Issue: February 20, 2020

This week's cover story focuses on Sacramento's affordable housing crisis with Scott Thomas Anderson's report on how the City Council gave developers a break on requirements and fees and is now trying to fill in the gap by using sales taxes to fund new projects.

In News, Raheem F. Hosseini spotlights an unusual vote by the Sacramento County Board of Education to approve a charter school application, which was quickly followed by an interesting campaign contribution. And Graham Womack reveals who is giving campaign cash to Sacramento County Supervisor Sue Frost, though she's a shoo-in on March 3.

In Arts, Destinee Lang writes about how law and culture are finally starting to change on African-American natural hairstyles, Lindsay Oxford attends a Valentine's Day show at Cafe Colonial featuring bands with transgender members and Rachel Mayfield previews a new exhibit of watercolors at Pence Gallery in Davis. In Stage, we have reviews of Sweeney Todd at Green Valley Theatre Company and Confirmation at Theater One.

In the Garden column, Debbie Arrington warns about the possible return of a dreaded drought after a bone-dry February.

In Voices, this week's community essay writer says Sacramento is demolishing too much of its history, SN&R president Jeff vonKaenel shares his thoughts on the bankruptcy of The Sacramento Bee's parent company and I update the city of Sacramento's efforts at inclusive economic development.

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— Foon Rhee