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Buying Is Still Cheaper Than Renting

Buying Is Still Cheaper Than Renting

Home prices have been rising slowly and steadily this year, but according to a recently published analysis from Trulia Chief Economist Jed Kolko, homeownership is still cheaper than renting nationally. Of course, the gap between renting and buying depends on location.

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Local Talk

Which is your favorite street musician in Santa Cruz?

Which is your favorite street musician in Santa Cruz?

My favorite street performer goes back a few years, when I first moved to Santa Cruz, it's Tom Scribner. And a relative of his was a student in one of the classes I taught maybe 15 years ago.

John Christopher
Santa Cruz | Retired Teacher

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Astrology

Aries—The Will to Be

Aries—The Will to Be

Last week, Sun entering Aries, the new spiritual year began. Archangel Raphael assumed protection of the Earth. Raphael is the Archangel of Healing. During Aries, Raphael and the Forces of Restoration work together streaming new light and life into the Earth. They come in on the wings of the Spirit of Resurrection.

Aries is the Initiating Will-to-Be, a continuous pulse of the Life Force. Aries’ fiery aethers move through the cosmos seeking where to anchor in form and matter. Mars, presently retrograde, is the personality-ruler of Aries. Mars presents humanity with Nine Tests of the personality. With Mars retrograde our experience of Spring may be subdued, intent as we are on inner tests.

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

Plus Letters to the Editor

It’s spring and the time is ripe to unleash some good. “Spring cleaning,” too, which is always “good,” but what about spreading some more good juju out there? True, it sounds rather California Woo Woo, but look around—we happen to be in a kind of Mecca. Besides, you’re reading a newspaper with the word Good in its title, so there’s that.

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Astrology

My Pal, My Buddy, My Mom

My Pal, My Buddy, My Mom

My mother (96) died last week, 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 13, 2014. For the past nine months I never left her. I am in her home. Surrounding me everywhere are her creative (she was Leo Sun) efforts to make a beautiful home and gardens. Everything around me is my mother. However, wherever I look, her precious body is no longer here. I am devastated, in grief, in bereavement and anguish. During these last nine months all activities, each breath I took, was for my mother.

I realize in my grief that all my life I have been seeking my mother. The nine months (nine tests, gestation to birth) were very difficult. Mother’s illness demanded skills I did not possess. Often at a loss as moment-by-moment emergencies ceaselessly occurred, I stood by helpless. She would cry out “Help me, help me!” I would ask, “How can I help, Mother?” She would say, “I don’t know. Find me in your heart. Love me.” Now with her gone I do not know why I should go on.

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

Plus Letters To the Editor

You survived the Ides of March. You got through St. Patrick’s Day with ease. Now, it’s all about the beginning of spring. Fortunately, we’re not digging our way out of the snow, like some of our family members have been back east, so that’s a good thing. But take note: In case you have not grabbed a copy, be sure to pick up GT’s Spring Home & Garden magazine (at kiosks).
In it, you’ll find an abundance of features and factoids on the latest and greatest our area has to offer on the subject. Enjoy.

 

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Local Talk

Tell us about a Santa Cruz county resident whose achievements or work you find inspiring

Tell us about a Santa Cruz county resident whose achievements or work you find inspiring

I would pick Tom Davis. He is the owner of the climbing gym, Pacific Edge, and I find his climbing accomplishments and his sense of community to be very inspiring to me.

Marcus Williamson
Santa Cruz | Student

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Crime Time: Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana

Crime Time: Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana

It is against the law to drive under the influence of marijuana in California. If you are pulled over and the officer suspects you’re stoned, he or she may call in a Drug Recognition Expert who will evaluate you for signs of intoxication such as dilated pupils and dry mouth. If convicted, you risk up to five years probation, fees and fines, participation in a Drinking Driver Program as well as a suspension or restriction of your driving privilege. Anyone arrested for DUI/THC should contact a lawyer who specializes in DUI cases. There are many inconclusive factors regarding driving under the influence of marijuana and the THC test results that should be considered.

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Astrology

The Three Levels of Pisces

The Three Levels of Pisces

Sunday is the Full moon Pisces Solar Festival (26 degrees) and Purim, the Jewish Festival of Queen Esther who saved the temple in Persia and her people.
In this last week of Pisces, let us understand Pisces more. Our world is made up of energy triangles (like Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic domes). Every person, event, kingdom functions on three levels (Personality, Soul, Spirit—the Trinity in all of creation and religions).

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

Plus Letters To the Editor

Let’s face it, the moods swing. Sometimes too often for some of us. But if you ever think you don’t have it in you to get through something challenging, perhaps this week’s cover story on Santa Cruzan Alekz Londos will help you shift some limited thinking. Londos, perhaps one of the most enterprising locals we’ve come across in the past year, has a tremendous amount of disaster-relief training under his belt. He’s also quite brave. In the past decade, he’s been on hand for relief efforts in the aftermaths of several storms and hurricanes that plagued the United States and beyond. 

 

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Dancing In the Rain

District Attorney Bob Lee’s death in October stunned the Santa Cruz community, but he had battled cancer fiercely—and privately—for more than a decade. Now one of his closest friends reveals the remarkable inside story

 

Giving and Giving, Then Giving Some More

2014 is almost over. Wednesday, Dec. 17, the Jewish Festival of Light, Hanukkah, begins. We are in our last week of Sag and last two weeks of December. Sunday, Dec. 21 is winter Solstice, as the sun enters Capricorn (3:30 p.m. for the west coast). Soon after, the Capricorn new moon occurs (5:36 p.m. for the west coast)—the last new moon of 2014. Sunday morning Uranus in Aries (revolution, revelation) is stationary direct (retro since July 22). Uranus/Aries create things new and needed to anchor the new culture and civilization (Aquarius). We will see revolutionary change in 2015. Capricorn new moon, building-the-personality seed thought, is, “Let ambition rule and let the door to initiation and freedom stand wide (open).” Capricorn is a gate—where matter returns to spirit. But the gate is unseen until the Ajna Center (third eye), Diamond Light of Direction, opens. Winter solstice is the longest day of darkness of the year. The sun’s rays resting at the Tropic of Capricorn (southern hemisphere) symbolize the Christ (soul’s) light piercing the heart of the Earth, remaining there for three days, till Holy Night (midnight Thursday morning). Then the sun’s light begins to rise. It is the birth of the new light (holy child) for the world. A deep calm and stillness pervades the world.The entire planet is revivified, re-spiritualized. All hearts beating reflect this Light. And so throughout the Earth there’s a radiant “impress” (impressions, pictures) given to humanity of the World Mother and her Child. The star Sirius (love/direction) and the constellation Virgo the mother shines above. For gift giving, give to those in need. Give and give and then give some more. This creates the new template of giving and sharing for the new world.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Pinned Down

Actors shine in true-crime wrestling drama ‘Foxcatcher’
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Best Bites of 2014

A look back at the year in good taste

 

What downtown business is good for both one-stop shopping and last-minute gifts?

The Homeless Garden Project store. Because it is a community effort and has really useful and beautiful things, and allows you to connect with a lot of folks who are doing great work in Santa Cruz. Miriam Greenberg, Santa Cruz, UCSC Professor

 

Vino Tabi Winery

One of Santa Cruz’s most happening areas to go wine tasting is in the westside’s Swift Street Courtyard complex. Ever since a group of about a dozen wineries got together and formed Surf City Vintners (SCV), the place has been a hive of activity, and a wine-tasting mecca. Adding to the mix is the lively Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing beer company—making Swift Street Courtyard a perfect spot for a glass of wine or a pitcher of ale.

 

Betty’s Eat Inn

Yes, she’s a real person; no, this isn’t her