A View of Salinas Chinatown

Salinas Chinatown, a six block, twenty-nine acre neighborhood, is a refuge for members of our society who have been marginalized and discriminated against. Taylor Farms, the world’s largest producer of cut vegetables and salads, built their new five-story headquarters in Oldtown Salinas, with a view of Chinatown.

[ View of Chinatown, in the background on the other side of the tracks, from the Monterey Street Parking Garage on E. Market Street in Salinas. ]

Salinas Chinatown, a six block, twenty-nine acre neighborhood, is a refuge for members of our society who have been marginalized and discriminated against. In March 2015, the Salinas Downtown Vibrancy Plan was approved by the city council “to address serious needs to update Downtown’s infrastructure to assure pedestrian safety, calm vehicular traffic to encourage increased bicycle use, provide a sustainable parking strategy, and create a sense of place through art and culture that attracts visitors to a new, safe destination.”

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Paula Gregoire: Save Paula’s Cottage

The circumstances faced by Paula and Isabella — homelessness and couch surfing — resonate with thousands of people struggling to pay rent and survive

On September 9, 2014, Paula Gregoire, her mother also named Paula, and her daughter Isabella, spoke before the Santa Cruz City Council against the city’s inhumane rental inspection program. The cruel and invasive ordinance was pushed through in August 2010 in a 5-1 vote by the gentrifying forces of the Santa Cruz City Council with pressure and backing from UC Santa Cruz.

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Edibles Crawl with Event Santa Cruz

Event Santa Cruz, a monthly event that showcases thriving local businesses and the people behind them, organized a downtown Edibles Crawl.

On November 20, 2013, Event Santa Cruz, a monthly event founded by Matthew Swinnerton that showcases thriving local businesses and the people behind them, organized an Edibles Crawl to several food establishments in downtown Santa Cruz. At 5:30 pm, a group of approximately twenty people convened at the corner of Cedar and Lincoln next to the weekly downtown farmers’ market.

The Edibles Crawl food tour, led by Christine Bennett, began with a sampling of canned “synergy” drinks from Aaron Hinde, President of LifeAID Beverage Company, Inc. Our first stop was the Santa Cruz Farmers’ Market, where longtime manager Naish Dhillon introduced us to the market. While there we visited Fran Grayson, owner of The Truck Stop, a mobile food truck and catering service.

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Peace and Unity March 2013 in Watsonville and Pajaro

More than 150 people participated in the annual march to commemorate the lives of community members who have been killed since 1994.

On November 2, 2013, Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, more than 150 people participated in the annual Peace and Unity March in Watsonville to commemorate the lives of community members who have been killed since 1994. That year, Watsonville youth organized the first Peace and Unity March to address ongoing violence in the community, particularly after the slaying of 9 year-old Jessica Cortez and her 16 year-old brother, Jorge Cortez.

The Peace and Unity Coalition includes local youth, community groups and families who have lost loved ones to violence. The Coalition says the march provides “a safe space for families of victims and our local community to come together to organize an event to speak out against violence in the streets of South Santa Cruz County.”

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WordCamp San Francisco 2013 After Party at Automattic Lounge

Celebrating ten good years of WordPress, and contributing towards many more!

Celebrating ten good years of WordPress, and contributing towards many more!

A few photos from July 27 at the WordCamp San Francisco 2013 After Party at Automattic‘s new office located at 132 Hawthorne in downtown SF.

WordCamp is a conference that focuses on everything WordPress. WordCamps are informal, community-organized events that are put together by WordPress users like you. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other.

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