Rowan Moore Gerety http://kazu.org en Salinas Police Shootings Aggravate Old Tensions on the East Side http://kazu.org/post/salinas-police-shootings-aggravate-old-tensions-east-side <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Salinas police officers fatally shot two men in a two week period this month, sparking protests in East Salinas and raising the possibility of a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city. Both men were killed as suspects when police responded to 911 calls, but locals say the incidents reveal a pattern of overly aggressive policing in Latino neighborhoods. </span><o:p></o:p></p> Thu, 29 May 2014 12:49:41 +0000 Rowan Moore Gerety 42780 at http://kazu.org Salinas Police Shootings Aggravate Old Tensions on the East Side Felton's Public Water Nearly 10 Years After the Vote http://kazu.org/post/feltons-public-water-nearly-10-years-after-vote <p>Residents of Felton have been paying close attention to a local TV advertisement targeting voters in nearby Monterey. “In 2005, we voted for a public takeover of our water system,” says Felton music teacher Beth Hollenbeck, on screen. Hollenbeck pulls a water bill out of her mailbox: “If I knew then what I know now, I wouldn’t have voted for it.”</p><p></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 13:05:00 +0000 Rowan Moore Gerety 42175 at http://kazu.org Felton's Public Water Nearly 10 Years After the Vote Santa Cruz Activists Aim to Inspire Constitutional Amendment With a Local Vote http://kazu.org/post/santa-cruz-activists-aim-inspire-constitutional-amendment-local-vote <p>Constitutional amendments don’t happen very often: there have been three in the last fifty years. But activists around the country are circulating petitions in support of a new amendment. This one is designed to overrule Supreme Court decisions like Citizens United and stem the tide of money in politics, and voters in Santa Cruz may soon have a chance to weigh in.</p><p></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:16:06 +0000 Rowan Moore Gerety 40915 at http://kazu.org Santa Cruz Activists Aim to Inspire Constitutional Amendment With a Local Vote Looking back on The Grapes of Wrath and Mrs. Steinbeck’s Chicken Piccata http://kazu.org/post/looking-back-grapes-wrath-and-mrs-steinbeck-s-chicken-piccata <p>John Steinbeck’s <em>The Grapes of Wrath</em> turns 75 on Monday, April 14th. The book recounts the trials of the Joad family, who lost their Oklahoma farm and traveled to California at the height of the Depression. It was banned and burned in some cities when it was first published in 1939. But it also won a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award, selling nearly half a million copies within a year.</p><p></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Rowan Moore Gerety 40681 at http://kazu.org Looking back on The Grapes of Wrath and Mrs. Steinbeck’s Chicken Piccata Stretching Silicon Valley to the Beach http://kazu.org/post/stretching-silicon-valley-beach <p>Every morning, more than 20,000 people leave Santa Cruz county and commute to work in Silicon Valley. Even with a large research university and seaside real estate, it’s hard for Santa Cruz to compete with the Valley’s pull on engineers and entrepreneurs. But with a $700 billion industry headquartered over the hill, there’s a lot to be gained from local efforts to stretch Silicon Valley to the beach.</p><p></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Rowan Moore Gerety 39568 at http://kazu.org Stretching Silicon Valley to the Beach