Issue: December 13, 2012

The climate's in crisis—most people are ready to admit that now—and to slow it down, scientists say we need to cut back drastically on greenhouse-gas emissions that are causing our atmosphere to deteriorate and the planet to warm. But who will lead this colossal endeavor? Meet the climate changers: 15 scientists and policy makers in the Sacramento region who play vital roles in the global effort to fix a warming planet. Melinda Welsh reports.

In Frontlines, Christopher Arns reports on the environmentalists who are suing California because we don't regulate fracking. Wait, what? We don't regulate fracking! And Cosmo Garvin looks into the replacement for Sacramento City Unified School District board member Ellyne Bell, who recently resigned. It's quite a fight. Finally, in Capitol Lowdown, Greg Lucas gives us the scoop on legislative freshman orientation, where sometimes the new kids get “domed.”

In this week's Arts&Culture, Raheem F. Hosseini spends some time at Fly Cuts. It's an old-school barbershop on the corner of Stockton and Florin—the site of a gang shootout that killed a young mother two years ago—but it's not going away. That's what neighborhood and community are about: staying put and setting examples. Meet owner Toriano Mason and Fly Cuts' regulars. Also in arts: Aaron Carnes profiles Whiskey and Stitches; Maxwell McKee rounds up the local holiday stage productions for your convenience; and Becky Grunewald gets her socks knocked off by the food at Bánh Xèo 46A on Stockton Boulevard.

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  • 12 Days of Giving

    Right before the holiday, SN&R reminds our readers our readers that there are more ways to give than buying a generic gift card. Our advertorial-style non-profit giving guide is an excellent opportunity to inspire our readers to give during the holiday season.

    This article was published on 12.13.12