Issue: December 29, 2016

The cover story this week: You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have: the facts of life. But not this week; this week, just take the good as SN&R takes a look back at the best of the best in local music, plays, restaurants and more with a little help from members of Sacramento's various communities.

Elsewhere in the issue: The post-election impact has been felt nationally. Hate incidents have been high as President-elect Trump slithers his way into office and emboldened racists, xenophobes, misogynists and anti-gay crusaders take Trump's win as an indicator to act on their worst impulses. Locally, the Sikh community has been impacted as well as others. Mozes Zarate has the story; in a recent court case, the Boy Scouts of America employed victim blaming to counter allegations of child abuse by stating that the plaintiff must have "enjoyed the experience," John Flynn reports. Elsewhere, hundreds of Californians have died of West Nile, and current pesticides aren't helping people's health either, but nontoxic alternatives have been met with snags in the regulatory approval process, Alastair Bland has the story. Also in the book, Janelle Bitker and Ann Martin Rolke look back on some of the best dishes, drinks and trends that stood out in 2016.