Issue: December 12, 2019

This week, it's our annual Dining Guide, and this year's theme is comfort food. Steph Rodriguez talks to local chefs about favorite family recipes, Destinee Lang writes about what makes real soul food, Scott Thomas Anderson says that great gumbo can be found right here in Sacramento and Amy Bee introduces us to the "Pie Lady" of Carmichael. And Rachel Leibrock remembers her late mother while trying to recreate a favorite dish.

In News, Anderson unravels the concerns of two members of the Fruit Ridge Community Collaborative over rent increases. We have a story about the fallout from Sen. Kamala Harris dropping out of the 2020 presidential race.

In Arts, Ashley Hayes-Stone introduces the growing community of Sacramento's drag kings and also reports from Electric Christmas at Golden 1 Center, while Norma Huerta previews a fan festival celebrating Selena, the late Latina star. In Stage, we have reviews of The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley at Capital Stage and A Christmas Carol at Sacramento Theatre Company.

In this week's Garden column, Debbie Arrington says it's time to prune roses.

In Voices, a local environmental activist calls on local officials to think about climate change as they draft a transportation spending plan, and publisher Jeff vonKaenel writes that a local climate change commission is also focused on social justice. In this week's Editor's Note, I update the city of Sacramento's "smart" parking meters.

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— Foon Rhee