Santa Cruzans Speak Out Against Police Infiltration and for an Independent Investigation

On January 24, 2006, the Santa Cruz City Council held an afternoon meeting which included agenda item #23, an independent investigation regarding police surveillance at community meetings.

Tony Madrigal brought the motion before the city council to request an independent investigation into police spying.

Unfortunately the city council meeting was held at 3:00pm on Tuesday making it difficult for people to make the meeting and speak during the public comment session. Mayor Matthews allowed just two minutes per speaker, as opposed to three minutes, even though there were less than ten people that wanted to speak. City Councilmembers spent much of the time arguing with each other over procedures.

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Elephant Seals Mate and Relax at Año Nuevo

A large colony of northern elephant seals are currently mating and taking life easy at Año Nuevo State Reserve. The Reserve is located off Highway 1, between the cities of Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay, on a beautiful stretch of the southern San Mateo County coastline. On January 4, 2006, I took a guided tour of the Wildlife Protection Area of the Reserve and saw lots of cute elephant seal pups and their parents.

According to the California Department of Parks and Recreation, “Adult seals begin arriving on the beaches by mid-December. Bulls (adult males) weighing up to 5,000 pounds engage in battles for breeding access to the females. Pregnant females come ashore to have pups beginning in mid-December, with births reaching a peak by late January. Mothers nurse their pups for about a month before weaning their pup, mating, and departing back to sea. Birthing and mating activity peak by mid February and by early March most adult seals have returned to the sea. During March, hundreds of weaned pups remain behind to rest in the dunes and learn to swim in the tide pools.”

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Thousands Celebrate the New Year with DIY Last Night Santa Cruz Parade

On Saturday, December 31, 2005, thousands of people celebrated the new year with a Do-It-Yourself Last Night Santa Cruz parade. Hundreds of ordinary folks, freaks, clowns, fire dancers, samba drummers, punks, pirates, artists, zombies, marching bands, moms, dads, kids, trash musicians, art cars, bikers and boaters began to gather at the Saturn Cafe parking lot at 5pm. After a bunch of drumming, juggling and poi dancing in the parking lot, the parade went up Pacific Ave and ended at the intersection of Pacific Ave, Front St and Mission St.

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