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If you morphed Facebook with something more, well,  socially and civic-minded, it might resemble the likes of Civinomics. The fairly new enterprise has been capturing the attention here, and, this week, GT’s Joel Hersch  explores how two locals wound up creating the area’s first civic governance networking site. Click here for the full report and learn how your own ideas and comments can help generate conversation on the local front.

 

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Lowering Blood Alcohol Level Could Save Lives

Lowering Blood Alcohol Level Could Save Lives

By Lars Shallberg, Surf City Criminal Defense

According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), 31% of automobile fatalities are caused by alcohol impairment, which translates into over ten thousand lives lost a year. In an effort to decrease such deaths, the NTSB supports a proposal to lower the blood alcohol level from .08 to .05. Research shows that most people experience a decline in both cognitive and visual functions related to driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.05.

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

Plus Letters To the Editor


The week is full and the season already smacks of wonder and festiveness. For those soaking up the holiday spirit this year, take note that Snow Night in Santa Cruz unfolds  between 4:30 and 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12. Meanwhile, there are plenty of other events, such as the Downtown Holiday Parade on Dec. 7. Flip through this week’s events section or pick up a copy of GT’s annual Gift Guide (at newstands or kiosks) for a more thorough rundown of the events unfolding in December.

 

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Astrology

Ocean and Sea Creatures Alerting Humanity

Ocean and Sea Creatures  Alerting Humanity

Sagittarius is the sign of “seeing the goal/task, reaching the goal, and recognizing the next goal”—until all goals for the good of humanity are reached. Sag, Knights of the Round Table, is concerned with the Truth. And the truth is our present world is in a state of emergency.

The ocean and sea creatures, migrating and gathering at the U.S. West Coast (Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay) are alerting us to the truth of an immediate crisis (Fukushima and irradiated waters). While the media has been silent, at the U.N., the world’s indigenous leaders have clearly signaled humanity to the realities of our world in destruction.

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Local Talk

If you could make one immediate change to the U.S. Government what would it be?

If you could make one immediate change to the U.S. Government what would it be?

I think what would be most important is to have complete and total transparency of government, and then obviously to get government out of the pockets of big corporations.

Ariel Churchill
Santa Cruz | Caregiver

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Why the Holiday Season Might Just Be the Time to Buy

Why the Holiday Season Might Just Be the Time to Buy

By Suzy Rodoni Silverberg, Real Estate Eight Three One

Santa Cruz boasts 11 world-class surf breaks causing Surfer magazine to crown it “The Real Surf City, USA.”  We’re also well known for our watersports— such as sailing, diving, swimming, paddling—and famous for our boardwalk, which was deemed a State Historic Landmark.  We’re also popular for our outdoor sports—such as skateboarding, cycling, camping, hiking, and rock climbing. It’s no wonder Santa Cruz is inundated with tourists during the summer. However, if you’re thinking about residing in rather than simply visiting Santa Cruz, December might be the time to buy. There are many potential benefits for homebuyers during the holiday season.

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Astrology

Living Thankfully—For Each New Morning With its Light

Living Thankfully—For Each New Morning With its Light

Thanksgiving is Thursday (it’s Hanukkah, eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights). Mercury in Scorpio trines Jupiter in Cancer—a cosmic message (Mercury) of thankfulness (Jupiter). Let us begin a ritual of Living Thankfully in the coming days and weeks. Let us remember to perform actions today (tomorrow, etc.) that we will be thankful for in the future.
Let us be thankful for…
• The difficulties in our lives, including difficult people. They help us learn patience, a virtue. The virtues are needed at the time of our death to carry us from the darkness into the Light
• Knowing all is perfect in our world.
• That love underlies all happenings.
• Realizing it’s thankful people who are happy (not the other way around).
• Knowing there’s something good in every day, we stay thankful.
• For the people (animals, plants, events in our lives). They belong to us, choosing us this lifetime.

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

Plus Letters To the Editor


Gratitude. What are you grateful for? Bear with me—although, when it comes to emotions, perhaps “bare” is a better word. Voicing what we are truly grateful for is, indeed, healthy. And we don’t need many reminders this week to do just that.  Still, there’s a flipside to this holiday we call Thanksgiving. It’s the “giving” part. Truth is: Giving is also good for you. At least if all the scientific reports are true. And really, why bother arguing with them now, when, we can enjoy the double whammy of expressing gratitude and, perhaps, giving back.

 

 

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Local Talk

What unusual Thanksgiving traditions have you participated in?

What unusual Thanksgiving traditions have you participated in?

I went to Denny’s every year that I was working retail, since they would not let me go home for Thanksgiving. We stole that from my girlfriend’s family, who did that every year since they did not cook for Thanksgiving.

Clinton Shaver
Santa Cruz | Beer Bestower

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Astrology

Sagittarius: The Archer

Sagittarius: The Archer

It’s time to understand the Sun in and Light of the Archer, Sagittarius— sign of abundance, of sharing food, good cheer, things bountiful, adventuresome and expansive. What are the characteristics of this sign? Sagittarius is musician, publisher, adventurer and lover of food. Sagittarius, a fire sign, adapts to changing conditions, inspires others to take action. Always on a journey, filled with optimism (Jupiter’s influence), Sag is the wanderer, optimist and  archer—setting goals, reaching those goals, setting new goals. Ambivalent to the social order of things, Sag, unable to be restricted, values, above all, personal freedom.

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Force of Nature

Santa Cruz’s Carlie Statsky brings her love of the natural world to the hyper-personal art of wedding photography

 

Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius

The magical time of Mercury’s retrograde cycle is here once again, until Feb. 11, and then some. The Mercury retro cycle actually lasts eight weeks when we consider its retrograde shadow, giving us six months a year for review. We know the rules of Mercury retro: Be careful with everything; cars, driving, money, resources, friends, friendships, groups, interactions, thinking, talking, communications. Avoid big purchases, important meetings and important repairs. Mercury retrograde times are for review, reassessment and rest. Our minds are overloaded from the last Mercury retro. Our minds need to assess what we’ve done since October—eliminating what is not needed, keeping what’s important, preparing for new information in the next three months (till mid-May). Mercury in Aquarius retrograde … we reinvent ourselves, seek the unusual, we don’t hide, we’re just careful. We live in two worlds; outer appearances and inner reckonings, with both sides of our brain activated. Yet, like the light of the Gemini twins, one light waxes (inner world), the other (outer realities) wanes. Like Virgo, we see what’s been overlooked—assessing, ordering and organizing information. It’s an entirely inner process. When speaking we may utter only half of the sentence. We’re in the underworld, closer to Spirit, eyes unseeing, senses alerted, re-doing things over and over till we sometimes collapse. Because we’re in other realms, we’re wobbly, make mistakes, and don’t really know what we want. It’s not a time for decisions. Not yet. It’s a time of review. And completing things. Mercury retro: integration, slowing down, resolution, rapprochement.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of January 23

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Bye Bye Benten!

Benten closing, plus Award-winning gin, a massive burrito and chocolate review

 

Trout Gulch Vineyards

Scanning the shelves of Deluxe Foods of Aptos, which carries an impressive selection of local and imported wines, I picked up a bottle of Trout Gulch Vineyards Chardonnay 2012, described as “a local favorite” by the busy market.

 

Cremer House

What’s old is cutting-edge again in Felton

 

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