Issue: September 15, 2016

The cover story this week: Are pro-prop 64 Californians entertaining smoke and mirrors when it comes to the legalization of marijuana this November? It's complicated. David Downs has the story.

Elsewhere in the issue: Cases of HIV/AIDS have doubled for minorities in Sacramento since 2006. Are some physicians reinforcing unconscious racism? D. Antoinette Thompson and Raheem F. Hosseini have the story; A recent analysis of Sacramento area firefighters has them in hot water by showing that they are slow to arrive to fires in urban areas, Scott Thomas Anderson reports. Elsewhere, hungry for a new taco shop option? You're in luck! Ann Martin Rolke reviews Bravos taco shop. Also in the book, SN&R's arts and culture editor, Janelle Bitker, offers readers a profile on chef Scott Ostrander and his kitchen and garden at Park Winters.