Sheriff Abuse Scandal Rocks Alternative Press

Everybody’s hoppin mad about county jail abuse and the sheriff’s department’s refusal to talk to reporters from the SNR and the Bee. Heckasac’s comments about Shornack and Mendonsa are particularly well-played.

I usually don’t have a comment about these sorts of issues. Maybe because you tend to get quotes like this one from local NAACP President Betty Williams: “In my opinion, these two newspapers are the newest ‘inmates’ of the Sacramento County Jail.” Ouch. So I’ll just say two things. First, it is unfortunate that this problem seems to have started when the Bee made factual errors in its news reports. When we at the Sac Rag condemn a public official, we promise to have either photographic evidence or nothing more than a hunch, nothing in between, and in neither case will we publish a correction.

And second of all, shouldn’t the sheriff be the one guy in town who doesn’t act all diva when he gets negative press? Just make like Gary Cooper and tell us that some dudes just need to get a beat down, Lou. Make us understand.

SacBee(n) Loves Them Some Mason’s

Though commentary at Heckasac lately (at least that small percentage of it that concerns itself with The Sac Rag) has been coming down strongly against the Snark, I hope the Sacblogging community can read between the lines and see that this interesting discussion developing there about Mason’s and Sacbee restaurant review suckiness is tangentially related to my comments about Sac being all about getting the newest trendiest thing and turning its back on the old and cherishable.

CoolDMZ Makes Headlines

If you don’t get the Sac Bee you haven’t seen this article about my alter-ego Don Zacharias. I will just let my words speak for themselves. Scroll down for pictures.

UPDATE: So far so good, nice to see so many new commenters. One more tidbit on the piece:

Q: What do you think you communicate about Sactown better than anyone else?
A: I guess there are certain constraints on serious journalism, but we’re not constrained, we’re just being the snarky jokester.

David Barton is a great guy, but can anybody else tell that he/The Bee changed this question for print?

UPDATE: Heckasac calls b.s. I call jealousy. The News & Review is good too.

SNR Picks Sac’s Best Sites

Perusing the newly released Best of Sacramento list over at the Snooze and Review (get it?) I am not surprised to see that The Sac Rag’s acquisition of the top spot in the hearts and minds of Sacramento’s online set is going to have to continue to work the grassroots approach. Lots of press for Heckasac as Best entertainment blog and readers-choice Best Blog (beating out frickin Weintraub, wow). Two of the award-winning sites hit us up with semi-frequent linkage (Heckasac and Uneasy Rhetoric) so maybe this well deserved attention for those bloggers will give the Rag crew a little indirect lovin’.

At least, that’s how I was thinking until I found the results of Reader’s Choice best local Web site:

NapkinNights
http://sac.napkinnights.com
2. Suckramento.com
http://www.suckramento.com
3. Sacramento Midtown.com
http://www.sacramentomidtown.com

Well, zero out of 3 ain’t bad. Do not click the first two, but click the third for a nice laugh (unless you designed that site, in which case, nice work. Great job.)

On an unrelated note, though, thank you Chrisanne Beckner for giving me the answer to a riddle by exposing A&A Imports as the source of the strong and enticing donut smell at McKinley Park.

Shady Practices at Paragary’s

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Cafe Bernardo.
from Sacramento Lifestyle

KCRA brings us the news of a Federal harassment/discrimination suit against the Paragary’s restaurant group, which serves up the hippest chow in town at such joints as Spataro, KBar, Cafe Bernardo (where the lawsuit originated), and of course Paragary’s.

In a court document, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charges the Paragary Management Group with sexual harassment, saying Leticia Fernandez complained to supervisors but was ignored.

… three other Mexican women who worked at Paragary restaurants are also involved in the legal battle. The women claim that because of their race, they were not given the breaks that whites or Asians were given while at work.

Maybe Heckasac’s spaghettini was tainted with the disgusting spice of bigotry?

No word on allegations that Paragary management staff engaged in other bigoted activities, such as

  • patting a “small person” on the head
  • acting rough with a baby cow
  • refusing to seat space aliens
  • judging a book by its cover
  • making a joke about lungers

Crepes: the New Sushi?

Heckasac and Postcards (kudos on the ballsy post title) are discussing the encroachment of a third Crepeville franchise on the grounds of Cafe Melange. Much great discussion at both blogs. (Especially that one commenter on Postcards who notes that what is really needed is a good Jewish deli. One of the only things I miss regularly about not living in Los Angeles anymore is the abundance of deli goodness.)

Before we started The Sac Rag I commented elsewhere on the net when I noticed that two fine foreign food establishments–Shandiz (Persian) and Royal Hong King Lum (Chinese)–went sushi right at the same time. And speaking of deli’s, Max’s at Market Square is of course now a sushi place. At the time I was convinced that sushi was to Sacramento’s eaters what the Kings are to Sacramento’s “people who only pretend to care about basketball.” Not sure what that means but plenty of you out there can figure it out.

Not to mention: I’ve only eaten at the Davis Crepeville but doesn’t Crepeville use crappy cheddar cheese in its crepes? For shame.

Th’ Losing Streaks need our help

Via BeatNonStop, a blog by SacBee music guy Chris Macias (big ups to whom, by the way, are due for daring to pose for that picture), although really I heard this first from Heckasac (see, that’s called a “hyperlink,” you use it to alert Web site readers that you’re including a reference to another site on the Internet) Th’ Losin’ Streaks and formerly The Troublemakers lead singer Tim Foster had a burglary at his Oak Park pad and got a bunch of stuff stolen. Not a group to take tragedy lying down in a puddle of Red Stripe and bong water, the local Sacto music scene is staging a benefit concert!

Because if there’s one event out there right now that has victimized innocent peoples’ property, and put them at the mercy of our generosity, it’s the theft of vintage guitars from a Sacramento musician!