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By J.D. Hillard
At the end of the show Kirby Scudder, Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Arts, speaks with Jake Thomas whose show at the Felix Kulpa Gallery “Dark Fields” combines three series each by a fictional character.
First Santa Cruz County’s Fifth district includes Scotts Valley and the San Lorenzo valley with the communities of Felton, Ben Lomond, Brookdale and Boulder Creek.
Eric Hammer and Bruce McPherson are vying for the seat on Santa Cruz County’s board of Supervisors vacated by Mark Stone, who’s running for State Senate. Hammer owns Eric Hammer Construction and has served on boards of various San Lorenzo Valley non-profits. McPherson is the former editor of the Santa Cruz Sentinel, former State Assembly member and Secretary of State.
Since I spoke with McPherson and Hammer, McPherson’s Campaign distributed the charge that Hammer had misrepresented his status as a college graduate. Hammer attended San Francisco State University. The Press Banner reported that in an application to serve on the body that oversees Santa Cruz County’s treasury and in other professional representation, Hammer claimed to have a bachelors of science from SFSU. According to the Press Banner SFSU doesn’t acknowledge awarding Hammer a degree.
In a statement Hammer said he should not have said he had a BS, that he’s working to gain recognition from the University for credits that would earn him a B.S.
Meanwhile, Hammer’s Web site includes a link to a letter arguing McPherson’s claim to support women’s rights is inconsistent with votes he made in the legislature. Specifically on whether insurance companies should be required to cover contraception, and cervical cancer treatments. McPherson’s campaign argued the legislature handles numerous bills on the same policy, many of which are intended to demonstrate other legislators support for various positions. McPherson’s campaign argued that on bills where his vote counted, McPherson’s record shows he protects women’s rights.