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Editors Note

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Big congratulations are in store for the Diversity Center in Santa Cruz. . Organizing something as vast as Gay Pride every year is a big enough challenge, but to have an unusual weather system to contend with only made it that much more challenging. Quick on their feet, and braving last week’s unpredictible rain storm that left Pride’s stomping grounds, San Lorenzo Park, a big soggy mess, the folks at the Diversity Center quickly set up camp in the Santa Cruz Civic. There, plenty of food and entertainment were on hand as locals celebrated diversity as only Santa Cruzans can. Kudos to the Diversity Center’s executive director Jim Brown, and the board of directors, for making this year’s event memorable for all. Keep track of what our local group is up to—or learn more about volunteering or making a contribution, at diversitycenter.org.
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Local Talk

What venture would you like to see open up where Borders recently vacated?

What venture would you like to see open up where Borders recently vacated?

A great jazz club upstairs and a cool

restaurant downstairs that has salad, soups and healthy treats.

Shana Wright

Santa Cruz | Self Employed

 


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Opinion

The Next Big Thing

The Next Big Thing

I finally got around to sorting through a box of old electronics in my garage. Maybe you have one too, a purgatory for devices that have been replaced by the latest and greatest but seem too valuable to throw away. There they wait, unloved and trussed up in their own cords, like a geek’s version of Toy Story 3.

“I should probably keep this as a backup,” we think, blowing dust off a chirpy phone cradle modem. The box is full of sounds going extinct. Aren’t you going to miss that Windows 95 startup sound? Or dialing that rotary phone?: Zzzzik! Cla cla cla cla cla cla. Wait, is that a dot matrix printer? Those things sounded like bees trying to sting a live microphone to death.

My box had about fifty pounds of recording hardware that has since been replaced by cheap computer software that weighs nothing. Beneath that was a jumble of obsolete cables, and then, at the bottom, encased in a patterned plastic designed to vaguely remind a mostly blind person of wood, was my first answering machine. From the ’80s.

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Astrology

Festival of Humanity & World Invocation Day

Festival of Humanity & World Invocation DayThe Gemini Solar Festival of Goodwill & World Invocation Day occurs Wednesday at 1:14 p.m. (PST) at 24 degrees Gemini. The full moon this year is accompanies by a total lunar eclipse, signifying something in form disappears. The Gemini festival is the time in which the Christ, Hierarchy and New Group of World Servers, distribute to humanity the Shamballa force (Wesak blessing from our God, Sanat Kumara)—the Will-to-Good, which becomes Goodwill when humanity receives and absorbs it. The blessing, released by the Buddha, has been held in trust and safe guarded by the Christ for the entire month since the last full moon. Gemini (which gathers and disperses energies) is the 3rd Spring full moon festival. At each of the festivals (Aries, Taurus, Gemini) great forces—that of Restoration (Aries), Enlightenment (Taurus) and Reconstruction (Gemini) – are released to the Earth and humanity for the purpose of accelerating evolution.
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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

Plus Letters to the Editor

I spent much of the Memorial Day Weekend writing about my Polish family and a clothing optional retreat I suddenly found myself trapped in recently. Maybe I should clarify that. My Polish family was not with me at the clothing optional retreat. Once you comsume dozens of pierogis together and go to midnight mass on Christmas Eve—and then scream at each other—there really isn’t any need to add nudity into the mix. How unholy—or unruly—would that be. No ... I’ve returned to the important task of writing a memoir. Two actually. One that will document my Polish family’s World War II history; the other about my various escapade searching for ridiculous—well, wildly fascinating—signs from the Universe. (And eating, of course.) All this got me thinking: How often do we allow ourselves to digest what is really happening in our lives—on a monthly basis; on a weekly basis, on a daily basis? Living is great.

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Local Talk

What festivals are you most looking foward to this summer?

What festivals are you most  looking foward to this summer?
I think Burning Man is really the best festival worth going to. I’ve been eight times. Festivals have become so expensive so if you’re going to spend $500 on a festival, it might as well be Burning Man.
Johnathan Schneiderman
Santa Cruz | Record Store Owner




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Astrology

Within Disorder, a Divine Order

Within Disorder, a Divine Order

We have two religious holidays this week – the Ascension (Catholic, Christ doesn’t leave the Earth, He enters Shamballa) and Shavuot (Jewish festival of First Fruits, of Ruth in Boaz’s field, giving of the Torah and Ten Commandments to Moses on Mt. Sinai, the Jewish people becoming a nation committed to serving God).

In the sky, Neptune retrogrades in Pisces, Jupiter enters Taurus, Chiron retrogrades in Pisces and Mercury enters Gemini. Mercury comes home again. A beautiful complexity of energies falling to Earth.

Neptune in Pisces creates social unrest that breaks down repressive structures, an awareness and response to the disenfranchised ad underprivileged, a polarization of good and bad, haves and have-nots, right and left.

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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

Plus Letters to the Editor


Memorial Day Weekend is upon us and there’s fun to be had. At the top of the list: The Blues Festival.  We spotlighted the big bold fest in last week’s issue, but take note of more fodder.

Beyond that, Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer season, or, at least, an appetizer for it, so with that in mind, we roll out our annual Green Issue. You’ll find a bundle of tips and tidbits and other features to inspire you to be a better eco patriot. Interesting to note is the UC Santa Cruz Carbon Fund, a unique organization on campus whose work deserves mention.

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Local Talk

Sarah Palin? What are your thoughts on her now that another election cycle begins?

Sarah Palin? What are your thoughts on her now that  another election cycle begins?

It's not worth giving much thought to. She's nuts. That pretty much sums it up.

Russell Coppel

Santa Cruz | Book Man

 


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Opinion

Gay Santa Cruz: Then and Now

Gay Santa Cruz: Then and Now

As we prepare to celebrate this year’s Gay Pride, now the largest annual political gathering in Santa Cruz County, it’s hard to believe that the first marches in the mid-1970s required security to protect the gutsy few out Santa Cruzans who walked down Pacific Avenue.

It was a different time locally and nationally.  Locally in the late 1970s, the University enrollment was at just over 5,000, Downtown Santa Cruz was dead after six, the Miss California Pageant would still call Santa Cruz home for another few years, and the Board of Supervisors and City Council had conservative majorities.

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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.