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Bigger, they often say, is better. There’s Big Mac, Big Money and a gaggle of other bigs out there (Big Trouble?). But what about Big Data? It may be challenging to wrap one’s mind around the concept, but as the world heads deeper into the the higher realms of technology,  large and complex quantities of digitally stored information is suddenly capturing some attention. But how does it all get harnessed? It is one of the things that Staff Writer Joel Hersch explores in this week’s cover. Timely—after all, data is so quickly produced and stored these days. But take note that the article also asks: At what point does Big Data become too big? Read on ...

 


Over in News there’s some buzz about the San Lorenzo River. Has the time arrived for a big makeover, thereby morphing the Downtown Santa Cruz riverfront into a bona fide draw to the area? Could be. But what would it actually take to make that happen, and how does a local coalition and various environmental leaders factor into the mix? Learn more. Could the San Lorenzo River become a significant draw to Downtown Santa Cruz, offering opportunities for recreation, picnicking and more? I must say that I found the thriving downtown riverfront areas of Portland, Ore., and even Kansas City, Mo., to be inspiring. Perhaps creative minds locally can fuel such transformations. Too soon to tell, but it’s nice to learn that there is, at least, some interest.

Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, so I will leave you with an inspiring quote from the man—two, actually, if you count this week’s quote of the week: “Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.”

Have an inspiring week. Thanks for reading. Until next time ...

Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief


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‘Lunch’ Is Delicious
My friends and  attended the Cabrillo Stage production of “Lunch” last weekend. Some of the reviews and write ups were sounding a little dubious. I went with a little hesitation because of that.
This was one of the best productions I have ever seen! The sets, music, acting and voices were as good as any in "big city" venues. Don't miss this play, a real privilege to view! Thank you Cabrillo Stage!  
Vicky Gordon | Santa Cruz

Watching the Watchdog
The town of Felton has turned into a little right-wing spy and surveillance mafia-run police state. There are surveillance cameras everywhere in our town's businesses, violating our privacy and dignity as customers and as sovereign, free human beings.
These cameras are in our laudromats, our natural food stores, our coffee shops, our thrift shops, inside and outside safeway, Rite Aid and CVS, in our banks, in our convenient stores, etc. Who the hell authorized these businesses to spy, photograph, surveil and monitor us in this way? We are not cattle! The town of Felton is not a nice, little bohemian town any longer, it’s turned into a little right wing, mafia-run Nazi police state!
I urge all residents of our quaint little town to boycott all of those businesses who illegally spy on their customers in this way. We also need to demand that they remove these cameras as well as have them all issue an apology to the entire community for the evil privacy violation crimes they are committing against us. A sane, civilized, upright and decent society does NOT engage in this level of police state spying and surveillance of its citizenry.
Ruth Hertzberg | Santa Cruz


Online Comments

On ‘Budding Issues’ ...     
Bryce sound's as though he wants a Monopolize the Local Cannabis Industry. And not interested in making money. Well I've been a member of several local collectives including some of the ones mentioned and it is about making a profit. They get away with it through their lies but believe me they are making a lot of money!
—HipCowboy420

On ‘Elon Musk’ ...
The Eco-energy crowd seems not to realize that all the components and parts used in solar and wind power generation systems, are manufactured from raw materials dug or drilled from the ground. The equipment used to extract the various metals, process them, etc., operate on fossil fuels. The most efficient way to smelt the iron, tin and copper is by oil- and coal-fired furnaces. These smartphones and other media-sharing devices are all manufactured using these processes as well. These "Green Energy" companies require tax- funded subsidies because they can't compete in a free market.
—Sixguns

Clarification
In last week's cover story, GT reported that the California Growers Collective produces enough medical marijuana to supply 75 percent of its approximate 500 members, relying on the remaining 25 percent of their members to obtain medicine from other collectives or dispensaries.
The article has been corrected to state that CGC has two collective-managed gardens that supply up to 25 to 50 percent of the medicine for their 7,500 members. They work closely as a “closed-loop system” with more than two dozen patient cultivators who have agreed to their best practices and quality control measures to ensure their members a safe medicine supply.


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NO RAIN BUT WHAT A VIEW A gorgeous sunset with lighthouses in Santa Cruz in the background.Taken at Twin Lakes Beach. photo//wendi lefebre This month’s theme: color.
Submit  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. Preferably, photos should be 4 inches by 4 inches and minimum 250 dpi.


good work



Cinelux Scotts Valley
Now that 2014 is pulling us deeper into its grip, it’s a good time to offer a well-deserved hats off to a local entity that truly transformed itself over the last few years and seems to be heading into the future quite nicely—Cinelux Scotts Valley Cinemas. After a major remodel, the longtime movie multiplex now boasts stadium seating, D-Box seats, a thoroughly spruced up snack/social lounge—aside from its standard popcorn fare. It’s a stunning transformation to say the least—especially considering the fact that, back in 1973 when it opened, Scotts Valley had two movie screens. Nice job.


good idea



That Grant Gets Greenlit
One of the biggest compaints that continually plagues Santa Cruz is its traffic. (You do have to wonder who designed the entire traffic light infrastructure.) But promising news surfaced recently in the form of a $200,000 grant that will be given to the city to install computer monitors specifically designed to keep track of the traffic and actually shift stoplights. The new design will allow the lights to monitor the actual flow of traffic, which could alleviate some of the problems found on thoroughfares such as Ocean Street. Read more on this in the coming weeks, but for now, it’s nice to know something has been set in motion.


quote



“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
—Martin Luther King, Jr.


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