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December 2013 /





Cool Companies 2013
They count NASA, Google, Apple and other global giants as customers. They’re on prime-time (and daytime) TV. They’re innovators and influencers. They’re having a blast—and they’re in your backyard. Get to know some of the cutting-edge entrepreneurs who call Sacramento home. 




Trigger Effect
How did five minutes in Stockton change the course of gun culture in America? One year after the tragedy of Sandy Hook, survivors of the 1989 Cleveland Elementary School shooting look back at 25 years of recovery—and the fight for the future.



Riverfront Essay 
Thanks to some bold thinkers, Sacramento is on the verge of a civic renaissance, the likes of which it hasn’t seen since the Transcontinental Railroad. But at least one big project-in-waiting could derail a brighter future for the arts. 





Riverfront Q&A
As a boy, Michael Polish grew up under the influence of movies playing at the Tower Theatre in Roseville. As a Hollywood director, he has since channeled that love into making his own acclaimed indie films (Twin Falls Idaho, Northfork) and studio fare (The Astronaut Farmer) with his twin brother Mark, an actor and screenwriter. The 43-year-old filmmaker talks about his new Jack Kerouac adaptation Big Sur and how actress Kate Bosworth came to be his leading lady—both on screen and in life. 




riverfront qaPlay
Celebrity chef Martin Yan returns to his Aggie roots to help lead the new Confucius Institute at UC Davis, which is dedicated to exposing the region to China’s storied culinary culture. Get ready to wok and roll.






The former chef of Mayahuel opens a “Mexican gastronomy” restaurant in East Sacramento, importing authentic flavors and infusing a fresh take on south-of-the-border cuisine.




Why Not Here?

This may be the City of Trees, but when it comes to getting a good look at these majestic plants, we humans are a vertically challenged bunch. Let’s take a walk among giants.