Issue: October 20, 2011

Dear SN&R reader!

Despite an overall drop in violent crime, gang-related incidents rose

55 percent between 2006 and 2010, according to the Sacramento Police

Department. Even those who think the local gang problem is

exaggerated admit a troubling ruthlessness seems attached to the

mutating gang scene here. In this week's feature, SN&R contributor

Raheem Hosseini explores the changing face of gang culture in the region.

In news, the state is spending a bit more than $13 million on the

realignment of Sacramento County inmates, but should the money be

spent on shuffling offenders from state to local beds? Or should more

be spent on rehabilitation, including beneficial cognitive therapy

counseling and other one-on-one efforts? Kel Munger reports. Also

this week: Sacto is still occupied and North Highlands gets green and

affordable town houses.

Finally, a quick roundup of the arts scene: The Crocker Art Museum

gets a new exhibit, 56th and J streets gets a new corner eatery, Joey

recommends removing your T-shirt while doing the nasty, John Phillips

recommends five hot up-and-coming bands, Nick Miller reports on the

(sorta) newest central-city all-ages venue, and Maxwell McKee goes

five-star ravin' Willie for Superior Donuts.

SN&R Staff