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April is Sexual Awareness Month, which brings us to this week’s cover story. Penned by News Editor Elizabeth Limbach, “Breaking The Silence” not only shines the light on this significant issue, but also explores it through the captivating lens of a local filmmaker creating a movie based on real-life events. Turn to page 12 for the full report and share your thoughts, feedback and/or experiences on the matter with us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Meanwhile in News (page 6), things get a bit heady as J.D. Ramey explores the inner workings of the 2013 MAPS Conference here in Santa Cruz. He also probes the curious beast behind the endeavor. A compelling read all around. Also in News, there’s a new report out of UC Santa Cruz, which offers insight on what measures can be taken to further protect the local mountain lion population, especially as it relates to Highway 17.

Elsewhere, we’ve been getting quite a few letters and online comments about last week’s cover story on crime. Peruse this week’s letters (this page and on page 6) and continue to keep the conversation going. Send us your thoughts at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or feel free to post a comment online.

In the meantime, the week ahead looks festive and full. National Dance Week is ready to blast off. If you haven’t already witnessed this fantastic annual spectacle, now is the time. Not only is it a testament to the power that dance has to unite the masses, but it’s also a visually sumptuous reminder of just how much creativity dances in the consciousness of the many souls who are creating these amazing performance works. Check out the Dance Week pullout in this week’s edition to learn more about all the events and happenings.

What’s left? Making the week good. Try it. You’ll like it.


Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief


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Webs of Crime
In response to the crime article (GT 4/11), I think Santa Cruz law enforcement was in over their heads with that guy who killed officers Butler and Baker. I mean, this criminal had it his way. He had a half an hour, where he could have escaped after he killed the detectives, but he came back to his apartment, so that the police could kill him. He was suicidal. He died on his terms, which is scary for our county. Detectives need to be more aware of the dangers out there. And not just huddle in the front door of someone's house, who they are investigating. They should stand back, away from the door, especially someone they have no history on. Santa Cruz police got caught with their guard down, they should never have their guard down again.

David Brumfield
Aptos


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DREAMSCAPE  This photo of West Cliff was taken by a local who found it to be the perfect place to eat a burrito and pet dogs.  photo/Brittany Powers


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Cycling High
Not that kind of “high.” It’s in reference to the Pro Jump Jam Mountain Bike Stunt Competition, which took place recently. The high-energy event lured in a bevy of amateur mountain bike riders and found them performing their wonders in a makeshift outdoor arena near the  Aptos Post Office. Kudos to the daring daredevils who collected themselves here, and also to the inventive team of souls who created the “course.” The “mountains” designed looked a bit otherwordly if not challenging.


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Pecha Kucha Night
It’s generating buzz since it stormed onto the scene months ago. It’s Pecha Kucha Night and you should attend. The outing finds 10 presenters expounding upon a central theme—this month, the theme is “Geek: Obsession.”  Watch how inventive these presentations can be.  Drinks and food are on hand. This month’s outing takes place from 6-7 p.m. at Pono Hawaiian Grill in Santa Cruz. There is no cover. It’s an inventive romp and a memorable time to be had. Learn more about it at downtownsantacruz.com.


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“Whatever you choose, do it fully with a passion and child-like enthusiasm.”
—Dr. Oz






Online Comments

On ‘Crime’ ...
This is an unusually excellent, well-written, well-considered article. I really appreciate reading something like this for a change from the usual fare in the Sentinel.
 —James Wellner

I think the bulk of crime needs to be attributed more to transients and visitors, and should be given weight in this discussion. Santa Cruz has a unique and more contrasting culture to that of the majority of our 3 million annual visitors. If we don't have enough local resources when seasonal spikes in visitor traffic take place, then why can't we work with our respective neighboring agencies to tailor policing resources when we need them. Awesome article.
—John Richter

Santa Cruz crime statistics report an overall upward trend in crime based on data from 12 years with violent crime increasing and property crime increasing. Based on this trend, the crime rate in Santa Cruz for 2013 is expected to be higher than in 2010. cityrating.com/crim...-cruz.html
—Don Honda

Per Steve's comment in the article, about “Bovee's data”—it isn't my data. The SCPD collects and reports this data to the FBI for publication. What is missing in this article is the comparison of Santa Cruz to every medium and large city in the state of California. Santa Cruz comes out on or near the top in every crime category. And the “... it's the tourists and students” argument simply doesn't hold up to scrutiny ...
—Erik Bovee

On ‘Citizens Council For The Homeless’ ...
The concept is wonderful. With lots of cooperation for businesses and individuals, there is no reason not to forge ahead. Intentional communities work! Keep us informed on the progress.
—Julie Hopson

On ‘The Safety and Compassion Forum’ ...
The intensified vilification by our community of poor and homeless people, as well as intravenous drug users, has deeply saddened me. When I arrived in Santa Cruz from SoCal I thought I had discovered a unique, quirky town that seemed more inclined to my progressive values. Angry citizens and myopic politicians misusing valid public safety concerns to demonize the most vulnerable among us is troubling. It shows that any town can be taken over by hate and fear. I hope forums like this one will lead Santa Cruz back toward compassion and fairness.
—John Colby

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written by Arthur Wood, April 19, 2013
Dear Editor,
Great cover story. If you want an excellent example of one of the root causes, the sexual objective of women, remove the cover and back cover and compare side by side. I vote them as the most ironic cover/back cover I've ever seen. I wonder if "Asia" feels exploited. She should.

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