Plus Letters To the Editor
There are hundreds of thousands of words in this issue. Well, maybe not that many—perhaps it’s in the tens of thousands. No, on second thought, it’s true—hundreds of thousands. The point is this: It’s our biggest issue of the year—all thanks to you. The votes have been tallied and the results are in, so dive into our annual Best Of Santa Cruz Readers’ Poll beginning on page 15. More votes than ever before were tallied, so there’s plenty to absorb. But let me draw your attention to our Critics’ Picks, too. A big thank you to all of the readers who took time to vote. Enjoy.
Over in A&E, one local media group is proclaiming: “Everybody was so jazzed out of their minds to be there. It was pretty much off the charts.” That would be somebody from Impact Media Group, the brains behind “We Are Santa Cruz,” an inventive media/art project that captured on film the one-of-a-kind verve of Santa Cruzans. You can see the project on display on First Friday (May 3) in a street-level window of The Rittenhouse Building—still empty after all these years, which, is not quite the best its beleaguered owner can do, but perhaps he’ll come around soon. Where was I? Oh yes.
In the meantime, please join us this week in celebrating the very best Santa Cruz has to offer—and the best it can be.
Onward we go ...
Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief
Eyes Stay on Crime
I like your recent articles on the Butler/Baker shooting (GT 4/11) and Elizabeth Limbach’s “Breaking the Silence” (GT 4/18) was way appropriate. I wrote to the “big” Santa Cruz daily about this subject and was rejected. Perhaps it was too early? My point: Should there have been some investigative journalism in this case? What did the internal police department investigation come up with, has the city really examined this incident? Who in the department knows what our officers knew when they knocked on that door and were gunned down?
This guy was an unguided rocket and had a rap sheet that should have been in every database in the world. If we are going to embrace the homeless then get a hot line to the Homeless [Services] Center and get them the data they need to make a call. I don’t like what went down and love our police department. But just tell me what the SCPD knew before the shootout and what they have done to fix it.
SAND DOLLAR FOR YOUR THOUGHTS Nature never fails to impress. This sand dollar was discovered at Sunset Beach State Park. It was placed on a moss-covered stump for this photo. photo/Tracy Mongold
Speed Geeking For Social Change
It’s time to honor some of the best, well, “geeks” among us. To that end, the Museum of Art & History is hosting UCSC students from the Global International Internship Program (GIIP) for an event that will illuminate “how new technology can be used locally for social change.” It all unfolds from 5:30-9 p.m. May 10 at MAH. In the meantime, congrats to MAH for garnering a special award in this year’s Best Of (page 72).
Ecosexualism And You
“The ecosexual movement is growing like a weed,” muses local eco activists Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens. The duo, known for their headturning performance art events, are unleashing their new doc, Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story, for local viewing in the coming week. The film chronicles the tragedy unfolding in the Appalachian Mountains. But what’s this about ecosexualism? It’s a push to view Earth as “lover” rather than “mother.” Read more in Critics’ Picks (page 91).
“Liberal and conservative have lost their meaning in America.
I represent the distracted center.”
On ‘The Reality of Crime’ ...
Finally the Santa Cruz community has an intelligent article worthy of community discussion. Unlike the Santa Cruz Sentinel pieces which seem intended to merely inflame angry voices or just give fawning praise to closed groups like Take Back Santa Cruz, your article attempted to cover the issues with diverse voices and perspectives as well as historical overview. I look forward to more in-depth analysis by your publication!
An ironic outcome of an article that touches upon the intolerance by some, arose in a Take Back Santa Cruz discussion yesterday. Someone started a thread bemoaning how this GT article seemed like a PR piece for the "compassion" crowd. One person disagreed, adding that they were dismayed that people who live in RVs are sometimes photographed/discussed on the TBSC Facebook group. How did that criticism go over? The person expressing their slight dismay was asked to leave the group by one of the TBSC leaders. I don't know if they were tossed or just left but they're gone now.
—Half Year Resident
On ‘Breaking the Silence’ ...
A hug and a thank you to any woman willing to share such a painful and private horror, and in sharing will help others heal. The film JANE can move mountains, start a conversation, break the chain. Thank you!
—One of the Five
Not many people doing this today. I think documenting this in a narrative film rather than documentary will help bring the issue to light through creative means more effectively. Fingers crossed for investments, and good luck to the filmmakers.
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 (ad) of your issue 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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