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Serving Our Community For 22 Years • Aptos, La Selva Beach, Corralitos, Freedom & Watsonville

August 15 2013 • Vol 22 No. 16 • Volunteers Push Petition Drive Forward About a dozen volunteers pounded Watsonville’s pavement on Saturday, Aug. 10, gathering signatures for three petitions aimed squarely at a City Council that they say has been unresponsive to residents while serving the desires of city administration. The three petitions would seem far ranging, but all have the same root. Full Story on Page 10

Mariners’ Ready for Fall Season

The second decade of the 21st Century has seen the Aptos High School sports teams making their mark on the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League and with the 2013-14 school year just around the corner, Mariners Athletics has a reputation to maintain. “Every one of our programs will be in the thick of the SCCAL title hunt this fall,” athletic director Mark Dorfman said. Full Story on Page 11

Seacliff’s Memory Wall

If, as the poet Kahlil Gibran said, “Remembrance is a form of meeting,” then the Seacliff Memorial Wall is a place where we again meet men, women, children, and even a few family pets. Like most sacred places, no one seems to know how it came to be. Tucked away behind seven leafy olive trees, it is easy to miss. Unless you have walked north on the sidewalk all the way to the private house, you might not be aware of its existence. Full Story on Page 5

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PVUSD Has Money To Spend After several years of recessionary cuts to its budget, the Pajaro Valley Unified School District is suddenly flush with cash and has a reliable source for more — and it’s spending it. The main reason for the influx is new legislation called the Local Control Funding Formula, which puts

an emphasis on providing more money for students who are either English language learners or are economically disadvantaged. Enacted as part of the 2013-2014 budget package, PVUSD Chief Business Officer Brett McFadden said it is the most sweeping change to school funding in the past 40 years. continued on page 4

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Cover PVUSD Has Money To Spend by Jon Chown

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Community News Seacliff’s Memory Wall by Edita McQuary Cancer Benefit Group Announces Distribution Jacob’s Heart Founder Returns • 2013 Holcomb Scholarships Is Aptos Blue County Overreach? – Citizens Group considering suing the County by Noel Smith • Aptos High Student Injured in Nisene Marks Volunteers push petition drive forward by Jon Chown Wildlife Around Santa Cruz County – Photo Credits David Cruz Strife Between PVUSD and teachers Union by Jon Chown Hike-Bike Honoring Loved ones – Hospice of Santa Cruz Hosts Fund Raiser at Nisene Marks – Hospice of Santa Cruz Needs Volunteer Visitors Illegal Gambling Found in Watsonville by Jon Chown County Exhibit Wins Gold Medal at State Fair Gourmet Grazing on the Green – Live Music, Great Food at Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Festival ‘Fit for the Fight’ – Seascape Village Fitness Fundraiser for Relay for Life Land Trust of SCC Earns National Recognition Capitola Soroptimist’s 8th Annual ‘Bras for a Cause’ Winners Local student named to dean’s list • Harmony U. – Wonderful Experience Non-Profits Team Up to Help Homeless Vets • Fourth Quarter 2012 County Employment and Wages in California • HUD Awards California Housing Authorities $69 Million

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Local Sports 6 Aptos Storm Basketball 11 Mariners’ Ready for Fall Season – Aptos High School Athletics Looks to Continue Recent Success By Michael Oppenheimer Business Profile 22 Aptos Academy of Performing Arts by Noel Smith

New In Town • Page 9 – Kumon Math and Reading Center of Aptos

Community Calendar • Arts & Entertainment – Pages 28 & 29

Monthly Horoscope • Page 29 – Your August Horoscope Annabel Burton, Astrologer©

Featured Columnists 22 Classical Reflections by Josef Sekon – Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music Opening Night 23 Back to School… Already? by Mebin Skaria 25 Confidently Unsure – Making the Transition from High School to College by Aidan Mathews 26 The Book Bag by Robert Francis – A few new titles for discriminate readers… 27 Getting to the root of Pet Dental Care by Dr. Katie Volat 30 Your Supervisor Says … by Zach Friend

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“It completely changes and alters the way school districts approach their programming and financing of public education programs,” McFadden said. “It’s comprehensive and fundamental. We haven’t seen such a sweeping reform put in place since the old model was put in place 40 years ago.” The Local Control Funding Formula focuses resources based on a school’s student demographics. The base amount per student rises as the grade level rises, but a supplemental grant equal to 35 percent of the base grant is provided for every English-language learner, or every student who qualifies for free school lunches. For schools where more than half of the student body is either poor or English-language learners, an additional grant of 35 percent of the base total is added on. All this means a lot more money for the PVUSD due to the demographics of south Santa Cruz County. No school is to receive less funding than the previous year, and over the first five years, spending per student is projected to increase by more than $2,700. “Our funding will go up approximately $6 million this year,” McFadden said, but added that the money will come with some headaches. “We haven’t been given the regulatory guidelines and stipulations on how to spend that money,” McFadden said. “The fine print has not been provided to us yet.” McFadden said the state is to issue those guidelines in March and the PVUSD will only have until June 30 to adopt a Local Control Accountability Plan. “We will have three very short quick months to get everything in place,” McFadden said. “We are going to be remodeling our jetliner while its in flight.”

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The district, McFadden said, is already making changes in anticipation of what is coming. The PVUSD Board of Trustees recently adopted Phase 1 of a reinvestment plan, which most notably reduced sizes in first grade classes from 30 pupils down to 24. The new legislation requires the PVUSD to eventually reduce class sizes for grades kindergarten through third grade. “We adopted the largest package of reinvestments and restorations of any district in northern California,” McFadden said. “We brought back middle school counselors. … We brought back stipends for coaches and activity directors and we brought custodians back to high schools.” Measure L, the bond measure passed in November to fix the district’s fixing facilities, has also put some money in the district’s coffers, but it’s more of a trickle at this point. The district has not been in a huge hurry to issue the bonds, McFadden said, because projects take so much time to advance. School construction has to be approved by the Division of the State Architect — certain materials have to be used and certain contractors can only be used. “It’s very regulated,” McFadden said. “It can take 8-12 months to get approval on plans once they’re submitted. So it takes a

long time to jump start a bond program.” But McFadden said the district was able to jump-start the process. “Our approach was to launch a set of specific projects that don’t need state review or will get quick approval,” McFadden said. Currently, the district is bidding on a number of playground structures. Eleven elementary schools have been identified for upgrades to their playground and Bradley Elementary is one of them. Bradley will also be receiving technology upgrades, with a new wireless system, cabling and even a computer lab. “We are trying to get all our schools on a level playing field,” McFadden said. Both Aptos High School and Bradley Elementary are also on a list of six PVUSD schools that will have solar carports. Watsonville High, Pajaro Valley High, Hall District Elementary and Rolling Hills Middle School are the other four schools. Other changes in the works are synthetic athletic fields that won’t require watering. “We are shooting for a groundbreaking at one of the schools in September,” McFadden said. n Story by John Chown

Seacliff’s Memory Wall


By Edita McQuary

f, as the poet Kahlil Gibran said, “Remembrance is a form of meeting,” then the Seacliff Memorial Wall is a place where we again meet men, women, children, and even a few family pets. Like most sacred places, no one seems to know how it came to be. Tucked away behind seven leafy olive trees, it is easy to miss. Unless you have walked north on the sidewalk all the way to the private house, you might not be aware of its existence. The rock wall has inscriptions such as “In Memory of Quincy who loved all people 2008.” There are many photographs — one of a beautiful young woman holding a brown and white spaniel next to the words “In Loving Memory of Karen 1964-2012.” Nearby, a big white dog with a dark head peers whimsically at us. A little further we read, “In memory of our two favorite boys, we love and miss you” near a photo of a big man with a dog on his lap. Further on “Louis” is thanking “Gloria” for 50 happy years of marriage and wishes for 50 more! The wall is strewn with many more

such memorials of beloved people and animals. Beautiful ceramic plates as well as simple metal plaques with loving messages adorn the wall. Who are these deeply loved people and animals and how did this wall come about? We set off to find out. We spotted a young man wheeling an ice cream cart toward us. Before he could ask us to buy an ice cream bar, we asked

him what he knew about the memorial wall. He said, “I’ve lived in Aptos my whole life and have never seen it or heard of it.” We pointed him to it. The park ranger at the Visitors Center had seen it, of course, but said it is out of their jurisdiction since it is the wall of a private home and not a part of the park system. He did not know how it became a memorial wall.

A vacationing Sacramento-area couple that has been coming here in their camper for more than twenty-five years said they remember the beginnings of the writing on the wall. “It was a sort of “Kilroy was here” thing at first — people wrote their names and the date they visited Seacliff on the rock face.” As time went on though, they said, it became a place where people started to write the names of their loved ones in remembrance. A lot of the inscriptions tell about people who loved Seacliff Beach and used to walk here regularly with their dogs. The memorial wall is a phenomenon that naturally and voluntarily evolved over time as a place mostly in remembrance of loved ones, human and otherwise, gone to eternity. Many of the names have been inscribed poignantly and with reverence. Especially touching is the out-stretched hand in bronze with the plaque that says, “To life, to love, to health and to all the loving stories on the wall — ‘High Five!’” n Aptos Times / August 15th 2013 / 5

Aptos Storm Basketball

Storm Conquer the Dawg Days of Summer A ptos Storm girls basketball captured the 5/6th division Dawg Days of Summer tournament in South San Francisco Aug. 10 and 11.

In the first game the storm handed the Bulldawgs a 31-10 loss. The Storm was led by Hannah Hocom and Abby Pardue, each scoring 8 points, followed by Rylee Mennie

Aptos Storm 5th grade Girls. Front Row (from left): Hannah Hocom, Gabby Giuffre, Madison Mendoza, Madison Stefanini, Emma Stefanini, and Abby Pardue. Back Row (from left): Coach Gino Stefanini, John Sotomayor, Rylee Mennie, Natalia Ackerman, and Coach Tony Ackerman.

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with 5 points. Defensively the Stefanini twins Emma and Madison along with Madison Mendoza had numerous steals and created turnovers. In the second game Aptos beat the Payes 45-12 with leading scorer Hannah Hocom knocking down 21 points. The Storm won the championship game against the San Jose Shark City 30-8. Gabby Giuffre lead the way with 12 points. The team’s defense kept the Sharks from scoring in the first half. •••


he Aptos Storm 5th grade Girls team won the Road Dogs Tournament at Mission College, their first tournament win after beginning play just last month. The first game of the event was a battle against Alameda Vipers. Aptos Storm pulled out the victory 29-24 lead by Rylee Mennie 10 points, Madison Mendoza 9 points and Gabby Giuffre with 9 points. Game two saw the Storm win 28 –12

The Aptos Storm Girls Basketball Club is a new level 3 AAU club that is seeking help raise the level of girls basketball in the area.

over 3D of Oakland. Leading scorers Gabby Giuffre’s 10 points was followed by Madison Stefanini and Natalia Ackerman with 4 points each. The third and final game was against the Hayward Swoosh. This was a defensive battle with the Storm pulling off a 17–2 victory. Leading Scorers were Emma Stefanini and Gabby Giuffre each with 4 points and Madison Stefanini, Madison Mendoza and Ryle Mennie with 2 each. The Storm also has a 7th grade team and are looking to start more teams over the next few months so we can field teams from 4 th grade through high school. The Aptos Storm Girls Basketball Club will be having clinics and open gyms over the next few months where interested players and parents can check them out up close. The first of these is an open game on Sept. 14 from 10-Noon, with clinics taking place every Saturday from 10-Noon. Clinics and games take place at Aptos Jr. High (for 4-8 grade) and Aptos High School (for 9-12 grade). n ••• The Aptos Storm is a new Level-3 AAU club that is seeking to raise the level of girls basketball in the area. For more information, contact Ralph Howe, President, Aptos Storm Girls Basketball Club (831) 334-3012 or visit us at or

Cancer Benefit Group Announces Distribution

Santa Cruz Organization Raises $100,000 in Funds for its Beneficiaries SANTA CRUZ — The Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group (SCCBG) selects a variety of beneficiaries who are providing much needed support and research for people with cancer in the Santa Cruz community. Today the group donated more than $100,000 to the following list of local Santa Cruz organizations including a new beneficiary Teen Kitchen Project. Hospice of Santa Cruz County ospice of Santa Cruz County provides compassionate presence and professional expertise for individuals and their families confronted with end of life and ensuing loss. Essential to this mission are the core values of dignity, comfort and selfdetermination. Their Transitions Program provides quality, professional assistance, ensuring that individuals and families have the support they need to navigate the many questions, concerns, and practical and emotional challenges that arise with a life-limiting diagnosis. Teen Kitchen Project he Teen Kitchen Project is a nonprofit organization that brings young people into the kitchen to learn to cook delicious and nourishing food. The meals they prepare are delivered free of charge to individuals and families who are in crisis due to a life-threatening illness like cancer. The teens gain skills in cooking healthy food, learn about the impact of their food choices, and are offered an opportunity to build connections through community service.



Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Association n 2009 Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services celebrated its 12th year of offering programs that improve the quality of life for children with cancer and ease the challenges their families face. Their belief is that by caring for the entire family, they can best support the needs of the child with cancer. All programs are designed to address the emotional, social, and financial needs of children with cancer and their families. Katz Cancer Resource Center he Bennett & Suzy Katz Cancer Resource Center at Dominican Hospital



provides no-charge access to information and services related to all aspects of cancer care. Support groups are open to all whose lives are challenged by cancer: patients, family and close friends. Groups include breast cancer, caregiver support, ovarian cancer and prostate cancer. Services/Cancer_Care/052801 WomenCARE Cancer Advocacy, Resources and Education omenCARE, founded by women with cancer for women with cancer, is a safe place that provides advocacy, free resources, education, one-on-one and group support, and healing workshops to women facing all types of cancer, to their families, friends, and caregivers. “The Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group would like to thank the Santa


Cruz community for the great success of all of our 2013 fund raising events: the Spring Forward Against Cancer Gala, Spring Forward Against Cancer Tennis Tournament and Gourmet Grazing on the Green,” said Dr. Beckett, local dermatologist and Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group board member. “The success of the events over the past 17 years has pushed the organization to over the $1 million mark in total funds raised and distributed to beneficiaries. Together we have helped support local organizations dedicated to improving the lives of those who are living with and battling some form of cancer. In addition, the SCCBG provides grants to post-doctorate fellows at UCSC whose research provides new insights into the causes and potential control and cure of cancer.” Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people living with cancer in the Santa Cruz community. Working with a dedicated group of volunteers and partners, the organization raises community consciousness through events and outreach and provides vital financial support for beneficiary organizations. Through these efforts the organization has a particular focus on new research and the development of improved and more effective treatment solutions for cancer. n ••• To learn more about Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group go to or follow them on Facebook at http://www.facebook. com/#!/SantaCruzCancerBenefitGroup. To make a donation mail to SCBG P.O Box 2564 · Santa Cruz, CA 95062 · Voicemail / Fax (831) 465-1989. Aptos Times / August 15th 2013 / 7

Jacob’s Heart Founder Returns

Commemorating Fifteen Years Serving Nearly 500 Local Families of Children with Cancer


t all started 15 years ago with a flashing red light on Lori Butterworth’s answering machine. “Lori, it’s urgent. Jacob has been diagnosed with cancer.” Jacob, the five-year old son of Butterworth’s friend, had been immediately admitted to the children’s hospital. Butterworth rushed to the hospital to be with Jacob and his family. With momto-mom eye contact, she said to Jacob’s mother, “I’m here to help; what are your immediate concerns?” On that day, in that hospital room, Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Association was born. Now, 15 years later, Jacob’s Heart has provided support to nearly 500 families, just like Jacob’s, who have heard the devastating words: “Your child has cancer.” Jacob is now 19 years old and remains grateful that Jacob’s Heart continues to serve families just like his after so many years. “I remember being in the hospital when I was only 5 years old worrying mostly about my mom, he said, “Lori showed to help my mom cope and that helped me - the way Jacob’s Heart supports the parents helps a child with cancer more than anything.” This month, Jacob’s Heart’s Founder, Lori Butterworth, returns as executive director to lead the organization to its next phase of development and to spearhead the celebration of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September.

“One of our very first successful advocacy efforts at Jacob’s Heart was back in 1999 when we worked with then Senator Bruce McPherson to have September officially declared Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in the State of California,” said Butterworth, reflecting on how that initiative catapulted the movement to raise awareness of the needs of families of children with cancer. “McPherson has been a champion for our children and for our families as Senator, Secretary of State, County Supervisor, community member and parent.” “I am proud of the outstanding service Jacob’s Heart continues to provide to our local children and families, added McPherson, “ I look forward to celebrating this September and seeing how much more can be accomplished in the coming years as Lori Butterworth returns to lead the organization.” Since founding Jacob’s Heart, Butterworth has been deeply involved in children and youth initiatives, She co-founded a California state-wide children’s hospice advocacy group, spearheading several healthcare policy initiatives including the enactment of California’s Nick Snow Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care Act of 2006. At a national level, she was instrumental in securing Section 2302 of the Affordable Care Act, which provides concurrent supportive and curative care for children with life threatening conditions. Most recently, she founded the Watsonville and Santa Cruz Youth City Council programs. “The support of Jacob’s Heart is essential to our community members whose children are battling cancer, added

Santa Cruz Mayor Hilary Bryant, “I have known and worked with Lori for many years and know her as a steadfast advocate for children, but more important than the advocacy efforts has been an unwavering commitment to serving each individual child and family.” One of those families is that of Jessica Fitz, who is now in remission and in her early 20s. Several years after intensive cancer treatment, Fitz remembers the devastation of missing her prom because she was getting intense chemotherapy and radiation. Fitz now volunteers almost every day at Jacob’s Heart and is being mentored by Butterworth. “I am so happy that Lori is back at Jacob’s Heart. She cares so much about every one of our families always putting our needs first,” said Fitz, “After supporting me when I was very sick, now Lori is helping me learn about nonprofits so that I can give back what I received as a Jacob’s Heart child.” For Butterworth’s service to children and youth, she has received multiple regional and national awards including Oprah Winfrey’s “Use Your Life” Angel Network Award, the California Association of Nonprofits’ Award for Innovation in Program Development, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Award for Excellence in End of Life Care and, in 2007 she was named Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year. “With Susan Osorio announcing her semi-retirement in June, when the opportunity to have Lori return to the organization presented itself, we were thrilled. With Lori’s rich history with Jacob’s Heart, and the skills she has honed since its founding, we’re excited to have her leadership to pave the way for the next 15 years,” said Gloria Vasquez, Co-President Board of Directors.

Lori Butterworth

As the need for the services at Jacob’s Heart continues to grow, Butterworth will lead the charge to create a sustainable fund stream, analyze current services to families, implement new programs as identified, and strengthen community partnerships. She will lead a community awareness campaign about childhood cancer, the impact being made by Jacob’s Heart, and the ways the community can become involved. With Childhood Cancer Awareness month in September, the campaign will kick off at Jacob’s Heart’s 15th annual Kidrageous Carnival on September 29 in the Watsonville Plaza from noon to 5:00 PM. All are invited to attend. n ••• Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services mission is to improve the quality of life for children with cancer and support their families in the challenges they face. 

2013 Holcomb Scholarships Awarded to Three Students


nnually the Holcomb Corporation awards scholarships to deserving college bound sons and daughters of its fulltime employees. The scholarship program, which began in 2002, has given out almost $50,000 to 29 recipients. “They’re the children of managers and housekeepers, groundskeepers and cooks” explained CEO Mark Holcomb who added, “They have gone on to study medicine,

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engineering, law, animal science, criminal justice, architecture and graphic design to name a few.” High school seniors planning to attend a four year university are asked to submit a transcript, and write about their background, achievements, and experiences, as well as educational and career goals. “Scholarships” page 24

Mattison Crowley

Mariela Lopez

Graceann Rettig

Is Aptos Blue County Overreach?

Citizens Group considering suing the County


By Noel Smith –

ccording to Carmel lawyer Alexander T. Henson, who specializes in civil appeals as well as environmental disputes regarding land use, zoning ordinances, environmental issues, and the California Environmental Quality Act, the Aptos Blue housing project could be a case of County overreach in planning, zoning and land use. The land on which Aptos Blue is being built was changed from its original zoning of five units per acre to 20 units per acre. This made it eligible for high density, low cost housing so the county could meet its planning goals to satisfy state low income housing demands. The original PUD was for a 40-unit development with 16 units set aside for low income purchased housing. After the original developer was forced to sell the property in 2010 because of the housing recession, the county approved a change by the new owner MidPen housing to a low income, all rental housing project with

5 units reserved for MHSA (Mental Health Services Act) tenants. Now the question arises, did the county properly notify the neighbors about the original zoning change and the subsequent changes as to the use of the property. The residents of Aptos Courtside, a townhome development with 29 homes that borders Aptos Blue on the northeast side say NO! They were not notified of the changes nor were made aware of the extent of such changes. A local group of local citizens and organizations are now organizing for the purpose of raising funds to start the legal process to sue Santa Cruz County. Henson has written a letter summarizing the legal questions to be answered if a suit goes forward. The letter says in part, “Before these property rights of adjoining neighbors can be impacted adversely, they must be afforded an opportunity to be heard to influence the decision, the quasi-adjudicatory decision.

If the failure to provide notice can be shown to have negatively impacted a substantial property right, a court will issue a writ of mandate at the request of the aggrieved party to set aside the decision

where such notice was not given.” Henson has said in his letter he would, “offer to share the cost of the litigation …” and has named the amount of his retainer to begin the process. n

Aptos High Student Injured in Nisene Marks


n Thursday, August 8, at 4:39 p.m. the Aptos La Selva fire Department was dispatched along with CalFire, and California Park Rangers to find and recover a bicyclist who had crashed in Nisene Marks Park. The Sixteen-year-old male was injured while on the Nisene Marks’ Water Tower Trail when he went over the handlebars shattering his back. The biking team he was with kept him from moving and suffering further injury. A friend helped him call home, whereupon his mother called 911 for assistance. After State Park Rangers, Aptos La Selva paramedics and CalFire firemen reached the injured cyclist about 5 pm, he was moved to a CALSTAR helicopter that had landed in Aptos Village Park. The boy was then transported by helicopter to the Santa Clara Medical Center where he was evaluated and then was operated on for his broken vertebrae. He is still in the hospital and a complete evaluation of his injuries won’t be available until further on in his recovery. n

Kumon Math and Reading Center of Aptos T he Kumon Math and Reading Center’s after-school academic enrichment program has for more than 50 years helped children achieve success. We strive to instill in children the desire and motivation to learn on their own. Whether your child is seeking enrichment, needs help catching up, or is just beginning his or her academic career, Kumon is designed to help him or her develop a love of learning. Our emphasis on individualized learning helps your child become

focused, motivated and self-reliant. We monitor each child’s progress to ensure comprehension before moving on to a new concept. With a strong academic foundation, your child has the potential to achieve whatever he or she desires. n ••• Kumon math And Learning Center 8035 Soquel Dr. Suite 43, Aptos CA. Tel # 832-345-8377. Email: - Website: www. Class Hours Mon-Thurs 2-6 p.m. • Office Hours Mon-Fri 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Aptos Times / August 15th 2013 / 9

Volunteers push petition drive forward By Jon Chown WATSONVILLE — About a dozen volunteers pounded Watsonville’s pavement on Saturday, Aug. 10, gathering signatures for three petitions aimed squarely at a City Council that they say has been unresponsive to residents while serving the desires of city administration. The three petitions would seem far ranging, but all have the same root. One is a petition to amend the city charter so that a council member, if resigning form office, cannot vote on his or her replacement. The second petition would amend the city charter to require a vote by residents if the name of park or city structure is to be changed; the third petition would change the way the mayor is selected. Currently the council votes on the appointment, but the petition would change it to simply rotate the honor between districts. Two of the three petitions can be tied to controversies created by State Assemblyman Luis Alejo when he was mayor. Alejo voted on his replacement when he resigned, sparking a battle in court that the city spent tens of thousands of dollars to defend; and Alejo attempted to rename Watsonville City Plaza to Dolores Huerta Plaza, which outraged many residents. The vote for mayor also seemed to become much more political and controversial during Alejo’s time on the council and has remained so ever since. County Supervisor Greg Caput, who served on the Watsonville City Council during Alejo’s tenure and after, was at Saturday’s event showing his support for

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Rhea DeHart, 90, reads some recent press coverage regarding the petition drive to others involved in the effort Saturday in the Elks Lodge parking lot. Also pictured, from left to right, are Rick Danna, Gerry Martin, Jeanette Crosetti, Ari Parker (mostly obscured), Aurora Parker, 90, Cathy Perez and David Perez. the petitions while gathering signatures for them himself. “These petitions are actually a

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response to the way the City Council has been pushing things and doing things — and I think it’s time that people get a little more voice on what is happening around the city,” Caput said. “What’s to blame for these petitions right now is the City Council and the way they operate.” Caput said, as an independent voice on the council, there was no way he was ever going to be named mayor. He said it was a frustrating time. It was difficult to get issues on the agenda and the four-member majority disregarded the minority. “An independent voice on the council should not be ignored, it should be heard,” he said. Carlos Rico, often an outspoken resident on Latino issues, said Hispanics in Watsonville had historically been mistreated and politically ignored. But things have definitely changed over the past two decades. “The pendulum has swung the other way. We Latinos, we outnumber the whites, but now we don’t want to be fair. I’m appalled,” Rico said. “The City Council and mayor just don’t know how to treat people.”

Caput said he didn’t see it as a racial issue, but just that a few members of the community seemed to have their own agenda regardless of residents’ opinions. He said he didn’t fear retribution from council members or the city administration campaigning against him when it comes time to run for his office again. “I’ve got to stand up for what I believe — and I do believe in this,” Caput said. Nine different residents started the petitions. Rick Danna, Yolanda Ruiz Danna and Georgia Acosta started the petition to fill future council vacancies by a vote of the residents. Gerry Martin, Aurora Parker and Rico started the petition to require a vote by residents to change the name of a public place; and Rhea DeHart, Delia Mendez and Cathy Perez started the petition to change the way the mayor is selected. The petitions need signatures from 15 percent of the approximately 14,000 residents registered to vote. “We really need this for Watsonville,” DeHart said. n

Mariners’ Ready for Fall Season

Aptos High School Athletics Looks to Continue Recent Success


By Michael Oppenheimer

he second decade of the 21st Century has seen the Aptos High School sports teams making their mark on the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League and with the 2013-14 school year just around the corner, Mariners Athletics has a reputation to maintain. “Every one of our programs will be in the thick of the SCCAL title hunt this fall,” athletic director Mark Dorfman said. “We have great athletes and strong coaches in every program. That combination is a good breeding ground for success.” Success is a word that Aptos is getting used to using. Last year alone, the Mariners won SCCAL titles in Boys and Girls Cross Country, Girls Tennis and Football, with both the varsity Tennis and Football teams defending back-to-back titles. “The players have a target on their back this year,” said Randy Blankenship, Aptos’ varsity football head coach. “The other teams are not happy seeing them keep winning.” Said Tennis coach Linda Hitchcock: “We have eight returning players from last year’s league championship team. We are ready.” Dorfman is also expecting the girls volleyball team to have a strong season. “We had four starting freshmen on last year’s squad, and they’re all back for more,” he said. “No question Shannon Cotton (graduated) is a big loss and we play in a strong league, but we’ll be in the hunt with everyone else.”

The Mariners’ continue a tradition of strong running teams, competing annually in both Cross Country and Track and Field with San Lorenzo Valley and Scotts Valley, who also have strong running traditions. “The meat of our teams are all back this year,” Dorfman said. “The Girls are coming off a [Central Coast Section] championship and I know both teams will be fighting for another title.” With young teams in Girls Golf and Boys and Girls Water Polo (and a need for a few more golfers), Dorfman knows those teams will have to come together fast, but he has high hopes for them as well. “We have a lot of young, hardworking kids on these teams,” he said. “We compete in a top-tier league and we have great coaches and a great program. We’ll be competitive all season long.” ••• Football ptos football is performing exceptionally well in league under Blankenship’s leadership. Since he took over in 2010, the Mariners have put together


a 17-1 record in SCCAL play, going 5-1 in his first year and earning the league title with back-to-back undefeated seasons since. Blankenship is looking forward to continuing the current level of success. In fact, he’s expecting even more from his already-strong team. “We’ve had a tremendous offseason,” Blankenship said. “We’re bigger, faster and stronger than we were last year. These kids have been working hard. A c c o rd i n g to Blankenship, the key to his team is the strength of his offensive line and his abundance of hard-working running backs, and he has a hard time singling any one of them out. “I think we’ll have the best O-line in the league” Blankenship said. “These seniors all have worked together in the past and are going to be more-than ready for the coming season.” The line is anchored by 2-time allleague starting center Alex Marquez. He is flanked by Joe Demera, Aptos’ strongest and biggest player, a 305-lb Lineman who just ran the full Wharf to Wharf race, and

Vine Porporato, who Blankenship is predicting will be the league’s top lineman this year. On the outside is Zack Black, a second-year starter, and Ethan Clarke, another strong lineman with experience. These five young men will be blocking for the Wing-T offence, which features up to four running backs at a time, lead by senior Eli Ungerecht and featuring 11-13 other running backs on any given day. “All of my running backs are working hard,” Blankenship said. “Competition is the key to success: If they’re not working hard they’re not going to play, and they’re all working hard.” On Defense, Linebackers Dante Gomez and Austin Verdugo are a couple of juniors that Blankenship expects to help control the middle of the field. “Those guys are a couple of thumpers,” he said. “They will be the best set of linebackers since I’ve been here, and we’ve had some good ones.” “And what’s fun is they’re both only juniors,” Blankenship added. Girls Tennis itchcock’s returning players include junior singles stars Teagan Knight, Kelly McMinn and Sanika Kshirsagar. Seniors Jamie Ferrell, Melissa Tao and Julia Fuller, along with sophomores Ella Armerich and Maddy Miller round out the returning starters.


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Wildlife Around Santa Cruz County Photo Credits David Cruz


ith the ocean on one side and the mountains on the other, few populated places in the world have managed to learn to live with and preserve the variety of wildlife literally at their front door as we have here in Santa Cruz County. David Cruz is a local photographer who enjoys documenting life both of the human and wild varieties – even though it sometimes is difficult to tell the difference. Here are some of his recent findings.

TOP LEFT: Bobcat at Wilder Ranch State Park • TOP RIGHT: Deer with antlers taken at Henry Cowell Sate Park • BOTTOM LEFT: Bunny photo taken at Año Nuevo State Park • BOTTOM RIGHT: Over 100 harbor seals spotted on the coastal nature trail at Wilder Ranch State Park in Santa Cruz.

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Strife Between PVUSD and Teachers Union By Jon Chown WATSONVILLE — With funding we can afford to address some of the disflowing in to the Pajaro Valley Unified trict’s needs, but at this point we have no School District, workers’ salaries are set to clear guidance from the state,” McFadden said. rise. Jack Carroll, executive director of The administration and classified employees have agreed to a 7 percent raise, the Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers but the district is still negotiating with the (PVFT), said the district isn’t being fair. “They (PVUSD administration) have teachers union on a raise. The Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers complains that the consistently refused to present what their revenue stream is district’s offer of 7 going to be under this percent does not go new budget proposal, nearly far enough but it hasn’t stopped — failing to provide them from spending retroactive raises it,” he said. and pay, raises in Carroll said that, future years, doesn’t while the teachers are reduce class sizes for asking for more than enough grades, and just a one-time 7 percent reduces prep time for raise, the main sticking teachers. points are the reduction M c F a d d e n in prep time for teachers blamed the teachers’ and the district’s lack union for demanding of an immediate plan too much, but said to reduce class sizes in salaries did need to grades K-3. go up for everyone in “Salary is only the district. one of these three “We are losing people over the hill — Jack Carroll, executive items we are looking for. Yes, we were because they can director of the Pajaro Valley offered a 7 percent make $10-15,000 Federation of Teachers raise, but prep time more. We wanted to was reduced and the do something to stop that,” McFadden said. “But the teachers only class size reduction that was sugunion has not agreed to that yet. They are gested was for first grade,” Carroll said. Carroll said the administrations song asking for even more.” McFadden said the state had not and dance is becoming predictable. “In the springtime they assured me given any direction on how to spend the money, yet, so the district still needs to be they were just waiting for the legislature to finalize what the budget is going to be and somewhat cautious. “We budgeted and have a sizable they could sit down and talk to us,” Carroll reserve, and we know we are going to get said. “Now, I’m hearing they still aren’t this increase in funds over seven years, so prepared to do that and are waiting for

“They (PVUSD administration) have consistently refused to present what their revenue stream is going to be under this new budget proposal, but it hasn’t stopped them from spending it.”

some sort of rules to be created … and after the rules are created, I can just predict that they will need time to interpret them and a make a plan. So, now it looks like there won’t be any progress until 2014-15 at the earliest — and that’s a problem.” Despite the stagnation in negotiations, Carroll said any mention of a strike is very premature.

“A strike is a nuclear weapon kind of word; I can’t even talk about possibilities of a strike, but there is a great deal of dissatisfaction with the lack of cooperation we are getting from the district,” he said. Carroll said the union is planning a demonstration and will plan on what more to do in the near future. n Aptos Times / August 15th 2013 / 13

Hike-Bike Honoring Loved Ones

Hospice of Santa Cruz Hosts Fund Raiser at Nisene Marks


emember your loved ones this summer by joining Hike-Bike for Hospice of Santa Cruz County, a fundraiser/family event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24 at Nisene Marks in Aptos. This community family event takes time to honor those that have ended life’s journey with a five-mile nature hike or bike route. Event Schedule: • 9:00 am Registration, pledge form submission, family fun begins • 10:00 am Welcome and Warm Up • 10:15 am Hike Begins - will include Healthy Snack Give-A-Ways • 10:30 am - 2:00 pm Food Concessions Open - Aptos Knights of Columbus BBQ and Strawberry Shortcake • 1:45 pm Closing Celebration and Participation Awards (highest pledges from an individual and team) Parking — General Hike-Bike parking is free to the public and is available alongside Granite Way off of Cathedral Drive where the Aptos Post Office is located. Look for event parking signs. Hike-Bike over-flow parking will also be available at the Resurrection Church parking lot on the corner of State Park Drive and Soquel Drive in Aptos. Hike-Bike handicapped parking is located directly in front of the Barry Swenson pump track (Aptos Creek Road). Walkers and riders will enjoy music, food and kid’s activities in a fun-filled setting where loved ones will be remembered. They can also create teams and wear

Hospice of Santa Cruz Needs Volunteer Visitors

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H T-shirts that state the name of the person they are remembering. Visit and click on “Hike-Bike for Hospice” to register. The first 300 people that raise $35 or more will receive a free event T-shirt. Behind-the-scenes are numerous heart-warming stories about people who are helping to create this event: Anthony Cuaresma earned a new Eagle Scout badge for his remarkable work renovating a dilapidated oversized barbeque, which is now refurnished and will be grilling up hamburgers for participants at the event. Members of the Pajaro Valley Quilt Association created a stunning quilt of vibrant textiles for our “We Honor Veterans” program. The quilt will be auctioned off at Hospice’s Tree of Lights event in the

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winter. Raffle tickets for the quilt will be for sale at Hike-Bike. Hospice of Santa Cruz County has provided compassionate, professional care and support for individuals at the end of life and their families for 35 years. HSCC receives funding from Medicare and most private insurances to cover the cost of its core hospice care program. However, the organization relies solely on foundation and community support to raise over $1 million each year to cover the costs of community grief support, transitional care services, hospice care for uninsured and under-insured patients, hospice support for our veteran community, and end-of-life educational and outreach efforts. n ••• To learn more, please visit their website at

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Illegal Gambling Found in Watsonville By Jon Chown WATSONVILLE — When opening an illegal casino, you’d think one might look for a space out of site and off the beaten track, but the Watsonville Police Department arrested two women last week who were allegedly running a high-tech gambling operation just a few doors away from the WPD’s substation in the East Lake Village Shopping Center. Shaina Romero and Fabiola Gama, both 27, were arrested Aug. 8, and charged with possession of slot machines and offering slot machines for play. According to police, the women were running Urban PCS (Pre-Paid Wireless Phone Service) at 984 E. Lake Avenue, which portrayed itself as a cell-phone store, but was really a casino. WPD Sgt. Eric Taylor said the department investigated the operation for two months. It began, he said, after residents who lived nearby alerted police to possible crimes taking place at the establishment.

card, like you are “Members of going to use it for a community voiced phone, then they put some concern,” a piece of tape on the Taylor said. “We back and write an heard this place ID number. You use doesn’t seem right that number to log and is attracting some into their machines bad elements, so we and play a series of looked inside and games. The whole thought that it was ruse is that it’s a kind of strange, like a sweepstakes, that it’s small casino.” legal, but it definitely Taylor said the isn’t.” department conTaylor said the tacted state gaming department perofficials who said it Jon Chown/Times Publishing Group formed a series of sounded like other Urban PCS, at 984 East Lake Drive in Watsonville’s undercover operaoperations being shut East Lake Shopping Center, was the center of an tions in Urban PCS down in California. illegal gambling investigation by the Watsonville and, while it lacked Apparently, the Police Department. the glitz of a Las Vegas Urban PCS “casino” is just one example of many such establish- casino, customers were gambling on the touch-screen computers running mostly ments opening up throughout the state. “You go in and buy a prepaid phone video poker and slot machine programs.

“There were a couple of vending machines to get snacks and a cashier that would accept your money and cash you out. It was pretty simple,” he said. “We talked to at least 20 people and they admitted it felt like it is was illegal, but said they were told it was fine.” No patrons were charged with any crime. Taylor said the police made the bust in the morning in order to cause as little disturbance to the shopping center as possible and was certain the nature of the business was unknown to shopping center management. “The owners of the shopping center (the Codiga family) are allies of the police department, and have always been helpful,” he said. And even though the WPD substation was just a stone’s throw away, Taylor said Urban PCS chose its location carefully. “Gambling” page 20

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County Exhibit Wins Gold Medal at State Fair

Santa Cruz Exhibit “Cowboy Boots and Country Roots” Earns High Praise From Judges Sacramento — An elaborate exhibit featuring Santa Cruz County received a Gold Medal at the California State Fair in Sacramento last week. The exhibit was among many County displays that were shown at the State Fair. As one of the featured exhibits, Santa Cruz County showcased our county fair’s 2013 theme, “ Cowboy Boots and Country Roots.”

This unique program was first introduced at the State Fair in the 1870’s and has evolved into one of the most favored attractions because of its unique ways of highlighting California’s agriculture, diverse landscape, economy and culture. It is the only competition of this kind in the country to showcase all of the counties within a single state. “We are extremely pleased to have a presence at the State Fair and to receive this award,” said Jarred Sturla, Young Farmers and Rancher Committee member who coordinated the Santa Cruz County Exhibit. The Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau and the organization Agri-Culture have been the official sponsors of the booth for the past nine years. The organizations became involved after local resident Melanie Mow Schumacher noticed in 2004 that other Counties from all over

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California were showcasing their areabut Santa Cruz was missing. In fact, Santa Cruz had not participated in over three years due to lack of funding from the County. She decided to spearhead an effort to have a booth at the State Fair. The agricultural education organization, Agri-Culture serves as the lead organization in the fundraising drive within Santa Cruz County and comes up with the design. This award-winning exhibit was fabricated by Mikon Production. The Counties Exhibits are a cherished favorite at the State Fair and were viewed by over 700 thousand people during the fair, July 12th – 28th. “This is a

huge marketing and outreach tool,” said Bill Ringe, President of Agri-Culture. The Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee member, Jarred Sturla took on the responsibility of raising funds for the exhibit. “I feel pretty good about what we did,” Sturla said. “We had a lot of sponsors and a lot of people came through for us…It’s a nice thing for the entire county.” For those local citizens who didn’t make it to the State Fair this year, the Santa Cruz County exhibit will be on display as part of the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau booth at the Santa Cruz County Fair in Watsonville (September 10-15). n

Gourmet Grazing on the Green

Live Music, Great Food at Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Festival

SANTA CRUZ — The 10th Annual Gourmet Grazing on the Green, a fabulous festival featuring the best local food, wine and beer, supports the Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group. The Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people living with cancer in the Santa Cruz community. Working with a dedicated group of volunteers and partners, the organization raises community consciousness through events and outreach and provides vital financial support for several Santa Cruz beneficiary organizations including Hospice of Santa Cruz, Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Associ-

ation and Cancer Research at University of California at Santa Cruz. Held at beautiful Aptos Village Park on Saturday, September 21 from 12 – 4 pm, Grazing on the Green is a fun filled day of fine wine, excellent food, locally crafted beers, and live music! Spend the afternoon sampling the delicious flavors from dozens of the finest local restaurants and local wineries as well as breweries. Also, Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group is honored to welcome attendees to meet and greet the Beneficiaries who are our special guests at the event. Beneficiaries include Hospice of Santa Cruz County, Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Association, Katz Cancer Resource Center, WomenCARE Cancer

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Advocacy and Researchers from the University of California at Santa Cruz. This year will mark our 10th Annual event. Ticket prices include all food, wine and beer tastings all day, plus a wine glass. By purchasing a $65 ticket to this food and wine festival, attendees are raising funds for the Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group (SCCBG) while  enjoying  a fun day  fit  for foodies and wine-lovers. There will be a huge selection of Santa Cruz restaurants and local wineries & breweries participating in the 2013 event. Tickets will be on sale by August. Tickets include admission to the event, special souvenir wine glass and a day of food, wine and beer tasting. Food Purveyors include: • Café Rio • Chaminade Resort and Spa • Johnny’s Harborside • Solaire Restaurant & Bar • The Chef’s Table SC • The Fish Lady • The True Olive Connection • Vida Oliva • Santa Cruz Fish Co • Severino’s • Local Catch Monterey Bay • Coastal Culinary Personal Chef Wineries include: • Alfaro Family Vineyard • Beauregard Vineyards • Bonny Doon Vineyard • Burrell School Vineyards • Copious Winery • Corralitos Wine Co. • Dancing Creek Winery • Hunter Hill Vineyard and Winery • Kathryn Kennedy Winery • MJA Vineyards • Muccigrosso Vineyards • Muns Vineyard • Myka Cellars • Pelican Ranch Winery • Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard • Sante Arcangeli Family Wines • Sones Cellars • Villa del Monte Winery • Vino Tabi Winery • Wargin Wines

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‘Fit for the Fight’

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it for the Fight” took place at Cabrillo the Fight!” because SVF wants to spread College track on July 13 & 14. Sea- awareness of the benefits of exercise as scape Village Fitness is still raising it relates to cancer prevention as well money so if you want to make a donation as increased survival for those who are fighting cancer. it’s not too late. Go Jim Tucker, online and search “All of our team owner of Seascape Relay For Life of members have lost Village Fitness said, Santa Cruz, Team Sealoved ones to cancer “All of our team scape Village Fitness have to make donations. and know many people members The Seascape currently fighting this lost loved ones to cancer and know Village Fitness team disease.” many people curraised $16,348.26 total — Jim Tucker, Owner of rently fighting this in this their first year. Seascape Village and Fitness disease. We heard The Relay For Life of about American Santa Cruz brought in $142,329.89. SVF’s first fundraising activity Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of was a dance party in May at the Fitness Santa Cruz and knew that it was time Center featuring The Extra Large Band. to do something to fight this terrible SVF raised nearly $10,000 at this event disease. We formed a team and got busy through ticket sales, a silent auction and a spreading the word. It was an amazing experience. As a team, we shared the raffle. Seascape Village Fitness has 18 people activities of walking, tending our booth on the team and our slogan is “Fit for and spreading hope through preven-

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tative measures such as weight loss and exercise. We all played games, posted pictures on Facebook, and watched as our team donations climbed.” Tucker continued, “It was overwhelming to see the number of people who are fighting cancer or have lost someone to cancer. There was a sense of community and fellowship. Everyone had their story, and knew it was a safe space to share it.

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“Volunteers” from page 14 Volunteer Visitors are understanding listeners, the ones who extend a hand to hold, providing companionship and emotional support. Like a friendly neighbor they also take care of practical tasks: provide transportation, run errands, prepare a meal, or do light massage and personal care. Sometimes their presence makes it possible for a caregiver to get away for a few needed hours of respite. Hospice is currently seeking military veterans to join their volunteer team and be a part of the “We Honor Veterans” program in which (among other things) volunteer veterans visit fellow veterans who are under hospice care. In partnering with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Hospice of Santa Cruz County strives to bring comfort, dignity and quality of life to veterans in our community.

Volunteer Visitor Training starts September 17 and applications due by September 9, 2013. This 8-session training prepares volunteers to support patients and their families both practically and emotionally. Bilingual volunteers and military veteran volunteers are especially needed. Interested potential volunteers can contact Volunteer Services Manager Radha Mallery at 430-3006; email her at rmallery@hospicesantacruz. org. The volunteer application can be downloaded from the Hospice website, n

Land Trust of SCC Earns National Recognition

Accreditation Awarded by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission SANTA CRUZ — After an extensive evaluation, the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County has been awarded accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. Land Trust of Santa Cruz County is now one of 230 land trusts from across the country that has been awarded accreditation since the fall of 2008. “Land Trust of Santa Cruz County’s accredited status demonstrates our commitment to permanent land conservation,” said Executive Director Terry Corwin. “Our land trust is a stronger organization today having gone through the rigorous accreditation program.” Each accredited land trust submitted extensive documentation and underwent a rigorous review. “Through accreditation land trusts conduct important planning and make their operations more efficient and strategic,” said Commission Executive Director Tammara Van Ryn. “Accredited organizations have engaged and trained citizen conservation leaders and improved systems for ensuring that their conservation work is permanent.” The Land Trust of Santa Cruz County

“AHS Fall Sports” from page 11 Water Polo oys coach Jasper Billings has high hopes for the team aftera disappointing 2012. “We finished sixth in our 7-team league,” he said. “This year our goal is to finish in the top three and qualify for the post-season tournaments.” With five returning seniors and three strong sophomore scorers, Billings is expecting a good season. For the girls team, coach Tim Outtrim


is now able to display a seal of accreditation indicating to the public that it meets national standards for excellence, upholds the public trust and ensures that conservation efforts are permanent. The seal is a mark of distinction in land conservation. “Land trusts are gaining higher profiles with their work on behalf of citizens, and the seal of accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission is a way to prove to their communities that land trusts are worthy of the significant public and private investment in land conservation,” noted Land Trust Alliance President Rand Wentworth. Across the country, local citizens and communities have formed land trusts to save

the places they love. Community leaders in land trusts throughout the country have worked with willing landowners to save over 47 million acres of farms, forests, parks and places people care about. Strong, well-managed land trusts provide local communities with effective champions and caretakers of their critical land resources for future generations. Local residents concerned about protecting the lands that make Santa Cruz County special formed The Land Trust of Santa Cruz County in 1978. Since then, the Land Trust has protected more than 13,000 acres by working with willing landowners and conservation partners. The trust protects both working lands, like farms and timberland, and natural lands with high

conservation value – thus protecting water supplies, wildlife habitats and open space. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, awards the accreditation seal to community institutions that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. More information is available on the Commission’s website, n ••• The Land Trust Alliance, based in Washington D.C., is a national conservation group that works to save the places people love by strengthening conservation throughout America. It works to increase the pace and quality of conservation by advocating favorable tax policies, training land trusts in best practices and working to ensure the permanence of conservation in the face of continuing threats. It has established an endowment to help ensure the success of the accreditation program and keep it affordable for land trusts of all sizes to participate in accreditation. More information can be found at

is looking for his players to improve on their third-place finish in 2012, which starts with an intense off-season working. “This week was the team’s ‘Hell Week’,” he said. “This means being at the pool at 5:30 in the morning, then back again at 5 p.m.” After graduating nine seniors from last year’s team, Outtrim has only five returning varsity players, but his pick of new players from the JV team, which captured the league title last year and has many players ready to move up. “Players to watch out for in 2013

include [goalie] McKenzie Phelps and starters Trinity Sieraski, Kylie Krbek and Autumn Knapp. For more information about the Aptos Mariners’ sports teams and schedules, visit n TPG editor Noel Smith contributed to this story.

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Capitola Soroptimist’s 8th Annual ‘Bras for a Cause’ Winners T hree winning artfully created “Bras for a Cause” entries will be featured in the live auction along with a one-week stay at a condo overlooking the harbor in Victoria, BC, golf outings and other great prizes at the 8th annual fund-raising event hosted by Soroptimists International of Capitola-By-The-Sea on August 18 at 2 p.m. at Seascape Golf Club, 610 Clubhouse Drive, Aptos. First place winner is Lois Alford for her entry titled: “Feathered, Furry & Frida” Second place winner is Clare Geyer for her entry titled: “Bra-sket Weave” Third place winner is Susan Waltz for her entry titled: “AbracadaBRA” “In past years we included the three winning bras in the silent auction but we decided to feature them in the live auction to give them

the attention they so richly deserve,” said Mary Kashmar, “Bras for a Cause” chair. Winners were selected by a three-judge panel that included local artists Nancy Howells, Qiu-ming Hay, and Carrie Arnone, membership director at the Capitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce. A “People’s Choice” award will be selected at the event by bidders during the silent auction of the remaining bras. The “Bras4aCause” fundraiser has raised more than $25,000 since its start seven years ago. The Capitola Soroptimist club uses proceeds from the silent and live auction to support local women’s causes. These include: WomenCARE — help for women undergoing cancer treatment, individual/group moral support, education about nutrition, alter-

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native medicine, transportation to medical appointments and much more; Gemma — an organization originally started by women inmates as a pathway for women incarcerated to help them reunite with their families and the community which is now a program of the Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County, Inc. and of course, awards thousands of dollars in scholarships each year to deserving local women. n Soroptimist, a coined Latin phrase meaning Best for Women, is a worldwide service organization for women who work to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. For more information, or to become a member willing to work to help us help women and girls, visit the SI Capitola website at or contact SI Capitola at

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“Gambling” from page 15 “What they do is research where lottery ticket sales are very high and open nearby. East Lake Liquors is historically a good Lotto seller, and they were right next door,” he said. In the end, said Taylor, the public should really be credited with cracking this crime. If people had not come forward, there’s no telling how long the alleged casino could have kept operating. “It doesn’t look sketchy from the outside,” he said. “It looked like a Metro PCS-type store. It’s not something that would normally draw attention.” n

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Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music Opening Night T O he Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music opened on Friday, August 2 with three works: Dust Dances (1994) by Derek Bremel, conducted by Bremel; Flute Concerto (2013) with flautist Adam Walker by Kevin Puts, conducted by Carolyn Kuan and Symphony No. 3 (2011) by Christopher Rouse also conducted by Carolyn Kuan. In the absence of the one and only Marin Alsop, who would have directed her 22nd Cabrillo Festival, this year’s series was left in the excellent hands of the more than capable Maestra Carolyn Kuan, who directed with creativity and high precision! Dust Dances remel’s Dust Dances had its roots in the Northwestern African country of Ghana, where “gyil” music is most popular. The gyil is a 14 - 18 key instrument that resembles the Western marimba. Multiple rhythms are prevalent in African music and this concept made its way into Bremel’s work. The entire orchestra realized the moments of rhythmic complexity without hesitation. Dust Dances was well received by the capacity filled Civic Auditorium. Flute Concerto lute Concerto with virtuoso flautist Adam Walker received its World premiere under Kuan’s ever so precise baton. The work was co-commissioned by Bette and Joseph Hirsch to commemorate



Marin Alsop Leads the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra. “Joe’s” 75th birthday and the couples’ 35th wedding anniversary. The work was set in three movements and Puts found space in the second movement to utilize the beautiful melody from Mozart’s Piano Concert No. 21 in C major, K. 475, which has been nicknamed the “Elvira Madigan” concerto from the Swedish film of 1967. Mozart composed this lush concerto within a four-week period and its haunting melody has survived time with glory. The third movement recapped the main theme ideas set forth in the opening movement culminating in the orchestra clapping out

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rhythms. The work was also well received by the audience.

Rouse’s Symphony No. 3 f course, the anticipated high point came with Christopher Rouse’s Symphony No. 3, a most dynamic work that to a degree captured the musical soul of Sergei Prokofiev’s energetic Symphony No. 2 in D Minor, op. 40. Christopher Rouse is the current Composer in Residence of the New York philharmonic. Arguably, Rouse is a “Master Composer” and in the eyes of this writer, one of the very finest composers of our time! Prokofiev called this work his “symphony of iron and steel.” I believe highly polished titanium would be more appropriate. Program notes refer to the opening as savage and aggressive, however, missing in this statement is it is highly calculated musical composition with brilliant orchestration driven by imagination and creativity. “Festival” page 31 Aptos Times / August 15th 2013 / 21

Aptos Academy of Performing Arts

Popular Demand Brings New Angelina Ballerina Classes to the Program


he newly established studio in room. The Aptos Academy of Performing Aptos houses a full recreational Arts’ well-rounded curriculum is the only dance program and pre-professional facility on the Central Coast to offer a onedance program for ages three and up. The stop arts education for families! Carol Richmond purchased the Aptos Academy’s “No Limits Dance Company” is a competitive team of individual and Academy of Performing Arts (previously No Limits Dance Company) group award winning in December 2011. The pre-professional dancers Thursdays 12:30-1:15 AAPA moved into its new that fulfills the dance (2-3 year olds)
 location at 7970 Soquel education commitment Fridays 2:45-3:30 Drive in Aptos, in March of AAPA to make you (4-6 year olds) of 2012. Carol has been and/or your child an Registration Day is the owner of the Acadaccomplished dancer. Saturday August 17 from 1-3pm. emy’s sister company, Aptos Academy the Carmel Academy of offers classes in the many forms of artistic performance – Performing Arts for almost 20 years. “I want children to feel good about dance, music and theater! These include beginning Ballet/Tap for children 2 – 6 themselves,” said Carol, “And to build years old, Intro to Ballet/Tap, Ballet, Pointe, their self confidence while learning skills Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Creative Ballet/Tap, that will last them a lifetime. This is our Gymnastics, Musical Theatre and Theatre second full year in Aptos and we have Workshop fill the exciting Performing Arts steadily grown to a student body for the dance of over 90, not including our adult schedule of the Aptos Academy. Little Arts School House for pre- students. Our music students learning school children will premier in August piano, violin, guitar or voice now number on weekday mornings. Kindermusik and 15. I’ve been teaching dance and music dance classes round out this pre-kinder- for over 30 years and the thrill of seeing a garten bilingual program headed by a child or adult grow in his or her ability to California licensed preschool instructor. perform never goes away.” Carol believes strongly that learning Small class atmosphere immersed in the arts is a wonderful beginning to your chil- dance and music is not just exercise, but teaches young people performance skills dren’s lifelong pursuit of creativity! Private musical instrument instruction and attitudes that builds the self-confidence in piano, violin, drums, strings, brass, one needs to go on stage in front of family, woodwinds, electric and acoustic guitar in friends and strangers. “There are few other addition to private coaching in voice and activities that provide this kind of confiacting, is taught in a private sound proofed dence-building opportunity for children.”

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Here are just some of the opportunities for young people: Intro to Musical Theater
5-7 year olds — This class is an introduction to musical theatre for younger children that are not old enough for private training. The students experience basic acting exercises, learn songs from musical theater shows and learn introductory dances and stage movements that will prepare them for future auditions and performances. Young Dancers 3-4 year olds — The

young ballet student is introduced in these classes to the joy of dance and movement through age appropriate stretching to begin class, introduction to French ballet terms and creative expression through dance/storytelling and tempo, shapes and speed of movement. The Academy adds a Tot Ballet class in January each year for dancers turning 3 mid-year! Music — The Academy offers a complete program of private instruction in musical instruments, voice and acting for students from age five to adults! We have a staff of highly qualified instructors teaching beginning through advanced students. We can assist in renting or purchasing your instrument of choice. Instruments taught include Woodwinds, Strings, Drums, Electric and Acoustic Guitar, Brass, in addition to Voice and Acting. Gymnastics — All gymnastic programs are open to boys and girls. Our programs are designed so every child may excel to their fullest potential in a noncompetitive atmosphere. All Aptos Academy of Performing Arts programs incorporate character and life building and fitness skills to help create a lifetime of healthy habits. n ••• Aptos Academy of Performing Arts 7970 Soquel Dr., Aptos CA. Call today: 831-684-1800 or visit the AAPA Website:

Back to School … Already?


By Mebin Skaria

sk any senior student about how quickly time has passed by since his or her freshman year; most of them will say “too quickly.” Its hardworking high school students have always appreciated the warm embrace of Aptos and its cool weather. But even though summer feels like it has just arrived, the summer vacation season is near completion! Many students, such as me, had plenty of summer AP homework to do. Nevertheless, many of us didn’t relinquish our desire to indulge in subjects we wanted to learn. What I, for example, focused on this summer was the piano, violin, and computer science. But alas, school is about to start! Students have to get ready to work hard to

Local student named to dean’s list atthew Ocampo, who graduated this summer with a degree in Human Communication, was named to the Dean’s List at California State University, Monterey Bay for the spring semester. The Dean’s List recognizes students who have achieved a minimum grade-point average of 3.5 for a course load of at least 12 credits. Matthew, son of Dr. Gregory and Candyce Ocampo, is a 2007 graduate of Aptos High School.

achieve all those high expectations and goals for the coming year. This is definitely true for me. My first priority as a junior is to concentrate harder than ever at school, study for the S.A.T. and focus even more on my future career. I also look forward to joining and participating in several extracurricular clubs I am interested in. Finally, I need to be sure to have plenty of school spirit! I didn’t do my best last year and the time between freshmen year to senior year feels as if it’s going faster and faster, so this year I’m giving it my all so I won’t have regrets in the future. I encourage all Aptos Mariner students to do the same! Go Mariners! Let’s have a great school year! n


••• Harmony U. — Wonderful Experience t was wonderful to be among so many people who love to sing barbershop,” said Trudy Mock, assistant director of the Gold Standard Chorus. After a week at Harmony University in St. Joseph, Missouri, three Santa Cruz singers -- chorus


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From Left: Gold Standard Chorus members Dale Summer, Jordan Johnson and Trudy Mock listen to legendary barbershopper Joe Liles at Harmony University in St. Joseph, Missouri. director Jordan Johnson, associate director Dale Summer, and Trudy -- concurred in giving the experience highest marks. A highlight was getting to study with legendary barbershop singer, songwriter and arranger Joe Liles who has taught at Harmony U. for 44 years. He is retiring this year. Mr. Liles arranged several of the songs in the chorus repertoire. Dale Summer returned determined to apply what she learned to all coming rehearsals. Jordan Johnson, chorus director, who had attended four times before, brought back renewed determination to improve the chorus.

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Non-Profits Team Up to Help Homeless Vets V FW post # 10110 is doing its best to provide comprehensive services to Homeless Veterans. They got a boost this week from another nonprofit group – the Goodwill Auxiliary. VFW is coordinating efforts to provide housing and jobs for returning veterans. So the Goodwill volunteer group gifted more than $1,000 worth of Vouchers good for the purchase of merchandise in Goodwill stores. The big picture is that VFW helps coordinate the efforts of two other non-profits – The county of Santa Cruz Veteran’s Advocate group and the Twenty-First Century Vet group, together who provide housing, tents and other living supplies plus food and personal items to veterans. While these are based upon existing

“Scholarships” from page 8 In addition, a letter of recommendation is added to the package and submitted prior to the June 30 deadline. Holcomb ran down the list of academic destinations and noted “Among the many prestigious schools our recipients have attended are:

“Briefs” from page 23 All three were fired up by the great instructors -- the best that the international Barbershop Harmony Society has to offer.

programs, there is also a certain amount of cash required to activate the programs. The VFW works to provide these funds. To provide close coordination and the best benefits to vets, volunteers from all these agencies meet weekly at the 90-day homeless facility at Emeline The Goodwill Auxiliary donation will allow veterans who receive the benefits of the other programs to shop at Goodwill to obtain such items as clothing to wear to job interviews and household items for new living quarters. The Goodwill Auxiliary is a group of volunteers whose main interest is operating the Collectors Corner at the downtown Goodwill store. They are currently looking to add more volunteers to their group. n

Chuck Woodson, VFW President receives a donation from Frans Lind, Treasurer of the Goodwill Auxiliary. Witnessing the transaction are (from left): Bill Manich, 21st Century Vet, Dean Kaufman, County of Santa Cruz Health Services, Candice Kachel, Auxiliary president and Amanda Van Loan, Auxiliary vice president.

Cal Berkeley, Santa Clara, Cal Poly, UC Davis, Loyola Marymount and UC Santa Barbara. This year three recipients will share the $4,000 scholarship award. They are Graceann Rettig who is attending San Francisco State University, Mattison Crowley at the Academy of Art in San

Francisco, and Mariela Lopez a student at San Jose State. Rewarding excellence and achievement is also a personal calling for the Holcombs. “These are terrific kids” Holcomb explained adding, “It gives both my wife Kay and me a great deal of pleasure to fund these scholarships.” n

••• The Holcomb family of business interests includes Palapas Restaurant y Cantina (, Seascape Beach Resort (www.seascaperesort. com), Seascape Wine and Spirits, and Holcomb Real Estate and Development. (

All three told of staying up all night singing and having the time of their lives. The Gold Standard Barbershop Chorus (GSBC) is the Santa Cruz chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS).

Both GSBC and BHS are non-profit organizations dedicated to “keeping the whole world singing.” For information about the Gold Standard Chorus, please visit ••• Fourth Quarter 2012 County Employment and Wages in California he latest BLS News Release showing employment and wage data for California counties is now available online at Employment and wage data is available for all counties in California. Items of note include: • Employment rose in all 26 large counties in California from December 2011 to December 2012. • San Francisco County posted the largest employment increase, 4.2%, followed by San Luis Obispo County at 4.1%. • Average weekly wages increased in all 26 large California counties from the fourth quarter 2011 to the fourth quarter 2012. • San Mateo recorded the largest average

weekly wage increase (107.3%) along with the highest average weekly wage ($3,240) for both the state and the nation. • Mariposa County’s average weekly wage of $647 was lowest among all counties in the state. ••• HUD Awards California Housing Authorities $69 Million SAN FRANCISCO — U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today awarded public housing authorities in California $69,368,607 to be used for making major large-scale improvements to their public housing units, focusing on housing for families and seniors. $366,090 of this money has been designated for the Santa Cruz County Housing Authority. n

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Confidently Unsure

Making the Transition from High School to College


By Aidan Mathews

uthor Jarod Kintz once told us that “College has given me the confidence I need to fail” – painfully cliché but undeniably true. Perhaps the only true difference between high school and college is confidence, or at least the understanding that everyone is just as skeptical about themselves and the world and their future as you are. High school sucks because it’s just uncomfortable without that balancing dose of confidence. Think about it, you’re constantly trying to prove something to someone else – or even worse – prove somebody wrong. And on top of that, there is always someone “better” than you, even if they are not. It’s not right or wrong, it’s just the way teenagers are programmed in a high school setting, it’s all about defiance – unnecessary and inappropriate defiance. So much of that occurs that you forget whom you’re defying and often times one can start living for the external world more than the internal. He or she relies on the outer image they give off because in high school people do not see the common ground; the common angst; the common skepticism, the common awkwardness. Now I have yet to experience college, but I have had my college orientation not too long ago and learned something valuable from that experience: everyone is just as uncomfortable as you are. That’s the thing about college, you are given an unbiased and unconditional sense of confidence by simply stepping foot on campus and seeing all the other incoming freshman who were just as unsure and ticked off as

you often were in your high school days and are collectively looking forward to being on their own surrounded by those who care about what they study and who they study with. This common bridge between person to person in a collegiate experience makes way for the uncommon to surface. If there is something that I have learned from an excelled education it is when students choose to be common in an awareness of one another’s feelings and position, a true effort for excellence takes form. I know this to be true because I have seen the faces of and have talked to friends and family who are currently college students. I remember the first thing I asked my brother upon his return home for winter break of his freshman year of college: “what is the biggest difference?” He then told me that “the simple difference is that you want to be there.” He further explained the ironic elegance of the college lifestyle and how one actually looks forward to going to class and enjoys studying and working hard because its for something you chose to do – that’s what I look forward to most – the ability to choose what has meaning and what does not. From what I’ve gathered from my premature knowledge of what college is, it is that choosing comes into play more than it ever has in your life prior. I realize that I am making high school out to be horrendous, but that is not the intent. High school is a very important piece in a young person’s journey both as a student and as a person. I often look at high school as the necessary tedium everyone must endure to earn the coveted “afterlife”

that is college and your future. Don’t get me wrong, my high school experience was awesome in many ways, and I have made some lifelong friends doing it, but I see the joys of high school as the tip of the iceberg when considering what college has to offer an aspiring student. Plainly, what I look

forward to in college is the confidence to be uncomfortable and detached from what was once so familiar. I look forward to shared skepticism for what is to come but at the same time shared enthusiasm with a healthy dose of fear for what our bright futures behold. n

Back to School


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A few new titles for discriminate readers … 50 Dates in 50 States

One Woman’s Journey to Positive Change By M.L. Brocklehurst Morgan James. $19.95 (Rating: Good) escribing herself as “a goal-driven, career-focused, workaholic who loved to travel,” the author explains that her life hit rock bottom when her soul mate unexpectedly died. Two years after A d a m ’ s death she still hadn’t gotten her life back together, but she realized that she had to do something to make a positive change in what had become a destructive, downward spiraling existence. This narrative charts Melanie Brocklehurst’s journey back to “wholeness.” As she explains, “Along the way I quit my job, sold my house, travelled around the U.S. having fifty dates in fifty states, and eventually met the man who loves me and accepts me as I am.” Part travelogue, part romp and part how-to-guide, Melanie instructs as well as inspires her reader as she lay outs how her positive change formula and works to achieve her dreams. From shark diving in Hawaii to Fright Night in Philly, the author has some interesting experiences. Making out at a California drive-in movie may have been a lapse back to adolescence but the encounter with a stalker in New Mexico was certainly no fun and an encounter Melanie would rather have avoided. All in all, though, her account of this struggle to bring about positive change in her life is uplifting and quite entertaining. And, for those who are looking for some way of jumpstarting their own lives, the formula Brocklehurst shares may point to the way of bringing about some positive changes.


The Widows of Braxton County By Jess McConkey William Morrow. $14.99 (Rating-Very Good) suspenseful and chilling story set in the a small farming community, this is the haunting tale of a woman who is trying to come to terms with her past while discovering her true identity.


W h e n she marries Joe Krause, Kate, the heroine of this novel, agrees to set her citydwelling past behind her and settle on the Iowa farm that has been in Joe’s family for 140 years. Although she is more than willing to accept a life defined by daily chores and getting back to the basics, Kate isn’t quite ready for judgmental neighbors and her mother-in-law who moves in shortly after the wedding. Surprise, surprise! As she struggles to adjust to rural life, Kate also comes to realize that her new family has plenty of secrets. Local gossip suggests that the Kraus clan harbors a secret about a mysterious death. Before she’s done, this beguiling woman is going to have to deal with some dangerous and unexplainable events that will give her a new understanding of the old phrase, “The sins of the father.” More than just an intriguing mystery, this is a riveting character study of actually two women, Kate and Hannah, a woman from an earlier time, who both had to deal with some unattainable expectations placed on them by family and society.

Love, Laugh and Eat: And Other Secrets Of Longevity

From the Healthiest People on Earth By John Tickell, M.D. Harper One. $26.99 (Rating-Good) ver wonder why Okinawans have the greatest number of centenarians per capita in the world and very low incidences of heart disease, strokes, breast and prostate cancer? Are there things those who live past 100 know that the rest of us don’t? The author spent 25 years traveling the world to uncover the secrets of longevity


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and after researching the cultures, habits, foods and traditions of 100 countries. Dr. Tickell provides some of the answers to these and similar questions about what it takes to live longer. Boiling down his findings into a practical, doable everyday program, Dr. Tickell has created an easy-to-follow guide that will change for the better and extend one’s life. The Activity, Coping and Eating (ACE) program outlined in this little book points to the way to successfully use your brain, body, and mouth to lose weight and live a healthier existence. Combining stress reduction, diet alterations and exercise with a seven day detoxification plan, the author also serves up a meal and snack plan that will fight hunger and help shed and keep off those unwanted pounds. Dr. Tickell will be featured on a PBS special this month and no doubt there will rebroadcasts of the health program throughout the rest of the year and perhaps in 2014 as well.

The Tower By Simon Toyne William Morrow. $25.99 (Rating-Very Good) f you read “Sanctus” and “The Key”, the first two novels of the Ruin trilogy, you’ll certainly want to read this final installment of the series. A cyber attack at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center has not only disabled the Hubble telescope but the director has also gone missing. FBI agent Joe Shepherd is handling the investigation and among the puzzling clues he finds left behind by the scientist are the words “end of days.” Meanwhile, American journalist Lib Adamsen has also disappeared. Trapped in the Syrian Desert, Lib is prisoner of the prophecy that drove her there and she is now haunted by the terrible things about to come. With a countdown clock left at Goddard ticking away, Shepherd realizes time is running out and something truly catastrophic is waiting in the wings to destroy mankind. Extraordinary events from extreme weather to odd animal


behavior are harbingers of the coming transformation. The question is are we rushing towards a revelation or total devastation? Never have the stakes been so high or the outcome so much in doubt as with this situation and only Lib holds the key to what the ultimate outcome will be. If you thought the first two stories of this trilogy were exciting, you haven’t read anything yet. Simon Toyne pulls out all the stops with this concluding novel. This wrap-up will leave you breathless!

The Paris Deadline By Max Byrd Turner. $27.95 (Rating-Very Good) t is the Jazz Age of the 1920s and Toby Keats may well be the only American working in Paris who doesn’t know Hemingway. No matter, though. Toby relishes his quiet life after serving in the Great War. But unfortunately, this calm existence is about to change radically when he discovers an automaton dubbed Vaucanson’s Duck. Containing a small gyroscope that a number of people are interested in because it could be the key element in creating unmanned rockets, Toby’s new plaything becomes the center of a nasty struggle to see which group of “baddies” can capture it. From the Left Bank to the prehistoric caves of southern France, the chase is on and the winners will possess technology that will tilt the next European conflict in their favor. Rich in historical detail, “The Paris Deadline” is a fun read and a nice diversion from more traditional suspense novels. n


Getting to the Root of Pet Dental Care W hen contemplating the necessity of home dental care for pets, it is often helpful to put ourselves in their paws for a moment and ask, “How would we feel if we didn’t brush our teeth for a month?” Have you ever missed a day or two and felt that icky film on your teeth? Not to mention the halitosis... yuck! Well animals feel the same way. They may not ask for their teeth to be brushed, and it may not sound easy, but it can be one of the most valuable tools to improve your pet’s health. Many people have misconceptions about pet dental care. Misconception #1: Fluffy’s appetite is great and her teeth look ok, so I don’t need to brush her teeth. Unlike humans, animals instinctively hide their weakness and signs of illness. This is a useful survival strategy for wild

animals but, as a result, we often miss the subtle clues that our companion animals are sick or in pain. Obviously, not eating is not a good survival strategy! This would only be a sign observed with very severe dental disease. It is a good idea to visually inspect your pets mouth on a regular basis. However, we can’t rely on our eyes completely since dental disease only affects their health and quality of life when it is below the gum line. Misconception #2: Marley hates it when I try to brush his teeth. Let’s face it: brushing teeth is not a

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fun task, but it is a necessity in life. As with all grooming tasks, most animals will need to having their teeth brushed. It may take several months of baby steps to make progress but many pets will actually learn to accept and look forward to having their teeth brushed. Patience is key! Praise and rewards in the form of dental treats and flavored pet toothpaste will ensure the process gets easier with time. It’s never too late to start! However, it is important to check with your veterinarian first. A professional oral health assessment,

cleaning, and possible extractions of bad teeth may be necessary before starting a home care regimen to ensure it is a painfree process. Misconception #3: Princess gets her teeth brushed and cleaned by her groomer every month so I don’t need to do anything else for her teeth. Brushing once a month or once every 6 weeks at a grooming appointment cannot replace regular daily brushing. Pets have very similar oral anatomy and physiology as people and, just like us, they should have their teeth brushed every day. Misconception #4: Anesthesia for a professional dental cleaning is scary and risky, especially since Rover is getting older. “Pet Teeth” page 31 Aptos Times / August 15th 2013 / 27

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accelerates injury recovery, and Featured recipes are posted on iving a business presenthe New Leaf Community blog at promotes better over all health. tation? Interviewing for For more information, visit www. a job? Improve your speaking, or call (831) 688-1019 skills in a friendly, supportive environment with Redwood Mondays, Wednesdays, Ramblers Toastmasters. Open to Tuesdays, and Thursdays all levels. Thursdays & Saturdays Co-dependents Anonymous Drop-ins welcome. For more Ocean Gate Zen Center o-dependents Anonymous information, call 831-335-3693. is a 12-step group for Zazen Instructions people who want healthy 7 pm. 920 41st Ave. Suite B, TOPS Club, Inc. in Felton relationships and self esteem. Santa Cruz (next to Family OPS is a health group that Weekly meetings are offered Cycling Center) has chapters all over the free of charge in Santa Cruz and orning meditation schedule world. The Felton Chapter meets Watsonville. is Tues. & Thurs. 6:45am; Fri. every Wednesday morning at the For a schedule and more 9:00am, & Sat. 8:30am followed by meeting room of the Felton Fire information, go to “Come As You Are Zen” at 9:00am. House. Members weigh in from or e-mail Zazen instruction 1st Tues. of ea. 8:45 AM until 9:55 AM and the or call (831) 469-6096. month at 6:30pm. meeting starts at 10:00 AM. The For more info. visit both oceanmembers share whether they have and facebook. Second Mondays gained or lost, but don’t reveal their actual weight. Then, they The Santa Cruz Branch of are fortunate enough to have a CHADD ADHD Support Group First Tuesdays each month member, Ames Monahan, a Health Tail Wagging World of Dog 6:30-8:00pm, The Aptos Fire Coach, who gives, up to date, Station Meeting Room, 6934 Ownership information on eating properly. Soquel Dr. Aptos 6:30pm at the Santa Cruz SPCA, For further information, call nyone that is impacted in 2685 Chanticleer Ave., Santa 335-3510, visit or some way by ADHD is Cruz (cross street is Soquel Ave.). just visit any Wednesday. encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Judy First Tuesdays and Overeaters Anonymous Brenis at (831) 818-9619 or e-mail 6:30-7:30pm at Teach by the Beach Third Wednesdays each month her at #50 Rancho Del Mar, Aptos Orientations to Become For more information, call (831) 429-7906 Second and Fourth Mondays Advocates for Children North County, 5:30-7p.m., first First and Third Wednesdays Tuesday of month (for location First Wednesday each month Alzheimers Support Groups details contact Danielle at 761Adoption/Child Welfare Orientation Monday: 2:00 - 3:30pm 2956 X102) South County, 5:30-7 6:00pm- 8:00pm 1400 Emeline p.m., third Wednesday of the Wednesday: 5:30 – 7:00pm Avenue room 206, Santa Cruz. Conference Room at Elena Baskin/ month at the CASA Office, 813 he first step to becoming Live Oak Senior Center, 1777-A Freedom Blvd. Watsonville a foster and/or adoptive ASA (Court Appointed Capitola Road, Santa Cruz. Special Advocates) of Santa parent is to attend orientation. acilitated by Jill Ginghofer, this The orientation is designed to group is for caregivers and family Cruz County needs your help. review the child welfare system members of people with Alzheimers Volunteer 3-5 hours per week and to give you a chance to have to provide support, guidance, your question answered by child and a powerful voice in court Tuesdays welfare staff. for children who have been Women Care Drop in To register to one of the meeting removed from their homes Cancer Support and for directions, please call because of abuse or neglect. rop in Support Group is a 454-4687. Everyone welcome, men and gathering for women with all bilingual folks especially types of cancer. We offer support Second and Fourth Wednesdays for women through all stages from encouraged. To RSVP call 761-2956 diagnoses through treatment. Freedom Forum Presents: Ext. 102, or email For more information or to Constitution Classes register call (831) 457-2273 7:00pm, Quaker Friends Meeting House, 225 Rooney St. Santa Cruz Second Tuesdays each month Drop in Grief Support For more information, visit http:// 6:00pm at Aegis, 125 Heather Free Job Seek Workshop!, Aptos 6:00pm-7:00pm, Gateway Bible freedom-forum/ oin other adults who are grieving Church, 5000 Granite Creek Rd. the death of a friend or family Scotts Valley Third Wednesdays member. Learn helpful tools for For more information, visit Meeting Schedule for the coping: Share stories and receive SCWD2 Task Force support from people who care. 7:00pm, Soquel Creek Water No registration required, please PFLAG Headquarters, 5180 call (831) 430-3000 (Parents, Families, and Friends of District Soquel Dr. Soquel Lesbians and Gays) eetings are open to the public 7:00pm-9:00pm, 900 High St. Tuesdays thru Sundays and the location alternates First Congregational Church of Svaroopa® Yoga Classes between the City of Santa Cruz Police Santa Cruz See website for times, Deerpark Community Room, and the Soquel To learn more, call (831) 427Shopping Center, 783 Rio Del 4016 or visit Creek Water District Headquarters. Mar Blvd. Aptos Visit es, you can do yoga! With the Wednesdays for more info. support of blankets, beginning Toastmasters: students relax into easy poses Thursdays designed to release to deepest Speak for Success tensions in the body along the Capitola-Aptos 12:00pm-1:00pm, St. Philip’s spine. Discover this unique form Episcopal Church, 5271 Scotts Rotary Club Meeting of Hatha yoga that deeply relaxes, Valley Drive, Scotts Valley. 12-1:30 p.m. at Seascape Golf Course. quiets the mind, reduces pain, Contact Chuck at 831-462-6092












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or e-mail for 360 Kings Village Drive College Lecture Form 103, 980 more information. Freemont St. Monterey his lecture will explore the music of Bach and his Second Thursdays each month Third Saturdays of Each Month contemporaries in the context of Veterans of Foreign Wars Hopeful and Naturally Healing a changing Europe between 1600 6:30 pm, 2259 7th Ave. Santa Cruz and 1750. ommander Ronals Petty leads Peer Support Group 3:00pm-5:00pm, 12855 Boulder For more information, call (831) the meetings. For more information, call (831) St. Boulder Creek 646-4224 or visit 475-9804 or any woman living with any degree of depression, anxiety, Saturday August 24 Second and Fourth Thursdays and/or bipolar disorder. Free Hike-Bike for Hospice of Santa childcare and well-behaved dogs are Cabrillo Host Lions Club welcome! This free ongoing group Cruz County 7:00pm at the Cabrillo Comprovides encouragement and CAM 10:00am-2:00pm, Nisene Marks, munity Center, Aptos Village (complimentary and alternative Aptos Park, 100 Aptos Creek Rd. medicine) resources for women emember your loved ones this ublic is invited to all summer by joining us for this programs. Contact President wishing to explore safe, natural special event. Participants can Jess Allen 831-684-2721 or Past alternatives to promote mental health in a positive atmosphere. This create teams and wear T-shirts that President Barbara Chamconfidential group welcomes any state the name of the person they berlain at 831-688-3356 for mom taking traditional medications are remembering. meeting/dinner reservations and is not meant to replace medical Visit and or information or visit www. supervision. click on “Hike-Bike for Hospice” Please RSVP if possible: for to register. The first 300 people more information e-mail dyane@ who raise $35 or more will receive Third Thursday each month a free t-shirt.






Pacific Speakers Association

7:00pm, Firehouse on Soquel Dr. Aptos peakers helping speakers get gigs. Call (831) 332-8221 for more information.



Over-Eaters Anonymous

9:00am-10:15am, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center, 2900 Chanticleer Ave. Sc. A is a 12-step support group for those who wish to stop Fridays eating compulsively. All are Clutterers Anonymous welcome. 5:30-6:45 Sutter Maternity & Free childcare with advance Surgical Center, 2900 Chanticleer reservation by 5pm, Fridays. Call Ave, Soquel Dr. Santa Cruz. (831) 429-7906. ired of Clutter? Stuff piling up? Support is available. CLA Church Bible Study/Worship meeting every Friday. For more info call 426-1868 FREE 9:45am: Bible Study; 11:00: Worship, First Baptist Church 7565 Sunset Way, Aptos Drop-in Grief Support ooking for a church? Come (Begins Aug. 2) worship with us! 1:00pm, Hospice of Santa Cruz County ospice of Santa Cruz County is now offering a drop-in grief support group for adults grieving the death of a family Friday August 16 member or a friend. This group Turning the Curve on Youth is a place where you can share Violence: Acting on What Works stories, learn tools for coping, and receive support from people 8:00am-3:00pm, Cocoanut Grove, Santa Cruz who care. urning the Curve on For more information, please call Youth Violence: Acting on (831) 430-3000. What Works, brings together educators, law enforcement, Saturdays youth, justice system Aptos Certified Farmers Market families, professionals, service providers 8:00 -12:00pm at Cabrillo College, and community members to Aptos. inform the development of a he Aptos Market, with over 80 comprehensive youth violence vendors, is open year round, prevention plan for Santa Cruz with the best selections of fresh County. fruits and vegetables, plants, This event is free, preregistration seedlings, flowers, local honey, fresh eggs, fresh fish, artisan baked is required. Contact Lori Butterworth for more information at goods and gourmet foods. In addition, family activities, music, cooking demos by professional chefs, gardening workshops, seasonal fairs and events are a part Wednesday August 21 Bach and his Contemporaries: of the market.





Dated Events



The Convergence of Revolutions in Music, Scotts Valley Farmer’s Market Patronage, and Human Expression 9a.m.-1p.m. SV Community Center, 1:30pm, Monterey Peninsula

Tuesday August 27

Aptos Sons In Retirement Luncheon Meeting

11:30am,Severinos Restaurant, 7500 Old Dominion Court, Aptos. peaker will be James Cook of the Santa Cruz Beekeepers Guild on the fascinating social life of bees,their importance to agriculture and mankind plus the harvesting of honey. Call Jack at(831) 688-0977 for information.


Monday September 2 Labor Day Dinner

5:30 pm, Resurrection Church Markey Hall, 7600 Soquel Dr. Aptos njoy a homemade Italian spaghetti and meatball dinner prepared by Chef Adrianne Saldivar-Meier. Also on the menu will be caeser salad, marinated Italian green beans, garlic bread, tiramisu dessert and de-caf coffee or tea. Reservations can be made by calling Jerry at (831) 684-2879 or by e-mail at jer63jan@sbcglobal. net. Tickets will not be sold at the door. n


Your August Horoscope event takes place year-round and illuminates some of the most talented local artists from local galleries. To find out where to participate in a First Friday art tour, visit Art & Music at the Beach (Most Wednesdays 2013 Concert Series Schedule galleries are open 12-9 pm for (Live Music 2-4pm) Peninsula Banjo Band Sponsored by: Fairfield Inn & 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Harry’s Hofbrau, First Friday viewings.) Suites by Marriott-Capitola & 390 Saratoga Ave, San Jose Second Fridays each month Slatter Construction orty-seven years of August 18 • Singer Ron Kaplan performing in the Bay Big Band Dance (Jazz) Area, over 250 popular tunes. 7:30pm-10:00pm, at Mid-County rt & Music at the Beach is Come see our band for Free in Senior Center 829 Bay Ave, Capitola a wonderful opportunity Sunnyvale Every Wednesday. allroom dancing to live to enjoy a Sunday afternoon in No cover. music by The 10th Ave. Band. Capitola Village. Local artists Contact Lee McLaughlin, Refreshments, large floor, friendly display their work in the Booking Agent, at 408-993atmosphere, free parking. Open to Esplanade Park and live music is BAND (2263) for information the public-singles welcome! featured on the Esplanade Stage about booking the band for Suggested donation, $6 per overlooking beautiful Capitola Non-profit events (donations are person. Proceeds benefit MCSC. Beach and Monterey Bay. Free and tax deductible). For more information, call (831) open to the public. 476-4711. For more information contact: Leslie Fellows, Program Thursdays Second Sundays Each Month Coordinator at 831-419-7485; lesModern Square Dancing Class Downtown Santa Cruz or the City 7:00pm, German-American Hall Antique Fair of Capitola, 831-475-7300; http:// Santa Cruz, 230 Plymouth 9:00am-4:00pm, Lincoln St. all (831) 726-7053 or e-mail (Between Pacific and Cedar) AboutUpCmEvt.html for endors offer an eclectic blend more information! of antiques and unique items. Come and check it out! Browse Last Thursdays each month through a wide assortment of Monthly Argentine Tango at Star treasures including books and phovintage jewelry, clothing, Bene Italian/Argentine Restarante tographs, Everyday glass and ceramic collectibles, 4:30pm-9:30pm, Star Bene Bob Finegan’s Wooden Box vintage hawaiian kitsch, turquoise, Italian/Argentene Restarante, original artwork, and a whole lot Show at Aptos Library 21245 East Cliff Dr. of whatnot! 11:00am-7:00pm, Aptos Library his is a night for true “Social he display consists of Tango.” Order a wonderful meal For more info, please contact us at (831) about 25 decorated small from the Star Bene Argentine Menu, 476-6940 or visit us on Facebook. boxes illustrating the use of (or their well known italian menu), marquetry, fancy veneers, and enjoy the ambiance of Argentina copper panels that have been and join us in a social tango dance to treated with chemicals to yield music from the Golden Age of Tango. unusual patterns, and other Private instruction and classes by techniques. arrangement. For more information, Saturday August 17 Shampoochez Anniversary call Michael (831) 239-2247.


Tuesday of each month is special $25 buy in (up to five packs). Join us!




Ongoing Events





Dated Events


August 7 thru September 1

Annabel Burton • Astrologer © Virgo (Aug. 24-Sep. 22)

Book Talk/ Book Signing

2:00pm, Scotts Valley Library raig Harwood will be giving a talk based on his award nominated book, “Quest for a Flight”. A biography of the lone inventor, John J. Montgomery, who solved the problem of flight close to the 19th century.


Wednesday August 21 Freedom Forum Presents: They Come to America II The Cost of Amnesty

6:30pm, Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave. Santa Cruz his film exposes the impact of amnesty on America’s job market and national security. Lynch defuses the race card and demonstrates how vulnerable we are for another 9/11. Event is free, donations are accepted. To learn more visit


Friday August 30

Alasdair Fraser’s Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling Concert

8:00pm, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St. Santa Cruz cotland! Ireland! Quebec! Directed by Indie award winning Scots filler Alasdair Fraser and showcasing fiddler Andre Brunet, fiddler Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh, singer Laura Cortese, dancer Nic Gareiss, and cellist Natalie Haas along with many others. For more information, call (831) 420-5260.


Sunday September 8

Santa Cruz Post Card and 10:00am-3:00pm, 1380 Soquel First Fridays each month Shakespeare Santa Cruz Paper Collectibles Show Ave. Sc Sinsheimer-Stanley Festival Glen, First Friday Art Tour vent will include demonstra10:00am, The Hilton Hotel, 6001 1156 High St. Santa Cruz he First Friday Art Tour is a Santa tions, prizes, refreshments, and La Madrona Dr. Scotts Valley 7:30 p.m.: August 7th-8th, 11, 14, Cruz Institute of Contemporary a gift for you and your four footed his truly intimate show has 15, 25, 29, September 1st Arts event, managed in conjunction friend! There will also be experts been held twice yearly for 8:00 p.m.: August 9. 17, 23. 30 with the participating art venues. The present to teach about pet care. over 30 years. A dozen different ounded in 1981, Shakespeare and unique dealers stock 30 front Santa Cruz is the premiere facing tables with items of interest professional theatre on the to the seasoned collector as well as Central Coast. Perfect to enjoy the casual looker. Free appraisals with family and friends, SSC are always offered. Its going to be a produces bold, entertaining fun, one day only show. productions of Shakespeare and non-Shakespeare plays each summer performed in the Saturday September 14 beautiful outdoor Festival Glen Buttery Brigade with the Santa and indoor Mainstage Theater Cruz County Animal Shelter on the campus of UC Santa 10:00am-12:00pm, The Buttery Cruz. Santa Cruz Tickets are $20-50, to register call oluntters from the Santa Cruz (831) 459-2159, or visit tickets. Animal Shelter will bring adoptable dogs to the buttery. The dogs will charm, delight, and Tuesdays perhaps nibble on a biscuit or BINGO two. Members of the community 6:30 p.m. Santa Cruz Elks Lodge, are invited to join us in this low 150 Jewell St. stress, out door setting to learn osted by Soquel Sports more about the Santa Cruz County Foundation. Buy-In $15. Animal Shelter and about their Full snack bar available. First current adoptable dogs. n







You have Venus in your sign until the 17th so make the most of the first half of the month to get the benefit from relationships, money and all things that make life lovely. You are attracting interest form others and this is perfect if you are single and looking for love. If not, enjoy harmless flirtations! Mercury, your ruler, enters your sign on the 24th giving you the gift of the gab and helping smooth the path to your social life, networking and all things technical. You are curious to learn more as a particular subject appears unusually intriguing.

Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 23)

Life can be confusingly complicated and you feel as though you are pulled in different directions, and not sure what to prioritise. It starts with yourself and finding the time to discover what suits you and what is right for you. YOu have the power to change what is definitely not right with the minimum of disruption, since there unusually helpful influences around you, which can come in the shape of a trusted friend or a lucky coincidence. Thinking outside the box helps too and it is better not to dismiss anything until you have found out more first. Keep an open mind.

Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22)

You are beginning to get a sense of how your world is opening up and new explorations and experiences are deepening your knowledge. Perhaps you have a desire to travel and see more of the world, or maybe you are drawn to those things that have a definite touch of the unfamiliar and exotic. This informs your choices throughout August and can lead you into new directions and lifestyle changes. You are feeling generous and open hearted too and other people sense this so don’t be surprised if you make new friends and find connections that could last longer than you think.

Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21)

Subtle changes occur now that Jupiter, your ruler, is in the sign of Cancer. But these are ongoing and part of a general trend which brings luck and benefits in saying goodbye to the past and welcoming a new way of being. Simply put, let go of the negative influences and embracing the positive and life enhancing situations that you are beginning to discover more and more. On a practical level, you find life easy going and not too much of a challenge for most of this month although initially important financial decisions need to be made and perhaps there are changes around your job.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)

You are unusually focused at the start of this month as Pluto, planet of power, change and transformation, is activated by expansive Jupiter. this indicates that on a personal life there are some important decisions and pressures on you, so that you block out what is happening around you. But since this is the start of what could be a life changing experience then you are right to be caught up in the moment. Life canbe intense but tremendously rewarding. As someone who has little problem following an ambition then you can make massive leaps forward to the benefit of you and yours.

Aquarius (Jan 21-Feb. 18)

While the Sun is in Leo, which it is until the 23rd, you are focused on team work, long term relationships and discussing options about future possibilities with your nearest and dearest. There is so much potential for you now and it may be necessary to rethink those matters that you currently take for granted, so that you get the full advantage of possibilities. What seemed a ludicrous idea not long ago is beginning to make sense after all. It just depends what you are prepared to do to get to where you need to go. The Full Moon is in your sign on 22nd. Make a wish and make your intentions known.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)

When all things fall into place as they would do in an ideal world, you are a little surprised when they do, certainly at the beginning of August. There are times when you are creative spirit seems to be far more evident and as such, you get the most amazing ideas as you are not held back by practical considerations. Venus peps up your love life until at least the 17th and then enters LIbra, perfect for harmony and balance. This is something which is useful to you, since at times you don’t have a stop button and can take on far more than you need. Now is the time for a bit of self nurturing.

Aries (March 21-April 20)

Some months seem to offer massive potential and this is one of them. Not only are you surer and more confident than you have been of late, but you can see new possibilities that you hadn’t considered before. Take into account the fact that the Sun is in the most fortuitous place for enjoying the good things in life, be it love, fun or just not taking life too seriously which helps to mitigate those tricky moments when romance is challenging at the start. Changes on the home front work out in the end although you having to put some work in and be especially diplomatic sometimes.

Taurus (April 21-May 21)

There is much demand on your time and you feel under pressure to please more people by the minute. But hang fire before you say yes to everything. By selecting those situations that are actually good for you, rather than doing something just because you feel you have too,you redress the balance. Even so, this month brings new ideas and opportunities around your domestic life and you are either improving your situation here or looking at ways to do so. This brings out all your creative thinking and it is worth bouncing ideas around with a trusted friend or someone you respect.

Gemini (May 22-June 21)

With the sun in fiery Leo until the 23rd, your focus is on research, ideas, commerce and marketing. This works well if you have your own business or are looking to start, as you are extremely productive and creative just now and your previous plans are at last beginning to take shape. YOu will find this is particularly so in the middle of the month, as Mercury, your ruler, joins the Sun. Wait until the fabulous Full Moon on the 21st before you make any final commitments. Here there are foreign connections which could prove lucrative and favourable for you.

Cancer (June 22-July 22)

You are just beginning to get a sense of how important these times are for you. Change is happening and more than likely, this is what you have been working towards. Your personal plans and goals seem far more achievable now but you have perhaps more faith and belief in yourself, which makes all the difference. Mars is in your sign until the 28th and this is the best time to be proactive and assertive. If you don’t make a stand you will find that you are forced to so by new circumstances. You are a lot stronger than you think!

Leo (July 23-Aug. 23)

Intriguing decisions are around for you at the start of this month, and although it can be stressful, trust that how things will work out will be for the best and in fact better than you had imagined. Certain aspects are out of your control but you have tremendous will power which should not be underestimated. Perhaps there is some kind of showdown, which clears the air and creates the space for a wonderful and worth while future direction. At the end of the month, you are confident and pleased with what you have achieved and also there is an unexpected bonus.


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Transportation Funding and the Rail Corridor

Your Supervisor Says …

By Zach Friend, 2nd District Santa Cruz County Supervisor

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t the most recent Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) meeting the Commission considered updates to the Regional Transportation Plan. Among other things, this plan outlines the funding priorities for transportation needs in the county. This process is considered over multiple public meetings, workshops and forums where the community has an opportunity to share their thoughts on how our limited transportation funding should be allocated. The RTC consists of every member of the Board of Supervisors as well as elected representatives from each city and appointees by the Santa Cruz County Metro (transit district). The RTC staff estimates that the cost to operate, maintain and improve the transportation system in Santa Cruz County through 2035 will cost approximately $5.6 billion. However, projected revenues for transportation over that time amount to $2.7 billion. Therefore, project lists are broken into expected funding categories (where money is expected and the project is a priority to get done) and potential funding (where money is possible and the project is still important but funding isn’t immediately expected). Aptos Improvements or the Aptos area, our office worked with RTC staff and took community input to prioritize funding for a number of multi-modal transportation improvements including sidewalks, turn lanes, bike lanes, signalization and upgrades to road condition. Funding for Highway 1 auxiliary lanes is also included in a tiered approach: from Soquel to 41st and then Park to State Park. The Park to State Park section is expected to be quite some time down the road. For the local road improvements, we focused on the following sections in Aptos (note that this is not inclusive for 2nd District improvements as parts of Corralitos, Freedom, Watsonville and Capitola were also addressed): Aptos Beach Drive, Aptos Village area, Cathedral

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Drive, Center Ave/Seacliff Drive, Cliff Drive, Clubhouse Drive, Rio Del Mar/Esplanade area, Hunting Drive (Monroe to Valencia), Mar Vista, Mar Monte, Pinehurst Dr, Rio Del Mar Blvd, Searidge Drive, Seascape Blvd, Spreckels/Treasure Island Drive, Sumner, Trout Gulch, Valencia Drive and Wallace Avenue. As noted above, most of these improvements include sidewalk additions and extensions, bike lanes, turnouts, left turn lanes, transit stops, intersection improvements, rehab/ maintenance of the road. While many of these improvements will take some time, it is great to be partnering with the RTC to ensure that the local roads in the Aptos area are improved. Rail Corridor ur office continues to receive concerns about the condition of the corridor which includes weeds and trash as well as the condition of the crossings at Mar Vista, Aptos


Creek, Trout Gulch and lastly the trestle condition (graffiti etc) in Aptos Village. The Aptos Creek and Trout Gulch crossings are slated for improvements as part of the Aptos Village development. We have been working with RTC staff and the rail operator to address these issues. RTC staff has been very proactive on these issues and very helpful in working with our office and the rail operator to make improvements. We have received a commitment from the rail operator for an initial set of improvements at the Mar Vista crossing for this month. We have not been able to receive a similar timeline for weed and trash maintenance but we’re hopeful that the operator will commit to make these ongoing improvements. n ••• As always, our office appreciates your thoughts and feedback. Feel free to call at 454-2200.

SPCA Featured Pet


A Fluffy Friend Forever

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he Santa Cruz SPCA is filled with friendly fluffies needing forever homes! By fluffies, we mean miniature poodles, Bichon Frises, and Maltese mixes in particular. You want a female? We’ve got Beauty, a 3-year-old Poodle, Chablis, a 1-year-old Malti-Poo, Lady, a 3-year-old Poodle, Ribbon, a 2-year-old Poodle, Shell, a 4-year old Poodle, and finally Cupcake, a 5-year-old Maltese Mix. You want a male? Come meet Fritz, a 1-year-old Poodle, or Sully, a 1-year-old Bichon Frise, or Spritzer, a 4-year-old Poodle. If you are looking for a mellow pup whose sole desire is so cuddle and snuggle than you must come meet Beauty, Cupcake, or Spritzer. These three actively seek out a lap that needs warming. All three are social with other dogs but gravitate toward the people in their lives and thrive off that human attention and affection. All nine of these wonderful dogs are non-shedding breeds that have “hair” instead of “fur.” While you won’t need a lint-roller, you WILL need a trustworthy groomer to see your adopted dog on a bi-monthly basis to give them the hair-care they will need. This is an added expense you should take into consideration. Fluffies of this variety are best suited as housedogs with regular access to the outdoors for potty but do not do well being left outdoors for extended periods. If one of these white wonders sparks your interest, we urge you to come take a look. It could be love at first fluff. If you would like to help animals like this group of orphaned friends or if you’d like to help replenish the Second Chance Fund to help pay for emergency surgical procedures, please consider donating to the Santa Cruz SPCA. The Santa Cruz SPCA is a 501c3 charitable organization and receives no government funding, relying solely on public donations to run its many programs that benefit the animals and people of our community. For more information call the Santa Cruz SPCA at 465-5000, or visit The SPCA is located at 2685 Chanticleer Avenue in Santa Cruz, CA 95065 and is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday, 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 p.m. The SPCA Mall Adoption Center and Gift Shop is located at the Capitola Mall near Target and is open on Friday from 11am-5pm and Sat-Sun 11am-4pm. n

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remembered as another “best work of this year’s Cabrillo Festival.” n The second movement introduces a ••• theme with five interesting variations. ProThe Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music is kofiev composed America’s longest running six variations. festival dedicated to new The musical ideas Rouse music for orchestra. The The musical ideas Rouse employed 51st season, is scheduled employed range from range from high to run from August 2-11, high orchestral tension orchestral tension at the Santa Cruz Civic to one that emits Auditorium with the to one that emits lush lush romanticism season’s final August 11 scored only for romanticism scored only performance taking place strings and two at Mission San Juan for strings and two harps, Bautista. This season harps, beautifully performed Nine composers beautifully performed by features by the spectacular in residence, two world Cabrillo Festival premiere Festival commisthe spectacular Cabrillo Orchestra. Under sions, two US premieres, Festival Orchestra. the keen ear and two West Coast premieres artistic direction of and the 40th Anniversary Maestra Kuan, Rouse’s Symphony No. 2 of Kronos Quartet celebrated at this year’s Festival. Music was a huge success and perhaps will be Director and Conductor Marin Alsop. “Festival” from page 21

“Pet Teeth” from page 27 When done properly by your veterinarian and trained veterinary technicians, there is very low risk for anesthetic complications during a routine dental procedure. A discussion with your veterinarian prior to any anesthetic procedure is necessary to understand the process and proper precautions to ensure safety. Performing a thorough pre-anesthetic exam and blood test is always recommended to identify any unusual risks prior to the procedure. The low risk of anesthesia must be considered in the face of the certain risk of untreated dental disease which will always progress over time and decrease your pets quality of life. Misconception #5: I can get Bobo’s teeth cleaned without anesthesia--it’s safer and cheaper! If the thought of a root canal or just stepping foot into your dentist’s office gives you a rapid heartbeat, how do you think your pet would feel in similar circumstance without the benefit anesthesia? Now imagine trying to have your pet hold still while sharp instruments are used to clean their teeth…(and you thought the tooth brushing was hard!) As a matter of fact, the use of any sharp dental instruments to scale teeth without the supervision of a veterinarian is illegal in the state of California. Check out this link for details: http://www.vmb. - This law was put into place because it is considered inhumane and negligent to practice dentistry on an animal without anesthesia and the supervision of a veterinarian. I have examined quite a few pets over the years after they have had non-anesthetic dental cleanings. Some of these poor pets had tooth root abscesses, cracked teeth and

gum disease that required treatment for infection and extraction of damaged teeth. Scraping the tartar off the visible surface of the tooth won’t address the real problems under the gum line and may actually leave a rough surface that plaque causing bacterial love to take advantage of. Anesthesia free dental cleanings are akin to washing your car when it needs an oil change. Most dental problems are impossible to identify without anesthesia...probing around the gum line and dental x-rays are critical for pets just as they are for people. Misconception #6: I barely have the time and energy to brush my own teeth, let alone my cat’s teeth! Home dental care has many different aspects. Nothing replaces tooth brushing… it is your best investment in preventative dental care. However, there is a fantastic array of new dental products that will help round out your pet’s home dental routine. Check out the Veterinary Oral Health Council’s website ( for a list of products designed to help aid in home dental care. You can rest assured that if the product makes it on this list, it has proven to be safe and effective. Still unsure what to do about your cat or dog’s teeth? Look for further guidance and techniques in tooth brushing by watching YouTube videos or reading through a detailed guideline from Capitola Veterinary Hospital found here: https:// Home%20Dental%20Care.pdf. Ask your veterinarian for guidance and get set up with the proper equipment to get started … it may be fun! Happy tooth brushing! n ••• Contact Dr. Katie Volat or Dr. River May at the Capitola Veterinary Hospital: Capvet1@ Aptos Times / August 15th 2013 / 31

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