The News and Review was extra interesting this week. Let's do a little roundup.
First of all, Sacramento's Jude Law (I did not make this nickname up), Patrick Shelley, is on the cover. I was VERY disappointed in this cover story because it did not answer the central question: is Sacramento the bike theft capital of America? I have heard people throwing this around and I wonder if it's true. This is a case where statistics are needed, not anecdotes. I mean, it's obviously a problem, but is it commensurate with a city of our size, or out of hand? For instance, the only numbers he gives are Davis vs. Sac (and yeah, I got that most people don't report it): in 2011 1150 bikes reported stolen in Sac, 390 in Davis. The population of Davis is 66,000 people, with far more bikes per capital I'm sure. The population of Sac is 472,000, and I'm not sure if the Sac police statistics include metro area, which would double it (probably not). Anyhoo, so Sac is 7 times the size, but only has 3 times the number of bike thefts? You could argue that people in Davis report it more but you would have no evidence to back that up. And he doesn't even mention a single other city. Pretty weak analysis of an important issue. It is important to focus police attention on it if it is a disproportionately serious problem, but if it's the same per capita as any other city, then it's kind of just a part of life and the shitty economy.
OK, moving on. The Streetalk is pretty scandalous. I can't believe adults would admit to stealing as adults.
LOVED Cosmo's thing about Flywheel Arts Incubator. This is the kind of muckraking that is so important and that you rarely find in the Bee, unless it's busting state workers. OK, that's not fair, the Bee does rake some other muck. Anyway, this sounds corrupt as hell and I hope someone is paying attention.
Then, it's the debut of the weekly beer column "brew the right thing" ok, which title is better, this one or the ones I made up? Poll at right. All kidding aside, that's cool there's a brew column and I really hope to see DB contributing.
I'm so glad the SNR is around, for many reasons.