Category Archives: Environment

Santa Cruz getting tougher on transients

  We have to concede a sense of uneasiness when a local government body attempts to regulate who can stand in roadway medians, particularly when the new limitations clearly are aimed at a particular message. But when that message is … Continue reading

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Cleaning up Cowell Beach

The Santa Cruz Sentinel Editorial for May 24, 2013: The annual Heal the Bay beach report card was released Thursday and it was not especially good news for Santa Cruz County, a place that prides itself on 29 miles of … Continue reading

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Santa Cruz traffic: Breaking the gridlock

From the Sentinel Opinion page;  the May 16, 2013 Editorial:     Bridges are all the topic these days. In the San Francisco Bay Area, it’s the Bay Bridge — or rather the snapped steel bolts and possible delay in … Continue reading

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Santa Cruz grapples with crime, drugs and … homeless services

No issue has so divided the greater Santa Cruz community as providing day-use services at the Homeless Services Center. This issue has continued to heat up for a variety of reasons: The public’s perception that transients continue to be a … Continue reading

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Dealing with drug needles

One of the confusing aspects of the intensifying local debate about providing clean needles for drug addicts in Santa Cruz is just who is overseeing the distribution. Based on public documents, it’s clear Santa Cruz County public health officials have … Continue reading

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Taking a bite out of sharks’ dangerous predators

Have great white sharks been outfitted with the dark hat of villainy for no good reason other than humans’ primal fears of monsters lurking beneath the deep? Scientifically speaking, it would appear so. Because the emotional fear of an animal … Continue reading

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Scourge of crime hits home

In my job, I frequently write unsigned — and windy — Editorials, decrying injustice and the need for more tolerance, rehabilitation and even redemption. More gun control. I write about the plight of addiction, about the need to end chronic recidivism among … Continue reading

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Keep the pressure on Santa Cruz drug trade

Take Back Santa Cruz members and community supporters march along rail tracks, picking up trash and drug paraphernalia along the way, to Santa Cruz City Council meeting Tuesday/Dan Coyro, Sentinel photo Why are people continuing to complain about feeling unsafe, … Continue reading

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Chasing Mavericks captures Santa Cruz surf culture

When the first scene in the recently released film, Chasing Mavericks showed a panorama of the Santa Cruz coastline, the audience inside the theater began whooping and hollering. While this film may not play well in Ohio — but what … Continue reading

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Breaking camp: Santa Cruz cracks down on illegal sites

Illegal campsite/photo by Dan Coyro, Sentinel Send us your poor, your addicted, your homeless … Contrary to the opinion of many in our community, this is not a message posted on the roads and pathways leading into Santa Cruz. But … Continue reading

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