Issue: January 30, 2020

This week’s cover feature presents the top reader submissions in our Comics contest, plus drawings by contributors and staff. Some hit on serious topics, including Sacramento’s housing crisis and hunger. Others are visually arresting, or just funny.

In News, Scott Thomas Anderson previews the District 2 race for Sacramento City Council, where two-term incumbent Allen Warren is trying to stave off Twin Rivers school board trustee Ramona Landeros. Raheem F. Hosseini reports on a childhood sexual abuse claim against a large Pentecostal church in South Sacramento.

In Arts, Jennah Booth previews the new Stephen Kaltenbach exhibit at Manetti Shrem Museum at UC Davis. Maxfield Morris explains why episodes of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson are being reenacted in full at STAB! Comedy Theater and also talks to the musician behind Radical Face, performing at Harlow’s. In Stage, we have reviews of Dorothea Puente Tells All at California Stage and The Field at Black Point Theatre .

In this week’s Garden column, Debbie Arrington reports that Friends of East Sacramento is likely to take over running Shepard Garden and Arts Center.

In Voices, a marijuana legalization advocate argues that local license caps and retail bans in California are leading to crime and corruption. SN&R president Jeff vonKaenel reports from the annual State of Downtown event, where Dr. Drew Pinsky and Mayor Darrell Steinberg focused on the homeless crisis. And I write about a privatization offer that Sacramento airport officials rebuffed.

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