Issue: December 19, 2019

In this week's cover feature, Raheem F. Hosseini goes inside a cult-like marriage and relationship group that has a stronghold in Sacramento, and tells the back story of its founder and guru.

In News, we have stories about the pitfalls of the increasing use of DNA evidence to solve crimes, about some California dentists pressuring their patients to get their teeth fixed on credit and about a small Sacramento County water district engulfed in controversy.

In Arts, Olivia Monahan views the Trust Your Struggle artist collective's latest exhibition and also sounds last call for the Blue Lamp, while Patrick Hyun Wilson previews the Red Museum's Christmas show. In Stage, we have reviews of the Sacramento Ballet's The Nutcracker and a digital take on The Wizard of Oz at B Street Theatre.

In this week's Garden column, Debbie Arrington writes about our passion for poinsettias during the holidays.

In Voices, Sacramento County Supervisor Patrick Kennedy argues that a new inspector general is only the first step for oversight of the sheriff, publisher Jeff vonKaenel lists the favorite books he read in 2019 and I write about a transformational affordable housing project that may be out of step with the times.

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— Foon Rhee