Opinion: The Return of New Year’s Eve

Plus: A Santa Cruz Gives update, and Best of Santa Cruz County

Greene with his family. He says he and his band may play a couple of songs from his upcoming record Family at the New Year’s Eve show. PHOTO: Jay Blakesberg

Editor's Note

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Does anyone remember what they did last New Year’s Eve? My guess is no; for most of us, it was just another day in the long, sludgy continuum that was last winter’s Covid surge.

We expected things to be different this year—and in some ways, they are. We have vaccines, we have boosters, and we’re lucky enough to live in an area where people actually care about the safety of those around them enough to mask up. In other words, we do have one thing we didn’t have last year: options.

With that in mind, people are doing their best to bring some celebratory spirit to this New Year’s Eve, even as the uncertainty around how hard omicron will hit clouds the festivities. Adam Joseph’s cover story this week offers one way to spend the evening, with the talented Jackie Greene. Long a local favorite, Greene’s journey since we last wrote about him remains a fascinating one. Having been accepted into the Grateful Dead clan, a whole world of new collaborators and fans has opened up to him, and his latest project is a whole new twist.

A quick Santa Cruz Gives update: This week, we passed the $800,000 mark. We have less than $100,000 to go to reach our goal, and just over a week in which to do it. Read Todd Guild’s story about the Gives groups working to improve the lives of local animals and the people who love them, and then go to to donate!

Also, don’t forget to go to to vote in the Best of Santa Cruz County Awards. In this election, your vote counts towards boosting your favorite local people and businesses.



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