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Opinion: A Very Santa Cruz Export

Capturing the spirit of Women on Waves

Editor's Note

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I always know Liza Monroy will find a way to throw herself headfirst into a story, and for that reason I’d happily assign her a cover story on Capitola’s Women on Waves contest even if the unique local event hadn’t just earned itself a huge new level of global visibility thanks to going virtual last year. Now that it’s back to a live event, WOW is at a bit of a crossroads—can it export its quirky, celebratory and inclusion-focused wahine vibe to the grumpy, male-dominated world of surfing? I certainly hope so. It’s a Santa Cruz export we can all be proud of.

So yes, it does turn out that there’s a lot to talk about when it comes to the event itself. And yet for me, the heart of this piece is still Monroy’s up-for-anything approach to the subject. A diehard surfing non-competer, she signs up for this contest reluctantly, to say the least. But it’s only in doing so, I think, that she can really come to understand—and explain to us—the true essence of WOW, and why it attracts so many women looking to find their own place in the pursuit of surfing.

 

STEVE PALOPOLI | EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

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RE: TEACHER SHORTAGE

Many teachers are flat out exhausted. Every year they are asked to do more, learn more technology, reach out to more students who are behind, take on more students with special needs. And of course never a thank you or respect, just people whining how teachers are showing little regard for students, are selfish, are lazy, etc. It is dispiriting.

— Alondra

RE: DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT

Although I prefer a free-standing library, why not build a new library with several stories of housing above on the existing library site, part of our Civic Center? The housing could help bridge the funding gap (Measure S money is not enough, even for the library under a garage.). That would save Lot 4 (and the heritage trees) to be the permanent home of the Farmers’ Market as well as public open space for community events. Eliminate the unnecessary garage. Wouldn’t that satisfy everyone?

— Judi Gunstra

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