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A Wider Highway 1 in Santa Cruz

The plan to widen Highway 1 in Santa Cruz between Morrissey Boulevard and Soquel Avenue overcame one of its challenges recently when planners completed the necessary environmental analysis for the project.
The analysis, a 545 page review of the project, has been two years in the making and cites in depth the impact widening the highway would have on the citizens and environment of Santa Cruz. In the analysis, viable solutions have been proposed for all of the negative effects of the project.

By widening the highway transportation planners hope to alleviate some of the worst congestion in the county. The $22 million dollar project is currently scheduled to begin breaking ground in 2011 with a targeted completion time in 2013.

 

The Ticker

Pioneering Pest Control Method Turns 50

It has been 50 years since four University of California scientists revolutionized agriculture with a new approach to pest control known as “integrated pest management.” The UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources first published the groundbreaking research of Vernon Stern, Ray Smith, Robert van den Bosch, and Kenneth Hagen in Oct. 1959. Among the first to critique the rampant use of harsh pesticides such as DDT, these scientists advocated limited, targeted chemical controls to mitigate long-term ecosystem disruption and reduce dangers to farm workers.
Mind & Body

WHAT TO DO

WHAT TO DOWhat am I doing?  Is this job the one I want?  Why do I do what I do?  To be in control?  For power and attention?  Is my ego in the way?  
As I read Eckhart Tolle’s, A New Earth, again, I find it a lot more interesting than the first time around.  I’m paying a little more attention.  He talks about recognizing who you are and not just reacting to culture and expectations.  This takes a lot of work – work to separate these expectations and illusions from innate knowledge.
The physical aspect of yoga has helped me to feel the spot of that strength.  Whenever I feel this, I find life to be smooth and even. Reactions seem less dramatic.
This morning, I needed a challenge.  I yearned to feel the sweet spot, so I drove over the hill to Los Gatos to try Angie’s Power Flow.  I’d heard about this class from another yogi. It did the trick: dripping sweat and long holds.  Swooping over route 17, I am back at my computer doing what I do  …or am I trying to impress you?  This is my point!  Help me to get closer to me.
yogasourcelosgatos.com/classes eckharttolle.com
CultureBeat

Roller Derby meets Hollywood

Roller Derby meets HollywoodOn October 2nd, Fox Searchlight will release WHIP IT, featuring Ellen Page, Marcia Gay Harden, Kristin Wiig and Juliette Lewis. (Daniel Stern, utterer of a favorite movie line, “If hate were people, I’d be China,” makes the crossover to father figure, making me feel both old and comfortable somehow.) Although not a Mark Mothersbaugh bio-pic, as the title might imply,  it is the much-anticipated directorial debut of Drew Barrymore.  However, despite all of the glitter and fuss, the real star of the movie is…roller derby.

WHIP IT, based on the 2007 novel “Derby Girl” by Shauna Cross (aka Maggie Mayhem) formerly of the L.A. Derby Dolls, is a fictionalized account of experiences skating with the Texas Rollergirls, nicely wrapped in teen-vs-parent-angst-plus-rock-‘n-roll-love story. Got that?
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The Art of Recycling Waves

The Art of Recycling Waves

Resin takes new shape in one local glasser’s hands

In surfing lexicon, the phrase “give a wave” is used on a rare occasion by nostalgic and well-intentioned old-timers who have reached a point of Zen-like surf satisfaction in their lives. Cynics may scoff: that just translates into “give me a wave.” But the more enlightened among us recognize the karmic value in letting the odd peak slide under their longboard to a stoked grom on the inside with an encouraging “Go!”

And while the act of giving a wave is ephemeral, one local surfboard glasser has found a unique way of making a more lasting statement.

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The Ticker

Kids Love Their Veggies

Kids Love Their Veggies

Wednesday, Sept. 16 marked a very special day for students at Gault Elementary on Seabright Avenue: it was the first of what will become a weekly Farmers’ Market, sponsored by Food, What!? Every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m., students and parents can buy organic produce from Freewheelin’ Farms at lower prices than other local Farmers’ Markets. Santa Cruz City School District Board Member Cynthia Hawthorne says that the market has been wildly successful so far, exclaiming that, “even the beets were gone!” after the first day.

Mind & Body

What’s your mantra?

What’s your mantra?I remember when my brother came home from boarding school with his mantra: “INGA” My hip Aunt also practiced.  Her mantra was “KARIM.” The concept was quite ahead of its time in this age of NEW.  The class was TM, or Transcental Meditation, founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the yogi made famous by the Indian pilgrimage of The Beatles.  For those of us who remember, The Beatles quickly transformed, with these long stays in India and colorful clothes.   The practice “stuck” with George, as he meditated through life on his spiritual path.  . This concept was new to the west and quite questionable, as it seemed to reflect the drug culture of the time.  I wanted a mantra. What exactly is a mantra?  It is defined in Wikipedia; it is a “sound, syllable, word, or group of words that are considered capable of creating spiritual transformation.”  A mantra is supposed to help a person focus their mind with its repetition, eliminating attachment, hatred, jealousy, desire, greed, and ignorance.  I haven’t heard too much about TM is the past few years, although with a little research, I have learned that there is a Transcendental Meditation Program right here is Santa Cruz, at 171 Seabright Avenue.  www.tm.org
Mind & Body

BACK TO SCHOOL

BACK TO SCHOOL

The air of fall brings back memories of the smell of new shoes, crisp ironed clothing, new notebooks and Bikram Yoga.  I began my yoga journey with the Bikram Yoga method about 11 years ago and since then have discovered yoga’s larger world, like Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Hatha, Power, Forrest , Kundalini, Ananda, Anusara, Iyengar, Jivamukti.  Each practice has its benefits and striving to know and practice these different yogas has been the center of my world for these 11 years.  I always come back to the Bikram method, the hot yoga, for many reasons.  One is the familiarity.  Believe it or not, being in a hot ( at least 100º ) room for an hour and a half is a sweet feeling for me.  And the knowledge that I know which postures will be practiced is also sweet. The same 26 postures are practiced, kind of like a familiar drill. Home.  The added benefit is the actual studio, here in Santa Cruz, Village Yoga.  It is clean, colorful, and friendly.  Also – check out my “wall” of photos of the yogis – the yogis are great subjects.   Not only are the instructors excellent, but they are caring, engaged, and thorough with the students.  A wonderful place to visit.  A wonderful place to go back to.

Check it out.  There are generally 5 classes a day. www.bikramyogasantacruz.com.

The Ticker

Downtown Smoking Ban

Downtown Smoking BanSanta Cruz smokers will soon find it harder to legally light up in popular areas of town. The Santa Cruz City Council voted Tuesday to prohibit smoking on Pacific Avenue, Beach Street, and West Cliff Drive. The new ban also makes it illegal to smoke within 25 feet of public entrances and within all outdoor dining areas. City property, including the Municipal Wharf and all city parks, will be smoke-free as well. Police will give warnings for the first month of the ban, which takes effect on Oct. 20, and will issue citations after that. 

The smoking ban, which council members unanimously supported, was prompted in part by a 2008 report by the American Lung Association of California that gave Santa Cruz a “D” for underwhelming efforts to curb public second-hand smoke. The council also voted to increase the percentage of nonsmoking hotel rooms in Santa Cruz from 75 to 90 percent, and they will consider a new tax on the city’s cigarettes sales at a future meeting.

Mind & Body

Detoxify your life, part 2!

Detoxify your life, part 2!

In the last blog we discussed the importance of detoxification and how we could support our bodies to “detoxify” from the chemicals that we are exposed to.  It is literally impossible for anyone on our planet to avoid toxins because our ocean and wind currents carry toxins to the farthest reaches of our world.  The level of toxic cbemicals in the native peoples of the pristine arctic circle, for example, are so extreme that their future fertility is threatened.  They dine on sea life that has consumed toxins carried to the arctic from the United States and other countries.  We are exposed to plenty of toxins in our own environment and the most important steps we can take are to enhance our own health and well-being so that our bodies can deal with their “toxic load.”

 

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We Can Rebuild You

A look back at how downtown Santa Cruz recovered from the 1989 earthquake

 

International Earth Day—Mother Earth Day

Every April 22, humanity celebrates International Mother Earth Day and Earth Day. As more than a billion people participate in Earth Day activities every year, Earth Day has become the world’s largest civic observance. The massive concern to build right relations between humanity and the living being we call Earth is evidence of humanity’s love of the Mother. In 2009, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed April 22 International Mother Earth Day, with a significant resolution affirming “the interdependence existing among human beings, other living species (the kingdoms—mineral, plant, animal and human) and the planet itself, the Earth which we all inhabit.” The Earth is our home. Celebrating Earth Day helps us define new emerging processes (economic, social, political) focused on the well-being of the kingdoms. Through these, humanity seeks to raise the quality of life, foster equality and begin to establish right relations with the Earth. We dedicate ourselves to bringing forth balance and a relationship of harmony with all of nature. Learn about planting a billion trees (the Canopy Project); participate in 1.5 billion acts of green. Disassociation (toward Earth) is no longer viable. We lose our connection to life itself. Participation is viable—an anchor, refuge and service for all of life on Earth. Visit earthday.org; harmonywithnatureun.org; and un.org/en/events/motherearthday for more information. From Farmers Almanac, “On Earth Day, enjoy the tonic of fresh air, contact with the soil, companionship with nature! Go barefooted. Walk through woods, find wildflowers and green moss. Remain outside, no matter the weather!” Nature, Earth’s most balanced kingdom, heals us. The New Group of World Servers is preparing for the May 3 Wesak Buddha Taurus solar festival. We prepare through asking for and offering forgiveness. Forgiveness purifies and like nature, heals.

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Mission Critical

How reading Lisa Jensen’s reviews taught me to love film
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Hydrogen-gas cars that are coming this summer. Scott Oliver, Santa Cruz, Professor

 

Sarah’s Vineyard

Sarah’s Vineyard of Gilroy is known for crafting fine wines—and one of my all-time favorites is its Chardonnay. But this time, its Viognier has my vote.

 

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East Coast meets West Coast in new meat lover’s paradise