Issue: November 15, 2012

Sacramento's been looking for solutions to the problem of homelessness since long before Oprah showed up with her TV cameras and put us on the national map. And after more study, more committees, more meetings—and yes, more protests—we still have a sizable population of people in Sacramento with no home. We've also had a round of “blame the victim” publicity from some local activists and public figures, with claims that the homeless people on the parkway and at Loaves & Fishes aren't good people having a rough time of it; instead, they're junkies and thugs and sex offenders turning the American River Parkway, downtown and North Sacramento into a cesspool. In this week's feature, SN&R co-editor Nick Miller tries to clear out the smokescreens and get down to the facts about homeless people in Sacramento.

In Frontlines this week: Are downtown and Midtown getting more dangerous? Nick Miller looks at crime statistics to find out. Also: Raheem F. Hosseini on the county board of supervisor's role in passing out licenses to sell alcohol to gas stations and on Sacramento County regulation of the soon-to-be-legal homegrown food businesses;

If you've never seen the gorgeous heritage roses in the historic city cemetery at Broadway and Riverside, you should. And if you want to know how roses ended up there, check out contributor Aaron Carnes' story about the new documentary, Cemetery Roses, by Sacramento filmmaker Louise Mitchell. He writes about it in this week's Arts&Culture section. Also: Steph Rodriguez talks to Urban Wolves in Music; Jim Lane isn't that wild about Lincoln; and Kel Munger says The Mystery of Irma Vep at the Sacramento Theatre Company has a lot of laughs—and a lot of costume changes.

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