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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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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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What the New Mortgage Guidelines Mean for You

What the New Mortgage Guidelines Mean for You

By Suzy Rodoni

There’s been a lot of discussion about the new mortgage guidelines that came into effect earlier this year. The new guidelines are part of the Dodd-Frank Act, which passed in 2010 in response to the financial crisis, and have been put into place in order to make sure that borrowers can afford to repay mortgages. The question most people have is whether or not the new guidelines will make it more difficult to acquire a mortgage. Having spent over twenty years as a lender, I follow guideline changes very closely, and, although I think it’s important for buyers to understand the new guidelines, I don’t believe the guidelines will make it harder to qualify for a mortgage.

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Astrology

Aquarius, Waters of Life

Aquarius, Waters of Life

The Sun is in Aquarius. The new Age is the Age of Aquarius. Humanity is Aquarius. The New Group of World Servers, at the threshold of each morning, stands together calling humanity’s Soul forth. Aquarius, the Water Bearer, “waters of life poured forth for thirsty humanity,” expresses the Soul of Humanity. The characteristics, qualities and nature of Aquarius (the Age of) leading humanity toward its collective purpose the next 2,000 years. Aquarius will color and impulse all activities, directing humanity to the Path of Return.

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Local Talk

What is your advice, or hope, for the new City of Santa Cruz Water Director Rosemary Menard?

What is your advice, or hope, for the new City of Santa Cruz Water Director Rosemary Menard?

I hope that she, when thinking about it, thinks long term.

Allison Harre
Santa Cruz | Psychotherapist

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

Plus Letters To the Editor


A 106-room hotel, business, traffic, safety issues and more seem to have collided recently as plans to erect the Hyatt Place Hotel in the Lower Ocean Street neighborhood of Santa Cruz move forward. It’s all captured in this week’s main news story, beginnning on page 6. A number of locals claim that they were not given enough say in the matter when the planning of the hotel was discussed in a recent community meeting. On the flipside, the project would usher in the first Hyatt hotel in Santa Cruz. Read on—there’s more to absorb. And send us your thoughts to [email protected]

 

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Astrology

White Magic, David Spangler & More

White Magic, David Spangler & More

Event! Our Esoteric Astrological Institute will participate in Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History’s Third Friday Event (Magic!) between 4-8 p.m. Jan. 17. Our Theme is “White Magic.” Come see us!
Now turning our attention to the waters of the world. There’s been a controversy concerning the safety of the Fukushima radiation pouring into the Pacific, affecting the West Coast, the fish, all life forms and the jet stream. As the Fukushima (pro/con) discussions continued, a quiet and very unusual message appeared last week on Facebook from author, spiritual teacher, Findhorn Fellow David Spangler, (davidspangler.com).

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Best of Santa Cruz County 2014

The 2014 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll Come on in, and have a look around. There’s a lot to see—hundreds of winners selected by thousands of GT readers across Santa Cruz County. So if some of this looks familiar, it’s probably because you helped make it happen. But there are always new things to discover, too—you could go to a different winner or runner-up every day in the Food and Drink category alone, and you’d be booked just about until next year’s Best of Santa Cruz County issue comes out.

 

Something Essential Disappears

Lunar and solar eclipses follow one another. Lunar eclipses occur at full moons, and solar eclipses at new moons. Two weeks ago at the full moon we had the blood red moon—a total lunar eclipse (the next one is Oct. 8). On Monday night, April 28 (new moon), as the Sun, Moon and Earth align, a solar eclipse (Sun obscured) occurs. Eclipses signify something irrevocably is changed in our world. The Sun is our essential life force. Monday’s new moon, 9 degrees Taurus, is also an annular solar eclipse when the Moon moves centrally in front of the Sun, yet does not cover the Sun completely. The Sun's outer edges, still visible, form a “ring of fire” around the Moon.

 

Sugar: The New Tobacco?

Proposed bill would require warning labels on sugary drinks Will soda and other saccharine libations soon come with a health warning? They will if it’s up to our state senator, Bill Monning (D-Carmel). On Feb. 27, Monning proposed first-of-its-kind legislation that would require a consumer warning label be placed on sugar-sweetened beverages sold in California. SB 1000, also known as the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Safety Warning Act, was proposed to provide vital information to consumers about the harmful effects of consuming sugary drinks, such as sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, and sweetened teas.

 

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Palate-Stretching 101

A wine education with Soif’s experts As a veteran of many weekend wine “seminars” at Soif, I have to confess that I’ve never known less (going in) and learned more (coming out) than I did last week at the Spanish Wine Tasting with ace rep Brian Greenwood. These are classy, casual events and it’s hard to imagine having this much flavor fun anywhere for $20.

 

Martin Ranch Winery

Sauvignon Blanc 2011 One of my favorite wines is Sauvignon Blanc, and this one made by Martin Ranch is particularly lovely. Bright, crisp and refreshing, it’s perfect to pair with fish and shellfish—and good for picnics as it has an easy screw-cap bottle. There’s nothing worse than setting down your blanket, pulling out your sandwiches—and then realizing you don’t have a corkscrew.

 

Foodie File: Red Apple Cafe

Breakfast takes center stage at Gracia Krakauer's Red Apple Cafe Before they moved to Aptos, Gracia and her husband Dan Krakauer would visit friends in Santa Cruz County and eat at the Red Apple Café all the time. Then they moved up here from Santa Monica five years ago, and bought the Aptos location (there’s a separate one in Watsonville) from the family who owned it for two decades.

 

How would you feel about a tech industry boom in Santa Cruz?

I feel like it would ruin the small old-town feeling of Santa Cruz. It wouldn’t be the same Surf City kind of vacation town that it is. Antoinette BennettSanta Cruz | Construction Management