Fall 2018/Issue 4

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SHOULD SONOMA RISE FROM ITS ASHES?

The devastating brush fires in Sonoma last fall exposed development and zoning policies that exacerbate fire risks. Why do we keep building in the danger zone? By Patrick Michels and Eric Sagara/Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting

LEGENDS ON STONE

When Alex Honnold rocked the climbing world by scaling the face of El Capitan without tools or rope, he was following some of the handholds of Yosemite legends like Royal Robbins—and extending and exceeding their exploits. By Doug Robinson

Q&A: ANNE GUST BROWN OPENS UP

California first lady Anne Gust Brown reflects on the legacy of her husband Jerry Brown as the governing couple makes plans to retire to a family ranch in the Great Valley. Interview by Will Hearst

THE HUNT TO LEARN

For some Westerners, hunting is an essential part of their lifestyle—the way they get food. Opposition to guns has given their pursuit a bad rap in many quarters. But teaching proper hunting techniques remains a California state priority. By Jason G. Goldman

AN ADVOCATE FOR THE ABUSED

He’s been successfully suing child molesters and their protectors in some of America’s largest institutions for more than 20 years. Now Newport Beach lawyer John Manly may have his biggest case: sexually abused Olympic gymnasts. By Gustavo Arellano

THE LAST SEASON FOR ORGANIC FARMERS

The pioneers of the organic farming movement are aging out. What will happen to their lovingly tended farms? By Maryn McKenna

THE ART OF BURNING MAN

Burning Man is more than an annual bacchanal for semi-naked people. The Playa of the Black Rock Desert is transformed each year into a pop-up art museum—and art collectors are taking notice. By Stacey Ravel Abarbanel

PORTFOLIO: BURT GLINN

San Francisco’s Beat generation is usually imagined in black and white. A new book of period photographs finally shows the scene in living color. Photos by Burt Glinn

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