Issue: June 08, 2017

This week's cover story: We're celebrating! Twenty-five years ago, the SN&R launched the Sacramento Area Music Awards, since known universally as the SAMMIES. It was intended to be a celebration of Sacramento's rich diversity of musical styles and performers, and it certainly was that. But it also became a cornerstone of the burgeoning music community, bringing musicians together with other musicians and also with new audiences. We take a look back at those 25 years (in "Memories from Sacramento's music yearbook," by Rachel Leibrock), profile some super talented current musicians, and offer a pull-out guide to the SAMMIES finale on June 15.

Also in this issue: During his campaign, Donald Trump promised to "fix" the Veterans Administration, "the most corrupt agency in the United States." To find out how he's doing, Matt Kramer and Raheem F. Hosseini talked with local vets to get their firsthand perspective. Also, Scott T. Anderson explains why the two top law officers in the county, Sheriff Scott Jones and the soon-to-be selected Sacramento police chief, are likely to disagree about important issues, beginning with immigration. And Matt Kramer writes about the venerable Wellspring Women's Center and how it fended off an anomalous backlash from some neighbors.