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UCSC Arboretum in the Green

UCSC Arboretum in the GreenTHE SLUG REPORT > After a year and a half of budget cuts and layoffs, the sun is starting to shine again on UC Santa Cruz’s Arboretum. A $127,000 donation from the estate of former Navy officer Dudley Green in honor of his parents, Hugh and Edna Green, will be used to start a new endowment.
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SmartMeter Protests Heat Up

SmartMeter Protests Heat Up

FRESH DIRT > Local group demonstrates against SmartMeters in Santa Cruz County

On Friday, July 10 roughly 16 protesters gathered for an early morning rally against SmartMeters being installed in Santa Cruz County in front of a private corporate yard on 38th Avenue and Portola Drive. The yard harbored numerous Wellington trucks used to install the meters. StopSmartMeters! has been active for more than a year now and, in light of the recent installations that violate the county ordinance against SmartMeters, have stepped up their efforts.

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Logging on to Make a Difference

Logging on to Make a Difference

SLUG REPORT > Websites like Facebook and Twitter have become a part of daily life for many people—social media is used to connect with others, document lives, and arrange social calendars. But UC Santa Cruz film and digital media associate professor Warren Sack is joining forces with two professors from UC Berkeley to see if social media can be used for more than just tagging and poking.

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

FRESH DIRT > Fourth of July, Santa Cruz style

Monday’s Fourth of July celebrations could be heard throughout the streets of Santa Cruz as firecrackers banged and boomed all day. Barbecue, music, and traffic also defined the day as locals and tourists attempted to make their way around town to parties, beaches, or the boardwalk. The Santa Cruz Police Department (SCPD), too, remained busy as they responded to calls and maintained order throughout the city.

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Land of the Trashy

Land of the Trashy

FRESH DIRT > Hundreds participate in post-Independence Day beach clean up

Fourth of July: a day for barbeques, swimming, fireworks—and pollution.

Save Our Shores, a Santa Cruz nonprofit dedicated to caring for the ocean, reported that a total of 1,657 pounds of pollution was left on 11 different beaches in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties yesterday. Seabright Beach in Santa Cruz was in the worst condition of them all.

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Caught in the Act

Acting off of tips from neighboring residents, the Santa Cruz Police Department Street Crimes Unit obtained a marijuana cultivation search warrant and searched Good Guys Diesel and Bio-Mechanics on Thursday, June 30. Inside they found a “full-scale, illegal marijuana cultivation operation,” and confiscated 100 marijuana plants and 20 pounds of harvested ganja. They believe the space had the potential for a much larger operation and that they caught the growers in mid-harvest. In a June 30 press release, the SCPD reported that officers were still looking for the business owner and plan to investigate the business’ financial records.

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City Goes Retro with New Trolley

City Goes Retro with New Trolley

FRESH DIRT > A new way to travel between downtown and the beach

The City of Santa Cruz has recently adopted a new member into its public transportation family: a 1930’s-style replica trolley. It is hard for people to miss if they are anywhere between the classic Del Mar Theater and the Wharf, because it is the only vehicle of its kind in town. Sporting a green exterior with real wood trim, this classic ride is starting to transport locals and tourists around in style to the key destinations in town.
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Watch Where You Drive

If you’re heading to the beach this Fourth of July, take note of the following restrictions being put in place by the Santa Cruz Police Department: vehicular access to the Seabright area will be cut off for non-residents and patrons of Chardonnay Sailing Charters and Aldo’s Restaurant between 7 p.m. and midnight (bicycle and pedestrian access will remain unrestricted). The Murray Street Bridge will be closed between Seabright and 7th avenues; all roads south of East Cliff Drive between Buena Vista Avenue and the Yacht Harbor will be closed; as will Eastbound East Cliff Drive at Ocean Street. You can also expect detours on Southbound Ocean Street, Eastbound San Lorenzo Boulevard, Southbound Buena Vista Avenue, Southbound Seabright Avenue and Westbound Hiawatha.

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Mr. Dooniverse

Mr. Dooniverse

Randall Grahm has been busy building wine culture in Santa Cruz ever since he founded Bonny Doon Vineyard in 1983, in which time he has pioneered Rhone blends, popularized funky, irreverent label designs, and “made the world safe for screw tops” on nice wines. It was for these reasons and oh-so-many more that, just last week, the California Travel Association named Bonny Doon the 2011 Winery of the Year. I recently sat down with Grahm over a glass of freshly bottled Le Cigare Volant (their flagship wine, for those of you who have yet to enter The Dooniverse) to discuss everything from biochar (he swears “it’ll save the world”) to the new wine scene on Santa Cruz’s Westside. Pour yourself a glass, read on, and enjoy.

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FEMA Relief Denial Hits Close To Home

FEMA Relief Denial Hits Close To Home

The damages suffered by Santa Cruz County as a result of the heavy storming and flooding this past March have yet to be funded and alleviated. A lack of reserve funds and a whopping $1.5 million in damages for Capitola alone and upwards of $17 million countywide have left our region, and other affected areas in California, seeking federal aid.

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Santa Cruz Restaurant Week

A huge part of Santa Cruz Restaurant Week has always been about offering a great dining experience for an affordable price. For some locals, the $25 flat-rate cost has provided the opportunity (or the excuse!) to try new spots, and indulge in Santa Cruz fine dining in a way they might have thought too pricey before.

 

Scorpio Sun, New Moon Eclipse, Mercury Direct

The Sun enters Scorpio’s mysteries Thursday under a new moon and partial solar eclipse (something essential has come to an end, its purpose completed). In Scorpio we harbor secrets, are devoted to something deep, dark and hidden. Sometimes it’s ourselves. We can bring great suspect to our assessment of others. Scorpio is the scorpion, the serpent and the eagle—three levels of development. As the serpent we take shelter in our beliefs. Sometimes we bite (or sting). The eagle vanquishes old beliefs through its sharp intellect, soaring high in the air, seeking to understand through perspective. Understanding releases us from the bondage of fear. The eagle is like the mother soothing feelings of mistrust, offering protection. Knowledge does this, too.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Light Humor

College comedy questions a post-racial America in ‘Dear White People’
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Back Porch

Austin Kaye on backyard dinners and why it’s his favorite time of year to be a chef

 

What’s the most outrageous situation you ever saw at a restaurant?

Damani Thomas, Santa Cruz, Chef/Owner

 

Wine Lust

The Spanish Godello grape, plus arancinis, tender butter lettuce and pork schnitzel at Soif

 

What artist or artists participating in the encore weekend of Open Studios should not be missed?

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