Flashback! Rancho Rico 4th of July Parties 1971-76

June 30, 2011

A cool afternoon on the beach – 1971 Read the rest of this entry »

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More Evidence of Marina Coast Incompetence Emerges From Collins Conflict of Interest Report

June 21, 2011

The Carmel River meets the sea. Can the Monterey Peninsula afford to trust Jim Heitzman and the Marina Coast Water District to replace illegally diverted Carmel River water?

Until now, Marina Coast Water District General Manager, Jim Heitzman has been notable mainly for his astoundingly high salary that, last we checked, was setting the public back about $240,000 per year. But with today’s release of the preliminary findings of the Steve Collins conflict of interest investigation, he will likely be even more noted for his astounding lack of judgment. Read the rest of this entry »


Alta Vista Three Years After the Fire

June 15, 2011

A sky full of condors … Read the rest of this entry »


South Fork Little Sur

June 12, 2011

There’s no sign, but the Little Sur Trail begins at this easily recognized gate on the Old Coast Rd. Just take the Old Coast Rd. north, a little under 4 miles, from its south end at Andrew Molera State Park. Read the rest of this entry »


Proposed New Senate District To Stretch from North of Santa Cruz to South of Pt. Conception

June 11, 2011

The craziness of the current 15th Senate District, created by the legislature in 2001, was one of the chief arguments in favor of the creation of the Citizens Redistricting Commission. Twisting along a narrow route from Santa Clara County all the way down into northern Santa Barbara County, the 15th District cuts the City of Santa Cruz off from most of Santa Cruz County and the rest of the Monterey Bay, cuts Salinas and the Salinas Valley off from the Monterey Peninsula and Big Sur, and follows a crazy-quilt pattern through Santa Clara County, grabbing some towns and neighborhoods, while leaving others behind (for reasons that clearly had more to do with the party affiliations of the residents, than with any notion of geographic or demographic common interest). Read the rest of this entry »