Appearing Elsewhere


 

 The Byzantine world of California welfare funding | 07/18/12 

Whacking boards and commissions: The devil is in the details | 07/10/12 

State parks ‘partner up’ in fruitful quest for money | 06/28/12 

High anxiety: California’s poorest and sickest await the budget vote | 06/26/12 

The big snooze: Facebook and the state budget | 06/20/12 

Nation’s first ban on foie gras taking effect – after eight years | 06/18/12 

Let’s talk about sex – therapy, that is. | 05/16/12 

California’s other deficit: At $10 billion, it’s big bucks | 01/12/12 

LGBT in textbooks: New law, but so far little has changed | 01/05/12 

Looking for – and finding – the other side of John Burton | 12/22/11  

California sings a siren song for the U.S. Patent Office | 12/15/11  

Got a calculator? Rival tax plans complicate ballot | 12/01/11 

California, meet the corporation: Make money and do good | 11/17/11  

Anna Caballero rides herd on $9 billion agency | 11/10/11  

Luring renewable energy is a tale of fits and starts | 11/03/11  

Brown colleague at reins of Health & Human Services | 10/27/11  

Jerry Brown as writer: Pithy, acerbic, droll, concise & brusque | 10/20/11  

Let’s have a talk with state Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross | 10/13/11  

The big question: Will Jerry pull the fiscal trigger? | 10/06/11  

Brown’s progress report: A tough slog to affirm the vision | 09/29/11  

Complicated, messy, expensive: The 2012 election campaigns | 09/22/11  

A conversation with California’s Resources Secretary | 09/15/11

Dramatic expansion in health care rules pronounced dead | 09/01/11  

What’s gooey, smelly and very, very valuable? 08/25/11 

Polystyrene ban: Bill would put California first | 08/18/11

Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board: Just the name evokes controversy: | 08/10/11

Ahh, Texas: Dirty air, cheap jobs and uneducated | 07/28/11

Tribes vs. trash: The tangled tale of a landfill battle | 07/21/11

Order in the court: Budget hit takes its toll | 07/14/11

With smoke, there’s fire: The tax man cometh your way* | 07/08/11

What’s in a name? In California, the saints come marching in | 06/30/11

Ambulances, the safety net’s safety net, are hurting for cash | 06/23/11

Here come the sprinklers – and it’s about time | 06/16/11

Waging a years-long battle for more school funding | 06/09/11

Meet Fi$Cal: a new system for state budgeting | 06/02/11

Fred Karger hits the campaign trail | 05/26/11

Dueling projections of the gray science | 05/19/11

High court eyes Calif’s landmark prison case | 05/12/11

Voting Rights Act: A fee-generator for lawyers? | 05/05/11

How virginal is the olive oil in the pantry? | 04/28/11

Americans Elect: A new political party that isn’t | 04/21/11

California: A breathtaking example of diversity | 04/07/11

Power play in the East Bay over greenhouse gases | 03/31/11

So you think the California budget deficit is dire? | 03/24/11

Leak of the Week: California is in a drought – no kidding | 03/17/11

In the Capitol, it rains bills: 139 a day to be exact | 03/10/11

Republicans: You can be cutting good deals, right now | 02/24/11

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Plenty of other tax options exist to close California’s gaping budget gap / Fri, Jan 28th 2011

Washington State open primary ruling helps weaken possible legal challenges to California’s Prop 14 / Fri, Jan 21st 2011

Gov. Jerry Brown targets California’s redevelopment agencies for extinction / Thu, Jan 13th 2011

Over three decades, dozens of ballot measures have hampered a budget solution / Fri, Jan 7th 2011

New California laws taking effect in 2011 / Tue, Dec 28th 2010

Political change is coming to California / Fri, Dec 24th 2010

Just how green is California’s jolly green governor? / Thu, Dec 16th 2010

State set to sell 11 taxpayer-financed office buildings to private investors / Sat, Dec 4th 2010

Saving the Salton Sea, one field of algae at a time / Sat, Nov 27th 2010

Redistricting Commission politics / Fri, Nov 19th 2010

Jerry Brown faces daunting budget deficits in the years ahead / Thu, Nov 4th 2010

In California, independent voters will be calling the shots on November 2 / Sat, Oct 30th 2010

Prop 22 could play a pivotal role in future California budgets / Fri, Oct 22nd 2010

Prop 14, California’s open primary measure, is already beginning to exert its influence / Fri, Oct 15th 2010

Record budget impasse ends, but next fiscal year’s deficit already projected to be $21.3 billion / Fri, Oct 8th 2010

No budget yet, but several new laws in California / Fri, Oct 1st 2010

Brown and Whitman offer few specifics on how to fix California’s crushing budget deficits / Sat, Sep 25th 2010

Tough times for California’s commercial real estate market / Fri, Sep 17th2010

Strengthening California hospitals against another major earthquake / Thu, Sep 9th 2010

Independents will decide California’s next governor / Sat, Sep 4th 2010

The Effect of November’s Proposition 26 / Thu, Aug 26th 2010

Major threats remain to California water supply / Thu, Aug 19th 2010

California economic forecasters predict a slow and uneven recovery / Thu, Aug 12th 2010

California Democrats present budget proposal / Thu, Aug 5th 2010

Marijuana legalization initiative a statistical dead heat in recent polls / Thu, Jul 29th 2010

California legislature looks to ban the bag / Sat,  Jul 24th 2010

California Democrats and Republicans battle over tax breaks and job creation / Thu, Jul 15th 2010

California taking next step on Green Chemistry Initiative / Thu, Jul 8th 2010

An early preview of California’s November ballot measures / Thu, Jul 1st 2010

California Democrats propose realignment to help address state’s long-term budget deficits / Thu, Jun 24th 2010

Budget crisis looms as Democrats and Republicans remain worlds apart / Sat, Jun 19th 2010

California election roundup: CAIVP-sponsored open primary initiative wins big, & other key results / Wed, Jun 9th 2010

A preview of California’s June 8 primary election / Thu, Jun 3rd 2010

CAIVP challenges California legislature to remove ballot access barriers for Decline to State candidates / Wed, May 26th 2010

Exploring the painful options for resolving California’s massive budget deficit / Thu, May 20th 2010

Unions, trial lawyers, and major parties band together to fight nonpartisan, open primary initiative / Wed, May 12th 2010

Proposition 14 offers California voters a distinct, nonpartisan primary system / Thu, May 6th 2010

Top Two Open Primary vs. Instant Run-Off: which is the best way forward for nonpartisan elections? / Thu, Apr 29th 2010

Further tax increases unlikely despite California’s $19 billion budget deficit / Thu, Apr 22nd 2010

Californians rabid about sterilizing cats and dogs / Thu, Apr 15th 2010

Over half of state unemployment insurance funds face insolvency / Thu, Apr 8th 2010

Budget deficits take toll on state parks / Thu, Apr 1st 2010

California legislature takes aim at budget reform / Fri, Mar 26th 2010

States’ rights movement sweeping across America / Fri, Mar 19th 2010.

Legislators to consider reform proposals that could help repair California / Thu, Mar 11th 2010

Assembly committee debates potential costs of open primary initiative / Wed, Mar 3rd 2010

California not alone in passing on budget pain to public university students / Thu, Feb 25th 2010

California Democrats and Republicans offer competing jobs packages / Thu, Feb 18th 2010

Unfunded mandates aren’t always federal / Thu, Feb 11th 2010

Senate Committee Approves Schwarzenegger’s Pick for Lieutenant Governor / Thu, Feb 4th 2010

*****

 

– POLITICS –  

 

The budget deal / Capitol Lowdown – 06.13.13 / Now playing at a state Capitol near you.

This week’s chaotic, last-minute bill passing is bad for Californians / Capitol Lowdown – 05.30.13 / Why lawmakers are afraid to go where no lawmaker has gone before.

Should California lawmakers bring back ’tombstoning’? / Capitol Lowdown – 05.16.13 / ICYMI, grandiose titles and pithy wordplay abound.

Should California spend or save its budget boon? / Capitol Lowdown – 05.02.13 / The guv says put California’s savings under the mattress, but dems are hot to drop.

Full-frontal identity / Capitol Lowdown – 04.18.13 / California legislators race to play catch-up with Internet-privacy concerns—and consumers’ evolving online habits.

Up in your business / Capitol Lowdown – 04.04.13 / Will California lawmakers’ rabid thirst to mold our behavior in their precious image ever be slaked?

Quality verse / Capitol Lowdown – 03.21.13 / Annual brouhaha over CEQA makes mad flow for this writer.

Armed and legislated / Capitol Lowdown – 03.07.13 / Will the flurry of gun-control bills at California’s Capitol even matter?

Good government / Capitol Lowdown – 02.21.13 / Let’s explore what our leaders do well for a change.

Shake on it / Capitol Lowdown – 02.07.13 / It’d take Darrell Steinberg 51 years to give each of his constituents face time.

Masters of deception / Capitol Lowdown – 01.10.13 / Legislative good and bad depends on the why of the beholder.

What’s wrong with ‘Avocado’? / News – 01.03.13 / A behind-the-scenes look at branding the Affordable Care Act in California.

Make ’em, don’t break ’em / Capitol Lowdown – 12.27.12 / Capitol Lowdown’s New Year’s resolutions for 2013 lawmakers.

On freshman disorientation at California’s Capitol / Capitol Lowdown – 12.13.12 / If the state Legislature were a business, would it get Bain Capital’d?

Fiscal cliff-hanging / Capitol Lowdown – 11.29.12 / Californians should be ready for multibillion-dollar budget bumps and grinds.

Independent thinking / Capitol Lowdown – 10.25.12 / On California’s true colors and the coveted independent voter.

Say what? / Capitol Lowdown – 10.04.12 / Mitt Romney isn’t the only candidate suffering from foot-in-mouth syndrome this election season.

Vanity props / Capitol Lowdown – 09.20.12 / On California millionaires and their jonesing for ballot measures.

Democracy belabored / Capitol Lowdown – 09.06.12 / SN&R’s new California’s Capitol columnist longs for odd-numbered years.

Jerry Brown’s ransom note / Local Stories – 01.12.12 / Is Gov. Brown’s 2012 agenda as simple as a ransom note: pass his ballot initiative, raise taxes on the rich—or else?

Capitol budget cuts: trigger, unhappy / News – 12.08.11 / Next week’s inevitable state budget cuts to hit schools, families, poor. 

OK, you fix the budget!/ Cover Story – 02.17.11 / What’s the right mix, for California, of spending cuts and new revenue?

Midtown Jerry Brown / Arts & Culture – 01.20.11 / Food critic Greg Lucas gives the new and former boss some eat, drink and nightlife tips.

Benign by design / Sustainability – 07.22.10 / The governor’s Green Chemistry plan revs up.

The ‘eco’ economy / Sustainability – 05.27.10 / A new study helps California better understand green jobs.

Green-collar debate / Green – Sustainability – 04.15.10 / Politicians dispute the immediate economic impact of Assembly Bill 323 as climate-change efforts continue.

Green dorm food / Green – Sustainability – 12.31.09 / UC Davis transformed a student cafeteria into a sustainable eating haven.

Museum piece / Local Stories – News – 05.28.09 / The Crocker Art Museum’s $100 million makeover could boost the Sacramento region’s economy and improve its quality of life.

The Mile High club / Local Stories – Feature Story – 08.21.08 / Your field guide to Sacramento’s DNC delegation. 

Independent voting on the rise / Local Stories – News – 07.17.08 / Increasingly, voters in Sacramento and across California are declining to state a party affiliation.

 

– ARTS – 

Crazy form, emotional function / Arts & Culture – 10.20.11 / Artist Clayton Bailey takes on robots, demons and bodily fluids in his quest to improve life through sculpture.

Summer impressions / Arts & Culture – 06.23.11 / The Summer of Impressionism takes over the Crocker Art Museum.

Light at the museum /Arts & Culture – 09.23.10 / SN&R gets an early first look at Crocker Art Museum’s new digs.

How he move / Arts&Culture – Book Reviews – 02.21.08 / Why Willie Brown’s autobiography should be read starting with Part Two.

Lincoln lives / Arts&Culture – 06.18.09 / Honest Abe will soon be hanging out at The California Museum.

The great mac ’n’ cheese caper / Arts&Culture – 03.19.09 / “’Cause she’s the cheese and I’m the macaroni.”

 

– ESSAYS – 

Augean stables / Opinions – 06.28.12 /What Gov. Jerry Brown might learn from a Greco-Roman fable about a stable.

The freedom / Opinions – 04.21.11 / Do parking meter coin collectors know something that we don’t?

Buffett’s tentacles / News – 05.20.10 / Warren Buffet makes out like a bandit in the Sacramento region.

Upside of a recession / Opinions – 01.07.10 / When naysayers complain about the slump, remind them about the bright side.

 High-strung / Opinions – 11.19.09 / One word to hold up high.

 

– FOOD – 

Dig in / Eating – 07.05.12 / After 178 reviews and a lot of dim sum, Greg Lucas leaves the table.  

Random acts of ramen / Eating – 06.28.12 / Give into chance encounters at this Korean noodle restaurant.  

Pork Belly Grub Shack: Fine swining / Eating – 06.21.12 / The Natomas sandwich shop urges diners to pig out.  

Phaya Thai: Turn up the heat / Eating – 06.14.12 / Phaya Thai is big on flavor and portions but could stand to jack the thermostat even higher.  

Juno’s Kitchen & Delicatessen: Small wonders / Eating –  06.07.12 / East Sacramento’s Juno’s Kitchen & Delicatessen is already a neighborhood staple with its fresh salads and hearty sandwiches.  

Beyond pastries / Eating – 05.31.12 / Estelle’s Patisserie offers much more than pastries.  

YD House: The banchan equation / Eating – 05.24.12 / This Korean restaurant needs more yin to its yang.  

La vida aquatic / Eating  – 05.17.12 /Las Islitas schools diners on the pleasures of the sea.  

The Zen of fish bits / Eating – 05.10.12 / Ninja Sushi is long on choices, short on stealth.  

Hey, neighbor! / Eating – 05.03.12 / Mamma Susanna’s Ristorante Italiano is the neighborhood joint for tasty Italian fare.  

A steady Thai burn / Eating – 04.26.12 / Siam Restaurant is still a Thai delight after all of these years.  

Mezcal Taqueria: Reliable and unpretentious / Eating – 04.19.12 / This Natomas eatery isn’t fancy, but it’ll dish up your fix of fútbol and cheap and tasty Mexican fare.  

Red Rabbit: Bunny hops / Eating – 04.12.12 / Resistance is futile when it comes to Red Rabbit Kitchen and Bar’s desserts. 

Vince’s Ristorante: Pass the cannelloni / Eating – 04.05.12 / This longtime Elk Grove Italian restaurant boasts big portions and Mad Men-worthy vibe.  

Ichi Maki: Become one with the bento / Eating – 03.29.12 / Rancho Cordova sushi restaurant makes for a suburban oasis.  

The Porch: Cheesy grits, y’all / Eating – 03.22.12 / Midtown Sacramento’s new Southern-styled eatery mines low-country cuisine for an authentic Southern taste.  

Samuel Horne’s Tavern: Respect the drink / Eating – 03.15.12 / At Samuel Horne’s Tavern, patrons think globally, quaff locally.  

The Wienery: Still top dog in Sacramento / Eating – 03.08.12 / This East Sacramento landmark still rules supreme.  

A yin to the yang / Eating – 03.01.12 / Greek food worth that extra notch on the treadmill incline.  

Crepe Escape: Totally creped out / Eating – 02.23.12 / This East Sacramento crepe place is big on meal options and, oh yeah, crepes.  

Sacramento cheese-steak showdown / Eating – 02.16.12 / On the hunt for the holy grail of Philly cheese-steak sandwiches.  

A mild wind / Eating – 02.09.12 / Monsoon’s take on Indian fare is nice but not particularly full of spice. 

Saigon Bay serves savory stamina by the plate / Eating – 02.02.12 / Venerable Vietnamese-food joint serves up swift dishes that are, occasionally, truly tip-top.  

Brave it for the crave / Eating – 01.26.12 /Survive the crowds, get rewarded with tasty raw fish bits.  

For the fences / Eating – 01.19.12 / At Ambience, it’s chef Morgan Song’s way or the highway.  

The great pumpkin / Eating – 01.12.12 / Sabaidee Thai Grille keeps squash in season year-round.

Delusionally devoted / Eating – 12.29.11 / SN&R food critic Greg Lucas ponders the perils of running a restaurant. 

Eat, pray—and love / Eating – 12.22.11 / West Sacramento’s Pooja Indian Grill is deserving of an appetite. 

Fish noir / Eating – 12.15.11 / Nagato Sukiyaki’s sushi is fresh and light on the pocketbook.

Promises unfulfilled / Eating – 12.08.11 / El Patron brings some heat, but not much originality, to its Mexican dishes. 

Brussels sprouts, for the win / Eating – 12.01.11/ Maranello Restaurant channels Italy with pork, peppers and other killer veggies. 

Sahara Grill & Cafe / Eating – 11.24.11 / Sahara Grill & Cafe’s take on Persian food is anything but boring. 

Formoli’s Bistro: A formidable feast / Eating – 11.17.11 / The East Sacramento bistro loads up on big flavor combinations. 

Still bean good / Eating – 11.10.11 / Vanilla Bean Bistro serves up cozy Middle Eastern-inspired cuisine. 

Bahn mi, oh my / Eating – 11.03.11 / Sacramento’s go-to destinations for authentic bahn mi. 

With a newly revamped patio, Enotria is easy, encyclopedic, enticing / Eating – 10.27.11 / With a newly revamped patio, Enotria is still a wine lover’s dream.

Clark’s Corner: Bar food with a human touch / Eating – 10.20.11 / East Sacramento’s Clark’s Corner elevates basic pub fare with creative, personal touches. 

Muntean’s Soups: A liquid force / Eating – 10.13.11 / Muntean’s Soups serves up a global pot of goodness. 

El Palmar: Secrets of the sauce / Eating – 10.06.11 / Carmichael’s El Palmar restaurant serves up Mexican dishes best served doused in “the good stuff.” 

Hot kismet / Eating – 09.29.11 / Mod Du Rang dishes up Seoul-powered food. 

Thai game / Eating – 09.15.11 / SN&R looks at three Thai spots in the Arden-Arcade area. 

The sandwiches! / Eating – 09.08.11 / Sampino’s is everything an Italian deli should be. 

Pantheon of noshing / Eating – 09.01.11 / Shoki Ramen House gets a sequel downtown. 

Clove crazy / Eating – 08.25.11 / Garlic Shack packs a punch, but not always with culinary flair.

Metamorphosis / Eating – 08.18.11 / At Thir13en, Adam Pechal knows what he’s doing.

Big in Roseville / Eating – 08.11.11 / Everything gets ratcheted up a notch at this new Fountains in Roseville shopping center destination.

Irie and a half! / Eating – 08.04.11 / Cafe Connection’s Caribbean fare, plus breakfast, will have you coveting jerk chicken all week long.

Delightfully personalized / Eating – 07.28.11 / Perhaps benign, definitely addictive Asian specialties with a Euro twist.

Straight up, no frills / Eating – 07.21.11 / Indian eats in Midtown Sacramento, quick and tasty.

Best of brew worlds / Eating – 07.14.11 / Beer adventure abounds at this haven on Franklin Boulevard.

End of the line / Eating – 07.07.11 / Difficulty in distinguishing three Sacramento area Mongolian barbecue spots.

Jaliscos y mariscos / Eating – 06.30.11 / Taqueria Ay Jalisco delivers with its marsicos, or seafood.

Bread to win / Eating – 06.23.11 / Pita Kitchen goes pantheon with its namesake bread.

Duck the bill / Eating – 06.16.11 / There’s better Vietnamese eats on the same block, according to our food reviewer.

Good-timey gargantuan / Eating – 06.09.11 / Pizza Rock takes K Street Mall up a notch. A big notch.

Off the Hook / Eating – 06.02.11 / Sushi Hook’s a fresh catch of American-style sushi and other assorted Japanese fare.

From brew to blue / Eating – 05.26.11 / Former Brew It Up! chef Jason Lockard opens Blue Prynt just down the street.

Be like Mike / Eating – 05.19.11 / Don’t go for ambience but instead Ethiopian eats prepared by Mike.

Bite at the museum / Eating – 05.12.11 / Go for the tequila and jalapeño margarita. Stay for the mole and small plates.

The B-word / Eating – 05.05.11 / A taste of French bistro cooking on Riverside Boulevard.

Fijian eye-opener / Eating – 04.28.11 /  This south Sacramento joint aims to be the King of local Fijian eats.

Burger hierarchy / Eating – 04.21.11 / Greg compares meals at The Habit Burger Grill and Five Guys Burgers and Fries.

Thai less traveled / Eating – 04.14.11 / Duck, Thai sausage—this place does Thailand a little different.

Super Salvadorean / Eating – 04.07.11 / One visit beckons another.

Fresh, light, pleasurable / Eating – 03.31.11 / Mai Pham’s Star Ginger goes big.

Bodacious bar food / Eating – 03.24.11 / For carnivores with no aversion to calories: Eat, drink, be merry.

Himalayan remodel / Eating – 03.17.11 / Even the buffet is good, different at Kathmandu.

Tacos ahoy / Eating – 03.10.11 / Counting down the days to summer.

Muy endearing / Eating – 03.03.11 / Palenque is doing combo plates. It serves meals.

Chow-mein challenge / Eating – 02.24.11 / Comparing three Chinese restaurants in Elk Grove.

Good vibrations / Eating – 02.17.11 / Revolution Wines creates simple and fresh food to drink wine with.

Surprise and singularity / Eating – 02.10.11 / What is the gold standard for good Mexican food in Sacramento?

Simple, Spartan / Eating – 02.03.11 / At Hads Steak & Seafood, some things are great—and some things are merely OK.

Round and round / Eating – 01.27.11 / Decent to good burgers at Spin Burger Bar.**

Old and new tricks / Eating – 01.20.11 / Tokyo Steak House does teppanyaki best.

Hipper, newer / Eating – 01.13.11 / Tex Mex Bar & Grill in Midtown takes the torch from downtown’s old Texas Mexican joint on Eighth Street.

Wildly inventive artistry / Eating – 01.06.11 / Frozen treats in foodie flavors and sammiches aplenty, just over the causeway at Fatface in Davis.

A year in dining / Eating – 12.30.10 / The faces behind 2010’s most memorable dining spaces.

My good Mana / Eating – 12.23.10 / Style points added for longevity, performance.

Safely in the slot / Eating – 12.16.10 / Basic neighborhood Thai fare with great service.

Warmth in abundance / Eating – 12.09.10 / There’s fire at the salsa bar, and elsewhere, at El Meson.

Doctor’s orders / Eating – 12.02.10 /  Go for the standard menu—though prospects of a “shadow” one entice.

Dive on in / Eating – 11.25.10 /  The Golden Bear gets the four-star treatment.

Know your strengths / Eating – 11.18.10 / Ruchi does sambar and dosa right.

What’s the password? / Eating – 11.11.10 /  It’s DIY Japanese fondue—with some surprises.

Kinda sorta / Eating – 11.04.10 / Good Eats is almost.**

Ride the pho train / Eating – 10.28.10 / Lots of menu items, aromatic pho and a matriarch behind the register with a great memory at Pho Xe Lua.

Any number of delights / Eating – 10.21.10 / Greg goes krazy for Kupros.

Cowboy up / Eating – 10.14.10 / Meat is manna, bull is boss.

Run the table / Eating – 10.07.10 / Share The Press with someone you love.

Persia most pleasurable / Eating – 09.30.10 / Experience M. Shahrzad Fine Persian Cuisine with a friend. Insist on one of Rhea’s tables.

Real-life eats / Eating – 09.23.10 / St. John’s Shelter graduates get life training.

Hot in Japan / Eating – 09.16.10 / Greg tries to spice it up at this noodle house.

Old boy / Eating – 09.09.10 / Greg spends a meal or two at Sacramento’s oldest Korean restaurant.

Lebanese wonder / Eating – 09.02.10 / Surprise is the operative word at this joint on Fulton Avenue.

Late night pho king / Eating – 08.26.10 / Vietnamese served fast and open until the early morning on weekends.

Tikka’d off / Eating – 08.19.10 /  A bad meal leads to rethinking Sacramento Indian food.

Raw love / Eating – 08.05.10 / Raw foodists and vegans have a safe haven on Del Paso Boulevard.

Italian standby / Eating – 07.29.10 / If it was near Greg’s house, it’d be the go-to.

On a whim / Eating – 07.22.10 / Prices at Cafe Capricho peak at $9. Very bad-economy-friendly.

Èlan and energy / Eating – 07.15.10 / An homage to Brussels—but as of yet without mussels.

Gramps’ way / Eating – 07.08.10 / The grandfather of Mexico City-style sandwiches on Franklin Boulevard.

Elk Grove international / Eating – 07.01.10 / One worldly south Sacramento strip mall has it all.

Mom never made this / Eating – 06.24.10 / Go for the sandwiches, stay to debate the best salad with random customers.

Food with flair / Eating – 06.17.10 / Billy Ngo’s new restaurant keeps the wows coming.

Go with tacos / Eating – 06.10.10 / Enjoyable but pricey.

Crunchy encounters / Eating – 06.03.10 / Sushi with tater tots?!

Dueling dim sum / Eating – 05.27.10 / Always double-down on char siu bao.

Name that continent / Eating – 05.20.10 / Bombay Bar & Grill passes the test.

Saltado and waffles / Eating – 05.13.10 / The only restaurant inside a restaurant in Sacramento.

Not your childhood cafeteria / Eating – 05.06.10 / Cafeteria 15L is not a traditional cafeteria.

What the house does best / Eating – 04.29.10 / Filter eats through the barbecue prism.

Thai surprise / Eating – 04.22.10 / Looks like Amarin—but there’s ch-ch-changes.  

Eye on the sharp knife / Eating – 04.15.10 / Stick with the sushi chef and you’ll be OK. 

Hellenes good / Eating – 04.08.10 / Plates are piled high at this new 16th Street Greek cafe. 

Hardly plain / Eating – 04.01.10 / Wow—what a place to lose one’s tofu virginity. 

Get your livers ready / Eating – 03.25.10 / Better as a nightclub. 

Safety lesson / Eating – 03.18.10 / The spice-averse chefs at Lotus drop the ball. 

Beyond brewskis / Eating – 03.11.10 / The quest for the best Philly cheese steak continues. 

Havana bites / Eating – 03.04.10 / Make the pilgrimage for pretty authentic Havana eats. 

Vietnamese hangout / Eating – 02.25.10 / Greg skips the avocado shake but stays for the eats. 

Hunt for pink roohafza / Eating – 02.18.10 / Greg keeps his eye on the prize, gets his goat and embraces Shaz. 

Timber! / Eating – 02.11.10 / Greg Lucas plays victim at this Howe Avenue Disneyfied eatery. 

Something familiar / Eating – 02.04.10 / Sacramento’s Orphan gives a nod to Isabel’s Cantina of Pacific Beach. 

Outside the bento box / Eating – 01.28.10 / Greg Lucas digs the happy sushi hour at this Midtown after-work haunt. 

Carmichael pies / Eating – 01.21.10 / Go to Matteo’s Pizza & Bistro for the make-your-own pizza, stay for the Tree Hugger BLT. 

Adventures in fondue / Eating – 01.14.10 / Greg Lucas eats Japanese shabu-shabu—and shakes it like an udon noodle. 

Comfort and style / Eating – 12.31.09 / The Corner does it well. 

Neighborhood divine / Eating – 12.24.09 / Greg worships at the fennel, beets and figs altar while his friend visits heaven in form of beat salad. Skip the antipasto. 

This is the future / Eating – 12.17.09 / Greg Lucas reviews New Canton’s megalithic new dim sum and Cantonese food house with nary a mention of is dim-sum slut past. 

Live by the sushi blade / Eating – 12.03.09 / Good sushi within walking distance of the Music Circus—and fried oysters to boot. 

What a concept / Eating – 11.26.09 / The only thing similar to Morton’s is the pommes frites. And maybe that they both serve steak. 

Lunch on fire / Eating – 10.15.09 / Greg spares SN&R’s accounting department and lunches at The Firehouse. 

Curse be damned / Eating – 10.01.09 / Pearl on the River does it right—even Chioggia beets. 

Davis Thai’d up / Eating – 09.24.09 / There are a ton of Thai places in Davis. This one stands out. 

Best way to eat the heat / Eating – Best of Sacramento – 09.17.09 / SN&R’s food critic samples Sacramento’s spiciest cuisine. 

Sushi-only philosophy / Eating – 09.17.09 / Drawn to the sushi/sports bar pairing, Greg settles in for a date with chef Ernie Rodriguez. 

Spice or sacrilege? / Eating – 09.03.09 / Greg digs the authentic eats—but spices up the leftovers at home. 

Weep in delight / Eating – 08.27.09 / The boss sends Greg down Stockton Boulevard again. He returns in tears. 

It takes a chef / Eating – 08.20.09 / Sapporo Grill Steak House’s sushi is masterful, but the rest needs a few tweaks to begin trending upward. 

Yellow jersey / Eating – 08.06.09 / Rick Mahan’s new East Sacramento pizza joint emphasizes fresh and local eats, serves up simple pizza and Californian fare, and gets the four-star stamp of approval.

Secret lives of Carmichael diners / Eating – 07.30.09 / Lido Bar & Grill, on Fair Oaks Boulevard, might possibly be Carmichael’s best kept secret. 

Snack attack / Eating – 07.23.09 / SN&R food critic Greg Lucas has been to Tokyo, so he “gets”—and can appreciate—the approach at Crepe House Uni: small dinner crepes or dessert ones that you can enjoy on a break or before/after catching a flick. Case closed. 

Fare to fare / Eating – 07.16.09 / Greg Lucas on Sacramento’s many Thai restaurants—and how he prioritizes when he’s in the mood for spiced beef salad. 

Realm of possibilities / Eating – 07.09.09 / Magnificent, with great attention to detail. 

With a bullet / Eating – 07.02.09 / Durian, lemongrass, congealed pig blood—tasty! 

Tokyo overload / Eating – 06.25.09 / Greg Lucas’ Japanese vacation turns foodie marathon. 

Go toward the light / Eating – 06.11.09 / Greg Lucas on what to eat with good heat. 

The dudes abide / Eating – 06.04.09 / Just a few bros trying to get their eat on at Plan B, now in Location B near Watt Avenue and Fair Oaks Boulevard. 

Truth in advertising / Eating – 05.28.09 / It’s not a lie, Burgers and Brew has burgers and brew. 

As French as it gets in Sacramento: Café Rolle / Eating – 05.21.09 / Salmon is king at this lovely little cafe. 

Spontaneous sushi / Eating – 05.14.09 / Remember Zen Sushi? It’s like that, but in Davis. 

Black, white, green / Eating – 05.07.09 / Cheap, authentic pizza and other stuff. 

Trending upward / Eating – 04.30.09 / They’ve cleaned up their horrible service, which makes a difference. 

Dumpling lust / Eating – 04.23.09 / Greg Lucas is a dim sum slut. 

Go firecracker / Eating – 04.16.09 / Get the firecracker steak at Fuzio Universal Bistro. 

Kings of Loomis / Eating – 04.09.09 / So where the hell’s Loomis? 

What’s good? / Eating – 04.02.09 / Pleasantly functional, mmm

Sabrina salmon / Eating – 03.26.09 / A few pricey items and an old-timey feel lift this place out of the cellar. 

Get messy / Eating – 03.19.09 / My BBQ Spot is a new barbecue joint in Midtown. 

The 10 tenets / Eating – 03.12.09 / Strange name, good food. 

When the salsa bar kicks, let it / Eating – 03.05.09 / Stay for the pozole. 

Charity recipes / Eating – Smorgasbord – 03.05.09 / Increase awareness of Pick’s disease. 

Karma kitchen / Eating – 02.26.09 / Maybe it was just an off night? 

Exploring the octopus’s garden / Eating – 02.19.09 / Epic bulkoki at this Korean eatery of Folsom and Bradshaw. 

‘What are they this week?’ / Eating – 02.12.09 / Salt-and-pepper shrimp, ladies free B4 11 p.m. 

Unfettered delight / Eating – 02.05.09 / Lalo’s Restaurant is epic. 

My big, fat, Greek date night / Eating – 01.29.09 / Not a review featuring Mrs. Lucas. Nope. 

Not for disaster / Eating – 01.22.09 / Noodles, coconut milk, soups, weird crepes—and a hint of anise. 

My sweet little dumpling / Eating – 01.15.09 / Sacramento’s best dim sum. 

Fast, chaaty and lentils à go-go / Eating – 01.08.09 / Follow the light. 

Goodwill ambassador / Eating – 01.01.09 / The salsa bar rocks hard. 

Magic hands / Eating – 01.01.09 / A thanks to two sushi chefs. 

As the sushi world turns / Eating – 12.25.08 / A tale of heat, sauces and voodoo. 

First cousins / Eating – 12.18.08 / Los Primos in Elk Grove vs. Los Amigos in West Sacramento. 

Banh-ed pho sure / Eating – 12.11.08 / Banh cuon is the new pho: Roll it, pat it, eat it. 

Mover, shaker, Lounger / Eating – 12.04.08 / Lounge on 20 makes for an appealing evening. 

Epic curious / Eating – 11.27.08 / Meet Greg Lucas, SN&R’s new food critic.

 

*****

 

Tinted windows show lawmakers’ blind spot /8/12/12

Sacramento budget-speak needs translation / 6/22/12

Jerry Brown’s bid to sell budget already under way / 1/02/11

The state budget – California never cut up credit card – Despite pledges by the governor, system wasn’t fixed and another deficit looms / 01/06/08

Slow budget saves wallets – It may delay traditionally costly bills / 08/19/07

SACRAMENTO – Firms fume over proposed diesel rules – Fight over emissions restrictions is first test of Schwarzenegger’s new appointee on air quality board / 07/23/07

SACRAMENTO – Spay-neuter bill licked for year – Sponsor rolls over after opponents in Senate object to even a weakened version — he promises to revive legislation in ’08 / 07/12/07

State’s mandatory spay-neuter bill dies in committee / 07/11/07

CALIFORNIA – Fire prevention councils plead for state money – Community fireproofing groups subsist on scarce federal funds / 07/07/07

SACRAMENTO – State’s tiny trade office in Armenia clears a hurdle to avoid shutdown – Assembly panel OKs extension of bureau for 2 years / 07/06/07

Governor accused of playing politics on warming rules – 2 members of air board exit, saying he pressured them / 07/03/07

SACRAMENTO – Fired air board head says he tried to keep integrity – He says he lost job for proposing change to reduce emissions / 06/30/07

SACRAMENTO – ‘Wall warts’ power savers coming soon – State regulations for electronic adapters go into effect Sunday / 06/30/07

SACRAMENTO – Air Resources Board chair resigns / 06/29/07

Anger at Tahoe planning agency – Tree-cutting rules led to fire’s spread, basin residents say / 06/27/07

South Lake Tahoe blaze 40% contained / 06/25/07

Assembly plays gas pump politics / 06/21/07

SACRAMENTO – Senate president blocks digital billboards measure / 06/09/07

SACRAMENTO – Bill would boost public access to files on cops / 06/05/07

CHP recommends charging Migden in highway crash – Investigators report her erratic driving caused bodily injury / 06/05/07

SACRAMENTO – Restaurant nutrition bill advances / 06/01/07

SACRAMENTO – Bill would give voters say on war / 05/31/07

Kangaroos come up losers in state Senate vote / 05/29/07

BAY AREA – CHP releases, then retracts information on Migden crash / 05/25/07

CHP: Probe into Migden crashes not complete / 05/24/07

Migden says she’s battling leukemia – She suspects medication is a factor in accidents / 05/24/07

Migden reveals decade-long battle with leukemia – Medical condition may have been factor in accident / 05/23/07

SACRAMENTO – CHP probing several 911 calls about Migden – Messages from 5 or 6 witnesses are being reviewed / 05/23/07

Second incident probed in Migden accident / 05/22/07

SACRAMENTO – A vote to ease rules for wine at benefits / 05/22/07

Governor rejects proposed offshore liquid gas terminal / 05/19/07

SACRAMENTO – Money to begin Death Row work left out of budget – San Quentin project could be stalled for at least a year / 05/18/07

Schwarzenegger’s budget proposal forgets Death Row / 05/17/07 

Joseph Rattigan — state senator and justice / 05/17/07 

SACRAMENTO – Call for more guards at state prisons / 05/16/07 

Governor deeply cuts funding for poor, old – He cites need to spend more on prisons in his state budget / 05/15/07 

SACRAMENTO – Educators cool to lottery going private / 05/11/07 

SACRAMENTO – Lawmakers strip racing board of its budget / 05/10/07 

SACRAMENTO – Tax revenues improve state’s budget outlook / 05/01/07 

SACRAMENTO – Senate panel’s Dems vote down water bond over proposed reservoirs / 04/25/07 

Outcry halts San Quentin death room construction / 04/21/07 

SACRAMENTO – Senate approves boost in Indian slot machines / 04/20/07 

Lawmakers approve big boost for Indian slot machines / 04/19/07 

SACRAMENTO – Lofgren opposes state commission for redistricting – She says that most colleagues favor a national standard / 04/19/07 

YOLO COUNTY – Ex-GOP representative becomes a Democrat / 04/18/07 

SACRAMENTO – California lawmakers back new amendments – Proposed measures relax term limits, reform redistricting / 04/17/07 

SACRAMENTO – Unanimous OK for bill on ‘sperm washing’ – Senate panel votes to end 18-year ban / 03/29/07 

SACRAMENTO – Ban of use of sperm from HIV-positive men under review – Bill pending to let fertility clinics use ‘washed’ specimens / 03/27/07 

SACRAMENTO – For Perata, discipline part of job / 03/22/07 

CALIFORNIA – Study calls for more targeted school funding / 03/14/07 

SACRAMENTO – 3 senators locked out of offices by Perata / 03/13/07 

SACRAMENTO – 3 senators locked out of offices by Perata / 03/12/07 

Pumping up workers – Bill would give firms tax credit to improve fitness /  03/10/07 

SACRAMENTO – Pension reform panelists’ ties to firms questioned – 2 get income from companies that invest for CalPERS / 03/08/07 

State would set up $500 savings account for every newborn under proposed legislation / 02/28/07 

SACRAMENTO – Governor’s budget runs deficit, watchdog says / 02/22/07 

SACRAMENTO – Panel urged to revise list of highway projects – Local lawmakers, governor unhappy with board’s choices / 02/21/07 

SACRAMENTO – Term-limits initiative proposed / 02/16/07 

SACRAMENTO – Senate OKs presidential primary for February – Measure to ease term limits might be added to ballot / 02/14/07 

SACRAMENTO – Judge tosses suit against Jerry Brown / 02/10/07 

SACRAMENTO – State Senate panel OKs moving up presidential primary /  02/08/07 

LEO T. MCCARTHY: 1930-2007 – S.F. liberal committed to justice – He served 6 years as speaker of the Assembly and a record 12 years as lieutenant governor / 02/06/07 

Leo McCarthy, former lieutenant governor, dies at 76 / 02/05/07 

CALIFORNIA – GOP cites warming in bid for new dams / 02/01/07 

Land sale fuels fear of higher dam at Shasta / 01/28/07 

Perata backs holding primary earlier / 01/20/07 

SACRAMENTO – Lawmakers take steps to tighten policy on Assembly badges / 01/13/07 

SACRAMENTO – Teachers advocate loses seat on Board of Education / 1/12/07 

THE STATE BUDGET: GOVERNOR’S PROPOSAL – ENVIRONMENT / 01/11/07 

STATE OF THE STATE – Bold move on global warming – A WORLD FIRST: Governor to order new standard to reduce carbon content of motor fuels / 01/10/07 

SACRAMENTO – No framework for spending bond money – To start building infrastructure, Legislature needs to establish guidelines during next 6 months / 12/28/06 

AUBURN – Environmentalists to sue over housing / 01/16/04

State budget plan can’t quite get past the Senate / 06/27/01

Legislature to vote on special panel’s ’02 spending plan / 06/24/01

Panel OKs state’s ’02 spending blueprint – Special committee cuts $1 billion from budget / 06/23/01

Lawmakers wrangle over education cuts – Math program, block grants to be reduced / 06/22/01

Deukmejian to lead Jones campaign – Ex-governor to aid secretary of state / 06/21/01

Davis OKs stopgap loan – CRISIS POWERS: Action sidesteps Legislature / 06/20/01

Assembly panel OKs identity theft bill – Democrats’ measure would restrict access to Social Security numbers, credit reports / 06/19/01

State bill banning execution of retarded is stalled – Democrats fear political fallout / 06/19/01