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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.

 

Obsessive Beauty

Melissa Plastic Dreams

Melissa Plastic Dreams

With all the waste going on in the world, to imagine that you could wear sustainable shoes and still look like a fashionista is quite a feat. Meet Melissa Plastic Dreams—a line of shoes you’re about to fall in love with. (Yours truly owns too many pairs to speak of.) Recently, I purchased a pair of champagne-colored Vivienne Westwood designed flats, with a tortoise print bow on the toes—they’re a combined style of modern and retro, and definitely über chic. I fell in love with this line of shoes several years ago, and since then I’ve amassed many pairs, from my newly purchased flats, to booties, to kitten heels, and several pairs in between.

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The Ticker

A Light in the DARC

A Light in the DARCUCSC’s Digital Arts Research Center is off to a great start
I could almost feel the excitement in the air at the opening of UC Santa Cruz’s new Digital Arts Research Center. A huge crowd filled the parking lot, gazing up at the new $35 million building, enjoying live music from the UCSC Balinese Gamelan, and touring an outdoor exhibit—a 1950s-era camper van that had been turned into a representation of a small town in Nevada once home to nuclear testing. Read More In front of the building, nearly all of the chairs were filled (and many people stood in the back) as Chancellor George Blumenthal and Dean of the Arts Division David Yager gave their welcome remarks and thank yous. Once the chancellor and dean cut the ribbon and opened the doors, the crowd poured into the three-story building that is now home to UCSC’s Digital Arts and New Media (DANM) M.F.A. program, digital photography and printing studio, music research labs, drawing and photography classes, and faculty studios.
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CultureBeat

Play My Favorite Song

Play My Favorite Song

Tips on how to book a show at the Seabright Brewery and the Wharf House
For all the musicians with pencils in hand agonizingly scratching out the perfect words to express their own “Private Idaho,” there are just as many already warming up their amps to continue mastering the guitar solo for “You Shook Me All Night Long.”

If done well, there is something undeniably great about hearing a band, any band, perform your favorite song. A familiar song can instantly bond a dive bar or a stadium crowd, as everyone belts out lyrics they’ve been memorizing for years. I still get goose bumps remembering the amount of endorphins released at my first Prince concert, singing “Purple Rain” in tandem with 6,000 other fans at the sold out Radio City Music Hall show.

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Obsessive Beauty

Dress to the Nines

Dress to the NinesSince the beginning of her career in the 1960s, Betsey Johnson has established her signature style as one of the most outlandish, flirtatious and funky to be found in the fashion industry. Think big bows, resplendent colors, over-the-top lace and flouncy layers and you pretty much have a Betsey Johnson styled design—perfect for Santa Cruz fashionistas.

My first “fancy dress” was a Betsey Johnson frock. A black spaghetti strap number with an asymmetrical hem and low cut neckline gleaned from Pacific Trading Company in downtown Santa Cruz. The beading on it was flapper-esque, and I fancied myself as an F. Scott Fitzgerald heroine when I wore it, bright red lipstick and all. Since that dress, I have obsessively followed the designer, fawning over each new season’s pickings.

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Mind & Body

Palace Notes/Landlords

Palace Notes/Landlords

The woodpeckers are the true owners of this property and structure, and they make this fact clear on a daily basis.  I try to respect them as my landlords, for they are clearly the lords of my land.  This colony flies between three trees, one a totem that I created, as the tree was dead and needed to come down.  My reasoning for this was strictly practical as these fiends peck on my wooden palace.  They seem to mistake my home for a tree, boring holes to stuff with acorns from the many oaks that populate this property.  After re-installing two sides of the house, stapling ribbons to the exterior, and listening to the jolt of the maddening pecks on the house, I am giving in and giving this land and house back to them.  They win, as I begin to think about packing and as I cleave to nature, practicing non-harming in the Buddhist tradition.

 
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Heart Me Up

In defense of Valentine’s Day

 

“be(ing) of love (a little) more careful”—e.e. cummings

Wednesday (Feb. 10) is Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. Friday (Feb. 12) is Lincoln’s 207th birthday. Sunday is Valentine’s Day. On Ash Wednesday, with foreheads marked with a cross of ashes, we hear the words, “From dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.” Reminding us that our bodies, made of matter, will remain here on Earth when we are called back. It is our Soul that will take us home again. Lent offers us 40 days and nights of purification in preparation for the Resurrection (Easter) festival (an initiation) and for the Three Spring Festivals (at the time of the full moon)—Aries, Taurus, Gemini. The New Group of World Servers have been preparing since Winter Solstice. The number 40 is significant. The Christ (Pisces World Teacher) was in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights prior to His three-year ministry. The purpose of this desert exile was to prepare his Archangel (light) body to withstand the pressures of the Earth plane (form and matter). We, too, in our intentional purifications and prayers during the 40 days of Lent, prepare ourselves (physical body, emotions, lower mind) to receive and be able to withstand the irradiation of will, love/wisdom and light streaming into the Earth at spring equinox, Easter, and the Three Spiritual Festivals. What is Lent? The Anglo-Saxon word, lencten, comes from an ancient spring festival, agricultural rites marking the transition between winter and summer. The seasons reflect changes in nature (physical world) and humanity responds with social festivals of gratitude and of renewal. There is a purification process, prayerfulness in nature and in humanity in preparation for a great flow of spiritual energies during springtime. Valentine’s Day: Aquarius Sun, Taurus moon. Let us offer gifts of comfort, ease, harmony, beauty and satisfaction. Things chocolate and golden. Venus and Taurus things.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Making Dreams

Coen brothers salute vintage Hollywood in sly comedy ‘Hail, Caesar!’
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Pub Watch

Mega gastro pub-in-progress at the Old Sash Mill, plus the best pasta dish downtown

 

How do you know love is real?

When you feel the groove in your heart and you’re inspired to dance. Becca Bing, Boulder Creek, Teacher

 

Temple of Umami

Watsonville’s Miyuki is homestyle cooking, Japanese-style

 

How would you stop people from littering?

Teach them from the time that they’re small that it’s not an appropriate behavior. Juliet Jones, Santa Cruz, Claims Adjuster