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Students Make Waves Over Spring Break

Students Make Waves Over Spring Break

CALPIRG students travel the coast to ban Styrofoam
This spring break, 50 California Student Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG) students took to the beach to draw attention to plastic pollution and to encourage banning polystyrene. The “Wave of Change” tour kicked off Sunday, March 21 with a beach cleanup at San Diego’s Ocean Beach Pier, and will end in Sacramento this Thursday, March 25.

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Daryl Hannah looks under the environmental hood

Daryl Hannah looks under the environmental hood

Hang tight, diehard Cruzans! There may be even a better use for mushrooms—fuel.

All this according to environmental priestess Daryl Hannah. True, using vegetables as a fuel source may sound so very Bonnie Raitt circa 2004, but the topic wasn’t the only thing the popular actress-activist had on her mind during a quick venture into Santa Cruz late Tuesday afternoon. She and other local eco-patriots—well, she actually dislikes the term “eco”—were on hand to discuss the greening of the auto industry on Community TV’s thought-provoking outing, “Eco Review.”  At the top of the list: Ethanol.

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Teen Drinking is on the Rise

Binge drinking among 7th and 9th graders at Santa Cruz County schools is increasing, according to data released by the 2009 Santa Cruz County California Healthy Kids Survey. “The increase in binge drinking amongst 7th and 9th graders is particularly troubling and suggests a likelihood of developing further troubles down the road,” said Bill Manov, director of alcohol and drug programs at the Santa Cruz Health Services Agency, in a March press release. Parents, students and educators will gather for a Town Hall event to address ways to help solve this problem on Wednesday, March 24 from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Del Mar Elementary School.
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Old Building, New Tricks

The new owners of the old Sentinel building in Downtown Santa Cruz broke ground on their renovation of the property this morning, Friday, March 19, before a sizeable crowd of interested Cruzans. The iconic building (albeit retro in appearance—and not necessarily in a good way), located on the corner of Cedar and Church Streets, will now be home to Cruzio, Ecology Action and Appenrodt Commercial Properties. Representatives from these companies and from the City of Santa Cruz spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony, where a door was painted to symbolize the commencement of renovations, and interior tours were offered. The building will be “green” following renovations that include installing solar panels on the roof, installing ample bike parking for employees, and using reused, recycled and renewable building materials for all construction purposes. An Ecology Action representative said the effort will be “transforming the classic Santa Cruz landmark into a green and high-tech center for the future.”
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How to Blow Up an Asteroid Heading Toward Earth

How to Blow Up an Asteroid Heading Toward Earth

Imagine this: an asteroid is on a collision course with Earth. Not good. Now imagine that we’re able to blow it up, but it re-forms in, say, a few hours. Not good at all.

The latter is what Don Korycansky of the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Catherine Plesko of the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico discuss in their paper, “Re-aggregation times of potentially hazardous object fragments after a hazard mitigation impulse.”

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Getting a Grip on Gangs

Government officials are still working hard to cut community violence in the City of Watsonville, but they have recently been given a helping hand. The governor’s office is providing the city with $382,639 over two years to help them tackle the problem of gang violence head on. The city has partnered with the Pajaro Valley Unified School District, Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance, and Santa Cruz County Office of Education. Together, they hope to increase prevention among youths, as well as felony and weapon related arrests. They also aim reduce gang motivated arrests by 15 percent and middle school alcohol consumption by 35 percent.

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Is desalination in our future?

Is desalination in our future?

Special for the Good Times Newsweekly
Forum Thursday to explore the issue.
Live Oak Elementary School, Thursday, March 18 at 6:15

Despite the fact that we’re in a so-called “El Niño” year, drought, population growth and fear of saltwater intrusion continue to impact water supply in Santa Cruz County.

To address supply concerns, the Santa Cruz Water Department and Soquel Creek Water District are seriously considering a plan to build a desalination plant, to serve Santa Cruz and Live Oak residents in dry years, and Soquel District customers in all other years. Soquel District wants to reduce pumping from the aquifer, which they report is in danger of seawater contamination from over-pumping.

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Santa Cruz Gets Stoned

A March 12, 2010 press release from the Santa Cruz County Sheriff-Coroner reported that the Sheriff’s Office has investigated “over 70 cases involving vandals throwing rocks through windows of cars, residences and commercial buildings” and urges anyone with relevant information to call the Sheriff’s Office. Damages from the vandalism total over $100,000. The Sheriff’s Office is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and successful prosecution of the suspects.
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The Norse Factor

In case you haven’t already heard, longtime local pot-stirrer Robert Norse was granted a re-hearing of the City of Santa Cruz vs. Norse case when an 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco announced Friday, March 12 that they will grant another look. Norse originally filed suit in 2002 for unnecessary arrest following his removal from a city council meeting for making a silent Nazi salute to then-Mayor Christopher Krohn. The case was dismissed by a federal judge, whose decision was backed up by a three-judge panel at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals last November. A video of Norse’s 2002 council meeting arrest is available on YouTube.

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Facutly Backs Students, Zings Kilger

Facutly Backs Students, Zings Kilger

UCSC faculty takes UCSC administration head on in a recent letter to the community

Fifty faculty members have signed an open letter to the UC Santa Cruz campus community in support of the strike and protest that happened on March 4. Notable faculty signatures include those of History Professor Dana Frank, American Studies Chair Eric Porter, and Kresge College Provost Juan Poblete. Last week’s protest and strike effectively shut down the base of campus preventing most workers, teachers, and students from going to work or class.

“It is true that the demonstration successfully stopped ‘business as usual’ on the UCSC campus,” the letter says. “While this may have represented an inconvenience for some, it perhaps bears repeating that no significant social change occurs without some inconvenience.”

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Field Work

Santa Cruz Mountain winemakers explain how the harvest works, and what kind of wine to expect from this year's crop

 

Libra's Two Choices

Libra (our last week) is the sign of creating right relations and values. In Libra we are asked to choose how to be, our identity in the world. We can maintain a hermetic sealed-off attitude (my life, my work, my money, etc.) or we can gain knowledge of world events and learn more about those in need. Libra is a group sign—self with others. Here are some events occurring in our world this week concerning food, poverty, spirituality, values and global realities. The UN (a spiritual experiment) each month places a “light” upon world problems. This week a light shines on Rural Women, Farms, Food & Poverty. Before we choose to respond we must have knowledge. “So we can each do our part.” Oct. 15 - International Day of Rural Women (unrecognized with few resources); Oct. 16 - World Food Day & Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth; Oct. 17 - Eradication of Poverty Day (international). During the month of Libra (with Saturn exalted), we pause, contemplate and assess what it is we know, don’t know, and need to know. Libra receives and distributes Ray 3 of divine intelligence, right relations, right choice and right economy (Venus). Use your intelligence “tips the Libran scales” in terms of being able to see and then choose between the two paths Libra offers (return to the past or step forward into Scorpio’s Discipleship). Libra (the oscillating light) prepares us for the great tests and conflicts in Scorpio. In Libra we are subtly tested as we learn the nature of polarized energies (s/he loves me, s/he loves me not). In Libra we learn more about ourselves through others. Libra’s Ray 3 asks us to become more adaptable and skillful. And then we are to teach each other what we know. In Libra, we all become teachers. In all these ways love is cultivated.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Docs Without Borders

United Nations Association Film Festival showcases documentaries from around the globe
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Nut Kreations

Co-owner Craig Olsen goes nuts over nuts

 

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

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Martin Ranch Winery

Friends who are wine club members of Martin Ranch invited us to the winery’s fun and festive annual barbecue, where the wine is flowing and the food just keeps on coming. Music and dancing are part and parcel of the action, and a good time is guaranteed.

 

Beer Bus

Santa Cruz’s new Brew Cruz, award winning ales, mole by el Jardín, and Wildcat Ridge Chardonnay