The Santa Cruz Warriors Are Back
They won both of their pre-season games and are made a dent at their home opener at Kaiser Permanente Arena
Meet the daring locals who are turning Santa Cruz on to the controversial practice of Orgasmic Meditation
It’s just a typical Tuesday night in Santa Cruz: All is quiet downtown, the streetlamps are casting their soft light on the mild autumn drizzle … and in an office building at the top of the Front Street Galleria, 22 adventuresome souls are listening intently as a woman expresses her desire “to have a man stick a finger up my ass.”
The Santa Cruz Warriors are back and the buzz is building for the 2013-2014 season, which officially kicks off later this month. Guard Cameron Jones is one of just four returning players on the Warriors’ squad. Forward Taylor Griffin and guards Maurice Baker and Daniel Nwaelele are also back and looking to build on last season’s success—the Warriors finished second after sweeping their first two opponents during last year’s playoff run.
The 180/180 campaign celebrates housing 90 of the county's most vulnerable homeless
The keynote speaker at a celebration this week marking the halfway goal for the 180/180 campaign, a multi-agency initiative to house the county's most vulnerable 180 homeless individuals, was Becky Kanis, director for the 100,000 Homes national campaign.
The 100,000 Homes campaign, the parent initiative to 180/180, aims to coordinate communities across the whole country, including Santa Cruz County, to house 100,000 chronically homeless people by July 2014.
Kanis, a bright-eyed military veteran with short cropped hair, praised a room packed with volunteers, homeless service advocates and community leaders at the Simpkins Family Swim Center on Thursday, Oct. 3, describing the local initiative's strengths, sharing what other communities have accomplished, and urging everyone to keep up the momentum.
An Electric Vehicle Workshop and National Plug-In Day celebrate and educate about electric vehicles
A key point that electric vehicle (EV) advocates are pushing is the idea of return on investment—that the savings people are making by unshackling themselves from the volatile costs of gasoline and oil are more than making up for the upfront expense of a car with rechargeable batteries.
Considering available tax rebates and other incentives from the state and federal government and increasingly accessible costs, coupled with advancements on vehicle drive range and the appeal of zero reliance on gas stations, EVs are shaping up to be America's most viable future for personal transportation, says Rick Corcoran, a local advocate, EV owner, and member of the Monterey Bay Electric Vehicle Alliance (MBEVA).
Local author Olga Cossi continues writing children’s books in her nineties
She may be in her nineties, but Santa Cruz author Olga Cossi says she still has a plethora of untold children’s stories up her sleeve. “I have a lot of books I’m still working on,” says Cossi, who published her first book in 1967. “My favorite piece of writing, which I regard as my best work, has not been published yet.”
Local activists respond to administration’s call for strike against Syrian regime
Protesters gathered at the intersection of Ocean and Water streets in Santa Cruz Saturday morning, Aug. 31, in response to President Barack Obama’s recent call for the use of military force against the Syrian government.
The protesters held signs with slogans like “Bombing Syria doesn’t help people, it kills them” and “More lies like Iraq, no war with Syria” amidst honking from passing traffic. Many expressed outrage over rhetoric they see as foreshadowing a long-term United States military presence in Syria.
“I am sickened that our country has been bullied by the weapons industry and is starting up another war, even though we haven’t recovered from the last one,” said Melinda Clark, an activist at the protest.
Mayor and City Manager announce recommendation to reassess plan for contested desalination plant
If two top Santa Cruz city officials have their way, the hotly debated desalination project may soon find itself shelved.
This morning, Tuesday, Aug. 20, Santa Cruz Mayor Hilary Bryant and City Manager Martin Bernal announced their formal recommendation that no vote be held on the proposed desalination project in 2014, as planned.
Plans for the joint Santa Cruz/Soquel Creek Water District plant, which would produce up to 2.5 million gallons per day of desalinated seawater, has been part of the city’s water plan since the 2005 Integrated Water Plan deemed it the most feasible water supply option.
The plant would be used by the Santa Cruz Water Department to supplement supply in dry years and by Soquel Creek Water District in an effort to reprieve their depleted groundwater basins.
Santa Cruzans speak up about offshore fracking at Coastal Commission meeting
With the new knowledge that oil companies are using controversial fracking methods off the coast of Southern California to extract fossil fuels, the state's Coastal Commission will begin an investigation on the practice and determine how they can regulate it.
About 30 people attended the commission’s Thursday, Aug. 15 meeting at the Santa Cruz County building to voice their concerns and call the state into action.
Oil companies are using fracking, which injects highly pressurized water mixed with sand proppants and hazardous but unknown chemicals into the ground to extract fossil fuels, and predominantly avoiding government regulation through trade secret loopholes, says Brian Segee, an attorney with Environmental Defense Center in Santa Barbara, who addressed the commission about its dangers.
McCoy Tyler Band brings its unique ‘California country’ amalgam to The Crepe Place
“I’ve met my goal of getting out of Santa Cruz and spreading our wings,” McCoy Tyler says, reflecting on the two tours his eponymous band has completed so far this year. “We are playing lots of shows this August, and have shows booked up to November.”
The locally based band, which also features Chad Bowen (bass) and Clinton Brown (drums), is touring in support of its first and only album since forming in 2011—Cabin Fever Blues—and will make a stop at The Crepe Place on Aug. 16.