Candidates to replace Santa Cruz City Councilmembers Drew Glover and Chris Krohn have been slow to trickle in for the recall race on the March ballot. It was starting to look like hardly anyone wanted to run!
Former mayor turned straight-talk-blogger Don Lane has officially announced his campaign. So has school teacher Renee Golder, who’s since gotten criticism on indybay.org for dressing up as a Native American one time. Former Mayor Tim Fitzmaurice tweeted over the weekend that he is throwing his hat into the ring. Former Mayor Katherine Beiers—the oldest woman ever to run the Boston Marathon—filed a statement of intent to run. But as of Nuz’s deadline, she hasn’t made any pronouncements about whether she’s really jumping in. The last day to file nomination papers is this Thursday.
It’s no secret, by the way, that Glover and Krohn sympathizers shopped around for months for possible super-lefty candidates—both Fitzmaurice and Beiers generally fit that bill—to run in case one of the two men does get removed from office.
According to the city’s website, Fitzmaurice is running against Golder for the possible opening of Glover’s seat, while Beiers has shown interest in running against Lane for Krohn’s.
Last week, a post on Take Back Santa Cruz’s Facebook page got a lot of attention when Lenz Arts owner Andrew Lenz uploaded a grainy, black-and-white video of a man talking to himself while taking a dump in the store parking lot.
Nuz can attest to the fact that finding human poop in your driveway is lame. Lenz wrote in the post, “This is why we need mandatory mental health services whether they want it or not.”
Considering the post had garnered 126 comments and 185 reactions as of Sunday afternoon, there appears to be some buy-in around these ideas. So this stuff is worth unpacking a little bit.
The problem, as Nuz sees it, is not that homeless people are talking to themselves while they poop in our driveways and parking lots. The issue is that they’re pooping in our driveways and parking lots in the first place.
Call us crazy … but maybe what we really need is 24-hour bathrooms.
It did not seem like the end of the world when New Leaf Community Market first stopped being a local Santa Cruz operation.
Yeah, owner Scott Roseman sold in 2015, and the market went from being a local shop to a Portland-based one. Whatever. The new owner, New Seasons, was basically a Pacific Northwest rip-off of New Leaf, anyway. And Santa Cruz is like a mini-Portlandia! The store’s no longer truly local, Nuz often thought to Nuz’s self while stockpiling nutritional yeast in the bulk section, but it’s local-ish.
Or rather, it was. New Seasons sold to a Korean-based company last week. So nevermind.
Luckily there are still local grocery stores in the county. According to its website, Staff of Life hopes to open its Watsonville location on East Lake Avenue next year.
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Due to a combination of being misinformed and confused, Nuz erroneously reported the time of last week’s library meeting about plans for a remodeled downtown facility, as well as the scheduled meeting’s content. The meeting focused on providing more clarity in terms of how much of a library remodel Santa Cruz can get for $27 million. “Nuz, please be more careful with facts,” Jean Brocklebank wrote in the comments. GT corrected the information online and clarified on social media. Thanks, guys. Nuz regrets the errors.