Issue: April 19, 2012

Why did the real–estate collapse hit Sacramento harder than most places? A major reason was over–building the suburbs. Yet government leaders and developers throughout the region–Elk Grove, Rancho Cordova, Folsom–are sprawling onward, unfazed and ready to annex and build even more houses and malls and developments in their respective ’hoods. Cosmo Garvin looks at the future of sprawl in Sacramento in this week’s feature.

The mobile–food–truck craze was a trend that took a while to come to Sacramento. And, fittingly, it’s taken a while for the city of Sacramento to look at, and possibly revamp, its contentious mobile–food–vending ordinance. Jonathan Mendick reports on a year of food trucks in California. Also this week in Frontlines: SN&R looks at the Maloofs–arena drama, Amy Wong hangs with Sacramento’s electric–vehicle geeks, Auntie Ruth contemplates old British guy or Mad Men, and SN&R’s publisher Jeff vonKaenel and its editorial board celebrate Earth Day.

In Arts&Culture: Most people know drummer Arjun Singh because he jams in popular band Wallpaper. Most people don’t know he’s producer/brainchild behind quirky TV series The Public Access Show. Find out more about the man behind the weirdest local show since, uh, Wayne’s World. Also this week: SN&R previews Earth Day fun, Greg Lucas hits the Mezcal, the stage critics find not one but two new local shows to rave about, Jim Lane approves of the new Three Stooges flick, Nick Miller gets hyped on Record Store Day, and Becca Costello does the doody.

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