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6:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

From March to Parade: 40 Years of Santa Cruz Pride

Husbands Larry Friedman and Tom Ellison are the Grand Marshals of parade at the 40th annual Santa Cruz Pride.
Credit Krista Almanzan

    

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.

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5:49 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Salinas Police Shootings Aggravate Old Tensions on the East Side

A shrine of flowers and balloons marks the spot where Carlos Mejia was killed on May 20.
Credit Rowan Moore Gerety

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.

 

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6:00 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Uncovering the Underwater World at Point Lobos

Gary Banta stands near his 3D dive model of the Point Lobos State Marine Reserve. It's now on permanent display at Whaler's Cove.
Credit Krista Almanzan

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. 

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6:05 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Felton's Public Water Nearly 10 Years After the Vote

SLV Water District Director of Operations Rick Rogers explains the patchwork repairs done on the Fall Creek fish ladder in the years before San Lorenzo Valley became Felton's water provider.
Credit Rowan Moore Gerety

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.”

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6:00 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Measure O Voters Will Weigh In On Public Water

Campaign fliers have been filling mailboxes on the Monterey Peninsula.
Credit Todd Muchmore

    

Larry Parrish walks through a Carmel Valley neighborhood. He’s going door to door hoping to answer voter questions about Measure O.  Parrish is with Public Water Now, the organization that got the measure on next month’s ballot.  “We’re doing this to save rate payers money,” said Parrish. 

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