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It’s good to be 39! This week Good Times officially steps deeper into middle-age as it celebrates its 38th birthday. Founded by Jay Shore back in 1975,  GT, like hair styles over the years, has boasted many looks, but it always has the community’s best interest at heart, shining the spotlight on the most interesting news that the area and its locals have to offer.



Back in late-2000, when I became editor, it wasn’t clear then what I was in for. At the time, the publication had been going through a bit of an identity crisis (hey, it happens and I tend to have one, personally, every three months, so rock on with those mood swings, people), but over the course of the next decade, we found bold new footing and became an award-winning publication. None of that can be done alone and thanks to the passion of other creative souls—Ron Slack, Jeff Mitchell, Laurel Chesky, Bruce Willey, Christa Martin, Linda Koffman, Chris Magyar, Peter Koht, Josh Becker, Elizabeth Limbach, Jenna Brogan, Josie Cowden, Lisa Jensen and Stephanie Lutz among them—hopefully we’ve created a nice foundation to take this baby into the new age of New Media. To that end, look for more shifts and additions in the coming months—both online and in print. In the meantime, be sure to check out our relatively new TV show on Community Television —feel free to email us about potential locals to spotlight. Above all, the greatest round of appreciation goes out to you, the readers, who have kept us going for nearly four decades. Thank you.

Onward we go ...

But first—it’s fitting that as we officially begin our next volume of work, that our cover story spotlight a local person who embodies the spirit and creativity of a true Cruzan. Turn to page 12 and take note of Corbin Dunn and his Plug Bug. Could it be used as a model for other locals to incorporate more environmentally friendly transportation? Probably. Dive in.

More soon ...

Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief


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Homelessness Issues Still Need to Be Addressed
In response to“Setting Up Camp” (GT 5/16), this would be a magnet for homeless all around the country. We tried a sanctuary camp and it was called Occupy Santa Cruz. Brent was big in that movement as well. It was shut down because of infighting, violence, sewage, rampant drug abuse and sexual assaults among some of the campers. What makes you think it will work?
Mark Redford
Santa Cruz

Missing the Point
Recent media articles have raised a number of important issues concerning the efficacy and public health benefits of needle exchange. But while we seem to be in general agreement that access to clean syringes reduces the health risks to intravenous drug users, we seem to be ignoring the fatal flaw in the new county exchange model. By attaching the slogan “Don’t Shoot – Don’t Share” to their program, the county is simultaneously advocating for rehabilitation without adding one single new treatment program or option.  This message is ill considered in the extreme. I agree with many in our community who believe that we must find a way to make rehab more available and affordable. But extolling the benefits of clean living without any real prospect of treatment tells me only one thing about the County Health Services Agency:
They are still completely missing the point. Steve Pleich Santa Cruz
—Steve Pleich



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SHAPING THE SAND This Twin Lakes Beach creation by Morgan Rudluff impressed locals
during their late-May stroll. photo/Clayton Ryon. 

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The Ethan Bearman Show
Kudos to local Ethan Bearman, whose nationally syndicated “Ethan Bearman Show” continues to lure in listeners. The critically acclaimed radio show—live 4-6 p.m. Sundays on the Genesis Communications Network (KOMY 1340 AM)—stands out for a number of reasons but one of the most refreshing things about Bearman is how well he handles ideas that are left, right, and forward. You can also hear him hosting “KSCO Presents” from noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and  Friday.


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Kids Fighting For A Cause
Students in a Cabrillo College communications class had a nice idea to spotlight the local hunger-fighting organization, Grind Out Hunger in one of its video assignments. But it would never have expected the video to get more than a thousand views in just a few days. While the idea was stellar, what stood out was how well it also raised the level of awareness on how hunger affects children in the county—one in four kids are affected by hunger issues locally. Check it out on YouTube: “Grind Out Hunger: View From the Youth.”


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“I'm interested when things are upside down—because there are so many possibilities in that one moment. There is a lot that is exposed.”

—Anna Deavere Smith




Online Comments

On ‘Marching For Justice’...
I am Kimberly Long's Mother, Kimberly Long is one of the "California Twelve" clients of the California Innocence Project.  My family and I are so grateful to these amazing people who have brought great awareness of "Wrongful Convictions" of innocent people. We thank those who have supported this cause and historic event. Help support this organization and what they stand for in bringing freedom back to these innocent 12 people and put true justice back as the guardian of our liberty.
—Darleen Long

On ‘Setting Up Camp’...
I have lived in Santa Cruz homeless and not. I am not drug addicted, just part of a struggling underpaid family. When I hear people say you don't want this because you don't want "bum city." When tourists stop at McDonald’s and see people eating from the trash and sleeping on the sidewalk because night sleeping is illegal, you are already there. It's really time to approach this with a "try anything" attitude until all homeless are housed.
Please know that soup kitchens and long shelter wait lists along with police hostility toward homeless will NEVER rid your city of this problem.
—Alicia

On ‘Out on a Limb’...
I remember my life in California during the ’70s, perched high on a cliff looking out toward the Monterey Bay. I lived in a two-story tree house, built 30 feet up in a Redwood tree with windows varying in size and shape, put together. The fog would drift in and out over the bay, but we were far above the fog and had a bird’s eye view of it all. For years I heard about the legendary tree house—I don't know if it's still there, but am thankful for the memories.
—Billie Davison

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