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Seeing Your Home Through the Buyer’s Eyes

Seeing Your Home Through the Buyer’s Eyes

Owning a home gives you the freedom to express your style without the restrictions renting may have. Remodeling, wine cellars, painting and converting rooms into offices or nurseries are all options homeowners choose.

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Local Talk

What is the most urgent issue for the City Council to address?

What is the most urgent issue for the City Council to address?

Homelessness and drug use. We need to take care of our population in town, and we need to help the people that need help.

Damon Shanle
Santa Cruz | Controller

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

Plus Letters To the Editor

Santa Cruz has pride in its Pride. As organizers celebrate their 40th annual event this year, they’ve never let our local Pride celebration lose the grassroots, downright neighborly feel that connects it so tightly to the community. San Francisco’s event feels like going to a show. Santa Cruz’s feels like a family picnic.

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Astrology

Gemini: A Line of Light Beams

Gemini: A Line of Light Beams

We’re half way through 2014, which always occurs in Gemini, sign of duality and the two brothers, Castor and Pollux, (one dimming, one growing in light, signifying personality and Soul lights). Each of the 12signs provides humanity with a distinctly different light (message), revealing twelve personality-Soul interactions.

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Astrology

Let Instability Do Its Work

Let Instability Do Its Work

Venus is rising before dawn in the morning sky. The evening sky has Mercury, Jupiter and Mars moving about.

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

Plus Letters To the Editor

This week’s issue introduces Good Times’ improved paper stock and freshened-up typography. Most significantly, it commemorates our switch to a Platinum LEED-certified printing plant. The crisper look is a nice reward for being kinder to our planet—and the ink won’t rub off on your fingers either.

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Local Talk

What’s your dream job?

What’s your dream job?

My dream job is taking people out into the wilderness and showing them the beauty that’s there for them.

Kristen Burkhart
Santa Cruz | Student

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Astrology

Taurus' Beauty and Magnetism

Taurus' Beauty and Magnetism

Taurus is the first earth sign after the fires of Aries. As Aries initiates new realities, Taurus anchors them into form and matter. Taurus, the form aspect of creation, is governed (on the personality-building level) by Venus, expressing itself through beauty and love. Venus fuses dualities: women/men, dark/light, heaven/earth, night/day.

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Local Talk

What are some simple tips for conserving water?

What are some simple tips for conserving water?

Drink more beer and less water, collect rain water from catch barrels, and if you live in the mountains near a spring you should try to set up some sort of system through that.

John Morefield
Ben Lomond | Motorcycle Mechanic

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Astrology

The Wesak (Water) Buddha Full Moon Ceremony, Sun in Taurus

The Wesak (Water) Buddha Full Moon Ceremony, Sun in Taurus

Happy Mother’s Day, Sunday, to all mothers in our world. Wednesday is the full moon Wesak Festival. Each year the Lord of the World (Ancient of Days from Venus), our God, sends a blessing to his people on Earth through His intermediaries – the Buddha (who adds Wisdom) and Christ (who adds Love). This occurs at the May full moon in a protected valley in the Himalayas. Pilgrims from all over the world and the New Group of World Servers participate. The festival’s purpose is enlightenment; dispelling glamour, ignorance, confusions and illusions hindering humanity from the Path of Return. Many participate through intention, dreams and visualization. Let’s join them.

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The Thought Form of Solution

It’s our last week of Leo before the sun enters Virgo (next Friday/Saturday). The planets this week make complex patterns and relationships (vibrational cadences and rhythms) with the outer planets, mainly Neptune—the planet that veils, obscures, protects and finally refines us. Neptune offers us entrance into a deeply spiritual sense of comfort and solace. Neptune is the personality ruler of Pisces (saviors of the world) and soul ruler of Cancer (world mother). “The fish goddesses who leapt from earth (Virgo) to water (Pisces) unitedly give birth to the Fish God (Christ, the Soul) who introduces the waters of life  (Neptune & Aquarius) into the ocean of substance (matter, mother bringing light to the world. Thus does Neptune work.” (Esoteric Astrology).

 

Final Cut

Cedar Street Video to close after 10 years at downtown location

 

Cultures Collide

No surprises, but lots to savor in foodie film ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’

 

Say Uncle

Five types of kids, and how to be their best friend
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Foodie File: Kauboi

Japanese-Western themed unites sushi with whiskey and beefgrill

 

How should Santa Cruz develop downtown around the San Lorenzo River?

Santa Cruz | Artist/Show Promoter

 

Best of Santa Cruz County

The 2013 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll and Critics’ Picks It’s our biggest issue of the year, and in it, your votes—more than 6,500 of them—determined the winners of The Best of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll. New to the long list of local restaurants, shops and other notables that captured your interest: Best Beer Selection, Best Locally Owned Business, Best Customer Service and Best Marijuana Dispensary. In the meantime, many readers were ever so chatty online about potential new categories. Some of the suggestions that stood out: Best Teen Program and Best Web Design/Designer. But what about: Dog Park, Church, Hotel, Local Farm, Therapist (I second that!) or Sports Bar—not to be confused with Bra. Our favorite suggestion: Best Act of Kindness—one reader noted Café Gratitude and the free meals it offered to the Santa Cruz Police Department in the aftermath of recent crimes. Perhaps some of these can be woven into next year’s ballot, so stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy the following pages and take note of our Critics’ Picks, too, beginning on page 91. A big thanks for voting—and for reading—and an even bigger congratulations to all of the winners. Enjoy.  -Greg Archer, EditorBest of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll INDEX

 

Have Mercy!

Looking for a frisky summer wine at a reasonable price? Look no further than Mercy Vineyards’ 2013 Sauvignon Blanc ($20). Richly textured “with an exotic flavor profile,” the wine reveals aromas of honeydew melon and honeysuckle, with anise appearing as a star attraction. Smidgeons of pineapple and honeycomb add a touch of sexiness to this well-balanced, easy-drinking wine, which pairs well with a variety of cuisine —especially ceviche, calamari and other not-too-heavy foods.