Issue: January 09, 2020

In this week's cover feature, Scott Thomas Anderson details how some local officials, fed up with repeated blackouts to prevent wildfires, are looking at retaking their power grid from PG&E, or forcing a public takeover of the troubled utility.

In News, Margherita Beale and Raheem F. Hosseini report on the Sacramento LGBT Community Center's new program for volunteer families to host homeless youth. We also have stories on a new state law that gives survivors of clergy sex abuse more time to sue alleged pedophile priests, and on renewed efforts to recruit African-American men as teachers.

In Arts, Mark Kates surveys the scene of Sacramento deejays who are weaving their creations into the local music scene, and Maxfield Morris talks to Koo Koo Kanga Roo, a duo bringing its wacky sing-along music to Sacramento. In Stage, we have a review of The Drowsy Chaperone at Davis Musical Theatre Company.

In this week's Garden column, Debbie Arrington writes about a world-famous expert who is returning to Sacramento to care for a favorite rose garden.

In Voices, a leader of a local pro-transit coalition calls on the Sacramento Transportation Authority to adopt its plan, and I point out that the authority must do better at listening to the public if a sales tax increase in November has any hope of passing. Also, SN&R president Jeff vonKaenel introduces our new publisher, Joe Chiodo, formerly of Sacramento Magazine.

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— Foon Rhee