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Coffee Connections

Coffee Connections

Community Agroecology Network (CAN)’s week of events features Darling Betsabe Campos Rayo of Nicaragua

If you’re part of the 54 percent of the American population that drinks coffee, it’s likely you had a cup this morning. But how likely is it that you also pondered about the hands that produced your cup of coffee, and questioned how it came to end up in your hands?

Community Agroecology Network (CAN) is a Santa Cruz-based organization that encourages consumers not only to ask these questions, but also to answer them. They collaborate with small coffee farmers in Central American communities to research methods to grow sustainable coffee and create an alternative and more direct market in which producers receive a fairer share of the profits. To help jumpstart the dialogue between coffee consumers and coffee producers, CAN will be hosting a series of events this week, May 10 through 14, featuring Darling Betsabe Campos Rayo from their partner community in Matagalpa Nicaragua.

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Obsessive Beauty

A Splash of Spring

A Splash of Spring

Even though it's nearly sandals season, and we've made it through the bulk of April's showers, May and June sometimes bring along a dash of cold weather, blustery afternoons, and chilly evenings. So what better way to celebrate a crisp spring day than with a pop of color and a fashion-forward trench coat. Obsessive Beauty has long been obsessed with this drool-worthy trench coat by Leifsdottir. We first saw it on the Anthropologie website, now it's on sale at Leifsdottir.com, and locally, Pacific Trading Company in downtown Santa Cruz has one more coat like this in stock. With a primary yellow color that's sure to complement most skin tones, this chic trench is a smart choice for covering up on a breezy day, and doing so with aplomb. Dubbed the "Ringmaster Twill Trench," this stunning piece is one-of-a-kind, with exquisite tailoring, a double row of gorgeous buttons, and a figure flattering belt. Pair it with virtually anything for a finished, classy, delicate, feminine look.


The Ringmaster Twill Trench, in primary yellow, is available locally at Pacific Trading Company, 1224 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-3349, or at leifsdottir.com (sale section).

The Ticker

Snapshots of a Riot

Snapshots of a Riot

One GT reporter shares a first-hand account of Saturday night’s riotous events
My Saturday night started peacefully enough—studying at a cafe, and later deciding to take a walk with a friend. Around 11 p.m., as we returned to Pacific Avenue from our stroll to the Wharf, we heard the murmurs of a crowd and went to see what the commotion was about. The first thing I saw was a shattered shop window next to Lulu Carpenter’s, and two guys in sweatshirts pulling a mannequin out through the broken glass, smiles on their faces. On Lulu’s outside patio, a grown man in a business shirt and tie was seated in a chair, clutching his face and crying. A shard of glass, it appeared, had hit him in the eye and roughly 30 people were gathered around watching while someone poured milk over his face in an attempt to expel the glass.

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Obsessive Beauty

Chaneloholic

Chaneloholic

A recent jaunt to Palm Beach landed me at the Chanel boutique on Worth Avenue, the decadent palm lined shopping street akin to Fifth Avenue in New York or Maiden Lane in San Francisco. Being from Santa Cruz (not exactly a high-design Mecca), I always feel slightly intimidated when entering designer boutiques in chic metropolises. But Chanel is different.

 

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CultureBeat

Iron Man Lives Again

Iron Man Lives Again

So Iron Man 2 opens in theaters across the country this Friday and I guess I'm supposed to be going nuts with excitement, but I'm not. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the first one quite a bit. I watched it once and thought they did a good job and somehow managed to make an entertaining movie about a character that I have never cared about in my life. I just didn't go completely insane over it like most people I know.

 

That said, I have to admit that Mickey Rourke as Whiplash looks like a lot of fun and you can never go wrong when you put Sam Rockwell in anything (I could watch that guy stand in line at the bank). Also Scarlett Johansson doing superhero stuff in skin tight leather should at the very least keep me awake. I'm a little annoyed for consistency sake that Don Cheadle is replacing Terrence Howard as Rhodey soley because it drives me nuts when characters are re-cast in a film series (which made the Batman movies from the 90's almost completely intolerable, or was that just Joel Schumacher's direction?). Still, this is the Robert Downey Jr. show and he's what people are paying to see.

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CultureBeat

Santa Cruz’s Big Wave Guinness Book of World record owner Shawn Dollar

Santa Cruz’s Big Wave Guinness Book of World record owner Shawn Dollar

At first glance Shawn Dollar might not strike you as someone that hurls themselves down a 55’ foot wave. Let alone in the middle of the 2009-2010 Mavericks contest that held some of the biggest waves ever for a paddle in competition. Dollar represents Santa Cruz in solid form, born on the Westside he moved to the Eastside when he was 8 and started junior guards where he fell in love with surfing. The first days of surfing for Shawn were weekends with his dad being pushed into waves at Cowell Beach and surfing different reefs and beach breaks as he progressed. Fast forward to Shawn attending Cal Poly and searching out the highly coveted Central California big wave spots alone defining his big wave surfing.

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The Ticker

John Laird Announces Bid for State Senate

John Laird, a Santa Cruz Democrat, former Santa Cruz Mayor and former Assemblymember for the 27th District, announced his bid for the State Senate 15th District on Monday, May 3 at Rio Del Mar Beach. Abel Maldonado (R), who formerly held the seat, resigned April 27 after being appointed to Lieutenant Governor. In his speech, Laird maintained his commitments to opposing offshore drilling, restoring California’s public education system, and protecting state parks. Laird also criticized Governor Schwarzenegger’s plans to hold a special election on June 22, which will cost taxpayers $2.5 million, an amount which, according to Laird ,“would save the job of 24 teachers.”

The Ticker

The Point of Destruction

Many days have passed since several hundred May Day marchers took over Pacific Avenue. A few of them flaunted their own anarchist ideals, smashing storefront windows, tagging downtown walls with phrases like “Destroy What Destroys,” and even setting fire to the Caffe Pergolesi porch. Boarded-up windows are now seen throughout downtown, as police

continue their investigation into who was responsible for the vandalism. Earlier this week, the FBI was called in to investigate. Was it an act of true anarchy? Or was it unnecessary violence? What took the police almost an hour to respond? Continue to send us your thoughts at [email protected]

The Ticker

How to Fix a Broken State

How to Fix a Broken State

Assemblyman Monning discusses state affairs at Town Hall meeting
With local unemployment hovering around 15 percent and social and educational services being cut left and right, Assemblyman Bill Monning stood in front of a crowded Town Hall meeting Thursday, April 30 and delivered the news that the hard times are not over. “The wave that has hit California that we call the Recession is rooted in the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression,” he said, “and we are still trying to find our way out of that.”

Monning went on to attribute many of the problems that California faces to the difficulties in raising revenue and passing the budget, both of which require a two-third vote in the assembly and senate (California is the only state with a two-third requirement for both passing budgets and raising revenue). This means that when the state found itself with an unforeseen deficit of 35 percent last year, (that’s $60 billion less than expected in 18 months) spending couldn’t be adjusted or revenue raised—and before you knew it California was handing out IOU’s to its employees.

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The Ticker

New Bike and Pedestrian Path Opened in Santa Cruz

On Friday, May 7, the City of Santa Cruz will be opening a new bike and pedestrian path connecting the San Lorenzo River trail system to the Tannery Arts Center and Harvey West area. The 700-foot section, which goes under the overpass of Highway 1, is an extension of the existing pedestrian/bike path that runs along the levees of the San Lorenzo River from the Monterey Bay. Those feeling daring enough to brave the bike lane of Highway 9 will now be able to ride continuously from Henry Cowell State Park to the mouth of the San Lorenzo River near the Boardwalk. For the rest of us, the new path creates a safe way to cross Highway 1 and expands access areas for bikes and pedestrians within Santa Cruz.

 

 
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Throwing It All Away

Everybody’s for recycling, right? So why are we all doing it wrong? Our reporter gets down and dirty to uncover 10 secrets that will finally make the recycling process make sense

 

Aquarius Calling, Humanity Rising

Aquarius (11th sign after Aries) is the sign of service—serving one another, building community. Aquarius is fixed air, stabilizing new ideas in the world. When new ideas reach the masses the ideas become ideals within the hearts and minds of humanity. Air signs (Gemini, Libra and Aquarius) are mental. They think, ponder, study, research, gather and distribute information. For air signs, education and learning, communicating, writing, being social, tending to money, participating in groups and creating sustainable communities are most important. One of the present messages Aquarius is putting forth to the New Group of World Servers is the creation of the New Education (thus thinking) for humanity—one based not on commodities (banking/corporate values) but on virtues. Humanity and Aquarius Aquarius is the sign of humanity itself. We are now at the beginnings of the Age of Aquarius, the Age of Humanity (rising). The “rising” is the Aquarian vision of equality, unity, the distribution and sharing of all resources and of individual (Leo) creative gifts for the purpose of humanity’s (Aquarius) uplifting. This is the message in the Solar Festival of Aquarius (at the full moon) on Tuesday, Feb. 3. We join in these visions by reciting the World Prayer of Direction, the Great Invocation.Tuesday’s solar festival follows Monday’s Groundhog Day, or Imbolc (ancient Celtic fire festival) the halfway mark between winter solstice and spring Equinox). The New Group of World Servers (NGWS) during these two days are preparing for the upcoming Three Spring Solar Festivals: 1. Aries Resurrection/Easter Festival (April); 2. Taurus Buddha/Wesak Festival (May); and 3. Gemini’s Festival of Humanity (June). Aquarius and the new and full moons together are the primary astrological influences behind all of humanity’s endeavors. The NGWS are to teach these things, calling and uplifting humanity. Join us everyone. (301)

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Job Insecurity

Woman fights for her job in thoughtful, life-sized ‘Two Days One Night’
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