Santa Cruz Speaks is a fantastic opportunity to learn a little bit about the town and all of us lucky enough to call this place home!

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This year Santa Cruz Music Festival will be launching its satellite event “Santa Cruz Speaks”, a lecture series featuring prominent members of our community, designed to inform young people, festival go-ers, and the community about the issues that affect them and their town. This year there will be 4 topics being discussed- State of Santa Cruz, Sustainability, Cannabis, and Music. Each hour long section will feature 4-5 speakers who are well versed and credentialed in their topic who will speak on an issue important to them, followed by a Q and A facilitated by our host Matthew Swinnerton of Event Santa Cruz.

An SCMF event wristband will grant free access to this event, there will be a $10 door charge for those who wish to only attend the lecture and not the music festival. There will also be a donation and support booth present for the Victims of The Tannery Tragedy.

 

Below is a schedule of events and featured speakers for the afternoon:

Sustainability – 12:00pm- 1:00pm

Representatives from Bike Santa Cruz County, The Coastal Watershed Council, GESS Environmental, and AllTerra Solar  

 

State of Santa Cruz – 1:15pm –  2:15pm

Mayor Don Lane, Jeanne Howard (Good Times), Michael Rotkin (Former Mayor and Educator), Chip (Director of Santa Cruz Downtown Association), Michael C Watkins (Superintendent of Santa Cruz School District)

 

Cannabis – 2:30pm –  3:30pm

Alec Dixon and Ian Rice from Santa Cruz Labs, Chris Carr from Cannabis Connection Radio Show

*Host Matthew Swinnerton will take a break during the cannabis section, and it will be moderated by a special guest.

Music  – 3:45PM- 4:45PM

Jordan Keeling (YourEDM.com), Brad Kava (Music Journalist), Thomas Dawson (SCMF Organizer)