Plus Letters To the Editor
Also in News, there’s an interesting report on a shortage of labor workers in the ag industry. According to several growers based in the Pajaro Valley, it has become a significant issue, worthy of attention. Read on ...
Elsewhere, the week looks inviting on the entertainment front. For starters, music legend Boz Scaggs hits Santa Cruz in what promises to be a memorable show. But you may be interested in learning more about what Scaggs has been up to creatively. For that, DNA chats with the icon to get the entire story. Turn to page 22.
In the meantime, there’s plenty more to absorb on the pages that follow, including film critic Lisa Jensen’s compelling take on The Beatles—specifically their movies. Sunday, Feb. 9, marks the 50th anniversary that The Beatles stormed America.
What’s left? Well, the weather pattern finally seems to be shifting. It might be a good time to check in with friends and connect more—inside, rather than outdoors. Game night, anyone? Somebody passed along this gem: The color of your shirt + the object to your left = your super hero name.
Have fun with that. Onward ...
Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief
Hot on the Hyatt’s Trail
Wonderful article on the new ALPR (automatic license plate readers—GT 1/30). The police state is completely out of control in this country. All this spying and surveillance is like a cancer that is eating us all alive. With the NSA and the TSA invading our privacy and our local police spying on us like the east german communist Stasi. I say it’s time to fight back and help put an end to this insanity once and for all.
We the People need multi-million dollar lawsuits filed against the Justice Department, the Deptartment of Homeland Security and our local federalized/militarized police departmens. We need to prosecute and throw these people in jail for the police state crimes they are committing against us.
These new license plate scanners are obviously illegal and a direct violation of our fourth amendment right to privacy. If our local police don't STOP this, then it’s time We the People stop cooperating with the police. It’s that simple.
Linda Runyon | Capitola
On ‘ALPRs ...’
These scanners would be a great asset, not only for police, but for taxpayers. Gang bangers and other bad guys are stealing cars all the time. Steal a car in Watsonville, shoot a teenager in Santa Cruz or Aptos. It happens enough. When a cop has been on patrol for awhile, it doesn't matter how alert he or she is, stuff gets missed. These scanners see a full license plate in less than the blink of an eye and with every blink of an eye. At $37,000, and with grant money at that, this gives police a valuable tool, and citizens more public safety. Then too, with the public now aware that SCPD has license plate scanners, they just might think better of coming to town and go somewhere else.
—Steve D. Hartman
On ‘ALPRs ...’
First off, I think the possession and use of ALPR's by law enforcement is unfortunately an inevitable step in the future. However, involving the public in delineating restrictions on length of storage and use of the data might be one of the most important pieces in the puzzle of how to prevent our personal freedoms from slowly eroding in front of our eyes.
Second, I find it highly disappointing to hear about most of the councilmembers' attitudes in this article, in declining to talk to GT about it. Are they too busy to inform the public about the amount of knowledge/lack of knowledge they have on this topic? They are the citizens' representatives. Their job is to vote the way their constituents would like them to vote. As a resident of Santa Cruz, don't you want to know why a councilmember voted for or against a particular issue? Hiding from the press is not a good way to stay transparent.
I commend Micah Posner for being up-front about his level of knowledge of all sides of the argument when voting on this particular decision. Realistically, councilmembers can't possibly be 100 percent informed on all sides of all issues at all times; if there were 100 hours in each day, maybe they could. But Micah's willingness to talk candidly about this issue, and to talk about his changing thoughts on the record, denotes an openness and honesty that should be a quality that's present in every person in public office.
On ‘I Rise Bakery ...’
I have been a customer almost from the beginning and always look forward to our weekly delivery of Gardner's "Proper Bread." Thanks for spreading the word.
Shakespeare Santa Cruz Lives On
Good news for Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Members of the revered organization, now operating under the name "Shakespeare Play On," have raised $1.1. million since December—all in an effort to salvage the reputable theater company in the wake of last year’s decision by UCSC’s arts division to halt production. The funds allow the group to meet operating costs in 2014 and plan ahead for 2015. This summer’s shows will be announced in spring. Stay tuned for more updates. Visit shakespeareplayon.net for more information.
I’ll Take A Bikini With That Double Espresso, Please
Buzz has been building over Bikini Coffee in Watsonville. The new drive-in java portal offers a distinctly original twist—all of its baristas serve drinks in bikini tops. Apparently business is booming and its owners have said that in addition to good coffee, the theme reminds locals that summer is just on the horizon. It’s an original idea, that’s a given. Still, no word yet on whether male baristas sport Speedos—or even bikini tops for that matter. Now, that would be unique. Thoughts?
“O, wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, that
has such people in’t.”
—”The Tempest,” Act V, Scene 1
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