada Cares Campus. It was chaotic, it was frightening. The Reno Events Center was opened for those without shelter. Staff were screaming, yelling instructions, while the rest of the city was empty. This historical aud…
 
This week we’re reissuing part of a previous episode but on its own to never forget. This month in July marked eight years since Iraq war veteran Kenneth Stafford, a 27 year old father of three girls, was cornered, gunned down and killed by local police while he was going through a difficult time. At a recent protest reporter Gracie Gordon met with…
 
As more and more federal money arrives into Nevada and local coffers in Reno, those seeking to help our struggling neighbors are seizing the moment to reinvigorate long held ideas never tried before locally.At the June Community Homelessness Advisory Board meeting, Eileen Bidwell, representing the One Truckee River non profit, presented the need fo…
 
Catrina Peters, a Washoe County official gave us a tour last week of the new safe camp, which is part of the new multimillion dollar Nevada Cares Campus. At the time of our visit, only 14 people and one cat were reported to be staying at this pilot safe camp so far. In the interview we are told only 50 tents in all will be planned when it moves to …
 
Have you ever wondered what property managers are thinking about when choosing their ideal client? Well your questions would be answered in this episode featuring John Tiner. We're always looking for Sacramento Locals & Business Professionals to feature on our Podcast, if you're interested in featuring on an episode, please send Ellen an email: ell…
 
Brianna Punsalang once walked into a local store branded as metaphysical looking for some supplies. When employees tried to sell them on a “Tarot for Teens” class, they thought the local shop must not have had a very diverse clientele. Brianna was 30 at the time. Several years later, they are now running Coyote Supply Co. and gave our reporter Rach…
 
With crypto currency being on the rise, a lot of my clients have asked me if it's possible to use it as a down payment, with Veterans Affairs & more. Tune into this podcast to have some of questions answered. We're always looking for Sacramento Locals & Business Professionals to feature on our Podcast, if you're interested in featuring on an episod…
 
As one of the leaders of the Reno-Sparks chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a nationwide nonprofit which focuses on creating the political will for environmental progress, Michelle Hamilton brings energy, dedication, and innovation to addressing climate change. “It’s been around since 2010 as a national organization,” explained Hamilton, “and …
 
Shaved head, painted fingernails, multiple earring that’s Gallo Chingon, the podcaster behind Sucias are my Favorite, a welcome addition to our local landscape. Gallo moved to Reno for a job at Tesla but has since left to begin a life of content creation and exploration of hobbies. He values his time and says he’s out of the rat race for now. In th…
 
In this Podcast, Dorothea will answer all questions Chris has gotten in the past from clients, business partners & peers. Tune in to see if one of your questions were answered! Dorothea is a Certified Public Accountant and a Principal with over 20 years of experience in Tax and Accounting. As a Sacramento native and graduate with a Bachelor of Scie…
 
We've heard of mutual aid groups and community gardens, so why not combine the two? Patricia Curtis-Ostler is one of the volunteers for a new initiative in a sideyard in downtown Reno. She explains why she’s helping as she does with so many groups in the community. We’ll also hear from Michael Carson, a coordinator of this project. He’ll explain hi…
 
This is a podcast rundown of a stop the sweeps protest today June 7th, 2021 in Reno when protestors faced off against police. I’m Nico Colombant the coordinator for the Our Town Reno multimedia initiative.As people chanted, outreach workers started arriving first, speaking to people unhoused laying on the grass at Believe Plaza. I interrupted Erika…
 
Sacramento native, Todd Plain, has worked in public affairs for the federal government since 2009, for the Department of Defense and Department of Interior. Plain holds a bachelor’s in business marketing and master’s in instructional communication from California State University, Sacramento. Prior to federal service, Plain has five years credentia…
 
Wraith is mad an encampment at N Edison and Mill Street is next on the sweeps list in Reno, following the opening of new mega shelter the Nevada Cares Campus. It’s broiling hot and it’s only June second. People here are tired of journalists and cameras. Advocates were hoping they could make this a legal safe camp until the official safe camp opens …
 
Ryan Lundquist is a Certified Residential Appraiser in the Sacramento area. He has been appraising full-time since 2003 and his clients include homeowners, real estate agents, governmental agencies, buyers, CPAs and attorneys. Lundquist handles appraisals for estate settlement, divorce, pre-listing, and other types of private matters & is able to s…
 
At the beginning of summer last year, protests were erupting across the country over a range of issues, including police violence and conditions at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers. Helen Miranda and Ashley Solano decided they needed to do something about it. Being friends since their sophomore year of high school, the tw…
 
When we interviewed him, Carl, an Illinois native, had been living in the tent city in Reno for about a month. “We're all sick, we're all struggling. You know, we're all struggling. I mean, you do get some bad seeds up in here, but you know what, we're all pretty much in the same boat.” As notices were handed out up and down railroad tracks in Reno…
 
Miranda grew up in the Elk Grove area and has been living in Carmichael for over 10 years. Her passion for animals started young as she did wildlife rescue and rehabilitation with her mom in her early years. Miranda’s first job was in a veterinary hospital where she worked and went to school to be a registered veterinarian technician. During her fi…
 
As a University of Nevada, Reno graduate student, Alex Muñoz, originally from Barcelona, Spain, plans to study the geography of the developing Governor’s Bowl Park homeless shelter. With a background in cinema and global studies, Muñoz wants his work to have an impact on the community. Muñoz has also implanted himself in the local community’s outre…
 
The Not In Our Town podcast features powerful voices from people across the country who are taking a stand against hate and working to create safe and inclusive communities for all. In this episode, we examine how the tragic killing of Khalid Jabara, a young man who was murdered by his next door neighbor in a hate crime, prompted a call for vital c…
 
Ed Ryan is a 36-year veteran of commercial real estate lending & provides SBA 504 financing to small businesses in Sacramento! With over 36 years of experience in lending and commercial real estate (including a position at the SBA), Ed knows how to get SBA deals approved and closed on time. Dedicated to customer service and to helping them find suc…
 
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