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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

seabrightFRESH DIRT > Fourth of July, Santa Cruz style

Monday’s Fourth of July celebrations could be heard throughout the streets of Santa Cruz as firecrackers banged and boomed all day. Barbecue, music, and traffic also defined the day as locals and tourists attempted to make their way around town to parties, beaches, or the boardwalk. The Santa Cruz Police Department (SCPD), too, remained busy as they responded to calls and maintained order throughout the city.

At Seabright State Beach, thousands of locals and tourists converged to partake in the traditional, unofficial firework show. The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Department (SCCSD) was on hand to maintain peace and order. Sheriff deputies checked people’s bags for alcohol at the entrance as they made their way closer to the crowd on the beach. By 9 p.m., thousands of amateur pyro-technicians and onlookers had gathered in groups large and small to experience the 360-degree fireworks display. Although the Independence Day celebration at Seabright is a Santa Cruz tradition, it is illegal—and local law enforcement has been cracking down over the last several years.

A police department press release reported 98 total arrests on July 4, most of which were for public intoxication. DUI, battery, parole violations and warrant arrests were also made. Moreover, 75 triple fine and safety enhancement zone violations were reported. The SCPD responded to 1,000 calls over the holiday weekend, an increase from the previous year. Most of the calls for service, however, were for illegal fireworks activity.

The SCCSD reported only four violations in their weekly press release, which covered Monday’s violations in the Seabright neighborhood of Santa Cruz, including one arrest on East Cliff Drive for public intoxication. At the beach, however, the crowd of thousands appeared orderly and willing to comply with the Sheriff’s department as they searched bags for paraphernalia and as they entered and as they were instructed to leave when the beach closed at 10 p.m..

The thousands who made their way to Seabright on foot bypassed the roadblock the Sheriff’s Department erected to control traffic into the neighbor-hood. From young and old to the sober and intoxicated, people watched the fireworks display for approximately two hours before Sheriff’s deputies began announcing the closure of the beach, marking the end of another great Independence Day in Santa Cruz.

 

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“be(ing) of love (a little) more careful”—e.e. cummings

Wednesday (Feb. 10) is Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. Friday (Feb. 12) is Lincoln’s 207th birthday. Sunday is Valentine’s Day. On Ash Wednesday, with foreheads marked with a cross of ashes, we hear the words, “From dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.” Reminding us that our bodies, made of matter, will remain here on Earth when we are called back. It is our Soul that will take us home again. Lent offers us 40 days and nights of purification in preparation for the Resurrection (Easter) festival (an initiation) and for the Three Spring Festivals (at the time of the full moon)—Aries, Taurus, Gemini. The New Group of World Servers have been preparing since Winter Solstice. The number 40 is significant. The Christ (Pisces World Teacher) was in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights prior to His three-year ministry. The purpose of this desert exile was to prepare his Archangel (light) body to withstand the pressures of the Earth plane (form and matter). We, too, in our intentional purifications and prayers during the 40 days of Lent, prepare ourselves (physical body, emotions, lower mind) to receive and be able to withstand the irradiation of will, love/wisdom and light streaming into the Earth at spring equinox, Easter, and the Three Spiritual Festivals. What is Lent? The Anglo-Saxon word, lencten, comes from an ancient spring festival, agricultural rites marking the transition between winter and summer. The seasons reflect changes in nature (physical world) and humanity responds with social festivals of gratitude and of renewal. There is a purification process, prayerfulness in nature and in humanity in preparation for a great flow of spiritual energies during springtime. Valentine’s Day: Aquarius Sun, Taurus moon. Let us offer gifts of comfort, ease, harmony, beauty and satisfaction. Things chocolate and golden. Venus and Taurus things.

 

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