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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

Plus Letters to the Editor


Last week, the town was buzzing about the failed La Bahia project. But let’s not allow that fallen dream to fester. It’s best to move ahead and focus on new possibilities. If the city of Santa Cruz wants a hotel that could both boost the economy and be a brilliant travel hub, I go back to the idea that I had last year: The El Palomar Hotel in Downtown Santa Cruz. Imagine the possibilities that that could usher in. Think about what it might feel like to walk down the boulevard that is Pacific Avenue and have, right in the middle of it, a boutique hotel. Imagine what that building could look like if it didn’t look as if somebody, well, urinated all over it. Please don’t write in and suggest I’m foul. It’s just that I appreciate fine structures that are taken care of; that are afforded the love and attention they deserve.

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Opinion

A Deeper Look at La Bahia

A Deeper Look at La Bahia

The Mayor and City Council, in my view, have demonstrated that a progressive, pro-environment City of Santa Cruz can also have a strong, serious economic development policy, and that it can all come together in a project such as the La Bahia proposal that was in front of the California Coastal Commission in mid-August.

The project was a decade in the making—which means negotiations with the city, various segments of the community, and lengthy discussions with the Coastal Commission staff—and resulted in a 6-0 vote at the City Council, and a recommendation for approval from the Coastal Commission staff.  Typically, it was not a walk in the park at either venue.

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Local Talk

What are your thoughts on the Coastal Commission’s decision to shoot down the La Bahia hotel project?

What are your thoughts on the Coastal Commission’s decision to shoot down the La Bahia hotel project? It's too bad. I know that La Bahia has been trying to improve that building and that area for years. Maybe someone could pull some strings and get the Coastal Commision’s head out of the sand.
Robin G
Santa Cruz | Retired


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Astrology

Rites of Passage: Burning Man

Rites of Passage: Burning Man

Mercury turns stationary direct Friday, 3 p.m. (West Coast) at 19 degrees Leo. The new moon, 16 degrees Virgo, is Sunday night (8:04 p.m.). Join the New Group of World Servers for the new moon festival by reciting the Great Invocation.

Burning Man has presciently (French: foreknowledge) named their theme this year “Rites of Passage.” Providing a link or bridge between the death of one reality and the birth of another, the idea of Rites of Passage can also be applied to what is occurring to humanity and our economy in our present world situation. Esoterically, as the economic system seems to be floundering with erratic ups and downs, we can understand this as the withdrawal of Ray 6 (competitive age of values) and the emergence of Ray 7 (new Aquarian values of sharing). Change creates a disturbance in the fabric of accepted reality for society and individuals.

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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

Plus Letters to the Editor


Remember the night when James Durbin got booted off of American Idol?  Remember that feeling of shock, perhaps anger. Really? The Durb was being passed over for two other singers—can’t recall their names?—who apparently captured more votes. But here’s the thing about voting—inasmuch as it’s truly a cool thing, oftentimes one has to take into consideration how educated, informed and, well, empathic the voters actually are. (See George W. Bush elections 2000 and 2004.) Which brings us to the folks on the Coastal Commission who voted down the proposed La Bahia project last week (6-4 with two members absent). Most the heat is being directed to supervisor Mark Stone, who’s also shown a lack of support for the Arana Gulch project, and was thought to have influenced the board of the Coastal Commission, which consists of 12 members. (Stone is the current vice chairman.)

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Local Talk

Do you trust the Federal Reserve?

Do you trust the  Federal Reserve?

I feel like not only do I not understand what the Federal Reserve is doing. I have doubts whether they understand what they're doing.

Alex Hubner

Santa Cruz | Journalist

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Astrology

Keeping the Door to Freedom

Keeping the Door to Freedom

We are seeing in our world today the “withering of the law,” the old ways falling away, having completed their usefulness. However, as this is occurring (allowing Ray 7, the new culture and civilization to form), great retrogressive forces are also at play (Ray 6, old regime of power, corruption, money and politics), attempting, with great cleverness and cunning, to hinder humanity’s forward movement into a new evolutionary field.

Each of us has a level of service to bring forth so the evolutionary movement can be accomplished. We have a “note” that “sounds” our highest values that bring about transformation. The Tibetan, in his blue books, tells us we must realize our identity as Divine, as World Servers and World Saviors.

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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

Plus Letters to the Editor

It’s the middle of August and summer is rolling along. On our radar: The fate of La Bahia, the proposed overhaul of the existing property in Beach Flats into a top-notch hotel. Things come to a head on the issue of whether it’s a go or not this week (Thursday). We keep up to date on the matter online, so be sure to head to goodtimessantacruz.com and learn more. Comment on the matter, too. At a time when the City of Santa Cruz could use a wonderful new revenue stream, La Bahia could be a saving grace. It would also make a positive difference in the local community.

Speaking of making a positive difference, we are inspired by several enterprising teens—one from Beach Flats, actually—who are doing just that.

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Local Talk

What will it take to get this country back on track?

What will it take to get this country back on track?

Let’s start making things in America again, and let's shop local.

Jesse Velazquez

Santa Cruz | Store Manager



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Astrology

Identity, Freedom, Choice

Identity, Freedom, Choice

The full moon, Leo solar festival, is Saturday around noon (Pacific time). Leo calls us to a self-identity, which then allows us to choose, in this worldwide critical time, which side we support, the side of the retrogressive forces (dark) or the side of evolution (Light). It’s been a difficult astrological few weeks. The United States is experiencing Saturn return (Saturn in Libra). Saturn, Dweller on the Threshold, points out personality hindrances (materialism) obstructing Spiritual work. This is occurring to everyone as well as to the United States. We (individuals, citizens, the U.S.) must address the Dweller in order to safeguard our future.

The U.S. (transits/natal chart) is experiencing extreme instability, positioned precariously between dark and light, with great opportunities ahead should the Dweller be addressed.

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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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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.