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High-Level Policy

High-Level Policy

New state pot laws line up with county task force

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RETHINKING BIG

As part of UCSC’s Data Science week, the first ever DataLex Conference brought together 26 speakers on Tuesday, Oct. 13, ranging from industry leaders to lawyers and scientists, to examine privacy, big data, and the surrounding laws.

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Foggy Notion

Foggy Notion

What’s happening to Santa Cruz’s coastal fog?

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Elephant in the Room

Elephant in the Room

Dangerous levels of mysterious toxin showing up in Año Nuevo seals

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Ash Hole

Ash Hole

 

Where there was once a portable toilet, there is now only a pile of ash and a scorched wooden fence—at least for the time being. The public bathroom on the corner of Front and Laurel streets burned down the morning of Thursday, Oct. 8.; later in the afternoon, the wooden frame was still crackling from the heat of the earlier inferno. A few googly eyes remained stuck to the bathroom logo on the outside.

 

An investigation found that someone had caused the fire, according to Santa Cruz Fire Department Captain Jason Hajduk, but there wasn’t enough evidence left after the flames to pinpoint whether or not it was an accident.

An SCPD officer first spotted the fire and reported it around 3:30 a.m. on Thursday as he was going off duty. Investigators from SCPD looked at surveillance footage to try to identify the last person to use the toilet, but they don’t have any suspects, says police spokesperson Joyce Blaschke.

The city’s Public Works Department has already decided to replace the restroom, which opened more than 18 months ago, for a $1,000 replacement fee, says Scott Collins, assistant to the city manager.

Earlier this summer, the city launched an initiative to keep its slightly fancier bathrooms on Soquel Avenue open 24 hours a day. Collins says staff is strongly considering extending that pilot program, although they’ve found some damage. “I’m pleasantly surprised at how it’s gone, but there’s been some minor issues,” Collins says.

Activist Brent Adams started the Downtown Bathroom Taskforce, which cleaned the portable bathroom four days a week before City Council voted to keep its Soquel Avenue bathrooms open all night. The portable bathroom had been much cleaner, Adams says, after the city brought the new Soquel bathrooms into the fold, and also strengthened its cleaning schedule.

“I’m really happy the city is talking about replacing it,” Adams says of the bathroom, “because anything in that area is really necessary, based on the profound amount of use that unit gets.” 

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Lion’s Share

Lion’s Share

Danjuma Adamu, who helped popularize Afrobeat on the West Coast, passes away

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Plot Thickens

Plot Thickens

With vandalism and a shrinking garden, Beach Flats residents feel neglected

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Down the Pipe

Down the Pipe

The Water Supply Advisory Committee (WSAC), which aimed to finalize its recommendations by 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2, wrapped up with four minutes to spare. The recommendations aren’t what any single committee member would call ideal, according to WSAC member Mike Rotkin, but after 18 months, it was as close as anyone was going to get.

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Family Matter

Family Matter

A close look at our next possible sister city

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For Heaven’s Sake

For Heaven’s Sake

Can the Pope’s encyclical on the environment change hearts and minds?

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On the Run

Is there hope for California’s salmon?

 

Chinese New Year of the Red Fire Monkey

Monday, Feb. 8, is Aquarius new moon (19 degrees) and Chinese New Year of the Red Fire Monkey (an imaginative, intelligent and vigilant creature). Monkey is bright, quick, lively, quite naughty, clever, inquiring, sensible, and reliable. Monkey loves to help others. Often they are teachers, writers and linguists. They are very talented, like renaissance people. Leonardo Da Vinci was born in the year of Monkey. Monkey contains metal (relation to gold) and water (wisdom, danger). 2016 will be a year of finances. For a return on one’s money, invest in monkey’s ideas. Metal is related to wind (change). Therefore events in 2016 will change very quickly. We must ponder with care before making financial, business and relationship changes. Fortune’s path may not be smooth in 2016. Finances and business as usual will be challenged. Although we develop practical goals, the outcomes are different than hoped for. We must be cautious with investments and business partnership. It is most important to cultivate a balanced and harmonious daily life, seeking ways to release tension, pressure and stress to improve health and calmness. Monkey is lively, flexible, quick-witted, and versatile. Their gentle, honest, enchanting yet resourceful nature results often in everlasting love. Monkeys are freedom loving. Without freedom, Monkey becomes dull, sad and very unhappy. During the Spring and Autumn Period (770 - 476 BC), the Chinese official title of Marquis (noble person) was pronounced ‘Hou,’ the same as the pronunciation of ‘monkey’ in Chinese. Monkey was thereby bestowed with auspicious (favorable, fortunate) meaning. Monkey years are: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016.  

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of February 5

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Wine and Chocolate

West Cliff Wines gets its game on, plus a brand new chocolate cafe on Center Street

 

How would you stop people from littering?

Teach them from the time that they’re small that it’s not an appropriate behavior. Juliet Jones, Santa Cruz, Claims Adjuster

 

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Venus Spirits

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