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Memorial Day weekend has arrived—and so will the recovery from it on Tuesday. But let’s not go there—yet.  This week’s cover story may grab the attention of locals who lived through the ’60s and ’70s. It revolves around the new documentary with local ties, Free Angela and All Political Prisoners. The Angela in the title refers to Angela Davis, who became a prominent UC Santa Cruz professor back in the ’90s.

But the documentary shines the light on all of the events related to Davis’ incarceration and the heated political and racial issues of the era. GT interviews Davis about the film, as well as UCSC’s Bettina Aptheker, who figured prominently in Davis’ defense. Learn more about that time period and soak up Davis’ perceptions.

In other film-related news, you may be interested in our main feature in the Arts & Entertainment section (page 24). It spotlights local Christopher Guerrero and a short comedy he wrote about a punk rocker and I.T. specialist, and somehow morphs into a tale about  putting a halt to "The Military Industrial Complex”—more or less. The filmmaker considers the project somewhat of a homage to Santa Cruz.

Meanwhile, no doubt you will be out and about this weekend, so, aside from the Santa Cruz Blues Festival, which we reported on last week, turn to this week’s Music and Events pages for the full rundown of what’s unfolding locally—and, should you have visitors staying over, take them out on the town.

What’s left? Plenty, but as we move closer to the month of June—can you believe nearly half of 2013 is over?—we’ll be seeing an influx of visitors in the area, which could make commuting somewhat challenging. As many wonderful yoga teachers always say—I mean, this is Santa Cruz, one must partake, right?—the best thing to do in challenging times is “breathe.” I am also fond of another tidbit: “Life is like a series of yoga poses—you simply have to remember to breathe deeply along the way.”
A good thing, indeed. Breathe (and bend) on ...

 


Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief


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Homelessness Soars?
Regarding “Setting Up Camp” (GT 5/16), there are 2,771 homeless in Santa Cruz, 90 shelter beds and 200 emergency beds in winter. It would take 24-25 camps of 100 people to shelter current homeless. With one-third coming from outside our county, future numbers are hard to predict. We need a national solution; not just beds. We need effective, funded treatment programs for addiction; job training/job search assistance; and mental health services for those who need it. Imagine if the money we spend trying to influence other countries could be spent instead on this humanitarian issue.
Joni Martin
Santa Cruz

On the Desal Draft EIR
The city and Soquel Creek District chose URS Corporation, a multi-national engineering firm, to prepare the desal EIR. According to the company’s website,  “URS has provided planning, engineering or construction services for virtually every nuclear power plant operating in the United States today. ... Our work in the planning, permitting, design and construction of fossil fuel facilities includes more than 200 coal-fired projects.”
Has URS delivered an honest appraisal of the project’s environmental impacts? Certainly not. Perhaps the most serious of the project’s environmental impacts is the energy intensity of desalinating water (over 10 times the energy use per gallon as existing city water production) and resulting greenhouse gas production. The draft EIR would have us believe that the project will be “carbon neutral.” This is a not-so-clever deception, accomplished by crediting energy-saving measures to “offsetting” the desal plant’s energy consumption, instead of using any and all measures to reduce our existing energy consumption. The desal EIR ignores the fact that we are under state mandate to reduce existing energy consumption by 80 percent by 2050. Every measure assigned to “offset” the increase in energy consumption caused by desalination is a measure that cannot be used to reduce our current energy use. The belief that desalination can be carbon neutral is a dangerous self-deception. For some the belief may serve to quiet the mind. But if the community embraces the belief, we keep our foot on the accelerator of climate change, with consequences especially threatening for our coastal community. 

Ultimately the voters will decide on desalination. This will be a referendum on whether the community wants to meet its needs without degrading the environment. It will also be an opportunity to be honest
with ourselves.
—Rick Longinotti

 


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let your hair hang down  A photo from last year's American Windsurfing Tour stop at Waddell Creek, just north of Santa Cruz. This year's event is scheduled for May 30–June 2.  photo/Paul Dionne.


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“Off the Lip” Radio Show
Hosts Neil Pearlberg and Terry Campion discuss all things surf and skate in Santa Cruz on the "Off the Lip" radio show on KSCO. The most recent guest was Santa Cruz Mayor Hilary Bryant. Tune in Tuesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. on KSCO, 1080 AM.


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Greywater Challenge
The Central Coast Greywater Alliance is sponsoring a 100-Greywater Systems Challenge that asks Monterey Bay Area residents to save water by installing 100 greywater systems this year. The alliance says that if the challenge is successful, it will result in 500,000 gallons of water saved annually. Visit centralcoastgreywater.org for a schedule of upcoming workshops and more.


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“I haven't got the slightest idea how to change people, but still I keep a long list of prospective candidates just in case I should ever figure it out.”
—David Sedaris





Online Comments

On the‘Spinning Our Wheels’...
There was a video on YouTube exposing a Clean Team action at Carbonera Creek. A CT member was seen poking at a homeless man with a stick, swearing and making threats. Other CT members are heard laughing with one also referring to the homeless as "parasites."
The video [settings have] now been set to private because the discussion on SC Patch reportedly resulted in threats. Is this really what Santa Cruz is coming to? [These are] threats not only on homeless people but also on journalists who film such events?
— “Real Reality Check”

On the‘Frosty’ ...
Wow! Let me say that after watching the film [Chasing Mavericks], I was very touched [by] how Jay [Moriarity] lived. I am inspired by the adventurous, touching and loving persona Jay was! I think all of us can learn from Jay. Let Jay's legacy live forever!
—Anwar Lopez

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