That was a tasty piece on Wednesday?s food page about the rising popularity in New York City and beyond of artisan pizzas ? crisp-thin crust, garden-fresh toppings, cheeses with names like burrata.

But Fred Poulos fears there?s a dark underside to the story. Fred, who runs Mombo?s Pizza and travels to the Big Apple to keep up on his craft, isn?t alone in sensing a peril to the cheap, walk-as-you-eat New York slice.

Newsweek and Sliceny.com?s Adam Kuban both warn that Gotham?s traditional, sidewalk pizza purveyors are declining as the new generation of upscale pizzaioli ascends.

Though far from Brooklyn, Fred is pledging not to take the threat to the walk-and-eat slice sitting down.

EVANS ON ARNOLD: Now that her governor has slashed even more from California?s lacerated budget, North Coast Assemblywoman Noreen Evans is honing her words against Schwarzenegger.

?People will suffer and die because of the cuts the governor made,? Evans wrote in her Budget Blog.

?I know the governor will be okay. He will relax in his jacuzzi tonight and light up a stogie. It?s the rest of California that I?m worried about.?

BITTER FRUIT: Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan is coming to the Occidental Farmers Market on Friday with what she considers food for thought.

Sheehan will be there, at the KOWS Radio table, to talk about her new book, ?Myth America.? Later, some members and supporters of the community station (www.kows.fm) will meet her at a private appearance at Howard?s Restaurant.

From 7 to 8 p.m., Sheehan will be on the radio (107.3 FM) with host Arnold Levine.

TEMPTED TO TOKE: The Washington Post carried a big story on the marijuana morass in Mendocino County ? the bountiful bucks, the busts, the rip-offs, the medical dispensaries, the kids coming to school reeking of fresh whacky-weed.

The Post?s long tale ended with Mendocino County DA Meredith Lintott saying heck, she might benefit from holding a medical-marijuana card.

?This is a high-stress job,? the exasperated prosecutor said. ?It would probably do me good to go home and smoke some pot in the evening.?

Wouldn?t the effect be about the same from walking outdoors in greater Ukiah and just taking a deep breath?

INSIDE THE COMPUTER that a burglar stole days ago from a home on Santa Rosa?s Humboldt Street is mission control for the effort to assist Honza Ripa, the Healdsburg teen paralyzed in mid-June by a jump into the Russian River.

The laptop ? an HP Pavilion ? belonged to Steve Kanzler. He?s the family friend whose avocation has become fund-raising and seeking treatment for Honza.

Kanzler has been hoping for miracles ever since Honza was hurt. He sees no harm in expecting now that someone will realize the importance of the swiped laptop and give it back.