Issue: March 15, 2012

Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg’s signature achievement is Proposition 63, a 2004 initiative that put a 1 percent tax on California millionaires, raising $1 billion dollars per year for mental-health services in the state. With health experts and agencies readying for the 2014 rollout of the national Affordable Care Act, SN&R thought it a good time to sit down with Steinberg for a broad-ranging discussion about Proposition 63, the stigma attached to mental illness, and the future of mental-health services in California. Read it in this week’s feature.

In news: Just say “not no”? That’s the mantra Cosmo Garvin says city council has cornered itself into with the recent Kings arena votes. Read this week’s Bites. Also this week: What will be the fate of Sacramento’s oldest black-owned bookstore? And Kel Munger explains how local group Save California ended up on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of “hate groups.” Hint: They lied about gay people. A lot.

In Arts&Culture: More than Halloween or Second Saturday, does Midtown bro-down and show its true colors on St. Patrick’s Day? One might argue; Jonathan Mendick doesn’t-but he does have partying tips in this week’s calendar. Also this week: Up for a new podcast? This week’s arts feature by Lory Gil has a few tips for your ears. Up for a beer? Samuel Horne’s Tavern has a few hundred. Up for sexy local R&B goodness? Josh Fernandez has the scoop on Tessa Evans. In Stage, we have to ask: Will wonders never cease? Jeff Hudson hands out a ravin’ Willie for The House of Bernarda Alba at UC Davis and Kel Munger does the same for Runaway Stage Productions’ Legally Blonde. That’s right, a musical. Finally, if you can’t decide between vegan or barbecue, then read this week’s 15 Minutes’ interview and do both.

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  • SN&R’s Tour of Pubs

    Cheers! The pub-crawling masses can’t miss our pull-out Tour O’ Pubs map which will help them find their way around all of the St. Patrick’s Day festivities in the Greater Sacramento area.

    This article was published on 03.15.12