Issue: December 05, 2019

In this week's cover feature, Patrick Hyun Wilson profiles some local gamers, developers, streamers and others who are making their mark—and putting Sacramento on the esports map.

In News, James Raia writes about cheating among runners and the California International Marathon's efforts to catch them, Raheem F. Hosseini looks at whether Kevin Johnson could ever have become California governor and Scott Thomas Anderson talks to a local scientist helping to track plastic pollution in the oceans.

In Arts, Maxfield Morris talks to Sacramento writers taking part in a national novel writing effort, Rachel Mayfield watches a huge Nerf battle and Lindsay Oxford previews a book reading by punk rockers Alice Bag and Michelle Cruz Gonzales. In Stage, we have reviews of On an Open Fire at B Street Theatre and Black Nativity at Celebration Arts.

In this week's Garden column, Debbie Arrington says that free mulch is sitting on your lawn—fallen leaves.

In Voices, a local homelessness activist and a local doctor call for California physicians, dentist and nurses to be trained on childhood trauma, publisher Jeff vonKaenel remembers Sacramento restauranteur Lina Fat and I let voters know about their chance to draw the new Sacramento City Council districts.

As always, thanks for reading. To read the full stories, click the links below. But don't forget to pick up a print copy of SN&R for exclusive event picks and other content.

— Foon Rhee