Issue: August 08, 2019

In this week's SN&R cover story, Tess Townsend provides practical tips to be better prepared for all kinds of natural disasters, which are intensifying in this era of climate change.

In News, we have a story from CALmatters about Gov. Gavin Newsom charting his own course by considering bills that were vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown but have boomeranged back to life in the legislative session that resumes Aug. 12. Also, Margherita Beale writes about an Elk Grove sexual harassment lawsuit that exposes the hurdles for gig workers, and Scott Thomas Anderson updates what happened to a Lodi man who was accused of being part of an al-Qaeda sleeper cell.

In Arts, Mozes Zarate previews the return of the Wide Open Walls mural festival and Rachel Leibrock reports from the Backstreet Boys concert. In Stage, we have a review of City of Trees at the new Sunny Side Theatre in Sacramento, plus a preview of Teatro Espejo's summer festival of one-act plays.

In this week's Garden column, Debbie Arrington writes about hard times facing a honeybee haven at UC Davis.

In Voices, after the mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso, Congressman Jerry McNerney challenges his Republican colleagues to stand up to the NRA and Congressman John Garamendi calls on Congress to reinstate the assault weapons ban and on President Trump to stop his hateful words. Also, Jeff vonKaenel writes about the ambitious goals in a local plan to combat climate change. And I explore what the lack of megadonors means for philanthropy in the Sacramento region.

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— Foon Rhee