Issue: July 01, 2010


This week, UC Davis scientists try to figure out what meditation does to your brain, Nick Miller wonders if the big state electricity providers will ever meet their renewable-energy deadlines. Next, Bites predicts that even the remote possibility a controversial gas-storage project will blow up a low-income neighborhood will be enough for Sacramento pols to kill the deal. They’re touchy that way. Speaking of which, Mark Williams and his merry band of Arizona-loving tea partiers try to recall City Hall. Political power play or publicity stunt? Hmm. And in Green Days this week, at least Mayor Kevin Johnson knows his book club won’t let him down. The boss has got Van Jones on his summer reading list.


Neighborhood activists are pushing to get Arden Arcade incorporated into its own city, much like Elk Grove and Rancho Cordova did. They say they want “self-determination” and to maintain a quality of life they fear is in decline. But critics say it’s not fair for one area to take resources—for police protection, roads or parks—away from the rest of the county. A November ballot measure lays it all on the line; Cosmo Garvin reports.


Hella is a local band, tongue-in-cheek punch line and also a slapdash, unconsciously strewn and at times unconscionable slang term. And now, a UC Davis student wants to make it part of the metric system—which some French math geeks actually are taking seriously. Mark Peters reports on hella’s etymology and future. Also this week: Ted Cox kicks the ball, Greg Lucas kicks it in Elk Grove, Lovelle Harris riffs on the foreclosure blues and Ann Martin Rolke cuts up the local artisan-butcher scene.