Issue: March 19, 2020

This week, we focus on the coronavirus pandemic. Scott Thomas Anderson looks at the steps that City Hall is taking, including a relief fund for local businesses and a ban on some evictions. Graham Womack reports on efforts to protect Sacramento's vulnerable homeless population. Raheem F. Hosseini surveys how local school districts will continue to feed poor children, and also details the safety record of the Elk Grove seniors home where Sacramento County's first coronavirus-related death happened. And Steph Rodriguez talks to local restaurant owners about how they're adapting.

We also have stories on California families scrambling to adjust, on nurses and other health care workers worrying about getting infected and on the potential impact to California's economy.

Elsewhere in this issue, Lindsay Oxford highlights the arts events still planned this spring despite all the coronavirus cancellations in local entertainment venues. Debbie Arrington writes that the big San Francisco-Northern California Flower and Garden Show has also been canceled and Joey Garcia has some advice for love and relationships in the time of COVID-19.

Because local theaters have canceled plays, in place of Stage, Rachel Mayfield has some suggestions for your streaming list.

In News, Kris Hooks reports on a new study that says charter schools can boost African-American students—that was authored by charter schools.

In Voices, a SMUD solar customer argues that the utility is on the wrong track for clean energy, and I gauge the prospects of a new report full of cost-saving suggestions that just landed at City Hall.

And SN&R president Jeff vonKaenel announces that because of the steep drop in advertising due to the coronavirus crisis, we're suspending print publication, we hope only temporarily. To resume publication, we need your support more than ever. Please consider contributing at

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— Foon Rhee