Issue: December 15, 2016

The cover story this week: Sure, it feels like 2016 was the year that laughter died, but, it's just not so! Our writers explore the deep, inclusive and booming local comedy scene to insure you get your funny bone the exercise it needs.

Elsewhere in the issue: There have been several dozen homeless citizen deaths this year on the streets of Sacramento, some criticize a narrow political focus that offers a limited scope to a larger issue, Matt Kramer and Raheem F. Hosseini report; Elk Grove and Rancho Cordova are seeing green at the expense of driver's propensity for turning on red, but is this just a traffic cam cash cow? John Flynn has the story; Elsewhere, in 2011 it was revealed that the results of a 20-year analysis by the Sacramento County Child Death Review Team yielded that black children die at twice the rate of their white peers, Matt Kramer reports on what is being done to remedy this. Also in the book, while you're on your way to the comedy club, why not listen to the STAB! podcast? What is STAB! ? Read Janelle Bitker's interview with its creators, John Ross and Jesse Jones, to find out.