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A truck collects yard waste in the Woodlake neighborhood. The city of Sacramento is proposing to increase rates for the third time since 2010.

We tend to take garbage collection for granted, except when a pickup is missed—or when our bill goes up. So at the public hearing on Aug. 28 before the Utilities Rate Advisory Commission, chances are that more than a few Sacramento taxpayers will complain, loudly, about yet another potential increase in solid waste fees. This time, the proposal is for a series of four rate hikes that would start Jan. 1, 2020 and end July 1, 2022. For residential customers, the monthly bill for a medium garbage bin would go from $18.90 to $25.90, the charge for recycling from $5.90 to $8.69 and for yard waste from $10.75 to $13.13. In addition, the charge for street sweeping would go from $1.34 a month to $1.50. The city says the new rates are needed to help pay for increases in labor, fuel, vehicle and other operating expenses; higher costs and a shrinking market for recyclables; and the price of starting residential food waste collection. A city survey in March found the vast majority of residents satisfied with their overall garbage service, but 44% rated street sweeping as fair or poor. That’s all fine, but city leaders need to take the long view—and it’s not pretty. If approved, it would be the third round of solid waste fee increases since 2010, on top of two rounds of water and sewer rate hikes that started in 2012 and 2016. All told, if these rate hikes go through, the average homeowner’s bill for basic services— water, sewer, wastewater, garbage, yard waste, recycling and street cleaning—would jump from $115 a month in 2012 to $193 in 2022.

That’s $940 more a year, far higher than the inflation rate. If that isn’t enough, the city is on track to seek voter approval in 2021 to raise storm drainage fees. The amount isn’t set, but when the city floated this idea in 2015, it was $3.61 more a month over four years for the most common-sized singlefamily home. Also, starting in 2021—as a state law kicks in that requires food waste to be collected—there will be a new fee for the 11,000 of 129,000 residential customers who don’t pay for yard waste service because they live in apartments or don’t have yards. It will start at $8.74 a month and rise to $9.19 in 2022. Yes, you can blame the higher rates on stricter state laws, plus on fixing infrastructure that went neglected for far too long. Yet, you have to ask: At what point do these rate hikes become too heavy a burden on homeowners, especially those on fixed incomes? Any increase “hits hard” at seniors and the disabled, many already scrounging to pay for medicine and gas, said Carl Burton, past executive director of the Sacramento Taxpayers Association and a member of the California Senior Legislature. “They always vote to increase taxes or fees regardless of how it may hurt seniors and the disabled community,” he said in an email. At the same time, rising rents are also hitting families and undermining the city’s push for economic justice. There is a payment assistance program that started in 2013. Poorer families can save as much as $31.78 a month on their utility bills, depending which services they receive. About 7,750 customers take advantage, according to the city. That’s up from 1,700 in 2016, thanks to more outreach. But that means more than 120,000 customers are still paying the full tab. And it’s not just nickels and dimes anymore. □ Photo by Foon Rhee

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Un-democratic Re: “Tenant turning point?” by Scott Thomas Anderson (News, Aug. 15): When doesn’t the city of Sacramento not circumvent the democratic process, and when do its leaders not negotiate deals that impact this city behind closed doors?

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Double standard Re: “Hitting RESET on prostitution” by Raheem F. Hosseini (News, Aug. 15): There are no more sex workers who are victims than there are housewives who are victims of domestic violence. We do not treat victims of domestic violence the way sex workers are treated. The majority of sex workers do their work because it is the best option out of few or many. Treating them like victims or criminals or is so wrong! Society needs to grow up and understand that women are sexual beings, and we do not need to be rescued anymore than the average housewife needs to be rescued. Decriminalization means that we could go to the police when and if we are victims, just like housewives can.

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No sugar daddies needed Re: “Sharing the wealth” by Foon Rhee (Editor’s note, Aug. 8): This column lamenting Sacramento’s lack of a super-rich, 1-percenter to fund big projects has it exactly backwards. Sacramento does not need a super-rich sugar daddy to buy our goodwill with a patronizing donation of some small part of his or her ill-gotten riches. What’s really needed are fewer super-rich people and more working folks receiving decent pay for their work. We need more public financing of public projects that we could take pride in and not have to name after some egotistical rich person. There is an old saying that money is like manure: Pile it up and it stinks, spread it around and it does a lot of good. We need fewer stinking piles and more spreading good.

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Getting on the bus Sacramento Regional Transit’s new routes aren’t an improvement Sacramento Regional Transit has announced “service improvements” to its bus network, starting Sept. 8. At its Aug. 12 meeting, the RT board authorized as many as seven free ride days to promote the new network, with the first four to be Sept. 8-11. But as a longtime resident of East Sacramento, I find it very difficult to label these service changes as an improvement over the current system.The main route in my area is the 30 bus Steve Miller, who worked for Caltrans for 27 years, on J Street. Currently, it runs every 15 minutes lives in East Sacramento. during the day on weekdays, every half hour on Saturdays and every hour on Sundays. When I moved to the area in 1984, it ran every 10 minutes On the other hand, those who live in less densely on weekdays, every 15 minutes on Saturdays and populated suburbs are more likely to use RT only every 20 minutes on Sundays. In those days, it during rush hour. They are the most expensive also ran later in the evening and on weekends riders to serve because of the need for additional than it does now. equipment and drivers during peak hours. Under the new route system, the 30 route I recently visited Portland, a city would be combined with the 38 from downwhose metropolitan population town to 39th Street, with the combined is only slightly larger than service running every 15 minutes. The people Sacramento’s. Portland has Beyond 39th Street, the 30 would a light rail system that has only run every half hour, and most likely to five lines serving a large hourly on weekends. This is use public transit are portion of the metro area, a 50 percent cut on a route those who live in the with trains running every that provides direct service 15 minutes. It has two between Sacramento State and most densely populated streetcar lines (similar to downtown. Service on the 38 areas, such as the proposed streetcar in bus, which serves the outer Midtown and East Sacramento) that provide stretch of Broadway, would be service every 15 to 20 similarly cut in half. Sacramento. minutes. Portland also has Now, the 34 bus serves E and an extensive bus network, with F streets in Midtown and McKinley many bus routes (even crosstown Park, then goes through the northern buses) operating every 15 minutes, with service section of East Sacramento before arriving at into the late evening hours and two routes that Sacramento State and then River Park. It runs run all night. hourly with no evening or weekend service. Before I lived in Sacramento, I lived in San Under the proposal, this route would be renumDiego. In the 1970s, San Diego Transit was not bered as 138 and operate only during peak hours. very good, with most routes having 30-minute Presumably, the resources that currently support headways. Today, San Diego has a much the 30, 34 and 38 routes would be diverted to other improved system, with three light-rail lines and parts of Sacramento. This seems like a bad idea. most urban bus routes operating on 15-minute The people most likely to use public transit are headways. those who live in the most densely populated areas, Why can’t we have good public transit in such as Midtown and East Sacramento. Cutting the Sacramento, like they have in Portland and San frequency of service will likely alienate riders, who Diego? Ω can drive, bike, use Uber or Lyft or even walk. 6





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They could be a form of art, but I think they become people’s reality. So yes I think that they influence people … Just like if I listened to a song, that song affects me for the rest of my life. steve cooper public speaker

In Pac-Man it was easy ... It was an intellectual game, kept you sharp with mental stimulation ... Yes, it is an art form, but I think the way that they’ve married it with violence, it’s gone down a whole other path.

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Overall, you could call them an art form ... The animations are definitely an art form, the plot, making the storyline in a video game is an art form.

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1000% yes, definitely qualifies as art. Oh my gosh, the amount of time and energy that goes into even just rendering a plant, the artists that have to train for years to even do that is mind blowing.

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I think it’s more of an art form than half of the gallery art out there. ... You never see anybody work more than a game designer, so to not call that art is an insult. Jeremy diefenbAcher chef

Absolutely—there’s animation, there’s a storyline. It’s interactive so there’s different things that you can do. I think it’s super creative. I’m not a gamer but I think Kingdom Hearts is one of the best examples of animation crossing over into the video game world.







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People at the convention were trying to figure California has a lot of trash—roughly 2,200 out the answer. pounds per person per year. And with 40 While there was some discussion about million people, that’s more than 80 million tons of food, plastic, paper and other waste that which other countries might take our trash, the bigger and often emotional discussion was needs to be recycled or disposed of every year. about how we as Americans, and especially Last week, at the 43rd annual California as recyclers, participated in an international Resource Recovery Association convention in program that has been so damaging to the Palm Springs, I spent three days talking trash environment, especially the oceans. Much of with 600 waste haulers, recyclers, CalRecycle the waste in China that was dumped into rivers officials and local government folks whose job it is to manage all of our garbage. This conven- eventually made its way to the ocean. The photos of China’s plastic recycling sites tion was part popular mechanics and were shocking. part religious revival. So, what now? There are a lot of operational Peter Slote, supervisor things required to move Just as China of the city of Oakland’s this waste, which includes said “no” to our Solid Waste/Recycling tiny plastic containers but trash with their China Program, says that what we also bigger items such are facing is an industrial as mattresses and fallen Sword decision, we need policy and packaging trees. And there’s a huge to tell manufacturers crisis. The problem is environmental impact to that times have what the manufacturers are this work. The trash people producing. If the manufacturdo not get the respect and changed. ers had to be responsible for appreciation they deserve, but the proper disposal of their prodthey know how important their ucts and its packaging, they would work is, and what would happen if most likely change what they produce. they were not around. We need an “American Sword.” Just as Last year, China decided, for all intents China said “no” to our trash with their China and purposes, to stop accepting our trash. Sword decision, we need to tell the manufacThis decision, commonly called China Sword, turers that times have changed. Certain nonwas a big focus at the convention. Previously recycleable products should just be banned. If about 40% of U.S. paper, plastics and other you are going to sell your product in America, recyclables were going to China, allegedly then you need to either make sure it is easily to be recycled. China was even paying us for recyclable, correctly recycle or dispose of it these materials. yourself or provide municipalities’ resources to The problem was that only about 25% of do it for you. the “recycling” sent to China was actually Certain efforts, such as Senate Bill 54 and recyclable, according to Mark Murray, head Assembly Bill 1080, which among other proviof Californians Against Waste. The rest sions, call for a phase-out of single-use plaswas either contaminated or trash and was tics, would be an important first step. Alameda discarded— burned, buried or thrown in the County has been a leader in similar efforts. river. Let’s implement a Sacramento County China Sword is an economic disaster for Sword. Ω any business or government agency that was previously being paid for the recycling they collected. Now they have to pay to dispose of Jeff vonKaenel is the president, CEO and majority owner of it. This is an 80 million ton question: What is the News & Review. California supposed to do with all this trash?

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The free market— literally As a single working mother, Kali Williams was looking for a way to ease her own child-raising costs. The Winters-born, Sacramento resident also wanted to reduce consumer waste, pool communal resources and stop unnecessary support of huge corporations such as Amazon and Walmart. Not finding anything that filled that niche, Williams founded a new space in 2016: the Facebook group Buy Nothing Midtown Sacramento & Beyond. It’s an online marketplace for people across Sacramento to give away unwanted clothing, furniture, food and more. There, the nearly 1,700 members post photos of things they no longer need and give them to folks that need them more, all without the exchange of a nickel. SN&R chatted with Williams about the group’s origin and mission.

Why did you start the group? I mostly was inspired by having an infant at home, and I’m a single mom. The cost of having a child is ridiculous, and the amount of stuff that you have to acquire for a child is just off the wall. I had no idea until I was in it, and what was happening was, I would get from other parents like, huge garbage bags full of clothes and toys that their children had outgrown. And I just thought to myself, “You know, this is a really amazing boon for me.” This is stuff I would not be able to acquire on my own, and I want a system for then passing that stuff on to other people who need it.

I looked into it recently, and there’s a whole application process and stuff to start a “Buy Nothing” group. I thought about changing the name; I wondered if eventually I’d get a cease-and-desist [order] because I’m using that name, but I could not think of a better name to communicate what we’re doing.

Had you had similar experiences with free, sharing economy groups? No, I hadn’t, but I’ve always been passionate about minimizing waste and reuse. In my teens and early 20s, I would hunt the Midtown alleys for old furniture and things, kind of dress them up and either give them away or sell them, because it was such a bummer. I grew up in a really small town, and so to come to a city and see so much waste—when you have a higher population, there’s going to be more waste, and I had never really seen it on that scale ... So on a very small scale I was going, “Well, how can I reduce the amount of things that are sitting around being unused, and turn them into something that’s usable for people and enjoyable?”

Any memorable experiences with the page? ... Gosh. I find it really amazing, we’ve had some really specific gives. I have these ink cartridges that only work for a very specific printer, and then to have someone else go, “I have that printer, I’ll make use of that.” I’ve had people exchanging everything from breast milk to expensive electronics.

Are there interesting things that get given away? No, I think it’s actually mostly really mundane things— household items and dog food. I bought this 40-pound bag of food that my dog rejected, and somebody else goes, “Oh my gosh, that’s exactly what I need.” That’s just really thrilling, because without a way to facilitate giving like that, that’s something that would just end up in the garbage. Ω

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The whole Buy Nothing Project is larger than Sacramento, right? Yes, and I had heard of it—I wasn’t aware it was as big of an organization as it is. I’m not actually connected to them.

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Current and former members of the Housing4Sacramento coalition square off against each other at the Aug. 13 City Council meeting. Photo by Scott thomaS anderSon

Collapse of a coalition Has political orthodoxy and the threat of big money   broken up Sacramento’s grassroots renters’ alliance? by Scott thomaS anderSon

For more behind the scenes details about the rift in housing4Sacramento, visit sacblog.news review.com for an extended version.

On a February evening, two women sat next to each in front of a crowd, passing a microphone as they took turns answering questions about an upcoming fight for rent control in the capital city. One was Jovana Fajardo, Sacramento director for the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, or ACCE. The other was Michelle Pariset, a Democratic organizer who had been the face of Housing4Sacramento. Both women were key figures in a grassroots coalition of community and labor groups determined to outflank a Sacramento City Council that was taking very little action on soaring rents, serial evictions

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and widespread displacement throughout neighborhoods. Over the course of four months, their coalition gathered 44,000 signatures to qualify a City Charter amendment for the 2020 ballot, one that would bring strict rent stabilization and tenant protections to the city, along with a publicly elected board to oversee them. In late June, representatives from City Hall approached the coalition to negotiate an alternative to the ballot measure. What they put on the table were rent caps and tenant protections that elected officials could enact with certainty—and almost immediately.

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In exchange? According to multiple sources familiar with the discussions, the coalition was supposed to pull the ballot initiative. On Aug. 13, the City Council considered the fruits of those negotiations. The Tenant Protection and Relief Act was presented as a grand compromise between City Hall and the influential Housing4Sacramento coalition. But this wasn’t the same Housing4Sac. In the packed council chamber, Fajardo and Pariset didn’t sit next to one another. The distance between them signaled a much larger fracture within the coalition.

“We had a vision of keeping families in their homes and fighting the housing crisis in Sacramento,” Fajardo later told SN&R. “Some of our partners decided that their fight for that had stopped.” ACCE, SEIU Local 1021, the Sacramento chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America and the statewide group Tenants Together are no longer part of Housing4Sac. The Sacramento Housing Alliance, SEIU Local 1000, Sacramento Central Labor Council and Organize Sacramento remain in Housing4Sac. The Tenant Protection and Relief Act passed by a 7-1 vote; District 2 Councilman Allen Warren voted “no,” while District 8’s Larry Carr abstained. Now, with the fate of the ballot measure in a legal and political gray zone, a new alliance is being formed to keep it alive. The rupture within Housing4Sac played out quietly over the summer. The differences between the city-negotiated Tenant Protection and Relief Act and the Sacramento Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Charter Amendment point to the causes.

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The city’s measure limits annual rent hikes to between 7% and 9%, depending on the consumer price index. It also caps rent increases at 10% regardless of inflation. The act also gives renters with more than 12 months of continuous tenancy protections from no-cause evictions. These protections will sunset after five years. The ballot initiative, by contrast, would permanently cap annual rent increases directly at the CPI, between 2% and 5%. It would also ban no-cause evictions for all renters and establish an elected rental control board. What do those differences mean in reality? Some of the most controversial evictions SN&R covered in the last three years involved individuals being hit with 20% to 30% rent hikes or no-cause evictions after years of solid tenancy, typically so landlords could bring in wealthier renters. Had the new city ordinance been in effect, it would have prevented those displacements (unless the rental properties involved were built after Feb. 1, 1995, or were single-family homes or condos, which are regulated differently by state law). The Sacramento Housing Alliance, a supporter of the compromise, estimates that the Tenant Protection and Relief Act will apply to just under 70% of the city’s rental units. On the other hand, the latest report from the California Housing Partnership determined that city renters need to earn $27.97 an hour to afford the median rent. It also found 80% of extremely low-income households in Sacramento County are spending more than half their incomes on rent. Former members of the coalition say that’s clear evidence that thousands of housing-insecure families simply can’t sustain another 7% to 9% rent hike without being priced out. Given that developers and real estate groups are among the largest financial donors to incumbent City Council campaigns, they also saw too many conflicts of interests in leaving tenant-landlord mediations up to City Hall as opposed to an elected rent board. One thing both former and current Housing4Sac members generally agree on is that there were risks associated with not taking the city’s deal. The California Apartment Association reportedly spent nearly $500,000 just in fighting rent control initiatives in the cities of Richmond and Mountain View. It and allied groups spent $76 million to defeat a November 2018 statewide ballot measure that would have allowed more local rental restrictions. Last week, Pariset told SN&R that she believed that even if Housing4Sac could raise $3 million to support its ballot

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initiative, it would still be outspent 3-to-1 by front door to see if there is a piece of paper opponents. Other members of the coalition taped there, telling me I’m next.” shared that concern. Robyn Mutchler, an elementary school Though Mayor Darrell Steinberg and teacher who’d just been laid off from Councilman Steve Hansen couldn’t bring Martin Luther King Jr. K-8 School, spoke the California Apartment Association about why she canvassed for signatures with on board, they did get the backing of Housing4Sacramento to qualify the ballot the Sacramento Association of Realtors initiative, a level of protection that—unlike and the Sacramento-Sierra’s Building & the compromise—could actually help her. Construction Trades Council. They also “I recently got a 6% rent increase, and persuaded the North State Building Industry that’s $80 more a month I can’t afford,” Association to stay neutral. That means the Mutchler said. Looking at Hansen and then apartment association might be on an island Carr, she added, “I’ve met you personally if it opposes the council’s measure. and I think you’re both great men, but I While the threat of big money can’t say this enough, this is not loomed, members of the going to work for me. I’m coalition who didn’t literally a month away “We want to take the city’s form when my son and had a vision of offer also knew I—I don’t know where keeping families in that a Sacramento we’re going to live.” Housing Alliance After the countheir homes and fighting survey had just cil’s vote, the mayor the housing crisis in found that 65% of made it clear he Sacramento.” likely voters would considered the ballot support rent control. initiative dead, referJovana Fajardo In other words, the encing a law passed Sacramento director, Alliance of ballot initiative had a last year. Senate Bill Californians for Community fighting chance. To that 1153, based on an earlier Empowerment point, despite all of the statewide bill that Steinberg money spent by the California himself authored, allows local Apartment Association, tenants won backers to pull their ballot initiatives their battles for rent control in Richmond as late as 88 days before an election. and Mountain View. While Housing4Sac’s Margarita Finally, another factor to be Maldonado told reporters that her coalition considered was that the mayor and at will no longer pursue the ballot initiative, least five council members agree with the very next day, other members of the the apartment association’s claim that coalition asserted that the measure cannot rent control generally hurts investment legally be pulled from the ballot because it’s in building new housing, even though not a regular measure—it’s a city charter several independent studies, including amendment. That’s in a different section of a detailed February analysis by SHA, the election code that SB1153 doesn’t have have suggested that is not true. specific language about. If the ballot initiative were passed by Both current and former members voters, it was unclear whether the council of the coalition—and city officials—are would pay to defend it in court. also watching a proposed bill, SB These were the questions that split the 681, which if passed with an “urgency coalition. clause,” might provide a clear pathway for Housing4Sacramento to kill its ballot during two hours of testimony at the aug. measure altogether. However, as long as 13 council meeting, a current coalition it’s alive, a new alliance is being formed member and former coalition member to keep pushing for it. It will be called argued different sides of the future. Sacramento for Real Rent Control. Veronica Beaty, SHA’s policy director, Meanwhile, Pariset responded to talked about the toll that constant unchecked the heat she’s been taking for leading rent hikes and evictions had taken on her Housing4Sac to the compromise measure community, arguing the city’s compromise in a Facebook post. “They’re mad because could prevent some of it. we didn’t get exactly what we wanted right “My rent has increased nearly 40% over now,” she wrote Aug. 15. “And I’m the the time I’ve lived in Sacramento. In that easiest target.” time, my apartment has reduced services, For her part, Fajardo was looking ahead. been unresponsive to maintenance requests “We’re forming a new coalition,” and evicted several of my neighbors for Fajardo confirmed. “There are several new minor lease violations they had no opportuorganizations that are interested in joining nity to cure,” Beaty told council members. and helping us continue the fight.” □ “Every time I come home, I look at my


endangerment oF the speCies The Center for Biological Diversity is preparing its biggest legal fight yet against the Trump administration—and it says nothing less than the survival of numerous species is at stake. Conservation and environmental groups were reeling last week when U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt oversaw a stark rewriting of the federal endangered species act, allowing regulators to consider the profit goals of corporate stakeholders alongside the best scientific data when ruling on wildlife protections. Previously, decisions about which species needed federal protection were based on science alone. The new rules also instruct regulators to ignore long-term climate change models when determining whether fish and wildlife face extinction. The Center for Biological Diversity has called the changes “the worst attack on the Endangered Species Act ever.” The organization just started a new legal fund, which it can start tapping as soon as the ESA changes are finalized in september. “I would say within a week or two of that we’ll file the lawsuit,” the center’s government affairs director, Brett Hartl, told SN&R. “I think there is going to be a wide coalition of organizations and states that will be challenging it.” Meanwhile, California conservation groups worry these changes will have an immediate impact on the delta. Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta, said the alterations could allow the federal water project that pumps from the estuary to ignore limitations designed to protect the endangered Delta smelt. “The changes could be absolutely detrimental to the Delta,” she said. “And often the people of the Delta don’t really know that the protection of their communities is tied to the federal protection of its fish.” (Scott Thomas Anderson)

berniemania 2.0 Four years after he almost wrested the Democratic presidential nomination from Hillary Clinton and—who knows?—potentially averted the darkest timeline, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is again trying to ride his populist platform of people over corporations to the White House. But does berniemania still exist in 2019? Northern California could find out this week. Sanders’ schedule puts him at a series of first-come-first-served events on Aug. 22-23, starting with a noontime town hall at the Chico Masonic Family Center on Thursday, then on to Sacramento for a 6 p.m. “Bernie 2020 Rally” at Cesar Chavez plaza. On Friday afternoon, Sanders is set to slide down the progressive dial to discuss college affordability in San Francisco. While somewhere north of 15,000 people turned out to see the willowy-haired one tax his outside voice at Bonney Field in 2015, local organizers are expecting a couple thousand to attend the outdoor rally at Cesar Chavez. Sanders’ Health Care for All plan and support for canceling student debt put him in the mold of an Fdr-style liberal. But the rise of the Tea Party and Fox News and the weaponization of social media have manipulated the public into viewing bread-and-butter Democratic values as radical. Sanders’ upstart run in 2016 showed his party there was still plenty of public support—and small donations—for a liberal economic and social agenda. Now, with his star potentially fading to the likes of Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris, Sanders seems to also be campaigning against an existential challenge: What happens when others grab the torch he lit and run with it? (Raheem F. Hosseini)

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According to a publicly available Facebook account, Jarret “Smash” Pena was advertising his services as a clairvoyant in 2016. He is now the suspect in a downtown stabbing.

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A self-described pickup artist and psychic was apprehended in another state for allegedly stabbing a good Samaritan outside of a downtown dive bar—and it really doesn’t get more Sacramento than that. What happened outside of the for additional details Mercantile Saloon in the early morning about Jarret “smash” of July 9 is also a testament to how Pena’s pickup artist and psychic gigs, visit social media now shapes modern life—to sacblog.newsreview. the extent that a woman who met the com for an extended suspect on a dating website then used version. Facebook and Instagram to try to help authorities track him down. It’s fitting that Jamie Odam was the first to report to her Facebook friends that Jarret Pena was in custody in the state of Washington. After all, ever since last month’s stabbing, she had been on a crusade to make sure the man she met online ended up in handcuffs. “I’ve been on this wild goose chase,” she told SN&R on July 17, eight days 12   |   SN&R   |   08.22.19

after police found a man with numerous stab wounds outside the Lavender District bar. “This spread like wildfire.” But first, said Odam, it sparked with an online match. Odam said she and Pena started dating in early April after connecting on the dating site OKCupid. She said his profile had a “bad boy party animal” vibe. But by the next month, their relationship was unraveling due to what Odam claimed was Pena’s violent temper. “Things were kind of tapering off because of the abuse,” Odam alleged. The night of the incident, Odam said she picked up Pena after work and the two went to the Mercantile. Odam’s grandmother had died the night before and her bank account was in the red. She said Pena agreed to buy the drinks if she drove.

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At the bar, Odam said, Pena played pool while she struck up a conversation with another man. Pena eventually returned and asked Odam if she was ready to leave. She said she told him she wasn’t. She said Pena asked if she would unlock her car so he could get his belongings. She said she told him he’d have to wait until she finished her drink. Odam said Pena grabbed her wrists, her new acquaintance came between them and Pena threw the first punch. The ensuing fight got them all kicked out of the bar, Odam said. Odam said she didn’t see the stabbing. After she unlocked her car and Pena grabbed his stuff, she said the next thing she saw was Pena skateboarding away. “I turned around and all of a sudden [the victim] holds his hand up and

there’s blood all over his hand,” Odam said. “My world started spinning.” According to the Sacramento Police Department, the attack happened shortly before 2 a.m. on July 9. Officers responding to a report of the earlier fight found the victim with multiple stab wounds, none of them life-threatening. On July 12, the victim, whom SN&R isn’t identifying, posted on his Facebook page, “All I wanted to do was help. And find myself being punished for trying do right thing.” According to a social media footprint that spans LinkedIn to Couchsurfing. com, Pena sometimes had a side hustle as a guy-linered, knuckle-tatted clairvoyant. For Pena, who advertised his tarot card abilities under the name “Jarret Smash” but borrowed his look from Captain Jack Sparrow, it was the latest reinvention. Pena already tried to profit off the “pickup artist” fringe of a decade ago, offering to tutor socially awkward men to “neg” (i.e. insult) women into dating them through a Spreesy.com account. Local police remained mostly mum about the case; department spokesman Officer Marcus Basquez stopped responding to SN&R after July 29, when he said the case was still ongoing. Odam, meanwhile, made it her mission to find Pena. She shared social media screen shots that suggested Pena might be in Oregon and then Washington state, including one exchange where a user identifying as “Jarret Smash” wrote, “I’m innocent.” On Aug. 1, U.S. marshals detained Pena in University Place, west of Tacoma, Wash., on an outstanding attempted murder warrant from Sacramento County, according to a probable cause document from the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. The warrant, issued July 22 by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Eugene Balonon, also included a charge of assault with a deadly weapon and sought a no-bail hold on Pena so he could be extradited. While Pena was arraigned Aug. 2 in Pierce County Superior Court, Prosecuting Attorney’s Office spokesman Adam Faber said Pena’s Washington case was only related to his fugitive status. A few days later Odam got the news and shared it with her Facebook connections. “Today marks exactly one month since the incident happened, and I couldn’t have asked for a better ‘anniversary’ gift,” she wrote. □

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In a Midtown alley packed with murals, one is dedicated to the life and memory of Stephon Alonzo Clark. His brother Stevante and others like to point out that his initials spell “SAC.” Stephon Clark would have turned 24 on Aug. 10. Instead, a few feet from Clark’s portrait in Improv Alley, family and community members described their vision for a better Sacramento. There was cake and a balloon release, but it wasn’t a party. Clark was 22 when he died in March 2018, after police shot him in his grandmother’s backyard in Meadowview. His killing put Sacramento in the national spotlight. Since Clark’s death, there have been a number of social, political and legal developments connected to the immediate issue of deadly police force and the broader effects of neighborhood disinvestment. Last December, Stevante Clark announced he would run against Mayor Darrell Steinberg in 2020. He has since told SN&R that he decided against a run for mayor. In April, he was appointed to an advisory committee that will help decide how the city will spend Measure U funds. On Stephon’s birthday, several speakers mentioned the need for South Sacramento to share in that distribution. Two of them want to be elected the area’s next representative on the City Council. Pastor Les Simmons and Sacramento NAACP President Betty Williams are running for the District 8 council seat being vacated by Larry Carr, and spoke at the remembrance, part of “I Am SAC Day,” which the Clark family hopes to make an annual event. Simmons, the senior pastor at South Sacramento Christian Center and a board member with Sacramento Area Congregations Together, said recent protests and other grassroots efforts will help change how the city prioritizes the needs of South Sacramento residents.

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“Out of that, you’ve heard the solutions,” he told the small gathering. “We’re still standing for resource centers in South Sac. We’re still standing for libraries in South Sac.” This past March, demonstrations were organized in East Sacramento after Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert announced her office wouldn’t file charges against the officers who shot Clark. Simmons was one of 84 people arrested during those demonstrations. Schubert did not file charges against any of the people. In May, attorney Mark Merin filed a civil rights lawsuit in federal court, citing arrest without probable cause, physical injuries suffered during the arrests and plaintiffs being denied access to bathrooms. To reduce police killings of unarmed suspects, Democratic Assembly members Kevin McCarty of Sacramento and Shirley Weber of San Diego authored Assembly Bill 392. The bill would update existing law to make the circumstances under which officers are permitted to use deadly force less ambiguous and more limited. Current law states that an officer can use deadly force when pursuing a suspect who has committed a felony and is trying to flee. The bill would permit deadly force “when the officer reasonably believes … that deadly force is necessary to defend against an imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury to the officer or to another person.” Both the state Senate and Assembly approved the bill, which was signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday. Stevante Clark told reporters that AB 392 doesn’t go far enough to prevent more police killings of unarmed black men. But, he added, “Slow progress is better than no progress.” Ω

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he long-simmering debate among Democrats and progressives is about to boil over: To impeach President Donald Trump or not. With Congress set to reconvene Sept. 9 and time running short for a decision, the impeachment question will likely be top of mind when the Democratic National Committee gathers in San Francisco starting Thursday, and when the California Democratic Party’s executive committee meets Friday in San Jose. The question: What is the most effective way to get Trump out of office—through impeachment or through the 2020 election?


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Many Democrats in Sacramento and across America say that nothing less than America’s future is at stake in making the right decision—and time is running out. Two Californians are in the middle of the debate. One is Silicon Valley billionaire Tom Steyer, the TV face of a national campaign for impeachment and a late entry into the Democratic presidential race. The other is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco, the most notable of party leaders who are wary about jumping into impeachment, arguing that most voters are far more interested in health care, gun safety and other kitchen table issues. Skeptical Democrats say that perhaps even with blockbuster new evidence, it’s clear that the Republican Senate will never convict Trump—a two-thirds vote is required—and remove him from office. “What do we get out of it?” asked Terry Schanz, chairman of the Democratic Party of Sacramento County. “Do you need impeachment to know he’s a crook?” Party officials in this school of thought also ask: Isn’t all the time,

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was interrupted by “impeachment” chants at the California Democratic Party state convention in San Francisco in June, is resisting a formal impeachment inquiry.

energy and money that would be spent on impeachment better used on the long, costly and ugly 2020 presidential campaign? Schanz said while he agrees there’s more than enough evidence to start an impeachment inquiry, “the focus is to get rid of him in 2020 at the ballot box. … Our focus is to make Trump a one-term president.” Besides defeating Trump and winning control of the U.S. Senate, Schanz also wants to put a Democratic majority on the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors. On the flip side, many progressives say that it’s clear from former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report that Trump has committed many impeachable offenses— obstruction of justice to stop the Russia investigation chief among them. “We believe the evidence is overwhelming,” said Doug Treadwell, a leader in Indivisible Sacramento, part of the national activist movement that backs impeachment.

Impeachment supporters also say that Trump has already done too much to divide America and despoil the presidency to go unpunished. Like many Trump foes, Treadwell blames the president for stoking white supremacy and anti-immigrant hysteria, creating the climate that led to the mass shooting in El Paso by a gunman who apparently targeted Mexicans. “He definitely should be removed from office just on that alone,” Treadwell said. Regina Banks, an Indivisible Sacramento member who is also a state party delegate, said she also believes that Trump is “winding up mass shooters” and is “a tool of the Russian oligarchy.” But Banks conceded that even if the House approves articles of impeachment, “he’s not going to be convicted. The Senate is not there yet. So just listing all the things he’s getting away with and not removing him sends a horrible message.” “We’ve got to do something,” she added, “but I see this confusion that everyone is going through.”

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Terry Schanz, chairman of the Democratic Party of Sacramento County, said his focus is on the 2020 election.

“The focus is to get rid of him in 2020 at the ballot box.” Terry Schanz, chairman, Democratic Party of Sacramento County

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“Having the 2020 election in front of us does not absolve us from doing an investigation,” says Kenton Ngo, a digital consultant and member of Sacramento County Young Democrats.

“As a party, we have to make a decision and go with it,” says Eric Marquez, an attorney and member of Sacramento County Young Democrats.

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Democrats have been here before. Often, the party is in a tug-of-war between an establishment faction that plays it safe— and a more activist wing that wants more sweeping change. In 2016, the establishment made Hillary Clinton the nominee over insurgent Bernie Sanders. She lost to Trump, but won the popular vote by nearly 2.9 million. In the 2018 election, some progressives—most notably Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez—ousted incumbent Democrats. But a lot of moderates also won to help Democrats take back control of the House. Now, similar fault lines are surfacing on impeachment. The Democratic presidential candidates are divided. For instance, Sanders, who is holding a campaign rally in Sacramento on Thursday, has called on the House to start an impeachment inquiry. But he has also said he’s worried that going all-in on impeachment will play right into Trump’s hands. Neither the California Democratic Party nor the Democratic Party of Sacramento County has taken an official position. Sacramento County Young Democrats don’t take stands as a group on national issues such as impeachment. But members have strong opinions, as was clear from conversations before their monthly meeting on Aug. 7. Kenton Ngo, 28, a digital consultant, said House Democrats have a constitutional duty to conduct a full impeachment inquiry. “It would be an abdication of responsibility” not to, Ngo said. “Having the 2020 election in front of us does not absolve us from doing an investigation.” But Maria Almaraz, 23, an assistant at a Sacramento immigration law firm, said “the election coming up is the best way to get him out of office.” She said that the impeachment process “would just drag on and on” and let Trump rally his base. Also, she said she fears that if Trump is impeached and removed, Republicans will be “hell-bent on getting revenge.” Almaraz also works at the Secretary of State’s office on voter registration outreach, and said Democrats need to spend their time and money adding new voters for 2020. Eric Marquez, a 32-year-old attorney who was a delegate at the Young Democrats of America national convention last month in Indianapolis, said both strategies can work. Impeachment could drive Democratic base voters to the polls, while the party could also win back the White House by focusing on other issues to attract swing voters. But if Democratic leaders wait too long to decide on a game plan, “we could waste the opportunity to do either,” he said.

“As a party, we have to make a decision and go with it,” Marquez said. “We can’t seesaw back and forth. “Pick a strategy and go with it,” he added.

“The election coming up is the best way to get him out of office,” says Maria Almaraz, a legal assistant who also does voter registration outreach.

House Democrats—who will actually decide on impeachment and whose own political careers could be on the line—are just as divided. On Aug. 2, the number who favor starting impeachment passed a key milestone—a majority of the 235-member caucus. At this point, the California delegation is also split almost in half. Among Sacramento-area representatives, John Garamendi and Doris Matsui favor impeachment proceedings now, while Ami Bera and Jerry McNerney aren’t quite there yet. In a statement to SN&R, Bera said he would support a formal impeachment inquiry if the House Judiciary Committee believes it would strengthen its hand to stop Trump from blocking its investigations. McNerney said he supports the Judiciary Committee’s inquiry to “answer questions that are critical to determining if impeachment is necessary.” Garamendi said that Mueller found 10 clear instances of possible obstruction of justice, so the House must move forward with an investigation toward a possible formal impeachment resolution. And in her statement, Matsui said that Trump “directed members of his staff to obstruct and cover up,” leaving the House “with little choice but move forward with impeachment proceedings.” Mueller was appointed as special counsel in 2017 to look into allegations of improper coordination between Russians and the Trump campaign leading up to the 2016 election. In his 448-page report, Mueller said that while Trump and his team knew that they would benefit from illegal Russian actions, they did not break the law to help them. Mueller also looked into Trump’s actions in response to the Russia investigation. Mueller’s report said that he could not clear Trump of obstruction of justice—and that since Justice Department policy prevents the indictment of a sitting president, “the Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system.” While the Constitution cites treason, bribery or other “high crimes and misdemeanors” as reasons for impeachment, it is largely a political decision. In the case of Richard

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Nixon and the Watergate incumbents in swing districts scandal, the House Judiciary where impeachment isn’t Committee approved articles popular so the party keeps of impeachment for obstruccontrol of the House after tion of justice, abuse of power 2020. and contempt of Congress. But he said while the state Nixon resigned in 1974 before party hasn’t passed an official Doug Treadwell the full House could vote. resolution, it was clear from leader in indivisible For Bill Clinton and the the convention in June that sacramento, which Monica Lewinsky scandal, Pelosi, whose speech was supports impeachment the Republican House voted interrupted by chants for in 1998 to impeach him for impeachment, is out of step perjury and obstruction of justice. The Senate with the party faithful. acquitted him, failing to reach the two-thirds Eventually, Pelosi may be forced to act vote required for conviction, and Clinton served by her caucus. But that will require holdout out his second term. House Democrats being convinced by Now, in what some lawmakers say is the their constituents, just as grassroots activequivalent of starting the impeachment process, ism moved party leaders and presidential the House Judiciary Committee has launched a candidates on the Green New Deal and other full-blown investigation and has gone to court issues. to obtain documents used in the Mueller probe Banks of Indivisible Sacramento said and to force testimony from key witnesses she’s calling and writing Bera, and plans to including former White House counsel Don attend town halls and do everything else she McGahn. can to pressure the House to move forward on Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler of impeachment. New York has said that he believes his “I still believe in the system,” she said. committee could vote by late this year on articles of impeachment—for obstruction of ‘His base is already justice, perjury, or for violating other laws or fired up’ constitutional provisions. The impeachment question is made even more That goes beyond what Pelosi is willing complicated because a very unconventional to say. She gave a lengthy defense of her president is upending typical political calculations. more cautious approach at an Aug. 2 press Some Democrats acknowledge there’s a risk conference. “To protect our democracy and that an impeachment inquiry would not uncover our Constitution, Democrats in the Congress anything significant and that Trump could capitalcontinue to legislate, investigate and litigate,” ize on that in the campaign. she said. “We don’t want to give them talking points At a certain point, however, it will be too that ‘they investigated and there was no there late to start impeachment proceedings and finish before the 2020 election. Pelosi is already there.’ That’s a risk,” Sunderland said. But he said he’s convinced there is damaging being accused of running out the clock—and material in Trump’s taxes and business dealings ignoring the will of rank-and-file Democrats. that weren’t directly part of the Mueller probe. Democratic voters strongly favor impeachTreadwell of Indivisible Sacramento also said ment—64%, compared to 18% opposed, he’s confident that impeachment hearings would according to a Politico/Morning Consult survey bring out enough proof of Trump’s misdeeds and conducted right after Mueller testified to lack of fitness for office to persuade the public to Congress in late July. tell their senators that Trump should be removed. His just-the-facts testimony, however, But if the Senate does not act, some worry appears to have done little to move the general that impeachment will rile up Trump’s base even public. The Politico poll still had 46% of more—and help him win reelection. all voters opposed to starting impeachment, Sunderland said he isn’t convinced of that: compared to 37% in favor. “His base is already fired up.” There’s a similar divide in California: Besides, there’s a strong argument that with all While only 49% of California adults overall the demagoguery and damage to our democracy supported impeachment in a late May poll by that Trump has already inflicted, it’s important for the Public Policy Institute of California, 66% of lawmakers to draw a line on what is unacceptable Democrats did. behavior by this or any president. And that means The lack of enthusiasm among impeaching him—whether it leads to his removal independents and moderate Republicans from office or not. worries some party leaders. And maybe for a president who Eric Sunderland, the California doesn’t seem to care very much about the Democratic Party board member for Constitution, the most appropriate response is Sacramento and parts of El Dorado and to use the ultimate check and balance devised Placer counties, said he understands that by our founding fathers. Ω it’s Pelosi’s job to protect Democratic 16   |   SN&R   |   08.22.19

Where they “The President, Vice President and all Civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” — U.S. Constitution, Article II, section 4

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SN&R asked the Sacramento area’s House Democrats for statements on where they stand on starting impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

rep. ami bera, After reading the Mueller Report and watching special counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, it is clear to me that President Trump has committed impeachable offenses and went to great lengths to commit obstruction of justice on multiple occasions. Further concerning is that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election in order to help elect Donald Trump, and the Trump team welcomed their help. The House Judiciary Committee, the committee with jurisdiction over impeachment proceedings, has already been conducting important and necessary oversight, including leading an investigation and holding hearings into obstruction, corruption and abuse of power by President

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Trump. I have supported the committee’s actions and will continue to do so. If the Judiciary Committee believes that a formal impeachment inquiry strengthens their hand to prevent the president’s ability to circumvent those investigations, I would support an impeachment inquiry. Regardless, I will continue to support the current process of congressional committees conducting oversight, following the facts and building the case to the American public. Congress has the constitutional authority to hold the president accountable for his actions. I am confident we will do so.


“I will continue to support the current process of congressional committees conducting oversight, following the facts and building the case to the American public.”

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J Rep. John GaRamendi, Wa l n u t G R ov e The Mueller report and testimony offered 10 clear instances of possible obstruction of justice by this president and his administration. Congress has a responsibility under the Constitution to investigate such matters and, if necessary, file articles of impeachment against the president. Now that special counsel Robert Mueller has filed his report and testified before Congress, I believe the next step is for Congress to undertake an impeachment inquiry—similar to a grand jury investigation. That will allow us to vet the information outlined in the Mueller report and decide whether we want to proceed with a formal impeachment resolution. There are too many credible allegations of wrongdoing “I believe the next against the president to brush this issue step is for Congress under the table. The House will fulfill its oversight responsibilities and determine to undertake an whether the president has committed high impeachment crimes and misdemeanors worthy of an impeachment. inquiry—similar

to a grand jury investigation.”

s ac R a m e n t o The foundation of American life begins and ends with the rule of law and the power to shape your government. From the moment Donald Trump announced his presidential run, he has actively undermined both of those societal pillars. Through Special Counsel Mueller’s report and testimony, we learned Russia interfered in our election to help Trump. We learned his campaign made numerous contacts with Russian operatives. The campaign welcomed that help, and no one on Trump’s campaign reported these contacts to the FBI or CIA. And when an investigation into foreign interference was underway, President Trump directed members of his staff

to obstruct and cover up, which leaves us with little choice but move forward with impeachment proceedings, which will legally compel he and his confidants to cooperate. No one, including the president, is above the law. Every American should be concerned by his actions, which unravel trust in our elections, judicial system and law enforcement community. I voted to block Republican efforts to shut down an impeachment inquiry before one even began. An impeachment inquiry may be our last best tool to get the answers we need to protect the security of our democracy and next presidential election.

“I support Chairman Nadler’s decision to open a formal impeachment inquiry ... These proceedings will answer questions that are critical to determining if impeachment is necessary.”


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“President Trump directed members of his staff to obstruct and cover up, which leaves us with little choice but move forward with impeachment proceedings.”

Rep. JeRRy mcneRney, stockton This president was elected under a cloud of accusations, with some claims that have yet to be resolved. Since coming to office, he has flagrantly disregarded both ethical and legal standards and protocols. His abuse of executive privilege has been used as a shield, stalling Congress from exercising our constitutional authority and obligation to conduct oversight. I have long supported congressional investigations undertaken by the appropriate committees, and I support Chairman

Nadler’s decision to open a formal impeachment inquiry. Americans deserve to know the truth, and many are gravely concerned by the president’s dubious actions. By following this deliberative process, the Judiciary Committee’s inquiry will be a transparent and thorough examination of current evidence. These proceedings will answer questions that are critical to determining if impeachment is necessary. Ω

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’s so dark in here. Do you want the lights turned on in here?” “No!” I bark. I like the natural light that filters into the office, the shift in ambience as clouds block the sun from the skylights. And then my colleague Mozes Zarate, the voice behind the question, switches the lights on anyway. He has no idea what he’s gotten himself into. Not a clue. It’s 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 12. My mission: Spend a week saying “no” to as many things as possible—especially the things I don’t want to do. This experiment is loosely inspired by the 2015 Shonda Rhimes book Year of Yes (or the 2008 movie Yes Man starring Jim Carrey, if that’s more your speed), in which people either choose, or are compelled, to say “yes” to things that scare them or don’t want to do—and it makes their lives a lot better. My clever twist is saying “no” instead of “yes.” The concept got mixed reviews from some of my go-to collaborators. My brother Ryan was particularly against it. “That’s a terrible idea,” he said, mentioning a friend who also tried saying “no” to every opportunity and ended up turning down a lucrative job offer. It’s contrary to the whole point of life, Ryan said—embracing the opportunities that come your way. Well, that made me think about why I was doing it. In principle, I am in favor of saying “yes” to opportunities, but there are also times when you should say “no.” I’m guilty of taking on too many tasks—especially at work—and being too eager to please. It has led to some fun opportunities—recording some radio spots, writing some interesting stories—but I might save some sanity by saying “no” more often. So my working philosophy was to be more aware of what I was agreeing to do, and to have my “no’s” on the tip of my tongue. I would craft my own little world based on my whims, refusing to back down and apologizing for nothing.

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‘no,’” and I asked her: Hypothetically, what would she say if I told her that I really shouldn’t be folding laundry? Well, needless to say, after she’d done the laundry and schlepped to the laundromat and back, that kind of remark didn’t land particularly well. A sort of quiet fell and we were a little at odds for a few minutes. I quietly folded laundry and inexplicably sang Smash Mouth’s “All-Star” in my head, upset at myself about how dumb of an argument this was. Later that night, out of the blue, my friend Adam invited me to his birthday party, camping in the low Sierras. Was I interested? I replied: “I think so! That sounds like a lot of fun!” It hit me a few minutes later: I really am terrible at saying “no.” I sent him another message: “Don’t tell anyone I said, ‘Yes!’” i arrived at the office, sweaty as Phew. At least no one will always, but feeling like i had More find out I screwed up again.

No, I don’t want to see a mime troupe

free will than usual, like a light had coMe on.

Waiting around for things to happen that I can say “no” to is boring. It’s a lot like my everyday life, but with more checking my phone expectantly. After a while, I forgot I was supposed to be saying “no.” My friend Daniel called me on my phone— he rarely texts—and invited me to watch the San Francisco Mime Troupe in Southside Park with his family. Without thinking, I said “yes,” because I like seeing him and his family, but I also have a big reason to say “no” to this: I really dislike most live theater. It’s so boring, and I hate the feeling of having to sit still for so long. Still, I’m not too keen on reneging, and I’ve canceled way too many plans with Daniel at the last minute. So Emily and I showed up to the tail end of the performance. What’s the point of this exercise if I’m not saying “no” to things I’m on the fence about? At least I’m making myself more aware about how easily I agree to do things these days. Like my dad always says, you can only cancel on someone so many times before they get the message and you stop getting invited to places. I guess that’s more ingrained in me than I thought. Back in the office, I sat in the artificial light Mozes foisted upon me. I sat there thinking for a minute. He walked out of the room, and I walked over and flicked the switch, turning the lights off again. Time passed, the lights still off. Mozes returned to his desk and wasn’t commenting on the darkness, and I was starting to feel guilty. His desk is away from skylights, so he was typing away in a dim corner of the room. I was seriously considering asking if he wanted the lights back on, apologizing for placing him in the crossfire of this thought experiment. But the lights automatically switch on before I can mention it. Apparently I’m bad at saying “no.” That’s what the week taught me—and that those petty “no’s” I’ve been swallowing should stay that way. Also, automatic lights take a little bit of tension out of the workplace. Ω

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I walked out the door Monday morning and hopped on my bicycle to head to work, “no” on my mind. Not one person asked me for a favor I could bluntly refuse during my bike ride along the American River, but I still made a few “no”-inspired choices. I said “no” to my usual route and added a mile to my ride by taking the Guy West pedestrian bridge. I also backtracked twice to take a couple of photos of wildlife—one of a quail perched atop a dead tree, and one of some sheep near Cal Expo, next to an empty beer can suspended in midair on a branch. It was a good, calming experience. I arrived at the office, sweaty as always, but feeling like I had more free will than usual, like a light had come on. The next day, my partner Emily returned from the laundromat. She had texted me 10 minutes earlier, asking if I could help slog them home in the heat. Somehow I missed that text, and she arrived lugging two large bags full of clothing. Whoops. I felt bad, but I also made a commitment to this saying “no” thing. Did I really want to help fold the laundry? Not really, but my mess-up compelled me to do my share. I mentioned to her (for the first time) that I’m doing a “week of

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father forged for him. But his new six-song EP, Self Distraction, is a musical allusion to the uncomfortable journey of learning yourself by unlearning what you thought you understood. Songs such as “Primero” immediately yank you out of your seat. The Socainspired soliloquy of love, produced by Sbvce, is an involuntary head-bobber, a light vibe encompassing Curry’s promise to put his relationship first. “Temporary Fix” combines a synth-pop beat with lyrics that confront the realities of self medication, anxiety and the need to have healthy conversations. “Everything in this world overwhelms me,” Curry rhymes. “Shorty always telling me to get healthy / All I think about is how How many Nate Currys did it take to make Self Distraction? Hint: Curry’s dad, Nate, who performed in to get wealthy / Even though I know that the underground hip-hop group The CUF, also helped shit won’t help me.” produce the upcoming EP (Answer: two Nate Currys). Subtlety is the EP’s strength. The lyrics are carefully wrapped in a coating of dulcet tones that hook you into the music, while the stories told through the lyrics slowly sink in. The self-proclaimed hip-hop purist had a different initial vision for what his music would sound like. At first, Curry was influenced by the sounds of his father, who rose during the boom-bap era (an onomatopoeia that represents the kick- and bassdrum at the base of the beat). At the same time, his partner Maryann Baegod Hunter helped him evolve his music. Sink into Nate Curry’s “In the beginning of my career, I was so closeminded, and I didn’t push myself or explore my Self Distraction talents,” Curry said. “Baegod and Sbvce are the ones who put me through a couple solid years of constantly making these different-ass songs from by OliviA MONAHAN damn near all genres, because they knew what I was capable of. I wouldn’t be the artist I am without that boot camp.” Nate Curry was born into hip-hop in more If an Aug. 10 Guild Theater show that Curry ways than one. First, 1993 is considered headlined is any indication, there’s already a golden year for the genre. Wu-Tang a heavy cache of fans excited about the Clan’s debut album 36 Chambers, new record. The theater, packed with “Honestly, I A Tribe Called Quest’s Midnight energy from floor to balcony, was a consider hip-hop Marauders and Souls of Mischief’s success, Curry said. 93 ’Til Infinity were among some of my religion.” Dig a little deeper into the music, the most groundbreaking releases, and what you discover is a legacy Nate Curry introducing sounds and styles so passing down in real-time. Sbvce used hip-hop artist separate from each other that it’s hip-hop to teach Curry how to be an hard to imagine they came from the adult. He taught him how to adapt, evolve same era. and grow organically by pushing through Curry was also born into a lineage; things that feel uncomfortable. his father, Nate “Sbvce” Curry, is a local “Watching him grow into his career is way more rap legend and member of the Sacramento fulfilling than when I was in his place,” Sbvce said. underground hip-hop group The CUF. Surrounded “I was so close-minded back then. I was a hip-hop by the music, the artists and talk of the industry his purist and I hated everything else. Nate is creating whole life, moving forward with hip-hop seemed with everything and everyone in mind. Nate is like a natural choice to Curry. thinking big, and digging deeper into himself.” Ω “Everything I do is hip-hop,” he said. “Everything we hear around us right now is hip-hop. The songs on the country station with trap drums? That’s hip-hop. Honestly, I consider hip-hop my religion.” self distraction was released on all streaming platforms Aug. 19. A It’s easy to think that Curry, whose 2018 single music video for the single “Hate to see It” will drop in september. “Cold Shoulder” has garnered more than 150,000 follow nate curry on all social media platforms: @natecurry_. views on YouTube, is simply following the path his

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Cannabis and the Adolescent Brain Cannabis is not assoCiated with struCtural brain differen Ces, studies find


new study by Arizona State University is challenging the long-held assumption that cannabis impacts structural brain development in adolescents.

Conducted over a 20-year period, this longitudinal study focused on adolescent use as a predictor for adult brain structure. It followed the cannabis smoking habits of 1,009 boys with behavior problems, recruited from the Pittsburgh Public Schools in the late 1980s. The results were published in the September 2019 issue of Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Ranging in age from 13 to 19, each boy reported his cannabis use on an annual basis. Then 20 years later, the participants underwent high-resolution MRI brain scans. The study’s five authors analyzed the data, and were able categorize four subgroups of adolescent smokers, from infrequent or non-users to chronic daily users.

“inconsistent with conclusions from previous reviews, we found little evidence for more severe effects with cannabis use at earlier ages or specifically in adolescence.” Dr. J. Cobb Scott Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania

When comparing their adult brain scans between each subgroup, the study found no significant differences in structural development. The study also reviewed previous case-controlled adolescent studies where brain structure differences had been found. “It was unclear from those studies if brain structure differences among [research subjects] persisted into later adulthood,” wrote Dr. Madeline Meier, who led the ASU team. “Our study suggests they might not.” The ASU study reaffirms comparable results produced from a larger 2018 study on cannabis and the adolescent brain. Conducted by the University of Pennsylvania, this comprehensive “meta-analysis” reviewed 69 previous studies and included over 8,600 male and female participants.

As with the ASU study, the UPenn researchers found implicit bias in past cannabis studies because they focused on addiction issues rather than the therapeutic benefits of cannabis. Their conclusion was that these “a-priori” studies overstated both “the magnitude and persistence of cognitive effects” with cannabis use. “Inconsistent with conclusions from previous reviews,” wrote UPenn team leader, Dr. J. Cobb Scott, “we found little evidence for more severe effects with cannabis use at earlier ages or specifically in adolescence.” Both the ASU and UPenn studies underscore the need to conduct further long-term research with a more objective approach, free from previously held theories about adolescents and cannabis.

The UPenn researchers agreed with previous studies, which found a slight reduction of cognitive function after smoking cannabis. But they concluded that the effect is only temporary, and older studies failed to consider that abstinence after intoxication would significantly reverse this effect. “Abstinence of longer than 72 hours diminishes cognitive deficits associated with cannabis use,” wrote the UPenn team.

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It’s also a dream cast. Robert Vann is Colonel Fairfax, wrongly accused, who marries a randomly chosen, blindfolded woman to divert his fortune away from the cousin who wrongly accused him. Vann could not be more perfect. Also outstanding is Carley Neill as Elsie Maynard, the woman who arrives at the Tower with her performing partner Jack Point (Charlie Baad) to earn money to save her ill mother. When she’s offered 100 crowns to marry a condemned prisoner who will die in an hour, she agrees. Baad is the epitome of the bitter funny man, also in love with Elsie. The end of the story for his character has been a controversy among Gilbert and Sullivan fans ever since 1888. This is the best Gilbert and Sullivan Sacramento has seen in a long while. Ω

The Last Match

Playwright Anna Ziegler combines coordinated timing and precise rhythm to bring theater and sports together in her one-act, 90-minute drama about a rising star facing off with a tennis legend at the U.S. Open semi-finals. Wed 2pm

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Thinner Than Water

Can’t get enough of a certain musical about love, family and marriage, set to a certain Swedish pop band’s greatest hits? Fair Oaks Theatre Festival offers its own version under the stars, and it’s a pretty fun island getaway. Fri 8pm, Sat 8pm,

Three half-siblings are forced to figure out their relationships with their dad, with each other and with other characters swirling about in their lives. All in all, it’s an interesting exploration of the bonds of blood, and whether they’re worth keeping if they weigh down like a ton of bricks.

Sun 8pm; Through 9/8; $6-$18; Fair Oaks Theatre

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Festival, 7991 California Ave., (916) 966-3683; fairoakstheatrefestival. com. R.M.

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No matter which Tower Bridge you’re at, there will always be a handful of elite royal guards keeping watch.

Yeomen of the Guard


thu 2pm, fri 7:30pm, sat 2pm & 7:30pm, sun 2pm; through 8/25; $15-$25; Light opera theatre of sacramento at the sierra 2 center, 2791 24th st.; (916) 452-3005; lightoperasacramento.org.

Arthur Sullivan was more interested in writing serious music than comic operas, but the operas were his bread and butter. After Ruddygore (his 10th collaboration with W.S. Gilbert), he had the chance to write something completely different, inspired by Gilbert’s view of a picture of the guards at the Tower of London. There’s a lot of funny stuff in Yeomen of the Guard, now produced by Light Opera Theatre of Sacramento, but its primary theme is death and sadness. There are scenes of torture, beheadings, mistaken identity, unrequited romances … and not everybody lives happily ever after. But the music is fantastic, and under the direction of Anne-Marie Endres, the opera’s 30-piece orchestra plays it gloriously. 22





It’s 1985. Helene (Julie Anchor) and George Butler (Allen Pontes) have just sent their youngest son out into the world. After 40 years of child-rearing, the two are ready to finally enjoy the peace and quiet. That is, until their two older sons move back in, unannounced. Main Street Theatre Works presents Alone Together by Lawrence Roman, and despite excellent performances by the entire cast, one can’t help but question the relevance of a comedy like this in today’s economic landscape. The sons are caricatures, entitled and oblivious to the fact that they’re trespassing on private property. Helene and George, intent on pushing them back out, can’t seem to figure out why their children can’t take care of themselves. It’s a very ’80s sitcom-y perspective, one that doesn’t account for the fact that many of today’s millennials are living with parents due to stagnant wages and a rising cost of living. In a world where commentators such as Ben Shapiro purport that working multiple jobs to make ends meet is a “you problem,” it seems pretty careless to put on a production that plays into the up-by-the-bootstraps ideology of the Reagan Era without providing any context for the raw economic deal younger generations have inherited. Like so many ’80s sitcoms, Alone Together suffers less from entitled children, and more from a myopic view of how the world actually works.

scReen pick David Lynch perfectly captures the dread you feel when the phone rings. Why wouldn’t you just text instead?

Once upon a time in Hollywood There are a lot of movies about the exploitative nature of the film industry, but few are as unsettling as David Lynch’s surrealist neo-noir, Mulholland Drive. When Betty first sets foot in Hollywood, she has high hopes of becoming a star. But as she finds herself caught up in a mystery surrounding another woman, the veneer begins to crack, identities are peeled back and psyches start to unravel. Inspired by classics such as Sunset Boulevard and Persona, Lynch takes what was already disturbing and dials it up a few more notches to create an unforgettable fever dream. Sun, 8/25, 7pm; Through 8/25; $7.50-$9.50; Crest Theatre, 1013 K St.; (916) 476-3356; crestsacramento.com.

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Under the sea(weed) hiyAShi WAkAme, oto’S mArketpLAce I’m a fan of weird textures. I love the pop of masago sprinkled on sushi rolls. I appreciate the roles played by crispy, chewy and everything in between across a variety of cuisines. So when I happen to visit Oto’s Marketplace for crunchy wasabi peas (and cute trinkets), I always pick up some of its delicious house-made Hiyashi Wakame ($3.46 for a small container). Thin strips of algae-green seaweed are tossed in a light sesame dressing and packed fresh daily. It’s a bit of a slimy mouthfeel, but the seaweed is always al dente making it a textural party at lunchtime, or anytime, really. 4990 Freeport Blvd., otosmarketplace.com. —Steph rodriguez Fresh mussels, clams and soft-spot prawns are served on top of seasoned bomba rice. This Seafood Paella comes to the table sizzling in its pan. PHOTO BY ILLYANNA MAISONET

Savory Spanish Alaro Craft Brewery 2004 Capitol Ave.; (916) 436-7711 Good for: Fresh seafood dishes and tapas Notable dishes: Gambas al Ajillo, Croquetas, Seafood Paella


Spanish, Midtown

My cousin and I would zip through the sleepy tree canopied streets of Midtown in the 1990s on her Schwinn Stingray. We’d buy candy cigarettes and Clearly Canadians at Fremont Market and gobble them down on the steps of Fremont Adult School. The neighbors had a collection of super bouncing balls, and a dude across the way frequently wore a De La Soul T-shirt and had a pet boa constrictor. If there’s anything that would drag me to Midtown these days, it would be a demure, tall, Ecuadorian man who is an American River College culinary program alumnus, like me. David Santana is Alaro Craft Brewery’s new head chef. He has spent the majority of his cooking career, seven years, in between OneSpeed and The Waterboy. When Rubicon Brewing Company, one of Sacramento’s oldest names in beer, shut down in 2017, Alaro moved into the space to cater to hop-thirsty patrons, with Chris Keeton as the head brewer. The dark wood tables, cobalt glasses and beautiful decorative plates make the large space feel intimate. The Spanish-inspired menu is expansive, offering tapas and bites—I’m not sure what the difference is between the two—large plates and a soft serve bar. The Papas Bravas ($8) are a staple of most tapas menus, a reliable (if not 24





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entirely unexciting) plate of chunky potato pieces covered in spicy tomato sauce and fancy mayonnaise. The Elotes ($8) come with the corn kernels removed from the cob, mixed with green chile butter and finished with a whopping dollop of basil mayo. (Why aren’t we putting basil mayo on everything?) Gambas al Ajillo ($15) appear as supple pink spot prawns with their heads still attached—the way to eat all prawns, their antennae cascading outside of their serving vessel, spiked with a splash of vinegar. Just when I ached to see something from Santana’s cultural heritage, I spied the daily special, Croquetas ($8). True, croquettes appear on many menus, but his experience with the dish showed. These panko-breaded fritters were crispy little nuggets of bechamel and bits of ham. And honestly, who doesn’t like deep-fried gravy? The Pan Roasted Half Chicken ($21) didn’t seem like it would be worth the price. Yet the skin is crispy from its contact with the pan and the meat retains all its juiciness. It’s plated with a summer fresh salad of chiffonade kale, corn kernels and black-eyed peas. No doubt the produce was sourced from a few miles away. It’s a satisfying dish. The Seafood Paella (market price) was a delicious surprise. Jam-packed full of fresh mussels, clams and those same soft-spot prawns, it’s served in its cooking pan. You get the pleasure of digging to the bottom and scraping off all those crispy burnt bits of seasoned bomba rice. To my delight, it was served still sizzling. My only criticism is that most of the food could benefit from a sprinkling of finishing salt. The technicality of food preparation shows that Santana is more than capable of holding down his own, but the lack of salt shows a bit of reservation. However, Alaro is a restaurant that will bring me back to Midtown more often. Ω

A presidential treat AbrAhAm LincoLn (oreo) ShAke, miLk houSe ShAkeS Milkshakes soothe wonderfully in the summer, and who doesn’t love an Oreo cookie shake? Milk House Shakes— which won 2017’s Calling All Dreamers contest and offers milkshakes named after U.S. presidents—presents an exceptional Oreo cookie milkshake called the Abraham Lincoln ($6.50 for small, $8 for large). It’s a sweet, smooth, creamy shake that’s thick enough for a spoon, but will sip just fine through a straw. Bursting with chocolatey Oreo cookie crumbles and decadent vanilla ice cream, it’s an indulgent confection. While milkshakes tend to exist on extreme ends of a spectrum—either too thick or too thin—the Abraham Lincoln (named after owner Kelly Boyles’ favorite president) strikes an equilibrium worthy of its presidential status. 1100 Front St., Suite 140, milkhouseshakes.com. —Jeremy WinSLoW

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Bona fide vegan fuel It’s weird for a restaurant that devotes a quarter of its menu to bone broth to have good vegan food, right? Backbone Café, steps from Golden 1 Center, aims to “neglect no specific diets, nor … praise any one diet over others” and provides “only the highest quality human fuel,” according to its website. Despite the copious amount of animal products on the menu, there’s quite a bit of vegan food to be had here including mushroom “carnitas,” quinoabased “chorizo” tacos, sandwiches and cauliflower steak, among others. Strangely, Backbone doesn’t have a vegan salad. Of its two vegetable-focused salads, neither has a vegan dressing. It does have an off-menu substitute, but it’s an odd, easily-fixed omission on an otherwise accommodating menu. Backbone’s Vegan Nut Burger ($16) is a standout, though: A nut-based patty topped with the same chorizo-style quinoa mentioned above, plus avocado, cashew cheese, fresh tomato and citrus-cured cabbage. It’s huge, the best kind of messy and well worth the visit. 729 J St., backbonecafe.com. —LindSAy oxford


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Light chatter fills the dining room at El Centro Junior/Senior High School in Rancho Cordova, where students enrolled in a new culinary arts education program were ready to give guests a taste of what they’ve learned. Tiers of thick heirloom tomato sliders, rows of creamy deviled eggs and small plates of mixed green and Caesar salads were just some of the hors d’oeuvres served on campus last week. “Hello ma’am, how are you doing today?” asked a young man in a crisp, white dress shirt and maroon tie as he took my drink order. He then handed over a refreshing watermelon limeade. Bright pink in color with a hint of coconut and garnished with a thin slice of melon. Yet students enrolled in this culinary program have something else in common besides an interest in cooking. They’re also serving out their sentences inside the Sacramento County Youth Detention Facility. With a $500,000 grant from the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, the Sacramento County Office of Education and the Sacramento County Probation Department launched the program to help El Centro students inside the facility gain the necessary culinary skills, and a

California Food Handlers Card, that will prepare them for future careers in the industry. The chef teaching this group of teenagers knife skills, egg cookery and emulsions is Carissa Jones. Jones brings a wealth of experience having worked on Norwegian cruise lines, helped open restaurants in and around Sacramento and also taught at Le Cordon Bleu. “She doesn’t necessarily encourage us to make mistakes, but she welcomes them,” said Malachi, a sandy-blond haired, 18-year-old with beaming green eyes. “On top of that, she’s very motivational. Her biggest thing is that she’s going to encourage you to taste everything you make, and she wouldn’t have you do anything that she wouldn’t do herself.” Malachi made a variety of deviled eggs for the afternoon tasting, which included bacon and chive; avocado, cilantro and red onion; and sun-dried tomato and thyme. For Jones, seeing lessons such as balancing salt, acid and fat click among her students is an instant reward. “My student that made the dressing for the mixed green salad today was tasting it and he immediately said, ‘Oh, this is too acidic,’” she said. “He

was able to adjust it and taste it until he was happy with the balance.” June, 18, another student, had a hand in all of the desserts, making lemon curd and strawberry coulis for the mini meringue pies, plus baking dozens of cookies and other sweet treats. “We get to taste everything that we make and if we feel like it needs something more you can add a pinch of this or a pinch of that to bring out a more savory flavor,” June said. Back at home is where June said she developed a love for cooking by watching her mother in the kitchen. Introducing her students to new dishes and flavors is one positive activity that Jones said breaks up the day-to-day life inside the detention center. Her goal is to prepare them for a better life on the outside. “The kids are amazing. They just want adults [who] are consistent and follow through and will spend the time to give a little bit of themselves,” Jones said. “I’ve got high school kids that are graduating and getting ready to go out into the world and they need a first job. If you are willing to be patient with them and help guide them along the way, they will be amazing, loyal employees.” Ω

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garden maintenance businesses. His book, Designing and Maintaining Your Edible Landscape, has been in print for three decades. In recent years, he’s concentrated on low-water, easy-care organic landscaping. “I like to call it inspired laziness,” Kourik said. Plants that need less fuss automatically allow a gardener to spend more time relaxing than working. So in his landscape designs, Kourik gravitates toward perennials and small shrubs. His “lazy” favorites: Lavender (he grows several varieties), Jerusalem sage, silvery artemisia and grevilleas, a blooming evergreen from Australia. Kourik wrote a whole book on lavender. “Plant lavender in November, just as the winter rain begins,” he said. “It will grow roots all winter and make for a stronger, When it comes to gardening, Robert Kourik sees healthier plant. When you plant in April, the value in being lazy. roots can’t keep up. The plant needs more Take a step back, sit down and relax. water, more care.” Think before you act, then think some For vegetable gardens, Kourik more. Your garden will be better suggests daily drip irrigation to keep for it, he says. soil evenly moist. Plants are less One of Northern “Basically, think stressed, and so is the gardener. California’s most prolific before you act ... I Though he grows a few garden writers, Kourik has 17 tomato plants each summer, like to call it inspired books to his credit, including Kourik tends to buy his heirlooms four in the last decade. His laziness.” at the farmers market. “They’re latest is a distillation of his too much work!” he said. Robert Kourik, best time- and energy-saving His favorite “lazy” vegetaorganic gardening author advice: Lazy-Ass Gardening ble: Chayote. “I love things with (Chelsea Green, 216 pages, multiple uses,” he said. “Chayote $24.95, robertkourik.com). is my number one favorite. The “It’s not silly-silly; it’s got a lot of new shoots taste like asparagus. You eat content,” Kourik said. “Everybody loves the fruit like squash, but the big seeds have a the title, at least out here in California.” wonderful nutty flavor; eat those, too. The tuber Kourik noted that “lazy” and “gardening” can is edible like a potato; you can eat a bunch seem like contradictory terms. “Gardening has a and it will still grow back every year. If you’re reputation” for hard work, he said. By lazy, he means thoughtful: “Basically, think going to grow something, why not grow a plant with three or four uses?” before you act.” His lazy maxim: Relax more and stress The most common mistakes—wrong plant, less. “When you don’t play in your garden, it wrong place—come from lack of planning. becomes work.” Ω “Fanatic gardeners don’t plan as much as they Photo courtesy of robert KouriK

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Author Robert Kourik uses a lot of lavender and other easy-care Mediterranean natives in his “lazy-ass” garden.

should,” he said. “They tend to just act. More planning will save them a lot of time—and work.” Now based in Santa Rosa, Kourik is an organic gardening pioneer. In 1970s Marin County, he launched one of the nation’s first organic

Debbie Arrington, an award-winning garden writer and lifelong gardener, is co-creator of the sacramento Digs Gardening blog and website.


Bold and colorful patterns, such as on this kitchen backsplash, floor and pillows, will be a hot trend in 2020. Kerrie Kelly Design laB

For 2020, go bold Patterns, mixed metallics part of a modern mood E xpect more bold patterns and a

bit of disco flair in the year ahead. That’s the home fashion forecast coming out of this summer’s designer showcases. But 2020 also will have a softer side with floral-inspired pastels and luxurious fabrics. The trick comes in finding a balance – and the right combinations. Designer Kerrie Kelly of Sacramento’s Kerrie Kelly Design Lab saw plenty she liked during this summer’s industry markets. Here are her highlights: Q: What design elements will be new and different in 2020? Kelly: Color (in the kitchen) and sky high patterned backsplashes. Backsplashes are getting taller and taking up the entire wall in kitchen and bath spaces. Long, narrow rectangular tile, subway tile, and small mosaic backsplashes provide visual impact. Meanwhile, appliances are moving from stainless to matte black and every color in the rainbow. You will see the same for cabinetry.

Q: What trends seem to be sticking around? Kelly: Mixing metals and materials. Sparkle is still on the design scene for living room décor compositions for the upcoming year. Adding a hint of disco glamour and luxury by introducing bronze, gold and chrome metallic details through decorative accents, furniture inlays, hardware, lighting, mirrors and accessories is right on point with the mood of modern interiors. Q: Patterns, florals, stripes, solids; what upholstery fabrics will we be seeing more? Any particular hot colors or textures for 2020? Kelly: The traditional beauty of floral patterns, either abstracted or straight-up chintz, will continue to be the pattern to use, especially when paired with deep luxurious velvets and maximalist-styled spaces. But home designer beware: Chintz can be tricky. Its bold, old-fashioned prints can easily turn to frilly English bed-andbreakfast if you’re not careful. When done right, the floral theme can add color, texture and just the right touch of classic elegance to your interior. Q: Are dark woods making a comeback? Kelly: Wood tones are being mixed and run the gamut in tones. From ebony to grayed woods, blonde to walnut, mixing and matching has never been more authentic or accepted in interiors. Buy what you love and your wood furnishings will soon find an ideal spot in your home. By DeBBie Arrington

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for the week of august 22

by maxfield morris

PosT eVenTs onLIne FoR FRee AT newsreview.com/sacramento

MUSIC THURSDAY, 8/22 HenRy RoBIneTT GRouP: Welcome to this show with the Henry Robinett Group, a show where Henry Robinett plays guitar, Alex Aguis takes keyboard, Ben Kopf rocks bass and Cameron Womack hits drums. 8pm, $12. Riverside Clubhouse, 2633 Riverside Blvd.

JAZZ nIGHT WITH CHoo CHoo BooGALoo: To get


Ken Jeong meets Joel mcHale Thunder Valley Casino resorT, 7:30pm, $43.95-$77.95 Maybe you’ve seen one of your favorite stars of the “hitcom” Community at an event—or out picking up their Comedy dry cleaning—but have you ever seen two of them in the same place and time? Well, here’s your chance: Spend a little bit of time with Ken Jeong and Joel McHale as they tour the world together. Jeong is a comedian with a license to

TICKeT WIndoW CAKE There’s still time to snag a ticket to

watch hometown sweeties CAKE, along with hometown-to-somewhere sweetie Ben Folds, as they share the stage for their tour. 9/11, 7pm, $59.50-$99.50, on sale now. Golden 1 Center, ticketmaster.com.

POST MALONE The Runaway tour

continues for one of the hottest new hiphop artists around, Post Malone, known in certain circles for his music in SpiderMan: Into the Spider-Verse. 9/19, 8pm, $99.50-$499, on sale now. Golden 1 Center, ticketmaster.com.

METALACHI The mariachi metal band

is not to be missed, and is keeping the sounds nice and heavy. Catch them along with special guests as yet unannounced. 9/21, 9pm, $20, on sale now. Harlow’s, ticketfly.com.






practice medicine as well as comedy, and he’s put forth unforgettable performances in your favorite films and shows. McHale is also a comedian—but despite years of performing and acting, he’s neglected to even become a registered nurse. Catch the duo of funny people, right now. 1200 Athens Ave., thundervalleyresort.com/ entertainment.



Laugh along with Ken Jeong (and Joel McHale) at this special comedic evening.

into the swing of things, you may want to join some titans of the jazz world. With performances from Peter Petty and His Titans of Terpsichore and other musicians, you’ll catch the Crocker’s summertime jazz excursion. 5:30pm, $20. Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St.

moLoToV: The Mexican rap ’n’ roll group with the Russian name is stopping through Sacramento. Tito Fuentes is there, along with Randy Ebright, Micky Huidobro, Paco Ayala, Jay de la Cueva and Iván Jared. 7pm, $42.50. Ace of Spades, 1417 R St.

TILIAn: Second to none when it comes to Dance Gavin Dance clean vocalists, Tilian is Tilian Pearson, and he’s performing soon. 7pm, $18. Holy Diver, 1517 21st St.

FRIDAY, 8/23 THe dAn BAnd: Installment plans are not accepted for this show featuring Dan Finnerty. Finnerty and the rest perform cover songs and have been featured in some of your favorite movies, including The Hangover. 7pm, $22. Ace of Spades, 1417 R St.

dIRTy CHoPs: Of course the Dirty Chops Brass Band plays jazz, but did you know they also play lots of brass instruments, including one tuba? Now you know. 9pm, no cover. Shady Lady, 1409 R St.

neW WAVe LIVe: Calendar fodder alert: Check out this Summerfest featuring all kinds of musicians, including Lil Ray & Luke B, SheGoCrazyy, SBAC, Tent City, E Mackin, Class and AYE TEE. 7pm, $15. The Colony, 3512 Stockton Blvd.

eRIC RoBeRson: The New Jersey songwriter is performing in Sacramento on a 10th anniversary tour. 9pm, $25-$30. Harlow’s, 2708 J St.

Tick tock, the ticket clock beats.

JIDENNA The Wisconsin-born rapper is

touring on his 85 to Africa tour, so grab a ticket and see why he’s collaborated with such talents as Janelle Monáe and Kendrick Lamar.

10/2, 8pm, $25, on sale now. Ace of Spades,

THE GARDEN The twin brothers who

concerts1. livenation.com.


This event with the rock and rollers got pushed back to October— check out the

band then instead of last weekend. 10/19, 6:30pm, $29.50-$320, on sale now. Toyota Amphitheatre in Wheatland, concerts1. livenation.com form the experimental rock-punk band the Garden are from Orange County and are performing off their 2018 album Mirror Might Steal Your Charm.

10/23, 7:30pm, $16-$18, on sale 8/23 at 10am. Harlow’s,


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GRAHAm eLLIoT: This night is for dancing and having a good time, featuring funky sounds from Elliot along with other musicians playing some sounds. 6:30pm, $10$12. Momo Sacramento, 2708 J St.

LuKe BRyAn: Week after week you’ve been waiting for Bryan to show up and serenade you sweetly. He’s a country music singersongwriter sensation, and he was also a judge on American Idol. 7pm, $39.25$188. Toyota Amphitheatre, 2677 Forty Mile Road in Wheatland.

summeR ConCeRT WITH THe FBI BAnd: You are invited to this vineyard to spend a concert with the FBI Band. The ‘F’ stands for funk, and the ‘B’ and ‘I’ stand for Motown and Soul. 6pm, $10-$15. Scribner Bend Vineyards, 9051 River Road.

TRAVIs TRITT & THe CHARLIe dAnIeLs BAnd: Can this country music maven bring

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you to a casino’s amphitheater? Will the Charlie Daniels Band perform in a way parallel to their previous performances? Can music make you smile? Answers to all these questions at this show. 7pm, $34.95. Thunder Valley Casino, 1200 Athens Ave. in Lincoln.

SATURDAY, 8/24 dAVe ALVIn & JImmy dALe GILmoRe: Have you heard about this dancing show in Auburn? You will have after this sentence: Roots music from Dave Alvin and Jimmy Dale Gilmore are coming your way, and the two Grammy-esque performers are hitting the road together. Stop by and feel some of the blues and folk you’ve been neglecting. 7pm, $25-$30. Keep Smilin’s Foothill Filmore at The Odd Fellows Hall, 1226 Lincoln Ave in Auburn.

donGATo LATIn BAnd: Guaranteed to be a night of good fun, Latin jazz and Havana experiences, this evening of music from SAMMIES nominee DonGato Latin Band will leave you wanting more of the classic spins they put on the classic hits. Also guaranteed: The band will wear hats. 7pm, $18-$21. Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek.

eRIC HuTCHInson: Fun vocality and songwriting are on the menu at this show from Eric Hutchinson. Grab a ticket and show up for some truly effortless, effervescent crooning from the Hutchinson with the smoothest vocal chords this side of the American River. 7:30pm, $23. Goldfield Trading Post, 1630 J St.

KendRA mCKInLey BAnd: By the time you research the sounds of Kendra McKinley Band, you’ll probably think it’s time to show up to this show for the Bay Area pop artist. 8pm, $5. Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, 129 E St. in Davis.

THe Loose THReAds: Telling the Loose Threads that they’re performing is a faux pas— just let them take the stage and start rocking. You can tell the other acts, though: Brotherly Mud and Band of Coyotes. 8pm, $8. Old Ironsides, 1901 10th St.

mARTIn nIeVeRA & PoPs FeRnAndeZ: A reunion of the two stars from ASAP passes the duo onto you, the adoring fans. Catch their singing at this show. 7:30pm, $39.95. Thunder Valley Casino, 1200 Athens Ave. in Lincoln.

synTH TRIPs FeAT. FRAnCK mARTIn: Loved synthesizers come together with the people who love those synthesizers in this evening with soup, bread and Franck Martin. There’s a Q&A, a music show and more. 6:30pm, $10 suggested donation. The Library of MusicLandria, 2181 6th Ave.

SUNDAY, 8/25 ALeX JenKIns QuARTeT: One wanting to get some jazz music need look no further than this evening with the Alex Jenkins Quartet. 6:30pm, $10-$20. CLARA Auditorium, 1425 24th St.

desTRoy Boys: That punk sound you’ve been looking for is here, at this show. With Oakland-based garage rockers and Grumpster, plus music from War on Drugs, you’re hardly going to know what to do with all the riotous sounds and rock music. 6:30pm, $10-$12. Harlow’s, 2708 J St.

Saturday, 8/24Sunday 8/25

Tree Harvest Festival Cal Expo, noon, $29-$57

No, it’s not that kind of tree—this festival is celebrating the harvest of cannabis. Here, you can take in FesTivals all things marijuana— cannabis vendors, cooking demos, funnel cake eating contests—the possibilities are endless. There are dozens of musical acts and comedians performing, including the Philharmonik, Ideateam, Ngaio PHOtO COurtESy OF rICK PrOCtOr Bealum, Steph Sanders, Larry Dorsey and more. Additionally, there’s a Ferris wheel, live artwork and all kinds of food vendors. Plus, there’s a petting zoo, cannabis presentations and so much more. 1600 Exposition Blvd., treeharvestfestival.com.

eveRGReY: You can only see this Swedish metal band a finite number of times in your life. Get a little progressive with your metal and catch the powerful metal band. 7pm, $21. Holy Diver, 1517 21st St.

J BOOG: Going to get some reggae music this weekend, but not sure which artist and venue you’re going to hit? Catch this show with J Boog, source of the hit song “Let’s Do It Again,” at this show. 7pm, $27.50. Ace of Spades, 1417 R St.

MUsiC iN THe PaRK: To cap off the festival in Curtis Park, you can catch this free concert with On Air and Mr. Cooper. It’s outdoors, it’s music, it’s in a park. 6pm, no cover. Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th St.

tuESday, 8/27 CiNDeRella’s TOM KeiFeR: Start your engines—on Tuesday—and catch the guitarist from Cinderella touring for his solo album, Rise. Points North will also be in attendance. 7:30pm, $35-$55. Crest Theatre, 1013 K St.

JUsTiN HaYWaRD: Playing guitar, writing songs and singing those songs is what Hayward does—you may recognize the name as representing the person behind the Moody Blues. 7:30pm, $38-$82. Harris Center, 10 College Parkway in Folsom.

WEdnESday, 8/28 TWO TONe sTeiNY & DaNNY saNDOval: Piano music and harmonicas can be expected at this Blow By Blow Jump Blues Show. 6:30pm, $10. Momo Sacramento, 2708 J St.

CRasH TesT DUMMies: Then, of course, there’s this performance from Canadian superstars of song with the deep-singing lead vocalist. You might not want to miss the distinctive sounds, and neither does Jill Sobule, who’s also on the bill. 7:30pm, $35$55. Crest Theatre, 1013 K St.

saCRaMeNTO sONGWRiTeR CiRCle sHOWCase: Don’t miss this show of Sacramento singersongwriters sharing their music. Heather Evans and Marco Robledo host. 7pm, $10. Shine, 1400 E St.

With all kinds of performances on two kinds of stages, you’ll get to appreciate all kinds of different cultures in a day of dancing, eating, arting, crafting and more. 10pm, no cover. Elk Grove Regional Park, 9950 Elk Grove Florin Road.

FesTival De la isla: Loved the island of Puerto Rico when you visited? You’ll love this festival celebrating the island. There’s lots of salsa music, lots of international food, plenty of dancing and a never-ending supply of music to dance ’til your heart is more than content with the amount of dancing you’ve done. 10am, $25-$75. Peña Adobe Park, 4699 Peña Adobe Road.

MiDsUMMeR’s FaiRY-Tale CelTiC ReN FaiR: One unique way to spend a day is this Renaissance fair. Show up and enter a world where it’s not the same era as it is outside—instead, it’s a much closer facsimile of medieval time, but with more justice. Check out the event highlight. 10am, $15-$60. Amador County Fairgrounds, 18621 Sherwood St. in Plymouth.

MOllY OF DeNali CeleBRaTiON: Will you catch this celebration of PBS Kids’ new show? It’s about Molly Mabray and her daily adventures in Alaska with her dog and pals. Show up for some crafts, snacks and television-watching. 11pm, no cover. PBS KVIE, 2030 W. El Camino Ave.

saCTOWN NaCHOs FesTival: Start your day off the only way you know how—by eating a whole bunch of nachos. Like last year, there will be wrestlers wrestling, lots of music, lots of nacho vendors and more. Some of the proceeds benefit Project Optimism, and there are $3 nacho specials at each vendor. 4pm, $10-$42. Cesar Chavez Plaza, 910 I St.

TRee HaRvesT FesTival: Wondering how you should celebrate the harvest of cannabis flowers? Don’t think too hard—just check out this festival with that expressed purpose. There will be plenty of vendors, lots of music and more. Check out the event highlight for more details. Noon, $29-$57. Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd.

Sunday, 8/25 CURTis FesT aRTisaN FaiR 2019: If you prefer

FEStIVaLS Saturday, 8/24

non-artisan products, this event may not be for you. Otherwise, check out this conglomeration of dozens of local artisans sharing their diverse arrays of goods they made. There will be plenty of food and

elK GROve MUlTiCUlTURal FesTival: The festivities are underway. Catch this eighth installment of the Multicultural Festival.

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SATURDAY, 8/24 A BOY NAMED CHARLIE BROWN: Up for a 50-year anniversary showing of this classic Schulz story? Show up to the Tower Theatre to snag a good spot to spy on this sad sack of a kid. 11am, $10.50. The Tower Theatre, 2508 Land Park Drive.

Celtic Ren Fair amador County Fairgrounds, 10am, $15-$60


“There’s nothing to do in this town,” said the person who didn’t know about this FESTIVALS Renaissance fair. pHOTO COURTESY OF CASpER JOHANSSON Stop by for one to two days of period-accurate fun—the best kind. There’s real jousting, people walking around in suits of armor and folks carrying around swords like it’s 1999. There’s also period music, a marketplace, lots of ancient foods, an archery range, mermaids, pirates and more. Were there mermaids during the Renaissance? Historians give conflicting accounts, so the public gets mermaids at their ren fair. 18621 Sherwood St. in Plymouth, midsummersfairytalecelticrenfair.com.


FRIDAY, 8/23 5TH ANNUAL ART OF WHISKEY TASTING: Piano is to piano music as whiskey is to whiskey tastings—very important. Grab a ticket if you’re really into pricy whiskey-tasting events, and head on down to try a bunch of different drinks. There’s also food! 6:30pm, $125. On Stage at Warner Ranch Park, 21820 Califa St. in Woodland.

music, plus activities for your pets and water for your kids. 10pm, no cover. Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th St.

SUMMERFEST: You are invited to this festival of music, wine and barbecue. Have some food and drink, listen to the KMC Band and lead your child into a bounce house. Noon, $30. Miner’s Leap, 54250 South River Road in Clarksburg.

VILLAGE DANCE DAVIS: Really into dancing? You’re invited to this dance party with the community of Davis. Show up and just let yourself go wild in a positive, inclusive space for some body-moving—the good kind of body-moving. 11pm, no cover. Village Homes Community Center, 2661 Portage Bay E in Davis.

SATURDAY, 8/24 TALES & ALES BREWFEST FUNDRAISER: Maybe you’ve heard of it, but maybe not—catch this local brewfest fundraiser, featured elsewhere in the calendar. 5pm, $10$75. Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive.

SUNDAY, 8/25 FOOD SYMPOSIUM MEET THE CHEFS EVENT: Start learning about home-based businesses and see what the deal is with home-based chefs starting to spread their entrepreneurial wings. Show up and catch some food and some beverages, and meet some of the chefs who would benefit from Sacramento opting in to home-based businesses. 5pm, $5-$10. The Brazilian Center for Cultural Exchange, 2420 N. St.

WOOFSTOCK: Intend to bring your pooch to a festival that’s a leash above the rest? This one is your best bet, with lots of dog-themed activities, an obstacle course, lots of food and more. Spend some time with your canine pal amid many, many other canine pals. 8pm, no cover. JohnsonSpringview Park, 5460 5th St. in Rocklin.


GREAT TASTE, GOOD TIMES! FOOD AND WINE PAIRING: Signing up for this event will pair you with wine and food that have been paired together. Old Sugar Mill’s wine meets food from American River Provisions. Noon, $65. Old Sugar Mill, 35265 Willow Ave. in Clarksburg.

THURSDAY, 8/22 FARM-TO-FORK LIVE: To grow food is no simple feat. Catch this event showing off how the industry of agriculture is growing, changing and advancing. There’s a mixer, an incubator and plenty of talks from local companies. 12:30pm, no cover. Woodland Community College, 2300 E. Gibson Road in Woodland.

WOODLAND FOOD CLOSET’S FABULOUS FIESTA: Play it cool, but don’t delay—grab a ticket to this fiesta today. It supports the Woodland Food Closet and includes a catered dinner, plus a tequila tasting event, lots of live music and other fun activities. 6pm, $50. Historic Hotel Woodland, 436 Main St. in Woodland.

FILM THURSDAY, 8/22 AAWHL SOUL FOOD JUNKIES MOVIE ON THE LAWN: You are cordially invited to catch this showing on the lawn of the Brickhouse Gallery. You’ll learn about soul food, discuss the film, eat some free popcorn and more. Bring your own chair and join the African American Women’s Health Legacy. 7pm, no cover. The Brickhouse Gallery & Art Complex, 2837 37th St.

to play a narrating dog that wants to be a human so he can drive race cars. Join the California Automobile Museum for this showing at the Century Doco. 11am, $15. Century DOCO, 1015 4th St.

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW: Lessons abound in this classic show, this time featuring Amber’s Sweets Shadowcast simultaneously acting out the show. Show up in costume if you want, catch lots of other performances and much, much more. 10pm, $20.99. Colonial Theatre, 3522 Stockton Blvd.

STAB! COMEDY THEATER: Scumbag Alley at STAB!. If you like scumbags, you’ll love this evening of fun with the Scumbag Alley comedians. If you don’t like scumbags, then you don’t know what you’re missing—they’re bags full of scum! Come laugh with Saul Trujillo and more. Saturday 8/24, 9pm. $7. 1710 Broadway.

continues with this selection of kids’ films. They’re family friendly, take on a wide range of subjects and are paired with some fun crafts. 11am, $5-$9. Verge Center for the Arts, 625 S St.

COMEDY BLACKTOP COMEDY: EPIC Improvised Fantasy Adventure!. May you be blessed with laughter at this improvised fantasy adventure. Friday 8/23, 8pm. $10. 3101 Sunset Blvd., Suite 6A in Rocklin.

DREAMING DOG BREWERY: Top Dog Comedy The 209 Invasion starring Anthony K. Begin your comedic evening at this brewery, taking in some brews, some comedy and more. Anthony K is featured, and so are Mike Betancourt and Rhoda Ramon. Saturday 8/24, 8pm. $15. 2501 W. Taron Court in Elk Grove.

PUNCH LINE: Jared Freid. Wondering who Jared Freid is? He’s a New York comedian. Need to know more? There’s plenty of places to look up his comedy. Through 8/24. $23.50. 2100 Arden Way, Suite 225.

THE THISTLE DEW THEATER: Fuddy Meers. All aboard for this Errant Phoenix production about an amnesiac, her husband and a lot of twists and turns that take over from there. Through 9/8. $16-$18. 1901 P St.

SACRAMENTO COMEDY SPOT: Anti-Cooperation League. You can catch another installment of Sacramento’s longest-running improv show with lots of guests, interviews and more fun. Saturday 8/24, 9pm. $12. 1050 20th St., Suite 130.

THUNDER VALLEY CASINO: Ken Jeong with Joel McHale. Really? Yes, really, the two former co-stars of Community are coming to town to perform some comedy, together at last. Don’t miss the event highlight, because you will want to know more about this show. Sunday 8/25, 7:30pm. $43.95. 1200 Athens Ave. in Lincoln.


live orchestra. Through 8/25. $15-$25. 2791 24th St.

ON STAGE AMERICAN RIVER CONSERVANCY: Capturing Wakamatsu A Poetry Walk/Workshop. Want to spend some time in nature with a poet laureate? Join El Dorado County’s, Taylor Graham, and Katy Brown for an exploration of Wakamatsu Farm and a discussion of poetry, plus a bit of a workshop and some writing. Sunday 8/25, 10am. $5-$10. 348 State Highway 49 in Coloma.

B STREET THEATRE: New Play Brunch. To get some brunch and watch a new work of theater, look no further than this show from B Street Theatre. The play is Christmas shopping themed, so brace yourself for that. Sunday 8/25, 10:30am. $12. 2700 Capitol Ave.

STAB! COMEDY THEATER: Fierce, Fresh & Fabulous. Learn what the best local drag performers are up to at this show featuring Kaesy K. Banks, Kesha Deez Handz, Gabriella Galaxy and Rose Rowzay. Plus, Yayah, Hellen Heels and Suzette Veneti are hosting. 7:30pm. Through 8/24. $7. 1710 Broadway.

ART SACRAMENTO STATE: Mexican American Baseball Photo Exhibit. Next up is an exhibit of the history of Mexican-American baseball history in Sacramento, shared by Mark Ocegueda. Through 8/26. No cover. 6000 J St.

THE RED MUSEUM: Museum Party. Perfect, there’s another experimental art party— join the Red Museum for an evening of music, live art, performances and much more. Formal attire and sunglasses encouraged. Friday 8/23, 8pm. $12. 212 C St.

TAKE ACTION THURSDAY, 8/22 BERNIE SANDERS RALLY: The Democratic presidential candidate is coming to Sacramento for a rally. Hear what Sen. Bernie Sanders has to say about politics and the current state of America. 6 p.m., no cover. (Entry opens at 4:30 p.m.) Cesar Chavez Plaza, 910 I St.

SATURDAY, 8/24 21ST ANNUAL RACE FOR THE ARTS: Kazoo is an instrument, but this is a race! Register for this race and spend 5 kilometers running or walking, plus enjoy some food and lots more entertainment. 7am, $15-$35. William Land Park, 15th Avenue & Land Park Drive.

SIERRA 2 CENTER: The Yeomen of the Guard. At their best, Gilbert and Sullivan made great opera with wonderful music. Catch some of that experience with this show from Light Opera Theatre of Sacramento and a


Tales & Ales Brewfest Fairytale town, 5pm, $10-$75

When you were climbing through that enormous block of cheese in Fairytale Town, did you have any idea FOOD & DRINK you’d be back years later for a fund-raising festival of beer? Join in the fun and try unlimited tastings of brews and ciders from more than 20 local breweries. It’s an all-ages event, and kids are invited to enjoy the root beer float garden. There’s live music, food trucks, a raffle and way more fun—plus, the novelty of the event will never, ever get old. 3901 Land Park Drive, fairytaletown.org/ calendar/talesales. pHOTO COURTESY OF FAIRYTALE TOwN













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founder of Sacramento’s Anti Vaping Alliance. “Students respond to peer-to-peer education,” she said. “They don’t want to listen to the adults.” Del Core helped coordinate an “Up In Vape” event at Rio Americano High, where Accinelli and Ford spoke about their experiences. Many students are attracted to smoking “50 nic,” the average amount of nicotine in a Juul. “This girl came up to us afterwards and said that we were really brave for telling our stories, and that she quit, too, and went to rehab for nicotine addiction,” Accinelli said. “She said she’s not brave enough to go up there and tell everyone because she’s afraid she’ll get made fun of.” Because of nicotine flavors such as popcorn and cotton candy, the student activists say vaping has become widespread at Sacramento high schools. “I’m still friends with my friends who vape and stuff, because I don’t want to cut out, like, everybody,” Ford said. Celebrities on social media helped make vaping fashionable. Local teens do the same, though they often include selfdeprecating jokes about addiction. “People will be like, ‘Isn’t it funny how this thing is hurting me?’ Or, ‘I hope I get lung cancer one day. Lung cancer is sexy.’ I’ll see captions like that,” Ford said. “All you get is the marketing from the companies, and the general ‘vaping is bad’ thing. You don’t get what it’s actually doing to your body.” Vaping has been linked to an incurable lung disease known as popcorn lung, which creates inflammation and scarring in the lung’s airways. According to a statement posted on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website, “94 possible cases of severe lung illness associated with vaping were

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interact with our exes and the habits we Am I asking too much of my boyfriend to not be friends with an ex-girlfriend? use to attract their attention or approval. he had sex with her before breaking up To value a new relationship, we must with me a few years ago. we have been break it off with a former lover directly together this time for two years. I really by explaining that the past is interfering need a fresh perspective on my relationtoo much with the present. ship. Please help! Your man and his ex share a compliEvery couple has the right to decide how cated past. They hooked up, right? He to shape their relationship so they feel cheated on you with her. You’re having connected, accepted and loved. So, no, difficulty trusting him. He doesn’t see a you’re not asking too much of your problem. Either he’s in denial, or man. the two of you have radically Although, let’s get different levels of selfreal: Making a request is awareness. Without a Is there one thing, but setting a self-aware partner, you enough honesty boundary is entirely can argue about the different. Which in your relationship need for boundaries and approach are you never be understood. with your boyfriend taking? A request means An individual who to know what’s you’re asking nicely for is not self-aware only something you would really up? knows he feels good like to have happen, but when his ex pops up in it’s not mandatory and there his life and feels bad when are no consequences attached. he hears you complaining about A boundary sets limits and includes her. That internal split paves the way for a consequences if those limits are violated. breakup. If your boyfriend’s relationship Certain boundaries allow a couple to grow with his ex is a deal breaker for you, tell into deeper intimacy or, once crossed, to him. Then treat your word as gold: initiate accept that a relationship is untenable. a break up. The resulting painful feelings If you ask your man to stop seeing this are temporary. The shift it creates in your woman and he ignores your request, sense of self-respect is permanent. Ω it’s annoying. It’s also an opportunity to confront the stories your mind has devised MedItAtIon oF the week about their current relationship. You may think she still wants him. (You could be right, or wrong.) You might be afraid of “It’s when we start working losing him again, so dismissing potential together that the real healing competitors feels sensible. Maybe he clings takes place. It’s when we start to his ex because he bristles at giving spilling our sweat and not our himself to one woman. (Yes, that would be blood,” said philosopher David you.) Or they’re nothing more than pals. Hume. Did you show up for Is there enough honesty in your your global community this relationship with your boyfriend to know week? what’s really up? Or do you find yourself struggling to put puzzling pieces of conversations and behaviors together? Write, email or leave a message for Without honesty, your relationship will Joey at the News & Review. Give stall and then burn out. your name, telephone number (for verification purposes only) and question—all Start by being honest with yourself. correspondence will be kept strictly confidential. Decide whether your man’s relationship Write Joey, 1124 Del Paso Boulevard, Sacramento, CA with his ex is a deal breaker for you, or 95815; call (916) 498-1234, ext. 1360; or email not. All adults arrive in new relationships askjoey@newsreview.com. with heartstrings and libidos still attached to former partners. If we’re self-aware, Join the Ask Joey Facebook page to chat about this and we see the subtle neediness in the way we other columns. Or find her on Instagram @askjoeygarcia! 42





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to recycle plastic. Sorting and processing the used materials to make them available for fresh stuff is at least as expensive as creating new plastic items from scratch. On the other hand, sending used plastic to a recycling center makes it far less likely that it will end up in the oceans and waterways, harming living creatures. So in this case, the short-term financial argument in favor of recycling is insubstantial, whereas the moral argument is strong. I invite you to apply a similar perspective to your upcoming decisions. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): African-American slaves suffered many horrendous deprivations. For example, it was illegal for them to learn to read. Their oppressors feared that educated slaves would be better equipped to agitate for freedom, and took extreme measures to keep them illiterate. Frederick Douglass was one slave who managed to beat the ban. As he secretly mastered the art of reading and writing, he came upon literature that ultimately emboldened him to escape his “owners” and flee to safety. He became one of the 19th century’s most powerful abolitionists, producing reams of influential writing and speeches. I propose that we make Douglass your inspiring role model for the coming months. I think you’re ready to break the hold of a certain curse—and go on to achieve a gritty success that the curse had prevented you from accomplishing. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): For 25 years, businessman Don Thompson worked for the McDonald’s fast food company, including three years as its CEO. During that time, he oversaw the sale and consumption of millions of hamburgers. But in 2015, he left McDonald’s and became part of Beyond Meat, a company that sells vegan alternatives to meat. I could see you undergoing an equally dramatic shift in the coming months: a transition into a new role that resembles but is also very different from a role you’ve been playing. I urge you to step up your fantasies about what that change might entail. CANCER (June 21-July 22): “The learning process is something you can incite, literally incite, like a riot,” wrote author Audre Lorde. As an astrologer I would add this nuance: although what Lorde says is true, some phases of your life are more favorable than others to seek deep and rapid education. For example, the coming weeks will bring you especially rich teachings if you incite the learning process now. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The American idiom “stay in your lane” has come to mean “mind your own business,” usually in a pejorative sense. But I’d like to expand it and soften it for your use in the coming weeks. Let’s define it as meaning “stick to what you’re good at and know about,” or “don’t try to operate outside your area of expertise” or “express yourself in ways that you have earned the right to do.” Author Zadie Smith says that this is good advice for writers. “You have to work out what it is you can’t do, obscure it and focus on what works,” she attests. Apply that counsel to your own sphere or field. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Yisrael Kristal was a Polish Jew born under the sign of Virgo in 1903. His father was a scholar of the Torah, and he began studying Judaism and learning Hebrew at age three. He lived a long life and had many adventures, working as a candlemaker and a candy-maker. When the Red Army liberated the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1945, Kristal emerged as one of the survivors. He went on to live to the age of 113. Because of the chaos of World War I, he had never gotten to do his bar mitzvah when he turned 13. So he did it much later, in his old age. I foresee a comparable event coming up soon in your life. You will claim a reward or observe a milestone or collect a blessing you weren’t able to enjoy earlier.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Sailors have used

compasses to navigate since the 11th century. But that tool wasn’t enough to guide them. A thorough knowledge of the night sky’s stars was a crucial aid. Skill at reading the ever-changing ocean currents always proved valuable. Another helpful trick was to take birds on the ships as collaborators. While at sea, if the birds flew off and returned, the sailors knew there was no land close by. If the birds didn’t return, chances were good that land was near. I bring this to your attention because I think it’s an excellent time to gather a number of different navigational tools for your upcoming quest. One won’t be enough. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): What do you want from the allies who aren’t your lovers? What feelings do you most enjoy while you’re in the company of your interesting, non-romantic companions? For instance, maybe you like to be respected and appreciated. Or perhaps what’s most important to you is to experience the fun of being challenged and stimulated. Maybe your favorite feeling is the spirit of collaboration and comradeship. Or maybe all of the above. In any case, I urge you to get clear about what you want—and then make it your priority to foster it. In the coming weeks, you’ll have the power to generate an abundance of your favorite kind of non-sexual togetherness. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): As the CEO of the clothes company Zappos, Sagittarius entrepreneur Tony Hsieh is worth almost $1 billion. If he chose, he could live in a mansion by the sea. Yet his home is a 200-square-foot, $48,000 trailer in Las Vegas, where he also keeps his pet alpaca. To be clear, he owns the entire trailer park, which consists of 30 other trailers, all of which are immaculate hotbeds of high-tech media technology where interesting people live. He loves the community he has created, which is more important to him than status and privilege. “For me, experiences are more meaningful than stuff,” he says. “I have way more experiences here.” I’d love to see you reaffirm your commitment to priorities like his in the coming weeks. It’ll be a favorable time to do so. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Medical researcher Jonas Salk developed a successful polio vaccine, so he had a strong rational mind. Here’s how he described his relationship with his non-rational way of knowing: “It is always with excitement that I wake up in the morning wondering what my intuition will toss up to me, like gifts from the sea. I work with it and rely on it. It’s my partner.” I bring this up because the coming weeks will be a favorable time to celebrate and cultivate your own intuition. You may generate amazing results as you learn to trust it more and figure out how to deepen your relationship with it. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Aquarian environmentalist Edward Abbey once formulated a concise list of his requirements for living well. “One must be reasonable in one’s demands on life,” he wrote. “For myself, all that I ask is: (1) accurate information; (2) coherent knowledge; (3) deep understanding; (4) infinite loving wisdom; and (5) no more kidney stones, please.” According to my analysis of the astrological omens, now would be an excellent time for you to create your own tally of the Five Crucial Provisions. Be bold and precise as you inform life about your needs. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “We may be surprised at whom God sends to answer our prayers,” wrote author Janette Oke. I suspect that observation will apply to you in the coming weeks. If you’re an atheist or agnostic, I’ll rephrase her formulation for you: “We may be surprised at whom Life sends to answer our entreaties.” There’s only one important thing you have to do to cooperate with this experience: Set aside your expectations about how help and blessings might appear.

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