Hacking has a bad reputation – think the recent breaches of credit card systems at Target and Neiman Marcus. But there is a movement underway where computer coders are hacking for the public good. And it happened this past weekend at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Isha Dandavate and her three friends from UC Berkeley huddle in a conference room at the Monterey Bay Aquarium -- sitting just few yards from exhibits celebrating marine life.
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.