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Astrology

L’shanah Tovah (A Sweet Year to All)

L’shanah Tovah (A Sweet Year to All)We have several religions festivals this week, reflecting Autumn and the balancing sign of Libra. Festivals anchor and stabilize us during our long sojourn on Earth. Thursday is Michaelmas, feast day of Michael the Archangel. Earth’s protector, he stands with a sword throughout all of Autumn. In these transition times, we, too, must stand with a sword. Thursday (sundown) is Rosh Hashanah (Jewish new year). Apples and challah are dipped in honey to ensure a sweet new year. We hear the greeting “L’shanah tovah,” May you (be inscribed) have a good (sweet) year.” By participating in all religious festivals, we learn humanity’s religious history and are prepared for the Aquarian new world religion (based on astrology).
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Editors Note

From the Editor

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Santa Cruz County enjoys the fall season. Often, it feels as if there are too many events you just can’t pass up. Last weekend, it was the 8th Annual Gourmet Grazing on the Green, as well as the Santa Cruz County Fair. This weekend, it’s the Ethnic Dance Festival and FashionArt Santa Cruz. In other words, load up on carbs and have plenty of water on hand—it’s best to have sustenance before embarking out this weekend. Learn more about the Ethnic Dance Festival, as well as other dance-related matters, including the new things unraveling at Motion Pacific/Motion at the Mill. And, like many others eager to witness living, breathing, catwalk-walking art, take note of FashionArt Santa Cruz on Saturday, Sept. 24.
From dance and fashion, we move to photography, and the mindbending journey local photographer Jana Marcus found herself on more than seven years ago, when she decided to embark on a creative mission to shed more light on transgenders and their journeys. The result was the award-winning photography show, “Transfigurations.” Now, the show has been made into book form, and Marcus is set to speak at several local booksignings in the coming weeks, including a Capitola Book Café talk on Thursday, Sept. 29. Dive into this week’s cover story to learn more about Marcus’ journey and the evolution of her work.
In the meantime, in News this week, News Editor Elizabeth Limbach caught up with PETA president Ingrid Newkirk for an insightful conversation. It’s illuminating, to say the least. Also in News, learn how one local woman is surprising all by living (well) with a debilitating blood disorder that has some baffled.
Speaking of health ... October—arriving sooner than you can blink—is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Find out more about that and other issues at womencaresantacruz.org.
Thanks for reading. Have a
healthy week ...

Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief
Letters to the Editor

Sovereignty After All?
After reading the Raw Food Sovereignty article (GT 9/8) I was in agreement with Mr. Coonerty. If you have a family and the land, why should the government have the right to tell you if you can have animals or grow a garden? As a child my family needed the garden to feed us in the winter when my parents were unable to get to work due to weather. And large families need all the help they can get. More now than in the ’60s and ’70s.
Seems to me that the government has to have their fingers into everything, even our private lives. Where is our freedom of choice in what we do if we are told we can't have herd shares for those who want them?
If the government is so good at planning, why are we at such a high employment rate and the cost of everything is so high that some of us have to do without, or choose between food, shelter, or clothing? These are my private feelings. I use a system at the libaray because I live on less than $800 per month. Can you?
S. Empson
Santa Cruz

Missiles and More ...
Thank you for allowing Debra Ellis to correct what she claims was a misquote (GT 5/15). The bottom line though is that more than 10,000 rockets and missiles have been fired at Israeli civilians from Gaza. Some are homemade from material that could be used for construction and some are imported from Iran and elsewhere. Ms. Ellis must know that if there was no naval blockade, even more weapons would reach the hands of Hamas terrorists. Subsequent to her misadventure, the United Nations Palmer Report concluded that the blockade is legal under international law because of the attacks from Gaza. She might not be aware of a claim that weapons are being sent by sea but that just might confirm the effectiveness of the blockade. After all. she must be aware of Iranian promises to arm Hamas with missiles, or perhaps the human rights agencies neglected to tell her.
Gil Stein
Aptos

Best Online Comments

On ‘Undoing Racism ...
America offers opportunity to make dreams come true. Why some people get lost in the process many times is their own fault.  I know a Mexican woman who is 35 years old and going on child number seven as we speak. Why someone has to procreate so much is beyond my comprehension—not in these times, not with this economy, it doesn't make sense. If you ask her opinion about life, she ether gives you some divine excuse for what she is doing or she blames others for not “helping her enough.” It doesn't matter how much taxes we pay, there isn't going to be enough at this rate. The list goes on. They just think of the moment but never see the big picture to see the future of these kids they are bringing [into the world]. Are they going to become good or bad people? Are they going to become bitter and resentful or will they be able to grow and learn and be successful? People don't want to change their ways, they just want others to change for them.
—Vivariva


Everyone talks about this race problem and says that this “race” problem will be over when the Third World pours into every white country and only into white countries. Everyone says the final solution to this race problem is for every white country and only white countries to “assimilate,” that is, inter-marry, with all those non-whites. According to the UN, this is genocide. They claim they are anti-racist, but what they are is anti-white. Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.
—Tom Leggett

On  the Ohlones and ‘Looking at What’s Sacred’ ...
This is all so Santa Cruzish typically hypocritical. Find one body and it's sacred? Oh please. Talk to any contractor who has built for years in the county, they can tell you stories. Seven bodies were taken out of Capitola Vacatican court. The knoll is about as sacred as Cache Creek.
—Realist
Local Talk

If you found out that you had one year to live, what would you do?

If you found out that you had one year to live, what would you do?
I would go to Paris, buy my mom a
house, go skydiving. What else is on my bucket list? Have a baby, adopt three, and meet Obama.
Rosalie Castro
Santa Cruz | Front Desk Manager
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Astrology

Autumn Equinox & the Dark Half of the Year

Autumn Equinox & the Dark Half of the YearFriday early morning, accompanied by morning stars Mars & Jupiter, the Sun enters Libra. Autumn, the Soul half of the year, begins.
We are in the “dark half of the year.” From now on  the amount of available light each day lessens, the days become shorter and darker. The part of us that longs for rituals (Ray 7) to protect and anchor us on Earth (Spirits in matter), looks toward the Festivals of Lights soon to begin. Autumn Equinox, a moment (day and night) in time when there is balance of light and dark, expansion and contraction, between summer and winter, is bittersweet. It holds a different sort of promise. That hidden within darkness is Light—the significance of the Soul Year … that light (Soul) is hidden within the darkness of matter (the personality as its vehicle).
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Editors Note

From the Editor

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When you think of fall and the change of seasons, no doubt images of lively festivals come to mind. The brightest of the bunch has to be the Santa Cruz County Fair, which runs through Sept. 18. The theme this year: Dancing With the Steers. (Good one.) There’s so much unfolding at this bold event this year, it’s challenging to list it all effectively—everything from talent competitions to good ol’ traditional county fair fun. Check out santacruzcountyfair.com for more information.

In other “events”-related news, it’s hard to pass up FashionArt Santa Cruz. What a curious creative beast this is. Now in its sixth year, the engaging “art as fashion” event continues to bloom. This week’s cover story (page 14) highlights some of the people behind the scenes. But mark your calendar: The night to remember is Sept. 24 at the Civic. See fashionartsantacruz.com for more details and pick up GT next week for even more details.

There are insightful bons mots in this week’s guest column, penned by Tom Honig (page 6). Is the past ... in the past? Or do we continue to drag into the present? Those are a few of the thoughts Honig reflects on, and heads into political waters a bit, noting that, “Republicans are fixated on Ronald Reagan and the ‘80s—which itself was a period of nostalgia. Democrats are harkening back to FDR and JFK and LBJ.” Read on and send us your thoughts at [email protected]

In the meantime, it’s the middle of September—yes, already!—so brace yourself: the season of “reflection” is afoot. Relax. This doesn’t have to be turbo-therapy—although sometimes it’s good to buckle up and get over things quickly. But it never hurts to take time to reflect upon the state of one’s life and the world, for that matter. So, as you look back over what has already unraveled in 2011, what stands out thus far? This week, take some time to ponder it all.

Until next time ...

 

Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief


Letters to the Editor

Some Clarity About ‘Hope’
As a passenger on the Audacity of Hope I was appreciative of Good Times publishing an article about the International Flotilla II— Stay Human. It is critical to raise awareness about the crisis in Gaza, so thank you for having done so. There was one critical error in the article, however. I will share with you the correction as I noted it on my website: The article did an excellent job of capturing part of my experience aboard the Audacity of Hope, with the exception of one significant error. A misquote was printed, leaving the opposite impression from what was reported. I was incorrectly quoted as saying, “When asked about Israel’s claim that the sea blockade is necessary to keep weapons out of the hands of Hamas, Ellis says she is not aware of evidence that weapons are reaching Hamas, but is aware of evidence cited by numerous human rights agencies that the blockade is punishing a civilian population.”
What I did state is, “I am not aware of evidence supporting a claim of weapons being sent to Gaza by sea, but I am aware of evidence, cited by numerous human rights agencies, that the blockade is punishing a civilian population.” In appreciation,
Debra Ellis
Santa Cruz


Getting Clear About La Bahia
The statements in Local Talk (8/25) reveal a lack of understanding of the role of the Coastal Commission regarding the proposed La Bahia hotel. In this case, the Commission's Central Coast Staff concluded that (1) the existing foundation does not meet current building codes, is vulnerable to damage from a significant earthquake, and denies access to the disabled; (2) demolition of the old building is consistent with the land-use-plan amendment; (3) public views from the wharf, West Cliff Drive and other points will be maintained; and (4) the new hotel will enhance public access to the coast for both locals and visitors.
These are the facts and they do matter. Read the Staff Report on the Coastal Commission's web site. Two votes stood in the way of this project, which was overwhelmingly supported in our community after years of a thorough, open public process, including hundreds of hours of public hearings. Mark Stone and one other commissioner could have chosen to embrace rather than to ignore the report of its own staff. Apparently they do not trust our community to decide what's best for the majority of its citizens.
Robert deFreitas
Santa Cruz

Best Online Comments

On the Miki Dora cover story...
The early memories you describe are both vivid and real. I do remember him coming to Santa Cruz and the stir he caused ... I also followed Dora and the dream I saw him in France in the later years and yes he was trouble ... An icon yes and memories to last a life time good or bad.
—Steve Plant

On Nina Simon and MAH ...
As another non-artist art activist I read the interview with the whole of the allied arts in mind. How to make art relevant to a whole community. If art segregates there is a problem, not the least of which is its sustainability. Is anyone familiar with a think tank on the issue of democratizing art? I should like to compare notes and develop something fresh. The line between formal and informal art is not a healthy one.
—Stephen Scanlon

On Food Justice and FoodWhat?! ...
I am just appalled by how much information the produce farms are putting on their product! I only eat organic foods from Trader Joe’s, Staff of Life and Whole Foods when we need to go shopping. My dad is always picky about the chicken he buys from these places, now I know why. Help keep our farms chemical free!
—sonofthesungodApollo

This is such a great resource for people interested in organic farming, or even for someone who is just moving from home and wanting to start growing there own food. I think it is such a blessing that students have acess to something as productive and green-promoting as this program.
—Shoshana Carver


Local Talk

What’s the difference between a terrorist and a freedom fighter?

What’s the difference between a terrorist and a freedom fighter? I'm not sure there is a difference between the two. I think they're both fighting for what they think is right for their people, tribe, culture, or whatever it is they're fighting for. It's the marketing. Terrorist versus the freedom fighters, which sounds better to you?
Tracy Spears
Santa Cruz | Marketing

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Opinion

Time to Forget the Past?

Time to Forget the Past?

My grandmother had so little interest in the past that it used to frustrate me beyond belief. Here was a woman who was born in the era of horse-drawn carriages and she lived long enough to witness man’s landing on the moon.

I longed to hear her stories about horses delivering ice in San Francisco, or even what it was like to prevent her son—my father—from an early death in the influenza epidemic of 1919. Or anything at all from her rich background

But she had no interest in the “good old days.” Instead, she preferred to talk about how she didn’t trust Richard Nixon, or even more—why I wasn’t getting better grades in college.

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Astrology

Intentions for Goodwill = Right Relations = Peace

Intentions for Goodwill = Right Relations = PeaceInternational Peace Day. In the UN this week and worldwide, festivals are occurring calling humanity.
Thursday is International Democratic Day. Democracy (rule of the people) is not capitalism – knowing the difference is important. Friday through Sunday is Clean Up the World Weekend. Saturday, the UN will celebrate International Peace Day (its usual date is Sept. 21). In the UN Rose Garden, the Secretary General will ring the Peace Bell. Wednesday, the 21st, is the actual International Day of Peace or Peace Day, a personal and planetary event where millions of people organize to celebrate together. Esotericists within the UN hold ceremonies all week.
People everywhere, considering themselves “instruments of peace” are creating practical acts of peace. It’s a day of Peace-building (different than Peace-making) internationaldayofpeace.org/peacebuilding_101.html.
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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the EditorPlus Letters to the Editor

When most people think of Santa Cruz, it’s the surf and the music that comes to mind, two great things that generate quite a bit of buzz locally. True, there’s more to the area than those two terrific things, but undoubtedly, you can’t have a conversation about Santa Cruz, or its history, without somehow bringing music into the mix. On that note ... this week, Music Editor Jenna Brogan dives into music matters that will no doubt interest readers. The topic? The “underground” music scene. And what’s that, exactly? Well, take a look around. Apparently there are quite a few local portals dedicated to providing a unique venue for some of the area’s offbeat, yet thoroughtly entertaining musicians and entertainers. Who are these muses? Where are these venues? Turn to this week’s cover story to learn more. And send us your thoughts at [email protected]
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Local Talk

Name two things that would make living in Santa Cruz County even better?

Name two things that would make living in Santa Cruz County even better?

Pull the fog off a little earlier and replace it with some sunshine.

Dixie Mitchell

Santa Cruz | Retired

 

 

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Mercury Enters Libra

It’s the week of Burning Man, the temporary, intentional, alternative, art-filled community on the playas of Nevada. Mercury, messenger of the Sun, enters Libra this week. Libra is the equalizer, a sign of balance and right human relations. Sometimes with Libra, we can be indecisive and confused while learning how to make balanced and right choices. Sometimes to keep the peace we communicate only what others want to hear. Eventually, we learn how to speak from the heart.

 

Final Cut

Cedar Street Video to close after 10 years at downtown location

 

Banter and Spark

Engaging actors, wry script distinguish lightweight rom-com ‘What If’

 

Back to Silicon Beach

With a new wave of startups, the future of Santa Cruz tech looks more promising than ever
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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

 

A Cab To Be Coveted

I first tasted Villa del Monte’s 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon at a Fourth of July party, where the hosts had bought a case of it because they love it and didn’t want to run out. It’s one of those wines that will grab you—in the best way—with its full body and rich fruit characteristics.