An attempt to break a world record is stifled by the economy, but that won’t stop Virgil Robinson
This holiday season, Santa Cruz’s Virgil Robinson had hoped to fill shopping malls across America with 100,000 Santa Clauses.
Why a handful of Santa Cruz religious leaders are keeping the wedding bells ringing
For the brief five months that same-sex marriages were recognized by California state law, Rabbi Paula Marcus was able to say “by the power invested in me by the State of California” when she performed marriages for LGBT couples. She says that one sentence is the only thing that has changed since Proposition 8 passed on Nov. 4.
With negotiations stalled at 13 months and counting, union activists are seeking out officials for public face time
University of California service workers and their allies are taking any chance they can get to be heard by the university. After nearly a year of working without a contract, The American Federation of State and County Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 3299 service workers don’t feel they have much of a choice. Contract negotiations have been sluggish, if not stalled, since before their contract expired in January.
Pacific Collegiate and Santa Cruz City Schools have stalled in negotiations about where to put the students
Pacific Collegiate School is Santa Cruz’s crème de la crème – at least according to U.S. News and World Report, which ranked PCS as the second best public high school in the nation in 2007, or in the opinion of Newsweek, which ranked the local charter school as thirteenth in 2008.
Students and faculty of California universities have grave concerns about the administration’s attitude about their rights
Is free speech still free when you need permission to speak?
Student protests are a big part of campus life. For the past five years, students across the U.S. have vocalized their opposition to the war in Iraq. In California, students have fought alongside university service workers as they demanded fair pay. At the UCs, livid students have continued to protest the University of California’s leading role in the development and manufacturing of America’s nuclear
Is Richard Nash the county’s most dangerous sex offender or most misunderstood artist?
Finding an address can be the difference between freedom and incarceration William Muir, a maintenance employee at the Veterans Memorial Building for the past nine years, is an artist who attempts to spread the joy of art amongst his fellow veterans, especially those down on their luck. On Sept. 22, he met a homeless Vietnam veteran who had just been released from prison, a fellow by the name of Richard Nash. “I did not know him from Adam,” he says. “He’d been out of jail about a week. He told us that he had been incarcerated or institutionalized for 20 years. He didn’t even know what a cell phone was until now. He’s a savant genius.
WAMMfest celebrates a reprieve from city council,
and a national medical marijuana victory
The group attempts to change perceptions, one tent at a time “What’s the point of this? We’re on our way to a marijuana fest and we can’t even smoke there,” complains a tall, blonde woman as she attempts to speedwalk and smoke a joint at the same time. She and her friends are passing through downtown Santa Cruz on their way to WAMMfest and are clearly oblivious to the festival’s point.
Local student invents a new progressive brake light system
Many people claim to get their best ideas while driving. Peter Livingston certainly did.
It was in stop-and-go traffic that Livingston, now 18, got the bright idea for his first invention. The car in front of him had stopped quickly and he followed suit. However, the car behind him didn’t get the memo to brake abruptly, and the driver was forced to slam on his brakes, skidding to a dangerous halt.