Issue: February 06, 2020

This week's cover story focuses on the local portion of the March 3 primary ballot. SN&R offers our endorsements in key, contested races. We also have news stories on the two open seats: Graham Womack looks at where the money is going in the District 3 race for Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, while Scott Thomas Anderson writes about the very competitive District 8 contest for Sacramento City Council.

In News, Kate Gonzales reports on efforts to repeal Assembly Bill 5, the new state law on freelancers, and what that says about California's income inequality. We also look at the big fight over proposed school closings in Twin Rivers Unified and how community reaction convinced trustees.

In Arts, it's all about the African-American experience. Patrick Hyun Wilson talks to Sacramento sculptor and former Black Panther Akinsanya Kambon, featured in the new American Expressions/African Roots exhibit at Crocker Art Museum, and also to Aliyah Sidqe, who has her first solo show, at Brickhouse Gallery. And Rachel Mayfield previews some Black History Month events at Sacramento State, the Guild Theater and elsewhere.

In Stage, we have reviews of Alabaster at Capital Stage and The Revolutionists at Big Idea Theatre.

In this week's Garden column, Debbie Arrington says that Sacramento's oranges are nearing peak ripeness.

In Voices, a local Democrat bemoans his party's presidential nomination process, SN&R president Jeff vonKaenel reports from the Sacramento Metro Chamber's annual awards dinner and I look at how Sacramento City Council members are split on their endorsements and what that means.

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