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Last week’s big news over the Supreme Court rulings to eradicate DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act), solidifying that it is unconstitutional, is still permeating the ethers. So too is the decision to overturn Prop 8 in California. Learn more about these historic landmark rulings, and how the local community responded—and will continue to as the march for equality continues—in this week’s News section. (Page 8). Be sure to peruse our online photo album, too, of last week’s events, on GT’s Facebook page. And turn to page 6 for a compelling guest column by Rev. Deborah L. Johnson on that matter.

Speaking of living freely—out, proud and otherwise—let’s turn our attention to Cabrillo Stage, which opens its summer season with the spirited musical “La Cage aux Folles.” Fans of the American film comedy The Birdcage may be familiar with the plot, which is based on the famous French film of the same name that was, in turn, made into an award-winning musical. “La Cage” opens  July 12 and in this week’s A&E section, Jennifer Simeone goes behind the scenes to learn more about what locals can expect. See page 24 for all the details.

In the meantime, this week’s cover story may entice the local work force—and anyone in some kind of work transition. In it, staff writer Joel Hersch wonderfully captures the essence of the new book “The Rise of the Naked Economy,” written by local titans Ryan Coonerty and Jeremy Neuner.  The authors, who also co-founded NextSpace locally and have since seen it succeed in other markets, address the rise of the entrepreneur in the workplace, among other things. Read on (page 16), and send us your thoughts to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Lastly, independence and freedom is a good thing, so in between barbecues and celebrating the Fourth of July this weekend, take some time to reflect on your own personal freedoms. Good thing to ponder.

More soon ... 

Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief



Share That Trail, Please
About “Sharing the Trail” (GT 6/27), I travel multi-use trails by foot, wheel, and horse (in my beautiful dreams.) Equestrians, please learn the following etiquette to improve the stereotype of equestrians: 1) If you are aware your horse went to the bathroom in the middle of the trail, please dismount your horse and kick the manure off the side of the trail; 2) I do not mind significantly slowing down and alerting you to my presence, but please do not expect me to stop and make a whole production of passing you. Please learn how to control your horse and what to expect from your horse around others before taking it on a public trail; 3) If we meet on a thin single track where one of us must move aside to pass, please do not expect me to move into the tick-covered poison oak bush instead of your horse. Hoofs, feet, wheels, and snakes are awesome! Share the trail.

Anonymous | Santa Cruz

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BIG HONOR  Artists from Seabright’s Claraty Arts, a fully functioning art gallery and studio servicing adults with developmental disabilities, work on a large mural of the gallery’s namesake, Nell Claraty, a local artist born with Cerebral Palsy who spent the first 70 years of her life in an institution.

The mural will be unveiled at the First Friday, Aug. 2. photo/ John Keegan. Submit to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Include information (location, etc.) and your name. Photos may be cropped.

good work

Honors For New Leaf
On June 27, the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) announced the results of its search for the top Right to Know Grocers in North America. Good news—New Leaf Community Markets was selected as one of the top 10 grocers in the Southwest. That’s a big accomplishment, considering that the winning food retailers were selected from more than 150 consumer nominations. New Leaf founder and co-owner Scott Roseman noted that it will continue to work with the community to help make GMO labeling “a standard for people here and across the country.”

good idea

Summer At The Nick
Here’s something fun for summer. Nickelodeon Theatres (The Nick, Del Mar Theatre and Aptos Cinema) has been generating buzz over its house-made caramel corn. Crafted locally using their own fresh kettle-popped organic, non-GMO popcorn, which is then covered in brown sugar, karo corn syrup, butter and sea salt) its first flavor, “Streetcaramel Named Desire” was a hit. The next flavor is a spirited mix of cayenne and ancho chili power dubbed “Some Like It Hot”—coming to a Nickelodeon Theatre near you.

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“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

—Nelson Mandela

Online Comments

On Town Hall, Mark Stone and Water ...
I’m puzzled. The State (CDPH) regulates large public water systems however, counties regulate anything below 199 connections. In addition, CDPH already ... provides funding to public water systems. County EHS offices are already in the business of (or are chartered to and thus already should be) doing what is proposed above. This piece of legislation is reinventing the wheel, and as far as I'm concerned a waste of time because the mechanisms are already in place to do what is described above.
—Water Guy

On ‘The Price of Safety’ ...
Here’s the rest of the story ... The hysteria around "Public Safety"—massively supported by the SCPD and the Santa Cruz Sentinel—has been opportunistically centered on the freak shooting (and subsequent deification) of two police officers and needle paranoia.

This campaign has already made the area more unsafe through eliminating an underfunded-but-successful needle exchange in the city. S.O.S. reports it took in over 200,000 needles each year.
The Take-Back-Santa-Cruz, Clean-Team anti-homeless propagandists found less than 2,000 in a six
month period.
—Robert Norse

On ‘Silent Dilemma’ ...
I will be forwarding on to somebody who is an MFT and working with women who have severe eating disorders. I think almost every woman (at least 90 percent) could read this article and find an old (or maybe current) part of herself somewhere in there. I did.
—N. Impala

Everything in the article makes complete sense. I can relate to so much of the battle with the food. I like the "healing through feeling" factor.
—Lulu Dunham

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 Davidson

In the 6/28 issue, GT incorrectly stated local author Wei Wei's job title. She is, in fact, a Fellow of the Special Libraries Association and the former Engineering Librarian at UCSC. We regret the error.

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