Jim Bauer’s muscles are all that power his bright yellow ocean row boat. He sits on a gliding seat where he pushes his legs back while pulling the oars to propel his boat away from the Monterey Wharf and out into the bay.
He’s headed out for a test run before the Great Pacific Race, a 2100 nautical mile human powered trip from Monterey to Honolulu Hawaii. The inaugural race is scheduled to begin Monday, and will become a bi-annual event.
Santa Cruz’s annual LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) pride celebration marks its 40th anniversary this Sunday. Over the years, the event has evolved from a march for recognition and rights, to a celebration.
Larry Friedman is one of the founders of the original event, now called Santa Cruz Pride. He says the first Pride included a picnic and a men versus women tug of war across the San Lorenzo River. It was 1975.
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.
Point Lobos State Reserve, just south of Carmel, is often called the crown jewel of California’s State Park system. It’s known for its scenic hikes and striking views, but it also has a lesser known underwater reserve that’s now more accessible thanks to local divers and scientists.