As President Obama nears the end of his term, land conservationists are lining up with proposals to have their piece of country designated a national monument. It’s something the President can do by Executive Order.
Some of the biggest players in the world of drones will be meeting two weeks from now in Santa Cruz. They’re coming for the Drones Data X Conference.
I met the event’s founders, Philip McNamara and Doug Erickson, outside a coffee shop in downtown Santa Cruz. McNamara is a serial entrepreneur who has co-founded four companies. He recently moved here from Ireland by way of Berkeley.
Back in March of 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake in Japan triggered a tsunami, and then a Tsunami Warning for much of the California coast.
At the time the basic tsunami evacuation plan said a Warning should trigger the worst case scenario evacuation. This left county emergency managers with two options: order an evacuation of everyone in the tsunami flood zone or do nothing.
Why even consider doing nothing? Because the 2011 warning came at a time of low tide.