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Speeding Toward Zero-Emission

“We’re dreaming big. We want zero emissions in every application: locomotives, ships, you name it. Those technologies are out there, but it’ll take time and a lot of money—and public and political will,” says...
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Bookstore Magic

Sitting in her bookstore in the heart of Oak Park, near display tables with copies of “The 1619 Project,” Ibram X. Kendi’s “Four Hundred Souls,” Barack Obama’s “A Promised Land” and James Baldwin’s “The...
hurrikane jones shares homeless story

Homeward Bound

As the city of Sacramento gets serious about solutions for homelessness, Safe Ground sites provide meals, resources and the all-important porta-potties and showers. But not everyone believes they’re a real fix.Shawana, 42, and her...
danilla sands talks fire

In Case of Fire

When the Valley Fire hit Lake County six years ago, Danilla Sands was in her mid-30s with three young children. She lived in Redwood Valley, a couple hours’ drive north of Sacramento—where she regularly...
cliffs at Thingvellir National Park in Iceland

Journey to Iceland

Keflavik airport, 45 kilometers outside of Iceland’s picturesque capital of Reykjavík, is strangely quiet these days. One of the world’s greatest adventure tourism destinations—you can hike on active volcanoes, climb on glaciers, see some...
real estate

Real Estate: The Bay Area Influence

In early spring, Arthur Chinn and Tom Richardson sit in their backyard in the Fairgrounds neighborhood of Sacramento, sipping tea and eating home-baked snickerdoodle cookies. Chinn is an architect and designer, Richardson a retired...
sacramento philharmonic opera

The Magic We Missed

Back in February (a million years ago in coronavirus stay-at-home time), the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera was gearing up to put on a spectacular production of Gioachino Rossini’s comic masterpiece, “The Barber of Seville.”...
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Voices From the Pandemic

While people were staying physically distant during the early days of the pandemic, we reached out to find out how they were coping. Sacramentans have managed to keep some businesses and education going through...
lara downes

Playing with Purpose

In the 1970s and early 1980s, Lara Downes and her two younger sisters were homeschooled in their beachfront home in San Francisco by parents who were immersed in the civil rights movement and its...
Andy Furillo

Anger, Corruption and Intrigue

Former Sacramento Bee reporter Andy Furillo sets his fiction in Sacramento.Andy Furillo, author of the recently published novel “The First Year,” is a sort of hard-bitten, old-school journalist version of Lady Bird. He adores...