Issue: June 24, 2010

FrontlinesWe kick this week off with freelance reporter Peter Byrne's special investigation into the conflicted loyalties of Richard C. Blum, a UC Regent, Wall Street speculator, and husband to U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Also in news, Seth Sandronsky details a bill that asks why budget-strapped California is the only state without an oil-severance tax. In Green Days, Cosmo Garvin takes a look at the latest numbers on Sacramento and climate change, Homegrown highlights juicy heirloom tomatoes, and Jeff vonKaenel asks if Mayor Kevin Johnson and U.S. Rep. Doris Matsui were separated at birth.

Feature storyWho knew the greater Sacramento region was home to one of the slow-food movement’s early pioneers? In this week’s cover story, SN&R contributor Nancy Brands Ward follows Georgeanne Brennan into the chef’s Winters kitchen for a leisurely French-cooking tutorial. A nationally esteemed author, chef and gardener, Brennan’s passion is to teach the pleasures of gathering with friends and family over food that is cooked seasonally and grown locally.

Arts & cultureOne of local emcee Mean Doe Green’s first stints on the mic in the studio was with Wu-Tang Clan’s Raekwon the Chef some 15 years ago. Today, Green’s breaking through big with two new albums on his friend Raekwon’s label. Nick Miller sits down with Green for some “real talk.” Also this week: Michael Jackson laser-show madness, eats like mom used to make—with a kick, Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz’s unbelievable B.S., hella Dum Dum Girls, the masterer of the 916 universe and how to get your hips to Hula-Hoop.