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.
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.”
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.