A Last Word

BY EDGAR SANCHEZ All good things must come to an end. And, sadly, this is the Sacramento News & Review’s final California Endowment column—one that has delivered essential news about 200 times since 2012. Before [...]

916 Ink Perseveres

BY EDGAR SANCHEZ The joyful parties at The Imaginarium are over for now—and Ian Hadley, the gracious host, misses them. The Imaginarium is not a dance hall but a young people’s writing center in South […]


Improving Aggie Square

BY EDGAR SANCHEZ The news spread like wildfire in April 2018: A site near Sacramento’s Oak Park district had been chosen for Aggie Square, a megaproject that promised thousands of new jobs for the region. […]


First Vote

BY EDGAR SANCHEZ Angelica Vera-Franco will be in South Sacramento Jan. 20th, watching live history on TV: the inauguration of Joe Biden, the 46th president of the United States. The first-time voter will celebrate, knowing […]


Pursuing Justice

BY EDGAR SANCHEZ Thongxy Phansopha feels lucky to be alive this Christmas. “I am so grateful” not to be dead, the 32-year-old queer nonbinary Laotian American said in a recent interview. Then, in a pained […]


A Dialogue Begins

BY EDGAR SANCHEZ Delphine Brody, a queer transgender woman who lives in Sacramento, is terrified of the city’s police force. “During emergencies, I avoid calling 911,” Brody told this column on Nov. 21. “I fear […]


Taking Root

BY EDGAR SANCHEZ In March 2016, Alfred Melbourne walked out of Wasco State Prison in Kern County—free at last. He had served 18 years for assault with a firearm and assault with a deadly weapon. […]


Seeds of Change

BY EDGAR SANCHEZ Rubie Simonsen has worn many hats. The 30-year-old Sacramentan has been a yoga instructor, a community volunteer, a poet, a website designer and a youth program manager. But the role Simonsen values […]


Be Sure to Vote!

by Thea Marie Rood Tomorrow is Election Day but it’s not too late to make sure your voice is heard. Sacramento Regional Transit District can make it happen—and it’s free! Working with two partners—Sacramento County […]


Calling All Kids!

by Thea Marie Rood Especially with the weather turning cooler—and the rainy season on the horizon—Sacramento kids need some safe, reliable transportation. Not only is the Sacramento Regional Transit District providing plenty of buses, light […]