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Contents AUGUST 2020



WALK ON THE WILD SIDE Coastal trails beckon with sun, salt and surf. By Krista Minard









Farm to fork is just the beginning of our region’s culinary influence. By Angela Knight

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World travelers discover the pleasures of sticking around the house. By Mari Tzikas Suarez

Delivering a baby and visiting the dentist during a pandemic, an interview with top public health physician Peter Beilenson and more.

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SECTIONS 19 THE 916 Bugs in the Garden Freezer Frenzy Sole Concerns Bringing Home the Shelter

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Restless Sea YOU KNOW THOSE BEACH BACKGROUNDS PEOPLE PUT ON THEIR ZOOMS? There’s John’s ball-capped head in front of clear-

blue Hawaiian surf, but we know he’s really sitting at home in Roseville, dogs at his feet, a cat on the desk, while he performs some kind of tech magic that churns pages out of a color-calibrated proofer in the magazine office 25 miles away. When we did our first companywide Zoom (my first Zoom ever), I had a bona fide beach background. It was March 16, and I sat by a window at an inn overlooking the sea stacks off the coast of Trinidad, on the far Northern California coast. While I reconned trails to include in this issue’s coastal hikes story (originally scheduled for the May edition), the world shut down. Bars and brewpubs closed, then restaurants and retailers and gyms and salons—per health orders—and my co-workers hauled their office computers home. I learned all this as I checked email during my journey up the coast. The ocean crashed against rocks as Mike and I traversed headland trails, and it roiled into caves and tiny coves, sloshing against cliffs, splashing seals and sea lions that lolled on offshore reefs. Wind whipped waves into whitecaps. On a couple of our travel days, rain lashed our windshield and poured off redwood boughs, and in one surreal experience, we drove into swirling snowfall less than 2 miles from the beach—the beach!—and had to turn back, skidding on a road frozen white. What was the world coming to? That question remains, of course, but one thing stays pretty constant: the California coast. It’s always wild and rough and beautiful. The day we left Trinidad to drive back to Sacramento, our B&B—the beautiful Lost Whale Inn—had closed to new guests, keeping rooms open only to essential workers in need of a night’s sleep. State parks and public trails shut down and stay-at-home orders went into effect throughout the state. We did six-plus hours in our car that reeked of spilled coffee and lavender hand san, then stopped by the office so I could grab my computer and my files to take home. As of this writing, we’re still working from home offices and Zooming with fun fake backgrounds, but state parks and trails have reopened, at least for hiking. So get out there, because wandering the coastline is truly one of the best ways to socially distance.

AND THERE’S MORE . . . Closer to Home— For those who’d rather stick around here for a waterside walk, a great little trail skirts Lake Natoma in Folsom. Pick it up behind Lake Natoma Inn and follow it beneath Lake Natoma Crossing. It connects with the paved American River Bike Trail, but the beauty of this spot is that numerous dirt-path offshoots wind through the berry bushes and wild fennel close to the water’s edge. In a few places, you’ll be forced onto the paved bikeway (watch for speeding cyclists), but not for long. Bring a picnic to unpack at one of the tables by the water. Sac Mag’s Newsletter—For up-to-date COVID-19 numbers, links to local resources and stories about the latest happenings in the region, subscribe to The Daily Brief.



Angela Knight

Angela Knight writes about food and food makers as well as the environment, and is a regular contributor to Sacramento Magazine. “I interviewed Alice Waters and local food leaders before shelter-inplace orders went into effect in California, and checked back with them a few months later. I am amazed at the resiliency of the people who fight for access to quality food and work to ensure that our food supply remains viable and vibrant— even in the midst of a pandemic.”



Tyler and Christina Mussetter

Husband-and-wife photography team Tyler and Christina Mussetter met in high school and have worked together ever since. Their work regularly appears in Sacramento Magazine, and they’re known around town as some of the friendliest photographers, gathering people for our Party Pictures pages (before COVID-19 ruined all the parties). In this issue, they shot for “Food Hub” and got to photograph farm-to-table hero Alice Waters, who is bringing her Institute for Edible Education to Sacramento.

Dorothy Rice

A native San Franciscan and longtime Sacramentan, Dorothy Rice is the author of “Gray Is the New Black: A Memoir of Self-Acceptance” (Otis Books, June 2019) and “The Reluctant Artist” (Shanti Arts, 2015). After raising five children and retiring from a career managing statewide environmental programs, Rice earned an MFA in Creative Writing. She now works for 916 Ink, co-directs Stories on Stage Sacramento and co-parents two Chiweenie sisters and two guinea pig brothers.

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The 916 i n s i d e: Bugs in the Garden / Sole Concerns / Freezer Frenzy / Shelter Matters

Land Park Blooms The lotus pond in William Land Park has been blooming most of the summer, bringing walkers and Instagrammers to enjoy its pink-tipped aquatic field of green. Sacred lotus, so called for its religious significance in Buddhism and Hinduism, has taken over the middle pond, but the ducks still find spots to swim, dipping among the gigantic leaves and flowers.

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Garden Insects: Friend or Foe? Let’s figure out whether what’s crawling around your crops is hurting or helping. BY JENNIFER BERRY JUNGHANS


eep in our gardens, insects hunt and forage for food, battle with predators and prey, and hatch new life from eggs so beautiful they could pass as art while others give birth to live young. Some help our gardens thrive and others ravage them, but they all play an important role in the garden’s ecosystem. We spoke with Karey Windbiel-Rojas, associate director for urban and community integrated pest management at the University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program, and she helped identify 10 common garden insects and shared the following tips to help manage them. EMPLOY INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT. In a garden’s eco-

system, every insect has a value and place. The concept of IPM is not to eliminate every garden pest, but to keep them controlled at a level where they don’t cause extensive damage. Garden pests are food for beneficial insects, bats and birds. BEWARE OF BROAD-SPECTRUM INSECTICIDES. These insecti-

cides don’t discriminate. They can kill beneficial bugs including earthworms, bees and other pollinators, says Windbiel-Rojas. Be sure to read labels before using any insecticide.



IDENTIFY YOUR INSECTS FIRST. If it’s a pest, choose the least toxic approach that gives you good results, says Windbiel-Rojas. For help identifying pests, contact the UC Master Gardeners of Sacramento County at (916) 876-5338 or use the UC IPM’s pest identification tools, including the Natural Enemy Gallery, at ipm. CONSIDER NONTOXIC CONTROL MEASURES. Large pests like hornworms can be removed by hand (and make a great treat for birds). Aphids can often be controlled by spraying nontoxic, soapy water on plants. Row netting over young plants works as an effective barrier against some pests, and neem oil, a naturally occurring pesticide, controls others. PRACTICE APPROPRIATE PLANT CARE. Plants that are well

cared for can better withstand a little pressure from feeding pests. For starters, Windbiel-Rojas recommends making sure watering and sun exposure match plants’ requirements. Adding compost to the soil provides nutrients for plants to grow and thrive. KEEP YOUR GARDEN CLEAN. Remove cuttings and leaf litter to reduce hiding places for pests, and keep your tools clean to minimize the spread of pests and diseases in the garden.

Cleanup as Activism Downtown resident Shawn Kahan was among dozens of people who descended upon Sacramento’s commercial center to clean up after scores of businesses were vandalized and looted in late May in the wake of protests over the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. We talked with Kahan recently to find out why pitching in to assist local businesses was as important to him as protesting.



Insects 1-3, 6-7, and 9-10: Jennifer Berry Junghans / Insects 4, 5 and 8: Jack Kelly Clark, University of California Statewide IPM Program



REMEMBER YOUR KINDERGARTEN BIOLOGY. Caterpillars turn into moths and but-

terflies, which are pollinators. But some gardeners consider all caterpillars pests because they chew through leaves. According to Windbiel-Rojas, a good rule of thumb is to leave caterpillars on ornamental plants as long as the damage isn’t intolerable, but remove those that are found on fruit and vegetable plants, like hornworms. ATTRACT THE GOOD GUYS. Grow a variety of plants that produce nectar and pollen.

Adult beneficials generally feed on nectar and pollen, but their young feed on pests. Native plants such as common yarrow, ceanothus, sage and California fuchsia have evolved with our native pollinators, making them ideal selections.



1. APHIDS – These garden pests are particularly attracted to tender and overwatered plants. Ants feed on the honeydew aphids produce and in turn protect the aphids from predators. 2. LEAF-FOOTED BUGS – Comical-looking orange-and-black nymphs (young insects) cluster together, making them easy to identify. Named for the leaflike structure on the adults’ hind legs, these insects pierce fruit like tomatoes, pomegranates and stone fruits. 3. STINKBUGS (photographed: brown marmorated stink bug) — These squatty bugs feed on developing fruits, nuts and vegetables, leaving scars, depressions and discoloration. They can ruin the fruit’s texture. 4. SCALE (photographed: brown soft scale) — These creatures are often overlooked as bumps or growths—commonly found on citrus trees, for example. Some scale produce honeydew, which is so attractive to ants that they will attack beneficial insects that prey on scale. 5. WHITEFLIES (photographed: greenhouse whitefly) — These tiny flies are difficult to discern with the naked eye but can easily be recognized by an aggregation of white slivers on leaves and the presence of sticky honeydew.

6. LADY BEETLES (photographed: multicolored Asian lady beetle) —

Commonly called ladybugs, these insects prey on aphids and scale. Note the spiny-looking larval stage of the lady beetle. It’s often mistaken for a garden pest. 7. ASSASSIN BUGS (photographed: leafhopper assassin bug) — These predators come in a variety of shapes and colors, but all stab their prey, such as aphids, caterpillars and leafhoppers, and inject them with venom. 8. GREEN LACEWINGS – Easily identifiable with bright green bodies, large, round eyes and translucent wings, adults feed on nectar and pollen, but their larvae feed on a majority of garden pests. 9. SOLDIER BEETLE – These red-and-black adults often feed on aphids but also consume pollen and nectar. Larvae develop in the soil and eat eggs and larvae of other insects. 10. SPIDERS (photographed: orb weaver) — Spiders can be a gardener’s best friend by eating an abundance of garden pests. “If you see them in your garden, leave them be and applaud their presence,” says Windbiel-Rojas.

What compelled you help? As someone who was part of the peaceful protests, I felt there were three factions of people: There were people who were clearly protesting peacefully and using their voice to speak up about issues [of racial justice] in our country. Then there were some people who were also involved in the protests but were damaging things. And there were opportunists who were using the movement as a smokescreen to steal. Even though it’s really easy to jump on the side that says [vandalism] is not something that we should be doing, I don’t think it’s my place to do that. However, I love my city very much, and to watch it be destroyed broke my heart. I’m very involved in the community, so I was not only watching the city I grew up in burn, but I was watching my friends’ small businesses get destroyed. It broke me down. That’s why I wanted to help. Where did you go and what was the scene like? I went to K Street downtown and to my surprise there were many people cleaning up who had been there since the night and early parts of the morning. My mind was in a dark place when I arrived, but as I continued to see droves and droves of people out there helping, I felt some relief. What was the mood on the street? People seemed upbeat, even the shop owners. It seemed as if people understood that this was an incredible moment in our history. I think people found comfort being out there. And I think that a lot of people wanted to make sure that the momentum of the protests didn’t stop because of a small faction who chose to exploit it. —Catherine Warmerdam

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f you consider yourself to be environmentally responsible yet you often buy new shoes, your “green” cred might be on shaky ground. Running shoes are sourced, manufactured, transported and disposed of at a significant environmental cost, especially considering that more than 20 billion pairs of them are made every year. On average, one pair of shoes contributes a bit more than 30 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere. RunRepeat, an all-about-shoes website based in Fort Collins, Colo., in February posted a lengthy and statistics-soaked analysis of so-called “eco sneakers.” The author, Danny McLoughlin, wrote that “if the sneaker industry was a country, it would be the 17th largest polluter each year.” According to McLoughlin, only about one of every 29 running shoes manufactured these days qualifies as an eco sneaker, and they cost almost $50 more. What qualifies them as eco? Examples include the use of recycled materials, such as uppers made from recycled plastic water bottles, and midsoles (the main cushion) that are to some extent biodegradable. Overall, McLoughlin concluded, eco sneakers can claim only a 9.12% reduction in carbon imprint from

regularly produced running shoes. He urged Americans, who on average purchase three pairs of athletic shoes a year, to instead purON AVERAGE, ONE PAIR chase two. “Buying fewer pairs OF SHOES CONTRIBUTES of sneakers will always be A BIT MORE THAN 30 more effective than buying eco POUNDS OF CARBON DIOXIDE EMISSIONS TO sneakers,” he wrote. SoleScience, a CanadaTHE ATMOSPHERE. based collective of pedorthists (basically, shoe-fit experts) and lab technicians, recommends that people replace their shoes every eight to 12 months. Running shoes, SoleScience says, typically wear out by 435 miles of use. So we arrive at the part of the story that normally would contain savvy tips about what you can do to adopt a more sustainable approach. Sadly, those among you who are devoted runners and walkers likely would not appreciate being told to take up swimming or bicycling instead. No, you’re going to continue to buy shoes because the last thing you want is for old, worn-out sneakers to compromise or wreck your lower extremities and back. You can partly assuage any guilt you might have by donating your used shoes—to thrift stores, for example. Fleet Feet, midtown Sacramento’s retail athletic-footwear store, accepts unwanted running shoes no matter their condition. Soles4Soles, a nonprofit out of Old Hickory, Tenn., collects shoes nationwide for redistribution in developing nations and has several drop-off locations in the Sacramento area.

Freezer Frenzy Who could have predicted that deep freezers would be all the rage during the pandemic? Not Christopher Zajic, president and store manager of Zajic Appliance, an independent retail and repair shop in south Sacramento. Anticipating that sales would slump as people lost jobs and held tight to their pocketbooks, he instead saw a surge in appliance purchases as well as a jump in service calls. “It was the opposite of everything I expected,” says Zajic. “I foresaw customers withdrawing and not wanting services done in their home, but that was a very small percentage of people. And the sales spike was tremendous and totally unexpected. I figured people would be cautious about spending money.” Instead, they were shelling out considerable sums for new appliances. “There was the freezer phenomenon because people were overbuying food and didn’t have anywhere to



put it,” Zajic explains, adding that he ran out of inventory about a week and a half after the stay-at-home order went into effect. “At the peak of all this, we were getting probably 100 calls a day from people asking about

freezers, so many calls that it was tying up our phone lines.” But the frenzy didn’t stop there. “At the beginning of the pandemic, it was all the essential items—the dishwashers and washing machines and freezers—that were moving. In April, it got even more bizarre: I had people buying luxury kitchen items like crazy.” It appears that as people have faced the prospect of hunkering down for the foreseeable future, money that might otherwise have been spent on a vacation or entertainment is instead being invested in the comforts of home. Not that Zajic is complaining. “The demand is still there. I’ve never been so busy. We’ve had a 40 percent increase in business compared to this time last year,” he says. “A lot of people were super appreciative that we were open, and I’m grateful that we were allowed to be open.” —Catherine Warmerdam

Shelter at Home The way we provide care to animals pivots in a surprising new direction. BY THEA MARIE ROOD


n the morning of March 19, Kenn Altine, CEO of the Sacramento SPCA, just happened to be in a meeting on disaster preparedness when he learned that Sacramento was issuing a stay-at-home order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, effective that afternoon. “We didn’t even know if people could drive to work (under the order),” Altine recalls. He and his team flew into action: 200 animals needed to move out of the shelter immediately. “We have a good foster network, and we got on the phone and Facebook,” he says, “and told everyone to recruit and train new fosters.” If there was anyone who’d ever said they’d love to foster except they were never home, now was the time. The response was nothing short of astonishing. “Within 48 hours, we had 40 adoptions and 138 fosters,” Altine says. “We got 178 animals out.” Across town, at Front Street Animal Shelter, the same thing was happening: The staff sent out a social media SOS and streamlined its foster application process. “In two days, we had 1,000 applications,” “WITHIN 48 HOURS, says Phillip Zimmerman, the animal WE HAD 40 ADOPTIONS AND 138 FOSTERS. WE care services manager. “On March 19 GOT 178 ANIMALS OUT.” and 20, we placed over 200 animals in foster care.” Throughout the shutdown, both shelters offered essential services for sick or injured animals that had nowhere else to go. But they no longer routinely accepted healthy animals—and if they did, they only kept them for a few hours before fostering them out. What did they learn? That this is the wave of the future—and the model for animal care going forward. “My belief is it really comes down to supporting community members,” says Zimmerman. “Animals belong in homes, not shelters.” In fact, says Altine, with shelters less available, people jumped on Nextdoor or Facebook if they found a stray dog or cat and— not surprisingly—were more successful at locating the grateful owners, who were often just a street or two away. Both shelters also saw an uptick in adoptions from (you guessed it) the fosters. “Some never thought of adopting until we called and said, ‘He needs to come back,’” laughs Altine. “We had 260 animals adopted while we were ‘closed to the public.’” Lastly, it became clear that foster families provide a healthier environment and gain a truer picture of an animal’s personality. “If all we see is a dog barking at us from a kennel, we’re not impressed by that. But a foster can tell us a dog isn’t really a barker, likes children, likes cats, is already housetrained, can do tricks,” says Zimmerman, who himself adopted the dog he fostered and found homes for her puppies. “It’s becoming a movement in animal welfare across the country right now—all because of COVID.” There are new procedures in place, but still many animals that need a loving foster or forever home. For more information, visit or

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ike many women, my relationship with my hair is complicated. I’ve loved and hated it, often in the same day, and spent a small fortune trying to tame it. My hair’s natural state is blah brown, and so curly/ frizzy it gains more width than length as it grows—what a friend once called “pyramid hair.” I grew up in San Francisco’s Sunset District in the ’50s and ’60s, and as every curly-headed girl knows, moisture is not our friend. What the city’s signature fog did to my mop earned me the childhood nicknames Brillo Pad and Bozo (as in Bozo the Clown). I yearned for long, straight hair the way other girls dream of owning a horse. Hair like my younger sister’s. Hair like all the popular girls at school. Hair like the chick on “The Mod Squad.” To wear it down, in a ponytail, pigtails or braids. That was the impossible dream. If I had hair that could do all that, I could be anyone, do anything. Mostly, Mom cut mine short. At the kitchen table, with blunt scissors, using a bowl as a guide. What she called a pixie cut. During the ’60s and ’70s, the hairscape improved, margina nita scharf

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ally. I had natural hippie hair and was sometimes called Jimi (after Jimi Hendrix, with his loose Afro). Not a look I’d aspired to, but loads better than Bozo. At least Jimi was cool. In the ’80s, during my David Bowie phase, I rocked what I hoped was an edgy punk hairdo. Short and spiky on top, long enough in the back to wrangle an actual braid—a pencil-thin one, but still. Photos now reveal it for what it really was: a mullet. At 35, after the birth of my second child, gray hairs began sprouting in earnest. It never occurred to me not to cover the gray; altering my hair’s natural state was second nature. This was in the ’90s. I was in a bad marriage and struggling at work. To escape reality and boost my confidence, I spent long hours at a salon a few blocks from Sacramento’s state Capitol. Reverting to idols of younger years (Stevie Nicks, Rapunzel, a dash of Farrah Fawcett), I cultivated long, beachy waves, the furthest I could get from what my hair did on the natural. This meant double and triple processing, plus marathon, arm-numbing blowouts twice a week. One lunch break, I crossed Capitol Park to the salon, enjoying SACMAG.COM August 2020

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Essay spring before the 100-degree doldrums hit. Dani, the salon owner (whom I’d faithfully followed from shop to shop since my mullet days), approached with a ledger in her hands. “You’re our No. 1 customer,” she said, her eyes magnified behind cat-framed glasses. “You’ve spent over double what any other client has.” Her expression as she plucked at her blue-tipped mohawk was hard to read, but more surprised than pleased. “Um, I’m going to have Elena do you from now on,” Dani said. “She’s better with the blowouts and processing. I’m really more of a stylist.” After a decade catering to my increasingly conventional hair whims, Dani was bored with me. Despite the time and money lavished on my hair, the slightest hint of moisture and poof, frizz bomb. Even in Sacramento, far from coastal fog, I kept a tightfitting cap in my purse or pocket. Better unseen or irreparably squashed than frizzy. For the next 20 years—through a second divorce, the birth of a third child at 45, climbing the civil service career ladder from clerk typist to executive director of a state agency—I continued to spend a sizable portion of my paycheck fighting a losing battle against my hair’s natural inclinations. Root touchups, highlights, complete color changes, and every new, “miracle” straightening process I found advertised in the beauty magazines. Somewhere past 50, my scalp AS IF BY MAGIC, rebelled. It itched. I I ACQUIRED A NEW broke out in bumpy, red SUPERPOWER: rashes. Then, after one INVISIBILITY. excruciating, scalp-sizzling straightening treatment, entire fistfuls of hair cracked off at the roots. I canceled all my hair appointments and went cold turkey. When my graying roots had widened to a few inches, I hacked off the rest, which left me sporting a severe, salt-and-pepper helmet, not so different from the pixie cuts of my childhood. As if by magic, I acquired a new superpower: invisibility. On the familiar streets of downtown Sacramento, acquaintances darted past me without a glimmer of recognition. I’d become a ghost. I fantasized about a new career as a jewel thief or spy— there was no chance I’d be identified in a lineup. Thankfully, whatever its flaws, my hair


grows fast. Within two years, it was long enough to tug into a reasonable facsimile of a French braid. Multihued strands twined between my shoulder blades like colorful embroidery threads. No more helmet of shame. Women of a certain age began to sidle up to me on the sidewalk and in the Bel Air produce aisle. “You are so brave,” they whispered. “My husband would never allow it.” This Greek chorus assured me that while I looked great, gray hair would look awful on them. The first few times this happened, I was flattered. Bravery was an improvement over invisibility. But when the reaction became predictable, it started to feel weird. It’s not as if I’d rescued a family from a burning building. Was I a hero for venturing out in public? Enter my sisters, one older, one younger, both of them still raven-haired, thanks to the miracle of hair dye. We met for lunch at Tower Cafe. As she took our orders, and without a moment’s hesitation, the pierced and tatted 20-something waitress congratulated me on my beautiful daughters. “Mother-daughter lunches are the best,” she added, beaming down at us. A lifetime of sibling rivalry reared its ugly head. I’d weathered invisibility. I’d basked in unearned heroism. But being mistaken for my sisters’ mother? I would not, could not, give them the satisfaction. With humble apologies for the years I’d gone missing, I returned to my colorist. Fast-forward five years. At another lunch with my sisters and our partners, my older sister announced she was ready to go gray. “Wouldn’t it be fun if the three of us did it together?” she asked. My younger sister’s boyfriend—also in his ’60s, with gorgeous white hair—blinked at his beloved’s long, dark tresses. He pushed back his chair and blurted, “I didn’t know you dyed your hair.” “Awkward,” my older sister muttered, sotto voce. “My sister went gray,” the boyfriend added, dropping into a more somber tone, “I think it makes her look old.” I’d met his sister. She didn’t look old. She looked her age. I didn’t say anything. No point starting a family feud. But inside, I fumed. Why are men allowed to age gracefully, to own their years without being labeled old? And what’s wrong with old, anyway?

At 62, my inner ’60s activist roared to life. I went gray again. My sisters didn’t. My younger sister, the one with the white-haired boyfriend, concedes she’ll likely go to the grave with long, dark hair. I don’t grudge her that choice. It’s hers to make. My hair is now a long cascade of mixed gray, white and gunmetal, with a smidge of dyed brown left at the tips—a reverse ombré. For years, younger women have been paying to flaunt their dark roots in the name of fashion. I flaunt my lighter roots with no effort at all. Before COVID-19 and the closure of all but essential services, I indulged in “cafe writing” when I needed a break from my home office. On one such outing, the proprietor of a favorite WAS I A HERO FOR coffee shop, a woman VENTURING OUT about my age, slipped IN PUBLIC WITH from behind the counGRAY HAIR? ter to deliver my almond milk latte. I looked up from my laptop to thank her. “I just had to tell you how much I love your hair,” she said. “It’s so sexy.” From invisible to brave to sexy. In the decade since I first went gray, the hair color landscape had transformed. Beautiful, sophisticated, white-, silver- and grayhaired models now grace the pages of fashion catalogs and magazines. Instagram style mavens, Facebook groups and blogs encourage women to embrace their natural, evolving color. The self-distancing imperative added a new twist to evolving attitudes toward going gray. After months of missed visits to the hair salon, many women saw more of their natural color than they had in years. Some—like my older sister—decided that, having made it this far, why not let nature take its course. Whatever women choose to do with their hair post-quarantine, I foresee a time when going gray—or not—is simply a personal choice. One that doesn’t raise the specter of ageism, sexism or unearned superhero status. One that doesn’t alter how a woman is perceived or how she perceives herself. The impact of the coronavirus on lives, livelihoods and peace of mind has been catastrophic and enduring. While an inch or more of gray roots is neither, your hair professional likely suffered financially during the quarantine. Gray hair needs love and care, too. Who knows?—I may add purple streaks. After all, it’s only hair.


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ittle by little, the coast has begun opening back up. While some limitations remain and we’re being asked not to travel too far from home (of course, things could change any minute), the Pacific Ocean beckons with some of the best social distancing ever. Brisk breezes, salty air, sunshine, mist and the sounds of surf, seagulls and scudding sand promise plenty of invigorating walks. Here are a few favorite trails—check online to see that they’re open, then lace up and go. If it appears they’re not open, dog-ear this page and head out on a sunny day once the COVID coast is clear.




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number of trails snake through the forests and out along the water. In this area north of the Golden Gate Bridge, discover the Marin headlands, Mount Tamalpais, Stinson Beach, Tomales Bay and Point Reyes National Seashore.


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Muir Beach Overlook Marin County north of San Francisco, off Highway 1 between Sausalito and Stinson Beach, in the Golden Gate National Recreational Area. Short and easy, a downhill shot from your car to the rugged stairway that leads to the overlook deck. Add some mileage by taking the Owl Trail from along the hillside to Tick Point or beyond. Deep blue water meets deep blue sky, and whale spouts can be spotted during migration. Plus you’ll feel like you’re on the edge of the world. Check the weather. If the overlook is fogged in, don’t bother making the trip. Also, you’ll likely have no cell service out here, so let someone know where you are and when you expect to be back.




Campgrounds may or may not be open, depending on the location and the public health orders for each area. Call or check websites before you plan to pitch your tent.

Trail to Alamere Falls Pick up the trail at the Palomarin Trailhead, at the end of a dirt road off Mesa Road outside of Bolinas (Mesa Road), between Stinson Beach and Point Reyes. Be ready for about 12 miles round trip, through the Phillip Burton Wilderness and into Point Reyes National Seashore property. As you approach the beach, it’s a steep downhill with loose pebbles. Wear shoes with tread. A 30- to 40-foot coastal waterfall known as a tidefall plummets over the cliff onto Alamere Creek Beach and into the Pacific. It’s stunning. Another great option: Stop at Bass Lake, about halfway in (or out) along the trail, and take a cooling plunge. (People who have been here before but not in a few years might be disappointed to learn that the revered rope swing is gone.) Alamere Falls can get overcrowded, especially on weekends. Steer clear of erosion, and don’t be one of the idiots who needs search and rescue. (The National Park Service says it happens several times a year.)

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Hike in to Wildcat Campground along the trail to Alamere Falls (clifftop meadow with picnic tables, grills and vault toilets) or kayak in to overnight beach campsites along Tomales Bay (permits available at Bear Valley Visitor Center). Amenities vary from none to rudimentary. For a PDF map of kayak-accessible campgrounds, web search “Tomales Bay Boat-in Campgrounds.�

Tomales Point Trail At the end of Pierce Point Road, off Sir Francis Drake Boulevard outside of Inverness, in Point Reyes National Seashore.

The Pelican Inn, Muir Beach

A whitewashed, vinedraped inn with seven guestrooms loaded with English antiques and 16th-century British charm, The Pelican Inn serves breakfasts with specialties including bangers and grilled tomatoes, and a pub menu each evening with beef Wellington, shepherd’s pie and salads made from ingredients grown next door at Green Gulch Farm. Walk from the inn to Muir Beach—it’s a perfect little getaway.



It’s more than 9 miles out and back to the far-north end of the peninsula, but hikers can truncate the distance as they wish. Good spots to turn around: At the 1-mile point, the trail overlooks White Gulch and beyond to Hog Island in the middle of Tomales Bay—watch the sunset here and you’ll have time to get back to your car before dark. At about 2Ÿ miles in, the trail turns upward to the ridgecrest, then drops down sharply. Turn around before the drop to avoid a steep climb back out. If you continue, you’ll reach Lower Pierce Point Ranch and the tip of Tomales Point. What you’ll see, first of all: the Pacific Ocean, Tomales Bay and Bodega Bay. You’re literally surrounded. Also, come for the tule elk. The Tomales Point trail passes through the Tule Elk Reserve, and the 300-odd gray-brown grazers will gaze at hikers from various points along the trailsides. Don’t needle them or step off the trail and peace shall be maintained. Also, at the trailhead, Historic Pierce Point Ranch, which was a thriving butter dairy in the late 1800s, has been maintained as a visitor site. Check out the interpretive signage and various buildings, including barns, a schoolhouse and the main house. McClures Beach, a .4-mile walk from a lower parking lot, is a pretty little cove with steep cliffs and plenty of wind and wild waves. As all the signs say: Do not turn your back on the ocean. Especially here.












his wild part of the coastline includes beaches and wind-whipped bluffs with trails that run alongside surf that surges and charges around sea stacks. As you head farther north, forests take over the east side of Highway 1. Hikers can find trails that wander deep into the woods and ones that skirt the water under wide-open sky. Always be ready for fog—it can arrive quickly, sometimes blowing into a microclimate that seconds before sparkled in sunlight.

Kortum Trail Within the 17-mile Sonoma Coast State Park, between Bodega Bay and Jenner, this trail runs between Wrights Beach at the south, past Shell Beach to officially end at Blind Beach at the north. Hikers also can continue to Goat Rock, where the Russian River joins the Pacific in a swirl of gray and green. Depending on where you start, its length varies, but it’s intermediate at most, with much of it near Shell Beach comprised of hardwood pathways that run above wetlands. Flora, fauna and tremendous scenery make it worthwhile. Hikers will admire wildflowers, deer, bees and butterflies, and tons of shorebirds. Also, it’s easy to drop off the trail and stroll on a beach that booms with heaving waves. At Goat Rock, the far end of the beach is home to harbor seals that come here to pup. Stay 50 or more yards away and hold your nose if you’re downwind.

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Timber Cove Resort, Jenner Recently updated in midcentury splendor, this 46-room seaside hotel combines fun with sophistication and history. (You can’t miss Bufano’s Obelisk, a tower of peace dating back to the Cuban missile crisis.) The Aframe common house, created in the spirit of Frank Lloyd Wright, invites you in to belly up to the bar or move into Coast restaurant for a fine fish dinner or out to the fire pit for after-dinner drinks. Reserve an oceanfront room, throw open the doors and listen to some cool tunes from the vinyl library—on the record player—while you sit on your private patio. Or fill up the deep, deep tub and take a nice long soak. Plenty of trails wind throughout the property, beneath eucalyptus and out along the sea’s edge—don’t leave without exploring them.

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At the boundary of Sonoma Coast State Park, about 4 miles north of Jenner.

Set up beside the ocean in Gerstle Cove in one of 30 campsites. Also in Salt Point, Woodside Campground in the trees across Highway 1 includes 10 hike/ bike campsites behind the ranger station and 69 more for drive-in use.

A short 1-miler, relatively flat and wide enough for wheelchairs, this trail doesn’t provide much of a hiking challenge, but it’s a sweet place to picnic above the ocean and stretch your legs. The view from the blufftop takes in Goat Rock and the sea stirring with river waters, plus miles of cliffs, grasslands and sparkling ocean. Shoot for an earlyafternoon visit—after morning fog may have burned off, and before late-afternoon winds blow the fog back in.



Salt Point State Park Some 20 miles north of Jenner, between Fort Ross and Point Arena. Miles and miles of trails cut through the oceanside cliffs and meadows in Salt Point. Most of the water-hugging ones are relatively flat; inland, the pitch might be steeper, with tangles of foliage beneath the redwoods. A favorite hike: Start in Gerstle Cove, a state marine reserve, and head north about a mile and a half to Stump Beach Cove, and another 2 miles to Fisk Mill Cove. The rocky bluffs, sea stacks, winds and light create a vibrant energy on the ocean. Not only is this one of the most beautiful stretches of California, but you’ll feel the sea’s power throughout your whole body as the surf spins in between rocks and sprays against sandstone cliffs. The horizon rises and drops as you stand still on the shore, and the colors constantly change: blue to gray to white to green to beige. Watch for great blue heron riding rafts of late-summer kelp as they fish in Salt Point’s coves. Also, remember the word tafoni—cavern in Italian—when you see honeycomb patterns on the sandstone. It’s where wetness has dried over and over, eroding away the material to create pits, ridges and ribs.

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etween Mendocino, a pretty little white-washed village, and the grittier city of Fort Bragg, the coastline draws the eye and the feet out to the headlands. State parks and reserves give best access to the most glorious waterfront and into deep forests where magical ferns clot your path and redwoods hide the sun.

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Russian Gulch State Park Two miles north of Mendocino, with most of the park on the northeast side of Highway 1. Walk single file and keep your balance, and the blufftop trails won’t tax you. On the inland side of the park, the Fern Canyon Trail along Russian Gulch Creek to the Falls Loop Trail carries a few ups and downs, but feels moderate at most. The park’s most famous feature, the 60-foot-deep Devil’s Punchbowl sinkhole, roars with the surf forcing its way through the feeder tunnel. At high tide, water sloshes against all sides of the sinkhole. The Frederick W. Panhorst Bridge, a picturesque concrete arch carrying Highway 1 over the gulch, frames a small beach—it’s one of the most photographed spots on California’s North Coast. Although the Fern Canyon and Falls Loop trails are on the northeast side of the park, the entrance station is on the southwest side. To reach those trails, enter the park, cross beneath the bridge and pass the campground and rec hall.



MacKerricher State Park Fort Bragg, with the entrance just north of town. It’s flat as flat can be, but people with a tendency for seasickness might find themselves a little dizzy on the observation decks in Laguna Point. It’s visual trickery, with the dynamics of ocean sway. The platforms remain fixed, we promise. The Haul Road, a nearly 4-mile waterfront walking and cycling path, extends from the Pudding Creek trestle near town on up to Lake Cleone. At Lake Cleone, take the 1.3-mile trail around the lake, which includes a boardwalk through the wetlands. Pick up the other boardwalk at Laguna Point for a trip out to some of the finest whale- and sealwatching points. Winds whip through, churning up the sea, sending it crashing to shore at the main beach and splashing over the rocks and sea life. This is especially so at the park’s westernmost seal-watching deck. Whatever you do, bring your binoculars!

Jug Handle State Natural Reserve Hike the 2½-mile trail following The Ecological Staircase along Jug Handle Creek—hard to know that beneath you, marine terraces have been cut by glaciers, plate tectonics and the pounding sea. What you see are ocean bluffs leading to Bishop pine and grand fir forest, then to the redwoods and an astonishing pygmy forest.

Russian Gulch has 30 woodsy campsites, some better than others, especially given their location near Highway 1. At Mac-Kerricher, 140-plus campsites can be reserved, including 10 walk-in ones that allow a car-free experience with a haul-in distance of only about 50 yards. Campgrounds in both parks come with good amenities, including tables, food lockups, fire rings and real restrooms.

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Point Cabrillo Light Station On the frontage road off Highway 1 between Mendocino and Fort Bragg. It’s a slight downhill out to the water’s edge, a slight uphill back. Trails meander along the headlands and converge at the lighthouse and museum; wheelchair users can take Lighthouse Road out to the point. Rich history is on display from Frolic Cove, the site of the 1850 shipwreck of the Frolic, a clipper brig bound for San Francisco from China. The rehabbed 1909 lighthouse operated a Fresnel lens, one of a dozen in the United States. Today, the park includes the Lighthouse Museum, which showcases artifacts from the shipwreck, the blacksmith/carpenter shop, the oil house, the Marine Science Exhibit (some cool aquariums in here), and the First Assistant Lightkeeper’s House that’s open to tour. Also on-site: historic buildings converted to vacation rentals. Point Cabrillo lies on The Whale Trail, a series of sites from which you can spy whales and other marine mammals. For some frolicking seals, simply stand at the edge of the ocean inlet just south of Point Cabrillo’s blacksmith shop—and look down.

Glendeven Inn & Lodge, Little River This peaceful farmstead in Little River, just south of Mendocino, delights guests with its array of bed-andbreakfast accommodations and amenities. Stay in the 1867 farmhouse, the more contemporary lodge house, the carriage house, barn or private cottage that’s steps from a trail to the beach. On the compound, you’ll dis-



cover llamas, chickens and a garden that supplies ingredients for house-made breakfasts (delivered to your door), The Wine Bar[n] serving Mendocino County vintages, and adjacent trails descending to the forest and beach and out to the headlands. The forest trail drops into Van Damme State Park’s lowlands along its Fern Canyon Trail, where 10 bridges span the Little River. Of the numerous inns in the Mendocino area, Glendeven shines with its flawless mixture of full-service luxury, bucolic relaxation and celebration of local flavor.










ay up north, past the Avenue of the Giants, past Eureka and Arcata and Humboldt State University, Highway 101 heads for the Oregon border. But on its way, it delivers travelers to some of the most majestic land on the California coast: the place where the tallest redwoods practically touch the Pacific, elk roam the meadows right off the road, and life slows way down.


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Trinidad Head In Trinidad, at the main beach and harbor, about 17 miles north of Eureka. A relatively short loop hike (about 1½ mile), it’s steep at the start if you go counterclockwise, and some of the spur trails require some fancy footwork. The trail literally encircles the head, providing 360-degree views of the ocean, the shoreline in both directions and the clear waters beneath Trinidad Pier. Spurs lead to benches where you can sit at land’s edge and daydream. Take the trail clockwise or counterclockwise, and you’ll end up in the same spot: at the Trinidad Head Memorial Lighthouse, which was moved from a crumbling-cliff location two years ago to temporarily sit at the edge of the Trinidad State Beach parking lot. Just north of here is College Cove, a more secluded part of the beach where, it’s been said, people sometimes go nude. Clothes on or off, at low tide you can duck through The Portal, the rock arch separating College Cove from the main beach.

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Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park Some 50 miles north of Eureka in Orick, a very small, very-north community with more elk than people. Pick your path—more than 75 miles of trails traverse the park, ranging from fraction-mile flat loops to steeper lengths of up to nearly 12 miles. We recommend some of the gentler walks beneath the old-growth redwoods, where the paths feel carpeted, the tree trunks protective. Longer treks reach the ridgeline or travel the length of Prairie Creek. This magnificent park literally drips with green. There’s a Fern Canyon trail in every wooded park, it seems, but this one is like no other—the canyon walls literally are ferns, rising high around you. Fun fact: Prairie Creek’s Fern Canyon was a backdrop for the movie “Jurassic Park.� The park’s other main attraction: Roosevelt elk graze the meadows and lounge around the wetlands. They’re plentiful in Elk Meadow near Davison Road and out near Gold Bluffs Beach. Keep a respectful distance. Be ready for wet—mist, fog, rain. Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway, a 10-mile driving tour that provides access to dozens of trails so thick with redwoods that day turns to night, often closes during even minor storms, as does Gold Bluffs Beach Road to the Fern Canyon trailhead.



Agate Campground at Patrick’s Point sits near the beach with tables, bear-resistant food lockers, restrooms and showers, with great proximity to the Rim Trail. On the other side of the sand spit from Agate Beach, Big Lagoon County Park has first-come, first-serve campsites right on the lagoon. Bring your kayak or SUP!

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Patrick’s Point State Park About 30 miles north of Eureka. This depends on how much cliffscrambling you want to do at Wedding Rock, but the Rim Trail is generally moderate, with some high-stepping required in a few spots and the ability to dodge some overgrowth. Imagine taking your vows at Wedding Rock, a rough headland that affords more panoramics the higher you climb. (Many have done it!) The Rim Trail, about 1.7 miles from point to point, takes in a number of lookouts, giving hikers prime vantage points to spot dolphins and whales.

What a treasure! This family-run eight-room inn in Trinidad perches on a grassy bluff, the ocean visible just beyond tall trees and mossy-backed observation benches. A trail leads down to a private beach, and a lush garden grows flowers and the herbs you might taste in your morning breakfast casserole. Each antique-filled guest room is different, five of them with frank ocean views. The Sea Lion Room with a four-poster bed facing a wall of windows looks straight out to sea. Huge breakfasts, late-afternoon appetizer spreads and wine, and—during the winter—a full dinner, including dessert, are included in the room rate and served in the inn’s lovely oceanfront great room.

Good tread is a must, between the slippery bridges, sandy boulders and uneven footing. Converse or flip-flops strongly discouraged.

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Alice Waters




f there’s any doubt that the term “farm to fork” has become less a marketing mantra and more a rallying cry to promote healthy food systems, take a look around. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, there’s a lot going on right here in our backyard (as well as virtually). From high-level partnerships to permanent digs for nonprofits, a number of projects are turning this region into a food education, research and advocacy hub. Here are some of the organizations that are securing places at the table.

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lice W ter Co e to o n arlier this year, UC Davis announced it had partnered with Alice Waters, the founder of Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley and The Edible Schoolyard Project and a leader in the Slow Food movement, to create the Alice Waters Institute for Edible Education. The institute will be located in the university’s new “innovation district” and campus in Sacramento called Aggie Square. Aggie Square is a “no-boundaries conversation right now,” planning director Bob Segar says. The university has developed a big-picture outline, but the details are fluid. Phase one is focused on creating facilities for life sciences, technology and engineering studies, lifelong learning, housing, office space and a plaza with restaurants and a farmers market. Aggie Square will be located on Stockton Boulevard, on the former site of the state fair, and a quick walk south from UC Davis Medical Center. Currently, the property holds parking lots and a couple of structures, including an old brick exhibit-hall building that is used for stem-cell research, the Institute for Regenerative Cures. Once settled into Aggie Square’s market plaza, the Alice Waters Institute will target food service directors, cooks and staff working in the public school system by teaching them how to source and use local, sustainably grown food to feed children. Although the project is still very much in the early stages (groundbreaking is projected for the first quarter of 2021), Waters has put together a wish list of architectural features for her namesake institute. She’d like a central water fountain, an outdoor movie screen, a dining room that would hold 300 people (when it’s safe to do so) and an arched brick ceiling over a cellar that could be used to store squash, pears and apples. She’s collaborating with the son of the architect who designed the cafe at Chez Panisse.

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Along with planning the institute’s physical space, Waters is hoping to bring global representatives from Slow Food to the United States in September 2021. Golden 1 Center—complete with an indoor garden in the middle—is a potential site and could accommodate the projected 17,000 attendees from more than 150 countries, once the threat from COVID-19 has passed. The institute plans to target students in grades K–12 and at the university level. “We have to find a way to empower the staff of schools, [so they can] meet the farmers, walk the land, engage at that very sensual level where they’re tasting and touching . . . feeling the blossoms, picking the apples, harvesting the olives, making the olive oil,” says Waters. “I hope that a lot of that can come into the institute. . . . It’s the kind of experience we’ve been doing at the Edible Schoolyard for 25 years.”

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Although she’s always appreciated the University of California system (she graduated from UC Berkeley and developed a course there called Edible Education 101), she had concerns UC Davis was overly influenced by agribusiness companies like Monsanto. She was surprised when UC Davis chancellor Gary S. May invited her to lunch last year. Santana Diaz, the executive chef at UC Davis Health, served a meal made with local ingredients, including ones from Full Belly Farm and Riverdog Farm—both are suppliers to Chez Panisse. The collaboration between UC Davis, a heavy hitter in agriculture and environmental science, and Waters, a wellknown advocate for healthy, local food and sustainable farming practices, looks like a winning partnership. Segar says UC Davis will provide evidence-based research to support the institute’s educational programs, while Waters hopes to influence policy in the state’s Capitol. “Alice will create a larger impact than we could do alone,” he says. “We have the potential to do something that will capture the attention of the country and the world, and I can help to make that happen with this institute,” Waters says. “We can help Gavin [Gov. Newsom] speak out to the world around [the issues of] climate and agriculture and food.” Waters says she is “not quite ready to make the move” to Sacramento from the Bay Area, but she is “going to be very deeply involved in this project,” she says. “I want to find people, and I know a lot of them who I want to be a part of it who live near Sacramento.” Among the local notables are Craig McNamara from Sierra Orchards, Judith Redmond from Full Belly Farm and Darrell Corti from Corti Brothers. “It’s really going to take an army of people who share values and a love of teaching and care of children,” Waters says.

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he nonprofit Food Literacy Center, the brainchild of Amber Stott, is contained in a cute but cramped house not far from Gunther’s Ice Cream in Curtis Park. There’s a tiny garden out front. When we stopped by, ripe pea pods, perfect for snacking, hung from their vines. Next year, the center plans to pack up and relocate to its new cooking school and headquarters at Floyd Farms on the grounds of Leataata Floyd Elementary. The development is part of a planned “agrihood” bordering The Mill at Broadway, with a park, housing and community gardens. Stott and her staff, enthusiastic cheerleaders for all things vegetable, will continue to offer free cooking and nutrition programs to schools in the Sacramento City Unified School District and maintain the student gardens in exchange for the space. “COVID has given this project new meaning as far as building resilience in this community. With cold storage and the ability to prepare food in the commercial kitchen space, we will be better able to meet the needs of our students in times of crisis,” Stott writes via text. “Also, COVID has shown the lack of open space. The parks that are open are often crowded. Being able to open our gardens as public parks is more important than ever as our community continues to prioritize their health.” The center is unique because it serves an entire school district, she says, and she’d like to see more formal agreements between nonprofit food-literacy organizations and school districts in California. “This model says to the rest of the state, this is something that’s possible.” The farm-to-fork movement was in its baby stages when Stott started writing about food and figuring out how to

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encourage kids to adopt healthy eating habits. She looked at local nonprofit organizations that were providing free food and realized people didn’t know what to do with the ingredients they received, and home economics classes were no longer available to teach children how to cook. The funding for a lot of local nonprofit organizations, like the center, came from Building Healthy Communities, California Endowment’s 10-year funding initiative that started in 2010, she says, and those organizations were “part of Sacramento’s unique success” as a food hub. Visit Sacramento, the city’s primary tourism organization, adopted its familiar farm-to-fork initiative around the same time.

ONE OF THE STRENGTHS OF THE FOOD MOVEMENT IS ABUNDANCE. “We all talk to each other,” Stott says, meaning she stays in contact with the Edible Schoolyard staff and other food-based organizations. Alice Waters and British chef Jamie Oliver have visited the center’s after-school programs, and they encouraged Stott to introduce food-literacy education into the regular curriculum. She thinks the Alice Waters Institute will provide a differentiating piece to the local food movement, and help determine best practices and program efficacy (i.e., hard data) through its partnership with UC Davis. One of the strengths of the food movement, she says, is abundance. “Everyone has a seat at the table.”



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n Woodland, the lane leading to the Center for Land-Based Learning’s new headquarters is lined with olive trees that were planted in the 1860s, executive director Mary Kimball says. She’s worked in this region for 25 years. The property and surrounding land once supported beet crops and a Spreckels sugar mill, and it was a working ranch. Now, CLBL’s neighbors include a precast concrete plant and The Maples, a wedding and event venue. Before CLBL moved to its new home this spring, Kimball and her staff were jammed into a 1924 Craftsman house in Winters. Five years ago, they started looking for new headquarters. The land was donated and a capital campaign raised the funds to construct the 5,400-square-foot building, which blends into its historic surroundings. Woodland—with more than 200 agriculture-related companies, Kimball says—was a natural pick. Lots of thought went into sustainability, aesthetics and practicality. The site features an impressive-looking Daikin HVAC system with individual climate controls, a classroom that could hold 25 people and offer distance-learning technology to would-be farmers, and an outdoor kitchen with a wood-fired oven. There’s also a wash-and-pack building with a cooler, and 30 acres for students to practice growing crops. “It is the perfect space to train new farmers,” Kimball says, but because of the pandemic most of CLBL’s programs have been shifted to virtual platforms.

She says it can be difficult to convince folks that the decline in the number of farms over the past eight decades, aging farmers (the average age for established farmers is 60) and labor shortages are critical and complex issues. CLBL offers a host of statewide farm-based training programs, including helping new farmers gain access to land and capital, and working with high school students through the Student and Landowner Education and Watershed Stewardship (SLEWS) project. Beginning Farmer Training, a seven-month-long intensive program for aspiring farmers, teaches all aspects of farming, including the practical, business part of it. Earlier this year, the program switched to virtual classes via Zoom, but students headed back into the fields in June, working in small groups to plant their plots, Kimball says. The age range for the farmers-to-be is mid-20s to mid-50s, she says, and includes people with banking and technology backgrounds and military veterans. “Food is a really good way to feel you’re making an impact,” she says. “I want this to be an educational hub for the whole state for food and agriculture,” Kimball says of CLBL’s future plans. She’s hoping to work with community colleges and the USDA to create a food incubator program. “It’s on the ground and it’s practical.”

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Student farmers working in the field

Connecting the World


C Davis’ World Food Center is a relatively young program with a revamped strategic plan. Its mission includes linking the 60 different entities (including the influential Food Science and Technology department) at the university that are doing research and work in food systems and, in turn, connecting them to similar outside organizations, locally, nationally and internationally, director Ermias Kebreab says. Upcoming World Food Center conferences will likely focus on addressing challenges to food systems caused by climate change and ways to reduce food waste in colleges. Kebreab hopes to engage the UC Davis community and the entire region in the discussion. Associate program director Andrea Thompson writes via email, “[World Food Center] topics are encompassing issues around COVID-19 as well, including a recent webinar panel on its effects on the global food supply chain. We are also working on a national conference on food security with the Office of the President of the UC system, which we will host at UC Davis next spring (if we can do so safely). These days, virtual options are all part of contingency planning.” Thompson joined the World Food Center staff in March. She has a full resume of food-related accomplishments, including attending the Culinary Institute of America in New York and working for cookbook author Sara Moulton. She was also the test kitchen manager for Williams-Sonoma’s corporate headquarters. She moved to Sacramento in 2008 and, like Amber Stott, has written extensively about the local food movement. When asked whether this area has become a hub for food education, research and advocacy, Thompson points out, “We have the best growing region possibly in the world for produce. . . . This is where it needs to be happening.”

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o find the finest lawyers our region, Sacramento Magazine contracted with Professional Research Services, which asked Sacramento area attorneys whom they would recommend, other than themselves, in the area. Attorneys were allowed to name up to three colleagues in each specialty. Nominees were then evaluated on the basis of the survey results, the legitimacy of their licenses and their standing with The State Bar of California. Qualifying attorneys who received the highest number of votes are reflected in the list. And, to create a fuller picture of what it takes to be a lawyer, we asked several of the Top Lawyers to share a few words about themselves.




Grant R. Zehnder O’Brien & Zehnder

Practice area: Plaintiff personal injury

FIRST JOB: Working construction for my father’s construction company. It was mostly grunt work like digging ditches or sweeping up the site. He could have used equipment or other employees to get most of the tasks done in a fraction of the time but paid me to do it to learn the value of an honest day’s work.

Eunice C. Majam-Simpson DSR Health Law

Practice area: Health care and litigation

FIRST JOB: As a young child, selling snacks at my parents’ hair salon in the Philippines. WHY I BECAME A LAWYER: The law interested me because of my early exposure to it when my mom went to law school. My mom was a young mother then, raising two kids, so there were times she had to take me to the law library. My mom never finished law school, but she is definitely a strong influence in my life. In addition, as a young adult immigrating here to the United States with my mom, dad and brother, I immediately learned the importance and benefit of acquiring

knowledge about critical things to survive and thrive. Law definitely transcends most if not all areas of life.

WHY I CHOSE MY AREA OF PRACTICE: A couple of friends, both in-house lawyers for a health plan, indicated that my litigation skills could be put to good use in health care.

WHY I CHOSE MY AREA OF PRACTICE: I discovered early on that I like representing the little guys and the underdogs. Consumers and individuals have far less resources than large corporations and insurance companies. However, the courtroom is the great equalizer. Only one person gets to speak at a time irrespective of the relative size and wealth of the parties. CRAZIEST CASE: Almost every case has an element of crazy. Sometimes it is in the facts of the case or the way in which the law aligns the various interests of the parties. I’m sure I’ve also had a crazy client or two. I try my best to stay away from too much “crazy” as it almost always results in unnecessary headache. BEST ADVICE EVER RECEIVED: If something sounds too good to be true, it (probably) is.

CRAZIEST CASE: An interesting case was one I worked on as a young lawyer. It involved a Boer goat. I had to learn about goat behavior to defeat a motion to dismiss the case based on circumstantial evidence.

Mona G. Ebrahimi

Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard Practice area: Municipal, land use and CEQA

FIRST JOB: Teaching assistant at UC Davis WHY I BECAME A LAWYER: I enjoy advocacy and helping people solve their problems. WHY I CHOSE MY AREA OF PRACTICE: Seeing my work come to fruition in the communities in which I serve gives me a tremendous sense of contribution and makes me feel like I’m helping to leave this world better than when I entered into it.

CRAZIEST CASE: I defended a city whose police K-9 had been personally named in an excessive-force case for biting a burglary suspect. BEST ADVICE EVER RECEIVED: Always be humble, grateful and kind. TOUGHEST CHALLENGE FACED: Maintaining a worklife balance FAVORITE BOOK: I have many favorites, but “To Kill a Mockingbird” is high on the list. SACMAG.COM August 2020


Osha Meserve Soluri Meserve

Practice area: Environmental, land use and water

FIRST JOB: Dishwasher in an Italian restaurant

Gabriel Herrera

while I was at the podium providing comments. It didn’t faze me much, but my client was very upset.

WHY I BECAME A LAWYER: I had participated in civil disobedience to save old-growth forests and wanted to gain (arguably) more effective skills to solve environmental problems.

BEST ADVICE EVER RECEIVED: Stop talking when the judge looks like she or he wants to talk, or indicates you are likely to prevail.

WHY I CHOSE MY AREA OF PRACTICE: I love the outdoors and animals and I am curious about scientific issues.

TOUGHEST CHALLENGE FACED: Making big changes in my personal or professional life; it is much easier to keep things the same.

CRAZIEST LEGAL SITUATION: Once a city council member told me, “Miss Meserve, you’ve got a lot of nerve coming to our meeting”

FAVORITE BOOK: I love so many books. It’s usually the last one I read, which is “Educated” by Tara Westover.

Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard Practice area: General and commercial litigation, bankruptcy and banking

FIRST JOB: My family owned a restaurant and I started out bussing tables at 9. A couple of years later, I started waiting on tables. I was not old enough to serve alcohol so I would always have to have someone else help me when someone ordered a beer or glass of wine. It definitely taught me the importance of hard work. WHY I BECAME A LAWYER: It was always something I wanted to do. WHY I CHOSE MY AREA OF PRACTICE: The practice really chose me, but I am glad it did. BEST ADVICE EVER RECEIVED: “Always stay above the fray.” There is nothing worse than building up your reputation to then have it instantly tarnished by one case or action. TOUGHEST CHALLENGE FACED: The biggest challenge is when there are numerous parties and lawyers. Having to shepherd that many personalities and interests is no easy task. FAVORITE BOOKS: Right now, “Red Notice” by Bill Browder, “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens and “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt.

Jessica Robison Trainor Fairbrook

Practice area: Construction

FIRST JOB: Camp counselor WHY I BECAME A LAWYER: I was initially interested in seeking justice for crime victims by working at the District Attorney’s Office or the Attorney General’s Office. I ended up in private practice as I graduated right after 9/11, and most public sector offices were under a hiring freeze. CRAZIEST CASE: I defended a developer in a highly complex construction defect case, which had me living in San Francisco four to five days per week for about seven months. The case had more than 30 parties and had several difficult nu-



ances. It was challenging managing a case of that magnitude with the remainder of my case list. I am proud of the work I performed on that case.

BEST ADVICE EVER RECEIVED: Always pull the jury instructions for any case you have to defend or prosecute and then tailor your case to those instructions. TOUGHEST CHALLENGE FACED: Practicing law and raising children at the same time. I am thankful for a firm that supports work/life balance. FAVORITE BOOK: The Bible

Bianca Samuel Wilke Fleury LLP

Practice area: Employment

FIRST JOB: Working for an answering service. It was awful and I hated every minute of it. WHY I BECAME A LAWYER: Since I argued with everyone about everything as a kid, my mom told me I should be a lawyer so at least I would get paid to argue. Second-grade me thought this was brilliant, and as I learned later on what lawyers really do, I didn’t lose interest. WHY I CHOSE MY AREA OF PRACTICE: Employment law is about people and managing relationships. I enjoy working with my clients to figure out how to create positive relationships among folks in their workforce, which ultimately benefits the entire business at every level. It’s also one of the most dynamic areas of the law, which keeps me on my toes. CRAZIEST CASE: Going to trial against an elderly couple that represented themselves. It was my first jury trial, and it was nothing like I imagined it would be. Ultimately we successfully defended the case, but these plaintiffs gave us a run for our money. BEST ADVICE EVER RECEIVED: Never be afraid to ask for what you want. If you don’t, the answer is always “no.” TOUGHEST CHALLENGE FACED: Losing my mom two years ago. Even if you think you’re prepared to lose a parent, you aren’t. FAVORITE BOOK: “She’s Come Undone” by Wally Lamb

Michael A. Yee Yee Law Group, Inc.

Practice area: Estate planning (wills, trust and probate)

FIRST JOB: Working at Sanrio at Arden Fair mall dressed in a Pekkle costume. My mother started the store there so unfortunately that task fell to me. Lots of people loved to smack that Pekkle costume for whatever reason while I walked around the mall. WHY I BECAME A LAWYER: I wasn’t made out to be a doctor like my father or a dentist like the rest of my family, so I decided on becoming a lawyer. Love the mental challenge every day. WHY I CHOSE MY AREA OF PRACTICE: I knew right away that I didn’t want to be a litigator so I went into the transactional side of the law. I started out in real estate law as my family owns commercial properties. But I also graduated during the downturn in the real estate market. So I switched to estate planning and I have loved the choice ever since. This is especially true given today’s climate; estate planning is one of the best practices to be in at the moment. CRAZIEST CASE: A pet lover wanted to leave millions to her two poodles and Chihuahua instead of her own children.

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Winnie Ward

Stewart Ward & Josephson LLP Practice area: Commercial real estate

FIRST JOB: Legal secretary WHY I BECAME A LAWYER: To pursue commercial real estate development WHY I CHOSE MY AREA OF PRACTICE: To pursue commercial real estate development CRAZIEST LEGAL SITUATION: Assisting my husband’s landlord in purchasing an airplane hangar.

BEST ADVICE EVER RECEIVED: Give your telephone number slowly when leaving a telephone message; the receiving party hasn’t memorized your phone number the way you have. TOUGHEST CHALLENGE FACED: Constructing my own home FAVORITE BOOK: “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak

C. Athena Roussos

C. Athena Roussos, Attorney at Law Practice area: Appellate law

FIRST JOB: When I was 15, I got a job as an “attractions attendant” at the Queen Mary in Long Beach.

Malcolm Segal

WHY I BECAME A LAWYER: To fight against injustice and to do something positive with my life.

Practice area: White-collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation

WHY I CHOSE MY AREA OF PRACTICE: Appellate law seems to fit my skills and interests well: reading, researching, writing and debating. Each case presents a story to be told. I like to figure out the best way to tell that story from my client’s point of view. Also, unlike most specialties, appellate lawyers get to work on a variety of cases. It keeps things interesting.

FIRST JOB: I was an elevator operator and doorman on Fifth Avenue.

CRAZIEST CASE: My client was tricked into taking a vacation overseas with her husband and their infant child, but in reality they were being whisked away to the country where the couple was originally from. The husband then filed for divorce and custody there and left his wife and child without passports or money. My client eventually made her way back to the United States with the child, where she filed her own custody case. The court dismissed her case, but it was reversed on appeal, which meant that she was able to remain in the United States with her child. FAVORITE BOOK: “A Place of Greater Safety” by Hilary Mantel



Segal & Associates, PC

WHY I BECAME A LAWYER: While in college working for the Vera Foundation for Justice, I saw individual prosecutors making an enormous impact on the safety of the community. It was the one and only job in law I applied for on graduation. WHY I CHOSE MY AREA OF PRACTICE: I found that I liked challenging and complex cases, particularly those where all the forces were lined up against my client.

CRAZIEST LEGAL SITUATION: I prosecuted a theatrical assistant who entirely took over the identity of his boss, a nationally famous producer of Broadway musicals; he lived her life and took her royalties, all the while paying her bills and convincing her that he was a loyal employee. BEST ADVICE EVER RECEIVED: “Always do the right thing and let the chips fall where they may.” That statement was made by Frank S. Hogan, known in New York for many decades as “Mr. District Attorney.”


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Galen T. Shimoda Shimoda Law Corp. Mark S. Spring Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP Elizabeth B. Stallard Downey Brand LLP Isaac S. Stevens Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C. Daniel A. Street The Law Office of Daniel A. Street Bruce M. Timm Boutin Jones Inc. Parveen Tumber Bohm Law Group, Inc. David W. Tyra Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard Serena M. Warner Angelo, Kilday & Kilduff Lizbeth (Beth) V. West Weintraub Tobin

ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES David R. E. Aladjem Downey Brand LLP Barbara A. Brenner Churchwell White, LLP Dan L. Carroll Downey Brand LLP Andrea P. Clark Downey Brand LLP James M. Day Jr. Day Carter & Murphy LLP Laura E. Fernandez Braun Blaising Smith Wynne P.C. Steven H. Goldberg Downey Brand LLP Jeffery D. Harris Ellison Schneider Harris & Donlan LLP Sarah Kozal Buchalter Michael N. Mills Stoel Rives LLP Scott A. Morris Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard Meredith E. Nikkel Downey Brand LLP Kevin M. O’Brien Downey Brand LLP Eric N. Robinson Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard Ann L. Trowbridge Day Carter & Murphy LLP

ENVIRONMENTAL Carissa M. Beecham Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard

Michael V. Brady Brady & Vinding Barbara A. Brenner Churchwell White, LLP Steven H. Goldberg Downey Brand LLP Nicole E. Granquist Downey Brand LLP Mark D. Harrison Harrison, Temblador, Hungerford & Johnson LLP Jennifer Hartman King Hartman King PC Alanna Lungren Hartman King PC Whitman F. Manley Remy Moose Manley, LLP Andrea A. Matarazzo Pioneer Law Group, LLP Osha Meserve Soluri Meserve, A Law Corporation James G. Moose Remy Moose Manley, LLP Meredith Nikkel Downey Brand LLP Catherine Nystrom CalRecycle Kevin M. O’Brien Downey Brand LLP Daniel J. O’Hanlon Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard Eric N. Robinson Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard Robert Soran Downey Brand LLP Timothy M. Taylor Stoel Rives LLP Tina Thomas Thomas Law Group Melissa A. Thorme Downey Brand LLP Michael E. Vinding Brady & Vinding

ESTATE PLANNING & PROBATE Elise S. F. Baker Placer Law Group, APC

Stacey Brennan Boutin Jones Inc Kay U. Brooks Weintraub Tobin Frayda L. Bruton Frayda L. Bruton Attorney at Law Jeb Burton The Burton Law Firm Kristin N. Capritto Downey Brand LLP Janet Z. Chediak Weintraub Tobin Edward J. Corey Jr. Weintraub Tobin Donna L. Courville Boutin Jones Inc. Kelly E. Dankbar Weintraub Tobin William H. Davis Trainor Fairbrook James L. Deeringer Downey Brand LLP Ben Eagleton BPE Law Group, PC. Margaret Heiser Fulton Robinson & Fulton Law Jeffrey S. Galvin Downey Brand LLP Kimberly Garner Duggan Law Corporation Alexandria Goff Law Office of Alexandria Goff, PC John M. Goralka Goralka Law Firm, PC Jenni L. Harmon Wagner Kirkman Blaine Klomparens & Youmans LLP Tyson E. Hubbard Downey Brand LLP Jonathan Huber Huber Law Group, A.P.C. Heather Johnston Sapphire Law Group Robin L. Klomparens Wagner Kirkman Blaine Klomparens & Youmans LLP Gina L. Lera Lera Tiberini PC

L. Stuart List Boutin Jones Inc. Gene E. Pendergast Jr. Wilke Fleury LLP Tracy M. Potts Legacy Law Group Silvio Reggiardo III Downey Brand LLP Jeanette M. Salkin Trainor Fairbrook Hannah A. Shakin Trainor Fairbrook Kent W. Silvester Boutin Jones Inc. Colin T. Smith The Law Office of Colin T. Smith Kate Willcox Boutin Jones Inc. Randall R. Wilson Sinclair, Wilson, Baldo & Chamberlain, Attorneys at Law Michael Yee Yee Law Group, Inc.

FAMILY Jill L. Barr Hemmer & Barr LLP Hal Bartholomew Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP Sally K. Callahan The Law Offices of Sally K. Callahan, P.C. Fredrick S. Cohen Law Offices of Fredrick S. Cohen Anthony S. Dick Dick & Wagner Neil M. E. Forester Forester Family Law, PC

Melissa J. Harman Purcell Stowell PC Camille H. Hemmer Hemmer & Barr LLP Hellen J. Hernandez Sacramento Divorce Solutions, Inc. Charlotte L. Keeley Keeley Family Law Thomas E. Marrs Downey Brand LLP Mary J. Martinelli Downey Brand LLP John W. Munsill John W. Munsill, Attorney at Law Shawn L. Murphy MOBO Law, LLP Elizabeth N. Niemi Gavrilov & Brooks Robert J. O’Hair Woodruff, O’Hair, Posner & Salinger, Inc. John P. O’Malley Delfino Madden O’Malley Coyle & Koewler Julia Perkovich Perkovich Law Offices Nancy Perkovich Perkovich Law Offices Kelly L. Pope Downey Brand LLP Matthew K. Purcell Purcell Stowell PC Tara M. Rojas Rojas Family Law, Inc. Ryan Sanchez Hose & Sanchez, PC Kristen L. Sellers Purcell Stowell PC Michelle L. Stowell Purcell Stowell PC Stephen J. Wagner Dick & Wagner

Diane Wasznicky Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP D. Thomas Woodruff Woodruff, O’Hair, Posner & Salinger, Inc.

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GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS Dan Baxter Wilke Fleury LLP Steven Churchwell Churchwell White, LLP

Heather M. Claus Wilke Fleury LLP Aaron R. Claxton Wilke Fleury LLP Michael J. Daponde Daponde Simpson Rowe PC Kathryn E. Doi Hanson Bridgett LLP Lori C. Ferguson Hanson Bridgett LLP Lawrence B. Garcia Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard Stephen L. Goff King & Spalding LLP Suzanne E. Hennessy Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP Curtis Leavitt Kennaday Leavitt PC Eunice MajamSimpson Daponde Simpson Rowe PC Michael G. Polis Wilke Fleury LLP Megan A. Rowe Daponde Simpson Rowe PC David S. Salem Salem & Green, A Professional Corporation Cathy Deubel Salenko Best Best & Krieger LLP Jennifer A. Scott Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard Brian M. Taylor Boutin Jones Inc. Jeanne L. Vance Salem & Green, A Professional Corporation

IMMIGRATION Ann Kanter Kanter & Romo Immigration Law Office Michael Schoenleber The Law Office of Schoenleber & Waltermire Marién Sorensen Considine, Sorensen, & Trujillo Mary M. Waltermire The Law Office of Schoenleber & Waltermire SACMAG.COM August 2020



INSURANCE Kathryne E. Baldwin Wilke Fleury LLP Daniel S. Glass Law Office of Daniel S. Glass George E. Murphy Murphy, Campbell, Alliston & Quinn Eric J. Ratinoff Eric Ratinoff Law Corp. Jason Schaff Flesher Schaff & Schroeder, Inc.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY Kevin Hughey Hughey Phillips, LLP James McNairy Boutin Jones Inc. Audrey A. Millemann Weintraub Tobin Kaitlyn Saberin Delfino Madden O’Malley Coyle & Koewler Jennifer A. Scott Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard Andrew W. Stroud Hanson Bridgett LLP Michael J. Thomas Downey Brand LLP

INTERNATIONAL TRADE Jeb Burton The Burton Law Firm Keith Pershall The Burton Law Firm

LAND USE/ ZONING William W. Abbott Abbott & Kindermann, Inc. Andrea M. Abergel Mitchell Chadwick LLP Nicholas Avdis Thomas Law Group Christopher Butcher Thomas Law Group G. Braiden Chadwick Mitchell Chadwick LLP Ryan M. Hooper Law Offices of Gregory D. Thatch Matthew Keasling Taylor & Wiley Bryan G. Landgraf Trainor Fairbrook


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LEGAL MALPRACTICE Kenneth E. Bacon Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C. James J. Banks Banks & Watson Mark Ewell Ellis Ellis Law Group LLP Edward Freidberg Freidberg Law Corporation Christine E. Jacob Hansen Kohls Sommer & Jacob LLP James R. Kirby II Nageley, Kirby & Winberry, LLP Daniel Kohls Hansen Kohls Sommer & Jacob LLP William A. Muñoz Murphy Pearson Bradley & Feeney

LEGISLATIVE & GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS Thomas R. McMorrow Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP Shannon SmithCrowley Wilke Fleury LLP Stanley O. Van Vleck Downey Brand LLP


LITIGATION: COMMERCIAL Bashar Ahmad Boutin Jones Inc. Stephen F. Boutin Boutin Jones Inc. Dale C. Campbell Weintraub Tobin


Eileen Diepenbrock Diepenbrock Elkin Dauer McCandless LLP John D. Fairbrook Trainor Fairbrook Michael Thomas Fogarty Boutin Jones Inc. Edward Freidberg Freidberg Law Corporation Douglas E. Kirkman Wagner Kirkman Blaine Klomparens & Youmans LLP Kelley M. Lincoln Boutin Jones Inc. Bruce A. Scheidt Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard Robert Swanson Boutin Jones Inc.

LITIGATION: CONSTRUCTION Tamara L. Boeck Stoel Rives LLP Eileen M. Diepenbrock Diepenbrock Elkin Dauer McCandless LLP Sean J. Filippini Downey Brand LLP David A. Frenznick Wilke Fleury LLP George A. Guthrie Wilke Fleury LLP Karen L. Jacobsen Jacobsen & McElroy PC Chris A. McCandless Diepenbrock Elkin Dauer McCandless LLP Erin K. McDonough O’Connor, Thompson, McDonough, Klotsche LLP Scott D. McElhern Downey Brand LLP Lisa D. Nicolls Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP Bob O’Connor O’Connor, Thompson, McDonough, Klotsche LLP Jessica A. Robison Trainor Fairbrook Matthew R. Schoech Schoech Law Group, PC D. Michael Schoenfeld Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP Daniel M. Steinberg Trainor Fairbrook Chad S. Tapp Porter Scott APC Sean Thompson O’Connor, Thompson, McDonough, Klotsche LLP

Arthur G. Woodward Reynolds Tilbury Woodward LLP

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LITIGATION: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY Norman Hile Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP James Kachmar Weintraub Tobin James D. McNairy Boutin Jones Inc.

LITIGATION: PATENTS Michael J. Thomas Downey Brand LLP

MEDIATION Edward J. Corey Jr. Weintraub Tobin Ernest A. Long Ernest A. Long Alternative Dispute Resolution Nicholas K. Lowe Law Offices of Nicholas K. Lowe David Perrault Judicate West Russ J. Wunderli Judicate West

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE Paul R. Baleria Low McKinley Baleria & Salenko, LLP John Quincy Brown III Hardy Erich Brown & Wilson William C. Callaham Wilcoxen Callaham, LLP

Adriana C. Cervantes Wilke Fleury LLP Lawrence S. Giardina Schuering Zimmerman & Doyle LLP Michelle C. Jenni Wilcoxen Callaham, LLP Ronald R. Lamb Wilke Fleury LLP Neal C. Lutterman Wilke Fleury LLP David P. Mastagni Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C. Steven M. McKinley Low McKinley Baleria & Salenko, LLP Dominique A. Pollara Porter Law Group Daniel L. Rainsbury Rainsbury Law Group Eric J. Ratinoff Eric Ratinoff Law Corp Bruce E. Salenko Low McKinley Baleria & Salenko, LLP David E. Smith Smith Zitano Law Firm LLP Spencer S. Turpen Wilke Fleury LLP Barry Vogel LaFollette, Johnson, DeHaas, Fesler & Ames R. Parker White Brelsford Androvich & White Daniel E. Wilcoxen Wilcoxen Callaham, LLP

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS Gary L. Bradus Weintraub Tobin Christopher Chediak Weintraub Tobin Julie E. Green Salem & Green, A Professional Corporation Steven B. Hymas II Downey Brand LLP

Elizabeth L. Jackson Delfino Madden O’Malley Coyle & Koewler Jeffry R. Jones Boutin Jones Inc. Jeffrey Koewler Delfino Madden O’Malley Coyle & Koewler Dennis Michaels Boutin Jones Inc. Iain Mickle Boutin Jones Inc. James Robertson Downey Brand LLP Eric J. Stiff Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP Ashley West Carter West

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James R. Lewis Frank Penney Injury Lawyers Jordan W. Maurer Frank Law Group, P.C. Eric J. Ratinoff Eric Ratinoff Law Corp. Catia G. Saraiva Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora, LLP Brad Schultz Demas Law Group, P.C. Jason J. Sigel Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora, LLP R. Parker White Brelsford Androvich & White Daniel E. Wilcoxen Wilcoxen Callaham, LLP Grant A. Winter Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C. Christopher W. Wood Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora, LLP Joseph Yates Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora, LLP Grant R. Zehnder O’Brien & Zehnder Law Firm

PRODUCT LIABILITY Robert Bale Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora, LLP Robert Buccola Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora, LLP Roger Dreyer Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora, LLP Hank Greenblatt Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora, LLP Karen L. Jacobsen Jacobsen & McElroy PC Richard S. Linkert Matheny Sears Linkert & Jaime, LLP Douglas A. Sears Matheny Sears Linkert & Jaime, LLP Grant R. Zehnder O’Brien & Zehnder Law Firm

PROFESSIONAL MALPRACTICE Kenneth E. Bacon Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C. Karen M. Goodman Goodman Law Corporation Christine E. Jacob Hansen Kohls Sommer & Jacob LLP


William A. Muñoz Murphy Pearson Bradley & Feeney Jason J. Sommer Hansen Kohls Sommer & Jacob LLP

REAL ESTATE Sylvia S. Arostegui Stoel Rives LLP Russell J. Austin Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP Jarrod Burch Boutin Jones Inc. David W. Creeggan Trainor Fairbrook Karen L. Diepenbrock Diepenbrock Elkin Dauer McCandless LLP Bradley Elkin Diepenbrock Elkin Dauer McCandless LLP Matthew W. Ellis Downey Brand LLP David E. Frank Frank Law Group, P.C. Alison E. Geddes Trainor Fairbrook Louis A. Gonzalez Jr. Weintraub Tobin George A. Guthrie Wilke Fleury LLP Candice B. Harper Trainor Fairbrook Suzanne E. Hennessy Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP Douglas M. Hodell Boutin Jones Inc. Bruce Inman Inman Law Group, LLP Jeffry R. Jones Boutin Jones Inc. Shawn M. Kent Weintraub Tobin Michael A. Kvarme Weintraub Tobin Bryan G. Landgraf Trainor Fairbrook

Brian Manning Desmond, Nolan, Livaich & Cunningham Stephen K. Marmaduke Wilke Fleury LLP Robert M. McCormick Downey Brand LLP Bradley A. McDowell Smith, McDowell & Powell, A Law Corporation Darrin M. Menezes Weintraub Tobin James R. Moore Boutin Jones Inc. Nancy A. Park Best Best & Krieger LLP Jennifer L. Pruski Trainor Fairbrook Erin Q. Riley Asset Preservation, Inc. Andrew F. Sackheim Real Estate Law Group LLP Curtis C. Sproul Sproul Trost LLP Danielle R. Stephens Downey Brand LLP Thomas F. Stewart Stewart Ward & Josephson LLP Gregory D. Thatch Law Offices of Gregory D. Thatch Charles W. Trainor Trainor Fairbrook Winnifred C. Ward Stewart Ward & Josephson LLP

SCHOOLS & EDUCATION Michelle L. Cannon Lozano Smith P. Addison Covert Parker & Covert LLP Kellie Murphy Johnson Schachter & Lewis, A Professional Law Corporation Sloan R. Simmons Lozano Smith

Scott E. Bartel Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP Christopher Chediak Weintraub Tobin Mike De Angelis Weintraub Tobin Julie E. Green Salem & Green, A Professional Corporation C. Kevin Kelso Weintraub Tobin Dennis Michaels Boutin Jones Inc. Iain Mickle Boutin Jones Inc. Christopher L. Russell Stoel Rives LLP Eric J. Stiff Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP

STATE, LOCAL & MUNICIPAL Richard Chivaro Office State Controller Olivia R. Clark Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard Derek P. Cole Cole Huber LLP Mona G. Ebrahimi Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard Nubia Goldstein Churchwell White, LLP Thomas P. Hallinan Churchwell White, LLP Adam U. Lindgren Meyers Nave Riback Silver & Wilson, PLC Nancy Miller Sloan Sakai Attorneys at Law

Harriet A. Steiner Best Best & Krieger LLP Kara K. Ueda Best Best & Krieger LLP Douglas Lewis White Churchwell White, LLP Iris P. Yang Best Best & Krieger LLP Ruthann G. Ziegler Law Office of Ruthann G. Ziegler

TAX Jeb Burton The Burton Law Firm Colby A. Campbell Trainor Fairbrook Janet Z. Chediak Weintraub Tobin Jonathan E. Christianson Boutin Jones Inc. Jim Clarke Weintraub Tobin Eric J. Coffill Eversheds Sutherland LLP Jeffrey W. Curcio Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP Joseph G. De Angelis Downey Brand LLP John M. Goralka Goralka Law Firm, PC Jenni L. Harmon Wagner Kirkman Blaine Klomparens & Youmans LLP Perry Israel Law Office of Perry Israel Robin L. Klomparens Wagner Kirkman Blaine Klomparens & Youmans LLP James L. Leet Boutin Jones Inc. R. Todd Luoma Law Office of Williams & Associates, P.C.

Silvio Reggiardo III Downey Brand LLP Robert R. Rubin Boutin Jones Inc. Kent W. Silvester Boutin Jones Inc. Belan K. Wagner Wagner Kirkman Blaine Klomparens & Youmans LLP Betty J. Williams Law Office of Williams & Associates, P.C. Minna C. Yang Wagner Kirkman Blaine Klomparens & Youmans LLP Douglas L. Youmans Wagner Kirkman Blaine Klomparens & Youmans LLP

TRADE SECRETS Kathleen E. Finnerty Finnerty Law Offices, Inc. James D. McNairy Boutin Jones Inc. Charles L. Post Weintraub Tobin Dylan W. Wiseman Buchalter

TRANSPORTATION: MARITIME Jacob Flesher Flesher Schaff & Schroeder, Inc. Jason Schaff Flesher Schaff & Schroeder, Inc. William D. Taylor Hanson Bridgett LLP

WORKERS COMPENSATION Brian A. Dixon Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C. Jennifer A. Eason Eason & Tambornini, A Law Corporation Matthew R. Eason Eason & Tambornini, A Law Corporation William S. Frank William S. Frank, Inc. John R. Holstedt Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C. Marc G. Marcus Marcus, Regalado & Marcus Rando A. Rodriguez Eason & Tambornini, A Law Corporation Kyle Tambornini Eason & Tambornini, A Law Corporation Stuart C. Woo Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C. SACMAG.COM August 2020









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BARRY ZIMMERMAN OF THE COHEN DEFENSE GROUP Most people would not think of a lawyer as being an essential worker. But if you are accused of a crime there is no one more essential than your lawyer. Masked or unmasked, Barry Zimmerman and the lawyers of the Cohen Defense Group have been protecting you for nearly four decades. We are proud to share in the recognition our senior attorney Barry Zimmerman has received as one of the Sacramento region’s best criminal defense attorneys. The Cohen Defense Group is Placer County’s largest and most experienced private criminal defense firm. Barry, Susan Gellman, and Kevin Burdick have each practiced law for more than 30 years. The firm’s founder, David Cohen and Barry have worked together for 25 years. Both are certified as Specialists in Criminal Law by the State Bar

of California. Barry and Alison Cohen, Placer County’s most experienced juvenile defense attorney, have worked together for over 20 years. Barry and Amber Zehrung, who supervises our Roseville offices and trains our new associates, have been in practice together for 15 years. Our three newest attorneys, Zachary Merliss from USC School of Law, Matthew Friedman from UC Hastings College of the Law, and Danielle Nygren from UC Irvine School of Law have quickly demonstrated their worth as advocates on behalf of the firm’s clients. The Cohen Defense Group has an exceptional team of lawyers that has earned the reputation as the best defenders in the Sacramento region. Thank you to our peers and Sacramento magazine for this honor.

Auburn: 1515 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA 95603 • (530) 823-7700 | Roseville: 919 Reserve Dr. Suite 130, Roseville, CA 95678 • (916) 596-2700 (530) 823-7700

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Mark S. Spring, Esq. Mark S. Spring is the Managing Partner of the Sacramento office of Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP, a statewide labor and employment defense law firm. Spring has over 25 years of experience representing private sector employers in union-management relations. He has a successful track record in navigating many types of union-related matters, including negotiating collective bargaining agreements, handling matters before the NLRB, handling grievance arbitrations, and assisting non-union businesses during union campaigns. He also has a successful history representing employers in discrimination, harassment, and wage and hour claims, with significant trial experience. Spring is the Northern California representative of the Wage and Hour Defense Institute. His litigation skills and representation in labor and employment matters has earned him a spot on the list of Best Lawyers in America© in “Employment Law - Management” and “Litigation - Labor and Employment” in Sacramento” and has been recognized in Sacramento Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar.” When not practicing law, Spring spends his time teaching a law class at Sacramento State and enjoying time with his three children. Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP 900 University Ave., Ste. 200, Sacramento 95825 (916) 361-0991;

Ashley R. Amerio, Esq. Ashley Amerio is an accomplished trial attorney and President of Amerio Law Firm. Mrs. Amerio handles a variety of injury cases, as well as wrongful death, and nursing home abuse cases. She is deeply passionate about achieving the absolute best results for her clients, and does not stop until justice has been served for each one. Prior to establishing Amerio Law Firm in 2006, Mrs. Amerio’s career path included a role as a deputy district attorney. She credits this prosecutorial experience as a major contributor of laying the foundation of a well-rounded perspective of the justice system early on in her career. Her zealous advocacy and unparalleded results have earned her a reputation among her clients and peers as being Experienced & Aggressive. She prides herself on being the leader of an organization which truly believes that those who have been injured due to someone else’s negligence should be fairly compensated for their injuries. 1640 Lead Hill Boulevard Suite 220 Roseville, CA 95661

Justin Gingery, Esq. Jeffrey T. Hammer, Esq.

GINGERY LAW GROUP, PC Gingery Law Group prides itself on promoting professional and ethical standards along with valuing the clients’ time and money. We believe the client has the absolute right to know both the strengths and the challenges of their case. It is not enough for you to know what is happening, but also why. Gingery Law Group is led by Justin Gingery who has represented clients in civil litigation matters for over 20 years with an emphasis on personal injury, wrongful death, product liability, civil rights, sexual assault, public entity, and premises liability. We will work with you as well as expert witnesses in medicine, forensics, private investigation, psychology, and economics to build a compelling case and maximize compensation for your pain and suffering. If you have been injured in a preventable accident, call the Gingery Law Group at (916) 415-7070 to set up a free consultation. 1430 Blue Oaks Blvd. #200 Roseville, CA 95747 (916) 415-7070, EXT 106 (916) 415-7128 fax

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Kathleen E. Finnerty FINNERTY LAW OFFICES, INC. Dynamic. Persuasive. Effective.

Kathleen began her now 30+ year career as

Experience is critical to developing winning

These are the words the jury used to describe

in-house counsel for a local savings and loan,

strategies to protect your company and its

Ms. Finnerty’s successful advocacy in a

and later became a shareholder in one of the

shareholders or members from high-tech es-

recent trial.

largest law firms in the country, representing

pionage, or outright theft of company funds or

companies in multi-million dollar cases in com-

trade secrets.

Kathleen is a business litigator, with an emphasis in trade secret misappropriation and

plex trade secret, copyright and ADA matters, in

“Protecting my clients’ business is an honor”

copyright infringement claims, in state and

addition to other business claims. She is known

says Kathleen. “I take it seriously and will not

federal courts across the country. Her firm also

as being “exceptionally bright and committed to

rest until justice is achieved. Our team is both

regularly provides advice and defense on Amer-

her client’s cause,” a “highly ethical

skilled and passionate about delivering the best

icans with Disability Act claims and business

attorney” and creative in developing solutions

results possible to our clients.”

“divorces” for mid to large size companies.

to complex problems.

3017 Douglas Blvd., Suite 230, Roseville, CA 95661 • (916) 783-1644 •

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Desmond, Nolan, Livaich & Cunningham Desmond, Nolan, Livaich & Cunningham’s eighty-year tradition of excellence continues. Our commitment to meeting client objectives is as uncompromising as our dedication to maintaining a deep understanding of the theory and practice of the law. We are passionate about what we do, and proud to be recognized by our peers. We represent clients in the areas of eminent domain, real property, bankruptcy, business, and estate planning. Our eminent domain practice involves all aspects of the rights of private property owners, including disputes with governmental entities, damage to and taking of private property by governmental action, valuation of real and personal property, loss of business goodwill, and severance damages. Our bankruptcy practice involves all aspects of disputes between debtors and creditors including reorganization and liquidation bankruptcies. 1830 15th Street | Sacramento, CA 95811 (916) 443-2051 (916) 443-2651 Fax Kristen Renfro, Russell Cunningham, Brian Manning, Gary Livaich

Mark Reichel, Attorney At Law The remarkable career of Mark Reichel makes him an excellent choice when you need an attorney. Mark brings 30 years of trial, appeal and out of court victories in California’s largest and most complex state and federal criminal and civil cases. He successfully handled the largest federal case brought in California, USA v. Lo Cha Thao, ending in a complete dismissal, as well as many of the largest fraud and arson cases in California’s federal courts. “Operation Open Market,” featured in Wired Magazine, the nation’s largest international cyber identity theft case, was Mark’s case. His cases have been made into movies, documentaries or feature-length stories in national magazines. He is in the Global Who’s Who of Trial Lawyers, Top 100 National Trial Lawyers, and Northern California Super Lawyers. With cases in Alaska, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Nevada, New York and Illinois, his resume includes not guilty verdicts in federal and state trials, successful civil trial victories, successful appeals and argument before the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v Jefferey Grubbs (2006). Routinely relied upon for commentary by major television and news programs like CNN, ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, and PBS as well as local news outlets, magazines and print media, he has been featured in the New York Times, The New Republic, Elle Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, People Magazine, Rolling Stone, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, The London Times, and many more. Clients include national and local celebrities, politicians, business leaders, computer hackers and musical artists. 455 Capitol Mall 8th Floor Suite 802 Sacramento, CA 95814 (916) 498-9258

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Law Office of Thomas A. Johnson Thomas A. Johnson has been practicing law for over 30 years and has participated in over 130 jury trials. Mr. Johnson is a former Assistant United States Attorney and former Supervising Deputy District Attorney. During the course of his career, Mr. Johnson worked on a variety of criminal cases including mail fraud, embezzlement, bank fraud, conspiracies, computer cases, healthcare fraud, money laundering, firearms offenses, and other various white collar crimes. Mr. Johnson has defended some of the most high-profile defendants in the Sacramento area on crimes ranging from murder to money laundering. Mr. Johnson’s clients have included professional athletes and some of the most influential people in the region. He has handled some of the most complicated and newsworthy

cases in the region with great success. Mr. Johnson is one of Sacramento’s most experienced trial attorneys and has litigated more than 130 jury trials in Northern California. Tom Johnson is widely known and respected within the legal community. He is described by judges and opposing attorneys as relentless, thorough, and a lawyer who thrives on complicated problems and difficult circumstances. Mr. Johnson provides clients the protection and aggressive defense that only 30 years of courtroom experience and integrity can deliver. As a former federal and state prosecutor, Mr. Johnson understands how prosecutors put cases together and how they can be taken apart. Tom Johnson has been trying complicated cases for decades. He was recognized in 1996 as the

Prosecutor of the Year. Knowing how cases get prosecuted gives Tom Johnson a unique lens into how to defend against a prosecution. As the 1995 recipient of the U.S. Department of Justice Integrity Award, Tom Johnson also understands the importance of being trusted by federal and state prosecutors, while simultaneously aggressively defending his client. The result of 30 years of hard fought trials, executed with fairness and integrity, is very favorable outcomes for clients when a criminal trial is not a good option. Mr. Johnson is also committed to contributing to the community. He is on the Mercy Foundation Board of Directors and on the Board of Directors at Cristo Rey High School, and was the former Chair of the Board of Directors at WEAVE.

400 Capitol Mall, Suite 2560, Sacramento, CA 95814 • P: 916.442.4022 | F: 916.442.4262 •

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Hartman King PC Jennifer Hartman King is the founder and President of Hartman King PC. After serving as Deputy Legal Affairs Secretary to California Governor Gray Davis and honing her craft at multiple large law firms, she launched the firm in early 2014. Alanna Lungren is a Principal at Hartman King PC and joined the firm in 2016. Hartman King PC proudly represents clients ranging from Fortune 100 trailblazers to some of the most visionary drivers of our economy. Together with their team, Jennifer and Alanna represent business, agriculture, and industry clients in a wide range of environmental and regulatory matters, including providing compliance advice, defending agency enforcement actions, and handling complex civil litigation. Also, Jennifer and Alanna are nationally known experts in weights and measures law. They are very honored to receive this award. Jennifer Hartman King, Esq. | President Alanna Lungren, Esq. | Principal 520 Capitol Mall, Ste. 750, Sacramento, CA 95814 (916) 379-7530

Law Offices of Eric H. Hintz Eric H. Hintz is a criminal defense attorney who represents clients throughout Northern California. A lifelong resident of the Sacramento area, Mr. Hintz received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Davis and received his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. Upon graduating from law school, Mr. Hintz returned to Sacramento, where with his wife, Ronda, he has raised four sons. One of his sons, Brandon, has joined him in the practice of law. With more than 30 years of legal experience, Mr. Hintz remains committed to a personal, hands-on approach to practicing law. Practice areas include, but are not limited to, criminal defense, DUI, domestic violence, sex crimes, financial crimes, computer crimes and juvenile crimes. New business comes almost exclusively via referrals from satisfied clients or other attorneys. 2725 Riverside Blvd. #800, Sacramento, CA 95818 (916) 465-6500 Main (916) 504-4979 Office (916) 802-5979 Direct

The Law Office of Kelly Babineau With 23 years of experience as a courtroom trial attorney, Kelly Babineau is an established expert in complex Federal and State cases. She has unmatched trial victories in every manner of criminal cases, including white collar crimes, homicides and sexual assaults. She attacks every case ferociously, utilizing a top notch team of professional staff, investigators and experts to ensure that her clients receive the best possible defense. A graduate of highly regarded UOP McGeorge School of Law, Kelly has been named one of the top 100 National Trial Lawyers, Sacramento’s “Best of the Bar”, and Sacramento Top Lawyer for the last five years in a row. Kelly’s varied interests include being a French wine connoisseur and bringing that expertise to “La Belle Vie Shop” (, an on-line French wine shop that specializes in spectacular French wines from small family owned châteaux. 455 Capitol Mall # 801, Sacramento CA 95814

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Jennifer Duggan & Laura McHugh DUGGAN MCHUGH Jennifer Duggan and Laura McHugh teamed up in 2018 to combine their almost 50 years of experience representing businesses in Sacramento and Northern California in employment and business matters. They are proud to announce the firm’s new name: Duggan McHugh Law Corporation. The firm, formerly Duggan Law Corporation, was founded by Jennifer in 2013 with an emphasis on high-quality, cost-effective legal services. Jennifer’s practice has included representing clients in business and employment matters. Laura has exclusively represented businesses in labor and employment law matters for nearly 25 years. The firm has grown to six attorneys and remains dedicated to offering the highest caliber legal services. Duggan McHugh’s primary focus continues to be employment law, including advice and counsel across the spectrum of employment is-

sues; litigation defense including discrimination, harassment, wage and hour class action, and PAGA matters; workplace investigations; and trainings. The firm also handles estate planning, probate, and trust administration. Duggan McHugh attorneys have extensive trial and litigation experience and are dedicated to achieving positive outcomes for their clients through quality work, exceptional service, efficiency, and creative problem solving. The firm is committed to tailoring its strategies to the needs of each client, especially as clients adapt to the pandemic, including keeping employers ahead of legal developments, advising on difficult personnel issues, and walking clients through necessary workplace changes. Duggan McHugh attorneys transcend the role of outside legal advisor, working with clients as their trusted business partner, and guiding them to obtain the best possible results.

Duggan McHugh’s commitment to the region can be seen in its contributions to local non-profits, service on local boards, and donations to various charities including its most recent donations to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Loveland Foundation, Wiley W. Manual Bar Association and Black Girls Code. Jennifer and Laura are also both members of the Sacramento Valley Chapter of 100+ Women Who Care. Duggan McHugh attorneys have been consistently recognized by their peers through their selection in Northern California’s Super Lawyers Magazine, Sacramento Business Journal’s Best of the Bar, and Sacramento Magazine’s Top Lawyers. The firm’s success would not be possible without its amazing staff. Congratulations to all of this year’s Top Lawyers.

641 Fulton Avenue, Suite 100, Sacramento, CA 95825 • (916) 550-5309

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Bartholomew & Wasznicky, LLP Hal Bartholomew and Diane Wasznicky are experienced, caring divorce lawyers who know that the issues clients face are complex, difficult and emotional. They do everything possible to help clients to divorce with respect, consider the best interests of their children, make wise financial decisions and move forward in their lives. The firm offers a complete range of services for both simple and complex legal needs. While many cases require some degree of litigation to achieve their clients’ objectives, Hal and Diane recognize people desire to reach amicable agreements with their spouse/partner/other parent on contentious issues. Offering collaborative divorce and divorce mediation, when feasible, contributes to a healthier resolution of disputes. They pride themselves on maintaining the highest standards for integrity and quality representation for their clients in a difficult time. 4740 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, 95819 (916) 455-5200

Mitchell Chadwick LLP Patrick Mitchell Braiden Chadwick Mitchell Chadwick LLP is the premier natural resources and environmental boutique law firm in California. We are honored to have winning attorneys Patrick Mitchell (Land Use/Zoning) and Braiden Chadwick (Energy & Natural Resources) from the 2020 Top Lawyers poll. We are the legal advisors to mining, land use, energy, mitigation and renewable resource companies operating in California. We work for numerous Fortune 500 companies, including some of the state’s largest ski resorts, alternative energy and mining companies, agricultural concerns, and oil/gas producers. Our attorneys are nationally recognized for providing high-quality legal services to some of the largest natural resource companies in the world. 3001 Lava Ridge Ct #120, Roseville, CA 95661 (916) 462-8888

Randall R. Wilson Randall Wilson is a partner in Sinclair Wilson Baldo & Chamberlain, one of Northern California’s oldest law firms, with offices in Roseville and Auburn. He is licensed to practice law in California and Nevada; licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (inactive); certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law; and holds an LL.M. (Taxation) from McGeorge School of Law. He is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell and is listed in Northern California Super Lawyers. Randy’s practice focuses on estate and trust planning, administration and litigation. His clientele includes the owners of many of the most successful family-owned businesses in California and Nevada. His relationship with his clients and his commitment to their needs is demonstrated by the tenure of their relationships, many of which exceed thirty years. Sinclair Wilson Baldo & Chamberlain 2390 Professional Drive Roseville, CA 95661

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Wilcoxen Callaham, LLP Premier Sacramento Personal Injury Firm Wilcoxen Callaham, LLP is proud to congratulate our partners Daniel Wilcoxen, William Callaham and Michelle Jenni for being recognized as Top Lawyers. Wilcoxen Callaham, LLP has built a 40+ year reputation on excellence and the ethical practice of law. Our firm is committed to achieving the best possible results for our clients who have been injured and are seeking compensation for their damages. We represent clients who have sustained damages from catastrophic accidents including motor vehicle accidents, trucking accidents, wrongful death, birth injuries and defective products, as well as medical malpractice, wrongful termination and legal malpractice. Our attorneys have extensive litigation and trial experience in both state and federal courts, and several belong to the prestigious ABOTA, American Board of Trial Advocates (peer selected with strict criteria.) 2114 K Street Sacramento, CA 95816 • (916) 442-2777

Mark E. Ellis Ellis Law Group, LLP Mark is a litigator and a trial attorney. His boutique law firm tries cases – that’s what it does. It doesn’t draft contracts; it doesn’t write wills. It goes to trial. Mark is certified by the California State Bar as a specialist in Legal Malpractice, and he has been for the last 12 years. Mark has been named as a Northern California SuperLawyer for the last 15 years. Mark has been named as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” for the last 12 years. Mark’s law firm, Ellis Law Group, LLP, has been named as a Top-Tier small law firm by U.S. News & World Report for the last 10 years. Mark has been named in Sacramento Magazine as a Top Sacramento Lawyer for the last six years. Mark’s firm handles serious legal disputes. He understands his clients’ reputations and financial futures are at risk. For these reasons, he and his attorneys provide aggressive, professional representation to every client. 1425 River Park Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95815 (916) 283-8820

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Michael A. Yee Prior to founding Yee Law Group, Inc., Michael Yee was an attorney at one of the most well respected real estate law firms in Sacramento. His practice focuses on estate planning and probate law. Michael is a descendent of Sacramento pioneers and comes from a long line of professionals serving the community. His great-great grandfather, an herbalist, named Dr. Wah Hing (born Yee Fung Cheung), arrived in California during the Gold Rush. Michael’s grandfather, a retired dentist, Herbert Yee, is also a longtime Land Park resident, commercial real estate investor and community leader. Herbert Yee spent 54 years in the dental profession, including his time as the official dentist for the staff of two governors—Pat Brown and Ronald Reagan. Michael chose the legal field instead of the medical field to better serve his family’s commercial property investments and help families looking for legal expertise in the areas of estate planning. Michael enjoys sitting down with families to educate them on the benefits of having an estate plan in place and guides families who have lost loved ones that may need help navigating through the process of probate. YEE LAW GROUP, INC. 4010 S. Land Park Drive, Suite B, Sacramento CA 95822 1024 Iron Point Road, Suite 1008 Folsom, CA 95630 PH: (916) 927-9001 | FX: (916) 927-900

Rediger Labor Law LLP Rediger Labor Law LLP is a family-owned law firm that advises and represents employers in labor and employmentrelated matters. Our clients range from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, many of which we have advised and represented for decades. The attorneys of our firm have successfully represented companies in: • countering union organizing campaigns, NLRB elections, and unfair labor practice proceedings, • multi-employer collective bargaining negotiations with various unions, • class actions and representative PAGA actions alleging violations of wage and hour laws, • discrimination proceedings involving the DFEH, and in federal court against the EEOC, • jury trials to verdict, and appeals. We continue to be peer rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell, its highest ratings for legal ability and ethics, and included in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers in the category of Labor and Employment Law. We enjoy the highest Client Rating of 5.0 on Pictured: Candice K. Hanratty, Justin Rediger, Robert L. Rediger and Arielle M. Rediger.

555 Capitol Mall, Suite 1240, Sacramento, CA 95814 (916) 442-0033

Steve Whitworth

Law Office of Steve Whitworth Attorney Steve Whitworth’s breadth of experience in criminal and civil defense gives him an extraordinary ability to identify and solve his clients’ legal problems. Steve counsels individuals and businesses before problems develop to help them comply with state and federal law, both in criminal and civil jurisdictions. Steve represents clients and witnesses in civil and criminal matters and investigations, with the goal of resolving all issues without the expense and human toll of litigation. When litigation is necessary, Steve has proven his ability in one tough case after another to fight for justice in the courtroom. Steve has defended all types of cases, including complex criminal matters and the collateral civil matters. The boutique law firm takes pride in being able to take, manage and resolve all of a client’s issues regardless of area of law. Generally this holistic approach garners much better results because of a global result-oriented methodology. 2368 Maritime Drive, Suite 260, Elk Grove, CA 95758 (916) 668-5970 • (916) 668-5971 (fax)

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David E. Frank, Esq. Frank Law Group, P.C. is a civil litigation firm based thirty minutes northeast of Sacramento in the Gold Country foothills. We handle a variety of legal matters throughout California and occasionally as pro hac vice in other states and overseas. We are often called upon to act as local co-counsel for national and international firms in courts in the foothill and Lake Tahoe region. Our results-oriented attorneys pursue the resolution of disputes through highly skilled and creative lawyering. Since our inception in 1993, we have flourished by providing clients with superior and cost-efficient legal representation with the highest level of professionalism and integrity. Our attorneys have consistently been ranked as Top Lawyers by Sacramento Magazine, California Super Lawyers, and national ranking organizations, such as Martindale-Hubbell. Areas of emphasis include real estate, business law, and plaintiffs’ personal injury. For more information, please see our website at www. 1517 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA 95603 (530) 887-8585 Pictured, left to right: Jordan W. Maurer, David E. Frank and Gregory W. Koonce

Port J. Parker & Myles G. Taylor, Parker Law Group

Pictured, left to right: Shane Quigley, Myles Taylor, Port Parker, Jeff Einsohn.

Parker Law Group Attorneys, APC is honored to have two of its attorneys, Port Parker and Myles Taylor, voted again as Top Lawyers for 2020. Parker Law Group was founded by Port Parker, a respected Sacramento attorney with 25 years of experience. For the fifth year, Port has been recognized as one of Sacramento’s Top Lawyers. He has successfully litigated a variety of cases involving complex corporate and partnership issues, trust and estate disputes, and tort claims, with an emphasis on matters involving business law, legal and professional malpractice, and breach of fiduciary duty. Port acts as general counsel to a diverse group of companies and manages the firm’s transactional practice. He has significant trial and appellate experience in both state and federal court, and he has assembled a strong team of attorneys and staff to provide the best legal representation possible for his clients. Myles Taylor is also a repeat honoree as one of Sacramento’s Top Attorneys. A partner with the firm, he practices business law and litigation as well as professional malpractice and trust and estate matters. Myles works with clients on a variety of business transactional matters, including contracts, leases, and corporate issues. Parker Law Group supports clients across a wide range of industries, including real estate, construction, life sciences, biotechnology, agriculture, retail, financial and professional services, and food and beverage. 555 Capitol Mal, STE 1230, Sacramento, CA, 95814 (916)996-0400 •

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MAKE THE WISE CHOICE Thank you Sacramento Magazine for once again recognizing Michael Wise and the Wise Law Group as a Top Law Firm in the Sacramento Region! Mr. Wise founded the Wise Law Group after working several years as a prosecutor in both Contra Costa County and Sacramento County. Mr. Wise has earned the respect of his adversaries and the courts for being a professional, and tenacious trial advocate for the accused. He represents clients from all walks of life, and handles a wide variety of criminal cases, ranging from simple DUI and petty theft to Murder, gang shootings, domestic violence allegations, assault, narcotics, embezzlement and fraud. He teaches law enforcement officers on ethical courtroom testimony. The Wise Law Group has long held an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and Mr. Wise has been recognized by the American Trial Lawyers Association as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in California for several years. We are also pleased to announce that Retired Associate Justice Timothy Buckley has recently joined our team in an Of Counsel position. Mr. Buckley spent decades on the bench in the Justice Court, Superior Court and the California Courts of Appeal. We are honored to have him on our team. Please visit us at our new location: 455 Capitol Mall, Suite 305, Sacramento, CA, 95814

Mastagni Holstedt, APC

Back row, left to right: Kenneth E. Bacon; Craig E. Johnsen; Daniel L. Osier; Grant A. Winter; Sean D. Currin and Josh A. Olander. Front row, left to right: Steve Welty; David E. Mastagni; David P. Mastagni; Kathleen Mastagni Storm; Stuart C. Woo, Michael D. Amick and Tashayla Billington. Sacramento Magazine 2020 Top Lawyers: Kenneth E. Bacon; David E. Mastagni; Kathleen Mastagni Storm; Daniel L. Osier; Grant A. Winter; Stuart C. Woo; Joshua A. Olander. *Not pictured: John R. Holstedt, Phillip R.A. Mastagni and Brian A. Dixon

In over 40 years of practice, the law firm of Mastagni Holstedt, APC has grown into a comprehensive firm that provides unparalleled representation to public employee associations, law enforcement, firefighters, and private sector unions and private citizens. The firm’s labor practice has obtained some of the largest public employee labor contracts in the state and established case law protecting the rights of public employees and their organizations. The firm has secured favorable outcomes in complex litigation involving product liability, aviation accidents, and catastrophic injuries, protecting civil rights and seeking fair employment compensation. Mastagni Holstedt, APC is a full-service law firm dedicated to providing clients with effective and aggressive representation in a diverse range of practice areas, including labor and employment, personal injury, criminal defense, and workers’ compensation. The people at Mastagni Holstedt, APC share a combined vision of representing our clients with the utmost passion, and the firm congratulates the 2020 Top Lawyer honorees. Making a false or fraudulent workers’ compensation claim is a felony subject to up to five years in prison or a fine of up to $50,000 or double the value of the fraud, whichever is greater or by both imprisonment and fine.

1912 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95811 • With locations throughout California (916) 446-4692

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Bill Portanova - Portanova & Associates Portanova & Associates specializes in repre-

collar crimes. Prior to that, Portanova served

and sometimes the government is wrong on the

senting people and businesses that have been

for ten years as a Deputy D.A. in Sacramento,

facts. Our firm is equipped to conduct its own

brought into contact with the criminal justice

prosecuting all types of crimes from DUIs to

investigations on our clients’ behalf, whether

system and other investigative and prosecuto-

murders. His experience and accomplishments

to prepare a defense against an accusation, or

rial government agencies. Our clients include

from both sides of the counsel table provide

to resolve workplace problems by conducting

corporations, executives, professionals, phy-

the team with an exceptional understanding

internal investigations to ferret out employee

sicians, public officials, state agencies, sports

of every case strengthened by his insights

malfeasance. Sometimes the government sim-

organizations, and others who suddenly face

from all perspectives. Whether as witnesses,

ply lacks certain evidence that, once properly

investigation or prosecution by state and fed-

targets, victims or defendants, an ever-increas-

presented, terminates the investigation. Some-

eral agencies. The uniquely broad experience

ing number of people and business entities

times the government has the right case but

of founder Bill Portanova provides a legal edge

find themselves in official contact with various

the wrong person in its sights. And sometimes,

few other law firms can offer. Before entering

government agencies. Some agencies are more

there is no alternative to jury trial. Whatever

private practice, Portanova served for many

aggressive than others, and the consequences

the situation, our firm has been there before, on

years as a Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney in Sac-

of investigation or prosecution can be devas-

one side of the courtroom or the other, and we

ramento, investigating and prosecuting complex

tating. Frequently, the government’s perception

are always ready. Justice never sleeps.

cases centered on organized crime, narcotics

of its target is incorrect for a variety of reasons.

networks, cyber-crime, and all manner of white

Sometimes the government is wrong on the law,

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Tiffany L. Andrews, CWLS, CFLS Tiffany L. Andrews, CWLS, CFLS is a Certified Family Law Specialist and Child Welfare Law Specialist who has been practicing in dependency law since 2006 and in family law since 2008. She is one of the few dual specialists that actually specialize in these two areas of practice, together! Ms. Andrews has offices in both Folsom, CA and Fairfield, CA and practices throughout the greater Sacramento area. Her office is an award-winning local family law practice having won 2019 Best of the Best in the City of Folsom with the Folsom Telegraph, 2019 Top Lawyer in Family Law in Sacramento Magazine and 2018 AVVO Client’s Choice Award. Ms. Andrews has remained a designated Super Star for 2018 and 2019 with Super Lawyers for the past 5 years running! In Ms. Andrews’s downtime she enjoys spending time with her 3 children, traveling and volunteering her time to work on legislation to strive to close the gap between the two legal systems she practices in, i.e. dependency and family law. Ms. Andrews believes very strongly that “the same similarly abused child should NOT be treated differently depending upon which system ends up protecting the child!” 6611 Folsom Auburn Rd., Suite H, Folsom, CA 95630 (916) 790-8440 Office • (916) 988-8440 Fax

Craig E. Farmer Farmer Curtis, LLP Craig Farmer has been active in the legal community for more than 40 years, providing legal help to clients including individuals, businesses, public entities self-insurance organizations, as well as insurance-related clients, both insurers and insureds. His practice involves consultation and analysis on a wide variety of insurance disputes as well as business and personal litigation, arbitration and mediation. Mr. Farmer is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He is also recognized on the Super Lawyers list. His legal work includes many published Appellate results in the development of California law. 3620 American River Drive, Suite 218 Sacramento, CA 95864 (916) 679-1240

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Top left: During shelter-in-place, Jessica and Travis focused on transforming their back patio into a cozy, modern outdoor oasis. Top right: “We like to keep furnishings minimal so it feels Zenlike,” says Jessica. “It’s nice to have a calm, serene space to recharge.” Bottom: Original cabinets, revived 1920s hinges and fresh plaster bring charm, while new open shelving (fabricated from 100-year-old reclaimed wood), recessed lighting and marble countertops add fitting freshness.

nternationally known as @bontraveler, Jessica Wright has been used to a jam-packed life of jet-setting since starting her travel-and-style blog five years ago. But in March, when the pandemic sidelined the world, she and her husband, Travis, were forced to cancel their itineraries and hunker down in their Curtis Park home. “It all happened at the busiest season of travel for me, with over 10 trips canceled,” says Jessica. “So at first, it felt really shocking. But I found a lot of joy in the little details of each day—like learning how to cook a new dish, planting a small garden and reimagining our space.” Being home for an extended amount of time was not something they were used to. (Jessica travels six to seven months of the year, and Travis, a software designer with an architectural design background, is on the road three months, typically.) However, it allowed them to really soak in the house’s special elements—ones they worked hard to preserve during renovation last year. (That’s why they affectionately call it The Mindful Maison.) “The goal was to add safe, modern and contemporary infrastructure but also keep its original charm,” says Travis. While Jessica and Travis wait for their travel life to safely resume, they’re dreaming big. “We can’t wait to rebook our dream road trip through Puglia, Italy. Other trips on the top of my mind are to places we can road-trip to from Sacramento, like the southern coast of Oregon, Death Valley and Sierra National Forest,” Jessica says. “This time has made me realize just how diverse the landscapes of California are, and we are feeling very fortunate that they are within driving distance from home.” SACMAG.COM August 2020

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Concerned about visiting the dentist while the coronavirus is still on the loose? Two local dentists talk us down.


ith life returning to normal—well, somewhat—as we learn to live with the coronavirus, you’re probably finding things are different now. Restaurants have fewer tables. Grocery stores have plexiglass sneeze guards at the checkout stands. Gyms might require you to make an appointment prior to coming in. Your visit to your dentist will likely be different, too, and with good reason. Along with contact and contaminated surface spread, COVID-19 is spread by airborne exposure— droplets and particles one might expel when breathing or talking. (Hence the lovely face masks many of us are sporting when out in public.) It’s no wonder your friendly dentist may have shut down practice for a while this past spring and is now implementing new strategies to keep patients, staff and themselves safe. Things

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may be different when you go to the dentist these days, but one thing is clear: You should go to the dentist. (More on that later.) Here, we offer 10 things to consider before your next visit. 1. Practicing safety is nothing new. “We’ve been trained in

proper disease transmission delay using PPE (personal protective equipment) ever since I’ve been a dentist, and that’s been 30 years now,” says Wallace Bellamy, D.M.D., an Elk Grove-based dentist in private practice. What might be new? “You will see dentists utilizing more PPE than they probably have in the past,” says Bellamy, and already-strict cleaning and sterilization protocols are now stricter. Stephanie Sandretti, D.D.S., owner of Galleria Smile Designs in Roseville and Sacramento Smile Designs, has implemented additional precautions,

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including temperature and oxygen level checks for staff twice a day—in the morning and right after lunch—and weekly meetings to review procedures and make any adjustments. “We have some really good protocols in place,” says Sandretti. 2. Don’t be surprised to see your dental office and staff looking “familiar but different.” “Dentists always have

utilized PPE in all procedures. We have always worn gloves and masks and gowns and eye protection. We have always practiced universal precautions. That hasn’t changed and is familiar,” explains Bellamy. What will be different, he says, is the type of mask you might see your dentist wearing. “N95/KN95 masks filtrate 95 percent of particulate matter in the air, which is different from the regular masks—levels 1, 2 and 3—that dentists commonly wore in the past and can still wear in some

procedures,” he explains. Also, all clinical team members may wear face shields—commonly worn by hygienists. In addition to masks, gloves, and eye and face shields, Sandretti and staff wear surgical caps to protect their hair. “We also wear scrubs underneath [our full-length gowns] and change our scrubs and shoes before leaving the office,” she says. The office interior may look a little different, too. Those clear acrylic sneeze guards you’re used to seeing now in grocery stores? Expect to find them in your dentist’s office, possibly along with air purifiers. 3. Your waiting room might be your car. In an effort to

maintain social distancing and to minimize the number of people in the office at once, you may be asked to text or call the office upon arrival, then wait in your car until a staff member comes out to greet you.

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4. Expect to do your part.

You’ll probably have to answer some questions before you’re allowed into the office for your appointment. Expect to be asked if you have been exhibiting symptoms of the virus (fever, chills, shortness of breath, dry cough, runny nose, loss of smell/taste, headaches or muscle pain) currently or in the past two weeks; if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or been in contact with somebody who has within the past two weeks; or if you have traveled more than 100 miles within the past two weeks. Don’t be surprised if your temperature is taken upon arrival for your appointment. Sandretti uses a finger pulse oximeter—it takes about 15 seconds—to check patients’

can produce aerosols,” says Bellamy. Finally, pad in a little extra time for your appointment— and be on time. 5. You’ll need to bring your own entertainment. You

know those magazines you flipped through to kill time (and take your mind off of your impending visit)? The complimentary coffee you enjoyed in the waiting room? And those headphones that allowed you to zone out to Netflix while the dentist drilled away at your teeth? “You are not going to find that in the age of COVID-19, at least in the near future,” says Bellamy. He even had to take away the stuffed animals he had out for the kids. “They’re being stored in my virtual waiting room in

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oxygen saturation percentage. “Oxygen saturation has been shown to be an indicator of disease when patients may not be exhibiting a fever,” she explains. You may also be asked to wash your hands upon arrival and wear a mask—preferably one you brought yourself—at all times except when the dentist is working on you, and do a 30-second pre-procedural antibacterial mouth rinse “meant to limit the amount of particles containing droplets in the air from procedures that

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my house,” he says. “As soon as things are under control, those things will come back on a case-to-case basis.” As for coffee, should you really be drinking that if you want to keep your pearly whites white? 6. Things might seem a little impersonal. “Dentists are

touchy-feely people, or at least I am,” says Sandretti. “Normally we shake your hand; we chat; we give you a high-five or a hug.” Not during COVID-19. Sandretti says she tries to provide patients as relaxed a

setting as possible, despite the extra-suited-up staff and the lack of physical contact. “We try to remind the patients that we are the same friendly faces they are used to seeing,” she says. “There’s still fun bantering.” Bellamy, who’s been in his current location for 25 years and considers many of his patients friends, also laments the no-hug policy. “That personal touch will be a little bit different, but we will still have a personal touch for them,” he says. “We don’t want it to be sterile.” 7. You might have multiple procedures in the same visit in an effort to save PPE.

“My husband (Elk Grovebased orthodontist Matthew Sandretti, D.D.S., M.S.D.) jokes that now we have to flatten our PPE curve,” says Sandretti, adding that she is limited on how many masks and gowns she can order at a time and is relying on seamstresses to sew gowns for staff. Since PPE is in such high demand, some dentists may try to maximize your visit—maybe take care of a filling along with a regular cleaning—rather than having you come back. “Their appointment would be a little longer—maybe add 30 minutes to a regular onehour cleaning appointment,” Sandretti explains. “If we find a cavity during their routine exam, and I have time to do it, I will offer to do it right away so the patient can avoid another trip and we can avoid another round of PPE for the same patient.”

8. You should not put off dental care. It might be tempting

to use COVID-19 as an excuse to put off going to the dentist, but Sandretti and Bellamy urge you not to do so. “What you have to remember is that we don’t just clean your teeth and fill cavities. We screen for oral cancer, check for gum disease, check your lymph nodes and your jaw,” says Sandretti. “If you are not getting that stuff checked, a lot of diseases can go unnoticed

until it is a really big problem.” Sandretti recommends people get regular exams, X-rays and fluoride treatments. “Normal prevention is really important,” she says. “If you don’t get a small problem fixed, it will

continue to get bigger and could result in more expensive dental work. If you only come in when it hurts, you are going to have a lot more expensive procedure than you would have a year earlier.” 9. Believe it or not, some good has come out of all of this. “Patients are brushing

and flossing and are paying more attention to their dental hygiene at home because they know they may not see us for a while,” says Bellamy. “Dental care is not being taken for granted by the public.” Sandretti, chair of the CDA’s Government Affairs Council, points to the increased awareness of infection control, not only in dentistry but in general. She also lauds the uptick in hand washing and the use of hand sanitizers. “Those are practices I hope people keep up.” 10. Finally, remember, this won’t last forever. Bellamy,

who is on the board of trustees for the CDA and is also the chairman of the CDA’s Leadership Development Committee, predicts the extra precautions will last for the next several years but hopefully not forever. “We will just move with the recommendations of the CDC, the CDPH and our county public health departments,” he says. “I’m very hopeful and upbeat that we will find a vaccine for this, hopefully sooner than later.”

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In Sacramento’s war against the coronavirus, Dr. Peter Beilenson is the general leading the charge.


n the COVID-19 era, few local officials are as influential as Peter Beilenson, M.D., M.P.H., the director of Sacramento County’s Department of Health Services. Back in March, at the beginning of the pandemic, he ordered the closure of nonessential businesses and instructed residents to stay at home for all but essential activities. Months later, he decided when to lift restrictions on businesses such as gyms and hair salons. Before coming to Sacramento in 2018, Beilenson was health commissioner for the city of Baltimore and, later, health director for Maryland’s Howard County. He had a reputation as an innovator, reforming Baltimore’s drug treatment system, establishing almost 100 percent immunization compliance in city schools and developing a lead poisoning prevention initiative. When he became Sacramento’s public health chief, Beilenson initially focused on a few priorities: establishing school-based mental health services, creating accountability for managed care organizations and dealing with the public health issues created by homelessness. The pandemic upended all that. Now he’s on the front lines, helping Sacramento residents stay healthy in the face of the coronavirus. A hands-on manager, he personally shut down an East Sac bar on St. Patrick’s Day and walked around midtown on a busy Saturday in May, looking to see how many people were wearing masks. (Most, he reports.) In early June, as businesses were just starting to reopen, Beilenson sat down with Sacramento Magazine to discuss his role as guardian of Sacramento’s public health. (Note: This interview was edited for length and clarity.) How has Sacramento performed in the pandemic? To date, we’ve done quite well. I think people should be very proud of themselves in terms of how much they follow the stay-at-home order. We have the lowest per capita case rate of any major urban area our size in the country. Our death rate is in the five best as well. And our ICU and hospitalization rates are tiny. The fact that we have a low case rate is a

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great thing, but it’s also bad, because it means that we have virtually no herd immunity. The thought is we’re more at risk for a second phase. How worried should we be about a second wave in the fall? People ask me all the time, “What do you think?” And I say, “All we know is the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic seemed to show that the second phase is more deadly. But we can’t really predict what’s going to happen.” Why did we fare so well compared to other cities? First, we had the stay-at-home order early, which made a big difference. Secondly, we don’t have large gathering places like Disneyland, Universal Studios or Chelsea Piers in New York—the superspreader locations. And third, we’re a little less dense than many other cities. It was a combination of good luck and the efforts of the population. How do you make decisions on when to close businesses and activities? We have a dashboard that keeps track of everything from contact tracing to hospitalization, ICU rate, ventilators, cases, deaths, congregate settings, etc. And every day, we look at this data. I actually look at it three times a day. It’s to make sure that the curve is not going in the wrong way. We’re being careful about watching the numbers—we don’t want to yank everything back again, because there’s been a huge amount of economic dislocation. So we don’t want to over-restrict. But at the same time, we want to be careful about what we open up. In your previous work, had you ever seen anything to compare with COVID-19? This is not the first time I’ve dealt with a novel virus. When I was in Baltimore, we had SARS—we actually had a case that had to be quarantined. We were the epicenter of West Nile virus in the country. I was following trucks when they were picking up dead crows all over the place. We had H1N1. Every few years, there’s a novel virus. But COVID-19 clearly is the biggest deal of any virus that

I’ve seen. It’s the first time we closed down the country. How would you rate the federal response to the coronavirus? I think the president has done a horrifically bad job. For the first two months or so of the outbreak, from early March to late April, we were way behind the eight ball, not just in California but everywhere. We literally didn’t have enough swabs, which is insane. And his not using the Defense Production Act was inexcusable. I think a large number of people who died back east could potentially have been saved if there were enough ventilators. What about your fellow public health doctors in Washington, Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx? He’s handled it very well. I’m a little perturbed that she didn’t say anything [when President Trump suggested injecting disinfectant into the body as a treatment]. If I were Birx, I wouldn’t have stayed. I would have said, “I’m sorry, Mr. President, I cannot stay in your administration. What you’re proposing is outrageous, and what you’ve done to date is inexcusable. I’m out of here.” And I think that would have actually done something. Maybe, who knows? Has the pandemic slowed down your work on other issues? Yeah. I spend all my time on the pandemic. I’m always in a meeting. My office gets between 30 and 100 calls and emails a day about opening everything from the zoo to tattoo parlors to gyms to the pools. You name it. Everyone thinks that their job or business is essential. In many ways, it is essential because of their economic situation. So I’m having to make decisions that clearly are going to affect people’s lives. Homelessness was one of your priorities before COVID-19. Do you see that as a fixable problem? That actually is where COVID may have a silver lining. We placed 600 people in motels, the vast majority of whom do not have the virus but are at risk for it. We don’t want to just dump them out into the street again. So we’re working very closely with

the city and the county to get several hundred additional hotel rooms and turn over the room keys to the people, so that it actually becomes their house. If you can get 600 to 1,000 people in permanent housing, that’s a big chunk at one time. How does your family feel about your work these days? My daughter is extremely worried about me. She calls three times a day, which is a little bit much. That’s sweet, actually. Do you worry about your health? No. I didn’t with West Nile or H1N1 or SARS either. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s ill-advised not to be, but it’s easier not to be concerned about it. When do you get to relax and take a vacation? No vacation for now. It was seven days a week, 15 hours a day, for the first two months. It has definitely calmed down since then. Now, I work really hard during the week, and I’m relatively free on the weekend. I’d like to go to Lassen and the lava beds with my son in early August— someplace we can drive to. I hope you get to do that. I do, too.

In addition to being a public servant, Peter Beilenson is a published author with two books to his name. In “Tapping Into The Wire,” he uses scenes from the acclaimed TV show “The Wire” (set in Baltimore) to examine issues of urban policy and public health. “Death by Regulation” is about his experience running a nonprofit health insurance cooperative under the Affordable Care Act. His cooperative sued the Obama administration over implementation of the ACA, a case that went all the way to the Supreme Court, which recently ruled in its favor.

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Alexis Toney, M.D., and her newborn, Miles Dante Toney

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nyone who’s gone through childbirth—as the active participant or as the supportive partner—can attest that meeting your son or daughter for the first time is one of the happiest moments of your life. But the time leading up to it is also filled with anxiety-provoking unknowns. Will the baby be healthy? What will labor be like? Who will look after our 3-year-old while we’re at the hospital? How will we manage when we come home? So to pile on the biggest pandemic in a century may seem like a cruel joke for expectant parents. And in fact, COVID-19 is generating a whole new set of questions and concerns. It’s pushing long-held traditions—baby showers, visits to see the new baby, meal trains—to occur in a whole new way. Hospitals are charged with protocols that screen for symptoms and limit who can be on-site. There are frantic searches for newborn-size diapers. You join moms’ groups via Zoom and watch breastfeeding tutorials on YouTube. Your mother-in-law, who planned to help out, is restricted by stay-at-home orders or because she is part of a high-risk age group. How are people coping with this, we wondered. How is it impacting the birth experience? What is coming home like? Are there new challenges postpartum? We reached out to two local obstetricians for answers, and to two new mothers who generously shared their stories.

Safety First

What to expect when you’re expecting— right now.

“This is a scary time for everybody,” says Freshta Kakar, D.O., an OB-GYN physician who has an office in El Dorado Hills and delivers babies at Mercy Hospital of Folsom. “But for an expectant mother and her family, there are a lot of uncertainties.” First and foremost is safety—and all area clinics and hospitals are making every effort to assure women they are safe coming for appointments and checking into labor and delivery. “We’re doing more video visits for (clinic) patients, so the waiting rooms are less crowded,” says Debra Wright, M.D., medical director of maternity services for UC Davis. “And everyone entering the hospital is screened for symptoms. Doctors and visitors are questioned, and their temperature is taken. Every OB patient is given a COVID test.” There are also protocols in place at all hospitals if a pregnant woman tests positive for the virus. But there is some good news on that front. For one thing, COVID-19 is not showing itself to have serious effects on pregnant women or their babies. Influenza poses a greater risk, experts say. “And fortunately, we have not had a single OB patient come back positive with COVID, even people who had (suspicious) symptoms,” says Wright. “We’re getting up to 200 patients now, so that’s pretty reassuring.” Finally, visitors are limited to just one, both in terms of being with a woman during labor and delivery and after the baby is born. “And you can’t trade off,” says Wright. But there is good news here as well: Unlike back east, where hospitals were overrun by COVID-19 patients and women in labor were forced to come in alone, our region has never had to go to that extreme. “Absolutely women can have someone with them— one support person,” says Kakar. “Just not multiple people like in the past.”

Worried Just the Same Even with assurances in place, however, pregnant women are . . . pregnant women. And especially for mothers who gave birth at the start of the stay-at-home order, when things were changing by the hour, it was an unsettling time.

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Alexis Toney, M.D., comforts her newborn, Miles Dante Toney

“I was really anxious about whether or not my husband could be with me—I had been reading that in New York they eliminated birth partners and I was worried that would come down here,” says Alexis Toney, M.D., a pediatric hospitalist at UC Davis. “Also, there was stress beforehand because if a mother tests positive for COVID, her baby can be taken from her, and I was still working with patients. I was afraid I would develop a fever or test positive and have to be separated.” Toney also says she was concerned about circumcision for her newborn son. “My first son was circumcised, so I wanted my second son to be,” she says. “But circumcision is an elective procedure, and I wasn’t sure it could happen.” Finally, Toney’s biggest worry was who would watch her 2-year-old, James. “I didn’t want to ask some older relative to watch him, but we don’t have a lot of options (beyond our parents),” she says. “I was worried we wouldn’t have help while I was at the hospital or when we came home. The rules kept changing.” Meanwhile, Emily Rolfe, also an essential worker (an office administrator for an in-home caregiver system), had an anxiety-ridden pregnancy. She had a pulmonary embolism and was on blood

thinners, which made her a high-risk obstetrics patient, but the lung issues also made her high risk for complications if she contracted COVID-19. “I did a lot of research (on COVID and pregnancy) and couldn’t find much,” she recalls. “I was looking for tragedies and worried they were downplaying it.” But one thing she felt would help, since she lives in Shingle Springs, was to stay in El Dorado County with its extremely low numbers of COVID-19 cases and zero deaths. “I really wanted to deliver at Marshall Hospital (in Placerville), but because I was high risk, I had to go to Sac,” she says. “I was fearful of being in the same hospital as COVID patients.” Thankfully, both women’s major fears failed to materialize. Toney tested negative for COVID-19, and her husband was by her side when Miles was born. Her mother-in-law, who lives near their home in Vacaville, was able to help. “The process of giving birth was also great,” Toney says. “The doctors and nurses made it clear this was an important and meaningful event in our lives.” It was the same for Rolfe: Her partner, Matt Fleeman, was with her, and she had a safe, uneventful labor and delivery of baby Mathias. In fact, she ended up

“I was fearful of being in the same hospital as COVID patients,” says Emily Rolfe.

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befriending the Sutter nurses and saw it as important social interaction after a mostly homebound pregnancy. “I’d been quarantined because I was high risk (for COVID-19) with the pulmonary embolism, so I had to start working from home early on,” she says. “I was happy to go to the hospital—finally some human contact! I was so emotional the whole time and the staff went above and beyond.” But both women still faced challenges, many of which called on their own internal resiliency.

Going It Alone For Toney and Rolfe, a sense of isolation materialized the minute their new sons were born. “The fact we couldn’t have visitors (was hard),” says Toney. “My first delivery, everyone came to the hospital. This time, no one came to the hospital or to our home. It was a whole different experience not to be able to show the baby off.” Rolfe had the same feeling. “What really bothered me was not having my other kiddos come to see their new brother,” she says. “The fact we couldn’t have visitors was very eerie.” For Toney, the solitude grew worse when her baby had to be readmitted to the hospital—twice. “Only one parent can go with the baby,” she says, and because she was breastfeeding and a pediatrician, she went. “But I wasn’t able to talk to my husband, I was sitting alone in the ER, I had no help carrying the bags. And I was just a few days postpartum. I was all alone with no support.”

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because of the virus. “With my other two kids, I was part of moms’ groups,” she says, adding she deeply misses the women she met at Stroller Strides, the postpartum workouts and the regular playdates for her 3-year-old.

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Emily Rolfe cradles her baby, Mathias Joe Fleeman

After her first child was born, Toney was also able to have in-person breastfeeding advice, but not this time. “There were lactation groups and lactation consultants then,” she says. “But all of that doesn’t exist right now. When I was first discharged, I would have loved to see a consultant once or twice.” There were also supply issues. “We had a small pack of newborn diapers from the hospital, and I got some on Amazon,” Toney says. “It was a huge markup, but I paid it anyway. There also was a problem getting sanitary pads. My husband found some, but was only allowed one pack. He said, ‘My wife just had a baby. She’s going to need more than this.’” She had luckily bought some things beforehand—like baby wipes—but is questioning the hoarding that led to limitations on other newborn and postpartum essentials. “A baby can only wear newborn diapers for a short time—and

Rolfe’s fitness group threw her a Zoom baby shower. what are you going to do with a million sanitary pads?” she says with a laugh. But perhaps the hardest issue for both mothers, once they were home with their infants, was the lack of support from friends. “Everyone is so overwhelmed by what’s happening,” explains Toney. “Most of my friends are working physicians, and now they’re also homeschooling their kids.” Rolfe is disappointed her Stroller Strides outings have been discontinued

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All that said, however, having a baby during a pandemic is still a remarkable event. “It’s one of those moments when nothing else matters,” says Kakar. “All your focus is on your bundle of joy.” Both new mothers agree—and say their family and friends have made an effort to recognize the momentous occasion. Toney’s book club is still meeting via FaceTime, and Rolfe’s fitness group threw her a Zoom baby shower, dropping a cake on her doorstep and mailing her presents. There are also some surprising benefits built into the stay-at-home orders. “COVID does give me permission . . . to snuggle in with my baby and not worry about exposure,” says Toney. “And my husband is an essential worker, but he has been home (on paternity leave). Also, people know it is hard and are sending us DoorDash, dropping off food—safely, no contact—and checking in.” Rolfe says her family is having a similar experience. “Because my partner and I are essential workers, we were able to keep our 2-year-old in preschool,” she says. “The silver lining is it’s a really good bonding time with our new baby.” Physicians also see something positive coming out of this, primarily in terms of the stark reminders about the importance of hygiene. “The basics of keeping 6 feet apart and washing your hands with soap and water are effective ways of preventing disease,” says Wright. “Stay home when you’re sick or have a fever, and if you’re working and are sick, you should be sent home immediately. This applies to COVID, but also to flu or colds. We’re learning from COVID to help protect pregnant women all the time.” Does this mean even after the pandemic is over, people should never come up to a pregnant woman on, say, a public bus and touch her? “Absolutely,” says Kakar. “With COVID, (a pregnant woman) can get sick, but with the flu, she can get very sick.”

The Final Word In the end, of course, meeting your son or daughter for the first time—even in the time of COVID—is still an indelible moment. “Just take it one day at a time,” advises Rolfe. “This is temporary. And you will have one heck of a good birth story to tell your child later.”

Tips from the Front Line Buy supplies in advance, especially baby wipes, which don’t expire and the baby won’t outgrow. But resist hoarding—remember that other parents will need things, too. Have frank conversations with family members. If they are obeying stay-at-home and social distancing orders and so are you, can you consider yourselves one household and continue to rely on them as caregivers, houseguests, babysitters? Or are there risk-taking behaviors on their part—or yours (such as having a toddler in child care)—that make this impossible? If so, make it clear you are looking out for everyone’s safety by postponing in-person visits. But also make use of the knowledge you are COVID-free when you come home from the hospital. With your negative test from the hospital in hand, you can be confident you are not going to pass the virus along to relatives who may be in high-risk categories. Stay plugged in. They may not be in-person visits, but those Zoom baby showers, grandparent visits, book clubs, happy hours or fitness classes are vitally important. Embrace technology and be happy it exists. Get outside. Even if you have to stay 6 feet away from others, you can push your stroller down your neighborhood streets or on paved trails, and people can admire your baby from afar. You’ll feel less housebound and healthier. Give tasks to your spouse: Searches for toilet tissue and paper towels, trips to Safeway, running the vacuum, turning over a load of laundry, cooking dinner. Make use of convenient delivery services, like DoorDash or Instacart. Also treat your family to your favorite entrée picked up curbside once in a while. Take time for yourself. It’s not the end of the world if your 3-year-old watches “Frozen 2” while the baby is sleeping so you can paint your toenails, FaceTime your best friend or doze on the sofa.

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Telemedicine isn’t new, but it is gaining new uses—and new participants—in the time of COVID-19.


t’s safe to say COVID-19 has upended all aspects of our society. But perhaps the one pushed to reinvent itself with warp speed is the field of medicine. Immediate effort went into treatment options and the chase for a vaccine, of course, but equally critical was limiting the spread of COVID-19 to other patients and staff. How do you safely deliver health care in the middle of a pandemic? The answer increasingly seems to be video visits, where your doctor’s appointment is via your laptop or iPad—and both you and your physician are beaming in from home. In fact, telemedicine is gaining in popularity more rapidly than even its pioneers, supporters and pilot programs could have predicted. “Before COVID, we were doing 350–400 video visits a month—and in less than two weeks, we were doing 1,200 video visits a day,” says Mark Avdalovic, M.D., the medical director of virtual visits and eConsults at UC Davis. Health systems throughout the Sacramento region report the same dramatic upswings, leading proponents to suggest patients and physicians will continue to expand its uses. “Telemedicine may be the silver lining to the pandemic,” says Albert Chan, M.D., Sutter Health’s chief of digital patient experience. “We’ve been on this journey for four or five years at this point, but it really accelerated with COVID. Before COVID, we had 50 clinicians trained (in this

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technology), and in March and April, we trained 4,600 clinicians.” Also having an effect on the skyrocketing figures: Insurance plans have temporarily made it easier for health systems to collect the same fees for a virtual visit as a face-to-face appointment and eliminated a cumbersome point-of-service rule. “It has to do with where the patient is—the patient could not be in their home and had to be in a rural setting,” explains James Marcin, M.D., director of the UC Davis Center for Health Technology, who expects many of these restrictions will disappear permanently. “We think it’s going to be harder to put the genie back in the bottle. People will want to have this.” But is telemedicine for everyone? What are its benefits? Its drawbacks? Will it continue to be popular when the pandemic is over? Sac Mag asked a variety of local experts to weigh in. In general, physicians are grateful to their teams—who flew into action in response to COVID-19—and to their patients who are willing to try something new. They also would like to see telemedicine keep moving forward. “We don’t want to go back to pre-COVID-19,” says Marcin. “This has created an opportunity to reimagine the models of care we provide.” Chan agrees. “This isn’t just an extraordinary thing for an extraordinary time, but truly a personalized experience for you and your clinician,” he says. “It’s still all about care.”

The Pluses What most people mention first about a video visit is convenience—for both the patient and the doctor. “Even pre-COVID, I was able to provide access to patients at times that were more convenient for their schedules. Patients and providers don’t live 8–5,” says Christine Braid, D.O., the medical director of ambulatory telehealth services for Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group. Braid, who is also a family medicine physician and a mother, often sees patients from a “remote location” herself—her house. “My commute from my living room to my home office is much shorter than taking a freeway to midtown,” she says, adding it’s fun to show off photos of her young child as well as her own artwork, all while respecting everyone’s priorities. “A patient doesn’t have to take a whole day off work to come to an appointment. And clinicians need a work-life balance, too. Some of my colleagues are soccer dads who coach, but are willing to work evenings and weekends.” Braid’s longtime patients also tout the ease of video visits, especially if it’s with a physician they already know and

trust. “It was very convenient for us. My husband and I both had appointments, so he sat next to me on the couch and we took turns,” says Michelle Chapman, an office manager who lives in Fair Oaks. “You’re not driving around, worried about being late, no sitting in a waiting room. I had my questions answered. It was very thorough, nothing I felt I missed. . . . You really could do this anywhere. You could sit outside or sit in your car.” There are also clearly segments of the population for whom it’s a real hardship to see their doctor face-toface, COVID or no COVID. For example, telemedicine was originally intended to give rural communities access to specialists, with provider-to-provider communication set up on hard-wired computer stations in outlying hospitals and clinics. Rural care has continued to be a priority, now most often directly between providers and patients since the advent of laptops and iPhones, allowing a cardiac patient in Plumas County to check in with his cardiologist in Sacramento, for instance. Another example is if you live three hours away from your provider and have a child who must be put in a car seat

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with a ventilator, says Marcin, who is also a UC Davis pediatric critical care specialist. “To do that visit in their home is not quite as good as seeing them in person, but when you weigh everything, it’s an overall better way,” he says. The same is true for elderly people who are frail and may risk a fall leaving their home for an unfamiliar medical campus, as well as people who just don’t feel well. “Especially if you’re sick, you’d rather stay at home and still get care,” says Chan. Staying home also ensures these patients won’t be exposed to another virus on top of the illness they already have—COVID now, but also colds and influenza in a normal season. The very ease of a video visit may also encourage people to seek care sooner rather than later. “If I can have access to a patient who is ill today, I may be able to keep them out of the hospital,” says Braid. Finally, there is an obvious use of telemedicine for people with transportation or child care issues or who can’t miss work. Virtual visits also make sense for things that don’t require a physical exam, like refilling a prescription, checking in with a patient after a minor procedure or conducting mental health appointments.

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The Minuses No one is saying, however, that telemedicine should replace all face-to-face interactions with a physician. “The gold standard is seeing a patient in person—with an occasional virtual visit,” says Avdalovic, who is also a pulmonologist and sees limitations to assessing lung and heart health remotely. “(Virtual stethoscopes) are OK, but it’s not the same. We recognize that.” There is also certain routine care, of course, that must be conducted in person—such as vaccines for children, prenatal visits or gynecological procedures. “I haven’t figured out how to do a Pap smear remotely,” says Braid with a laugh. Another consideration is for people who don’t have access to technology and are shut out of telemedicine. “We are very concerned about those patients who may

not have the option and . . . (about) folks who may not be comfortable with technology,” says Avdalovic. “We want to be sure not to forget about those patients.” There are also occasional mishaps—as in any delivery system—that range from the amusing to the more serious. For example, doctors admit their patients are sometimes challenged setting up the iPhone camera. “You can get a little dizzy watching them,” says Avdalovic, who recommends a stand for smart devices. “Or they think they’re on the screen but it’s just one eye or a corner of their mouth.” And more seriously, of course, is the possibility of a missed condition. “I canceled my dermatology appointment when I was offered a video visit (during the stay-at-home order),” says Marcin. “I didn’t want my mole diagnosed by a picture.”

To that end, all health care professionals are quick to assure patients that coming in person is safe even during this pandemic—probably safer than going to the grocery store, for that matter, with hospital and clinic staff well-practiced in disinfecting surfaces and maintaining good hygiene. “If a patient needs a physical exam, of course we do them and bring patients in in a safe way—we’ve invested so much in terms of getting systems in place,” says Rob Azevedo, M.D., physician-in-chief for Kaiser Permanente Sacramento. “We encourage patients to reach out to their physician and for the two of them to decide about care: Can it be handled via email, video or a physical exam?”

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The Future Despite some drawbacks, most physicians are eager to explore telemedicine’s uses and predict its popularity will only increase. “This has been an incredible learning period for all this,” says Chan. “And I’m not ready to say what is an appropriate use and what isn’t. Because things we thought we couldn’t do we’re doing.” Experts also say we are in the midst of an explosion in medical technology, such as cardiac VADs—ventricular assist devices—that have a high risk of infection but can now be linked remotely and alert providers at the very first sign of inflammation. “That early diagnosis is tremendously beneficial,” says Chan. Similar advances allow patients with chronic disease to be monitored at home, passively collecting data on a person’s temperature, glucose levels, or heart and lung function. “There is more and more wearable technology,” says Azevedo. “The world is going to open up. We need to get out of thinking what’s possible and what’s not.”

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To some clinicians’ surprise, this technology is also being easily accepted by patients—both young and old. “My 18-year-old son had a video visit and nobody called him to do a mock test run,” says Avdalovic. “And I said, ‘Are you sure you know what you’re doing?’ He looked at me like ‘Are you kidding me?’ It’s just an extension of what he does every day.” And on the other end, physicians resist making assumptions about older patients. “My parents are in their 80s, and they love it,” laughs Azevedo. Braid also sees a lot of octogenarians jumping onboard. “When I have 80-year-old patients who realize they figured it out, their faces light up with a big smile and I give them a round of applause,” she says. In fact, it’s not artificial intelligence and robotics that excite physicians the most: It’s the very rich human element of seeing patients in their homes. Medicine has its roots in “house calls,” of course, but for many modern physicians, this is the first foray into treating patients in their own environment. “I have a 2-year-old grandson, and my daughter-in-law did a video visit with his pediatrician, who just happened to be my two daughters’ pediatrician when they were growing up,” says Azevedo. “The girls are both home with us now, because of the pandemic, so they got on the video and said hello. It was a very special thing they wouldn’t have been able to do if the appointment had been at the office. And the pediatrician was so thrilled to see my daughters, now in their late 20s and early 30s.” Braid has had meaningful experiences herself. “There are patients I’ve had for 15 years, and it’s so fun to . . . look around their house,” she says, adding they often give her a tour or show her photos or objects on a bookshelf. “Video visits are longer than normal appointments, and it’s very personal in their space—they are pulling their doctor into their homes. And it tells me things, gives me an interesting insight.” She gives as an example a couple who were sheltering in place at their daughter’s home and sleeping in bunk beds in their grandchild’s room, clearly visible on video. The husband complained of intense knee pain, and Braid asked if he was taking the top bunk. He was—and climbing the ladder was straining his knee. “In an office setting, I would have had a harder time figuring that out.”

Tips on Making Your VV Successful If you are new to connecting virtually with your physician, our experts have some tips for making a video appointment successful. Find a quiet place with good lighting, so the doctor can hear you and see you well and you can have some confidentiality and privacy. Like any appointment, prepare a bit beforehand: Have your questions ready and medications gathered. Put your smart device on a stand. Make sure you have a good internet connection. Try not to overthink it. “Most people are surprised at how effective and easy it is,” says Rob Azevedo, Kaiser Permanente Sacramento’s physician-in-chief.

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The Sacramento region is fortunate to have health care professionals who continuously strive to attain ever-higher levels of patient satisfaction through a blend of the latest technologies and careful listening. The following profiles are medical professionals that stand out in our communitiy.

Daniel L. Monahan, M.D. FOCUS: Our goal is to help people enjoy better self-esteem, happiness, and health by treating unwanted varicose veins and spider veins. Dr. Monahan is Board Certified in General Surgery and Phlebology and specializes in vein disorders. EDUCATION: UC Davis, BA, Zoology, 1976. Medical School: University of Hawaii, 1981, M.D. MEMBERSHIPS: American Venous Forum; American College of Surgeons, American College of Phlebology. PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT: Marrying my wife, adopting my kids. Spearing a 100+ lbs. grouper while free-diving in Baja. (These are ‘gifts’ more than ‘achievements’.) PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT: Published a research project which changed the understanding of varicose veins and treatment. INNOVATIONS: I treat varicose and spider veins in stages, reducing the amount and cost, resultant problems and improving results. All the most current knowledge and technology are used in our evaluation and treatment of patients with venous disorders. BEDSIDE MANNER: Patients frequently say ours is the friendliest medical office they have ever been to. We treat people personally, with compassion, and the best possible evaluation and treatment. OFF HOURS: Golf, fly-fishing, reading. CHARITABLE WORK: Long-time member of the area YoungLife committee; participate in YoungLife activities. ADVICE: People may think the treatment of vein disorders is purely for appearance or just for vanity. But how you feel about yourself is much more than “cosmetic.” It’s meaningful, confidence boosting and part of an overall health equation. Reach out for a consultation. You’ll be glad you did. CONTACT INFORMATION: Monahan Vein Clinic 1211 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Ste.120, Roseville (916) 791-8346 (VEIN) •

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Health Care Professionals A Special Advertising Section

Travis T. Tollefson, M.D. MPH, FACS UC Davis Health

Dr. Tollefson is a fellowship-trained, double board-certified Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery expert who has been serving the Sacramento and Northern California area for the last 15 years. He specializes in the full spectrum of pediatric and adult facial restorative and aesthetic surgery, such as rhinoplasty to reshape the nose, surgery after facial skin cancer removal, or reconstructive surgery of the face, ears, lip, palate, or nose in children and adults. Call to schedule a consultation with Dr Tollefson and his team to discuss possible non-surgical and surgical facial treatment options, ranging from fillers and Botox® to surgical procedures. CONTACT INFORMATION: 2521 Stockton Blvd., #6206, Sacramento, CA 95817• (916)734-2347

Kendall Homer, D.M.D. Eric Grove, D.D.S. FOCUS: General Dentistry, including cosmetics, implant restoration, and emergency dental care. EDUCATION: Dr. Homer completed his B.A. at Sacramento State and earned his Doctorate of Medical Dentistry from Washington University. Dr. Grove received a B.S. from Pacific Union College and a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Loma Linda University. PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS: Drs. Homer and Grove belong to the ADA/CDA/SDDS. Dr. Grove is also an active participant in the SDDS. WHAT SETS THEM APART: Dr. Homer’s and Dr. Grove’s patients’ appreciation is evident in client loyalty, with 40-year plus patients bringing their children and grandchildren in for treatment. CHARITABLE WORK: Dr. Homer supports Save Ourselves, an organization that provides counseling and peer support to people living with breast cancer. Dr. Grove has participated in overseas dental mission trips and also participates in the Smiles for Big Kids program in Sacramento. FREE ADVICE: Studies have linked diabetes, heart disease and stroke to gum disease. Oral health is a significant part of overall well-being. CONTACT INFORMATION: Kendall Homer D.M.D. / Eric Grove D.D.S. 9216 Kiefer Blvd., Suite 5, Sacramento (916) 363-9171

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Health Care Professionals A Special Advertising Section

David Kaufman, M.D., FACS Drew Davis, M.D. Plastic Surgery

FOCUS: Kaufman & Davis Plastic Surgery is focused on aesthetic plastic surgery with an emphasis on breast enhancement, body contouring and comprehensive facial rejuvenation. We also offer an array of non-surgical options for aesthetic improvement. EDUCATION: Dr. Kaufman and Dr. Davis are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Kaufman received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and subsequently attended Stanford University for his Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery residency. He is, however, most proud of his time at the U.S. Naval Academy and his active duty service as a Navy SEAL. Dr. Davis attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and also, completed his residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Stanford University. WHAT SETS THEM APART: A combination of exceptional training, extensive experience and a passion for excellence differentiates Kaufman & Davis Plastic Surgery. Supported by a team of caring, fun and energetic professionals, our goal is to make patients feel confident they are in the right place. For that reason, we strive for patients to feel like “extended family” and to be excited about the prospect of self-enhancement. OFF-HOUR ACTIVITIES: Both Dr. Kaufman and Dr. Davis are family men who love spending time with their wives and young children—preferably playing and exploring outdoors. CHARITABLE WORK: Dr. Kaufman and Dr. Davis work closely with Medical Missions for Children to provide life-changing surgeries for children born with cleft lips and palates in the developing world. Dr. Davis is also a volunteer surgeon for ReSurg International. CHECK US OUT: Still a single location practice, we invite you to visit us at our newly built, state-of-the-art, Folsom office. CONTACT INFORMATION: 1841 Iron Point Road, Folsom • (916) 983-9895 • August HCP 2020.indd 101

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Health Care Professionals A Special Advertising Section

Kenneth M. Toft, M.D. Toft Facial Surgery

FOCUS: Dr. Kenneth M. Toft is considered Sacramento’s expert in facial plastic surgery. EDUCATION: He began his surgical training at Stanford University, continued his studies as a Clinical Instructor in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at UCLA, and has been the Medical Director of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Mercy San Juan Medical Center for thirteen years. This impressive pedigree is backed up with exceptional results. WHAT SETS HIM APART: Focusing entirely on the face, Dr. Toft has a reputation of giving patients natural appearing results with a quick recovery utilizing the most modern techniques available. Dr. Toft uses his expertise to minimize the signs of surgery so his patients can return to their active lifestyle looking refreshed, youthful and balanced. Not ready for surgery? Dr. Toft also personally performs all fillers, Botox®, Dysport®, and Photofacial treatments. In addition, a licensed Medical Esthetician can provide expertise in corrective peels, Dermasweep treatments, and pharmaceutical-grade skincare. If you are considering facial plastic surgery or would like to attend an informational seminar, make an appointment with “the expert” in Facial Plastic Surgery, Kenneth M. Toft, M.D. CONTACT INFORMATION: 959 Reserve Drive • Roseville • (916) 782-TOFT (8638)

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Beth Bryant 916.996.1268 | CalRE #00903372

Rich Cazneaux 916.212.4444 | CalRE #01447558 Chris Kunz 916.798.5046 | CalRE #01994094

Elk Grove | $1,049,000 This spacious home boasts five bedrooms, three baths and two half baths and is nestled in a sought after community . It features a secluded guest quarters, private master retreat, remodeled kitchen and outdoor oasis.

Sacramento | $995,000 Midtown Sacramento at Tapestri Square, stunning Brownstone 2-3 br/4ba & appx 2,800 Sqft. gourmet Kitchen w/granite counters, butcher block island & outdoor patio area. Upstairs: Master Suite , Loft & relaxing balcony.

Shanda Lusich 916.214.8479 | CalRE #01070238

Mike Huetter 916.402.6045 | CalRE #01462389

Roseville | Price Upon Request Stunning 4 bd, 3.5 ba + bonus room custom home in highly desirable Woodbridge Ranch! Sweeping staircase, boxed ceilings, built-ins & 3 fireplaces. Community amenities like courts, horse arena, park & fishing lake.

Sacramento | Price Upon Request This tri-level duplex features 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths on each side. The floor plans are the same, but the kitchens have been updated w/granite counter tops, unique back splashes, new cabinetry, appliances and more.

Cheryl Harding 916.223.9685 | CalRE #01463180

Sabra Sanchez 916.508.5313 | CalRE #01820635 Coldwell Banker.indd 108

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Lincoln | $944,000 This classic one story home is located on 20+ acres zoned 10 ac min. features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 3+c gar, great room, country kitchen open to family rm, expansive master suite opens to rear patio, wraparound porch.

Sacramento | $899,900 Beautifully remodeled | Main house features 3BR, 2BA, 2046 sq ft l Guest studio offers full bath and kitchenette.

Jane Miller 916.799.7397 | CalRE #00640671

Denise Calkin 916.803.3363 | CalRE #01472607

Sacramento | $875,000 A rare opportunity to buy a 5 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom home in East Sacramento! This offers a Great Room concept with views onto the lush backyard, a spacious Kitchen, two car garage, and access & parking at Hidden Lane.

Roseville | $859,000 Beautiful 5br/5ba home features a pebble tech pool. It offers a kitchen with granite tile counter tops, an island, and walk in pantry. The master offers an ensuite bath, dual vanities, walk in shower and soaking tub.

Rich Cazneaux 916.212.4444 | CalRE #01447558

Sheree Rodriguez 916.995.0252 | CalRE #01966226

West Sacramento | $849,900 Spectacular corner lot home in an ideal location. Enjoy the chef's kitchen featuring Wolf range, a bright and airy dining room, living room, huge rear deck, extra-large en-suite master bedroom and en-suite guest room.

Folsom | $800,000 Welcome to this four bedroom, three bath single-story, plus loft home in Folsom's Willow Springs! You will love the open floor plan and generous lot. Enjoy outdoor entertaining with a patio, lawn and mature trees.

Mark Peters 916.600.2039 | CalRE #01424396

Nanette Jones 916.524.7026 | CalRE #01299238 Coldwell Banker.indd 109

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El Dorado Hills | $799,000 Views all the way to Mount Diablo! Built in 2008, this five bed, four bath home boasts expansive foothill and valley views and an oversized patio to enjoy them. So much owned solar PG&E could be paying YOU!

Roseville | Price Upon Request This 4BD/3BA beauty shows like a custom home. Great Room concept plus formal dining room. Amazing yard with outdoor fireplace & water feature.

Melissa Quade 916.936.8855 | CalRE #02012631

Kim Frkovich 916.532.1157 | CalRE #01365584

Rocklin | $769,900 This silgle-story home at Wild Oaks' gated neighborhood in Whitney Ranch has a hard to duplicate greenbelt location, energy efficient owned solar, four bedrooms-all with ceiling fans, four baths and built-in home office.

Sacramento | $749,500 A charming Land Park Tudor featuring a living room with picture window, fireplace and beamed ceilings. The family room is a great open space with vaulted ceilings and trusses. Enjoy the built in spa and gazebo.

Joellinda Hannigan 916.773.7566 | CalRE #01039089

Angela Heinzer 916.212.1881 | CalRE #01004189

Fremont | $749,000 This two bedroom, two bath beauty features an open floor plan, a generous dining area, a charming kitchen, a relaxing master suite and two large patio decks. This gated, peaceful community has a pool, spa and clubhouse.

Kings Beach | $725,000 Well maintained 3br/3ba retreat in a wooded setting. Interior features open living dining kitchen area, oak floors, granite counters and 2 large decks.

Roza & Kirsch Group 916.730.7705 | CalRE #01365413

Tom Mills 530.318.1376 | CalRE #00756102 Coldwell Banker.indd 110

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El Dorado Hills | $719,000 Serene custom Oak Tree Village home with 5 beds and 3 baths at the end of cul-de-sac, tucked away with a park-like front yard and lots of mature oak trees on a large lot. Enjoy the private backyard with a pool and deck.

Sacramento | $715,000 Spacious Beauty with 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths features kitchen/ living combo, large dining room, master bedroom w/master bath, and landscaped backyard.

Pat Quan 916.812.4341 | CalRE #01918240

Teresa Olson 916.494.1452 | CalRE #01880615

Elk Grove | $699,900 This Sheldon Estates home features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, with a 3 car garage, a separate game room and RV garage. Enjoy a beautiful outdoor patio.

El Dorado Hills | $695,000 This four bedroom, three and one-half bath Serrano home has a bedroom, bath and office on the first level. The gourmet kitchen has stainless steel appliances and an island. The backyard has a courtyard and fire pit!

Claudia Roberts 916.764.0910 | CalRE #01421277

John Domeier 916.213.9255 | CalRE #01199949

Granite Bay | $680,000 Take a look at this home situated deep within Lakeview Hills at the end of a cul-de-sac. You’ll enjoy a large swimming pool, a built-in BBQ area, a huge patio and more.

El Dorado Hills | $675,000 This three bedroom, three bath home in the Serrano Country Club gated community has beautiful golf course views! The remodeled chef's kitchen is a dream come true. Outside has a covered patio and a putting green.

Carla Layton, CRS, GRI, SRES 916.580.8018 | CalRE #01395619

Patricia Seide 916.941.3006 | CalRE #00892540 Coldwell Banker.indd 111

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Auburn | $670,000 This breathtaking home features designer hardwood flooring, wonderful floor plan and an updated chef's kitchen with granite counters and professional range, family room with custom fireplace and 2 master bedrooms.

Folsom | $659,000 This single-story home at Talus Ridge at Broadstone offers three bedrooms, two baths, a gourmet kitchen and a mesmerizing backyard with a gazebo!

Ed Corominas 916.599.9389 | CalRE #01095218

Steve Walber 916.710.1238 | CalRE #01079921

Roseville | $655,000 You don't want to miss this stay-cation backyard escape complete with a gazebo, a pool, a spa, and an outdoor BBQ. Inside there is a first floor Master bedroom and den. Upstairs there is three bedrooms and a bonus room.

Sacramento | $650,000 This Great home features dual master suite's, an enormous great room & a one of a-kind chefs dream kitchen with granite counters & stainless appliances. Enjoy the low maintenance backyard with pool, private spa & gazebo.

Steve Ostrom 916.308.2446 | CalRE #01344154

Ed Corominas 916.599.9389 | CalRE #01095218

Sacramento | $649,950 3br/2ba beauty features hardwood floors, living room with fireplace, formal dining room and updated kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances. Enjoy the large covered back deck and basketball Court.

Sacramento | $649,950 Spacious 2br/2ba beauty features gas fireplace insert. Built-in buffet, kitchen with stainless steel appliances, master bedroom with walk-in closet, sitting area and master bathroom suite and landscaped yards.

Steffan Brown 916.717.7217 | CalRE #01882787

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Roseville | $649,900 Pristine, 3 year old 5 bed, 4.5 bath home. Approx 3100 sf. Great Room concept plus formal dining room. 2 master suites, Bonus Room. Stunning kicthen with upgraded Alder cabinets, granite counter tops. 4 car garage!

Sacramento | $610,000 This three bedroom, two and one-half bath home in the gated Westlake community awaits you! Features include an office/den, great room with a fireplace, an open kitchen with an island and a relaxing backyard!

Kim Frkovich 916.532.1157 | CalRE #01365584

Sabra Sanchez 916.508.5313 | CalRE #01820635

Sacramento | $599,000 3br/1.5ba River Park stunner with a large living room with fireplace, a dining area and updated kitchen with quartz counters and stainless steel appliances. Enjoy the large patio, raised garden beds & outdoor shed.

Sacramento | $595,000 Charming 3BD/2BA home in the Heart of East Sac. A large open living area welcomes you with natural light, a fireplace and hardwood floors. The home features many upgrades throughout and is close to many amenities.

Elise Brown 916.715.0213 | CalRE #01781942

Roza & Kirsch Group 916.730.7705 | CalRE #01365413

Sacramento | $589,900 Spacious East Sac cottage features hardwood floors, tray ceilings, fireplace, formal dining room kitchen with breakfast nook and beautiful backyard.

Gold River | $589,000 Gorgeous in Gold River! Beautiful single story home located in the back of Miner's Village. Beautifully remodeled and updated throughout!

Paloma Begin 916.628.8561 | CalRE #01254423

Kathleen O'Neill 916.832.0333 | CalRE #01440748 Coldwell Banker.indd 113

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Meadow Vista | $575,000 Spacious approximately 2,836 square foot well maintained home & 1,004 sf shop on approximately 1.8 acres. Features open concept living space, huge master suite with woodstove and master bath and possible in law quarters.

Roseville | $575,000 Highly sought-after single-story floor plan featuring include laminate wood flooring throughout, remodeled kitchen with granite countertops, remodeled master ensuite, fresh paint with newer fixtures and 3 car garage.

Danielle Larson 530.906.1889 | CalRE #01469169

Christina Ellermeyer 916.548.2053 | CalRE #01714452

Sacramento | $569,900 Elegant 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom South Land Park Hills home with remodeled kitchen, formal living room with fireplace, a separate family room, master suite and huge .31ac park-like backyard with covered patio.

Roseville | $550,000 Absolutely stunning describes this two-story home in Huntington Oaks. This four bedroom, two and one-half bath gem has an updated kitchen and master suite. The resort style backyard has a built-in pool/spa and a cabana.

Erin Stumpf 916.342.1372 | CalRE #01706589

Melinda Shrader 916.747.7535 | CalRE #00994757

Elk Grove | $549,000 Location location! Charming single story home in Laguna Woods! 2279 sf. Three beds, 2 baths, 3-car garage. Newer roof, HVAC and water heater. Close to Valley Hi Country Club. Golf anyone?

Sacramento | $549,000 1920s 3 bed, 1.5 bath Elmhurst bungalow featuring a warm and inviting living room, large traditional dining room, updated kitchen and sunroom. Enjoy the outdoor space with a private deck, main deck and gardening area.

Kathleen O'Neill 916.832.0333 | CalRE #01440748

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Sacramento | $545,900 Midtown home features an owned solar array, with battery storage to help keep energy bills low. Tons of natural light bathes the home in cheeriness.

Elk Grove | $532,000 This one story charmer features 4br/2ba with approx. 2146 sq ft! The remodeled kitchen features an island, Quartz countertops, upgraded cabinetry and appliances. Enjoy the low maintenance backyard with a covered patio!

Mark Peters 916.600.2039 | CalRE #01424396

Shanda Lusich 916.214.8479 | CalRE #01070238

El Dorado Hills | $529,900 Four Seasons in El Dorado Hills 55+ gated community with everything for an active lifestyle. The club house has a gym, billiards, card room, pool, spa, tennis & more. This Sausalito model is set in a peaceful location.

Auburn | $525,000 Welcome Home to beautiful Lake of the Pines and enjoy peace and tranquility in a highly sought-after gated community. Enjoy this beautifully remodeled 3br/2ba move-in ready home w/back patio nature views.

Marc Traverse 916.802.4141 | CalRE #00876065

Josh Lasquete 916.967.6400 | CalRE #01941338

Fair Oaks | $525,000 This gorgeous, semi-custom home offers three bedrooms, updated Anderson windows and sliders, and luxurious kitchen space for entertaining. The backyard retreat features a pergola patio, fountain, spa, and fire pit.

Roseville | $525,000 This SPECTACULAR JMC home in Crocker Ranch features a fabulous open floor plan design. There are four bedrooms, three bathrooms and an open upstairs loft. You will love the gourmet kitchen and cozy gas log fireplace!

Steve Ostrom 916.308.2446 | CalRE #01344154

Melinda Shrader 916.747.7535 | CalRE #00994757 Coldwell Banker.indd 115

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Orangevale | Price Upon Request This inviting four bedroom, two bath home boasts gorgeous updated flooring, bathrooms and kitchen. The backyard hosts a refreshing pool, a covered patio, huge covered RV storage, gardens, pond, plus an dorable fort!

Elk Grove | $499,900 This wonderful single story home with 3 bedrooms plus den features separate living/dining room and the family room opens to the kitchen w/dining bar, pendant lighting & upgraded tile flooring. Enjoy the incredible yard.

Cindy Swinger 916.768.3732 | CalRE #01253829 Chad Shelton 916.798.3519 | CalRE #01377465

Sue Benton 916.214.9072 | CalRE #01410704

Elk Grove | $499,900 This 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home features beautiful engineered wood floors, island kitchen with granite counters, a separate family room with fireplace and a wet bar, and plantation shutters. Enjoy a shaded patio and pool.

Elk Grove | $498,000 Charming home w/upgrades in Del Webb Glenbrooke 55+ Community. Open floor plan. Kitchen w/granite counters & stainless appliances. Master w/large shower & walk-in closet. Covered patio. Arbour Lodge w/many amenities.

Marc Traverse 916.802.4141 | CalRE #00876065

Ingrid Burden 916.997.0911 | CalRE #01490917

Sacramento | $497,000 This incredible active adult solar home has an open plan & a chef’s kitchen with island, granite counters & stainless appliances. It offers a dining room, family room & the ultimate master suite. Enjoy the covered patio.

Sacramento | Price Upon Request This home features three bedrooms, two and one-half bathrooms. It offers a large kitchen with island and granite counter tops, a spacious family room with a vaulted ceiling and an extra room with sound dampening walls.

Ed Corominas 916.599.9389 | CalRE #01095218

Tim Pantle 916.834.6376 | CalRE #01377493 Coldwell Banker.indd 116

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Gold River | Price Upon Request Single Story, Gold River Gated community at The Classics II! It features recently installed laminate flooring, a freshly painted exterior and newer water heater. Enjoy the easy to care low maintenance yard.

Elk Grove | $489,800 Welcome to this Elk Grove beauty featuring lots of character. With five bedrooms, three full baths and a sparkling pool, this home is ideal for hot summers. Showing pride of ownership in this lovely home!

Ken Tateishi 916.612.2462 | CalRE #01490424

Alma Castro 408.799.7929 | CalRE #01479142

Lodi | $489,000 This four-bed, two-bath home has wood flooring, a fireplace, an updated kitchen, a luxurious master suite with a walk-in closet and a covered balcony, and an additional room that has a view of the gorgeous backyard.

Elk Grove | Price Upon Request This beautiful single story home offers 3 bedrooms, a den, 3 full baths, and over 2300 square feet. It features an updated kitchen, family room with fireplace, master bedroom with master bath and private backyard.

Tammy Goolsby 209.332.0250 | CalRE #01987204

Jan Detrick 916.812.8180 | CalRE #01208861

Sacramento | $485,000 Wonderful active adult home features a kitchen with granite counters, stainless appliances & striking gray cabinetry & an extraordinary floor plan with remote guest room, study, master suite & low maintenance backyard.

Elk Grove | $484,900 Make this fabulous 1 story dream home in the desired Laguna West community your home! This sought after floor plan is over 2100 square feet and boasts 4 bedrooms and 2 baths with a private backyard oasis w/ personal spa.

Ed Corominas 916.599.9389 | CalRE #01095218

Shanda Lusich 916.214.8479 | CalRE #01070238 Coldwell Banker.indd 117

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Folsom | $478,000 Welcome to this single-story cutie complete with three bedrooms, two baths and a lovely kitchen. The great room offers a gas start fireplace. Step out to the spacious patio with a well-loved yard and flower gardens.

Sacramento | $475,000 Beautiful 2 bed, 1 bath Elmhurst home featuring a cozy living room with fireplace, an updated kitchen with quartz countertops and stainless steel appliance, a dining room and a large backyard with covered patio.

Nanette Jones 916.524.7026 | CalRE #01299238

Elise Brown 916.715.0213 | CalRE #01781942

Sacramento | $460,000 Impressive home features a refurbished kitchen w/updated stainless appliances, quartz counters & a great room w/fireplace. It offers a master suite w/walk-in closet. Enjoy the backyard with pergola, patio & raised deck.

Elk Grove | $459,000 This single-story home offers three bedrooms, two baths and a three-car garage! Enjoy a great room concept with a cozy fireplace, a stunning kitchen with a walk-in pantry, a den and a lush backyard with a covered patio.

Ed Corominas 916.599.9389 | CalRE #01095218

Traci Petersen 916.224.1515 | CalRE #01267649

Roseville | $450,000 Located in Westpark, this two-story gem has three bedrooms, three baths and a loft. The kitchen has granite counters, an island, stainless steel appliances and pantry. You will love the professionally designed backyard.

Elk Grove | $445,000 Beautiful and remodeled 4br/2ba SMART home in s great neighborhood. Enjoy the front landscaping front yard with minimal grass and drought resistant plants. There are far too many upgrades to mention them all!

Carla Layton, CRS, GRI, SRES 916.580.8018 | CalRE #01395619

Tammy Goolsby 209.332.0250 | CalRE #01987204 Coldwell Banker.indd 118

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Carmichael | $434,000 This charming single-story home offers four bedrooms, two baths, formal living and dining rooms, a separate family room and a cozy kitchen. The master suite has two closets. Enjoy the backyard with a custom patio cover.

Elk Grove | $430,000 Don’t miss this quaint single-story charmer! At just over 1,700 square feet, this three bedroom, two bath home is turn key with newer carpet, paint and upgraded blinds. Enjoy the backyard patio and the newly laid sod.

Traci Petersen 916.224.1515 | CalRE #01267649

Shanda Lusich 916.214.8479 | CalRE #01070238

Foresthill | $429,000 Charming mountain split-level home is move-in ready featuring an open floor plan & vaulted ceilings, kitchen with updated stainless steel appliances & quartz tops, a sunroom and office.

Roseville | $425,000 View the 360° tours of this stylish three bedroom home with plantation shutters. The kitchen opens up to a dining space and great room. You'll love the Master bedroom, double closet set-up, and expansive Master bath.

Jan Wechsler 530.305.7827 | CalRE #01435253

Steve Ostrom 916.308.2446 | CalRE #01344154

Sacramento | $425,000 Built in 2002, this lovely 3 bed, 2 bath home features wonderful laminate wood, natural light filled great room, kitchen w/ island & master suite w/walk in closet & access to covered patio. Great College-Glen location.

Sacramento | $419,950 Located within the gates of Swallows Nest, this three bedroom, two bathroom home boasts room to roam! This highly sought-after single-story property presents an open living concept complete with views to the lake.

Doug Reynolds 916.494.8441 | CalRE #01734464

Rich Cazneaux 916.212.4444 | CalRE #01447558 Maggie Sekul 916.341.7812 | CalRE #01296369 Coldwell Banker.indd 119

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Carmichael | $419,000 Welcome to this single-story home in Maddox Park. Great curb appeal, open floor plan living, dining room and family room . Updated windows and an abundance of storage! Sold in 4 days-multiple offers over asking price!

Placerville | $413,000 Single-story home with three bedrooms, two baths plus an oversized threecar garage. This open floor plan offers great room concept with a breakfast nook and formal dining. Located on a .51 acre lot with covered patio!

Joellinda Hannigan 916.773.7566 | CalRE #01039089

Nanette Jones 916.524.7026 | CalRE #01299238

Elk Grove | $409,000 Welcome to this three bedroom, two and one-half bath home! Updates include Tesla solar, fresh paint and a remodeled kitchen. The backyard has been remodeled as well and includes a storage shed and raised gardening beds.

Folsom | $399,000 This two bed, two bath and approximately 1313 square foot home is ideally located near greenspace and Empire Ranch golf course. The Open floor plan and spacious living is highlighted by lots of natural light.

Richard Goore 916.870.6896 | CalRE #02019995

Pat Quan 916.812.4341 | CalRE #01918240

Sacramento | $389,500 This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home sits on a peaceful street in the heart of the Pocket Area. Features an inviting and open living room with brick fireplace, a dining area, kitchen, private master suite and backyard patio area.

Carmichael | $389,000 This custom single story 4 bedroom, 2 bath home features a wonderful floor plan, inviting living room, formal dining room, kitchen with stainless steel appliances, large family room with fireplace and covered patio.

Elise Brown 916.715.0213 | CalRE #01781942

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Sacramento | $385,000 This beautifully renovated, single-story home offers three bedrooms and two baths. Enjoy the cozy fireplace in the family room or entertaining in the remodeled kitchen. Outside has a covered patio and raised garden beds.

Rocklin | $385,000 This BEAUTIFULLY renovated 3 bedroom, 2 bath home features an updated kitchen and bathrooms, a cozy living room fireplace and an attached 2 car garage. The expansive backyard offers lots of room to entertain and play!

Melinda Shrader 916.747.7535 | CalRE #00994757

Melinda Shrader 916.747.7535 | CalRE #00994757

Sacramento | Price Upon Request Bright and cozy 2 bed, 1 bath home has many features including a built in bench, walk in pantry, zoned air conditioning, a laundry outlet, plantation shutters, 1 car garage with bonus storage space and a roof top deck.

Sacramento | $369,000 Welcome Home to this Quaint 55+ gated retirement community! The upgraded kitchen w/ quartz countertops, farmhouse sink & newer appliances! Offers engineered hardwood flooring and Den! The backyard offers a rustic escape.

Antonio Cardenas 916.541.4051 | CalRE #02017793

Shanda Lusich 916.214.8479 | CalRE #01070238

Sacramento | $369,000 This home is complete with beautiful laminate flooring in the main living areas, a kitchen with gas cooktop and a convenient pantry, an open concept, an indoor laundry room and a two car garage. Move-in ready.

Sacramento | $369,000 This 3 bedroom, 2 full bathroom Rosemont home features custom kitchen with newer appliances, updated bathrooms, gas insert fireplace, master bedroom with walk-in closet organizer and easy-care landscaping.

Christina Ellermeyer 916.548.2053 | CalRE #01714452

Mary Grebitus 916.342.1282 | CalRE #01483498 Coldwell Banker.indd 121

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Fair Oaks | Price Upon Request Gated Vineyard community. Charming single-level home w/ open floor plan, 2 bd + den, 2 ba & 2-car garage. Fireplace, vaulted ceilings, breakfast nook & private patio. Community swimming pool & well-maintained grounds.

Sacramento | $364,950 Close to Pioneer Park, this four bedroom, two bath home offers a remodeled kitchen and updated bathrooms. Outside you will find easy to maintain spaces with a nice Trex deck, built-in spa and small storage building.

Teresa Gilland 916.612.0511 | CalRE #01943131

Chuck Wiebe 916.337.2668 | CalRE #01946864

Soda Springs | $349,000 A fantastic, sunny A frame on Donner Summit. This much loved cabin has a warm mountain feel with wood vaulted ceilings, central woodstove and many windows. It features 2 bedrooms plus loft and spacious living area.

Somerset | $345,000 This 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom home is nestled on 10+/-acres with Sunrise Foothill Views. Large master bedroom and master bathroom. Enjoy patio, pool and detached 2 car garage.

Lynn Richardson 530.412.0706 | CalRE #00937210

Crystal Lopez 916.743.8832 | CalRE #01978732

Citrus Heights | $345,000 Lovely home has updates through-out and features 3br/2.5ba, 2-car garage, and flat back yard with covered patio situated in a cul-de-sac. Features updated kitchen and baths, spacious dining area, and roomy master suite.

Sacramento | $328,500 This lovingly maintained spacious single story home features an open floor plan, kitchen with granite counters and updated appliances, a brick fireplace, master bedroom with walk-in closet and backyard deck and gazebo.

Carla Layton, CRS, GRI, SRES 916.580.8018 | CalRE #01395619

Rick Keltner 916.686.6747 | CalRE #00847569 Coldwell Banker.indd 122

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Ione | $310,000 This 3 bedroom, 2 bath approximately 1,402 Square foot home overlooks the lake. The huge deck is great for enjoying the view. This home has plenty of parking for visitors and a 2 car garage for the owners to enjoy.

Sacramento | $292,900 Welcome to Parkway Estates! This three bedroom, one and one-half bath home offers a formal living room, a separate family room with a warm fireplace and a relaxing master suite. Take a dip in the pool in the backyard!

Tammy Goolsby 209.332.0250 | CalRE #01987204

Traci Petersen 916.224.1515 | CalRE #01267649

Wheatland | $285,000 Opportunity knocks for this 3 bedroom, 2 bath single-story home w/1,324 sf . This home features well-manicured landscaping, a cozy living room fireplace, a great kitchen and a 2 car garage. Come make it your dream home!

Truckee | $265,000 Nestled just outside of Tahoe Donner and moments from historical Downtown Truckee, Donner Lake and Coyote Moon Golf Course, this breathtaking lot is the ideal location to build the home of your dreams.

Melinda Shrader 916.747.7535 | CalRE #00994757

Jennifer Berry 916.508.0898 | CalRE #02097085

Orangevale | $255,000 Beautiful 2 bed, 2.5 bath Townhouse with a 1 car garage. It features an open floor plan, a half bath on the main living level, two skylights, master bedroom balcony, a relaxing private patio and bright kitchen.

Sacramento | $254,900 Looking for a great opportunity to make your home just the way you want it? This is it! You will love the charming brick exterior of this three bedroom, two bath home with a fireplace and a large backyard with a patio.

Teresa Gilland 916.612.0511 | CalRE #01943131

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Roseville | $250,000 This two bedroom, one bath Cirby Woods townhome has been tastefully updated with designer paint colors, laminate flooring, a remodeled kitchen and bath. Enjoy a separate dining area, a wood burning fireplace and a deck.

Sacramento | $230,000 Built in 1956, this 3br/1ba has original charm. Classic starter, in need of repairs, has great bones. Converted garage provides extra living space & features wood burning stove. Backyard with fruit trees & tool sheds.

Paula McQuaid-Glesener 916.969.6377 | CalRE #01188634 Nikki Tanner 916.705.8506 | CalRE #01931462

Jaime Becker 916.715.7454 | CalRE #01737783

Roseville | $849,900 Upgraded 2014 Tim Lewis single story with 3 bedrooms, great room and a private backyard with amazing views.

Auburn | Price Upon Request This country property includes primary and secondary dwellings, barns, stalls, pond and irrigated pastures.

Roseville | Price Upon Request This contemporary home has four bedrooms, three baths and a lush backyard with a pool! No HOA or Mello Roos.

Grizzly Ranch | $569,000 This beautiful home has an open floor plan with three bedrooms, two and one-half baths, and a spacious deck.

Janet Hayden 916.207.1277 Tracie Colamartino 916.765.0581 CalRE #00770040 | CalRE #01185269

Joyce Prunty 530.320.2812 Charllis Twilligear 530.308.2061 CalRE #01346747 | CalRE #00875337

Beth Bryant 916.996.1268 Kim Frkovich 916.532.1157 CalRE #00903372 | CalRE #01365584

The Deardorff Group 530.587.5133 CalRE #01010677 | CalRE #01124054

El Dorado | $540,000 Enjoy expansive views from this beautiful custom home on approx 2 acres. Lives like a single story. Has a bedroom/bath with seperate entry downstairs.

Lincoln | $530,000 Welcome home! This wonderful five bedroom home is complete with Owned solar. Enjoy a private back yard with a gazebo and gorgeous rose bushes.

Sacramento | $529,000 Gorgeous Farmhouse style home in the Pocket area. Totally remodeled with new paint, floors, fixtures, appliances and huge backyard, 4 br/3 bath.

Roseville | $515,000 PRIDE OF OWNERSHIP SOLAR home shows perfectly with three different patios to enjoy California outdoor living! Spacious kitchen/family room combination.

Kathy Brill Burk 916.768.4288 CalRE #01415628

Barbara Silva 916.718.6244 CalRE #00986087

Kathi Pylman 916.541.0268 CalRE #01866847

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Carmichael | $515,000 A wonderful home offering a living and dining room with a custom two sided fireplace, updated kitchen, master suite and built-in pool.

Fair Oaks | $510,000 Located in the gated upscale Westridge neighborhood, this home offers three bedrooms, two baths, an updated gourmet kitchen and an upstairs loft.

Rocklin | $495,000 Rare and beautiful single story home located in the heart of Rocklin! This 4br/2ba home has a great layout, open floor plan and plenty of light.

Sacramento | $482,000 Conveniently located and well-maintained home offering custom molding, cozy fireplace, updated kitchen, large family room, covered patio and pool.

Ed Corominas 916.599.9389 CalRE #01095218

Tom Phillips 916.799.4571 CalRE #01401556

Susan Slavik 916.873.0935 CalRE #01967494

John Hurley 916.201.5104 CalRE #01939977

Sacramento | $475,000 2br/1ba brick tutor near the UCD Medical Center. This cute storybook home features original hardwood floors, updated kitchen & inside laundry room.

Citrus Heights | $475,000 Wonderful sprawling ranch has a built in pool and is located on a unique lot. It offers a large covered patio, possible RV access and two car garage.

Sacramento | $469,000 Welcome to this three bedroom, two bath home in Del Paso Manor. Enjoy a gourmet kitchen with modern finishes. Step outside to the parklike backyard!

Sacramento | $460,000 So. Land Park Terrace home offers tiled entry, formal living room with fireplace, kitchen with breakfast bar, dining space, covered patio and pool.

Geoff Williams 916.341.7456 CalRE #01460174

Barbara Silva 916.718.6244 CalRE #00986087

Tom Phillips 916.799.4571 CalRE #01401556

Sue Olson 916.601.8834 CalRE #00784986

Kings Beach | $439,000 Rocklin | Price Upon Request Affordable 1 bed and 1 bath cabin in a secluded This desirable Stanford floor plan in an active adult location on 1/2 acre. "Diamond in the Rough" with community is tucked in on a cozy cul-de-sac and huge potential. Property includes a storage cabin. offers two bedrooms, plus an open den area.

Pine Grove | $425,000 This three bedroom two bath home offers upgrades galore! Outside is complete with covered RV access, a multi level back porch with view and a hot tub!

Sacramento | $459,800 This single-story updated three bedroom, two bath home is in a great location and shines with pride! Roza & Kirsch Group 916.730.7705 CalRE #01365413 | CalRE #01483907

Tom Mills 530.318.1376 CalRE #00756102

Cheryl Harding 916.223.9685 CalRE #01463180

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Roseville | $425,000 Welcome to this three bedroom, two bath home with a great room floor plan, fresh paint and relaxing master suite. The backyard is serene and private.

Sacramento | $419,900 No detail was overlooked with this 2018 built Natomas home. Move-in ready with an open floorplan and finished backyard. 3 bed, 2.5 bath, 1694 sf.

Stockton | $405,000 Immaculate one story 3 bedroom, 2 bath features a gorgeous kitchen, spacious great room concept, master retreat and beautiful landscaping.

Sacramento | $405,000 Move-in ready and updated 4-bedroom2.5 bath home. It features a remodeled kitchen, cozy living room and backyard with patio, pool and spa.

John Domeier 916.213.9255 CalRE #01199949

Nic Williams 916.287.1257 CalRE #02038381

Miyo Santana-Freeman 209.482.6702 CalRE #01405445

Sabra Sanchez 916.508.5313 CalRE #01820635

Citrus Heights | $390,000 Like Tahoe in the City. This home has been extensively remodeled with newer kitchen and bathrooms with soft close cabinetry and a nice sized backyard.

Galt | $389,900 This stunning home features a family room with updated fireplace, bright kitchen, relaxing master suite and professionally landscaped lot.

Sacramento | $385,000 Wonderful 2br/1ba Tahoe Park location features an open living/dining area & updated kitchen on spacious lot.

Jackson | $379,000 Updated Ranch style home features granite counters, stainless appliances, fireplace and covered back patio.

Steve Murray 916.203.7365 CalRE #01195233

Sande Blevins 916.718.6099 CalRE #01291035

The Woolford Group 916.502.2120 CalRE #00680069 | CalRE #01778361

Tori & Toni 916.955.0169 CalRE #01307279 | CalRE #01212789

Sacramento | $370,000 Newly painted 3-bedroom, 2-bath home on a culde-sac near Elk Grove. Ultra-efficient landscaping, fresh paint, great room and spacious yard.

Woodbridge | $365,000 Immaculate Woodbridge 3br/2ba home has beautiful curb appeal and features a bright open floor-plan, upgraded kitchen and low maintenance backyard.

Ione | $350,000 Pristine 3br/2ba home with office near Castle Oaks golf course on a cul-de-sac. Enjoy vaulted ceilings, a wood-burning fireplace, RV parking and more.

Pollock Pines | $339,900 This semi-custom beautifully remodeled home is 1596 square feet on approximately .23 acre! 4 bed 2 full bath. Huge open kitchen and family room.

Bob Walter 916.616.0829 CalRE #01876679

Miyo Santana-Freeman 209.482.6702 CalRE #01405445

Melissa Quade 916.936.8855 CalRE #02012631

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Sacramento | $339,900 Darling home in Churchill Downs features tons of upgrades including newer laminate flooring, upgraded appliances, storage shed and large backyard.

Sacramento | $335,000 This updated and spacious two bedroom, two full bathroom home features crown molding, recessed lighting, beautiful flooring and quartz counters.

Manteca | $330,000 Wonderful 3br/2ba home in Rayson Heights. It features a kitchen with tile countertops and white appliances, a master bedroom and spacious backyard.

Sacramento | $329,950 This darling home greets you with a spacious living room and fireplace. The kitchen is light & bright w/plenty of storage and access to the backyard.

Destiny Slothower 916.806.2207 CalRE #01883204

Jillian Robinson 916.642.3633 CalRE #01982012

Miyo Santana-Freeman 209.482.6702 CalRE #01405445

Angela Heinzer 916.212.1881 CalRE #01004189

Citrus Heights | $325,000 This home features a living room that flows into the dining area with sliding glass door, an updated kitchen, updated hall bath and covered patio.

Citrus Heights | $320,000 Adorable 3 bed, 2.5 bath condo with granite counters, spacious living area and beautiful patio. Master suite has large walk-in closet! Welcome Home.

Elk Grove | $318,000 Turn key, gorgeous 2br/2ba upper condo w/attached garage and kitchen with granite counters & hardwood floors!!

Rancho Cordova | $310,000 Welcome home to this charming 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom home with almost 1300 sq.ft. of livable space and a huge lot. Enjoy an amazing backyard with pool.

Ed Corominas 916.599.9389 CalRE #01095218

Leah Cox 916.521.2672 CalRE #01989623

Schaefer Team 916.996.0239 CalRE #01973614 | CalRE #01295379

Kim Carlson 916.595.9932 CalRE #01847324

North Highlands | $300,000 This wonderful four bedroom, two bath single-story home offers many newer features throughout. The backyard has a patio and room to play or garden.

Sacramento | $300,000 This beautiful Larchmont home offers 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, an updated kitchen, separate living and family rooms, sun room and covered patio.

Sacramento | $248,000 A wonderful opportunity in the Parkway Estates. This property was built in 1960 with three bedrooms, one and one-half baths and a 2-car garage.

Sacramento | $150,000 This updated and pristine condo features 1 bedroom, 1 full bath, approximately 625 square feet and an open living area filled with natural lighting.

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Tim Pantle 916.834.6376 CalRE #01377493

Michele Mihalko 916.690.4433 CalRE #02027278

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Arts & Culture

Noelle Downard

Capturing the Arts BY STEPH RODRIGUEZ PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE RESPONSIBLE for some of the world’s most striking and inspiring images. They document emotion and movement, strength and vulnerability through unforgettable snapshots in time. These local photographers capture the arts and artists in a range of ways, producing portraits of visual artists and thrilling shots of live theater. They give proof that a picture is worth more than a thousand words, and that a powerful photograph can last a lifetime.



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M AY U M I AC O S T A A scientist who specialized in plant genetics, Mayumi Acosta switched careers in 2014 to delve into photography full time. A portrait photographer, she is especially skilled when it comes to showing the strength, beauty and delicate movements of ballet dancers in motion. “I can capture the perfect movement and the perfect flow of the fabric, but if I don’t see any emotion on the face or in the eyes, it doesn’t mean anything to me,” Acosta says. “The first thing that I want to capture is the emotion in every picture that I create, regardless if it’s dancing or headshots or family portraits. I always want to capture that emotion because I want people to connect with that photograph. To me, connection is true emotion.”

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C A M E VA N S Inspired by the gritty Los Angeles punk-rock scene during the late 1970s and early ’80s as seen in the documentary “The Decline of Western Civilization,” Cam Evans wanted to use his lens to freeze moments in time with Sacramento’s music scene as his muse. “The thought came to me, ‘Why not photograph all this music that’s happening around me?” Evans says. “I try to convey the energy within the room, and it keeps me moving. I just like the rush of it. For me at least, it’s just based on intuition.” Evans has independently published three photography magazines that feature his Tartar Control at Cafe Colonial raw images. The first, “Sacramento Is Burning,” showcases bands he shot from 2017 to 2018; “Girls Burn Boys” was released in January and focuses on the tenacity of female musicians. “Black and White Photos and Some Sacramento Venues” was published on July 4 and is available for purchase through “Honestly, photography is almost like therapy to me,” Evans says. “I get paid very little, not much at times. But it’s the experience of giving other people within punk, indie and hip-hop something to remember. I just want to photograph Rituals of Mine at LowBrau what’s around me.”

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YA RCENI A GA RCI A Intrigued by the lights, drama and production of live theater, Yarcenia Garcia says the thrill of snapping the right shot at the right time is the best part of her job. “It just captured what I really wanted to do,” Garcia says. “A lot of the photos that I shoot for theater, they only run through the play once. They don’t stop and freeze. None of the images are posed. They just run through the whole play and I get what I get.” She’s photographed plays for the Davis Shakespeare Festival, Big Idea Theatre, The Actors’ Playpen, Boxed Up Productions, Intrepid Theatre Lab, Delta Drama at San Joaquin Delta College and the Theatre at Granite Bay. Once live theater is able to resume, Garcia says she looks forward to capturing those live moments. Boxed Up Productions’ “Working with all the “Boxed Up: The Musical, actors—I love Episode 5” that. I love meeting new people, and I get to see the actors for who they really are. Sometimes they’re really shy,” Garcia says. “I love capturing all of their emotions, capturing these faces, these raw moments, and just have them be able to use these images for their portfolios. It’s what I really enjoy.” yarceniagarcia

Davis Shakespeare Festival’s “Wonderful Town”

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Wes Davis portrait by Christina Thomas

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Wes Davis, co-founder of Beatnik Studios art gallery, says artists are among his favorite photographic subjects. “Artists are great because if you want to do something weird or get experimental with a photograph, they are all for it,” Davis says. “Each time we would set up a shoot, or we would do something in the studio, I would try to do something new and be inspired by the artists. It opened a lot of doors for me and a lot of ideas. It helped my photography grow and get much more diverse in the way that I shot or approached stuff.” Davis has photographed everything from competitive youth soccer to commercial assignments, but when he works with a new artist, he throws out traditional rules of photography to allow art to imitate art. “When I’m photographing artists, I’m not interested in any of those rules. I’m just trying to create a piece of art. And with artists, it’s nice because they understand and appreciate that,” Davis says. “So when they see you, when they are involved in your process, it’s exciting for them because they recognize that you’re creating something that’s unique to you as a photographer, instead of just trying to get a classic portrait.” SACMAG.COM August 2020

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Food & Drink i n s i d e: Allora Redux / Herbs for Days / Happy Meals

Pizza in the Park With restaurants currently closed for indoor dining, why not pick up a pizza at MAJKA PIZZERIA AND BAKERY and take it across the street to Fremont Park for an alfresco dining experience? Open Thursday through Sunday, Majka offers a limited menu that includes a daily vegetarian pizza (made with wild yeast), chocolate chunk miso cookies and bottled natural wines. What more do you need for a picnic? 1704 15th St.; (916) 5729316;

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Upping the Ante Reopened, Allora goes upscale in the fight for diners’ dollars. BY MARYBETH BIZJAK H OW D O ES A R ESTAU R ANT survive COVID-19? That’s the question many in the

food industry have been pondering since the coronavirus walloped the restaurant business earlier this year. It’s been a vertiginous roller coaster ride from the start, beginning with the shutdown in mid-March, which forced restaurateurs to limp along for more than two months on takeout and curbside pickup. Then, in late May, came the green light from the governor to reopen for dine-in service, followed a few weeks later by an abrupt order to halt indoor dining after a spike in infections. Allora, a modern Italian seafood restaurant in East Sacramento, had just reopened when the closure announcement came down. Its owners—chef Deneb Williams and his sommelier wife, Elizabeth-Rose Mandalou— had spent nearly a month and a good chunk of change figuring out the best way to operate safely under the state’s strict new safety and social distancing guidelines. Among other things, they invested in new single-use menus and commissioned a local artisan to build handsome room dividers to separate groups of diners. A week before reopening, they spent $5,000 getting all their employees tested for COVID-19. And they removed nearly half the tables in the dining room and outdoor patio in order to put at least six feet of physical distance between groups of diners. But Williams and Mandalou saw the reopening as a chance for a major reset—an opportunity to make Allora into the kind of restaurant they’d envisioned when they first opened Allora two and a half years ago. Back then, they dreamed of a high-end, prix-fixe dining experience like you’d find at a Michelin-caliber restaurant in the Bay Area. The reality of the Sacramento dining scene forced them to set their sights a bit lower, and they ended up with a slightly spendy (by Sacramento standards) a la carte menu. But reopening with fewer tables (and diners) would have meant significantly less revenue if they merely kept their old menu. So they decided to shift to a prix-fixe model, ensuring that diners will spend enough money to make the enterprise financially viable. When they were forced to halt indoor

dining, they kept the prix-fixe menu and shrank their operation to the patio. Now, with only seven tables, it’s undoubtedly the most exclusive dining spot in town. The new menu comes in three price points: $85 for three courses, $105 for four courses and $125 for five courses. Unlike a traditional prix-fixe menu, which offers few or no options, Allora’s has as many choices as it did when it was a la carte. Diners can select from five crudo dishes, five antipasti, three pastas, five entrees and four desserts. Some dishes are popular holdovers from the old menu: polpo (octopus) with balsamic glaze and gnocchi, bucatini with crab and sea urchin, carne cruda. There are also new additions. Kanpachi crudo is an artful mosaic of thinly sliced fish, compressed melon and radish dolloped with trout WILLIAMS AND roe. A dish simply MANDALOU SAW called Lamb showTHE REOPENING AS cases lamb loin and A CHANCE FOR A belly, served with yam MAJOR RESET—AN gratin and apricot OPPORTUNITY mostarda. There’s also TO MAKE ALLORA caviar service—a $25 INTO THE KIND OF s upplement—a nd RESTAURANT THEY’D fresh oysters from ENVISIONED WHEN THEY FIRST OPENED IT. Westcott Bay in San Juan Island. To up the specialness factor, every diner now gets a complimentary amuse-bouche (one recent night it was seafood mousseline with caviar on brioche toast), intermezzo (a palate cleanser such as strawberry basil sorbet) and mignardise (a tiny sweet). The pandemic has called the very economics of the restaurant industry into question. Restaurants operate on razor-slim margins, with high costs for leases, ingredients and staffing. Williams and Mandalou aren’t sure when—if ever—they’ll reopen their two casual eateries, Woodlake Tavern and Uptown Pizza, both on Del Paso Boulevard. “With a lower PPA [per-person check average], how do you do enough covers to survive?” Williams asks. “It’s a conundrum for restaurants. The numbers don’t crunch.” But they’re hopeful that Sacramento diners are hungry for an intimate, personalized, high-end experience—and are willing to pay the price for it.

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A Way With Herbs

Make an herb salt. Combine two cups of chopped Qfresh herbs (oregano and basil work well together, as do rosemary and lemon thyme) with half a cup of kosher salt, allowing herbs to dry before storing. “It’s great for dry brining meats.”


Add fresh herbs to cocktails or nonalcoholic sparklers. “Mint is popular in cocktails, but tarragon and basil are also wonderful. To make an easy sparkler, get a good-quality ginger ale or club soda and add some fresh herbs to it.” Toss together an herb salad. “This works best for soft Qherbs like basil, not woody ones like rosemary. Coarsely chop or tear the leaves of herbs and throw them in a salad with your favorite greens.”


Make herb-marinated cheese. “Take some feta or goat cheese and cover it in olive oil and fresh herbs, such as rosemary or thyme. It’s a great way to infuse flavor into the cheese.”


Change up your pesto. Instead of the typical basil and pine nut version, try one inspired by Southeast Asian cuisine with mint, basil, cilantro and cashews or peanuts. “I also do a really delicious poblano-pumpkin seed pesto with cilantro.”


Snug Jr.

Burger Shift Ever since the pandemic completely disrupted what it means to dine out, bars and restaurants have been scrambling to reinvent themselves in order to survive the tumult. For at least one local spot, adapting has meant turning to an old standby: burgers. The folks at de Vere’s Irish Pub and The Snug created a new concept that co-owner Henry de Vere White describes as “our riff on fast food but with cocktails and craft beer.” Dubbed Snug Jr., the operation is run out of the lobby at de Vere’s and features a selection of well-made burgers at drive-thru prices. “Our version of a Happy Meal, the Ken Griffey Jr. Jr.—which is a burger, fries and a beer or a Mexican Coke or Squirt—is 10 bucks,” says de Vere White. “We figured people may be tight on money these days, so we wanted to offer up some affordable “OUR VERSION OF A comfort food in these uncertain times.” HAPPY MEAL— BURGER, Snug Jr.’s format—customers order primarFRIES AND A BEER OR ily online and can either dine at a picnic table A MEXICAN COKE OR on the patio or take their food to go—is one SQUIRT— IS 10 BUCKS.” answer to getting people to enjoy restaurants — HENRY DE VERE WHITE again. “It’s our way of offering something to people who aren’t ready to do a full sit-down meal indoors yet but they’re still wanting to go out,” explains de Vere White. Although Snug Jr.’s menu is meant to be a no-frills affair, chef Wes Nilssen couldn’t seem to help himself from gussying up the burgers with a brioche bun and Snug sauce, which gets its zing from pickle juice and grated onion. “He wanted to create a really good fast-food burger that’s full of flavor, and he did it,” says de Vere White. In addition to a concise beer and wine list, Snug Jr. also sells preportioned cocktails that let customers play bartender. Served in oneand five-serving sizes, the drinks come with ice and all the appropriate garnishes, along with printed instructions on how to assemble the ingredients. Snug Jr. may have been borne out of necessity, but that doesn’t mean the shift to burgers was unwelcome. “This is the one time that people can pivot and do something different. You don’t get opportunities like that often, so we wanted to embrace that.”—CATHERINE WARMERDAM

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Roxanne O’Brien, a former professor in American River College’s culinary arts program and a frequent contributor to Herb Quarterly, America’s oldest magazine devoted to herbs, is heartened to see more people cooking and gardening the past few months. “Everybody I know is doing the victory garden thing,” she says with a laugh. “Their pastime now is trying to fight the sourdough and gardening.” We asked O’Brien to share some novel ideas for what to do with herbs commonly grown in Sacramento gardens. Here are five easy recipes you can throw together today.—CATHERINE WARMERDAM


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Restaurants When this issue of Sacramento Magazine went to print, restaurants were closed for indoor dining because of the pandemic, but many were offering outdoor dining and takeout. Before heading to a restaurant, call or check its website to make sure it’s open.

ARDEN ARCADE CAFE VINOTECA Located in Arden Town Center, Cafe Vinoteca serves some of the loveliest Italian-inspired cuisine in the city. 3535 Fair Oaks Blvd.; (916) 4871331; L–D. Italian. $$$ LEATHERBY’S FAMILY CREAMERY Go for the ice cream, all made on the premises and used in shakes, malts and towering sundaes. 2333 Arden Way; (916) 920-8382; L–D. Sandwiches/ice cream. $ PLAN B The menu is compact, with a handful of appetizers and several wonderful salads. Plan B’s claim to fame is its stellar mussels, offered six ways. 555 La Sierra Drive; (916) 483-3000; D. New American/French. $$–$$$ TEXAS WEST BAR-B-QUE This no-frills establishment serves slow wood-cooked meat in big portions. Dig into the tender Western-style pork spareribs and beef brisket or the smoky chicken. 1600 Fulton Ave.; (916) 483-7427; L–D. Barbecue. $–$$

BROADWAY ANDY NGUYEN VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT This bastion of Buddhist-inspired vegetarian cuisine serves food that is fresh and flavorful. 2007 Broadway; (916) 736-1157; L–D. Vegetarian/Asian. $ REAL PIE COMPANY At this homey pie shop, pies are made with all-butter crusts and seasonal fruit is sourced from local farms. In addition to dessert pies such as jumbleberry and butterscotch banana cream, you can order savory pot pies, shepherd’s pies and dishes like mac and cheese. 2425 24th St.; (916) 8384007; L–D. American. $ SELLAND’S MARKET-CAFÉ Choose from an array of appetizers and hot items along with crowd-pleasing side dishes and pizza. This high-quality takeout food can be a real lifesaver on nights when you’re too busy to cook. 915 Broadway; (916) 732-3390; sellands. com. L–D–Br. Gourmet takeout. $$

CAPAY ROAD TRIP BAR & GRILL This family-friendly joint serves up classic roadhouse fare, from salads and burgers to chops. 24989 State Highway 16; (530) 796-3777; B–L–D. American. $–$$

DAVIS BURGERS AND BREW The casual, publike restaurant uses high-quality, locally sourced ingredients and serves an interesting selection of beers and ales. 1409 R St.; (916) 442-0900; L–D. Burgers. $


Pulled pork sandwich from Urban Roots Brewing & Smokehouse CAFE BERNARDO For description, see listing under “Downtown.” 234 D St.; (530) 750-5101; cafeber B–L–D. New American. $ THE HOTDOGGER A well-loved Davis institution, The Hotdogger dishes up a delectable assortment of frankfurters and sausages. 129 E St.; (530) 753-6291; L–D. Hot dogs. $ MIKUNI JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR For description, see listing under “Downtown.” 500 First St.; (530) 756-2111; L–D. Japanese/sushi. $$ OSTERIA FASULO This restaurant has a beautiful outdoor courtyard bordered by trellised grapevines. The menu is proudly Italian, with wonderful pastas and robust meat dishes. Try the vanilla panna cotta for dessert. 2657 Portage Bay East; (530) 758-1324; L–D. Italian. $$$–$$$$ SEASONS This attractive, upscale restaurant showcases seasonal products; the menu changes every three

months. Pizzas are great; so are the bountiful salads. But you’ll find the kitchen’s real talent in its creative appetizers and limited entrées. 102 F St.; (530) 7501801; L–D. New American. $$–$$$ YAKITORI YUCHAN This busy little restaurant focuses on skewered grilled meats, seafood and vegetables. Most items are meant to be shared; bring an adventurous palate and a group of food-loving friends. 109 E St.; (530) 753-3196; yakitoriyuchan. com. D. Japanese. $–$$ ZIA’S DELICATESSEN This casual, Italian-style deli makes hot and cold sandwiches, salads and hot entrées such as lasagna, penne with creamy tomato sauce and tortellini with pesto-cream sauce. 616 Third St.; (530) 750-7870; L. Deli. $

DIXON CATTLEMENS This classic Western steakhouse serves up big slabs of prime rib, porterhouse, T-bone and


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CATTLEMENS STEAKHOUSE & SALOON Serving exclusively Harris Ranch “Natural Beef”, Cattlemens ages and hand-cuts all beef selections on site. Signature steaks include the famous “Sizzling Prime Rib”, “King of Steaks” 32-oz. Porterhouse, New York Strip and Filet Mignon. Other popular items are Baby Back Pork Ribs, Grilled Salmon, Chicken and Pasta. All entrees are served up with all the fixin’s — All-You-Can-Eat tossed salad, hot sourdough bread and ranch-style beans. A popular spot for “More Beef for Your Buck” weeknight dinner specials and kid friendly dining. Seven days a week, Happy Hour is 4-6 pm in the saloon with savory small plates and thirst quenching handcrafted cocktails served nightly. Full banquet and reception facilities are available for both day and evening events. Reservations accepted. Open at 4 p.m. seven days per week. 2000 Taylor Rd., Roseville | 916-782-5587 12409 Folsom Blvd., Rancho Cordova 916-985-3030 Hwy 80 at Currey Rd., Dixon | 707-678-5518

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Restaurants cowboy steaks, plus all the trimmings: shrimp cocktail and loaded potato skins. 250 Dorset Court; (707) 678-5518; D. Steakhouse. $$$

DOWNTOWN BRASSERIE CAPITALE Owned by the family behind midtown’s Aïoli Bodega Española and The Grand wine bar, this beautifully designed restaurant is based on a traditional French brasserie. The menu hits the high points of the brasserie canon, everything from onion soup to steak frites. 1201 K St.; (916) 329-8033; L–D. French. $$–$$$ BURGERS AND BREW For description, see listing under “Davis.” 1409 R St.; (916) 442-0900; burgers L–D. Burgers. $ CAFE BERNARDO The menu offers straightforward fare guaranteed to please just about everyone. Breakfast includes huevos rancheros and eggs Bernardo, drizzled with housemade hollandaise sauce. Lunch and dinner feature chewy-crusted pizzas, burgers, sandwiches and substantial entrées such as seared chicken breast with potatoes. 1431 R St.; (916) 9309191; B–L–D. New American. $ CAFETERIA 15L Go to Cafeteria 15L for modern, approachably priced comfort food in a casual yet stylish environment. The menu emphasizes fun fare, such as mac ’n’ cheese, truffle tater tots, and fried chicken and waffle with gravy and pecan butter. 1116 15th St.; (916) 492-1960; L–D. Californian. $$ CAMDEN SPIT & LARDER Highly regarded chef Oliver Ridgeway opened this swank brasserie near the Capitol. It appeals to lobbyists, lawyers and legislators with its gin-forward cocktails and a menu that’s an interesting mash-up of British chop-house classics, English schoolboy favorites and elevated pub fare. 555 Capitol Mall; (916) 619-8897; camden L–D. Steakhouse. $$$–$$$$ ECHO & RIG Located in the lobby of The Sawyer hotel, this outpost of a Vegas steakhouse is sleek and unstuffy. In addition to standard cuts like filet, NY steak and rib-eye, you’ll find butcher cuts such as hanger, bavette, skirt and tri-tip. 500 J St.; (877) 678-6255; B–L–D–Br. Steakhouse. $$$ EMPRESS TAVERN Located in the basement of the Crest Theatre, this restaurant has a catacomb vibe. It’s a modern version of an old English carvery: whole chickens, prime rib roasts and hams turn slowly on a rotisserie in the open kitchen, and diners can order sides like whipped potatoes with pork gravy. 1013 K St.; (916) 662-7694; L–D. New American carvery. $$$ FOUNDATION RESTAURANT & BAR Located across from the Golden 1 Center, this downtown hangout serves modern-style comfort food, along with old favorites like burgers, fish tacos and hot wings. 400 L St.; (916) 321-9522; foundationrestaurantand L–D. American. $$–$$$ FOX & GOOSE PUBLIC HOUSE This tavern plates up some of the best breakfasts in town, along with pub staples like beer-battered fish and chips, a Cornish pasty or Welsh rarebit. 1001 R St.; (916) 443-8825; B–L–D. English pub. $ FRANK FAT’S Downtown Sacramento’s oldest restaurant, Fat’s is a favorite of the Capitol crowd. The restaurant is well known for its steaks—especially Frank’s Style New York Steak—and its brandy-fried chicken. This is Chinese cuisine at its most sophisticated. 806 L St.; (916) 442-7092; fatsrestaurants. com. L–D. Chinese. $$$


Magpie’s breakfast skillet GRANGE RESTAURANT & BAR Located in The Citizen Hotel, Grange proves that a hotel restaurant doesn’t have to be pedestrian. The menu changes frequently and spotlights some of the area’s best producers. At dinner, the ambience in the stunning dining room is seductive and low-lit. 926 J St.; (916) 492-4450; B–L–Br. Californian/American. $$$$ KODAIKO RAMEN & BAR This below-ground ramen shop takes the Japanese noodle soup to a whole new level. Ingredients are organic, and almost everything is made in-house. For a fun experience, sit at the six-person ramen counter and chat with the chefs. 718 K St.; (916) 426-8863; L–D– Br. Japanese/ramen. $$–$$$ MAGPIE CAFE This restaurant has a casual, unassuming vibe, and its hallmark is clean, simple fare that tastes like the best version of itself. 1601 16th St.; (916) 452-7594; B–L–D. Californian. $$ MAS TACO BAR Tasty little tacos are the headliners at this casual eatery. They come with all sorts of delicious fillings: braised short rib, Korean fried chicken, banh mi shrimp and roasted cauliflower. You can also get Latin-flavored rice bowls, salads and starters such as Mexican street corn and habanero fire balls—a mixture of chilies, cream cheese, bacon and cheese. 1800 15th St.; L–D–Br. Mexican. $$ MIKUNI JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR This hip sushi bar serves its sushi with a side of sass. There are three sushi bars and a dense menu of appetizers, rice bowls, bento boxes and sushi rolls. 1530 J St.; (916) 447-2112; L–D. Japanese/sushi. $$

MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE From cozy, candlelit booths and stunning, glass-enclosed wine room to the crisply outfitted chefs, Morton’s oozes Special Occasion. Red meat is the star here. 621 Capitol Mall; (916) 442-5091; D. Steakhouse. $$$$ PIZZA ROCK The narrow space is loud, but there’s a sense of festivity in the air, and the pizza is darned good. Choose from five different styles of pizza: Classic Italian, Classic American, Neapolitan, Sicilian and Roman. 1020 K St.; (916) 737-5777; pizzarock L–D. Pizza/Italian/American. $$ PUBLIC HOUSE Belly up to the bar and order a giant Bavarian pretzel or pulled pork nachos, topped with pickled jalapeños, pepper jack cheese, guacamole and sour cream. 1132 16th St.; (916) 446-0888; pub L–D–Br. American. $$ URBAN ROOTS BREWING & SMOKEHOUSE At this casual brewery, a massive smoker turns out succulent meats—brisket, ribs, turkey and sausage—in the tradition of the great barbecue houses of Texas, Louisiana and Tennessee. Sides include collard greens, mac and cheese, yams and poblano cheese grits. Sit indoors or out at long picnic tables. 1322 V St.; (916) 706-3741; L–D. Barbecue. $$ ZIA’S DELICATESSEN For description, see listing under Davis. 1401 O St.; (916) 441-3354; ziasdeli. com. L. Deli. $

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ña and camarones a la diabla, along with vegan and vegetarian options. 3260 J St.; (916) 382-9079; L–D–Br. Mexican. $$

EL DORADO HILLS AJI JAPANESE BISTRO This casually elegant restaurant offers an innovative menu of Japanese street food, interesting fusion entrées, traditional dishes such as teriyaki and tempura and sushi. 4361 Town Center Blvd.; (916) 941-9181; L–D. Japanese/sushi. $–$$ EARLY TOAST MIMOSA HOUSE This local chain offers a comprehensive lineup of breakfast fare: omelets, Benedicts, crepes, waffles, burritos and, of course, mimosas. The lunch/dinner menu is similarly broad, with burgers, salads, grilled sandwiches and Mexican “street food.” 2023 Vine St., El Dorado Hills; (916) 934-0965; B–L–D. American. $$ BAMIYAN AFGHAN RESTAURANT Must-order dishes include mantoo (dumplings filled with spiced ground beef) and skewered, charbroiled leg of lamb. For dessert, Afghani-style vanilla ice cream is sprinkled with dates, figs and pistachios. 1121 White Rock Road; (916) 941-8787; D. Afghan. $$–$$$ C. KNIGHT’S STEAKHOUSE An upscale dinner house serving steaks, chops and seafood, this restaurant offers classic American fare that’s stood the test of time. 2085 Vine St.; (916) 235-1730; cknightsteak D. American steakhouse. $$$$

OBO’s truffled mushroom pizza bitious menu of globally inspired sharable plates. Much of the menu is vegetarian, vegan or gluten free, but you can also order from a small selection of hearty meat, poultry and fish dishes. 1719 34th St.; (916) 469-2433; Global/New American. D–Br. $$$–$$$$ CELESTIN’S Gumbo is the signature dish at this charming, minuscule restaurant specializing in Creole and Cajun cuisine. It comes in six varieties, including chicken, vegetarian and seafood. But the pièce de resistance is the namesake Celestin’s gumbo, chock-full of chicken, sea scallops, wild shrimp, rock cod and sausage. 3610 McKinley Blvd.; (916) 2584060; L–D. Cajun/Creole. $$ CLUBHOUSE 56 This is your classic sports bar, from the multiple TVs and two giant screens broadcasting games via DIRECTV to the local sports memorabilia on the walls. The food, too, is classic sports-bar fare: burgers, sandwiches and apps such as tacos and jalapeño poppers. The place is dark, casual and convivial, Sacramento’s very own Cheers. 734 56th St.; (916) 454-5656; Br–L–D. Sports bar. $$ JUNO’S KITCHEN AND DELICATESSEN This tiny eatery serves some of the best sandwiches in town. Owner Mark Helms also offers an intriguing selection of salads and “pan” dishes such as shrimp mac ’n’ cheese. But you can’t go wrong with the smoked trout sandwich or the grilled chicken sandwich. Though there’s only a handful of tables, takeout is a tasty option. 3675 J St.; (916) 456-4522; L. Bistro. $ KRU Kru turns out exciting Japanese fare, and there’s a craft cocktail bar, outdoor patios and an omakase bar. 3135 Folsom Blvd.; (916) 551-1559; krurestaurant.

com. L–D. Japanese. $$$–$$$$ OBO’ ITALIAN TABLE & BAR At this casual Italian eatery, there are hot dishes and cold salads behind the glass cases, ready for the taking. But the stars of the menu are the freshly made pastas and woodoven pizzas. There’s also a full bar serving Italiantheme craft cocktails. 3145 Folsom Blvd.; (916) 8228720; L–D. Italian. $$ ONESPEED Chef Rick Mahan, who built his stellar reputation at The Waterboy in midtown, branched out with a more casual concept at his East Sac eatery. The open bistro has a tiled pizza oven that cranks out chewy, flavorful pizzas. 4818 Folsom Blvd.; (916) 706-1748; B–L–D. Pizza. $$ ORIGAMI ASIAN GRILL This fast-casual eatery serves Asian-flavored rice bowls, banh mi sandwiches, salads and ramen, along with killer fried chicken and assorted smoked-meat specials from a big smoker on the sidewalk. 4801 Folsom Blvd.; (916) 400-3075; origami L–D. Asian fusion. $–$$ SELLAND’S MARKET-CAFÉ For description, see listing under Broadway. 5340 H St.; (916) 736-3333; L–D–Br. Gourmet takeout. $$ STAR GINGER ASIAN GRILL AND NOODLE BAR Offering affordably priced dishes inspired by the street foods of Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore, this restaurant serves a spicy Thai chicken soup that is a delicious bargain. 3101 Folsom Blvd.; (916) 231-8888; L–D. Pan-Asian. $ 3 HERMANAS This little Mexican eatery serves hearty, classic Mexican fare such as ensalada norte-

SIENNA RESTAURANT The menu includes a playful melange of global cuisine, including fresh seafood, hand-cut steaks, stone hearth pizzas, inventive appetizers and a stacked French dip sandwich. Sunday brunch includes a made-to-order omelet bar and unlimited mimosas. 3909 Park Drive; (916) 941-9694; L–D–Br. Global. $$–$$$

ELK GROVE BOULEVARD BISTRO Located in a cozy 1908 bungalow, this bistro is one of the region’s best-kept dining secrets. Chef/owner Bret Bohlmann is a passionate supporter of local farmers and winemakers, and his innovative food sings with freshness and seasonality. 8941 Elk Grove Blvd.; (916) 685-2220; blvdbistro. com. D–Br. New American. $$–$$$ LEATHERBY’S FAMILY CREAMERY For description, see listing under “Arden Arcade.” 8238 Laguna Blvd.; (916) 691-3334; L–D. Sandwiches/ ice cream. $ MIKUNI JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR For description, see listing under “Downtown.” 8525 Bond Road; (916) 714-2112; L–D. Japanese/sushi. $$ THAI CHILI This plain restaurant offers an entire menu just for vegetarians, plus interesting meat and fish dishes. 8696 Elk Grove Blvd.; (916) 714-3519; L–D. Thai. $$

FAIR OAKS MIKUNI JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR For description, see listing under “Downtown.” 4323 Hazel Ave.; (916) 961-2112; L–D. Japanese/sushi. $$ SUNFLOWER DRIVE IN This casual spot serves healthful, wholesome vegetarian and vegan fare. Faves include the Nutburger, the egg salad sandwich and

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FOLSOM BACCHUS HOUSE WINE BAR & BISTRO With a seasonal menu packed with innovative, globally influenced dishes, this restaurant has plenty to choose from. 1004 E. Bidwell St.; (916) 984-7500; bacchus L–D–Br. New American. $$–$$$ BACK BISTRO A warm pocket of coziness and urban sophistication in a retail center, this place offers an appealing menu of casual nibbles and swankier entrées. But it’s the wine program that really knocks this charming little bistro out of the park. 230 Palladio Parkway, Suite 1201; (916) 986-9100; backbis D. New American/Mediterranean. $$–$$$ CHICAGO FIRE Oodles of melted cheese blanket the pizzas that fly out of the kitchen of this busy restaurant. Here, you get to choose between thin-crust, deep-dish and stuffed pizzas. 310 Palladio Parkway; (916) 984-0140; L –D. Pizza. $ FAT’S ASIA BISTRO AND DIM SUM BAR At this glamorous restaurant, the menu focuses on Asian cuisine, from Mongolian beef and Hong Kong chow mein to Thai chicken satay served with a fiery curry-peanut sauce. 2585 Iron Point Road; (916) 983-1133; fats L–D. Pan-Asian. $$ LAND OCEAN The menu hits all the steakhouse high notes: hand-cut steaks, lobster, seafood and rotisserie, entrée salads and sandwiches. 2720 E. Bidwell St.; (916) 983-7000; L–D–Br. New American/steakhouse. $$$ SCOTT’S SEAFOOD GRILL & BAR This restaurant offers a solid menu of delicious seafood, from crab cakes and calamari to roasted lobster tail. 9611 Greenback Lane; (916) 989-6711; L–D. Seafood. $$$–$$$$ THAI PARADISE Standouts on the extensive menu include spring rolls, tom kha koong (coconut milk soup with prawns), green curry, spicy scallops and pad thai. Try the fried banana with ice cream for dessert. 2770 E. Bidwell St.; (916) 984-8988; thai L–D. Thai. $$

GARDEN HIGHWAY CRAWDADS ON THE RIVER This riverfront restaurant draws crowds looking for a great place to party on the water. Boats pull up to the restaurant’s deck, where you can sip a cocktail, and roll-up doors blur the line between indoors and out. The Cajun-inspired menu includes fish tacos and several fun entrées. 1375 Garden Highway; (916) 929-2268; saccrawdads. com. L–D–Br. Cajun/American. $$ THE VIRGIN STURGEON This quirky floating restaurant is the quintessential Sacramento River dining experience. In summer, a cocktail pontoon is connected to the restaurant, where you can drink and enjoy the breezy proximity to the water below. Best known for its seafood, The Virgin Sturgeon also offers weekend brunch. 1577 Garden Highway; (916) 921-2694; L–D–Br. Seafood/ American. $$

GREENHAVEN/POCKET SCOTT’S SEAFOOD ON THE RIVER Located in The Westin Sacramento, Scott’s has a patio and a lovely view of the river. Breakfast dishes include crab cake Benedict, and lunch entrées range from petrale sole to a prawn Caesar salad. For dinner, splurge on a


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lobster tail or choose a more modestly priced grilled salmon. 4800 Riverside Blvd.; (916) 379-5959; scotts B–L–D. Seafood. $$$–$$$$

LAND PARK TAYLOR’S KITCHEN Step inside the casually elegant, cozy space and you’ll notice the focal point is an open kitchen where the chefs prepare meats and produce sold at Taylor’s Market next door. The food is fresh. 2924 Freeport Blvd.; (916) 443-5154; tay D–Br. American. $$$

MIDTOWN BEAST + BOUNTY The beating heart of this chic restaurant is its open hearth, where meats and vegetables are roasted over a wood fire. The meaty ribeye, served over potatoes roasted in the meat’s fat, is meant to be shared. So is the pizza, thin, flat and seductively charred from the wood-burning pizza oven. 1701 R St.; (916) 244-4016; eatbeastandboun L–D–Br. American. $$$ ERNESTO’S MEXICAN FOOD This midtown favorite offers robust Mexican fare in an exuberantly cheerful environment. 1901 16th St.; (916) 441-5850; ernes L–D. Mexican. $ HOOK & LADDER MANUFACTURING COMPANY Located in a Quonset hut, this restaurant is both hip and cozy. Despite the barlike ambience, Hook & Ladder is serious about food. Local farms, ranches, breweries and wineries are embraced in both the kitchen and bar. All the pastas and desserts are made in-house. 1630 S St.; (916) 442-4885; hookandlad L–D–Br. Californian. $$

INK EATS & DRINKS Drop by this hip lounge for a first-rate meal. The kitchen whips up some of the best huevos rancheros in town, and the restaurant stays open late. 2730 N St.; (916) 456-2800; inkeats. com. L–D–Br. New American. $ LOWBRAU BIERHALLE This chic yet casual watering hole serves house-made sausages, duck fat fries and stand-out beers. Long communal tables make for an experience that’s noisy and convivial. 1050 20th St.; (916) 706-2636; L–D–Br. Beer hall. $ LUCCA RESTAURANT AND BAR The popular restaurant serves an eclectic, Mediterranean-inspired menu. The food is flavorful and prettily presented. Start with a plate of the fabulous zucchini chips, which are hot, salty and addictive. 1615 J. St.; (916) 669-5300; luc L–D. Mediterranean. $$ MULVANEY’S BUILDING & LOAN Distinctive and cozy, this topflight restaurant exudes the generous affability of its owner, chef Patrick Mulvaney. It’s housed in a brick firehouse from the late 1800s, and the lush patio is a popular spot in warm months. The menu changes frequently and is focused on locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. 1215 19th St.; (916) 441-6022; L–D. Californian. $$$ PARAGARY’S This legendary restaurant focuses on elegant, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. 1401 28th St.; (916) 457-5737; L–D–Br. New American/Californian. $$–$$$ THE PORCH RESTAURANT AND BAR The menu here is built on a core of Lowcountry staples and Southern fare: shrimp po’ boy, crawfish boil, buttermilk fried chicken, smoked brisket and cornbread. 1815 K St.; (916) 444-2423; L–D–Br. Southern. $$


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Restaurants THE RIND At this cheese-centric bar, you can savor cheese in a number of ways. The menu includes variations on macaroni and cheese, cheese boards and creative grilled cheese sandwiches. 1801 L St.; (916) 441-7463; L–D. American. $$ SAIGON ALLEY KITCHEN + BAR This hip restaurant and bar serves modern versions of Vietnamese street food, such as a “Pho-rench” dip (a French dip with pho flavors) and a “banh mi” burger (a rib-eye burger garnished with pickled daikon and carrot on a baguette). A big draw is the $3 happy hour. 1801 L St.; (916) 758-6934; L–D. Vietnamese. $$ SQUEEZE INN This fast-food place regularly tops polls for the best burger in town. 1630 K St.; (916) 4922499; L–D. Burgers. $ TANK HOUSE This midtown ’cue joint offers a limited menu of ribs, brisket and sides along with a thoughtful selection of craft beers. 1925 J St.; (916) 431-7199; L–D. Barbecue. $ THE WATERBOY This Mediterranean-inspired restaurant produces perhaps the finest cooking in the region. Chef/owner Rick Mahan honors local farmers with his commitment to simply prepared, high-caliber food. You can’t go wrong if you order one of the lovely salads, followed by the gnocchi, ravioli or a simple piece of fish, finished with butter and fresh herbs. You’ll also find French classics such as veal sweetbreads and pomme frites. 2000 Capitol Ave.; (916) 498-9891; L–D. Mediterranean. $$$$ ZÓCALO This Mexican restaurant is one of the best places to while away an evening with friends over margaritas. The wraparound sidewalk patio is one of the most popular spots in town. The menu has regional Mexican specialties such as tacos de cazuela, a casserole-ish concoction of steak, chorizo and cheese served with housemade tortillas. 1801 Capitol Ave.; (916) 441-0303; L–D– Br. Mexican. $$

OAK PARK FIXINS SOUL KITCHEN This bustling place, partly owned by former mayor Kevin Johnson, serves up friendly Southern hospitality along with delicious Southern fare, including chicken and waffles, gumbo, fried catfish, and shrimp and grits. 3428 Third Ave.; (916); 999-7685. B–L–D–Br. Southern. $$ LA VENADITA This inviting, casual taqueria has a concise menu that includes inventive street tacos, a brightly flavored ceviche and an enchilada with rich mole sauce. It also boasts a full bar and an enticing menu of craft cocktails. 3501 Third Ave.; (916) 4004676; L–D. Mexican. $$

OLD SACRAMENTO THE FIREHOUSE Since opening in 1960, this has been Sacramento’s go-to restaurant for romantic atmosphere and historic charm. Located in a 1853 firehouse, it’s white tablecloth all the way, with crystal wine glasses and top-notch service. The outdoor courtyard is one of the prettiest in town, and its canopy of trees sparkles at night with tiny lights. The food is special-occasion worthy, and the wine list represents more than 2,100 labels. 1112 Second St.; (916) 442-4772; L–D. Californian/American. $$$$ PILOTHOUSE Housed in the history-steeped Delta King riverboat, this is one of the most romantic restaurants in the city. On Sundays, it puts on one of the prettiest champagne brunches around. 1000 Front


The Waterboy’s burger St.; (916) 441-4440; B–L–Br. American. $$–$$$ RIO CITY CAFE Located on the riverbank, the bustling restaurant offers stunning views of Tower Bridge. The menu changes seasonally and offers a wide selection of creative, solid dishes. 1110 Front St.; (916) 442-8226; L–D–Br. New American. $$

PLACERVILLE HEYDAY CAFE The restaurant’s lunch menu offers salads, pizzas and sandwiches. Dinner entrées range from a coffee-glazed pork chop to citrus-marinated chicken. 325 Main St.; (530) 626-9700; heydaycafe. com. L–D. New American. $$–$$$ THE INDEPENDENT RESTAURANT AND BAR The atmosphere here is lively and convivial, both indoors and on the patio. The kitchen takes traditional dishes such as Southern fried chicken and gives them a twist. 629 Main St.; (530) 344-7645; independent L–D. New American. $$–$$$

RANCHO CORDOVA CATTLEMENS For description, see listing under “Dixon.” 12409 Folsom Blvd.; (916) 985-3030; cattle D. Steakhouse. $$$

CATTLEMENS For description, see listing under “Dixon.” 2000 Taylor Road; (916) 782-5587; cattle D. Steakhouse. $$$ CHICAGO FIRE For description, see listing under “Folsom.” 500 N. Sunrise Ave.; (916) 771-2020; chi L–D. Pizza. $ FAT’S ASIA BISTRO AND DIM SUM BAR For description, see listing under “Folsom.” 1500 Eureka Road; (916) 787-3287; L–D. Pan-Asian. $$ LA PROVENCE RESTAURANT & TERRACE This elegant French restaurant offers some of the region’s loveliest outdoor dining. The seasonal menu features items such as bouillabaisse and soupe au pistou. 110 Diamond Creek Place; (916) 789-2002; laprovence L–D–Br. French. $$$–$$$$ MIKUNI JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR For description, see listing under “Downtown.” 1565 Eureka Road; (916) 797-2112; L–D. Japanese/sushi. $$ PAUL MARTIN’S AMERICAN BISTRO The bustling, comfortable restaurant is a local favorite. The kitchen offers a great list of small plates and robust, approachable entrées. 1455 Eureka Road; (916) 7833600; L–D–Br. New American. $$–$$$


P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO For description, see listing under “Downtown.” 1180 Galleria Blvd.; (916) 788-2800; L–D. Chinese. $$

THE BOXING DONKEY This Irish pub has everything a bro could possibly want: a masculine environment, hearty food and arcade games. 300 Lincoln St.; (916) 797-3665; L–D. Irish pub. $

RUEN THAI Simple and serene, Ruen Thai is a family-owned restaurant that offers a surprisingly large selection of fresh-tasting food. 1470 Eureka Road; (916) 774-1499; L–D. Thai. $


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SOUTH SACRAMENTO FRASINETTI’S This friendly, eager-to-please restaurant shares space with Frasinetti’s Winery. The menu is old-school Italian—think minestrone and spaghetti and meatballs—and the portions are huge. 7395 Frasinetti Road; (916) 383-2444; frasinetti. com. L–D. Italian. $$–$$$ LALO’S RESTAURANT If you’re craving real Mexican food, come here for the carne asada tacos or the moist pork tamales. Taco flavors range from grilled pork and beef tongue to buche (fried pork stomach); traditional Mexican sandwiches also are available. 5063 24th St.; (916) 736-2389. L–D. Mexican. $

TAHOE PARK BACON & BUTTER Lively and delightfully urban, the place is packed with fans of chef Billy Zoellin’s homey flapjacks, biscuits and other breakfasty fare. 3839 J St.; (916) 475-1801; B–L. Breakfast. $–$$ 5913 Broadway; (916) 346-4445; B–L. Breakfast/American. $–$$

WEST SACRAMENTO BRODERICK ROADHOUSE Burgers rule at this appealingly scruffy bar/restaurant. In addition to the juicy beef burgers, there’s also a selection of more avant-garde versions, including the duck burger. 319 Sixth St.; (916) 372-2436; L–D–Br. Burgers. $

Zócalo’s blackberry margarita RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE This swanky dinner house serves some of the tastiest meat in town. Expertly cooked steaks are seared at 1,800 degrees. Don’t miss the cowboy rib-eye or the fork-tender filet mignon. 1185 Galleria Blvd.; (916) 780-6910; ruths D. Steakhouse. $$$$ YARD HOUSE With its lengthy menu, big flavors and loud music, there’s nothing retiring about this restaurant. There are close to 130 beers on tap, and the food includes beer-friendly small plates. 1166 Roseville Parkway; (916) 780-9273; Roseville. L–D. American/bar food. $$ ZÓCALO For description, see listing under “Midtown.” 1182 Roseville Parkway; (916) 788-0303; zocalosac L–D–Br. Mexican. $$


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CAFE BERNARDO AT PAVILIONS For description, see listing under “Midtown.” 515 Pavilions Lane; (916) 922-2870; B–L–D. New American. $

PIATTI Muted colors and dark wood provide a comfortable, contemporary vibe. The culinary focus is on Italian cuisine with an American influence. The menu includes delightful variations on Italian staples—margherita, pesto or roasted chicken pizzas; ravioli, pappardelle and fettuccine pasta dishes. 571 Pavilions Lane; (916) 649-8885; mento. L–D. Italian/American. $$ ROXY RESTAURANT AND BAR From the cowhide booths to the sparkling light fixtures in the bar, Roxy is a class act that happens to also serve chili and fried chicken. The innovative New American menu is seasonal and locally focused, with many of the ingredients sourced from area farms and ranches. 2381 Fair Oaks Blvd.; (916) 489-2000; roxyrestau L–D–Br. American/Californian/ steakhouse. $$ RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE For description, see listing under “Roseville.” 501 Pavilions Lane; (916) 286-2702; L (Fridays only)–D. Steakhouse. $$$$

ETTORE’S This bakery is a convivial spot for a casual meal. It’s hard to take your eyes off the dessert cases long enough to choose your savory items. But you’ll soon discover the kitchen’s talent extends to the wonderful pizzas, hearty sandwiches and burgers, and fresh salads. 2376 Fair Oaks Blvd.; (916) 482-0708; B–L–D. Bakery/New American. $–$$

WILDWOOD RESTAURANT & BAR Owned by the Haines brothers of 33rd Street Bistro fame, this chic restaurant serves New American and global cuisine, with naan, ahi poke, pancetta prawns and rock shrimp risotto sharing the menu with an all-American burger. The spacious patio is a great place to grab a drink and listen to live music. 556 Pavilions Lane; (916) 922-2858; L–D– Br. American/global fusion. $$$

LEMON GRASS RESTAURANT Lemon Grass serves delicious, upscale Asian fare such as salad rolls, green curry and catfish in a clay pot. Everything tastes fresh, light and clean. 601 Munroe St.; (916) 486-4891; L–D. Pan-Asian. $$$

ZINFANDEL GRILLE Open for more than two decades, Zinfandel Grille is an enduring dining favorite, serving wood-fired pizzas, pasta, fish and other Mediterranean entrées. 2384 Fair Oaks Blvd.; (916) 4857100; L–D. New American. $$$

DRAKE’S: THE BARN Located in a stunningly modern indoor-outdoor structure along the river, Drake’s serves excellent thin-crust pizzas, along with a few salads and appetizers. You can get table service indoors or on the patio. But if you prefer something more casual, grab a folding lawn chair, find a spot at the sprawling outdoor taproom and order a pizza to go. It’s fun galore, with kids, dogs, fire pits and a tap trailer serving beer. 985 Riverfront St.; (510) 423-0971; L–D. Pizza. $$ LA CROSTA PIZZA BAR From the people behind The Rind in midtown Sacramento, this casual pizza joint serves first-rate pies baked in a wood-burning oven, along with inventive flatbread sandwiches and a small selection of Italian entrées. 330 Third St.; (916) 389-0372; L–D–Br. Pizza. $$–$$$ VIENTIANE RESTAURANT This dynamic spot offers some dishes you might not find at other Thai restaurants, such as garlic quail, deep-fried and lavished with pepper and garlic. 1001 Jefferson Blvd.; (916) 373-1556. L–D. Thai/Laotian. $

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Bonnie Pannell attends her final city council meeting on June 17, 2014.

of the south area. She was elected to District 8 of the Sacramento City Council in 1998, following the death of her husband, Sam Pannell, who had held the seat for seven years. During her tenure, she successfully advocated for better housing options and the extension of light rail to Meadowview, among other projects. The Samuel and Bonnie Pannell Community Center on Meadowview Road stands as a reminder of her dedication to public service. Pannell died in 2017.—DARLENA BELUSHIN MCKAY

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Shining Star of South Sacramento

IN THE ANNALS OF SACRAMENTO, Bonnie Pannell will be remembered as a fierce champion



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In a few months, the personal injury law firm of Ashton and Price will be celebrating 25 years of serving the Sacramento region. For nearly a quarter of a century, thousands of injury victims have blessed Ashton and Price with their trust during some of the most challenging times of their lives and all of those at Ashton and Price are humbled and grateful. An equal source of pride is Ashton and Price’s support over the years of the Sacramento Children’s Home, the Placer County Food Bank, the Sacramento County Food Bank, Orangevale Food Bank, Kids Helping Kids, Red Cross, Oakridge Athletics, Florin High School Athletics, Folsom Soccer, Folsom Softball, Carmichael Little League, Bella Vista Cheer, Greenpeace, World Wildlife Foundation, and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Craig Ashton even swam from Alcatraz to San Francisco twice with Mark S. Allen on live TV raising $5,000.00 for the local ASPCA. Ashton and Price will continue to give back to this great community and always strive to earn the trust that their clients bestow upon them with the hope that they will be around for another 25 years!

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The #1 hospital in Sacramento offering world-class care to our region

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