FRESH DIRT > UCSC named second most "hipster" U.S. college
The Huffington Post recently released a list of the most “hipster” colleges in the country, and UC Santa Cruz neared the top of the list at number two, coming in just behind Grinnell College in Iowa.
FRESH DIRT > TED Global Streamed Live at Scotts Valley LibraryThe newly remodeled Scotts Valley Public Library hosted up to 70 guests on Wednesday, July 13, who came to watch the live broadcast of TED Global event from Edinburgh, Scotland. TEDx affiliate, TEDxSantaCruz, was one of more than a hundred TEDx cities around the world that hosted the live broadcast. The event, which began Monday and lasted until Friday afternoon, included more than 50 speakers and performers.
FRESH DIRT > City council considers design of mixed use development on Pacific
On Tuesday, July 12, the Santa Cruz City Council heard from Norman Schwartz, representative of Park Pacific LLC. who is developing the commercial and residential building at 1547-49 Pacific Ave.. Schwartz went before the council to seek approval for the latest modifications in Park Pacific’s design.
FRESH DIRT > Local muggles camp out for opening night of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2'
By noon today, Thursday, July 14, the line of ticket holders awaiting tonight's midnight opening of the final installment in the Harry Potter movie series stretched from Santa Cruz Cinema 9 on Pacific Avenue to the end of the block, wrapping around the corner and continuing for another full block until petering out at Cedar Street. The (mostly) young crowd is sporting Harry Potter T-shirts, homemade signs (one hormone-induced sign reads, "Will Get Sleazy for Ron Weasley"), Gryffindor scarves, Hogwarts sleeping bags, and much more. The first stretch of line dwellers reported being in their posts since yesterday afternoon and camping over night—many relying on friends to take turns manning the spot in line while they went home to grab some Zs.
FRESH DIRT > Buy a beer at Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing today, Thursday, July 14, and $1 goes to Planned Parenthood Mar MonteThe self-declared mission of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte is, “to ensure that every individual has the knowledge, opportunity and freedom to make every child a wanted child and every family a happy family.” In an effort to raise donations for their services, Planned Parenthood will be hosting an event, today, Thursday, July 14, in partnership with the Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing. The event will take place at Mountain Brewing, from noon to 10 p.m. During this time, Mountain Brewing will donate $1 for every pint sold to the Planned Parenthood organization. Last year alone, PPMM provided 10,000 clients with more than 2,000 breast exams, more than 400 well-child visits including immunizations and eye exams and nearly 3,000 life-saving cervical cancer screenings to local residents.
FRESH DIRT > City council approves three-month trial period for dogs downtownSome people love their pets so much that they like to take them wherever they go. Whether out shopping or out to eat, dog owners will soon be able to bring their K9s downtown with them. There are other people, however, who think dog owners should leave their best friend at home.
FRESH DIRT > Restaurant owner fights city to keep license
Since 2009, Cypress Dine and Lounge on Union and Cedar streets downtown has been serving and entertaining locals with great food and one-of-a-kind live music. But the popular restaurant, which doubles as a nightclub, has routinely been the subject of complaints from neighbors who say that noise levels are too high and that its patrons litter the neighborhood.
FRESH DIRT > The Santa Cruz City Council approved a $69.8 million 2012 budget in a unanimous vote at their Tuesday, July 12 meeting. Jack Dilles, the city’s finance director, emphasized that Santa Cruz is “better off than we thought,” as he explained a $580,000 reduction in the projected deficit. The deficit, which was originally $2.6 million, shrank to $2 million due to unexpected state funds and austerity measures taken by the city. By December, the deficit will again drop to $1 million, provided that the city taps $1 million in reserves.