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GT Columns

Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

Plus Letters To the Editor


The rain arrived, but is the drought over? For that matter, have the area’s other water issues waned? Hardly. This week, ponder our News story beginning on page 6, which reports on the arrival of Rosemary Menard, the new water director for the City of Santa Cruz. Among other things, Menard will most likely have to address a number of issues that have captured attention—from desalination to what the area will need to keep its watershed in a healthy zone. Read on, and send us your thoughts about water issues to [email protected]
In case you’ve been thirsty for something lively and robust, look no further than former American Idol contender/local icon James Durbin, who hits The Catalyst this week. Durbin’s new album has been generating some buzz so no doubt locals will support that new endeavor. Learn more about Durbin and what’s been unfolding in his life lately in our feature story.

 

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Local Talk

What is the most romantic location or activity in Santa Cruz County?

What is the most romantic location or activity in Santa Cruz County?

Walking West Cliff at sunset.

Tanya Mansfield
Santa Cruz | Spa Therapist











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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

Plus Letters To the Editor


The county has long been eyeing water issues. For the last few years, desalination has been a major topic of discussion, but after desal talks were put on hold last fall, few could have predicted that the current drought would be a major topic of discussion this winter and spring. Now, Santa Cruz officials are directing efforts to examine the city’s water supply issues, which includes the launch of the Water Supply Advisory Committee. GT’s Jessica M. Pasko covers the topic at length in this week’s News section, beginning on page 6. Read on, learn more, and keep the dialogue alive by sending us your thoughts online at gtweekly.com or emailing us at [email protected]

 

 

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Astrology

Mercury Retrograde in Pisces: Reflection and Review

Mercury Retrograde in Pisces: Reflection and Review

Thursday, Feb. 6, Mercury makes its first 2014 retrograde (from 3 Pisces to 18 Aquarius). We’re familiar with generalized guidelines for Mercury retro. No major purchases, signing contracts, buying homes or cars, expectations of being heard/understood, strange driving and drivers, less and less understanding, messages not received, misunderstandings, etc. Mercury retrograde times can be magical, comedic, absurd, otherworldly, unreal and unbelievable. Actually Mercury retro (and all retrogrades) is a time of rest and recollection, of integration, assessment and review.

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Local Talk

Are you worried about radiation in seafood?

Are you worried about radiation in seafood?

I am very worried about the radiation that’s coming from Fukushima, and I don’t know how it's showing up—whether it's in seafood, or just through the air. But I think we are being impacted. I'll bet you if we checked with the local hospitals on people’s lymphs and things like that ... I know I've experienced a little of that and I'm having some tests. I’m not eating any fish.

Kirk Hatfield
Santa Cruz | Writer






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Sponsored Columns

Linoleum: The Comeback Kid

Linoleum: The Comeback Kid


By Lisa Sabini, FLOORS, ETC.

Trends come and go, but as we well know, they tend to come full circle. This is as true with flooring as it is with fashion. That’s why, when we buy a house, many of us remove the carpet to expose the original hardwood flooring.  Meaning hardwood was in, then carpet was popular, then hardwood became the flooring to have again. Today, there’s a new comeback kid in flooring: linoleum.  Popular in the 1950s, it was replaced by vinyl in the 1960s, but today linoleum has been experiencing a revival as people discover that it possesses the following benefits:

 

Environmentally friendly—Linoleum is made from renewable, all-natural materials including linseed oil, cork, wood flour and natural pigments. It’s biodegradable and recyclable; it also contributes to good air quality and contains no toxic VOCs (volatile organic compounds).

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Sponsored Columns

Crime Time: Why Field Sobriety Tests Are Unreliable

If you get pulled over by an officer and he or she suspects that you’ve been drinking, you will be asked to perform a series of field sobriety tests (FSTs). The purpose of the FST is to judge whether or not your mental and physical abilities are too impaired by alcohol for you to drive safely. There are many different kinds of FSTs, but the three main ones are the horizontal gaze nystagmus (AKA the eye test), the one-leg stand, and the walk and turn. These three FSTs were deemed the most reliable by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). The problem is that they are not reliable. In fact, many people have been falsely accused and/or convicted of DUIs based on their poor performance during a field sobriety test.

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Astrology

Chinese New Year, 2014 - Green Wood Horse (馬 午)

Chinese New Year, 2014 - Green Wood Horse (馬 午)

Chinese New Year is China’s Spring Festival. Last week in the California woodlands, I saw the first blooms of quince - traditional on Chinese New Year altars. Chinese New Year begins at new moon, ends at the full moon Lantern Festival. This year the full moon Lantern Festival is also Valentine’s Day. A confluence of celebrations.

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

Plus Letters To the Editor


That proposed Hyatt Hotel in Santa Cruz is still generating buzz. As reported last week, the 106-room enterprise is forcing many locals to consider the traffic and safety implications it might have in the Lower Ocean Street neighborhood of Santa Cruz. Ponder this week’s letters and send us your thoughts—and let’s see where the dialogue takes us.

 

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Local Talk

What do you think the role of public art is, or could be, in our community?

What do you think the role of public art is, or could be, in our community?

The art in this community that we have, [like] Tom Scribner's statue, is a gathering place—as is a lot of the fine sculpture. I think it’s a part of the community that brings us all together, and I hope that we have a lot more of it.

John Sandidge
Santa Cruz | DJ

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Is This a Dream?

A beginner’s guide to understanding and exploring the uncanny world of lucid dreams

 

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

 

Stocking Stuffers

The men behind the women of the Kinsey Sicks Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet explain their own special brand of ‘dragtivism,’ and their holiday show at the Rio
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