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Grave Matters

The City of Santa Cruz Planning Commission has “indefinitely suspended” the application for a 40-unit housing complex at 1930 Ocean Street Ext. The development caused a stir earlier this fall because of its proximity to the Santa Cruz Memorial Crematory—it’s also just across the road from the cemetery—and the potential health hazards that may exist from exposure to cremation emissions, especially mercury, which is found in dental fillings, and is dangerous in even small airborne doses. A large group of neighbors were vocally opposed to the development, although more for the traffic impacts they fear it would have on the already dilapidated and impacted road. Allison Guevara, one of the neighbors spearheading the opposition, told Good Times, “While I'm glad to see them exercising caution with the mercury issue and putting the project on hold for now, my point all along has been that the infrastructure in our neighborhood is already insufficient for the amount of traffic that exists.”
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Santa Cruz Restaurant Week

A huge part of Santa Cruz Restaurant Week has always been about offering a great dining experience for an affordable price. For some locals, the $25 flat-rate cost has provided the opportunity (or the excuse!) to try new spots, and indulge in Santa Cruz fine dining in a way they might have thought too pricey before.

 

Scorpio Sun, New Moon Eclipse, Mercury Direct

The Sun enters Scorpio’s mysteries Thursday under a new moon and partial solar eclipse (something essential has come to an end, its purpose completed). In Scorpio we harbor secrets, are devoted to something deep, dark and hidden. Sometimes it’s ourselves. We can bring great suspect to our assessment of others. Scorpio is the scorpion, the serpent and the eagle—three levels of development. As the serpent we take shelter in our beliefs. Sometimes we bite (or sting). The eagle vanquishes old beliefs through its sharp intellect, soaring high in the air, seeking to understand through perspective. Understanding releases us from the bondage of fear. The eagle is like the mother soothing feelings of mistrust, offering protection. Knowledge does this, too.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Light Humor

College comedy questions a post-racial America in ‘Dear White People’
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