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Voting rights inspired art comes to SC county building 01-23-20 17:11 DC

The third floor of the Santa Cruz County Government Center will showcase the voting rights artwork from the Pajaro Valley Arts exhibit, Vote! Your Vote is Your Voice from January 27 to April 1.

Organizers say exhibit aims to inform, inspire and develop greater interest in the nonpartisan democratic process. Co-curated by Maria Gitin and Pajaro Valley Arts Curator Judy Stabile, the exhibit features Bob Fitch photography from the archives of Stanford University Library and artifacts from Gitlin, a civil rights veteran.  

The Vote exhibit is free and open to the public, suitable for everyone, and the venue is ADA accessible. Guided tours can be arranged upon request.

For more information or to schedule a tour, please contact County Clerk Gail Pellerin at 831-454-2419.

 

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Voting rights inspired art comes to SC county building 01-23-20 16:52 DC

The third floor of the Santa Cruz County Government Center will showcase the voting rights artwork from the Pajaro Valley Arts exhibit, Vote! Your Vote is Your Voice/¡Vote! Su Voto es Su Voz, from January 27 to April 1.

The exhibit aims to inform, inspire and develop greater interest in the nonpartisan democratic process. Co-curated by Maria Gitin and Pajaro Valley Arts Curator Judy Stabile, the exhibit features Bob Fitch photography from the archives of Stanford University Library and artifacts from civil rights veteran Maria Gitin.  

The exhibit also includes contemporary regional artists’ interpretation of voting rights and informative displays from Santa Cruz County Elections Department and Watsonville City Clerk’s Office. A visual timeline highlights key events in voting rights history including the historic Watsonville v. Gomez case.  The exhibit is presented in partnership with Santa Cruz County Elections Department and Santa Cruz County Arts Commission.  

The local artists participating include Jessica Carrasco, Myra Eastman, Bob Fitch, Jane Gregorius, Hedwig Heerschop, Matt Herron, Lucien Kubo, Joshua Moreno, Helen Ruiz-Thomas, Jaime Sánchez, Sandra Takashima Shaw, Peggy Snider, Carol Walberg.

“We are so pleased to provide a home for this amazing artwork,” County Clerk Gail Pellerin said. “I hope the art and history on display will inspire people to be engaged citizens by being a voter on March 3 and November 3!”

There will be a free reception with appetizers and refreshments on First Friday, February 7, 5 to 8 pm, 701 Ocean Street, 3rd Floor, Santa Cruz. 

First Friday Art Tour happens every month, rain or shine throughout Santa Cruz County. First Friday is a free event for enthusiastic Art Goers or those just looking to have a fun and enjoyable evening checking out art, music and more.

The Vote exhibit is free and open to the public, suitable for everyone, and the venue is ADA accessible. Guided tours can be arranged upon request.

For more information or to schedule a tour, please contact County Clerk Gail Pellerin at 831-454-2419.

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Startup weekend Fri-Sun at CSUMB 01-23-2015:39 DC

For the eighth consecutive year, California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) is set to host Startup Weekend Monterey Bay this weekend, January 24-26, 2020. 

Techstars Startup Weekend, in partnership with Google for Startups, is a 54-hour immersive event in which budding entrepreneurs, developers, and designers gather, pitch an idea, join a team, and spend the entire weekend designing the next great venture. Techstars Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures.

This year’s event, open to all community members and students, will be held at the CSUMB University Center and starts at 4:00 pm on Friday, January 24th, concluding Sunday, January 26th at 5:00 pm.

Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through testing, business model development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekend culminates with Sunday night demonstrations to a panel of potential investors and local entrepreneurs. Participants are challenged with building functional startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks.

Startup Weekend Monterey Bay is hosted by the Institute for Innovation and Economic Development (iiED) at CSUMB. The iiED, a leading entrepreneurship center in California, promotes entrepreneurship and fosters the development of a vibrant entrepreneurship ecosystem in the Monterey Bay region.

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Three Americans were part of California tanker crew that crashed 01-23-20 15:27 DC

The three American flight crew members who died when their water tanker crashed in southeastern Australia were part of the crew on a California-based aircraft.

Gov. Gavin Newsom made the announcement in a statement today that did not identify the dead crewmembers, whom he called heroes.

Canada-based Coulson Aviation says one of its large tanker aircraft was lost after it left Richmond in New South Wales with retardant for a firebombing mission.

 

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Update: Arrest in “Projectile Alley” Vehicle Attacks 01-23-20 14:56 DC

A 52-year-old man has been jailed in connection with a series of projectile attacks on vehicles driving in the Prunedale Area.

At a news conference earlier this afternoon, CHP Commander L.D. Maples announced the arrest of 52-year-old Charles Lafferty, who yesterday was booked into the Monterey County jail. He is being held on a $250,000 bond.

After the last attack on January 5th, investigators identified a pick-up truck as a suspect vehicle and later identified Lafferty as the driver of the vehicle. He is alleged to have used a slingshot and glass marbles to carry out his attacks.

There were a total of 69 attacks since February 19th of last year.  Five people were injured slightly in the assaults, including one child.

CHP says Lafferty is believed to have worked alone. He is being held on 21 charges related to the incidents and may face more charges as the investigation continues.

 

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