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SHOCK: Car Plows Through Line Of Occupy Santa Cruz Protesters

Robin Wilkey | Posted 03.01.2012 | San Francisco

A peaceful protest at UC Santa Cruz took a turn when a motorist plowed through a line of protesters, striking several people. About 100 students bl...

Retro Graffiti Video: "Fun Or Dumb?"

Posted 02.15.2012 | Arts

Guys, we need to talk about something serious. Look at this. If you're not appalled, you may be part of the problem. This 1976 video: "Gr...

Ban on Bull -- Really

Malcolm Kushner | Posted 03.31.2012 | Weird News
Malcolm Kushner

You'd think that in a town as politically correct as Santa Cruz, the city council would have removed a lot of other bulls before bullfrogs. How about bullets? Or bullfighting? Or bullying? So why did it choose to ban bullfrogs?

Frivolous Challenge: Nation's Most Progressive Plastic Bag Ban in Peril

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 03.13.2012 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

It's corporate bullying by the plastic industry to make cities and counties think twice before passing environmental laws that cut into their profits, laws that are supported by the majority of residents who prefer to live in clean communities.

The First County To Ban Bullfrogs?

| Posted 12.14.2011 | Green

By John R. Platt (Click here for original article.) Santa Cruz County in California could soon become the first county in the U.S. to ban the impo...

Ride the Wave

Abigail Spencer | Posted 01.16.2012 | Los Angeles
Abigail Spencer

My father died riding the wave. And I'll continue to ride the wave I sit here in my house in Half Moon Bay. Waking up in the morning to pay tribute to the life that lives on through me.

WATCH: Whales Lunge And Nearly Crash Down On Bikini-Clad Surfer

Posted 01.04.2012 | Green

A surfer and kayakers got quite a surprise when two humpback whales lunged out of the water and nearly came crashing down upon them near Santa Cruz, C...

WATCH: BofA Branch Reportedly Refuses To Allow Protesters To Close Accounts

Posted 12.16.2011 | Business

Should people who are tired of paying extra fees be allowed to close their bank accounts in protest? One Bank of America official reportedly doesn't t...

Santa Cruz, CA: Breaking The Rules With A Plus-Size Second Career

santacruz.patch.com | Posted 12.12.2011 | Home

"I hear women all the time say that the sizes stop at 12 and they won't buy something until they lose five pounds. Why should they have to lose five p...

PHOTOS: Five Great Excursions Just Driving Distance Away

| Shyla Batliwalla | Posted 10.10.2011 | San Francisco

When I think vacation, I think Thailand, Bora Bora and the South of France. Unfortunately, my wallet and professional obligations don't allow for such...

Grandma Salazar's Cactus Paddle Salad

Traci Des Jardins | Posted 09.28.2011 | San Francisco
Traci Des Jardins

Today a lot of my inspiration in the kitchen is rooted in what I learned from my grandparents. When my grandmother prepared her nopales salad she would start by picking the cactus paddles from her yard.

PHOTOS: The Santa Cruz Carousel Is HOW Old?

AP/The Huffington Post | By Michelle Locke | Posted 09.27.2011 | San Francisco

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -- Click, thump, riiiiing! That's the sound of something you often hear about but rarely see: A carousel rider going for the brass ...

Don't Know What You Got ('Till It's Gone)

Mike Sweeney | Posted 09.18.2011 | San Francisco
Mike Sweeney

I don't tend to go around quoting glam metal power ballads, but Cinderella's 1988 hit single had it right. The video for the song was filmed at Mono Lake, which will close next summer due to budget cuts.

American Idle

Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D. | Posted 08.02.2011 | Entertainment
Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D.

I have no desire to be a teenager again complete with a face full of zits, a changing voice, sweaty palms around members of the opposite sex, and alwa...

Lucas Kavner

Scaling 150-Feet For Wind Power

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucas Kavner | Posted 08.02.2011 | Impact

Chris Bley, the son of an engineer and a school psychologist, remembers what his life was like right after he graduated from college -- he sat at his ...

Police Investigating Man Who Lived With Corpse

Santa Cruz, CA Patch | Brad Kava | Posted 06.27.2011 | Los Angeles

Santa Cruz Police arrested I. John Clauer, 63, of the 1100 block of East Cliff Drive Tuesday after they were called to his apartment to investigate a ...

4/20: Time to Have Fun -- And to End Marijuana Prohibition!

Tony Newman | Posted 06.19.2011 | Politics
Tony Newman

While many people associate marijuana with fun times, it also happens to be at the epicenter of a catastrophic war on drugs that is destroying as many lives as ever.

Santa Cruz Bookstore Closes After 32 Years

Santa Cruz News | Posted 05.30.2011 | Books

Borders, which has begun closing its Santa Cruz store along with 200 others nationwide, isn’t the only local bookselling casualty of this foot-dragg...

Feds Open Anti-Semitism Investigation At UC-Santa Cruz

Chronicle of Higher Education | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

The U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights has announced plans to investigate the University of California at Santa Cruz for anti-Semitis...

Remembering Reagan

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

23 years after leaving office, almost seven years after his death and 100 years after his birth, Reagan is a legitimate icon. While the elements of his legacy can, and must, be challenged, it remains true that in death, Reagan remains largely Teflon.

PHOTOS: Your Green Guide To A Roadtrip On The Pacific Coast Highway

Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Text courtesy of Your Daily Thread. By Robin Dixon Build your playlist and roll onto the open road. The PCH (or Pacific Coast Highway) from L.A....

How To Tackle Santa Cruz In 36 Hours

nytimes.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Forget what you heard about Santa Cruz being the city that sleeps. Yes, this sunny coastal town still has its countercultural wackiness. You can still...

AOL's Patch Has Hired 600 Journalists in 2010 - Has Big Traffic Night for Midterm Elections

Andy Plesser | Posted 06.05.2013 | Media
Andy Plesser

NEW YORK -- Patch, a network of over 300 local news sites, saw its traffic surge by 300 percent on November 2 as visitors sought local results of ...

Ice Cream Tells the Story of How the Stimulus Worked (VIDEO)

Spencer Critchley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

Kendra Baker and Zachary Davis, the owners of a Santa Cruz ice cream shop, describe how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) made it possible for them to get the loan they used to open their business.

Make Reservations, Not War: 7 Hot Spots Out West You Have To Experience (PHOTOS)

Greg Archer | Posted 04.15.2013 | Travel
Greg Archer

I used a good chunk of 2010 to visit a number of truly unique travel destinations. The list below comprises my top picks. Take a look. Then indulge yourself.