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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.”...
covid pandemic voices

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...


Shortly after 7 p.m. on a Thursday night, Art Luna begins readying his little eatery/gallery, Luna’s Cafe & Juice Bar, on 16th Street between N and O, for the night’s entertainment. Within the hour,...

A Midtown Meditation

I have started rambling my home neighborhood again. Turning corners on a whim. Entering random cafes, and stores I didn’t know I was interested in frequenting. Walking along alleyways and seeing what new graffiti...

Cultivating Support for the Marijuana Industry

Every other Tuesday for the past several months, a group known as the “Cannabis Caucus” has gathered in the downtown offices of a leading lobbying firm to discuss, over takeout lunches, the latest political news...