Issue: August 15, 2019

In this week’s SN&R cover story, Scott Thomas Anderson takes a deep look at PG&E’s attempts to prevent wildfires with preemptive power shutoffs.

In News, Raheem F. Hosseini reports on a Sacramento court that is supposed to keep sex workers out of jail and off the streets, and also spends time with an increasingly rare refugee family in Sacramento.

In Arts, Rachel Leibrock talks to the creator of the 25 Million Stitches project to raise awareness of the global refugee crisis, and Tessa Marguerite Outland previews the Capital Dance Project’s fifth annual performance. In Stage, we have reviews of Thinner Than Water at Big Idea Theatre and Mamma Mia! at Fair Oaks Theatre Festival .

In this week’s Garden column, Debbie Arrington urges homeowners to use mulch, not rocks, around lawn trees.

In Voices, a local League of Women Voters leader calls on the public to support the city’s ethics commission. Jeff vonKaenel argues that impeaching President Trump will only worsen partisan divisions. And I write about two programs that are nurturing Sacramento’s new leaders.

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— Foon Rhee