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"Chango" Recognized with "Marciano Cruz Day" on May 12 in Santa Cruz

by ~Bradley (bradley [at]
Marciano Cruz was born in Oaxaca, Mexico. For over 20 years, Marciano, also known as Chango, has been working to improve the lives of people in the greater Santa Cruz community. He is currently a staff member at the Resource Center for Nonviolence (RCNV). On May 11th, Marciano received the “Most Caring Coach Award” by USA Weekend, a magazine with distribution in 600 newspapers to 23 million households each week. He is being honored for his work as founder, chief organizer and president of La Liga de La Comunidad, a countywide soccer league for youth and adults.

On May 12th, Marciano was recognized with "Marciano Cruz Day" in the city of Santa Cruz and received a Mayor's Proclamation from Ryan Coonerty during a celebration in the parking lot of the RCNV. Marciano was also presented with resolutions from John Laird of the California State Assembly and Joe Simitian of the California State Senate. In addition to his time and dedication to La Liga de La Comunidad, Marciano also enjoys surfing with his friends and helping kids learn how to surf safely with proper gear. The Beach Flats Community Garden, which is now blooming with new growth, began with the vision and dedication of Marciano and some of his friends from the neighborhood.
For more information on Marciano's award, La Liga De La Communidad and the Resource Center for Nonviolence, please visit

"Marciano Cruz - Most Caring Coach" Celebration

Resource Center for Nonviolence

La Liga de La Communidad
§Peter Klotz-Chamberlin
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Peter Klotz-Chamberlin is the head of the RCNV steering committee
§Marciano Cruz
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§Chris and Marciano
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Chris is a surfer and a good friend of Marciano's
§Ryan Coonerty
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Ryan Coonerty, the current Mayor of Santa Cruz, holds a Proclamation for Marciano Cruz Day
§Azucena Cruz
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Azucena is Marciano's daughter
§Enchiladas de la Familia Cruz
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Enchiladas prepared by the Cruz family
§Vilma and Chris Wentzlen
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Vilma provided great translations and added some kind words of her own as people spoke about Marciano in the community. Chris Wentzlen is a former professional soccer player and is now active in Santa Cruz youth sports leagues.
§Mayor's Proclamation
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§Wallace "Woody" Wood
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Woody is committed to general maintenance and property management at the Resource Center for Nonviolence and for the 509 Broadway commercial rentals on the same lot.
§Resolution from the California State Assembly
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Scott Kennedy, the Middle East Program Coordinator for the RCNV, hands Marciano a Resolution on behalf of John Laird and the California State Assembly.
§Ricardo Banda
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Ricardo Banda is a good friend of Marciano and helps with La Liga
§De Banda - San Pablo, Gracias "Chango"
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§Barbara Hayes
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Barbara Hayes is the Volunteer and Facilities Coordinator for the RCNV
§Tony Sloss
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Tony Sloss is the President of the Board of Directors of the Santa Cruz City Youth Soccer Club and the person who nominated Marciano for the “Most Caring Coach Award”
§Most Caring Coach Award
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"Marciano Cruz - Most Caring Coach" Celebration
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These are some of the fine youth in our community that surf and play soccer with Marciano
§Resolution from the California State Senate
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Marciano receives a third resolution, this one from Joe Simitian and the California State Senate.
§Gabriela Cruz
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Gabriela Cruz spoke very fondly of her wonderful Tio who has been a positive influence in her life.
§California State Senate Resolution for Marciano Cruz
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§La Liga de La Comunidad
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