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The big buzz of the week comes from Shakespeare Santa Cruz. As many of you already have read, the promiment theater organization, which has thrived here locally for more than 30 years, is  expected to close its doors for good after its holiday show in December.  The news came nearly five years after SSC garnered $419,000 in emergency donations, a combination of support from the public and other donors that fueled the 2009 season. But the one-time emergency bandage and SSC’s valiant efforts with its private support, the organizations has still had to maintain a dependence on campus funds.


In a press release, David Yager, UC Santa Cruz dean of the arts, noted that the campus “has provided Shakespeare Santa Cruz with a large amount of financial support in hopes that the company could become more financially self-sustaining. Unfortunately, with each passing season, it has become clearer that this goal is not attainable ... despite ... considerable efforts and generous support from the campus, it has become obvious that ticket sales, sponsorships, and private support are just insufficient to keep the company going." Thoughts? Sound off on the matter. Send us your opinions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Be sure to check out our Facebook page in the coming days for a look at some of our favorite shows over the years—and more. In the meantime, if you have not already delved into SSC’s summer season, take note: The run ends this weekend.

In other local news, you may find this week’s cover story downright captivating. Local historian, filmmaker, scribe and all-around nice guy, Geoffrey Dunn, is spotlighted. Dunn’s writings on Santa Cruz history was so beautifully captured in the first volume of “Santa Cruz Is in the Heart.” The second volume will be released this fall, but to get a festive kickstart, the Museum of Art & History in Santa Cruz has collaborated with Dunn for what looks to be a behemoth art show on Santa Cruz history and more. Turn to page 14 for the story.
Until next time. Onward we go ...

Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief



Concerned About Napolitano
Regarding “The Napolitano Complex” (GT 8/22), the article was lengthy and informative. However, what was glaringly missing was the fact that Richard Blum, a billionare arms dealer, is the head of the Board of Regents.  Richard Blum is also married to Sen. Dianne Feinstein.  They are Jewish.  With the war in the Middle East seeming to drag on with the U.S. turning a blind eye to Israel's aggression against her neighbors, one cannot but wonder just how the line got so blurred.  As for UC "changing from traditional," that happened in the ’60s when all campuses became segretated into buildings to avoid more student uprisings.  Its sole purpose is to get money, period, with ethics aside.
Dodi Weintraub | San Lorenzo Valley

Online Comments
On ‘Run With a View’ ...
Thank you for putting this race/run together and for creating an awareness about the trails. I had no idea of the depth of bureaucracy that was involved with this race until talking to you and reading this article. I will do my part, as an outdoor enthusiast and resident of Santa Cruz, to keep inquiring about the Coastal Rail Trail and stay interested until the trail is completed.
—Enthusiast Participant

On ‘Silent Dilemma’ ...
Yes, the cost os treatment is so high. One needs the understanding of this disease (eating disorders). It took about three years to finally understand it. There were therapists, eating disorder dietician still learning about this disease. It's like a disease that hasn't a cure (like cancer). And it can cost! This ED lives with you. But hopefully we will find the answer how to beat it. I wish there was a foundation that [we] can donate to help people who don't have much money to get the help.

On ‘Road to Realignment’ ...
Bravo to Yolanda James-Sevilla and those that determined to reach out to those inside the walls prior to them being released. Just knowing someone cares a little and may help is a source or determination to succeed. We've been serving prisoners for nine years and see a high percentage success rate with men and women who are given even a little assistance (by that I mean a person who cares about their success) before and after release. Keep up the work. I imagine it is overwhelming sometimes..
—DeAnn Alice

On ‘Willie Nelson’ ...
All those years Willie spent on stage for Farm Aid concerts on behalf of financially strapped farmers, he was in and out of court for failure to pay sizable back taxes. Mr. Nelson has made millions from his concerts, royalties, records, tapes, CD's, and movies from which he paid a bank of costly lawyers to avoid paying taxes as well as stay out of jail. I always wondered how much of Farm Aid concert receipts went for paying his taxes versus helping farmers wage their war against the government.
—Kathy Cheer

On ‘Off The Streets’ ...
What a wonderful article. I got to know Wayne Wyman during the seven years that I worked at the Monterey Clinic and I am so very happy to read of his success in overcoming his problems. This could not be happening to a greater man. I also worked with Kelly Conway—although not a doctor as mentioned in this article, she is a true marvel and has a really caring outlook toward our Veterans. Is it any wonder that the Monterey VA Clinic, and the Palo Alto Veterans Hospital are the best Veterans medical facilities in the entire U.S. KUDOS! And ... WAY TO GO, WAYNE!
—Connie Redmaner

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Fire Thwarted
The tragic wildfire around Yosemite is disastrous—to say the least. Locally, we offer kudos to the firefighters who quickly extinguished a fire that burned several acres of land near the west entrance of UC Santa Cruz earlier this week. After reports of smoke surfaced Monday afternoon. firefighters were sent to the scene at Empire Grade Road and Heller Drive. Concerns that the blaze would spread alerted locals as the billowy smoke was seen in the farthest regions in south county. Something to note: firefighters from various agencies arrived on the scene to tackle the blaze.

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Good News/Bad News
The news earlier this week that Shakespeare Santa Cruz will go dark after this season hit the local community hard, but as things move forward we find a bright light in the form of Shakespeare to Go. The enterprising program brings Shakespeare to nearly 8,000 students (grades 5 and up) throughout the Central Coast each spring.
“The plans are to integrate Shakespeare to Go into our Theater Arts Department and continue to raise private money to make sure it can operate,” says David Yager, dean of the arts at UC Santa Cruz.


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Best of Santa Cruz County 2014

The 2014 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll Come on in, and have a look around. There’s a lot to see—hundreds of winners selected by thousands of GT readers across Santa Cruz County. So if some of this looks familiar, it’s probably because you helped make it happen. But there are always new things to discover, too—you could go to a different winner or runner-up every day in the Food and Drink category alone, and you’d be booked just about until next year’s Best of Santa Cruz County issue comes out.


Something Essential Disappears

Lunar and solar eclipses follow one another. Lunar eclipses occur at full moons, and solar eclipses at new moons. Two weeks ago at the full moon we had the blood red moon—a total lunar eclipse (the next one is Oct. 8). On Monday night, April 28 (new moon), as the Sun, Moon and Earth align, a solar eclipse (Sun obscured) occurs. Eclipses signify something irrevocably is changed in our world. The Sun is our essential life force. Monday’s new moon, 9 degrees Taurus, is also an annular solar eclipse when the Moon moves centrally in front of the Sun, yet does not cover the Sun completely. The Sun's outer edges, still visible, form a “ring of fire” around the Moon.


Sugar: The New Tobacco?

Proposed bill would require warning labels on sugary drinks Will soda and other saccharine libations soon come with a health warning? They will if it’s up to our state senator, Bill Monning (D-Carmel). On Feb. 27, Monning proposed first-of-its-kind legislation that would require a consumer warning label be placed on sugar-sweetened beverages sold in California. SB 1000, also known as the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Safety Warning Act, was proposed to provide vital information to consumers about the harmful effects of consuming sugary drinks, such as sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, and sweetened teas.


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