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From The Editor

 

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It’s a full week here at Good Times as we unveil our annual GT Active publication, which spotlights some of the best the area has to offer in the realm of fitness, health and the great outdoors. You can find the publication at many spots where GT is already available. But take note: Some of the highlights in this year’s issue shed new light on a number of captivating topics—from the popular CrossFit regime, spinal network analysis and eating disorders to cycling, skydiving and helicopter tours. You may also be intrigued with the special centerfold poster from Santa Cruz Waves, which features the top pictures of the year from the popular, local online portal. Enjoy.



Elsewhere, now that summer is quickly approaching, it’s time to finally shed any remnants of the last five months and start having fun—for some, that may translate into having “even more fun.”

This week, News Editor Elizabeth Limbach kicks off the new season with a spirited feature on a unique local niche: treehouses. Yes, the area boasts some that are both alluring and downright original. Learn more about the mystique of these creative dwellings.

In between, there’s plenty more to absorb in our A&E section, including the week’s hottest music picks and the vast array of events taking place over the next week. But let me draw your attention to an event that surely will captivate locals: the Tuesday, June 18 talk by Michael Pollan. Pollan, one the nation’s more prolific bestselling authors and food movement advocates, returns to Santa Cruz to discuss his new book, “Cooked.” In it, Pollan dives in somewhat uncharted territory—his own kitchen. Expect him to illuminate just how the cook occupies a pivotal place in the world. Visit bookshopsantacruz.com for more information. (And log onto gtweekly.com to revisit our interview with Pollan from last fall.)

There’s plenty more to enjoy in this week’s issue, so dive in. And thanks for reading.

More soon …
 

Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief


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Youth Taking the Lead
Kudos to the Santa Cruz Youth City Council, which presented its findings from a public safety survey of more than 500 local youth at a meeting on Wednesday, May 29. The nascent city council follows in the footsteps of the Watsonville Youth City Council, which previously conducted a similar survey, and whose next public meeting is Monday, June 3 at 5 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more information.


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Resisting Rape Culture
The local conversation about curbing rape culture is growing stronger thanks to Resist Rape Culture events like the Thursday, May 30 speakers panel organized by Project Regeneration (a youth empowerment program through the Resource Center for Nonviolence) and Feminists Working on Real Democracy (FWORD). The event, which takes place from 7-9 p.m. at the RCNV, 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, will feature a diverse panel with a variety of thought-provoking insights and stories to share.


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“The world is full of nice, ordinary little people who live in nice, ordinary little houses on the ground. But didn't you ever dream of a house up on a tree top?”

—Father Robinson, Swiss Family Robinson


Online Comments

On ‘No Big Surprises’...
I'm confident a recycled water treatment plant and pipeline can be built for $90 million. Benefits are over three times the amount of water, elimination of pollution [and] a bike path. Coupled with a growth policy, improving storm and septic, new job duties, and water storage. The benefits are restoring the fish habitat, groundwater basin and producing an additional two-desals. Were these alternative plans or others included in the EIR? The answer is no, and do not be fooled otherwise. It is a lobbyists brochure for desal filled with fabricated excuses.
— Bill Smallman

On ‘Growing Berries Without Bromide’ ...
Verticillium [wilt] responds to fumigation, but not always. I'm glad there is an alternative in the works.
—Abby

On ‘Free Angela’ ...
It would have been nice if you'd asked [Bettina] Aptheker about the rise of right-wing, one might even say "neo-fascist," hysteria attacking needle exchange, homeless services, "illegal" campers, the mythical "culture of tolerance" and releasing (nonviolent) prisoners. Recent videos widely circulated online and reprinted in other publications document a police officer dropping a drunk face forward onto the concrete for a quick trip to the hospital, and a member of one of the anti-homeless groups abusing and then physically harassing a homeless guy in a sleeping bag.  
—Robert Norse

On ‘Cruzin’ for Inspiration’ ...
I commend the filmmakers for raising the freak flag of our town's weirdness. It hasn't seen much use in the past few years as the fear-mongers and folks who would turn our most cherished hallmarks into objects of scorn. All freaks to the front! Weird it up! This is a unique place in the cultural world as it is in the geographical one and should be celebrated, not sanitized. Hooray!
—Brent Adams

On 'Town Hall with Assemblymember Stone' ...
Mr. Stone: When the new law enforcement units begin their confiscation raids, will we see any innocent loss of life?  [Does] that include the actual law enforcement officers tasked with confiscation? Will you take responsibility for any related loss of life and surrender all your financial assets to the surviving families?  
—Vince Mellone

On 'Transoceana' ...
Danny puts on a fantastic performance on stage, and can really shred on guitar! But the best part of every show has to be his chest hair. How soft it is, mixed with how thick it's growing in, makes sure that every show is a great experience!
—Charseph

On 'Ice Plant Peace Invasion' ...
The State Park folks are using the ice plant as a lame excuse. That's like complaining about the beer on the table in a brewery. There's ice plant on nearly every cliff in the Seabright area. I'm looking forward to the rebuild.
—Rob Ramer

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