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  • Attacker identified as UC Merced freshman

    11/05/2015 7:56:19 AM PST · by Bon of Babble · 55 replies
    Merced Sun Star ^ | Nov. 5, 2017 | Rob Parsons
    The UC Merced student who wounded four people in a stabbing spree at the campus has been identified as Faisal Mohammad, a freshman student from Santa Clara. Merced Couty Sheriff Vern Warnke confirmed the identity of the 18-year-old student to the Sun-Star early Thursday.
  • 2 Fish and Wildlife wardens rescued after boat explodes near Santa Cruz

    09/07/2015 2:12:03 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 29 replies
    KION ^ | Sep 05, 2015
    The United States Coast Guard said two Fish and Wildlife wardens suffered second-degree burns after their boat exploded near Santa Cruz Saturday morning. A good Samaritan pulled the wardens out of the water. They were taken to a hospital for treatment.
  • Santa Cruz Police: Man Took Pics of Nude 7-Year-Old in Shower

    08/06/2015 8:14:11 PM PDT · by Morgana · 8 replies
    BREITBART ^ | William Bigelow 4 Aug 2015
    Santa Cruz police are searching for a man who allegedly photographed a naked 7-year-old girl in a public shower on July 13. The girl was rinsing off her body near the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf and Beach Street around 5:15 p.m. when a restaurant worker noticed an older white man, who looked to be in his late sixties, apparently snapping pictures, according to KSBW. The man was described as 5’8”, with white hair, a cowboy hat and a sleeveless T-shirt. Anyone with information is asked to call Santa Cruz police at 831-420-5820.
  • Maddy Middleton murder: A teen's turbulent family life and the death of a Santa Cruz 8-year-old

    07/31/2015 10:08:33 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 14 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | 07/31/2015 | Stephen Baxter
    As a sharper picture formed of a shy 15-year-old raised in a troubled and sometimes violent home, Adrian Jere Gonzalez appeared in court for the first time to face charges of raping and killing 8-year-old Madyson 'Maddy' Middleton.
  • Santa Cruz boy accused of murdering, raping Madyson charged as adult

    07/29/2015 11:54:49 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    ksbw ^ | 11:48 AM PDT Jul 29, 2015 | Amy Larson
    Adrian Jerry Gonzalez lured 8-year-old Madyson Middleton into his Santa Cruz apartment, raped and killed her, and put her body in a box, investigators said. Rosell announced Wednesday morning that he charged the 15-year-old as an adult, and identified the boy for the first time. "He is charged with one count of murder, (with) special circumstances involving sexual offenses, lying in wait, and kidnapping," Rosell said. According to Police Chief Kevin Vogel, Gonzalez lured Madyson into his apartment. The young girl trusted the boy enough to follow him into the apartment because he was her neighbor at the Tannery Arts...
  • Tight-knit Tannery Arts community tested by murder

    07/28/2015 6:53:27 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 10 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 07/28/15 | Ryan Masters
    A day after the body of a girl believed to be 8-year-old resident Madyson “Maddy” Middleton was discovered in a recycling bin below the complex, the reeling Tannery Arts Center community closed ranks and grieved privately.
  • Missing Santa Cruz 8 year old girl was raped and strangled (by illegal alien?)

    07/28/2015 6:09:22 PM PDT · by MrShoop · 97 replies
    KRON ^ | 07/28/2015 | Mario Sevilla
    Missing Santa Cruz girl was raped and strangled, sources say SANTA CRUZ (KRON) — Sources say that the 8-year-old girl who vanished from her Santa Cruz apartment complex Sunday night was raped and strangled before her body was found inside a dumpster. Madyson Middleton’s body was discovered inside of a dumpster at the Tannery Arts Center by one of the department’s detectives Monday night. Police are not sure how long the body was inside the dumpster. [...] Initial reports of Middleton’s disappearance were received at 6:08 p.m. Sunday night, police said. Surveillance video captured footage of the girl riding her...
  • Body of missing Santa Cruz girl found near her home

    07/27/2015 10:07:24 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 12 replies
    KTVU ^ | 07-27-2015
    Police and FBI agents swarmed the Tannery Arts Center Monday night shortly before word surfaced that the body of a missing Santa Cruz girl had been found close to her home.
  • FBI seeks vandals who cut Bay Area fiber-optic cables

    06/17/2015 9:44:12 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 26 replies
    SFGate ^ | 6/16/15 | Henry K. Lee
    The FBI asked for the public’s help Monday in identifying people who have severed underground fiber-optic cables throughout the Bay Area. Over the past year, vandals have used tools to intentionally cut the cables in Berkeley, Fremont, Alamo, Walnut Creek and San Jose in 10 separate incidents, most of which happened in the middle of the night, said FBI Special Agent Greg Wuthrich. The cost of the damage was not discosed. The FBI is coordinating the investigation, which involves several local law enforcement agencies, Wuthrich said. The cases are not related to a mysterious rifle attack on a Pacific Gas...
  • Man sentenced to 88 years to life in murder of Santa Cruz shop owner

    03/25/2015 7:26:10 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 14 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 03/25/15 | Stephen Baxter
    Nearly three years since 38-year-old shop owner Shannon Collins was stabbed to death on her way to a hair appointment in Santa Cruz, her killer was sentenced on Wednesday to 88 years to life in prison.
  • WATCH LIVE: UC Santa Cruz students block Highway 1 next to fishhook

    03/03/2015 1:26:53 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 23 replies
    KSBW.com ^ | Mar 03, 2015 | Amy Larson
    SANTA CRUZ, Calif. —Six young protesters are blocking Highway 1 in Santa Cruz where the fishhook merges with Highway 17. A California Highway Patrol officer told KSBW that the protesters are University of California Santa Cruz students. They are using their bodies, trash cans filled with cement, and pipes to block southbound lanes. Students are linked together and laying down across the usually-busy highway. While holding a banner reading "Fight The Hikes," demonstrators said they are standing up against tuition hikes by the University of California system, as well as police brutality.
  • San Jose Mercury News: Global Warming Could Ruin Surfing

    02/24/2015 9:15:17 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 49 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | February 24, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    In an article chock full of "could" and computer model projections, the San Jose Mercury News speculates in the headline, "Climate change may flatten Santa Cruz's famed surfing waves." Key word is "may" since it also may not. However, this doesn't prevent reporter James Urton from engaging in extreme conjecture about surf conditions in a century while computer model projections are often unable to correctly project the weather for the next day. Let us now join Urton in the midst of his Chicken Little mode concerning the future of Santa Cruz surfing:
  • Murder of man found in Santa Cruz Mountains 9 years ago remains mystery

    03/23/2013 5:16:46 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 10 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 03/22/2013 | Shanna McCord
    SANTA CRUZ -- Nine years ago, Angel Anthony Valtierra's body was found tangled in brush 20 feet down a steep hill on Upper East Zayante Road. Not a single day passes where Valtierra's family doesn't pray his killer will be arrested and brought to justice. His mother, Rachel Valtierra, said she often wakes up crying in the middle of the night. "I'm just angry because nobody got caught for it," Rachel Valtierra, 55, said Friday. "Nothing ever came of it. It's like we're standing still, and that's very hard for me." Valtierra -- a San Jose resident whose pregnant girlfriend...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Sunspots and Solar Eclipse

    10/26/2014 7:25:56 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 1 replies
    NASA ^ | October 25, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: A New Moon joined giant sunspot group AR 2192 to dim the bright solar disk during Thursday's much anticipated partial solar eclipse. Visible from much of North America, the Moon's broad silhouette is captured in this extreme telephoto snapshot near eclipse maximum from Santa Cruz, California. About the size of Jupiter, the remarkable AR 2192 itself darkens a noticeable fraction of the Sun, near center and below the curved lunar limb. As the sunspot group slowly rotates across the Sun and out of view in the coming days its activity is difficult to forecast. But the timing of solar...
  • Israeli Ship Remains At Sea As Thousands of Protesters Gather in Oakland [Blockading Israel Ship]

    08/17/2014 11:54:26 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 62 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | August17, 2014 | Rebecca Bowe
    Israeli Ship Remains At Sea As Thousands of Protesters Gather in Oakland Blockade delayed as word spreads that ship is off the coast of California, closer to Santa Cruz, and won’t be docking that day Rebecca Bowe at the Port of Oakland 17 August 2014 Pro-Palestinian protesters at the port of Oakland attempt to prevent an Israeli ship from docking. Photograph: Justin Benttinen/The Guardian An Israeli ship that was scheduled to dock at the port of Oakland in California on Saturday remained at sea as between 2,000 and 3,000 pro-Palestinian activists streamed towards the port entrance, chanting and waving flags....
  • Prostitute accused of killing yacht-owning client with heroin

    07/10/2014 6:46:45 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 22 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 9, 2014 | Kale Williams
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Police arrested a prostitute on homicide charges Friday after they say she administered a lethal dose of heroin to a client and left him to die on a yacht in Santa Cruz last year. On Nov. 23, police were called to investigate the suspicious death of an unidentified 51-year-old man on a sailboat in the Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor.
  • I Started a Joke

    07/05/2014 1:30:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    UCSC humor study literally pulls legs and yanks chains to measure brain’s responses The physical act of pulling someone’s leg can make you a funnier person. At least for a short period of time following the act, says Patrawat Samermit, a Ph.D student of cognitive psychology at UCSC. The same is true for yanking someone’s chain. Samermit, who has ambitions to be the next Margaret Cho, is not pulling our leg (although she’d clearly like to). Her recent humor cognition study used mannequins to find out how enacting embodied metaphors of humor may affect humor production. After the yanking and...
  • South African Grant "Twiggy" Baker Wins 2014 Mavericks Invitational Surf Contest

    01/24/2014 4:15:23 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Jan 24, 2014
    With the best of conditions under sunny skies, the Mavericks Invitational, the so-called Super Bowl of surfing, was won by South African Grant "Twiggy" Baker. Baker also won the title in 2006 and reclaimed the title on Friday afternoon, with Hawaiian Shane Dorian coming in second in his first Mavericks contest and Ryan Augenstein of Santa Cruz coming in third. Raw Video of Mavericks 2014 Fellow Californians Tyler Fox of Aptos, Greg Long of San Clemente and Anthony Tashnick of Santa Cruz rounded out the six surfers who made the finals. The competition kicked off Friday morning off the coast...
  • Editorial: Toilet trouble: City doing its best to deal with public defecation but root cause remains

    07/24/2013 11:51:15 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 62 replies
    It's a basic human act, and it says a lot about society -- and the state of homelessness in Santa Cruz in the year 2013 -- that a discussion about keeping people from doing it in public places is even warranted. But here we are. The problem: An increasing amount of human waste is being found along the San Lorenzo River levee and in downtown-area open space. People relieving themselves in public spots is apparently a growing problem in the city, one that has residents who regularly walk the levee path and business owners along Front Street -- many of...
  • Santa Cruz sheriff: Killer Shot two Plainclothes Officers at his Doorstep

    02/27/2013 11:07:52 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    The gunman who killed two plainclothes Santa Cruz police detectives in cold blood grabbed their guns and took their car, launching a chase that forced three school lockdowns and a nearby shootout with officers that ended his life, authorities revealed Wednesday. As the city mourned his victims, the blood of 35-year-old Jeremy Peter Goulet -- a trained military police officer who wore body armor and used two of the three guns he possessed to fire at bystanders and firefighters on Tuesday -- still stained a wall where a barrage of gunfire had erupted. The day after, heartbreaking portraits emerged about...
  • Hundreds of squid wash onto Santa Cruz area beaches

    12/10/2012 3:32:42 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 12/10/12 | Cathy Kelly - santacruzsentinel.com
    APTOS -- California Department of Fish & Game scientists are investigating why hundreds of dead squid washed up on Aptos-area beaches roughly from Rio Del Mar to Pleasure Point on Sunday. Many of the squid remained on the sand at Rio del Mar State Beach on Monday, and a sea of seagulls gorged themselves. State Parks officials said they were just advised of the issue Monday and that their resource specialists had just started looking into it. Fish & Game promised a statement later Monday. In late October, about 100 squid beached themselves in Pacific Grove, the Monterey Herald reported....
  • What We Didn't See in Santa Cruz: "Obama 2012" Bumper Stickers

    06/16/2012 7:41:02 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 78 replies
    Self ^ | June 16, 2012 | Self
    Our daughter graduated with a BS in Biology this morning from the University of California at Santa Cruz. I did not see a single "Obama 2012" bumper sticker today -- not one! We drove about 40 miles from home to the campus and saw many hundreds or thousands of cars on Highways 85, 17, and 1; the local Santa Cruz streets; throughout campus; in the campus parking structure; and in the parking lots on campus. We walked quite a distance on campus and didn't spot a single Obama sign on any buildings, bus shelters, housing units, dorms, or student bulletin...
  • AZ sues over Mexico waste flowing into US [toxic waste crossing the border too]

    05/29/2012 7:52:02 AM PDT · by kevcol · 8 replies
    KPHO ^ | May 26, 2012 | Dawn Alexander
    NOGALES, AZ (AP) - Arizona officials say the state is suing the U.S. International Boundary and Water Commission for state permit and Clean Water Act violations caused by allowing untreated industrial wastewater to cross the U.S. border from Mexico at Nogales. The Nogales International reports that the lawsuit, filed Friday in Maricopa County Superior Court, alleges that the IBWC has failed to implement a program to keep industrial waste from entering domestic sewage, which has resulted in illegal levels of cadmium, cyanide and ammonia nitrogen entering Arizona. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality says it will ask the court to...
  • Santa Cruz: Vandals damage Father Serra artifact at Holy Cross Church

    05/08/2012 8:49:04 AM PDT · by SmithL · 31 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 5/8/12 | Cathy Kelly, Santa Cruz Sentinel
    A vandal or vandals caused widespread damage at Holy Cross Church early Sunday in what police are investigating as a possible hate crime. The damaged items included a baptismal font brought to Mission Santa Cruz by Junipero Serra in the late 1700s, a church spokesman said... A custodian discovered the destruction to the main church and other areas on the property about 6:50 a.m., ...It included windows shattered by rocks and paint sprayed and poured on doors, walls, statues, a fountain area and sidewalks, Friend said. Some anti-church slogans and symbols were painted, he said. Targets included the main church,...
  • Letter: Changes on the horizon [SANTA CRUZ MOONBATS UNBOUND: a series brought 2 u by marty f]

    03/09/2012 4:22:29 PM PST · by martin_fierro · 15 replies
    The Press-Boner, er Banner LTTE ^ | 3/9/12 | Paul Taylor
    Part of an ongoing series where it can be seen what The Left thinks when unchallenged in one of the bluest of Blue areas: Santa Cruz County, CA EDITOR, Many of you are probably freaking out at the constantly escalating prices of gasoline these days. My advice: Don't be afraid. We are knee-deep in a major energy-lifestyle shift in America. We are 4 percent of the world's population, yet we consume 30 to 40 percent of the world's energy and resources. This is coming to an end. The days of the gas-guzzler are over. This is a time for most...
  • Student protesters shut down most of UC Santa Cruz

    03/01/2012 1:25:37 PM PST · by SmithL · 27 replies · 3+ views
    Student protesters at the University of California, Santa Cruz, shut down most of the campus Thursday as part of statewide demonstrations against budget cuts to higher education. Hundreds of students blocked all entrances to the coastal campus and prevented vehicles from entering, said Josh Brahinsky, a graduate student and union representative who helped organize the action. The protest at Santa Cruz is part of demonstrations being held by college students at about 30 campuses across California and was scheduled to coincide with state budget negotiations, organizers said. Rallies, marches, teach-ins and walkouts to call on lawmakers to restore funding to...
  • Whale nearly swallows kayaker and surfer

    11/11/2011 12:47:00 PM PST · by geraldmcg · 21 replies
    CleanTV.com ^ | 11-11-11 | CleanTV.com
    A whale nearly swallowed two people on a kayak and a woman on a surfboard. The humpback whale lunged from out of nowhere just several feet away, forcing thousands of anchovies to the surface, with sea gulls swarming around the scene in search of breakfast. Barbara Roettger filmed the epic near-miss event near Santa Cruz, California where recently a sailboat collided with another humpback whale and at least one kayaker capsized. Oh, and for the record, humpback whales typically are about 50 feet long and weigh 50 tons. That’s a whopping 2000 pounds for every foot of whale. Short be...
  • Santa Cruz County Offers Free Childcare for Migrant Families

    08/18/2011 7:16:04 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 14 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | Aug 18, 2011 | Brttany Davis Pulley
    Santa Cruz, Calif.- The Santa Cruz County Office of Education and Migrant Head Start program says they are still accepting more kids in their free childcare program. It's not your typical babysitter, the childcare providers are certified teachers who offer a learning environment. Meals and diapers are provided. To qualify families must have moved within the last 24 months and over 50% of their income must come from agriculture work. If you're interested contact Sonia Cervantes, Migrant Head Start Specialist at (831) 466-5852.
  • Students suspended after racist incidents in Calif

    05/27/2011 5:04:10 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 27, 2011 | MARCUS WOHLSEN
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Students at a California high school have been suspended for suspected scrawling of racist graffiti and joining together in a white supremacy gesture while the senior class picture was being taken, school officials said Friday. Soquel High School administrators decided late Wednesday to suspend about five students and ban them from the prom, Santa Cruz City Schools Superintendent Gary Bloom said.
  • Man challenging Santa Cruz rental inspection program in court (creative financing vs privacy right)

    04/13/2011 10:22:56 AM PDT · by SteveH · 4 replies
    KION News 46 (tv) ^ | Jan 19, 2011 6:16 AM PST Updated: Jan 26, 2011 4:20 PM PST | Matt de Nesnera
    Posted: SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -- Political activist Harold Griffith is challenging the city's new residential rental inspection program in court. Both sides will appear before a Santa Cruz County Superior Court judge Wednesday morning for a case management conference. According to the law, rental property owners would be required to register with the city – either for city inspection or self-certification. In court documents, Griffith argues the program violates equal protection rights because it doesn't require inspection for all rentals. The ordinance, which passed last fall, states there are some exceptions, including "rooms rented to single individuals in an owner-occupied...
  • New issue postpones hearing challenging Santa Cruz rental inspection ordinance

    04/13/2011 11:06:22 AM PDT · by SteveH · 6 replies
    The Santa Cruz Sentinal ^ | 04/07/2011 08:19:30 PM PDT | Cathy Kelly
    SANTA CRUZ - A judge Thursday asked Santa Cruz city attorneys to research a new issue raised by a property owner challenging the city's rental inspection ordinance. The Santa Cruz City Council passed an ordinance in September requiring owners of rental properties to register their units and eventually submit to inspection, and to pay fees for that. The law was written in part due to an agreement with UC Santa Cruz to prevent unsafe housing conditions and control student growth. Watsonville anti-tax advocate Harold Griffith sued the city days later, claiming the ordinance violates equal protection of law standards by...
  • Feds eye anti-Semitism claims at Calif university

    03/16/2011 4:45:10 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 16, 2011
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Education is investigating a faculty member's complaint that a series of pro-Palestinian events at a California university crossed the line into anti-Semitism and created a hostile environment for Jewish students. The department's Office for Civil Rights notified the University of California, Santa Cruz last week that it planned to look into allegations made by Hebrew lecturer Tammi Rossman-Benjamin dating back to 2001.
  • Feds probe anti-Semitism allegations at Santa Cruz

    03/16/2011 1:41:17 PM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 3/16/11
    The U.S. Department of Education is investigating a faculty member's complaint that a series of pro-Palestinian events at the University of California, Santa Cruz have crossed the line into anti-Semitism and created a hostile environment for Jewish students.
  • LIVE: KCRA 3 Coverage - Santa Cruz Co. Issues Evacuation Advisory (Pretty good surges goin' on)

    03/11/2011 10:27:01 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    KCRA 3 ^ | 3/11/11 | KCRA 3
    SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -- Santa Cruz County has issued an evacuation advisory in response to a tsunami expected to hit the Bay Area this morning. Residents who live in an inundation zone, or coastal or low-lying areas, are being told to evacuate their homes and move to higher ground, county spokesman Enrique Sahagun.
  • Bolivia: Morales says victory ‘deepens democracy’

    08/11/2008 11:42:17 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies · 134+ views
    The Financial Times ^ | 8/11/2008 | Naomi Mapstone in La Paz
    Evo Morales, Bolivia’s president, has claimed a reinvigorated mandate for constitutional reform after a partial count of Sunday’s recall referendum showed he had won more than 60 per cent of a national vote of confidence in his government. The president is expected to move swiftly to seek approval for a draft constitution that would redistribute wealth from the hydrocarbons industry, intro­duce land reform and open his way to run for a second term. Addressing supporters from the balcony of the presidential palace on Sunday, Mr Morales said the vote had “deepened democracy”. “We are convinced that it is important to...
  • Bolivia raises hackles with ID

    04/10/2008 11:49:55 AM PDT · by JZelle · 1 replies · 50+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 4-10-08 | Martin Arostegui
    SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia — The appearance of a Star of David on new national identity cards has alarmed opponents of President Evo Morales, who recall how the symbol was used to brand Jews in Nazi Germany. Tiny six-pointed stars within a tight circle are printed on the back side of some, but not all, recently issued picture IDs in the Santa Cruz region. The mark was present on three cards seen by The Washington Times. "It raises suspicions that the government is identifying individuals or segments of the population along racial, religious or ideological lines" said Carlos Klinsky, a member...
  • Appeals court reinstates Nazi salute lawsuit

    12/15/2010 1:24:21 PM PST · by SmithL · 15 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 12/15/10
    San Francisco, CA (AP) -- A federal appeals court has ordered a trial judge to reconsider a lawsuit by a Santa Cruz man who was arrested for raising a Nazi salute during a city council meeting. Robert Norse claims his free speech rights were violated with the 2002 arrest.
  • Los Gatos green cement manufacturer to test product in Santa Cruz

    12/04/2010 11:21:38 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies · 1+ views
    The San Jose Mercury News ^ | December 3, 2010 | Kurtis Alexander
    SANTA CRUZ -- The Los Gatos startup that pledged to turn greenhouse gas into cement has landed its first job: a sidewalk in the city of Santa Cruz. While a relatively small project, the 400-foot walkway off Morrissey Boulevard will serve as a big test for plans by the environmentally minded Calera Corp. to capture carbon dioxide exhaust from the Moss Landing Power Plant and fashion it into commercially viable construction materials, like cement. "We're at the point where we want to start using our materials in the built-in environment," said Martin Devenney, vice president of materials development at Calera....
  • Save the Frogs Founder to Speak at UCSC About Importance of Amphibians

    10/03/2010 11:46:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 09/29/2010 | Jory John
    Kerry M. Kriger wants to make Santa Cruz County the most frog-friendly county on the planet. The county is home to three endangered amphibians, including the California red-legged frog. "I definitely want our community to understand the importance of amphibians," he said. "We have some important Santa Cruz-based projects that we're working on, and we'll need a lot of community participation." Kriger - founder and executive director of Save the Frogs, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting amphibian populations and "promoting a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife" - will speak at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum today, as...
  • Prominent Westside couple identified in murder-suicide off Soquel Drive {Democrat of the year}

    09/25/2010 9:52:53 PM PDT · by SmithL · 43 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 9/25/10 | Jennifer Squires
    SANTA CRUZ -- Two well-known Westside Santa Cruz residents were killed in a murder-suicide in a residential neighborhood off Soquel Drive late Thursday, authorities reported. Gayle Mozee-Baum, 54, shot and killed her estranged husband, James "Jimmy" Baum, 61, around 11:15 p.m., then turned the gun on herself, the Sheriff's Office reported. Sheriff's Sgt. Ian Patrick called the deaths "a tragic event." Friends were taken aback at the news. "Jimmy was just kind-hearted. He was a gentleman," said Steve Robertson, a drummer from Aptos who knew Baum for 25 years. "Gayle was a very nice person. Everybody is just shocked by...
  • Santa Cruz County unemployment dips to 11 percent despite job losses in August

    09/18/2010 12:21:23 AM PDT · by Nitehawk0325 · 4 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 09/17/2010 06:42:22 PM PDT | By JONDI GUMZ
    SANTA CRUZ - Santa Cruz County unemployment dipped in August to 11 percent, down from 11.3 percent last month, but up from a year ago, when it was 10.2 percent. The reason: Not job growth, but a smaller labor force. The jobless rate remained steady nationwide at 9.5 percent and inched up to 12.4 percent in California. "Californians are continuing to suffer from slow job growth, and things will only improve when there is strong hiring in the private sector," Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said. Most private-sector industries in Santa Cruz County have a long way to go to recover jobs...
  • Arsonist strikes at Santa Cruz city attorney's office; firebombing follows anti-camping ban graffiti

    07/02/2010 12:44:19 PM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 7/2/10 | Jennifer Squires - Santa Cruz Sentinel
    SANTA CRUZ - An arsonist firebombed the Santa Cruz city attorney's office early Friday, but a security guard heard a smoke alarm sounding and called for fire crews before the Molotov cocktail burned down the building, authorities reported. The attack came just days after vandals spray painted a swastika, an anarchist symbol and a tirade about the city's long-disputed camping ordinance on the front office walkway last month, according to City Attorney John Barisone, whose firm, Atchison, Barisone, Condotti & Kovacevich, contracts with the city to provide legal assistance. The firebombing at the private office, at 333 Church St., happened...
  • Santa Cruz police to partner with immigration officials to fight gang violence

    05/05/2010 8:56:18 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 10 replies · 415+ views
    Updated: 05/05/2010 07:48:38 PM PDT SANTA CRUZ - Besieged by unsolved gang violence, Santa Cruz police turned to federal immigration agents for help this week. Beginning Tuesday, a team of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are working with the Police Department to investigate gang crime in the city, Santa Cruz Police Chief Howard Skerry announced Wednesday. "We've reached a point where I, as chief, will call in every available resource," Skerry said. "The whole focus of this is to find out who committed these crimes and bring them to justice." Carl Reimer, 19, died April 17 after being shot three...
  • Lawlessness in Santa Cruz

    05/05/2010 7:42:29 PM PDT · by Brugmansian · 12 replies · 453+ views
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | May 5 2010 | Don Miller
    Today’s Sentinel story on how the Santa Cruz City Council has responded to Saturday’s downtown mayhem with a directive to hire more cops is not surprising. The council, and city government including police, were already being pressured by groups such as Take Back Santa Cruz to do something about gang violence and the flourishing drug trade in the city. Now, many people think the police were either understaffed, or underprepared, to handle what happened Saturday night. In any case, the city has had to deal with a rising tide of discontent, along with violence, mixed in with the historic “tolerance”...
  • Freep This FaceBook Anarchist Website (Partial Vanity)

    05/04/2010 5:32:15 PM PDT · by dersepp · 2 replies · 262+ views
    www.FaceBook.com ^ | 4 May 10 | dersepp
    So you might have heard that the already struggling and economically depressed city of Santa Cruz, CA had a public gathering on Mad Day evening go south and turn into a mini-riot (http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/localnews/ci_15010033). The articles notes there is an anarchist internet cafe in town that serves as a hub for that group. Now I do not wish any harm to come to this group (save for the FBI and then later their fellow inmates), but I think we as Freepers should have at them in their virtual world as only we can do. While you're checking your FaceBook account, why...
  • Riot breaks out in downtown Santa Cruz;

    05/03/2010 10:42:34 AM PDT · by Calamari · 27 replies · 1,049+ views
    http://www.mercurynews.com/ ^ | 05/02/2010 01:45:50 AM PDT | Alia Wilson
    SANTA CRUZ - A large group of protesters demonstrating at a May Day rally for worker's and immigrant rights downtown broke off into a riot vandalizing about a dozen businesses around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, police said.
  • Santa Cruz Man Gets Rehearing in Mock Nazi Salute

    03/14/2010 10:03:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies · 681+ views
    A federal appeals court granted a new hearing Friday to a homeless-rights advocate who sued the city of Santa Cruz after he was expelled from a City Council meeting for giving a mock Nazi salute to the mayor. A three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled in November that a federal judge had properly dismissed Robert Norse's free-speech suit because his actions were disruptive. But the court said Friday that a majority of its 26 active judges had voted to order a rehearing before an 11-judge panel of the appeals court. Norse, who...
  • Seattle Murder Suspect Extradited From Santa Cruz

    01/15/2010 12:03:00 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 419+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 1/14/10 | Cathy Kelly
    Murder suspect Daniel Hicks was transferred from Santa Cruz County Jail Wednesday, jail records show. Hicks, 30, faces murder charges in Seattle. He was arrested in Santa Cruz on Dec. 28, allegedly on the lam after killing his longtime girlfriend and 13-week-old infant daughter in the Seattle area, authorities said. Jennifer Morgan, and the couple's 13-week-old daughter, Ema Morgan, were shot multiple times on Dec. 21, police said. A King County Superior Court judge issued a no-bail warrant Dec. 24 charging Hicks with two counts of aggravated first-degree murder. According to court documents filed in Washington, the couple's friends and...
  • Carly Fiorina brings Republican message to liberal Santa Cruz

    01/14/2010 6:59:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies · 499+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 1/15/09 | Kurtis Alexander
    Republican U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina braved territory normally reserved for Democrats on Thursday, telling a business group in the liberal city by the beach that the federal government had grown too big and that its ventures into health care, financial regulation and economic stimulus were misguided. Championing herself as a "conservative" because she has "faith in people" and not politicians, the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive officer is moving full speed ahead in her bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer — at a time when many in the Republican Party believe Democratic incumbents are vulnerable. "The fact that the...
  • Santa Cruz County wind turbine presents conundrum for state regulators

    12/31/2009 10:58:33 PM PST · by SmithL · 20 replies · 960+ views
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 12/31/9 | Kurtis Alexander
    PLEASURE POINT -- The state Coastal Commission encourages California's seaside communities to embrace clean energy -- with a caveat. It has to look good. The regulatory agency has told a Santa Cruz County couple that a wind turbine planned for their new home in the Pleasure Point neighborhood is too tall. Suggesting it would add to the area's "visual clutter," the commission recommends the residents lower their proposed 35-foot-high, electricity-generating windmill, an idea the home's architect says is simply unworkable. "You can also put photovoltaic cells in a garage, but it's not going to do much for you," said Cove...