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Running to help the homeless Candidate for Sacramento County supervisor vows action on housing crisis Homelessness in Sacramento has tipped the scales into a full-blown crisis. As a fellow human being, I find this to be despicable. As a Sacramento County resident, I find this to be inexcusable. As a person with a roof over my head, I find this to be my civic duty. I am announcing my candidacy for Sacramento County supervisor in District 3—and together, with a solid plan and basic compassion, we can and will decrease the number of homeless people. Simply stated, Sacramento is not building enough housing. Let’s do the math. On an annual basis, our county is growing by 29,000 people while constructing only 1,100 apartment units. Doesn’t add up, right? As a supervisor, I will strongly advocate for the homeless population from a new proactive stance. The current reactionary approach has done nothing but lead to a decade of political infighting, squandered funds, disorganization— and more people resorting to life on the streets. It’s a tried and true adage: Doing the same thing and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity. How about turning the tables and employing some common sense, starting right now? The county can proactively begin constructing smart infill housing. The county owns vacant and suitable parcels of land, available through the Economic Development Department, which could be expeditiously zoned to promote further expansion. Builders have choices. Because the rents in San Francisco and Oakland are much higher than Sacramento, we must be proactive to stimulate needed growth. Housing is a challenge, but a relatively easy to surmount. Contrary to popular belief, the majority of these poor souls without homes do not choose this as an alternative lifestyle. A small percentage fell into homelessness because of addiction or mental illness; a much greater percentage now suffer from one or both because of being homeless. They need services
Charles Crowder, a retired municipal real estate appraiser who lives in Carmichael, is a candidate for the District 3 seat on the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors now held by Susan Peters, who is not seeking reelection.
such as drug treatment, health care and job training. It’s not illegal to be homeless, but it’s unlawful to urinate or defecate in public. Welcome to the revolving doors of law enforcement. Unbeknownst to our citizenry, dozens of arrests are made every day. Deputies write arrest reports, jailers complete the intake process, prosecutors order releases and homeless inmates are purposely let out at midnight. The burden of the huge homeless population falls on our first responders: police, sheriff’s and fire departments, and our emergency rooms and hospitals. This effort drains many personnel hours and millions of dollars. We can do better. I could take $1 million of land and turn it into a 250-unit apartment building valued at $50 million. What if we did that 30 times? What if we required 25% low-income units? That could mean 62 affordable units in a 250-unit building. To get some homeless people off the streets right away, I would like to see tiny homes built with medical services, showers and social services. Residents would have to pay a little rent and work each day. The present track we are on is going nowhere. If the homelessness problem is really important, then we must act accordingly. My training in city and regional planning and work in the County Assessor’s office has given me the perfect skill set to help resolve this problem—if other supervisors are willing to make brave and bold decisions to help all Sacramentans. Ω
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We need to reach out to Trump voters who The average rent for a small apartment in believe that the current American system is Sacramento is about $1,400 a month. A person rigged against them. This group should be working 40 hours per week at minimum wage part of any progressive coalition. Some of this makes $2,064 a month, pretax. Clearly, we group helped elect Barack Obama. have a problem. Even if everything goes right, In the last 20 years, those in the top 1% of there is hardly enough money left over for net worth have increased their share of our food, clothing, utilities, transportation and the country’s wealth from 30% to 39%. This is numerous other necessities of daily life. not because the wealthy in 2019 are that much And then when life happens—reduced hours smarter or harder working than the wealthy of at work, a speeding ticket, a burglary, a vet 1989. It is because the rules of the game were bill, a medical bill or any other unexpected changed by cutting taxes for the rich and letting expense—things can go quickly south, and a inflation reduce the minimum wage. hard-working person can find themselves in a We need a plan that reverses America’s desperate situation. And a parent with children trying to get by on minimum wage is in an even increasing income inequality and moves resources from the very wealthy to the poor and bigger mess. working class. In her presidential campaign, This is not just a Sacramento problem. It is Sen. Elizabeth Warren is proposing a policy an American problem. that would restore fair rules to the On the recent Sacramento Metro game. Her plan for a 2% wealth Chamber study mission in tax on the richest 75,000 Indianapolis, we learned how Americans could bring in as government agencies and local We need a plan that much as $2.75 trillion over corporations are raising money a 10-year period. Trillion! to help people who are chronireverses America’s There are some who cally unemployed despite increasing income react in horror. If the the booming economy. inequality and moves Warren plan had been in Last week, I was in Dallas, place since 1982, Amazon helping an anti-poverty group resources from the very founder Jeff Bezos would develop a publication to wealthy to the poor and only be worth $87 billion explain how local corporations working class. instead of $160 billion. and city government are estabHowever, I’m pretty sure lishing training programs to help Bezos would manage to drag 5,000 residents escape from poverty. himself to work knowing that he Here in Sacramento, Mayor Darrell would only earn a fortune of $87 billion. Steinberg and others are working to use Warren’s proposal would slowly move us money from a voter-approved increase in the sales back to an income equality level similar to tax for economic development in poorer neighborEuropean countries, and to what we had in hoods. All of these measures are important, but America only a few decades ago. We need to without changes in federal policy they will not be build a coalition and a political movement to enough. get us there. Ω In her thought-provoking book Political Tribes, Amy Chua explains that many rural whites believe that they have been excluded from diversity programs. There is no Ivy League program to benefit rural poor Christian white people. And this is one of the reasons Jeff vonKaenel is the president, CEO and majority owner of that this “tribe” went for Donald Trump in the News & Review. 2016, according to Chua.
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“the treatment of chronic pain has relied heavily on opioids, despite their potential for addiction and overdose and the fact that they often don’t work well when used on a long-term basis.” Helene Langevin, M.D. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
The government wants to know if CBDs, terpenes and minor cannabinoids can help to replace opioids in pain-management treatment.
Perhaps the most unusual of the nine studies doesn’t even involve cannabis. Atlanta’s Emory University will study the pain effectiveness of terpenes from hops, Humulus Lupulus, an ingredient in beer which has a terpene profile very similar to cannabis.
“Natural products, including cannabinoids, have shown promise for potential use as nonopioid analgesics,” said the NIH announcement. “However, we need to know more about whether they work, what they do in the body, and how they might be integrated into multidisciplinary pain management.” Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, will study the effects of minor cannabinoids on inflammatory and neuropathic pain. The New York University School of Medicine will focus on arthritis pain.
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Have guitar, will travel SN&R first met Will Murill on a random night in Old Folsom. Surrounded by the weekend bustle of cover bands, Murill looped sax, guitar and vocals on an original R&B tune called “Mitote.” The one-man band’s stage was Sutter Street. He jammed in front of an open guitar case and cardboard sign that read “Do What You Love.” Murill’s a traveling busker, and his home is a 1983 Toyota Dolphin RV that he converted into a music studio on wheels. He spent Thanksgiving inside “The Mothership,” and since 2015, he’s traveled the country in search of new stages. He recently dropped anchor in Lake Tahoe for a musical residency, and sometimes gigs in the Sacramento area. The 27-year-old landed in front of the SN&R office to share what it’s like to do music 24/7 in lieu of a “real” job.
So we’re inside the “The Mothership.” Tell me about this place. Dude, this thing’s amazing. … I gutted out all the walls. I put in new insulation and wall paneling. … I turned the bathroom into a musical storage and safe. ... It’s revolutionized my lifestyle.
What did you drive before? I started out with a Honda Civic, living with all my instruments. It’s bless, man, god or spirit ... put this in my path.
Why did you decide to start traveling? I was going to school for music … and I kept getting fired from jobs. … I’d end up getting fired for saying something that was too real, and that I shouldn’t have said, but it was honest. My last job I had was in 2015. Since then, I was just like, “Man, I don’t know how, but I’m gonna revolve my life around the things I love to do.” I was surviving off financial aid money. I was 23. I was living at my mom’s place, and I didn’t want to impede in [the family’s] life because they had a
two-bedroom apartment. … So I ended up moving into my Honda and just biking everywhere in L.A. Then I got hit by a car. I couldn’t walk for a month, and I missed school for like two or three weeks ... I was like, “You know what, I have nothing to lose.” So I gathered all my money and … moved up to Humboldt.
How did you learn to survive? Two, three months in, I met my friends Oso and Heaven. … They were hitchhikers who had hitchhiked two, three times around the country ... They taught me not to worry about money. So I got around the whole country with less than 12 bucks in my pocket most of the time. We just busked everywhere. Oso played acoustic guitar, Heaven played the spoons and I played electric guitar. … We ended up in Boulder, Colorado, and that’s where we split off. … I went to Wyoming ... [and then] to Tahoe. I got stuck there for a month because my car had problems. It was a blessing, because I had saved up so much money. … I got around the country gas-jugging, which is when you ask someone to donate some gas.
What are your travel plans? I want to go to a national forest … find isolated places to go and record, and the sounds of birds and things ... In December, I want to be in Baja California, but I’m going to go to Death Valley and then the Mojave Desert [first], then to L.A. and hang out for like a week or two … From [Mexicali], I want to go up to Arizona and start my travels around the country.
Any survival tips? For example: You’re looking for a place to park at night … I may run into cops or somebody who may want to do something bad. But it’s like when you run into a bear: It’s all about vibes. I try to put out love. I try to always have good intentions for the people around me.
What’s your big dream? I want to taste the American consciousness in different places. I’m aching to get culture-shocked. Ω
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Tom Steyer, a late entry into the Democratic presidential race, was a featured speaker at the California Democratic Party’s convention on June 1. Photo by Chris stone, Courtesy of times of san Diego
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As he prepares to make his first Democratic presidential debate appearance Oct. 15 in Ohio, Tom Steyer, a hedge fund billionaire known for his environmental activism, is still being dogged by allegations in the Sierra Nevada foothills that his record isn’t as green as he claims. Since leaving his investment firm in 2012, Steyer has aligned himself with progressive causes and used his wealth to promote them. He’s pledged to give half his money to charity during his lifetime and founded NextGen America, a social justice and climate change nonprofit that also promotes grassroots organizing and voter participation. Before becoming a political candidate himself, Steyer gave frequently to Democratic campaigns and paid for ads calling for President Donald Trump’s impeachment. But it was while Steyer was still heading the investment firm he founded, Farallon Capital Management, that a company responsible for building his
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fortune was pulled into an environmental debate in Amador County, 40 minutes from Sacramento. That’s where ranchers recently lost a legal battle to stop one of Farallon’s alleged investments from coming to fruition. In February, the state’s Third District Court of Appeals removed the final hurdle for Newman Minerals LLC to construct a massive mineral extraction operation on cattle-grazing land. “Tom Steyer was the CEO of Farallon Capital Management when the land was purchased, and was fully appraised of the environmentally damaging effects this project would create on families, veterans, children and the retired in this small agricultural communities,” contended Sandra West-Moore, an Amador County rancher involved in the lawsuit. “For Steyer to claim that he cares about children being able to breathe, the planet and the environment is sheer hypocrisy.” West-Moore and her late father, retired Marine Corps Col. Fraser West, started
Ione Valley Land, Air and Water Defense Alliance to stop the project from moving forward. LAWDA argued that elected officials in Amador County greenlit a plan in 2012 to extract and truck five million tons of rock annually for the next 50 years without adequately addressing impacts to air, water, traffic and a host of other environmental concerns. Newman Minerals LLC was the project applicant. According to a lower court ruling, Farallon is a major investor along with John Telischek, chairman and CFO of a golf management company called CourseCo. “The 278-acre quarry and the 113-acre industrial plant site are part of a 16,100-acre portion of the Howard Ranch purchased in 2006 by investors including Farallon Capital Management of San Francisco, one of the world’s largest hedge funds,” the Stockton Record reported in 2014. That was around the time that those trying to stop the operation claimed their
biggest legal victory. A trial court agreed that the county’s draft environmental impact report downplayed the traffic impacts of hauling so much rock through the valley’s country roads, and made officials redo that part of the EIR in 2014. But LAWDA went on to argue that other environmental impacts were downplayed as well. Earlier this year, the appeals court disagreed—and now the project can move forward. Farallon declined comment. “We have fought this battle in court for eight years, only to lose on a technicality,” West-Moore told SN&R. “Twenty-three legacy families’ farms and ranches will be deeply affected, with the air quality, water availability and quality, noise and toxic dust.” According to a timeline of events from LAWDA, Steyer stepped down as Farallon’s CEO in December 2012, just one month after Farallon, the developer and Amador County filed a motion to remove Farallon from being named in the lawsuit. An Amador Superior Court judge ruled against the motion in February 2013. Looking to the presidential debates, local political consultant Tab Berg said Steyer—who is at only 1% in the most recent poll in California—will likely be defending himself from more obvious attacks. “Your opponents are going to bring your history up, and [Steyer] can never get away from the fact that he became a billionaire trading stocks, including energy stocks,” Berg said. “It comes across as disingenuous, as opposed to someone like Bernie Sanders who’s been consistent over the last 50 years.” Steyer’s campaign did not respond to requests for comment. His campaign website makes brief mention of his financial career, saying he “stepped down as head of his investment firm in 2012” and calling Steyer “a self-made billionaire.” Steyer sold all of his management shares when he stepped down as CEO of Farallon in 2012, but it is unclear in his publicly released tax returns whether his personal portfolio still contains Farallon stock. As for the upcoming debates—Steyer qualified for both the October and November ones—West-Moore has a question she’d like him to answer. “Tom Steyer claims he divested from Farallon,” said West-Moore. “I would like to know if he divested in the real estate holdings in Farallon.” Ω
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This story is part of the California Dream series, a statewide media collaboration of CalMatters, KPBS, KPCC, KQED and Capital Public Radio with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the James Irvine Foundation. An unabridged version of this story is available at newsreview.com/ sacramento.
michael tubbs remembers watching his mother strain to make ends meet in his childhood home in Stockton. Now Tubbs, the city’s 29-year-old mayor, is championing a monthly cash aid program that he says could be a game-changer for families like his. “There are people in Stockton who are working very hard, who are still struggling,” he said. “That idea of increasing opportunity and breaking cycles of poverty is probably the crux of all the work we’re doing.” Stockton is one of two U.S. cities experimenting with universal basic income, the idea of giving all Americans a fixed, no-strings-attached stipend. Proponents say it’s a step toward economic equality, but critics worry a handout will enable bad behavior. The universal income concept has been bubbling up in national politics, with Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang promising $1,000 a month to every American regardless of income level and Sen. Kamala Harris of California pushing for roughly $6,000 a year in refundable tax credits to lowerincome Americans. But experts say the costs of implementing basic income on a large scale would be astronomical. A recent report from UC Berkeley estimated giving every American a $1,000 a month would cost roughly $3 trillion per year, or 75% of total current federal spending. Even eliminating Medicaid, Social Security Income and other staples of the current safety net system wouldn’t even out that deficit, said economist and report author Jesse Rothstein. Although the monthly stipend would give individuals more control over how they receive and spend aid, it wouldn’t be robust enough to cover basic expenses, Rothstein said. The Stockton program isn’t quite universal—only 125 people were selected to receive the $500 monthly allowance for 18 months. Last fall the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration, a collaboration tasked with running the pilot, sent 4,200 mailers to randomly selected households in neighborhoods where the city’s median income is at or below $46,033. Program organizers randomly selected the participants from the 478 residents who completed a survey. Another 200 people were randomly chosen to participate in the research without receiving a monthly stipend. That control group is receiving gift cards in
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exchange for sharing information about their lives and financial well-being. Project researchers just released the first cache of data showing how recipients spent their money in the first five months of the program, which began in February. Roughly 40% of purchases on the prepaid debit cards went to food, 24% went to home goods and clothing and 11% paid for utilities, according to the report. The group did not track the 40% of funds that were transferred to savings, checking or cash. Most of the project’s $3 million budget comes from a private foundation called the Economic Security Project, launched three years ago with help from Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes. The foundation selected Stockton, a city once labeled America’s foreclosure capital, as a guinea pig because of its diverse racial and economic profile, said project co-founder Natalie Foster. In Stockton, the $500 allowance is giving Jovan Bravo a little breathing room. He usually works 68 hours a week—including regular Saturday shifts—to support his family. Since the stipend started coming in, he’s been able to work a little less without stressing about paying the bills. That means more time with his wife and his three kids, ages 13, 9 and 4. He says he’s also been able to cover some extracurriculars for them, such as basketball camp and gymnastics class. He worries that without activities to keep them busy, they could be exposed to crime when they get older. Bravo, 31, was arrested on drug and weapon charges in his early 20s but said he’s determined to put his kids on a better path. “I always hold my kids to a higher standard than what I was held to,” he said. “I want them to be like their mother, go to college, get their master’s, get a good paying job and not have to work as many hours as me. I don’t want them to be the hardworking bluecollar individual.” Rothstein says pilots like the one in Stockton aren’t the most accurate tool for predicting the potential effects of basic income on the labor market, because people won’t make major life changes when the income bump is temporary. “They just can’t be transformative at this scale, you’d have to scale them up by many orders of magnitude to have the kinds of impacts we’re talking about, and nobody has figured out how to pay for that,” he said. Ω
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s veto of Senate bill 1 means the honeymoon may be over with environmental groups who saw the bill as a bulwark to protect California’s water quality and endangered species from the Trump administration’s regulatory slashing. Newsom has expressed confidence that California can protect its conservation goals in the courts—state Attorney General Xavier Becerra is currently suing the White House on several fronts—but critics argue Newsom’s veto was aimed at appeasing agribusinesses and utility contractors currently negotiating voluntary water use agreements with state agencies. Those agreements are expected to be unveiled in mid-October. SB 1 was authored by Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, a San Diego Democrat. Its fate took on urgency in August when President Donald Trump’s latest appointee to run the U.S. Department of Interior, David Bernhardt, oversaw a drastic rewriting of the federal Endangered Species act. Proponents say SB 1 would have created legal ground for California to force federal agencies, including the one operating the Central Valley Project, to abide by the state’s own Endangered Species Act. The Central Valley Project canal is one of two major conduits channeling water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin delta to contractors in Southern California. Those water contractors vehemently opposed SB 1, including bernhardt’s former employer, Westlands Water district. Newsom’s veto was roundly criticized by a host of environmental advocacy groups, including the Center for Biological Diversity, the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council and Audubon California. (Scott Thomas Anderson)
thE long indict Nearly four years after his arrest, an imprisoned Sacramento man has been indicted on a bevy of federal weapons and assault charges, including allegedly shooting at multiple agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The legal trouble facing Jason Broadbent means he may spend the rest of his life in state and federal prisons. In mid-October, Broadbent was arraigned in the U.S. Eastern District Court of California on 14 charges. According to U.S. Assistant Attorney David Spencer’s criminal complaint, the ATF was trying to arrest Broadbent in south Oak Park on Nov. 19, 2015 when he allegedly fired his gun near three of its agents. Initially, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office charged Broadbent with 19 felonies related to his 2015 encounter with the ATF. Lauren Horwood, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, said that’s partly why it took so long to bring Broadbent’s case before a federal grand jury. “He’s been in custody since it happened, but facing local charges,” Horwood noted. Court records show Broadbent only appeared once on those charges, during his initial arraignment, and then never again appeared in Sacramento Superior court, where more recent convictions came for illegal weapons possession in 2006 and 2013. The 2015 case is still classified as “active.” Around the time Broadbent had his run-in with the ATF in Oak Park, he’d also been arrested on several counts of manufacturing illegal weapons in yolo county. Broadbent was convicted March 2, 2018 and sentenced to 53 years in state prison. Terry Thornton, deputy press secretary for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, confirmed Broadbent began serving that sentence on March 29, 2018. Some 19 months later, federal prosecutors took their own crack at Broadbent. Horwood said, if convicted, he faces a 30-year federal prison sentence. (STA)
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Fifteen women received plaques for completing a rehabilitation program through Saint John’s Program for Real Change, a homeless charity, during a Sept. 5 graduation ceremony. Photo by Deana MeDina
Same old Saint Despite loss of government funds, Christian nonprofit for homeless mothers sticks to up-by-the-bootstraps philosophy by Deana MeDina and RaheeM F. hosseini
Saint John’s Program for Real Change, a Christian nonprofit for homeless mothers who are sober, held its fall graduation ceremony on Sept. 5, which doubled as both a fundraiser and one of the organization’s first major events since the losses of local government funding and its longtime CEO. Moderator Rob Stuart called the graduation a “new chapter” for the 15 women who completed Saint John’s rehabilitation program, before adding, “One chapter doesn’t write the book. There are many more beautiful chapters ahead in each of your stories.” One of the night’s highlights was keynote speaker Carrie Steinseifer Bates, a three-time Olympic gold medalist in swimming, who shared her battle with addiction. Bates, now seven-and-a-half years sober, recounted her rise to fame and eventual fall, leading to the loss of her children, home and husband. “I have been privileged to see the world through a vantage point that few ever get 14
to see,” she told the audience. “But I’ve also lived on hell on Earth. And I don’t want anyone I know to ever have to see what I’ve seen. And I know there’s women in this audience who’ve seen what I’ve seen.” Bates mentioned that in high school she knew former Saint John’s CEO Michelle Steeb, who was seated in the crowd and invited Bates to speak at the ceremony. This event is one of the first since Steeb stepped down in late April after a 12-year tenure that sometimes drew criticism for Saint John’s strict eligibility requirements. Marc Cawdrey, former chief operating officer and now interim CEO, said the criticisms arise because the program is not “suitable” for some. “But those who have the capacity and are invested in making change and are personally ready, a program like ours … is life changing,” Cawdrey said in a phone interview. “There are others who are not ready for that. This is a clean and sober program.”
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That philosophy resulted in a financial hit over the last two years when the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors redirected nearly $1 million in funding to nonprofits that provide “low-barrier” shelter and transitional housing for homeless families with children. Saint John’s, which started on the steps of its namesake Lutheran church in 1985, has never advertised itself as “low-barrier.” The program offers job training, domestic violence counseling and family reunification services to homeless women with children, but only if they’re sober, a restriction that has fallen out of favor among government funders and policy analysts who see a “housing first” philosophy as more effective to reduce homelessness. While it’s too soon to know what effect the loss of funding has had on Saint John’s, there are some indications. In the program’s most recent IRS filings, it claimed $5.08 million in contributions and grants in 2017, the same year county supervisors pulled $700,000 in annual funding.
More than half of its revenue—$2.78 million—came from government sources. In 2017, that helped Saint John’s five top officers pull in six-figure salaries, with Steeb earning $164,000 in reportable compensation and Cawdrey getting $137,000, the tax filings show. Saint John’s mentions its changed financial situation on its website, but puts a positive spin on it. “In 2007, Saint John’s was 80% reliant on government funding,” the website states. “Today, government contributions account for just 15% of our funding. That’s immense progress. And it’s largely due to the significant investments made by corporations, foundations and individuals who want to see more than just a temporary band-aid placed on the issues of homelessness, poverty, and abuse.” Sue Cawdrey, Saint John’s grants and communications manager and wife of Marc Cawdrey, said in an email that the nonprofit intensified its efforts to diversify its funding through special events such as the graduation ceremony and guest chef dinners, where attendees buy tickets to get in and can buy donated items such as wine. At last month’s graduation ceremony, chef Scott Ostrander of Origami Asian Grill, whose team cooked the four-course meal, and Kevin Luther of Voluptuary Wine were recognized. Saint John’s also raises money through a cafe and catering business, where its clients gain work experience as unpaid “volunteer learners,” Sue Cawdrey said, and through a child care center called First Steps. Cawdrey declined to share officers’ current salaries. In her email, Cawdrey said that 39% of Saint John’s current funding comes from “individuals, foundations, corporations and special events.” She said the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation pitches in another 22% for its Custody to Community Transitional Reentry Program. By comparison, another local nonprofit, Family Promise of Sacramento, received more than half of its revenue from government sources in 2016 and 2017, according to its tax filings. “It was a very difficult thing for us, but we’re gradually coming out of the woods,” Marc Cawdrey said of the lost funding. “We anticipate that 2020 will be better than 2019, which was better than 2018. We’re on a path that will get us completely recovered.” Ω
Making changes, one bill at a time These new laws will help workers After his experiences with Lyft, Mike Robinson is now trying to organize other gig workers.
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his week, Jews around the world are celebrating the end of their New Year period with a day of fasting on Yom Kippur, October 9th. For some, it is a day to focus on doing better next year, and asking forgiveness from people they have wronged. For some, the pain of hunger during a 24-hour fast helps them to connect with people who spend many days, weeks and months going to bed hungry and getting up hungry. It is a period of celebration as well as seriousness. The legislative session in California is also coming to an end, and Gavin Newsom has worked diligently with labor and community organizations to look at using his position to help advance his vision for a California for All. Gov. Newsom started this year with a renewed hope for a California Dream. He recognized that too many Californians are experiencing the squeeze of stagnant wages and the rising price of building-block necessities such as housing, health care, education and child care. This week, I want to highlight three bills he signed that resonated with me – and Local 1000’s vision – to eradicate poverty, change how we distribute the vast wealth of our state and our country, and make it easier for people to join unions, which will help improve working conditions and wages. SB 206, nicknamed “Fair Pay to Play,” is a boon to college athletes. It allows them to get paid for endorsements and the use of their image without losing their scholarships. Under restrictions by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, universities and the sports industry had made billions off these kids while the student athletes themselves struggled to get by. Coaches and staff got six- or even sevenfigure contracts while the players were not allowed to profit from their work on the field or court until after they left school. It’s even worse for women athletes, since only about 1% go on to professional sports.
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“Collegiate student athletes put everything on the line – their physical health, future career prospects and years of their lives to compete. Colleges reap billions from these student athletes’ sacrifices and success but, in the same breath, block them from earning a single dollar,” Newsom said.
“assembly bill 5 is an important step. a next step is creating pathways for more workers to form a union, collectively bargain to earn more and have a strong voice at work.” GOv. GaviN NEWSOM
AB 378 allows family child care providers to negotiate a contract with the state for improvements to the child care system, such as expanding access to child care for working families, improved training, increasing the standards of quality care, and negotiating for pay that can support their own families. After 16 years of taking action and standing strong, child care providers have won the right to collectively bargain a contract with the State of California. This bill comes in addition to the increased funding for affordable child care slots and funding to provide year-long care for low-income families, as well as funding for increased reimbursement and facilities grants that Gov. Newsom included in his budget.
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AB 5 restores employment status to more than a million California workers misclassified as “contractors.” Looking to cut costs at the expense of workers, companies relied on this illegal business model to decimate the state’s worker safetynet programs, and subject law-abiding businesses to unfair competition. Uber drivers, for example, must pay their own car insurance, repairs, maintenance and gas. Their employer avoids paying workers compensation, disability, sick leave or unemployment insurance. Mike Robinson was one of those “contractors.” A former union sheetmetal worker, Mike started driving Lyft full time after his factory was bought by an overseas billionaire. But as the rates went down, he had to drive longer hours to make ends meet. At the same time, the CEO of Lyft has a net worth of $695 million. Mike is now dedicated to fighting for a union for gig workers. In his message about the bill, Gov. Newsom included the importance of taking the next step and creating pathways for more workers to form a union: “Assembly Bill 5 is an important step. A next step is creating pathways for more workers to form a union, collectively bargain to earn more and have a strong voice at work.” It is heartening to see legislators such as Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, the bill’s author, and Gov. Newsom recognizing the critical role unions play in advocating for workers so that they are not misclassified, overworked, underpaid or abused on the job. Yvonne R. Walker President SEIU Local 1000
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for subsequent years. The city also started charging a per-vehicle fee of $104 or $136, depending on the neighborhood. Since obtaining a new permit nearly five months ago, Smith said the company paid more than $153,000 in fees, an extra 10 cents per trip. The fees cover the city’s permitting process and building of parking spots and bike racks, said Carlos Eliason, a creative specialist with the city. Kirin Kumar of WalkSacramento, an advocacy group for car alternatives, said he views the city’s regulations as a necessary component to a healthy e-vehicle network. “Recovering the costs to administer the system is critical for ensuring that the system is sustainable,” Kirin wrote in a statement to SN&R. “We would much rather see a functional system that continues to work for people than the systems we’ve seen in parts of the Bay Area, Long Beach and Houston, where mismanaged over-clutter of these devices has led to negative perceptions, ‘bike-lash’ and declining use.” The increases come as Uber continues dealing with debt, most recently recording a second-quarter loss of $5.24 billion, and the coming consequences of Assembly Bill 5, which threatens to upend its traditional business model of hiring inexpensive independent contractors. While JUMP’s an early pioneer and still the capital city’s most recognizable e-bike company, competition is already underway. In late July, San Francisco-based Lime placed 250 electric scooters across the central city and some immediate suburbs. The company is also permitted to deploy e-bikes, though Lime’s Alex Youn indicated the company is focused on e-scooters for now. The city is reviewing e-vehicle permit applications from Bird, Lyft, Spin and HelBiz, according to Eliason. Ω
Sacramento’s ultra-popular bike-share program just got a bit more expensive, raising questions about who will still have access. At its launch in May 2018, JUMP bikes cost $1 for a 15-minute ride and 7 cents a minute afterward. Last month, the company upped fares to $1.50 for a 10-minute ride and 20 cents a minute thereafter. With the increase, a 30-minute ride jumped from $2.05 to $5.50, while an hour-long ride has gone from $4.15 to $11.50. Debra Banks, acting executive director for Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates, says the company may be pricing out those who need the electric rental bikes the most. “At least in part, these bikes were supposed to be for people who can’t afford a car,” Banks said. “If you raise the rates, it’s going to make those people at the bottom of the income ladder unable to use those vehicles.” Uber, JUMP’s parent company, is placing blame for its increase on the city of Sacramento’s new fee program. “One of the factors in the new pricing is that cities across the United States have increased fees for bike and scooter companies, which makes it more costly to expand our fleet,” Uber’s Nick Smith said in an emailed statement. “To pay our fair share of the costs cities charge [us] to use public infrastructure, we need to share the cost of these fees with our riders.” In May, the city began charging ride-share companies $4,440 for an initial operating permit and a $2,220 annual renewal fee. To cover parking and infrastructure impacts, Sacramento implemented a $0.25 per-trip-fee in the first year of operation and $0.10 per trip
The Issue of Rent Control BY E D G A R S A N C H E Z
s recently as 2017, some Sacramento City Council members ducked the volatile issue of rent control, according to pro-tenant community activists. Amid skyrocketing rents, some of these elected officials privately requested that the term “rent control” not be used in their presence, the activists say. “No one made that request of me because I wasn’t using the words rent control,” said Veronica Beaty, policy director of the nonprofit Sacramento Housing Alliance (SHA). Each time Beaty met with city reps, she instead delicately advocated for “rent stabilization” — a recollection that makes her laugh. But rent control was discussed by the City Council on Aug. 13, when it enacted the Tenant Protection and Relief Act, the first rent ordinance in the city’s history. The driving force for this discussion was Housing 4 Sacramento, a coalition that last year collected over 44,000 voter signatures on petitions to place a rent-control initiative in front of local voters next year. The initiative qualified, but is not on the 2020 ballot. When the council approved its own measure, some Housing 4 Sacramento partners objected and left the coalition.
in a city where the average monthly apartment rent is $1,400. Retroactive to July 1, the ordinance, among other things, caps annual rent increases to 6% plus the change in the Consumer Price Index, with a maximum 10% increase. “I was opposed to rent control ... But I’ve been convinced this is something we need to do, and need to do now,” Councilman Jeff Harris said during the Aug. 13 meeting. “We can’t let people suffer the way they have. I know it’s taken a while ... I will support this [ordinance].”
“WE CaN’t lEt PEoPlE SuffEr tHE WaY tHEY HavE.” Sacramento City Councilman Jeff Harris, before voting for the new Tenant Protection Program.
In September, the Legislature approved a statewide “anti-gouging” rent bill that, among other things, would cap annual rent increases to 5% plus inflation, to a maximum of 10%, effective Jan. 1.
But other coalition members, including SHA, back the ordinance.
If Gov. Gavin Newsom signs the bill as expected, Sacramento will likely adjust its ordinance.
Calling it a first step, Beaty said it will protect most of Sacramento’s 246,000 renters from outlandish rent gouging and unfair evictions, which contribute to homelessness
The California Endowment continues to support some current and former Housing 4 Sacramento nonprofit members that have taken different stands on the city’s ordinance.
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For example, it supports the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, which opposes the ordinance and is still fighting to let voters decide what rent control should look like. The Endowment also supports the pro-ordinance SHA. However, The Endowment does not fund or take positions on matters that require a vote of a public entity.
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The Meadowview you don’T know by Pauline Bartolone Cap i t al P ubl i c R adi o
ugging a bag of Kit Kats and other goodies, Catherine ’Ofa Mann heads into the sheriff’s station in South Sacramento. It’s a Friday night, and the spirited 69-year-old has already put in a full day as a case worker at a local mental-health clinic—enough to send anyone home for a lazy night on the couch. But somehow Mann, who grew up on the Polynesian island of Tonga, musters up the energy for this second job: teaching a dozen Polynesian kids how to be law-abiding citizens. She committed to this work 20 years ago, when she heard that young Pacific Islanders in South Sacramento were learning to flick switchblades in a park and how to pick locks and steal cars. She didn’t want to see these young kids join gangs, like the Tongan Crips. “You’re going to teach your parents about the law,” Mann announces to the young people at the station. The eager-eyed kids, who are seated at a U-shaped table under fluorescent lights, take turns offering what they’ve learned. Some kids recorded their thoughts on video, and got candy as a reward. “The thing that makes me different from the youth in juvenile hall is I have activities to keep me away from the drugs, the alcohol, the violence,” says 16-year-old Mohelangi Josiah Makihele, while looking into Mann’s cellphone. Mann leads these classes many first Fridays of the month with the hope of getting kids closer to their Polynesian culture—and keeping them away from trouble. 18 | SN&R | 10.10.19
Sacramento neighborhood is much more than where Stephon Clark was killed
It’s all part of her work with the To’utupu’o e ‘Otu Felenite Association, or “Friendly Islands Youth.” Some nights, the kids get a lesson in Polynesian language, others, they learn traditional Tahitian and Samoan dance moves. Some of these kids live in Meadowview, which includes the most concentrated Polynesian community in the region. And TOFA is just one of many organizations working to raise the spirit and prospects for the neighborhood’s young population. It’s a side of Meadowview that most Sacramentans haven’t seen. To some, the neighborhood eight miles south of downtown is known as “Ghettoview.” It’s where Stephon Clark was gunned down by police in 2018, a place you drive through—and don’t stop. But to people who live in Meadowview, it’s a place of pride, a nesting ground for a good life. They know it embodies the ethnic diversity that Sacramento leaders boast about, and that community members there work tirelessly to improve the lives of youth. Mann is just one of Meadowview’s protagonists. There’s also RoLanda Wilkins of Earth Mama Healing, which takes African-American girls on road trips to the East Coast every summer to learn about black heritage. Or Luther Burbank High School football coach Eddie Elder, who offers character-building lessons to teenage athletes, some of whom he says don’t get basic life skills at home. And Sacramento City Unified school board member
Mai Vang, who crusades to keep public schools working for Meadowview kids amid an ongoing budget crisis. “I’m always excited when I can honor young people,” said Wilkins, “because I want them to know, we need them to be OK, you know?” Through the work of Mann, Wilkins and others, the future generations of Meadowview may just overcome the hardships of their parents—and the misconceptions and stereotypes of today.
Empty fiElds, whitE flight Meadowview wasn’t always diverse. And like many neighborhoods, it’s had its dark periods and revivals. When Maria Castillo moved to the neighborhood in 1963, she said she was one of the only Mexicans. “It was just white people,” Castillo remembered. “There was nothing but fields. There was no movie theaters. Nothing.” Castillo was a teenager, and from what she recalls, it was a quiet neighborhood. There weren’t a lot of kids playing outside, and she and her sister were lonely. In the 1970s, new developments perked her up a bit. She remembers a skating rink and record stores popping up on 24th Street and Florin Road. Luther Burbank High School opened its swimming pool to the public for free. It was also around this time when Meadowview took a drastic turn: a mass migration of white families to newer or
The police killing of Stephon Clark in March 2018 put a new spotlight on Meadowview, and refocused City Hall on issues of economic justice for long-neglected neighborhoods. Meadowview has lived through tough times, white flight and the crack epidemic. It still struggles with poverty and lower education levels than the rest of Sacramento. But for many, this inner-ring suburb is an affordable and safe home. Residents have found ways to thrive. They’ve named Little League fields after beloved cops, new immigrants are realizing their dreams and activists are enriching the lives of young people. Capital Public Radio spent a year looking at Meadowview’s complicated history and talking to leaders who are remaking the neighborhood for the next generation. Now, Capital Public Radio is bringing stories and wisdom from Meadowview through a seven-part podcast called “Making Meadowview” that launches Thursday, Oct. 10, and ends with an episode responding to listener feedback. You can listen wherever you find your podcasts, and learn more at capradio.org/making meadowview. The following episodes will debut week-by-week through mid-November:
Spotlight on Meadowview
‘The newcomers’ A large community of Pacific Islanders lives in Meadowview, attending Christian churches and public schools. When members of the Tongan community were becoming active in criminal gangs, elders brought them back to their roots by teaching them Polynesian dance.
‘FooT paTrol’ • An aerial view of the Meadowview
neighborhood. more spacious housing developments She says the white flight was photo by julian martinez and andrew nixon, capitol public radio in other Sacramento suburbs. driven in part by fears that property “A lot of white people started values and school quality would moving out completely,” Castillo said, decline with racial integration. making the sound of a bird in flight. Dale McKinney, who is now an “They disappeared.” attorney in Meadowview, bought his first She witnessed white flight first house in the neighborhood through the hand, a phenomenon that the late Sacramento historian federal housing act in the early 1970s. At the time, he was newly William Mahan wrote about in his 2006 paper “The Rebirth married and working as an electrician, and his wife had a goodof a Community: Meadowview.” paying job with the county. In 1960, Meadowview was a post-World War II suburb “I liked the area, and it was affordable,” McKinney with roughly 6,500 people—almost all of them white, said. “I paid $20,500 for a four-bedroom, two-bath in 1972. according to historical census records. According to Mahan Imagine that.” and Sacramento State urban geographer Robin Datel, white During the 1980s, more Asian residents started moving in to families left during the 1970s in droves to eastern suburbs Meadowview. They included Hmong refugees, who settled in the like Rocklin or southward to Elk Grove. United States after they were displaced because of their alliance The demographic change is evident in Luther Burbank with the U.S. military during the Vietnam War. High School yearbooks. In 1965, photos of graduating Aiona Teu was one of the first Tongan islanders to move to seniors were mostly white faces. Just a decade or two later, Meadowview, settling into a house near Florin and 24th in 1979. the faces were much more diverse. She was preceded by her brother who came to perform Polynesian According to Datel, white families grew uncomfortable music at the Zombie Hut, a South Sacramento nightclub. when, in 1968, a new federal fair housing law allowed many “I thought there would be opportunities here for our people,” low-income people to purchase homes with no money down. said Teu, now in her early 80s. She saw it as a place for growth and These mortgages were concentrated in Meadowview. solid government jobs and vast farm country. “Significant numbers of white people left when they saw that the neighborhood was going to become increasingly “meadowview” black,” Datel said. Continued on page 20
Meadowview residents still talk about how much they loved Officer Dan Ware, one of Sacramento’s first black police officers. He often patrolled by foot, and as a baseball coach he was a role model for young neighborhood boys. But he also had personal battles with his employers at the Sacramento Police Department.
‘The man oF meadowview’ Sixteen-year old Lamajhe Miles wants to be a professional football player. And he has the talent. But without a bed to sleep on, poor grades and bad influences all around, all he has is his will.
‘healing The neighborhood’ RoLanda Wilkins grew up in Meadowview and lived through its crack epidemic in the 1980s. Now, she dedicates her life
to empowering neighborhood girls, some of whom may be working through residual effects of the crack epidemic’s “lost generation.”
‘welcome To margariTaville’ Margarita Chavez has the best house on the block. At least, that’s how she describes it to all who visit her in Detroit Park. She wants her neighbors to feel that same pride in their home. So Chavez patrols nearby streets to report neighborhood ills, trash, stray dogs and overgrown lawns. She’s a familiar voice to the city’s 311 operators—a squeaky wheel who knows how to get things done, for herself and her neighbors.
‘sTepping up To The dais’ Mai Vang has always been a trailblazer. She is a firstgeneration Hmong American and the eldest of 16 children. As a young adult, she helped start a nonprofit to give political voice to her South Asian community. Now, she’s a school board member and aspiring City Council member for Meadowview. Is it a thirst for power, a sense of altruism or something else that drives her to work tirelessly for the public?
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“Not only that … I love the weather here in Sacramento,” she added. The late 1980s, however, were a hard time for Meadowview. The crack epidemic hit the neighborhood hard. Wilkins with Earth Mama Healing witnessed it first hand. Good parents and spouses got sucked in and just disappeared. “Crack came [and] just kind of swept people. Like, ‘Where did this person go?’” Wilkins remembered. When addicted parents neglected to care for their children, community members helped out. Wilkins says neighbors brought food to hungry kids, and teachers provided clean clothes for their students. Kids in Meadowview now—some of whom may be relatives of crack addicts—still feel the lasting effects from those times, Wilkins says. “In the crack era, a lot of those things that you learn from the generation before, did not get passed on,” she said.
• RoLanda Wilkins of Earth Mama Healing gives empowerment workshops to teenage girls at Luther Burbank High School.
Photo by Andrew nixon, CAPitAl PubliC rAdio
A neighborhood misunderstood When Robert Roots Sr. was a young adult in Meadowview in the 1980s, he says drug dealers and gang members roamed freely on the streets. Visitors from other neighborhoods had to watch their backs. Today, Roots says, although you occasionally hear about people getting assaulted in the park, the dark days of rampant crime are over. “It’s not like it was back in the day,” said Roots, now 55, a retired and disabled veteran who coaches basketball at John Still K-8 School south of Meadowview Road. “It’s real calm now.” assaults, are higher in By many accounts, the 1990s the council districts that marked an upswing for the neighborinclude downtown, Land hood, starting with the election of Park and Del Paso Heights. Sam Pannell to the City Council. The public’s misconPannell was crucial in pushing ceptions about crime in through the construction of a large Meadowview has been a community center, which helped sore point for Councilman bring together residents, churches Larry Carr, who now repreand community organizations. sents District 8. “The bright spot of this commuAt Mayor Darrell Steinberg’s nity is that center,” said Jackie Rose, State of the City address, which director of the Rose Family Creative was held in February at the Pannell Empowerment Center, which runs Center, Carr stressed to a packed RoLanda Wilkins cultural activities for Meadowview’s audience that his community is safe. students. eArth mAmA heAling “Month after month, year after year, The community center is now [Meadowview’s district is] always named after Pannell and his wife, the second or third lowest in crime,” Bonnie Pannell, who succeeded him he said. on the City Council after he died Another myth, according to Carr, during his second term. Locals can use the center’s pool, is that Meadowview is predominantly African American. play flag football, visit the gym or computer lab or reserve According to CapRadio’s analysis of neighborhood the community room for events. census data, Latinos make up 34% of the area’s population, Rose described Sam Pannell as a “pitbull” bringing while Asians and African Americans each comprise roughly resources and economic development into the community, 21%. White residents are about 11% of the population, while and that Bonnie Pannell was no different. “They really Pacific Islanders make up at least 5%. Almost a third of resipushed the agenda when it came to this community getting dents are younger than 18, notably younger than Sacramento what they deserved at a high level,” she said. as a whole. But Meadowview hasn’t been able to entirely shake off But the people who own businesses and attend schools in its bad reputation. Meadowview don’t simply fit into broad racial categories. According to an analysis of 2018 crime data, however, Refugees from Afghanistan and Syria learn English alongside the overall rate in the City Council district that includes recently arrived Central Americans at Luther Burbank High. Meadowview are the second lowest in the city, behind only Hmong shop at Moos Pheeb supermarket on Florin and the district that includes Pocket-Greenhaven. “meadoWvieW” The rates of violent crime, including murders and
“I’m always excited when I can honor young people because I want them to know, we need them to be OK, you know?”
MeadOwview by the numbers
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Part of City Council district with second lowest overall crime rate
Nearly one-third younger than 18
About 10% have a bachelor’s degree
racial demographics 34% latino 21% asian 21% african american 11% white 5% pacific islander Source: Capital Public Radio analysis of census and city crime data
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24th Street, just across from Mi The same can be said about Rancho, a Mexican grocery. the Tongan gangs that Mann Farther down Florin Road, saw when she first emigrated you can enjoy a “Southern here in the mid-1990s from New comfort-style” chicken and Zealand, where she raised her waffles breakfast at Stagecoach kids after leaving Tonga as a Restaurant, or walk across the teenager. street to ask a storekeeper at Fiji “There was a loss of identity Indian Spice & Grocery how to with our young people,” Mann make tandoori chicken. said. That’s why she teamed And every Sunday morning, up with Teu, her relative and hundreds of Tongan and Fijian one of the Polynesian pioneers Robert Roots Sr. Americans attend the Church of in Meadowview, to start teachbasketball coach at John still k-8 school Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints ing at-risk kids traditional for services in their Polynesian Polynesian dance on Teu’s front languages. lawn. “There are a lot of different “Some of [the boys] were too races here,” Roots said. “Everybody gets along. … It’s a nice cool to dance, but they tried to do their best,” Mann said. place.” Now, TOFA’s young dancers perform every year at the California State Fair, showing off their vibrant costumes and elaborate, flowing gestures. This year, dozens of teenagers filled Finding an identity the promenade stage at Cal Expo, confidently displaying the If you drive through Meadowview today, as Sacramento traditional routines of various Polynesian islands: New Zealand, State geographer Robin Datel said she recently did, you’ll Samoa, Hawaii, Fiji, Tahiti and, of course, Tonga. notice it looks just like many other Sacramento suburbs. Mohelangi Josiah Makihele Jr., who goes by Jojo, stood “[It] doesn’t look remarkable,” she said. “It looks like a out on stage as his mother and dozens of Sacramentans fairly middle-class, fairly tidy, fairly well-kept ... postwar watched in the triple digit heat. He performed four numbers neighborhood.” with ease and flair, wearing a different costume each time. Kids walk home from school, parents commute to work In the Maori haka dance of New Zealand, he stomped and chanted in a blue skirt, sticking out his tongue in a fierce and retired residents such as Maria Castillo get together with warrior face. During one of the Tongan songs, he wore a other elderly Spanish speakers every Friday at the Pannell pressed, white button-down shirt and a feather in his hair, Center to raffle, eat and dance to Latin music. smiling as he whirled around in quick, fluid motions. He was Meadowview may seem like any other neighborhood, but clearly enjoying himself. it still has its struggles. In pockets, poverty rates are double Mann was pleased after the show. Watching the boys the city’s average. And in most of the neighborhood, only about 10% of people have a bachelor’s degree, lowering their perform on stage, she says, goes to the heart of what TOFA strives to do. prospects for higher-paying work. “[It] tells me that they finally found their identity, their Gangs are still active in Meadowview, as they are in love of who they are and what they do,” she said. ■ other parts of South Sacramento, according to the sheriff’s department. But to Roots and Arthur Bowie, a longtime Sacramento County public defender for juvenile offenders, the level of danger has “died off compared to what it was.”
“There are a lot of different races here. Everybody gets along.”
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• (Top left) Robert Roots Sr. grew up in Meadowview and now teaches basketball at John Still K-8 School. • (Top right) Catherine ’Ofa Mann started a program to keep Polynesian youth away from crime. • (Above) Mohelangi Josiah Makihele, 16, whose parents emigrated from the Pacific island of Tonga, has been learning Polynesian dance since before kindergarten. Photos by Andrew nixon, CAPitAl PubliC rAdio
Cara Romero, Naomi, photograph, artist’s collection.
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o better understand the past, sometimes we must examine the present. For Stacey Shelnut-Hendrick, director of education at Crocker Art Museum, that approach is critical to learn about Native Americans and their role in the United States. “Often we talk about [indigenous people] as if they lived in the past and aren’t part of an ongoing, living culture,” Shelnut-Hendrick says. “In doing so, we erase them in the present tense.” The Crocker will address the topic, among others, on Oct.19-20 with a series of events aimed at showcasing the complex connections between Native American and U.S. history. On Oct. 19, Visual Sovereignty: A Symposium on Contemporary Native American Art and Activism will include discussions, conversations about art and ritual ceremonies. Then, on Oct. 20, We Are Here: A Festival of Native American Art will combine live performances and art demonstrations with an artisanal market. Both events are part of the museum’s multi-pronged approach to exploring and upholding the rich histories—and current events—of myriad indigenous cultures. “The symposium gives it an intellectual, knowledge-based grounding,” Shelnut-Hendrick says. “The festival is the icing on the cake, a fleshing out of conversations
“ Th e cR ock e R i s TR y i n g T o joi n a n um be R o f v oi ce s w h o aR e s up p oR T i v e an d al l i e s of n aTi v e am e R i can s s h aRi n g T h e i R ow n s ToR i e s i n T h e i R ow n w ay . ” Stacey Shelnut-Hendrick Crocker Art Museum director of education
and the chance to give [people] the art in practice.” In addition to the events, the museum also has two related art exhibits. The first, Pueblo Dynasties: Master Potters from Matriarchs to Contemporaries, which runs through Jan. 5, highlights the skill, artistry and history of pottery with a display of more than 2,000 pieces crafted by American Indians of the Southwest.
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Diego Romero, Saints and Sinners, ceramic, gift of Loren G. Lipson.
When I Remember I See Red: American Indian Art and Activism in California, which runs Oct. 20-Jan. 26, features contemporary art by American Indian artists, many of whom have roots in California. The exhibit chronicles five decades of art with more than 65 artists working in mediums including prints and photography, sculpture and video. Shelnut-Hendrick says the events and exhibits are integral to the museum’s ongoing efforts to recognize, document and celebrate indigenous culture. “The Crocker is trying to join a number of voices who are supportive and allies of Native Americans sharing their own stories in their own way,” she says. “We believe we have a great opportunity to give body and voice to the political, cultural and social issues that Native Americans face.” The symposium will feature a diverse lineup of guest speakers, writers and artists including poet Vince LaPena, artist and fashion designer Jamie Okuma. Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie, a photographer, curator and professor of Native American Studies at UC Davis, will deliver the event’s opening lecture. The day will also include a panel conversation that examines the relationship between museums Frank LaPena, History of California Indians, lithographs, artist’s collection.
and Native American art, and how indigenous artists use their works to address, among other issues, racism and climate change. “[The discussion] will examine the complexities of Native American art and how it’s perceived,” ShelnutHendrick says. “It’s one thing when it’s viewed within the context of culture and part of a living and active community. Once you put it in the museum you view it in the context of fine art, it becomes something to be studied, framed, admired and upheld.” Often, she adds, Native American work is devalued. The pots featured in the Pueblo Dynasties exhibit, for example, might not elicit the same attention and respect if you saw them for sale from a roadside vendor in New Mexico. “When you put [art] in a museum, the context of the conversation becomes different,” she says. “It’s just fashion if I have a pair of jeans on, but when you put those Gloria Vanderbilt jeans in a museum they reflect a shift in the culture.” These conversations will be ongoing at Crocker. Throughout the
rest of the year, there will be related film screenings, poetry readings, concerts and workshops. To plan the symposium and other events, the museum looked for guidance from the United Auburn Indian Community, as well as Crocker’s Native American Advisory Committee, a group that formed to support such endeavors. Committee member Cheewa James—a writer, TV producer and member of the Modoc Nation of Oklahoma—says the events and exhibits are crucial, not just for Native Americans but for Sacramento as a whole. “It’s becoming increasingly important that cities hear the voices of its people,” she says. “Misunderstanding and racism arises because of a lack of understanding and contact.” Learning through art, she adds, can be powerful. “The pottery [on display] has been in existence for 2,000 years. It’s very important,” she says.
L. Frank, Even Where the Ancestors Live, acrylic on canvas, artist’s collection.
“ I t’s be com I n g I n cr e as I n g l y I m p or tan t th at cI tI e s h e ar th e v oI ce s of I t s p e op l e . m I s un de r s tan dI n g an d r acI s m ar Is e s be caus e of a l ack of un de r s tan dI n g an d con t act. ” cheewa james Native American Advisory Committee
“You’ll see the imagination, what these people have done to create this once very fundamental pottery and transform it into art.” The Crocker’s efforts to reach out to the council and other indigenous groups has helped to foster a sense of commitment and community, James said. “The [museum] could have just come in and done this themselves but instead they brought in a committee to give input.” That input was on the exhibits and events, but also on what kinds of food and drinks would be served—all important details, James says. “It allowed us to have a voice about what was happening and that adds to a magnificent event,” she says.
That voice is important when so many myths and misconceptions still persist about Native Americans. “[People] still say things like, ‘Don’t scalp me’ when they learn I’m Native American,” she says. “That happened to me just the other day.” Ultimately, James says, she hopes the symposium, exhibits and other events push people to further learn and explore: “I hope they carry with them a sense of adventure, taking the opportunity to not end with this exhibit but rather explore other native groups, exploring other cultures.” □
Visual Sovereignty: A Symposium on Contemporary Native American Art and Activism, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, at Crocker Art Museum. $60-$90. We Are Here: The Festival of Native American Art, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 20. Free. 216 O St. For more information on museum times, ticket prices and additional events visit crockerart.org.
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The Sacramento Symphonic Winds opens its 18th season in a brand new venue at the El Camino High School Center for the Arts.
A new era for Sacramento Symphonic Winds
Bug’s Life, Romeo Must Die). The piece plays upon the slowly creeping “trio” melody in Sousa’s famous “The Thunderer” march. Hearing the movement is an opportunity to appreciate a deceptively complex genre. “Hearshen really ruminates on one melodic fragment from where the change of key occurs in ‘The Thunderer,’ and brings out its similarity to The 60-strong ensemble the slow movement in Mahler’s 3rd Symphony,” debuts its 18th season at a Smith explains. “He’s doing this on purpose to make a comparison he’s hearing in his head. It brand new venue takes someone with a good ear to hear it and appreciate it.” The evening also features music by other by GrEGG WAGEr American classical composers, including Frank Techeli, Norman Dello Joio and Robert Litton. Originally, the players who form the core of You probably know John Philip Sousa. In 1987, the Sacramento Symphonic Winds morphed out Congress designated the late American composer’s of other ensembles, some of which eventually tune, “Stars and Stripes Forever,” as the country’s disbanded and fused back together. official national march anthem. Sousa’s composiThe 18th season promises several collaborations are among some the most well-known of the tions with other organizations, including Rio early 20th century and a fixture on July Fourth. Americano and Placer high schools, but most While march music is often accompanied by a notable are the four concerts at the new venue. parade and fireworks, hearing it performed indoors can The new space should give the Sacramento still provide the hoopla and razzle-dazzle. Symphonic Winds plenty of room to experiment On Sunday, the Sacramento Symphonic Winds with programming and commissioning new works. opens its 18th season with a program that includes The winter concert in December is titled “From a familiar Sousa march, but also seven other highly Words, Music” with instrumental arrangements of introspective works. The semi-professional ensemble familiar songs, and the spring concert in March is also play a brand new venue this year: the El Camino High School Center for the Arts, a 500-seat community called “A Universe of Sounds.” The final concert in May features music by mostly female composcenter that opened last December. ers, called “Her-story.” “We’re thrilled to finally be performing in a real “Because we’re not a pops group,” Smith says, concert hall and not a hotel ballroom,” says Timothy “our mission keeps us programming new works Smith, who begins his fourth season as the group’s along with appreciation of older, lesser known music and artistic director after a 22-year career as a works.” □ music professor at California State University, East Bay. The baton was passed to him by founding conductor Lester Lehr, who retired in 2016 and performs in the band as a trombonist. Among the eight pieces in the opening program, titled “American Tapestries,” the most curious is the second movement of an elaborate symphony by veteran film orchestrator Ira Hearshen (Rush Hour, A 26 | SN&R | 10.10.19
check out the sacramento symphonic Winds’ opening concert, “american tapestries,” 2:30 p.m. sunday, oct. 13. tickets are $10-$15. children through eighth grade get in free. for show info, visit sacwinds. org or call (916) 489-2576. Gregg Wager is a local composer, music critic and author.
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Headbanger’s holiday Five must-mosh bands at Aftershock 2019 by Chris MaCias
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devil-horned salutes. More than 50 bands—legacy acts and up-andcomers—will perform on three stages. Here’s a guide to five of the must-mosh bands at Aftershock: Tool: A slam dunk, with Aftershock marking the first live show for Tool since its charttopping album Fear Innoculum was released in late August. Judging by its Aftershock appearance in 2016, Tool’s set is likely to be as sonically heavy and dense as it is visually stunning. slipknot headlines aftershock on Friday, on the heels of its Fishbone: While not of the sixth album, We are Not Your Kind, released in august. chunka-chunka metal variety, these ska-punk pioneers have been known to start plenty of burly mosh pits on their own. They rose in Southern California’s punk scene in the ’80s and still As the final power chords ring and the last clouds of play with a manic energy that rivals your favorite vape smoke dissipate by the banks of the Sacramento heavy metal shredders. River, Aftershock 2019 may have made local history. Slipknot: The mosh pits during their 2015 headlinThe three-day extravaganza of hard rock, ing set nearly left crop circles in the grass heavy metal and a few musical twists at Gibson Ranch, Aftershock’s home goes down at Discovery Park Friday that year. Expect more of the same through Sunday, Oct. 11-13. More with Slipknot performing on than 30,000 people are expected The mosh pits the heels of We Are Not Your per day, with a total attendance Kind, the band’s first studio during Slipknot’s 2015 of about 90,000. album in five years. headlining set nearly Those numbers could make Knocked Loose: The Aftershock 2019 the largest metalcore band Code left crop circles in the musical event in Sacramento Orange boosted its local fan grass at Gibson Ranch, history. That honor previously base after its ferocious 2017 went to the former Sacramento Aftershock’s home Aftershock set. Knocked Dixieland Jazz Jubilee, which at Loose, a band from Kentucky, that year. its peak in the 1980s drew about is next as Aftershock’s up-and85,000 over a four-day Labor Day comer to see, with a manic energy weekend. that bridges hardcore and metalcore Those days of banjos and washboards poundage. If you’ve got some issues to are long gone. Now, it’s about flying V guitars, work out, this is the band to see. mosh pits and a heavy metal nation that descends on The Crystal Method: Aftershock does well by throwSacramento. ing a left-field act into the mix of metal and rock. The Aftershock, which started as a single-day event Crystal Method’s electronic music comes primarily in 2012, makes its first run as a three-day festival this from the digital realm, but its hella big beats and bass year. It features two of the biggest names not just can still pump up any heshers who need an energy in hard rock, but contemporary music. Headliners boost. □ Slipknot and Tool each released chart-topping albums recently, bumping the likes of Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift. check out aftershock friday through sunday, oct. 11-13. tickets range Heavy metal and hard rock are in some of its from $120 to $350. sunday is sold out. for tickets and festival info, visit aftershockfestival.com. most robust years in recent memory, and Aftershock is ready to rally the community with a sea of 28
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wed 7pm, thu 7pm, fri 8pm, sat 2pm & 8pm, sun 2pm; through 10/27; $25-$40; sacramento theatre company, 1419 h st., (916) 443-6722, sactheatre.org.
Sacramento Theatre Company (STC) launches its 75th season by welcoming back two alumni who breathe creative life into Jane Austen’s very first book, Northanger Abbey. The novel, published posthumously by Austen’s brother, is one of the author’s lesser-known works, but one that captured the imagination of local playwright Carissa Meagher. Only in her late 20s, Meagher’s play makes its world premiere at STC. Joining Meagher is lead actress Olivia Stevenson, a graduate of STC’s Young Professionals Conservatory who portrays the characters of Austen and her spunky protagonist, Catherine Morland. Both Meagher and Stevenson are the talented keys to making this a winning, entertaining production, though credit also goes to director Teresa Stirling Forsyth and the supportive cast. Many of the actors play dual roles, which adds a fun element to the show. The story—Austen’s satire on the popular gothic novels of the time—begins with Jane and her brother Henry Austen (Corydon Melgoza, who also portrays Catherine’s brother) discovering her book in the afterlife. The two retell the plot of a young woman bucking the trend of formal courtship by breaking “the rules of society and etiquette,” often with clever asides and dialogue directed at the audience. As with most debut plays and adaptations of novels, this one needs a little bit of work: For instance, the mix of romance and gothic horror gets a bit muddled here, as does the plot at times. But overall, Meagher captures Austen’s humor and wit, along with her distinctive grammar and dialogue. Ω 30
4 No angel Resurrection Theatre caps off its 2019 season with William M. Hoffman’s As Is, a somber look into the AIDS crisis of the late 20th century. Originally performed in 1985, Hoffman’s play was one of the first to shed light on the epidemic and those affected by it during a time when paranoia had reached an all-time high. Set in the ’80s in New York City, we focus on Rich (Rick Grant-Coons) and Saul (Thomas Dean), who have recently broken up and are in the middle of splitting up their estate. Emotions are running high as the two bicker over furniture and past slights when, suddenly, Rich reveals that he has AIDS. What follows is a winding narrative that jumps through time and space to explore the different faces affected by AIDS, but frequently returns to the evolving relationship between Rich and Saul. Where As Is shines is in its empathy for its subjects, especially Rich. Rather than portray him as a blameless victim passively accepting his fate, he faces his terminal illness like any normal person would—angry and terrified. Through all the ups and downs, Grant-Coons does an excellent job of humanizing Rich and, along with the rest of the cast, breathes life into a story characterized as much by hope as by —Rachel Mayfield bleakness.
as is: fri 8pm, sat 8pm; through 10/12; $18-$20; the wilkerson theatre, 2509 r st.; (916) 501-6104; resurrectiontheatre.com.
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Is Joker a dangerous film? That’s the question on many minds amid warnings from the U.S. Army and New York Police Department about potential Joker-inspired violence at theatrical screenings. But the actual movie, directed by Todd Phillips and starring Joaquin Phoenix, is more pretentious than provocative. It’s clear that Phillips and Phoenix want audiences to believe their version of Batman’s most famous villain is shockingly different than what’s come before. This artistic desperation, however, leads to the exact opposite of shock, thanks to repetitious concepts, muddled politics and beyond-obvious allusions to Taxi Driver. The story concerns Arthur Fleck (Phoenix), a wannabe stand-up comedian who still lives with his mother, Penny, in the fictional city of Gotham. Through a monotonous series of not-so-subtle sequences, you learn Fleck leads a miserable life. He gets beaten up by kids, he can’t control his laughter and he has serious mommy and daddy issues. With on-the-nose imagery—such as Fleck repeatedly walking up a tall flight of steps—Phillips bangs the audience over the head with material that’s supposed to make people feel sorry for the man who becomes the Joker. Because of the film’s blatant attempts to be perceived as a legitimate sob story, it’s tempting to call Joker a laughable production, but that would be giving it too much credit. In one scene, Penny asks her troubled son, “Don’t you have to be funny to be a comedian?” Indeed, Phoenix’s performance is rarely witty or ironic, unlike previous depictions of the character (Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson, Mark Hamill, Heath Ledger). The actor’s nervous leg shaking, awkward dancing, emaciated frame and timid voice might scream “Oscar nomination,” but Phoenix is just as cartoonish as his predecessors. The villain’s merely unfunny now. The lack of humor suggests that Phillips, known for dumb comedies like Old School and The Hangover, reasoned he must cleanse himself of his past to be taken seriously as an artist. His desire to craft a drama and not a comedy— almost as if Phillips believes the two should rarely, if ever, meet—results in several embarrassingly amateurish creative decisions. Phillips seems to take from other artists for no apparent reason other than to look sophisticated, whether he’s borrowing from Tim Burton’s Batman (1989), which originally tied Joker to Batman’s very existence, or Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver. In fact, Scorsese inspires Phillips so much that Phillips recreates the violent climax of Taxi Driver for one of Joker’s kills. This reference, like all of the others, is so obvious that the violence registers as a contrivance. Joker, a terrible joke of a film, treats imagery and emotion like cold products.
June’s Cafe’s hasn’t served loyal customers since July and has them reminiscing about their favorite dishes and memories inside this mom-and-pop-style diner. Photo by Karlos rene ayala
A bite down memory lane June’s Cafe, the beloved downtown diner that serves Asian-American comfort food, has ‘temporarily’ closed. Will it reopen? by Chris MaCias
With each passing day, on a quiet stretch of 9th and V streets, a sinking feeling grows that June’s Cafe may have shut down for good. A “closed” sign hangs ominously in the window. An unplugged rice cooker rests on a counter, which normally would be packed with locals scarfing lunch plates of loco moco and chicken katsu. The lights are off, a few scattered bowls are covered with towels. Sacramento may have lost not just a beloved eatery, but part of its soul. June’s Cafe has been deserted since July, following the death of co-owner Dennis O’Sullivan. As of Tuesday, it 32
remained shuttered. A post on its rarely updated Facebook page says any news will be posted there. The possible loss of the diner buzzes around the downtown neighborhood, one that continues to shed its roots as an enclave of Sacramento’s Asian-American community. The topic brings up a certain amount of sadness at Binchoyaki Izakaya Dining, the Michelin-honored Japanese restaurant around the corner from June’s. “June’s Cafe is history in this community,” Tokiko Sawada, Binchoyaki’s co-owner, said during a recent lunch rush. “It’s a small diner
that everyone kind of grew up in. Her With just a bit of pan-fried meat, soy presence there is more like the mother sauce, some egg and onion—always, of the community. And there’s nothing lots of onion—magic could emerge like your mother’s cooking. You take from limited rations. Add a bed of a bite and go down this memory lane.” sticky rice and a heaping of love, The memories run deep. This and survival meals like these remain area near Southside Park was once a treasured tastes decades later. thriving Japantown, a hub of business June’s Cafe specialized in these and community life. It’s an extension foods. June did the cooking, including of Sacramento’s original Japantown, mounds of bacon fried rice, weenie near where Golden 1 Center and DoCo royale and the occasional burger. currently stand. After the internment Dennis cleared tables and manned the of Japanese Americans during World cash register. War II, many of them were displaced The American-ized menu was from Japantown when they returned once foreign to June. She was raised and found their homes and businesses in suburban Tokyo and met Dennis taken over by government action. in Japan while he was stationed there Many of the residents moved south with the U.S. Navy. But when she and and concentrated in the neighborDennis decided to open their own cafe, hood near 9th and V streets. That they stuck with the foods most beloved Japantown character can still be seen by locals. in Osaka-Ya, the mochi shop and Between orders, they bantered with snow cone stand on 10th Street, or the customers while onions sweated on the fading Wakano Ura sign that hangs up stove. Diners in Sacramento couldn’t the block for an eatery that closed a get more mom-and-pop than this; June decade ago. was known to give the stink-eye to new Dennis O’Sullivan ran the 20-seat customers who tried to sit at the counter, June’s Cafe for nearly three decades reserved for regulars. with his wife, Junko (aka “June”). The regulars remained fiercely loyal Together, they continued a tradition over the years, including a Binchoyaki of old-school Japanese-American customer named Sandy. lunch counters, where neighborhood “You’d go in and there’d be a lot of locals gossiped over bites old-timers, which was fun,” she of macaroni salad and says. “Slowly that kind of slurps of miso soup. dissipated. But it was just Debit card readers like going to grandma’s “June’s Cafe be damned, money house—and what’s is history in this was collected at a she going to make community. It’s a small push-button cash for you? Weenies register. and rice.” diner that everyone kind of The building The future of grew up in.” that houses June’s June’s Cafe is was built in the unclear. A voice Tokiko Sawada 1960s and is the mail message co-owner, Binchoyaki Izakaya former home of both says it’s closed Dining Mary’s Fountain and “temporarily.” But that Kay’s Fountain, similar closure’s going on its lunch counters that catered third month with no sign of to the neighborhood’s Asianany change. SN&R left a message American tastes. that hasn’t been returned. Some of these lunch counter foods Taking a seat at June’s was like have roots in the internment camps, such traveling to a simpler time in Sacramento as the Tule Lake War Relocation Center that’s all but vanished. June’s Cafe may be near the California-Oregon border, where gone forever as well. Ω food was a rare gateway to pleasure.
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It’s not unusual to find someone in a pith helmet hunched over the bar at McGee’s, as if its clutter of triple-blended scotch and high-end spirits are the prime prey in an alcohol-inspired safari. As it happens, it’s fine to sport touches of vintage attire in this 160-year-old Nevada City saloon. The pub openly embraces the shades of its white-knuckled past while using inventive décor to get the mine wheels of the imagination turning. That ambiance comes from a rare fusion of western Victorian grit and quirky industrial futurism. A lazy writer might describe it as the Gold Rush meets steampunk—an assertion guaranteed to annoy most people who love McGee’s. Like many hideouts in Nevada City, this bar is a free-wheeling anomaly unto itself: evocative, transporting, a snapshot in time that doesn’t entirely give over its meaning. Oh yeah, it also has a jail cell under a trapdoor in the shadowed recesses of its basement. For decades McGee’s has been owned by Richie Costello, who took the name from his late mother’s favorite moniker. It was the Irish-descended Mrs. “McGee” who first bought this saloon building that dates to 1852. Costello still tends bar there most mornings and then spends his afternoons by the front window, telling jokes, swapping stories and keeping the place a laid-back magnet for lushes and local characters. Visitors are often entranced by what they see on McGee’s walls. Its artistic arrangement of gold gears, copper tubes and automated mine wheels were designed by Costello’s wife, Michelle, which, along with other oddities, brings a little escapism to the
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drinking. There’s the skull statue wearing aviator goggles. There’s the carved bear head in a top hat wrapped with Christmas lights. There’s the pilgrim musket modified to a hand-held blast cannon. It all says Nevada City—and it all says McGee’s. The saloon’s slightly devilish style doesn’t stop there. Every Monday, it morphs into the only bar in the Sierra foothills that hosts a DJ-driven gothic night. That’s part of a broader music program that head bartender and general manager Marc Allen has brought. Allen also programs a monthly line-up of live bands and throwback dance nights. He says what he likes most about McGee’s is how inviting it is. “If you come in here any day after 3 p.m., you’re going to see 20 or 30 people hanging out that have lived in Nevada City their whole lives,” he says. “It’s a range of people from their 20s to their 70s. It’s dynamic and diverse; and so are the stories that you hear.” One person who also enjoys that atmosphere is McGee’s bartender Shawna Cleary, who originally hails from Dublin, Ireland. “It’s unique in a lot of different ways, and it’s an old bar, too—the only Irish bar in Nevada City,” Cleary says. “People in this area like to eat good, and dance and wear clothes that are kind of … different. I like it here. It’s a good energy.” Ω
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if you were dealing with a wholesaler or middlemen. We’re lucky; we’re our own middleman and grower. It’s hard to do that, so it’s a good thing we’re not open 365 days a year.” Instead, Lewis concentrates on three sales in fall and another set of sales in spring. A desire to help pollinators is driving current demand, he said. “There’s a lot of buzz about pollinators. It’s like 10 years ago, when drought-tolerant plants and California natives first started to get traction with Monch aster is a bee-friendly customers. When we first offered California favorite available at the Arboretum Teaching Nursery at UC Davis. natives, everything sold every single time. Now, it feels like that with pollinatorattractive plants. The good thing is there’s a lot of cross-over between drought-tolerant Maybe it’s pent-up demand or a need to plant and natives and pollinator plants.” something new. But when the Arboretum Some best sellers surprised him. Teaching Nursery at UC Davis hosted its first “Deerweed; it flew out the door!” Lewis said sale of the season, customers stretched past the of a little yellow California native shrub. “If I had parking lot. known, I would have grown more. Cascade Creek “People started lining up at 8 a.m.,” said nurs[goldenrod], I had 75 one-gallon [plants]. Next ery manager Taylor Lewis. “By 9 a.m., we had thing I knew, they were gone.” 300 people waiting to come in. We had more than Of course, Lewis has many, many more plants 1,500 people come through the door. It was one of available for the two remaining sales including the biggest events we’ve ever had.” such favorites as California fuchsia, penstemons If you missed it, don’t worry. The UC Davis and coffeeberry. Arboretum is hosting its second public sale from 9 “I’m really loving the Monch aster,” he added. a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, with a fall clear“It looks beautiful this time of year. I see so many ance sale set for Nov. 2. Admission is free. bees on those flowers! It’s a great choice for Before these sales, Lewis and his staff spend pollinators.” Ω months propagating and nurturing young plants, particularly drought-tolerant perennials, shrubs and trees that also attract pollinators. event detaiLs “I want as many awesome plants as we can get,” Lewis said. Fall plant sale, arboretum By his estimate, that’s about 25,000 plants in teaching nursery more than 700 varieties. Garrod Drive, UC Davis, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. “The joy for me is to grow them,” Lewis said, Oct. 12 and Nov. 2. “then wave goodbye as they go to new homes. Admission: Free Some gardeners get really attached to plants they Details: arboretum.ucdavis.edu propagate. Not me. Lewis is always on the lookout for something different. “We have lots of things people have never seen before,” he said. “We grow what retail nurseries Debbie arrington, an award-winning garden writer and lifelong don’t grow, and we can offer it at a fair price. gardener, is co-creator of the sacramento Digs Gardening blog and website. We don’t have to charge what you would pay 34
Home sales are slowing down in Sacramento, but still up nationally.
Local market neared all-time record Prices, volume beginning to slip Has the market peaked?
Following a western trend, Sacramento’s housing market is slowing down. According to the Sacramento Association of Realtors, August saw dips in both volume and median sale price. August totaled 1,567 sales, down 7.4% from July. That’s also 6.5% lower than August 2018. Median price slipped slightly – from $390,000 to $385,000 – but was still 4.1% higher than August 2018’s median price of $369,950. July’s median price neared Sacramento’s all-time record, $392,750 in August 2005. Sacramento homes still are selling relatively fast; the average days on the market
is 25. Nearly three out of four homes sold in less than a month. The Sacramento homes in most demand were priced between $300,000 and $350,000; out of 304 listed in August, 296 sold. Nationally, sales of existing homes were up 1.3% in August, but down 3.4% in the West. Overall, national sales are up 2.6% compared to a year ago. The national median home price in August: $278,200. But the median for the West was considerably higher: $415,900. In the housing market, consumer confidence remains high, says the National Association of Realtors. In its quarterly HOME (Housing Opportunities and Market Experience) survey, 63% said they believed now was a good time to buy a house. “Mortgage rates are at historically low levels, so I see no sign of the optimism about home buying fading,” said Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist. But it’s an even better time for sellers, especially in the West, where more than four out of five respondents said it was “a good time to sell a home.” A shortage of affordable or medianpriced homes is squeezing buyers, says the NAR, as inventory remains low. The Sacramento market, for example, only has 1.6 months of inventory available; meaning it would take 48 days to totally deplete active listings if homes sold at their current rate. The national inventory is 4.1 months. By D e B B i e A r r i n gto n
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Crest theatre and IMaX, varIous tIMes, $10-$75 Celebrate the best LGBTQ film has to offer at the annual installment of Sacramento’s premier LGBTQ film festival: FILM BENT. Formerly known as the Sacramento International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, the event is celebrating its 28th year putting historically marginalized stories on the big screen. Catch every single film or just a smattering of them over three days of screenings. On Sunday,
TICKET WINDOW HOzIER The Irish musician is performing
on his Wasteland, Baby! tour, so don’t miss out on the singing, the songwriting and the voice. 10/21, 8pm, $73-$103, on sale now. Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, ticketmaster.com.
MATT HECkLER Casper Allen joins the Heck-meister for an evening of fiddling fun and a wickedly dark evening of IrishAmerican folk-punk music. 10/27, 9pm, $15-$20, on sale now. The Starlet Room, showclix.com.
THE MIDNIgHT HOUR Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge make music together. The Los Angeles group scored Luke Cage and have a broad resume of features with superstar artists. 11/7, 8pm, $20-$25, on sale now. Harlow’s, showclix.com.
one film is Changing the Game, a film about three transgender high school athletes; among other Saturday offerings is Gay Chorus Deep South, the story of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus expedition into the Deep South to spread a message of love. Catch these and more films, including short programs and plenty more mingling and cinema. 1013 K St., bentfilmfest.org.
THURSDAY, 10/10 GATHER OAK PARK: Gather around as GATHER
comedian with the sharp wit, the sharp shoes and the sharp kitchen utensils (we assume) will be performing in town. You know her from The Break with Michelle Wolf.
11/7-11/9, various times, $35.50-$45.50, on sale now. Punch Line, concerts1.livenation. com.
MICHAEL RAPAPORT The comedian
you might remember from his Big3 Basketball commentating, or from his appearance in Next Friday as Mailman with Tax Notice is going to be performing for three days only. 11/21-11/23, various times, $25-$35, on sale now. Punch Line, concerts1.livenation.com.
JOHN TESH The pianist and composer will be performing for the holidays. 12/5,
time with DJ Mike Diamond in the wake of ArtMix. There will be music, there will be drinks, and you will dance, by gosh. 9pm, no cover. Bottle & Barlow, 1120 R St.
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY: The Raleigh, N.C., heavy metal band is headed to town. They got together in 1982—just like Dio, the Weather Girls, Spermbirds and more. 6:30pm, $29. Holy Diver, 1517 21st St.
FRIDAY, 10/11 MARTHA KOSTIUK-HOLLIER: Martha KostiukHollier performs this concert dedicated to the season and sounds of autumn and its melodies. She was a soloist in the Bolshoi Theater. 6:30pm, $35. William J. Geery Theater, 2130 L St.
LOS ANGELES AZULES: Catch the cumbia sonidera musical group from Mexico as they perform all together, as a group, learning from their mistakes and finally impressing the crowd in a third act resolution that will make your heart sing. 8pm, $45. Papa Murphy’s Park, 1600 Exposition Blvd.
SHADES OF PINK FLOYD UNDER THE STARS: Though Pink Floyd won’t be attending this evening of music, there are countless other venues they’re also not attending. That said, you can catch a tribute to them in the form of Shades of Pink Floyd. 6:30pm, $8-$10. Swabbies Restaurant & Bar, 5871 Garden Highway.
SATURDAY, 10/12 ROMAN WOROBEL: Join Two Rivers Cider for an evening of acoustic Americana and more by Roman Worobel 6pm, no cover. Two Rivers Cider, 4311 Attawa Ave., Suite 300.
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BENT: Sacramento LGBTQ Film Festival
SUNDAY, 10/13 Break it down, Michelle. 7:30pm, $45-$65, on sale now. Harris Center, Folsom, tickets.harriscenter.net.
LOS LObOS These wolves are
performing for their 45th year and want to celebrate it with you, because if they don’t, who will fill the seats? 1/4, 8pm, $35-$57, on sale now. Harris Center, Folsom, tickets.harriscenter.net.
MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 LIVE The folks who make their
living making fun of old, cheesy movies will make their living making fun of cheesy movies while you sit in the audience. 1/21, 7:30pm, $38-$72, on sale now. Harris Center, Folsom, tickets.harriscenter.net.
AFTERSHOCK FESTIVAL PRESENTS MOTIONLESS IN WHITE: Join Motionless in White and After
B&B THURSDAY’S W/ MIKE DIAMOND: Spend some
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THURSDAY, 10/10 the Burial for an Aftershock party. It’s sort of a pre-Aftershock for the festival, and the metal bands will hopefully rattle out one or two of your tooth fillings. 6pm, $26. Ace of Spades, 1417 R St.
Chris M. Mosier is featured in Changing the Game, one of the featured films in the BENT film festival.
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SON VOLT: Catch this alternative rock group featuring legendary founder of this band, Jay Farrar. 8pm, $25-$30. Harlow’s, 2708 J St.
MONDAY, 10/14 THE FAIM & STAND ATLANTIC: Alternative-slashindie rockers the Faim join hands in musical prayer with Stand Atlantic, another group of acclaim. 6pm, $16. Holy Diver, 1517 21st St.
GAELIC STORM: Catch the Gaelic Storm with
the McKeever School of Irish Dance. 7pm,
$25. Harlow’s, 2708 J St.
sets the communal table with food, folks and fun as well as drinks, links and thinks in a festival vibe you won’t forget for days to come. 5pm, no cover. Broadway and Third Avenue.
FRIDAY, 10/11 52ND ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST: Get your German festival of record at the Turn Verein for two days of excitement, beer, food and much more. There are also three different bands playing three different kinds of music, suitable for three different kinds of dancing. 6pm, $5-$40. Sacramento Turn Verein, 3349 J St.
AFTERSHOCK: Music is headed your way in the form of this festival and the countless superstars of rock that will be attending and performing. A whole bunch of artists, including Blink-182, Tool, Slipknot, Korn, Staind and plenty more are going to be performing. Noon, $82-$575. Discovery Park, 1000 Garden Highway.
DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS FIESTA 2019: Celebrate the new exhibit to Día de Los Muertos with the annual fiesta from the California Museum. There will be food, live music and live artists John S. Huerta, Oscar Magallanes and Raul Mejia 6pm, $5-$20. California Museum, 1020 O St.
SACRAMENTO FALL HOME SHOW: Get the deets on home improvement and remodeling your home at this home show. Noon, $5-$7. Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd.
SATURDAY, 10/12 11TH ANNUAL ANTELOPE CROSSING SPOOKTACULAR: Show up for a harvest festival, featuring carnival games, entertainment, booths with vendors in them and more. 11am, no cover. Summerhills Plaza, 7867 Lichen Drive, Citrus Heights.
2ND ANNUAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY CELEBRATION: Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day with traditional dancers, foods, crafts, vendors, guest speakers, live performances and much more. It’s a free day of celebration and festivities. 10am, no cover. Southside Park, 2115 6th St.
6TH ANNUAL RUSSIAN FESTIVAL: Celebrate Russia in the 6th annual installment of the Russian Festival. There’s food and culture and church tours, too. 11am, $3-$5. Holy Ascension Russian Orthodox Church, 714 13th St.
AMERICAN LEBANESE AND MIDDLE EASTERN FESTIVAL: Celebrate the 8th annual Lebanese Festival of the Central Valley, featuring food and entertainment. 11am, by donation. 6811 Fair Oaks Blvd., Carmichael.
AUBURN WINE, ALE, AND FOOD FESTIVAL 2019: Want to get a taste of the food, drink and culture of Auburn. There will be lots of pairings, plenty of walking around and lots of brewed beverages. 11:30am, $30-$293. Downtown & Old Town Auburn, Auburn.
Saturday, 10/12Sunday 10/13 Nick Jr. Live MeMorial auditoriuM, various tiMes, $17-$50
Well, well, well—it seems as though Nick Jr. is headed to Sacramento for a live show. Catch Nicholas II for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see a TV channel in person. All your favorite ON STAGE characters will be singing and dancing in one place: Dora the Explorer, the Paw Patrol, Blue from PHOtO COurtESy OF Pr nEWSWIrE Blue’s Clues and more. The ticketing website states that “any child who has celebrated their first birthday must have a ticket”—and if you’re like me, you might sense some ambiguity in that rule. Probably safer to buy a ticket, though. 1515 J St., nickjrlive.com.
BLACK MEMORABILIA, FINE ART, CRAFT, AND KINFOLK SOUL FOODIE FESTIVAL: Join the Sojourner Truth Multicultural Arts Museum for a festival dedicated to black memorabilia, art, craft and food. Check out exhibits, go on tours and take in artwork. 10am, no cover. Sojourner Truth Multicultural Arts Museum.
FALL FEST & SAFETY FAIR AT SUNRIDGE PLAZA: This free Fall Fest and Safety Fair brings you the much-needed insight into how to prepare for fires and the eventualities of living with nature. Plus there will be balloon animals, balloons, balloon art and more. 11am, no cover. Sunridge Plaza, 40004044 Sunrise Blvd., Rancho Cordova.
MISCHIEF MANAGED HARRY POTTER TRIBUTE ART: Catch this Harry Potter artwork show, spanning plenty of mediums and offering some candy. Get the most of the sorcerer’s likeness. 5pm, no cover. Hacker Lab.
ROCKLIN MINI MAKER FAIRE-5TH ANNIVERSARY!: Makers make, that’s what they do, they produce things and give them to you. Show up and see what these ones have been up to and maybe get some inspiration on how you can create something in your own life. 9am, no cover. Sierra College, 5100 Sierra College Blvd., Rocklin.
SERBIAN FOOD AND CULTURAL FESTIVAL: Show up and get a taste of Serbian culture—and also of Serbian food. This festival gives you all kinds of cuisine and live musical entertainment. 11am, $3. Serbian Orthodox Church, 7777 Sunset Ave., Fair Oaks.
S’MORESFEST: Join the YMCA of Superior California around the campfire and under the stars for the Camp Capital City S’moresfest benefiting local YMCA youth programs by providing scholarships to kids who would not otherwise be able to participate in Y activities with some s’mores and other foods. 5:30pm, $50. Sacramento Central YMCA, 2021 W St.
Sunday, 10/13 CALIFORNIA FREETHOUGHT DAY 2019: Celebrate the 18th installment of California Freethought Day with lots of speakers, activists, booths and much more exciting free thinking. 11am, no cover. California State Capitol Building, North Steps.
FALLING LEAF CRAFTS FESTIVAL: Celebrate fall with more than 100 vendors selling gourmet specialty items, crafts and more. There are games, a dog costume contest, food trucks, raffles and much more excitement. 9am, no cover. Carmichael Park, 5750 Grant Ave., Carmichael.
FOOd & drInK tHurSday, 10/10 PAINT THE TOWN PURPLE 2019: Join the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence for an evening of painting and sipping, complimentary wine and whiskey and light appetizers, all for a good cause during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. 5:30pm, $40. Capitol Event Center, 1020 11th St., 2nd floor.
SCIENCE SAYS BARBECUE: Come meet fellow scientists and learn more about ways to get involved in Science Says at this barbecue where like-minded scientists can discuss how to make science more accessible to the general public. 5:30pm, no cover. Slide Hill Park, Davis.
Saturday, 10/12 CALIFORNIA PAN AFRICAN CARIBBEAN FOOD AND FASHION: Fifty-five nations of the African Union and 15 of the Caribbean Common Market come together with extended family to celebrate the food of the Caribbean, along with its fashion. 11:30am, no cover. Valley Hi-North Laguna Library, 7400 Imagination Parkway.
CURTIS PARK WINE TASTING & SILENT AUCTION 2019: Taste some wine and participate in a silent auction in Curtis Park. It’s a great way to bid on things without having to deal with actual auctioneers. There’s also music. 4pm, $45-$100. Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th St.
TOWER TAPS AND TRUCKS: Drink some drinks and catch different food trucks in one location, including Zintzuni, Outlaw Cuisine, Che’s Urban Eats and more. 5:30pm, no cover. Tower Brewing, 1210 66th St., Suite B.
CAMP POLLOCK BENEFIT & BIRTHDAY BASH: Catch the benefit show for Camp Pollock, including lots of music, food, drinks for purchase and more. Noon, $15. Camp Pollock, 1501 Northgate Blvd.
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working in New York in the onset of the AIDS crisis. Through 10/12. $18-$20. 2509 R St.
Mischief Managed: Harry Potter Tribute Art HaCker lab, 5pM, no Cover
art DownTown CoMMonS (DoCo): 2nd Saturday Arts and Crafts Halloween. Show up at the DOCO for a morning of arts and crafts with a Halloween theme. 10am. Through 10/12. no cover. 405 K St.
Head on over to Hacker Lab for an evening of artwork based on only the most famous wizard in ArT the entire wizarding world: Harry Potter. That’s PHoto by cor-sa/deviantart, cc by-sa 3.0 right, the Freer of Elves, Stabber of Basilisks and Master of Death is the subject of this exhibition. There may be some other character-themed art, and there definitely will be some free candy. A costume contest will ensue, a raffle may occur and Diagon Alley will be emulated. Show up and consider donating to the event’s beneficiary: 916 Ink. 2533 R St., Suite 120, hackerlab.org.
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Ribeiro, of course. He’ll be performing standup comedy for your enjoyment. Through 10/11. $44.95. 1200 Athens Ave., Lincoln.
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tHursday, 10/10 THIS IS MoTo: Celebrate all things motocross
AMErICAn rIVEr CoLLEGE THEATrE: Little Shop of Horrors at American River College. Catch ARC’s production of Little Shop of Horrors and witness the slow, rising tension of the story of Seymour and a little plant called Audrey II. Through 10/27. $15-$18. 4700 College Oak Drive.
with this movie premiere tour and its delightful profiles on eight riders. 7:45pm, $6-$18. Crest Theatre, 1013 K St.
Friday, 10/11 CoFFEE, DonuTS, AnD A MoVIE SInGIn’ In THE rAIn: Are you ready to put Gene Kelly to the test in a major way at this movie in the afternoon? Show up for some movie watching, some donuts, some coffee and some tea along with the wonderful musical with dancing. 1:30pm, no cover. Sylvan Oaks Library, 6700 Auburn Blvd., Citrus Heights.
CoSuMnES rIVEr CoLLEGE bLACK boX THEATrE: Getting Out. Catch the story of a young black woman in the aftermath of her release from prison after an eight-year sentence and the effort to stay out of prison. Through 10/20. $10-$12. 8401 Center Parkway.
GrEEn VALLEy THEATrE CoMPAny: The Rocky Horror Show. There’s no time like the present to do the dance from Rocky Horror about time, so show up in costume and catch Green Valley Theatre Company’s production of the cult classic. Through 10/11. $20. 417 Vernon St., Roseville.
28TH bEnT SACrAMEnTo LGbTQ FILM FESTIVAL (SIGLFF): Check out the event highlight for
this festival in our print event calendar. 5pm, $10-$75. Crest Theatre, 1013 K St.
HArrIS CEnTEr: Blue Man Group. What do
music, art, comedy and not speaking have in common? They’re all fun to do for a little while, and you can get all of them from the blue men from the Blue Man Group, coming soon to a Harris Center near you. Through 10/13. $43.20-$92. 10 College Parkway, Folsom.
PunCH LInE: Sactown Comedy Jam Featuring Local Radio Personality Arnie States. Catch this comedy jam with local radio personality and former 98 rock host Arnie States. Sunday 10/13, 9pm. $16. 2100 Arden Way, Suite 225.
SACrAMEnTo CoMEDy SPoT: The Gateway Comedy Show. Four comics hit the stage and do their best sets, then they go to an undisclosed location to get way too high, only to come back in and attempt to do another set completely baked, all hosted by Billy Anderson. Friday 10/11, 9pm. $15-$25. Gray Is the New Black. Catch this stand-up showcase featuring all comics over the age of 50, including Jacqui Pirl, Sandra Risser, Roman Guzman and more. Sunday 10/13, 5pm. $10. 1050 20th St., Suite 130.
THunDEr VALLEy CASIno: Bob Saget. Catch the
MEMorIAL AuDITorIuM: Nick Jr. Live Move to the Music. Catch Nick Jr. live and in-person, instead of on the television. There will be all the classic characters you love, as well as the new characters that you love equally as much, all dancing, singing and clapping along with you. Through 10/13. $19-$89. 1515 J St.
SACrAMEnTo THEATrE: Northanger Abbey. STC premieres this adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel of the same name—the first novel she ever wrote that was published after her death. Through 10/27. $30-$40. 1419 H St.
THE wILKErSon THEATEr: As Is by William M.
king of hosting America’s Funniest Home Videos, after Tom Bergeron and Alfonso
Hoffman. Catch the William M. Hoffman work about a broken-up couple living and
ELK GroVE FInE ArTS CEnTEr: Journey of Hope Show. Join the Elk Grove Fine Arts Center for a bunch of stories of folks living with mental health challenges in the form of artwork. Through 10/23. no cover. 9080 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove.
FE GALEry: Angles and Eaves. Enjoy the works of Karen Anable-Nichols, Susan Ballenger, Carolyn Lord and Jim Marxen at this opening reception that includes a live blacksmith demonstration. Saturday 10/12, 6pm. no cover. 1100 65th St.
KEnnEDy GALLEry: Recycled, The Exhibit. Catch the gallery’s newest exhibit of art work under the theme of trash recycled from around town, reused and turned into artwork. Who knew that there was artwork waiting to be assembled lying around on the streets? These artists. Through 11/3. no cover. 1931 L St.
SoL CoLLECTIVE: Día De Los Muertos Art Exhibition at Sol Collective. Join Sol Collective for a celebration of and exhibition on Día De Los Muertos. Catch the opening reception. Saturday 10/12, 5pm. no cover. 2574 21st St.
TIM CoLLoM GALLEry: The Delta Paintings and Other Works. Richard Stein brings a solo exhibition to the Tim Collom Gallery. It’s focused around agricultural landscapes, primarily viewed from above. Through 10/31. no cover. 915 20th St.
museums CroCKEr ArT MuSEuM: ArtMix Grimm. Time for some twisted, macabre stories of the fairy tale variety at this month’s installment of ArtMix. With lots of performances, drinks and activities, you’re sure to have a good time. Thursday 10/10, 6pm. $10$20. DesigNarrative Simon Sadler. Simon
Sadler will present a lively examination of the Crocker’s famed architecture in the context of how we think about and engage with museums today. Saturday 10/12, 2pm. $12. Artist in the Spotlight Frida Kahlo. Kristi Cortez leads this workshop on Frida Kahlo’s artwork, art history and studio practice. Sunday 10/13, 10:30am. $95. 216 O St.
SACrAMEnTo HISTory MuSEuM: Ghost Tours. Hear tantalizing tales of how folks lived and died in our fair city. Through 10/26. $18. 101 I St.
sPorts & outdoors Friday, 10/11 TruCK MAnIA: Celebrate all things trucks at this installment of Truck Mania, the largest all-truck event in the state—which is a pretty big state. There are all kinds of trucks, all kinds of truck-like cars and various fuels. 5pm, $20. Sacramento Raceway Park, 5305 Excelsior Road.
sunday, 10/13 C4CC 5K FErAL CAT wALK – PuT your bEST PAw ForwArD!: Walk with the Coalition for Community Cats in this 5K walk. There is also a silent auction during the event, plus there are T-shirts and more. 9am, $35. California Automobile Museum, 2200 Front St.
and fooderies have to offer, all for the Front Street Animal Shelter. It’s both a benefit and a party, which balance each other out nicely. 6pm, $50. California Automobile Museum, 2200 Front St.
saturday, 10/12 HIGH SCHooL STuDEnT CLIMATE CHAnGE SuMMIT: Join West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon and Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg for a summit of high school students interested in making the issue of climate change a bigger one, and sharing ideas for a sustainable future. 9am, no cover. River City High School, 1 Raider Lane, West Sacramento.
tuesday, 10/15 2019 EnD DoMESTIC VIoLEnCE ConFErEnCE SErVInG MArGInALIZED CoMMunITIES: Stand Up Placer is hosting its second End Domestic Violence Conference. The theme will be Serving Marginalized Communities. Join them for this educational event to learn more about the impact domestic violence has on our community and what you can do to stop it. 8am, $25. Canyon View Community Center, 471 Maidu Drive, Auburn.
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lGbtQ saturday, 10/12 LGbTQ+ InTEr-GEnErATIonAL brunCH: Sit down for brunch and a discussion across the generations in the LGBTQ+ community. What was it like being gay years past? How is being out and open today different? 11am, no cover. The Sacramento LGBT Community Center, 1927 L St.
THE IDEA DISTrICT-A CrAFT HISTory: Learn all about the craft beer scene in Sacramento from the author of Sacramento: A Craft History, Justin Chechourka. You’ll have some food and drink and get the lowdown on the history of craft brewing in the City of Trees. 6pm, $35. Urban Roots Brewery & Smokehouse, 1322 V St.
Friday, 10/11 PoDCAST worKSHoP: Want to learn to podcast? Pay some of your actual money so you can learn to podcast and potentially teach podcast classes yourself later down the line. 11am, $15. Broad Room, 1409 Del Paso Blvd.
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Día de Los Muertos Fiesta 2019 California MuseuM, 6pM, $10-$20
What’s better than a celebration of Día de Los Muertos? How about one that happens three weeks before the Mexican holiday? That’s the promise at this celebration, honoring a new temporary exhibit at the California Museum: “El Arte FESTIVALS de las Almas.” If you attend, you may see exhibiting artists John S. Huerta, Oscar Magallanes and Raul Mejia; hear live music from Maya; watch the Maquilli Tonatiuh Aztec Dancers; and more. 1020 O St., californiamuseum.com.
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SN&R’s Ngaio Bealum visited San Francisco to try the latest in elevated elixirs and CBD-infused beverages by Ngaio Bealum
“hey, you wanna come to san francisco and participate in a cannabis-infused beverage tasting at Foreign Cinema?” Sacramento foodie and cannabis writer Ed Murrieta asked in an email. “Hell yes!” I replied, and away we went. It was pretty fancy. Foreign Cinema bar director Nicky Beyries made a few cocktails for us to try. There was water for cleaning the palate and even a bucket for folks to spit out their drinks, so as not to get too high. As if. (I drank just about everything.) It was very much like a wine tasting, proving once again that weed is definitely on its way to being a fancy-pants and tasting notes kind of thing.
There were some standouts: The Turmeric Ginger Mule mixer from Proposition Cocktail Co. (no THC, but 15 milligrams of CBD per 6.7 ounce bottle) was probably my favorite. It had a nice lime and turmeric flavor, with a hint of ginger that gives it a little kick. I could see myself making a cocktail I would name “The Antiinflammatory:” a little ice, some soda water and the Turmeric Ginger Mule lix. The afternoon would be off to a good start. Proposition also makes a “Smokey Margarita” mixer with lime, chile and smoked salt. It was pretty good, with a nice smokiness, but I would have liked a little more lime.
Tinley Beverage Company presented a variety of drinks. We tried a trio of “elixirs” packaged to look a bit like bottles of rum with three different flavors: coconut, almond and cinnamon. Think Malibu, Amaretto and Fireball. Each serving (about an ounce or so) contains “one micro-dose” of THC (probably like 3 milligrams or so). I really liked the cinnamon one, which would be great in some coffee or a Mexican-style hot chocolate. The almond elixir definitely tasted like amaretto liqueur. It was cool, but I really enjoyed the coconut. It had a great flavor, despite a strong Stevia aftertaste. Beyries made a cocktail with
the Tinley’s coconut flavor, some passion fruit syrup and a little bit of lime. It was heavenly and tropical. I would definitely stock this in my home bar. I was already a few drinks in and the details are a little fuzzy, but the overwhelming feeling from the suits in the tasting room was that their brands (we tasted samples from five different businesses) were going to replace alcohol-based drinks as the go-to beverage for people looking to unwind after a hard day. There were also a few carbonated concoctions. Aurora Beverages had three different drinks that mixed fruit and herbal flavors together. Each bottle contains no THC, but 15 mgs of CBD. I thought they were all just OK—not enough fruit or herbs blended throughout, at least for me. The Citrus Cayenne had good grapefruit flavor, but no real cayenne spiciness. The RosemaryGrapefruit needed more rosemary and grapefruit. The Lavender Spice was nice, with notable lavender and orange notes but maybe a little too bitter of an aftertaste. Tinley served a really nice “High Horse,” its take on a Moscow Mule (why not a Mendo Mule?) that had great ginger flavor and good bubbles. The Canna Co. had mini cans of low THC “session-” style drinks, with the Rosemary-Grapefruit being better than the Blood Orange-Cardamom (I didn’t taste any cardamom!) and the LemonLavender being the best of the three. Lagunitas Brewing Co. had two offerings of its “High-Fi Hops” drinks: A very tasty tropical and hoppy beverage with a nice low dose of 5 mgs of THC and 5 mgs CBD, and bottle with 10 mgs THC and no CBD that tasted almost like beer. A great choice for a hot day. Cannabis infused beverages are all the buzz these days. It’s not just start-ups. Big names such as Lagunitas are also getting in on the action. It makes sense. Studies show that alcohol consumption decreases in states with legal weed, and there are plenty of businesses ready to create a new kind of (stoned and) happy hour. □
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You be the judge What do you do to clear your senses between strains when judging flowers? Perfume counters have coffee beans when you’re trying out scents.
That’s exactly what we use. Coffee beans are an excellent way to cleanse the nasal palate when tasting strains. Since harvest season is here, we hope that everyone will get a chance to attend a tasting or harvest festival. Use a clean pipe. Some people like to smoke joints when judging, while others say the flavor of the paper will affect the flavor of the weed. I am in the latter group. Take only a few hits, since you probably have a bunch of weed to smoke. You don’t want to get hella faded on the first sample and be useless for the rest of the event. Two or three tokes should be enough for you to get a feel for the flavor and effects. Wait 15 to 20 minutes between samples to let the effects of the previous sample fade away. If you feel too high, coffee is a good way to recover, since caffeine slows THC absorption. A large dose of CBD will smooth you out, but CBD also blocks THC absorption, so you may not be able to feel high again. Drink water. Cotton mouth is the devil, and water will cleanse your palate. Pace yourself. Have some healthy snacks on hand. Take notes. Oh, and invite me over because I love a good cannabis-tasting party.
How is it legal to grow “CBD” plants everywhere in the U.S.? Aren’t those the same plants that contain THC? Kinda? Not really, though. The new federal farm bill allows people all over the country to grow hemp. Hemp,
according to the federal government, is any cannabis plant that contains less than 0.3% THC. There are companies that specialize in creating low THC-high CBD cannabis plants. You can even order hemp seeds online and start your own little garden. The legality and booming popularity of hemp containing high CBD is causing some trouble with law enforcement. Earlier this year, a truck driver hauling hemp from Oregon to Colorado was arrested in Idaho (surprise!) for possession of marijuana. The driver is out on bail, lawsuits are pending and Idaho is working to amend its laws. In Texas, four counties have stopped prosecuting misdemeanor cannabis cases because police field-test kits can detect the presence of THC, but can’t quantify the amount. Fewer cannabis arrests are always a good thing.
Should people worry about inhaling butane from lighters?
Meh. If it was that dangerous, we would all be dead already. Butane lighters (like a Bic) burn pretty clean, and if you do it right (light your bowl indirectly, don’t just suck up all the flame) you shouldn’t really inhale any butane at all. If you are super worried about it, use a hemp wick. □
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I dated a man on Match who said I was the kind of woman he’d been waiting for. he’s more successful than me, but didn’t seem to mind that I’m still working my way up. there was one weird thing. he would flirt via text and when I responded in kind, he would be critical and say something really mean about me. on our second date, he did it in person. I told him it wasn’t ok. he brushed me off. the rest of our conversation and date went great. he said he couldn’t wait to see me again. then he ghosted me. After I left him another voicemail, he texted that I wasn’t his type. wtF? Instead of wondering what went wrong, mind your business. Don’t ask why he loved mixing cruel comments into flirtatious conversations. Celebrate standing up for yourself when he attacked. Be grateful that he saw you as a woman too smart for him to dominate. Thank the universe for having your back. You were dating a man who finds pleasure in causing pain. Isn’t it wonderful that he turned into a ghost and floated away? You can do a deep dive by asking yourself why you waited so long before shutting him down. Jump in faster next time someone attempts to manipulate you. It’s good self-care and it’s a lovely way to ensure he thinks twice before trying it with the next woman he dates. In the future, spend more time thoughtfully considering whether a man’s behavior is something you want in your life. Don’t dismiss seriously hurtful comments in the hope that a man will fall madly and cherish you. This is life, not a Lifetime movie. People change because they want to change, not because we have convinced them to become our soul mates. I’m sure that you know this, but when our hearts lean into romantic dreams of the future, it can be difficult to remain self-aware. My girlfriend and I were planning to move in together (her idea) since she’s at my place most of the time. Most of her clothes and stuff were already here. I came home last week and every trace of her is gone. It’s as if I made her up! I tried to reach her but 50
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