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Local Media Writing About Me..

That whole month was so surreal…

Between the First Friday gallery at the BC Brewery Outpost and this article being front page…I felt so blessed to have had so much support during such trying personal times…I wish I could thank those behind the scenes that have been so loving to me – that unfortunately won’t be acknowledged…

Hope my pics helped with some part of this story…

A few of my pics that helped record a beautiful story…

The Actual CVS Article I submitted..

This entire post does not represent the SCMB but I felt it necessary to clarify what I had posted about on facebook with regards to what actually got published this week – the phone calls and assorted feedback once the paper published reflected a difference in information I wanted to share…CVS dodged a bullet and no one noticed except my daughter and I – and now it will just get forgotten…my only further action is to never shop there again because they cared nothing for our local environment and could give a shit less about what they were doing…

Typically, SLV dwellers and homeowners can likely attest to the consequences of clogged gutters and storm drains as having an adverse effect on one’s peace of mind – especially during the annual deluge of Santa Cruz Mountains rainfall. This week in one particular case though, the clogged roof drains on top of the Felton CVS caused a water weight accumulation that allegedly led to a collapse of one roof section during the last battery of storms.

Just prior to 3AM during the Wednesday morning storm, the Felton Fire Department was dispatched to a water flow fire alarm at the CVS in their district. Upon arrival, the battalion chief discovered a significant roof failure and large volumes of water surging through the interior of the store closest to the Safeway side of the business. Approximately 400 square feet of roof had fallen into the cosmetics section of the store and had severed the fire suppression piping, which had in turn automatically (by design) notified the 911 center because of the resulting water flow. After having to force access to the facility, the fire personnel verified there were no injuries or other properties affected, eventually then turning access back over to CVS staff that morning.

By mid-afternoon, as the store remained close to the public, several large vehicles belonging to a water removal company had backed into the front entrance area. A volume of this company’s staff had begun removing water from inside the store via vacuums and diversion channels. The run-off from this removal was being directed into the Felton Faire parking lot and into the storm drains. The water had various rainbow colors in it, and a soapy suds layer was apparent in the entire flow from the store and into the drain 75 feet away. Upon finding the ranking CVS representative in front of the store at 3PM, he denied media access and refused to comment on anything pertaining to the incident. When I tried to talk with him after identifying myself as a reporter, he was busy on his phone and was trying to record working hours of the contractors bustling about – refusing to make time for further interaction.

My daughter was with me during this visit, and she saw the hoses pumping the water out of the store and voiced her concern about what was happening and asked what could be done. Over the course of the next two hours, we called the Felton Fire Department, Santa Cruz County Environmental Health (SCCEH), Netcom (911) and the Sheriff’s Office in Felton. Eventually, the Felton Fire personnel responded back to the scene and immediately had the 911 center contact SCCEH to respond as a possible environmental hazard was being presented. The resulting SCCEH inspector arrived at 4:40PM and immediately halted the water removal operation being overseen by CVS, notified them to contain all further water from inside the store and to test the resulting containment for possible chemicals. In talking with the responding inspector and another SCCEH manager that evening, their statements reflected an acknowledgement of not knowing how much byproduct or contaminated runoff from CVS made it into the storm drain as their agency did not arrive until the listed time. Bystanders that were watching the water pumping operation (but did not wish to be identified) stated they had seen the water removal staff pumping for “some time” while the CVS manager “stood and watched”.

The CVS store was reopened to customers on Saturday and as of press time no further statement had been obtained regarding the outcome(s) of the tests ordered by the SCCEH to CVS.

Playa Update: Some Cars Coming In, Trash is the New Fashion

Love watching this whole week…miss it so much though…

Burners.Me: Me, Burners and The Man

Watching the UStream feed, it looks like the gate may be open again for people who have been waiting there all day. There are vehicles are coming in. If we get an official announcement we will let you know. All Burning Man’s official channels are silent, piecing things together from Facebook we can tell you the highway patrol are still turning people back, BMOrg just let some people in who were stuck in line at the Gate and Will Call. More rain is expected tonight. The gate is still scheduled for official opening at noon tomorrow. Will update as we hear more.

John Curley continues his excellent reporting from Black Rock City on the official Burning Man blog.

photo: clevertalkinglama Gate and Will Call entry lines. photo: clevertalkinglaama

Burning Man pressed the “pause” button today, as heavy rains and hail prevented people from getting in and out of Black Rock City, caused widespread…

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A true intimacy photographer…

A true intimacy photographer…

I hope to be this good someday at doing these shots…

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Sensual shoots..

Sensual shoots..

The exact kind of shoots I have been wanting to do more of – and have actually gotten clients looking to add to their lives some amazing shots…

Amaluna – going this winter in SF – looks amazing!

Amazing contest…almost thinking about it…

Other Guys, Easy A, Town



The Director’s Cut of Town (Blu only) was outstanding. Easy A was actually really good, nice surprise. And no surprise the Other Guys sucked it.

Flipped, Cairo Time, Valhalla Rising



Three great films no one knows about. Valhalla is the least approachable and most of you will not like it – but what a film. Cairo Time is reminiscent of my time in the Middle East so I loved it. Flipped is a solid family film that my kids and I watched together and got some good messages out of it.