Issue: July 15, 2010


This week in news, some public employees are working like dogs. Reporter Rachel Leibrock and photographer Lilly Fuentes-Joy tag along with Sacramento County’s animal control officers. Learn what budget cuts will mean for Sacramento’s neglected animals, and what simple thing you can do to help. Next, Bites wonders if hypocrisy is a requirement for getting ahead in

business. It seems to be working for PG&E and the Sacramento Metro Chamber. Also in news: Everybody into the pool! Because next year, the pools are going to be closed. In green news, Ted Cox visits the water-friendly farm of the future, and Auntie Ruth considers the fate of Tim DeChristopher, celebrated monkey wrencher of federal oil and gas leases.

Feature story

We are living in Screenworld. At work and at home, we’re constantly looking into screens. There are screens at checkout counters and laundromats, in restaurants and waiting rooms, and on the dashboards of cars and in their back seats. Millions of regular folks preen for screens on YouTube and Facebook, marketing their image like politicians or starlets. What with BlackBerrys and iPhones, few Americans go anywhere anymore without a screen that connects them to every other screen in some way or other. Longtime alternative weekly writer Michael Ventura asks the question: What happens when an image of reality takes the place of reality itself?

Arts & culture

Pavement is arguably the original indie band. Northern Californian Gary Young was the group’s original drummer. He left the band after its seminal debut, Slanted and Enchanted—but last week in Stockton, he got a chance for an encore. Jeff McCrory was there. This is how it went down. Also this week: Joey Garcia zips up the Sexy Hotness sleeping bag, Jim Lane reviews The Dark Knight director’s follow-up, Risqué business in Midtown finally is exposed, and Josh Fernandez explores the good and less-than-good of rapper A.R.A.B.’s latest.