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Editors Note

From the Editor

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It’s there. We see it. But how much do we really know about it or the people who live there? I’m talking about the Santa Cruz Harbor. It’s one of Santa Cruz County’s most “unique” neighborhoods, and this week, writer Caitlin Sullivan explores some of its intriguing nuances and the people who reside there. Sullivan also updates us on the aftermath of the March tsunami. Which Harbor residents are still in a state of flux? Dive into the full report. 
Meanwhile, in News this week, the spotlight is also on life on the water—in the water, actually. The commercial fishing industry is a vital part of life in this area but over the years, there’s been a shift. What’s behind the industry’s decline? Learn more about what a difference a decade can make. And from sea, we go to land—what’s going on with the downhill biking craze? And why are some locals miffed?
On the entertainment front, the big buzz is on Cabrillo Stage and “The Full Monty.” Opening night was a festive outing. Make that wild and robust. This has to be one of the company’s best productions to date. Lisa Jensen reviews the musical this week. Get your tickets. And have fun—it’s a memorable ride.
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Local Talk

Where do you get the best dessert in Santa Cruz? What is it?

Where do you get the best dessert in Santa Cruz? What is it?

I love See's Candies’ dark chocolate

truffles.

Judy Beldem

Santa Cruz | Grandmother

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Opinion

Lost in the Past

Lost in the Past

Nostalgia is denial!" proclaims the smug pedant played by Michael Sheen in Woody Allen's terrific new movie, Midnight In Paris. He's poo-poohing the craving of protagonist Owen Wilson for the bygone era of Paris in the 1920s, a Mecca of creativity and artistic ferment idealized by Wilson's character, Gil, a Hollywood scriptwriter with a Pinocchio-like urge to become a "real" writer.

Does it count as "nostalgia" to crave something you've never actually experienced? Lots of people (especially those of us who write historical fiction, and the majority of those who read it) do feel sometimes like we were born in the wrong era. Who doesn't occasionally have a pang of yearning for some simpler past time when communication wasn't so instant, media wasn't quite so mass (or massive), and a person had time to, you know, sit and think once in a while?

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Astrology

New Moon, Solar Eclipse, Independence Day

New Moon, Solar Eclipse, Independence DayThe week holds two important events – Friday’s new moon, solar eclipse (sun hidden), 9 degrees Cancer and the 235th birthday of the United States, Independence Day, Monday. The Sun and moon at the new moon joins the U.S. Sun (12 Cancer).
Saturn is part of this new moon. The message of Saturn (disciplinarian, Dweller on the Threshold) and the solar eclipse, is that humanity is at a turning point, change is here for good, and it’s time to create the new and work together for our survival. We are in a revolution for the purpose of evolution.
The new moon chart has many squares forming a Grand Cross in cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn). Squares challenge us to anchor new realities. The Grand Cross helps us initiate and actuate plans and visions.
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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

Plus Letters to the Editor

Summer is here. Time to celebrate. Maybe it’s best to do that with a 30-year-old. Two come to mind: Shakespeare Santa Cruz and Cabrillo Stage. The iconic, local theater companies both celebrate their third decade in existence this summer and there’s plenty to savor in the coming weeks. First, Shakespeare Santa Cruz launches what’s destined to be a memorable season on July 19. The three shows on the roster this year: “The Comedy of Errors,” “Henry IV, Part One” and “The Three Musketeers,” which will finally debut in the Festival Glen. Learn more about the shows in GT in the coming weeks, or log on to skakespearesantacruz.org. But up first: Cabrillo Stage. Its anniversary season launches this week with the wild premiere of “The Full Monty” on June 24. Expect a bold offering.

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Local Talk

What are your thoughts on the new roundabout on Center and Pacific?

What are your thoughts on  the new roundabout on Center and Pacific? I'm glad it's done. It's created a lot of traffic out here but I think overall it will probably be a better solution to what they had before.
Kelly Mercer
Santa Cruz | Volunteer Coordinator

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Astrology

Lazy, Dreamy, Unhurried Days

Lazy, Dreamy, Unhurried DaysOn Tuesday the Sun (0 Cancer, summer solstice) reached its farthest northern position at the Tropic of Cancer (23 degrees 27, north pole, Earth’s axis, maximum inclination). For 72 hours the Sun is still in this northern position. After three days of stillness the pole begins to slowly tilt in the opposite direction, the light begins to decrease, the days grow shorter, the nights longer. An imperceptible change (of light) overtakes the atmosphere. Summer’s here. The life force, rushing into spring and creating tall leggy green growth in the plant kingdom, settles down into an unhurried, lazy, dreamy subdued heat. The human kingdom, expressing heavenly energies, seeks, instead of long overheated laborious work, more mellow activities—leisure, rest, relaxation, vacations. Summer, we all think, is supposed to be fun. If we watch carefully, we notice that plants begin to grow differently as they head toward harvest. Newborns in the animal kingdom turn into teenagers.
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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

Plus Letters to the Editor


Just how prepared is Santa Cruz for climate change, anyway? It’s a great question and this week, GT’s News Editor Elizabeth Limbach looks into the matter. With climate change comes ocean changes, something that will no doubt affect our area—as the recent tsunami debacle proved. In a revealing testimony from Ecology Action’s Chuck Tremper, we discover that we may not be making huge environmental strides at all. Are we being the great environmental stewards we can be? Learn more and become part of the conversation taking place around this vital matter. Keep sending your thoughts to [email protected]  Also in news, writer Caitlin Sullivan takes a different look at local water issues.

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Local Talk

What downtown establishments do you do the most business with? Why?

What downtown establishments do you do the most business with? Why?


Malabar, the Sri Lankan restaurant on Front Street, because it's family owned by an adorable family and they take really good care of you when you go. It's the best food in Santa Cruz.

Haley Jackson

Santa Cruz | Student



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Astrology

The Trinity, Father’s Day and More

The Trinity, Father’s Day and MoreArt notice: Davenport Gallery (450 Highway 1) show: Concerning the Spiritual in Art (ends June 26). Santa Cruz artists “depicting the mysterious.” It’s illuminating, enticing and beautiful. The show began in Gemini (gifts of the hand) and ends in Cancer (sign of the “Gate where Spirit enters matter”). Artists always stand at the gate, a borderland between things seen and unseen. The artist’s task is to bring spirit into matter.
Tuesday is Summer solstice (or Midsummer-June 21-24), Sun at the Tropic of Cancer. In Masonry and Christianity, it’s St. John the Baptist Day. As summer begins, we enter into the influence of Cancer, sign of mother, family, home, the embryonic waters nurturing new life. Cancer, with Moon as its ruler, nurtures the masses of humanity. In our very earliest incarnations on Earth everyone entered the planet through Cancer.
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Aries Solar Festival

Sunday is Palm Sunday. Symbolizing victory and triumph, paradise, sacrifice and martyrdom, the Pisces World Teacher entered Jerusalem (City of Peace) on a donkey (signifying humility).

 

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.

 

Animal Magnetism

Bear, mouse dare to be friends in charming ‘Ernest and Celestine’ It’s not exactly Romeo and Juliet. It’s not even a romance, although it is a love story about two individuals separated by prejudice who find the courage to form an unshakable bond despite the rules and traditions that keep them apart.

 

Printer's Devil

Iconic editor Buz Bezore, who died last month at the age of 68, left a huge mark on Santa Cruz journalism   Eventually, it’s all a blur. You live long enough, and maybe a little too hard at times, so that when you hit the rewind button of faded memory, it moves so fast that you can hardly sort and gather the details. One scene skips to the next, and to the next, without proper editing or sequencing. Chronologies get distorted. Which came first: stealing the chickens or coloring the eggs?
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Foodie File: Yan Flower

Yan Belleville has owned Yan Flower, an affordable Chinese restaurant in Downtown Santa Cruz, with her husband Raymond for eight years, and it’s a family affair. Her brother, sister, sister-in-law, and cousins work there too. Locals know the joint for its massive lunch specials starting at $4.

 

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

 

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

 

Comanche Cellars

Pinot Noir 2010 I first tasted Comanche Cellars Pinot when a friend brought a bottle to share over lunch at Center Street Grill in Santa Cruz. Upon trying it, I knew I had to find out more about it.