New year, new list! With 2010 in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to offer up a time-honored SN&R tradition—a “what’s hot and what’s not” look back at the year that was.

HOT: Pride in California
NOT: $28 billion deficit anyway

HOT: Anne Gust
NOT: Meg Who?

HOT: Sacramento’s new Islamic center
NOT: Continued controversy over the proposed Islamic center near ground zero in New York City

HOT: WikiLeaks
NOT: Julian Assange witch hunt

HOT: Mayor Kevin Johnson’s drive for arts, green, homeless
NOT: His school board “reform” slate

HOT: Frugality
NOT: Unconscious spending

HOT: Arnold’s green legacy
NOT: His concurrent not-so-green legacy

HOT: California “takes point” on climate change
NOT: Federal government shows no inclinationof following the lead

HOT: Kings’ DeMarcus’ double-double
NOT: DeMarcus foul trouble

HOT: Sacramento’s attempt to become a go-to city for green tech
NOT: Dubbing ours the “Emerald City” in pursuit of that vision

HOT: Discounted Kings tickets on StubHub
NOT: Home-game attendance

HOT: Electric cars and hybrids
NOT: SUVs … still

HOT: Governor-elect and wife claim aMidtown address
NOT: Midtown crime spree

HOT: Sacramento Homeless blog
NOT: Still no legal homeless camping allowed

HOT: Justified extension of federal unemploymentbenefits for those unable to find jobs in this recession
NOT: Unjustified extension of tax cuts for the wealthy

HOT: Judge Vaughn Walker’s overturning of Proposition 8
NOT: Continued arguments that confuse religious ceremonies with civil marriage

HOT: Folsom High School Bulldogs winning the state championships
NOT: continued cuts to public education

HOT: Sacrifice
NOT: Greed