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Issue 6 Contents

A New Regionalism   [Full article]
Engagement or Withdrawal?

Profile: Closer to Heaven
A Buddhist monk works to bring peace to Stockton’s Cambodian community.
By Jennifer Torres Siders

Environment: The Vine and Its Discontents   [Full article]
Sonoma residents fight an onslaught of forest-to-vineyard conversions.
By Matt Gleeson

Memoir: Dreams of Water   [Full article]
Coming of age in the shadow of the Oroville Dam.
By Sarah Pape

Poetry: “Stone Wall”
By George Stratton

Poetry: from Remains
By Jesús Castillo

Poetry: “Blind Bird”
By Leonore Wilson

Politics: The New Privatization   [Full article]
California invites corporations to operate its roads.
By Darwin Bond-Graham

Essay: Where the Light Was Coming From
A California Indian explores the role stories play in our lives.
By Deborah A. Miranda

Fiction: “Lucky Chances”
By Vicente R. Viray

Portfolio: Real Rural
Photographs by Lisa M. Hamilton

Notes from the Field
Our readers’ dispatches from Alamo Cemetery, Lost Hills, and Siskiyou Mountains.