The city [of Santa Cruz] has created the position of global warming coordinator at up to $80,000 a year to help prevent climate change, guide Santa Cruz in transportation and land-use decisions and get the community involved in the effort.
Interested applicants better hustle--the city plans to have the position filled by the end of August.
Santa Cruz was also at the vanguard on medical marijuana:
A year and a half ago, when council members in the beachfront community decided to create the nation's first municipal department to distribute medicinal marijuana, SNL had a field day.
"The new agency will be called the Santa Cruz Department of Kevin's Van," SNL's Amy Poehler quipped on "Weekend Update."