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Rail Trail Creates a Buzz

Santa Cruz County’s transportation agency has until next June to spend millions of dollars in grant monies awarded to the county for rail trail acquisition, and is hoping to close a deal with Union Pacific by the end of this year, thereby purchasing the 32-mile stretch of railroad from Davenport to Watsonville.  Among the questions being raised: Is it financially responsible? Even if we can afford it now, what are the long-term costs?

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Rainbow Theater Hits the Stage

Rainbow Theater Hits the Stage

Don Williams, founder of Rainbow Theater at UC Santa Cruz, is proud of his students and of his unique creation, now in its 16th year.

“We do an in-depth study on a multitude of cultures that the main canon will not touch upon,” says Williams of his flourishing theater program that produces plays by both amateur and professional playwrights.  “Quite often we deal with student writers of color, giving them an opportunity to express their lives and their ways of living that we are able to bring in and have a greater appreciation for.”


The multicultural theater organization's fall season opened Thursday, Nov. 5, and is continuing this weekend with two separate productions each with two plays.  On Friday, Nov. 13 actors will perform “Stop Kiss,” a love story about two young women who struggle to have their relationship accepted, and “Saint Lucy's Eyes,” which is about abortions in the African American community during the Civil Rights Movement.  On Saturday performers will showcase their talent in “In the Time of Rosalia,” a tale of a family reunion in Honduras and “Poet's Corner,” a collaborative project of dancers, singers and slam poets.

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Tightening of the Green Belt

The County Board of Supervisors committed to backing the plan to create a bike path through the 68-acre area of Arana Gulch on the east side of Santa Cruz. The Arana Gulch Master Plan calls for trails through the greenbelt as well as one pedestrian-bicycle bridge, creating a link between Broadway and Brommer streets. The 12 members of the Coastal Commission will ultimately be the deciders of Arana Gulch's fate, but the backing of the County Board of Supervisors is a positive step for those on the side of cyclists and hikers.

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SUA Fights to Protect Cal Grants

SUA Fights to Protect Cal Grants

UCSC students look to preserve long term state aid

The Student Union Assembly (SUA) has begun a campaign to protect Cal Grants, a form of financial aid available for California college students that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed eliminating last spring.

Their campaign to protect the grant began last week as part of their “week of action” as SUA members gathered in the Baytree Plaza. They encouraged people to fill out yellow slips of paper to show their support.  Members called the week “a success” and are now going into classrooms, asking people to fill out more of the paper slips.  So far, they have accumulated 1,400.

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Mayor of Watsonville Fully Endorsed for Assembly Bid

Watsonville Mayor Pro Tem Luis Alejo has been endorsed by all seven Santa Cruz City Council members in his 28th Assembly District bid, as well as all five members of the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors. Alejo, a democrat, has also received several other major endorsements including 27th District Assemblyman Bill Monning, women's and civil rights leader Dolores Huerta, and former California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso, to name a few.


Alejo was born and raised in Watsonville by his family of migrant farm workers who came to the area in the 1950s. He graduated with honors from UC Berkeley with a double major in political science and Chicano studies. He  then obtained his master's of education from Harvard University and his law degree from UC Davis School of Law.

The 28th Assembly District is composed of parts of Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Clara counties.

Alejo is holding his Santa Cruz kick-off Sunday, Nov. 8, at the Darling House Bed & Breakfast at 314 West Cliff Dr., between 2 and 4 p.m..

 

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UCSC Receives Historical Honor

Several structures of historical significance on the UC Santa Cruz campus and in nearby Pogonip park were officially entered into the National Register of Historic Places in a ceremony on Friday, Oct. 30. The area received the honor because of its long history in the lime industry—several preserved buildings on the UCSC campus house historical lime kilns, helping to preserve the legacy of when Santa Cruz was once the largest exporter of lime in California.

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UCSC Honored For Rich Lime Kiln History

UCSC Honored For Rich Lime Kiln History

As the sun set over UC Santa Cruz on Oct. 30, community members gathered to recognize the school’s rich history.

Several structures on campus and the nearby Pogonip City Park have been entered into the National Register for Historic Places because of their significance in California’s limestone industry. The entire district covers 30 acres and includes the granary, now a childcare center; the Cook House, now the admissions office; the Cardiff House, now the women’s center; and other buildings including several lime kilns.

Friday’s event was held at the base of campus near many of the historic buildings. Chancellor George Blumenthal, County Supervisor Neal Coonerty, Former Assemblyman John Laird, and Friends of the Cowell Lime Works President Frank Perry spoke at the ceremony. The event was held to unveil a plaque outside the Cook House honoring UCSC’s inclusion to the list.

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Final Curtain Call for Capitola Theater

The Capitola Theater, long ago the Capitola Hotel that tragically burned to the ground in 1929, seems destined for a re-incarnation closer to its former self.

Developer Barry Swenson Builder plans to tear down the boarded up Capitola Theater to make way for a new hotel on the property before the end of the year.  While the theater, which remained basically unchanged during its operation from 1948 to 1996, is well regarded by nostalgic citizens there is little in the actual design of the building to qualify it for listing in the National Register of Historic Places or the California Register of Historic Resources.

Developers, owners, and town councilmen alike hope that the new hotel will be a centerpiece for Capitola Village and a new source of economic growth.

 

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Brookdale Inn Haunted by Legal Problems

Sanjiv Kakkar, new owner of the Brookdale Inn and Spa, was arrested on multiple charges by detectives on Oct. 19.

According to the district attorney's office Kakkar was arrested on suspicion of not having workers compensation insurance, paying workers with bad checks, and failing to pay an employee's medical bill after he was hurt on the job.

Kakkar is also under investigation for a fire in August that burned 20 apartments and four cars at the lodge in August, the death of a local man, 35, just days after he fell into a construction hole near the lodge's pool in September, and many unpaid bills.

Kakkar was released on $75,000 dollar bail the evening of his arrest and continues to manage the once famous property.

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Water Restriction Lifted

Water restrictions will be lifted for Santa Cruz City water customers as of Nov. 1. The restriction that was put in place in May of this year limited outdoor irrigation to two days due to three consecutive dry winters for California. The goal of these restrictions was to reduce the demand for city water by 15 percent, therefore preserving our local reservoirs. Santa Cruz City water customers have saved 14 percent of water since the restrictions were put in place and although the ban will be lifted, a water conservation Representative for the Santa Cruz Water Department, Clara Cartwright, still encourages customers to “continue using water wisely.”

 
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Mars Enters Scorpio: The Nine Tests

Over the years I’ve mentioned the nine tests of Mars and Scorpio. The tests are given to everyone—unawakened, beginning to awaken, and the awakened. The purpose is to test our strength, courage, ability to adapt, discriminate and have discernment. To see if we are deceived by illusion or are “warriors triumphant, emerging from the battle.”

 

Final Cut

Cedar Street Video to close after 10 years at downtown location

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of July 25

Santa Cruz area movie theaters >

 

The Maestra Returns

Cabrillo Festival’s Marin Alsop is back to ‘rock the boat of tradition’
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Time is Ripe

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Best of Santa Cruz County

The 2013 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll and Critics’ Picks It’s our biggest issue of the year, and in it, your votes—more than 6,500 of them—determined the winners of The Best of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll. New to the long list of local restaurants, shops and other notables that captured your interest: Best Beer Selection, Best Locally Owned Business, Best Customer Service and Best Marijuana Dispensary. In the meantime, many readers were ever so chatty online about potential new categories. Some of the suggestions that stood out: Best Teen Program and Best Web Design/Designer. But what about: Dog Park, Church, Hotel, Local Farm, Therapist (I second that!) or Sports Bar—not to be confused with Bra. Our favorite suggestion: Best Act of Kindness—one reader noted Café Gratitude and the free meals it offered to the Santa Cruz Police Department in the aftermath of recent crimes. Perhaps some of these can be woven into next year’s ballot, so stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy the following pages and take note of our Critics’ Picks, too, beginning on page 91. A big thanks for voting—and for reading—and an even bigger congratulations to all of the winners. Enjoy.  -Greg Archer, EditorBest of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll INDEX

 

Hunter Hill Cabernet Sauvignon

Smooth with soft tannins, this velvety crimson Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 is delicious and very drinkable.