Santa Cruz Good Times

Thursday
Apr 24th
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

This Week's Editor's Note & Letters to Good Times

greg_archerS2sPlus Letters to the Good Times Editor...
Good Grub
Quick On Her Feet

I had to chuckle when I read something from local Jim Rosenstein, who is part of a fascinating venture surrounding Climate Action Day. At the bottom of one of his notes was this tagline: “The planet doesn't give a damn about politics.” Gotta love that. On the flipside, do we give a damn about the planet? Now that we’ve endured the political and economic roller coasters of the past year, are we giving enough attention to more pressing concerns ... as in the health of the planet? That’s where Rosenstein and others who are part of the Climate Action Team come in. Mark  Saturday Oct. 24 on your calendars. That’s the day that you, and others in the area, can take part in a global campaign to raise the level of awareness on just how dire our state of enivironmental circumstances are—and will continue to be—if action isn’t taken right now.

The predicted rise in the Earth’s temperature over the next decade is alarming; and over the next 50 years, even more so.  (It’s expected to leap 6 degrees by the end of the century.) We’ll be reporting more about this at GT in the coming weeks, but for Climate Action Day, here’s what you can do: discuss climate change with your community, group or family and/or  host an event for Oct. 24 at 350.org  and facebook "350 Santa Cruz" (facebook.com/pages/350-Santa-Cruz/144995913483); sign the UN Petition, “Seal the Deal!” at sealthedeal2009.org; take advantage of the social networking going on by logging onto facebook.com/pages/350-Santa or at LinkedIn at linkedin.com/groups?gid=23463 or (OK, here’s where Twitter comes in handy)  at (twitter.com/scgreenwatch)

And what kind of events can you plan for Oct. 24? Take a peek at what’s happening in Denver (350denver.org/actions.asp). Be inventive—anything from potlucks, garden walks, religious/spiritual services, a teach-in, musical events, etc. More on this soon. One thing I do know: Santa Cruz seems to have a  knack for bringing people together to fight for a good cause. Loma Prieta anyone?

In the meantime, this week’s cover story is all about change, too—the changes happening at Cabrillo College. Learn more about that dramatic shift on page 14. Have an inventive week. Greg Archer, Editor


Letters to Good Times Editor

Good Grub
I read with interest your Sept. 17 cover story “What’s For Lunch?”. As a public high school educator for more than 20 years (and a current Santa Cruz middle school parent), I share a deep passion for the “battle” to get real foods back into school lunches. I have been mightily dismayed over the last couple of years to not see the quality of lunch food improve as the state regulations became stricter. I sincerely applaud Santa Cruz City Schools for taking on the complicated task of bringing more nutritious lunches to all students, and I recognize that this is just the first year of the enormous overhaul. However, I take umbrage with the photographs in the article (including the cover); a reader might conclude that this is indeed what a lunch purchased in a Santa Cruz public school might look like. In fact, the lunches look like airline food at this point (covered in foil), and middle school students are at this point, not quite as enthusiastic as the board president appears to be in the article. Don’t get me wrong. I applaud the efforts and I know that some calibration and surveying of students can work out the kinks. And I undertsand the enormity of the positve ramifications of this overhaul to the goal of equity in our schools.
I want to point this out because two thing about the article bothered me. 1. The misrepresentation of what Revolution Foods’ lunches look  like and the missing middle school students’ perspective, and 2. The comparison that followed with Pajaro Valley’s lunch situation. When comparisons are being made, details need to be a bit more accurate.
That said, I would encourage you to branch out just a teeny bit further, too, into San Benito County. The location of the “real revolution” with school lunches began in Anzar High School, in San Juan Bautista. By the end of this school year, they will have accomplished what Cynthia Hawthorne hoped for in the future in the interview—daily freshly prepared lunches available to all students.
Charlene McKowen
Principle, Anzar High School

Quick On Her Feet
What a refreshing surprise to find Ruby Vasquez on the cover of paper last week. As a south county resident, I have been aware of her contribution to dance and keeping Mexican folk dance alive and well. She’s a great inspiration for younger people her. Thank you for featuring people like her in the publication.
John Lopez
Watsonville

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

Best of Santa Cruz County 2014

The 2014 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll Come on in, and have a look around. There’s a lot to see—hundreds of winners selected by thousands of GT readers across Santa Cruz County. So if some of this looks familiar, it’s probably because you helped make it happen. But there are always new things to discover, too—you could go to a different winner or runner-up every day in the Food and Drink category alone, and you’d be booked just about until next year’s Best of Santa Cruz County issue comes out.

 

Something Essential Disappears

Lunar and solar eclipses follow one another. Lunar eclipses occur at full moons, and solar eclipses at new moons. Two weeks ago at the full moon we had the blood red moon—a total lunar eclipse (the next one is Oct. 8). On Monday night, April 28 (new moon), as the Sun, Moon and Earth align, a solar eclipse (Sun obscured) occurs. Eclipses signify something irrevocably is changed in our world. The Sun is our essential life force. Monday’s new moon, 9 degrees Taurus, is also an annular solar eclipse when the Moon moves centrally in front of the Sun, yet does not cover the Sun completely. The Sun's outer edges, still visible, form a “ring of fire” around the Moon.

 

Sugar: The New Tobacco?

Proposed bill would require warning labels on sugary drinks Will soda and other saccharine libations soon come with a health warning? They will if it’s up to our state senator, Bill Monning (D-Carmel). On Feb. 27, Monning proposed first-of-its-kind legislation that would require a consumer warning label be placed on sugar-sweetened beverages sold in California. SB 1000, also known as the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Safety Warning Act, was proposed to provide vital information to consumers about the harmful effects of consuming sugary drinks, such as sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, and sweetened teas.

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of April 17

Santa Cruz area movie theaters >
Sign up for Tomorrow's Good Times Today
Upcoming arts & events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments

 

Palate-Stretching 101

A wine education with Soif’s experts As a veteran of many weekend wine “seminars” at Soif, I have to confess that I’ve never known less (going in) and learned more (coming out) than I did last week at the Spanish Wine Tasting with ace rep Brian Greenwood. These are classy, casual events and it’s hard to imagine having this much flavor fun anywhere for $20.

 

Martin Ranch Winery

Sauvignon Blanc 2011 One of my favorite wines is Sauvignon Blanc, and this one made by Martin Ranch is particularly lovely. Bright, crisp and refreshing, it’s perfect to pair with fish and shellfish—and good for picnics as it has an easy screw-cap bottle. There’s nothing worse than setting down your blanket, pulling out your sandwiches—and then realizing you don’t have a corkscrew.

 

Foodie File: Red Apple Cafe

Breakfast takes center stage at Gracia Krakauer's Red Apple Cafe Before they moved to Aptos, Gracia and her husband Dan Krakauer would visit friends in Santa Cruz County and eat at the Red Apple Café all the time. Then they moved up here from Santa Monica five years ago, and bought the Aptos location (there’s a separate one in Watsonville) from the family who owned it for two decades.

 

How would you feel about a tech industry boom in Santa Cruz?

I feel like it would ruin the small old-town feeling of Santa Cruz. It wouldn’t be the same Surf City kind of vacation town that it is. Antoinette BennettSanta Cruz | Construction Management