J.M. Brown, Oakland Tribune

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Past articles by J.M.:

Oakland: Mountain View Cemetery's tulip festival ready to bloom

On March 27, the free three-day exhibition will open in the intimate Tower Chapel, a landmark building on the grounds designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape architect associated with New York City's Central Park and Stanford University's campus. Each day of the exhibition will feature a 2 p.m. demonstration. → Read More

Santa Cruz fisheries negotiations a big variable in supply planning

SANTA CRUZ >> The city’s water director will push to see measurable improvement in the fish population in exchange for agreeing to a new flow regime in the San Lorenzo River and North Coast streams that is designed to bolster habitat for → Read More

Santa Cruz: ‘No’ to July Fourth fireworks, ‘yes’ to Open Streets

SANTA CRUZ >> The Santa Cruz City Council agreed unanimously Tuesday not to host a July Fourth fireworks display but to sponsor an Open Streets event and potentially fireworks in celebration of the city’s birthday in October.Scott → Read More

Santa Cruz recycling redemption center still closed as city considers permit

SANTA CRUZ >> The city’s only major recycling redemption center will reopen once its building application is approved and the site is inspected.Zoning Administrator Eric Marlatt said the city approved a use permit on Dec. 17 for th → Read More

Santa Cruz hopes to calm tension over BearCat

SANTA CRUZ >> Two months after a raucous crowd shut down a Santa Cruz City Council meeting over the Police Department’s purchase of an armored rescue and response vehicle, pressure to “give back the BearCat” and explain its → Read More

Santa Cruz mayor cites housing as city’s critical need

SANTA CRUZ >> During his third stint as mayor and his final term in Santa Cruz politics, Don Lane, long known for his work addressing homelessness, expects to focus on housing initiatives.Lane, 59, said the city needs to increase and dive → Read More

Santa Cruz reservoir to remain closed to recreation

SANTA CRUZ >> For the first time in a generation, Loch Lomond Recreation Area will remain closed for a second consecutive year as the city of Santa Cruz continues to weather a three-year drought.Water Director Rosemary Menard announced th → Read More

Santa Cruz water demand flat even after healthy rainfall

SANTA CRUZ >> Nature gave, and nature hath taken away.After receiving nearly 160 percent of normal rainfall in November and December — thus causing Santa Cruz to suspend mandatory water rationing for residential customers — → Read More

Santa Cruz increases water supply planning deadline, budget

SANTA CRUZ >> A year after forming a special panel to evaluate future water supply options, the Santa Cruz City Council on Tuesday agreed to extend the group’s timeline for making recommendations and increase spending for a facilitator to → Read More

Santa Cruz revises food truck rules

SANTA CRUZ >> Acknowledging the increase in popularity of gourmet food trucks, the Santa Cruz City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved an 18-month pilot program allowing purveyors of pulled pork sandwiches, truffle fries and shrimp kebabs to → Read More

Soquel Creek district to roll out voluntary conservation budgets

SOQUEL >> Although Soquel Creek Water District officials pulled the plug last year on a $3 million mandated conservation program, the agency soon will roll out some components of the initiative designed to reverse groundwater overdraft.Ge → Read More

Panel tackles contamination at Santa Cruz’s Cowell Beach

SANTA CRUZ >> City and county officials who have teamed up with environmental experts to identify sources of persistent seasonal contamination at one of Santa Cruz’s busiest beaches hope to reduce spikes in bacteria and grow public awaren → Read More

Santa Cruz chef plans new incubator kitchen, marketplace

SANTA CRUZ >> Building on the growing movement that places artisan food and drink purveyors under a single roof, a Santa Cruz culinary arts teacher is launching a downtown venue that will feature guest chefs, pop-up dinners and special events. → Read More

Santa Cruz improves score for tobacco restrictions

SANTA CRUZ >> During the past five years, the city of Santa Cruz has shown the greatest improvement within Santa Cruz County in protecting the public from harmful effects of tobacco.The American Lung Association gave Santa Cruz an overall → Read More

Santa Cruz celebrates Arana Gulch trail system

SANTA CRUZ >> Last weekend, 70-year-old cyclist Janet Fogel shaved 10 minutes off her ride back to Capitola from Scotts Valley, where she’d been visiting her grandchildren. And she had a National Geographic moment while doing it.Fo → Read More

Santa Cruz leaders debate stay-away orders for parks

SANTA CRUZ >> The City Council debated late Tuesday whether to allow parks rangers and police officers to issue temporary stay-away orders in parks to people who repeatedly violate municipal codes, such as illegal camping, smoking, doing drugs, → Read More

Hundreds protest armored police vehicle in Santa Cruz

SANTA CRUZ >> Hundreds packed the Santa Cruz Council Chamber and adjacent courtyard Tuesday urging city leaders to rescind a December decision accepting a federal grant for the purchase of an armored police vehicle.After a brief demonstra → Read More

Protests expected Tuesday over Santa Cruz police vehicle

SANTA CRUZ >> Protestors are expected to gather Tuesday at Santa Cruz City Hall to urge leaders against pursuing an armored police vehicle partially funded by a federal security agency.The City Council agreed Dec. 9 to accept a $251,000 g → Read More

Santa Cruz museum hopes to finish Abbott Square redux by 2016

SANTA CRUZ >> The Museum of Art & History hopes by summer 2016 to complete a transformation of Abbott Square from a pass-through courtyard to Santa Cruz’s new town square — plans that call for establishing a public marketplace → Read More

Residents celebrate opening of Santa Cruz co-housing building

SANTA CRUZ >> Dick and Diane Klein had about 15 acres in Aptos where, she jokes, they were “failed apple farmers,” but where they made a wonderful life for decades and hosted 17 weddings.But as the social activists reached t → Read More