Personal hygiene lessons from the Santa Cruz library staff

This is the flier Santa Cruz library staff may now pass out to patrons. Yes. Really.

See my colleague J.M. Brown’s story here.


Only in Santa Cruz would I find kombucha and locally-made jam at the Walgreen's

Santa Cruz weather is my favorite

I just got back from an amazing conference, this year held at a resort outside Albuquerque.

While the desert has its beauty, I am very thrilled to be back to Santa Cruz weather and the lovely ocean breeze. All that dry weather made my skin feel horrible, dried out my contacts and even gave me a nosebleed! I guess you probably get used to it eventually, but it definitely made me appreciate the climate here even more.

I’m also feeling very appreciative to not being dealing with Sandy, and keeping my fingers crossed for the safety of my loved ones and everyone else back east.



This weekend, I finally felt my first California earthquake. Saturday, around midnight, we heard our glasses shaking in the cupboards and felt a rumbling of the floor.

Sure enough, it was a small quake. It’s silly, but I felt a funny sense of pride and joy having finally felt one.

From the odd files: County says no to pot dispensary's signs

While heading to the city this past weekend, I chuckled at the large signs posted on Highway 17 near the Summit touting “Herbs, $125 an ounce” flanked by the green crosses that signify medical marijuana.

A co-worker also spotted it and got a chuckle. Apparently though, a lot of people weren’t laughing at the signs. In fact, county officials made Santa Cruz Mountain Herb owner Daniel Hwang remove the signs this week.

County supervisors said the signs violated local ordinances pertaining to advertising of medical marijuana.

The Santa Cruz Bucket List

My colleague Christina Gullickson has put together a “bucket list” of the top 10 things to do in Santa Cruz County before you die.

Check it out here. I think I’ve done half of them. How about you?

Parole suitability hearings

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation makes available transcripts of parole suitability hearings a month after the hearing is held. They can often be very interesting to read through, providing insight as to what leads parole board commissioners to make the decision whether or not to grant parole.

Last month, parole officials opted to grant parole to Kenneth Luther, who was convicted of shooting another man to death in Aptos during a robbery in 1986. I wrote about the hearing briefly here.

Here’s the transcript of the hearing for anyone who may be interested:
// Luther