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February 8, 2023

Rainstorms on the horizon

Tarmo Hannula: Rain, with breezy to gusty conditions are likely later this evening as a cold front edges into the Central Coast. The greatest chance of rain comes after 10 p.m. Scattered showers, light to heavy at times, are being predicted into Wednesday through the early evening. More serious rain is on the way for Saturday and Sunday, the National Weather Service said.

The Supreme Court held in place a major ruling Monday that upholds the right of citizens to sleep outdoors if there is no other option. The ruling is a major issue concerning homelessness and where people sleep, and has been hotbed issue in Santa Cruz County over many years.

Santa Cruz Police continue their investigation into the early morning burglary of Judi Wyant’s Antiques on Pacific Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz. The Friday morning incident began when thieves burst through the front glass door and ransacked the place in about 90 seconds as alarms sounded. A white Toyota was captured on video surveillance fleeing the scene. It’s the second time in last five years the popular business has been broken into.

Metro Diaries
While I was waiting for the 69A bus in Santa Cruz for my morning commute to Watsonville last week, I got to talking to a young woman at the bus bench who said she was in the middle of finals at Cabrillo College. She told me she was studying music engineering — things like recording, CDs, sound systems and how we pipe music to our ears through various systems. I had no idea Cabrillo offered this kind of thing. I went on to encourage her studies by trumping up how I feel about that college.

I took about eight photo classes at Cabrillo in the 80s, from basic photo to experimental and advanced. One of the most influential courses, which I took several times from Jim Dukas called the Photo Lecture Series. This informal course was held at various students’ homes in the evening in a potluck arena. The whole idea was to feature guest photographers who would start with a slide show of their work and mix it up with their talk about what went into their photography. While some of the photographers didn’t do much for me, there were a few blockbuster evenings with that class. Jerry Uelsmann, Wanda Hammerbeck, Ted Orland, Judy Dater, and Morley Baer are a few names that stick with me. Baer worked alongside famed photographer Ansel Adams in earlier times and made many of his famous prints.

The lecture series exposed me to the works of the early day giant photographers like Imogene Cunningham, Brett and Edward Weston and Ansel Adams who called their group f-64. I hope that woman does well on her finals. She said it was a very difficult field.

Quote of the day: “It would be unfair to expect other people to be as brilliant as oneself.” ― Oscar Wilde

Tarmo Hannula
Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.

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