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Krista Almanzan

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.

Julie Reynolds

In King City, El Sinaloense is more than just another restaurant at the end of Broadway Street.   It’s a kind of civic center for the town’s residents, a place to exchange news and opinions.

Ranchera music blares on the jukebox at lunch time, when customers ranging from field workers to high school kids to city officials stop in for shrimp tacos or a chicken tostada.

Conversations here invariably get around to city politics, and the opinions always flow.

Krista Almanzan

   

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. 

Krista Almanzan

A fledgling computer science program that’s putting students from the Salinas Valley on a path to Silicon Valley careers has been honored by the state for its innovation.

Today California’s Committee on Awards for Innovation in Higher Education awarded Hartnell College and Cal State Monterey Bay $5-million for its CSIT-in-3 Program (computer science and information technology). CSUMB is KAZU’s parent institution.

Krista Almanzan

The military is in Wilma Hall-McKenzie’s blood.   “I’ve been an Army brat all my life.  My dad was in the Army for 30 years, and my husbands were both in the Army,” says Hall-McKenzie.

She first moved to the Central Coast in 1953 when her father was stationed at Fort Ord.  Life as a military daughter, and later a military wife has taken her all over the world, but always brought her back here.

So when her mom died in 2000, then her dad in 2009 and her second husband in 2012, there was really no question as to what to do with their ashes. 

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