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Santa Cruz is never short of drama—or play. Or plays for that matter.  So, in between viewing all the summer theater that’s out there—from Cabrillo Stage to Shakespeare Santa Cruz—and relishing your time at the beach, catch up on our local news coverage both online and in print.


This week in News there is an interesting report on how one local runner is raising the level of awareness surrounding foster children—and just in time for the Wharf to Wharf. The article delves into the inner workings of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), too, the nonprofit that unites foster kids with adult volunteers who serve as their mentors. Oftentimes these mentors do their very best to assure that a child’s education and new home life flows smoothly. Read on ...

Also in News, we update readers on a cockfighting ring that was recently broken up in Watsonville. The article notes that a sheriff’s deputy believes that the cockfighting scenario may have been operating at the location of the crimes for quite some time. Send us your thoughts to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Over in A&E (page 30), we preview Cabrillo Stage’s “Oklahoma.” Be sure to catch the latest episode of GTv on Community Television, too. Some of the cast from “Oklahoma” stopped by to give us some fodder. We bravely ventured behind the scenes, too, for our most wild video shoot yet. Tune in.

In the meantime, feast your eyes on this week’s cover story. In our annual Fashion Issue, we spotlight the popular and ever-so-styish fashion blog The Penny Rose, created by local writer Christa Martin. It’s interesting to note why the blog was launched and how it has shined the light on local fashion and venues featuring unique finds, but it’s also great to see the fine production value behind some of The Penny Rose’s photo shoots. Dive in and enjoy. And be sure to check out some of the terrific looks at local stores, such as Twist, Wallflower, Cameron Marks and others.

Thanks for reading. Until next time ...
Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief



Now, That’s a Good Meal
What a great review of Booka (GT 7/18). I have been to this restaurant a couple of times now and I am happy to read that others agree. This is my new go-to place, and I wish the owners all the success in the world. Thank you for spicing up Aptos.

Jeremy Lee | Santa Cruz

Remembering The Vets
It was nice to see a story that not only shed light on a very important issue—the veterans that live among us (GT 7/21)—but also spotlighted the plight of several local vets, too, including Mr. Shanks, the 62-year-old Vietnam War vet that has had challenges receiving benefits. We cannot go on pretending these veterans do not exist. We must remember them and also take the time to understand the full scope of some of their dilemmas—psychological and economical.

Less Williamson | Soquel

Vets Take Center Stage
Your article on the vets reminded me that not many people are talking about the Vets Hall and what’s going currently going on with that—and what really has been going on with that for some time now. The place has been closed—for too long. And not many people around here have spoken up about it. I know some things are changing now, but come on—we need to speak up, Santa Cruz. I have a friend who is a vet. He says that, at times, it’s tough working with the Santa Cruz Veterans Service Office. I’m not sure why. Aren’t they here to assist veterans, military retirees and their families? We all need to get it together people.

Jason Williams | Santa Cruz

Online Comments

On ‘Meals To Savor’ ...

Finally, we can stay up past 9 p.m. in Aptos with great food, sophisticated atmosphere and welcoming hospitality. Booka is truly a first-rate experience.

—Stephanie Hauck

On ‘Silent Dilemma’ ...
Great article on eating disorders and body image. I will be forwarding on to my girlfriend who is and 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.

—Nina Impala

On ‘Boosting the Local Economy’ ...
Santa Cruz has the ocean as a background and the city should benefit from it, creating a festival related to the sea—from arts and crafts, a surfing day to '”Sea Mermaid Day,” “Family Friendly Day,” etc. What about “Art and Pearls Day” and “Pirates Day?” It will be fun and good for business. It would be good to promote the sea as a sacred gift not just as a highway for boats—but also for people to be aware of its power and how gifted we are to have a sea right in our backyard.


On ‘Uncaged and Uninhibited’ ...
The film La Cage Aux Folles is very story-driven compared to the musical stage version, which seems far more dance and wig-driven—not surprising considering Harvey Fierstein wrote the adaptation.

For instance there is far less tension in the main character's relationship, in part because they burst out in song together every 10 minutes. Thus the acting has to be tip top and it wasn't. Albin was amazing—his face registering every subtlety but Georges never lost his emcee voice from the first scene and every dialog felt like he was presenting the news.



photo contest

editorsnapAPPARITION? Maybe. Either way, this shot of the sun shining through a Monterey Cypress by the beach near 20th Avenue in Live Oak is heavenly. photo/ Ahraiyanna Della Tone. 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

Santa Cruz Music Festival
Hats off to the creators of the first-ever Santa Cruz Music Festival. It’s hard to imagine that, in such a music-driven arena as Santa Cruz, that this idea wasn’t inspired years ago and fostered. Needless to say, in its premiere outing, SCMF hit an impressive creative home run. More than 90 artists were featured with a whopping total of 85 hours of entertainment performed in seven local venues and 11 stages. Between that and the sophomore outing of the Santa Cruz Fringe Festival, July has been a busy month. But it has been totally worth the effort. If there is ever a place where creative people can shine, it’s right here in Santa Cruz County. Good job.

good idea

FashionART Santa Cruz
Back in 2006, Angelo Grova, of MichaelAngelo Gallery, hosted a unique fashion show—right in the parking lot outside his gallery on River Street. The idea was simple: to support a friend studying fashion design. But much to everyone’s surprise, more than 400 people showed up—and FashionART Santa Cruz was born. Since that time, the annual soiree has gone on to pack the Civic Auditorium. All that to say: Mark your calendars for Sept. 28 when FashionArt Santa Cruz returns with its inventive intersection of art, fashion and art as fashion. Visit


“Your victory is right around the corner. Never give up.”
—Nicki Minaj

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