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How healthy are you? How healthy do you want to be? How healthy are your children? This week GT News Editor Elizabeth Limbach shines the light on health issues and its link to the economy—and much more. In a captivating cover story this week, we discover why eating good food often becomes a great investment in the future. Other startling facts stand out—from recent statistics noting that a quarter of kids between 5 and 19 years old are obese in Santa Cruz County to the American Diabetes Association, which reported last year that there was a 41 percent increase in the total costs for diabetes—from $174 billion in 2007 to $245 billion in 2012. Locally, we take a look at three grassroots efforts helping to create a sea change in this area. See the full story and send us your thoughts to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Elsewhere, in News, discover what kind of progress the Veterans Affairs has made with homeless veterans.

 

Over in A&E GT continues its extensive summer theater coverage with a review of Cabrillo Stage’s “Oklahoma” and “The Taming of the Shrew” over at Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Could these endeavors be two of this summer’s finest productions? Take a look.

There’s plenty more in between, but first a big congratutions to thousands of people who participated in this year’s Wharf to Wharf. The annual event unfolded last weekend and managed to lure in enthusiasts of the race as well as vast amount of tourists. And if there’s anything the county appreciates, it’s tourism dollars.

Something to note: First Friday. The popular monthly arts and culture outing takes place Aug. 2 in Downtown Santa Cruz. Consider “Hack the Museum,” on display at the Museum of Art & History in Downtown Santa Cruz. See you out there.

Thanks for reading. Have a week full of illumination. Onward ...

Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief


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Changing Climate Change
Regarding the articles on climate change, I support President Obama's recently announced plan to combat climate change and advance clean energy. The plan calls for reducing carbon pollution from power plants—our largest source of pollution driving climate change—that also harms our health and economy.
We are already seeing the effects of climate change: storms are becoming more intense, heat waves more severe, drought more persistent and wildfire more prevalent. Superstorm Sandy alone caused more than $1 billion in damages and a loss of life that cannot be quantified.
Rising temperatures also trigger more bad-air days, which are of particular concern for the young, the elderly and those with asthma and other health issues. We can't afford to ignore these costs any longer.
Investing in renewable energy, increased efficiency and pollution controls will create jobs and a more resilient economy. In fact, history has shown when we rein in pollution we get a big bang for our
buck. Since 1970 every $1 in investment in compliance with Clean Air Act standards has produced $4-8 in economic benefits.
When it comes to our climate, the costs of inaction are mounting. We owe it to our children and future generations to rise to this challenge.
Gerardo Fuentes | Watsonville

Music, Music, Music
Regarding the Santa Cruz Music Festival article, a giant thank you to the three young men who created this incredible event. And thanks to the nine Downtown Santa Cruz venues that provided stages and the over 90 musical acts who came from all over the country. This was a music lover's dream. Pacific Avenue was alive and giddy. The line-up for each stage was truly inspired.  
Some Highlights for me:
4:30 p.m. at Motiv—LittleJohn, our local House Music impresario, spinning a set so advanced, multiple genres spanning over 50 years, but never once lost the most sublime groove for the young Santa Cruz glitterati.  
And at 6:35 p.m. at Kuumbwa,  Roadkill Ghost Choir. Almost front row seats for this band from Florida, fronted by a long-haired shaman with a soulful voice. These guys made beautiful, haunting melodies and brought them to a wall of sound psychedelia. I was in love after the first 30 seconds.  This festival rocked and worked: a published program, on-schedule performances, short sets, short walks, no lines, no over-packed venues, great sound production and only $30. The first time out, this event is already something to emulate. Who are these masked men and where did they get these mad skills?
Thanks again for a major cultural event in Santa Cruz history.
Mark Peabody | Santa Cruz


Online Comments
On ‘Budding Artist’ ...
This would be a good thing. The rest of the public needs some education, there are far too many misconceptions about the weed and the world needs to grow cannabis for all kinds of reasons. Growing it commercially would so alleviate the need for plantation type growing of trees which are made into pulp for paper. Cannabis takes only a little time to grow, so it would be a much higher yield and the need for deforestation would be nixed. Clothes could be produced (and are), it should be grown amongst cotton for companion planting and so much more ... please, please people wake up to yourselves.
—Gabriele Nagy


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davidcruzbobcat1ON THE PROWL This wildlife photo from Felton reveals a young bobcat. But where’s the
mother? photo/ David Cruz. 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



An ‘A’ For Their ‘B’
NextSpace recently became a B Corporation. Haven’t heard of B Corps? They are certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet the oft-intense and intricate standards of “social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.” That’s a nice nod, considering that Certified B Corps distinguish themselves in what has become a very packed marketplace by offering positive visions of better ways to conduct business. That, coupled with the success of “The Naked Economy” by NextSpace co-founders Ryan Coonerty and Jeremy Neuner, which highlights such practices, keeping NextSpace in the news.


good idea



Stopping Crime
In an effort to halt youth violence in Santa Cruz County, local and national crime prevention experts will meet at the Cocoanut Grove in mid-August for a conference dubbed "Turning the Curve on Youth Violence: Acting on What Works." The big roundup will be overseen by The Criminal Justice Council of Santa Cruz. Considering that, over the past year, the county has become even more aware of crime matters, this conference comes at an ideal time. Here’s to exploring new possibilities and viable solutions.


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“The impossible is possible.”
—Robert Evans


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