Issue: January 16, 2020

This week, we present our annual Women's Issue. Kate Gonzales reports on local and state groups led by women who are finding ways to help other women—in health care, education, the law and more. Steph Rodriguez spotlights five Sacramento women making a difference, and also writes about My Sister's Cafe, which helps domestic violence survivors. And we have essays from state Senate leader Toni Atkins and Women's Foundation of California CEO Surina Khan about powerful women and empowering women.

In News, Scott Thomas Anderson reports on an asylum seeker who was detained at the Yuba County Jail before being deported to Chad, even though he's gay and homosexuality is illegal in that nation. We also start our previews of Sacramento City Council races on the March 3 ballot with District 4, where incumbent Steve Hansen is challenged by environmental policy director Katie Valenzuela, who is hoping to capitalize on anger over rent hikes.

In Arts, we have the list of nominees for our annual SAMMIES music awards. Voting starts Monday, Jan. 20. In Stage, we have reviews of Pump Boys and Dinettes at Sacramento Theatre Company and Sister Act at Woodland Opera House.

In this week's Garden column, Debbie Arrington says that new seeds and plants for 2020 are twists on traditional favorites.

In Voices, SMUD's new board president outlines his priority list, SN&R president Jeff vonKaenel highlights four people to watch in Sacramento and I call attention to the need for Census workers to make the 2020 count accurate.

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