Issue: December 22, 2011

Greetings SN&R readers,

Just in time for the holiday weekend, we offer Sacramento-based holiday fiction from noted author and longtime SN&R contributor Todd Walton. Follow the tale of Max, Carla, and (especially) Dylan, as they each discover what it means to "occupy" the Christmas spirit in word and deed.

In Frontlines: The city has unveiled its draft Climate Action Plan, an ambitious set of proposals to curb Sacramento's greenhouse gas pollution. But the success of the CAP depends on lot on the political fortitude of the Sacramento City Council. Will they match their green talk with action? Also in news: arenas, strong mayor, KJ, oh my. Bites contemplates the coming election

blockbuster and asks "Who the hell is Carmichael Dave?" In green, Sacramento loves Priuses (Prii?). And in opinion, the feds crack down on pot dispensaries just as they consider giving the patent for medical cannabis to pharmaceutical companies. Coincidence?

Scrambling to finish last-minute holiday shopping? Relax­ - our writers did all the hard work, scouring local shops and services for those quirky, perfectly personalized gifts. Read all about it in Arts&Culture. And SN&R film critic Jonathan Kiefer examines the second book-to-film turn of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, while SN&R stage critic Jeff Hudson finds the holiday spirit with Capital Stage co-founder Peter Mohrmann.

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