Issue: November 28, 2019

For Thanksgiving, this week we feature essays from six Sacramento leaders about what they are grateful for—where they find the light during these dark times.

In News, Scott Thomas Anderson and Mozes Zarate dig into the background of a candidate for the beleaguered Sac City Unified school board, Kate Gonzales writes about a special task force that targets animal abusers and we have a story about poor families going hungry due to the power blackouts to prevent wildfires.

In Arts, we have a follow-up to Broadway Sacramento's ill-fated naming rights deal with Dignity Health and what it says about the LGBTQ community's power. Also, Rachel Mayfield visits a new exhibit of small town photos at Gallery at 48 Natoma and Maxfield Morris profiles The Dead South before the band performs at Ace of Spades. In Stage, we have reviews of Deathtrap at Sacramento Theatre Company and The Clean House at Big Idea Theatre.

In this week's Garden column, Debbie Arrington lists some ways for gardeners to get into the holiday spirit.

In Voices, a local resident doubts that Sacramento will ever be as livable as Portland, publisher Jeff von Kaenel writes about the financial challenges facing local newspapers and I update a cash-for-kids ballot measure going before Sacramento voters in March.

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— Foon Rhee