Letters to the Editor, Feb. 26-Mar. 4

Wheels of Politics Re: “Spoke Out” (<a href="http://www.santacruz.com/articles/whats_wrong_with_the_citys_bike_program.html): In the article on the Bike Church being frozen out of the action distributing unclaimed lost and stolen bikes to youth in the community, the actual dynamic of the decision is apparent. Five of the seven of the city councilmembers believe staff reports above their own observations…

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A Dog Search Like No Other

Tim Ruzzo walking his Beagle, Johanne,  on Its Beach in Santa Cruz.

The first time I met him, Tim Ruzzo was saddled with a large briefcase stuffed to near bursting with documents about his dog. Like a magician pulling an endless handkerchief out of his pocket, Ruzzo retrieved adoption papers, legal documents and news articles about other people like him—people who had had their dogs stolen. He…

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Crackdown on Solar Spooks Local Companies

Crackdown on Solar Spooks Local Companies

A looming crackdown on solar panel installations gave local solar companies a bit of a scare to start off the New Year.
The Santa Cruz County planning department told companies like Solar Technologies and Allterra Solar they would have stop installing “Class C” solar panels on rooftops, and switch instead to “Class A” and “B” systems, which it turns out aren’t commercially feasible yet for residences.

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What’s Wrong With the City’s Bike Program?

Santa Cruz Councilmember Micah Posner believes the city’s bike distribution should go back to a nonprofit like the Bike Church, rather than to auction. Photo by Chip Scheuer

Casey Monahan, last year’s Santa Cruz youth mayor, owes his job in part to the Bike Church and the free bicycle distribution program, which the nonprofit operated though the spring of 2012.
“Every day I got to work and school and here on a bike that I got through the bicycle distribution program for youth,” Monahan said in the Santa Cruz City Council chambers last month, as councilmembers weighed the future of the program.

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