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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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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

Plus Letters to the Editor

How stylish do you feel? Got your groove on when it comes to wearing the clothes that make up you and your “look?” If there’s ever a time to ponder it all, it’s this week. Hopefully, we can give you a helping hand. In our annual fashion issue, fashion maven/Features Editor Christa Martin spotlights the creative movers and shakers on the local design scene, a fun endeavor. But be sure to check out what’s happening online, too—a great deal of fashion giveaways await. (See this page.) Embrace it all beginning.

Also on the fashion front: Mark your calendars for Saturday, Sept. 24.

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Local Talk

What’s the most underutilized asset in the county?

What’s the most underutilized asset in the county?

I believe the Pacific Ocean is our least utilized resource in Santa Cruz County. Both for energy production as well as desalination.

Jeffrey Vance

Santa Cruz | Handyman


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Astrology

Universal Peace Day

Universal Peace Day

As we progress through Mercury retrograde, the past shows up for remembrance and review. During the final stages of World War II (in 1945), two atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima (Aug. 6) and Nagasaki (Aug 9), Japan, This event, (the only use of nuclear weapons in war to date) released and liberated the energy of the atom, an important spiritual event equal to the appearance of humanity on Earth. Universal Peace Day was created to commemorate the moments and days of those bombings. Organized in 1984 (Art for the People in Central Park, New York beginning with a sunrise meditation), singers, dancers, artists and poets shared messages of peace throughout the day. At the exact moment on the anniversary of the bombings, candles were lit and bells rang out all over Central Park.

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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

Plus Letters to the Editor


Do you ever have the feeling that Santa Cruz is just one big elementary school and the Santa Cruz Civic is its multi-purpose room? A colleague joked about that the other day but then I got to thinking: Yes, there are times when, in fact, I do feel exactly that way. For years, I’ve wondered why Santa Cruz could not create a viable performing arts complex. (Or a charming boutique hotel right in the heart of Downtown—The El Palomar?) Sure, there’s the wonderful Crocker Theater over at Cabrillo College, and a terrific theater space up at UC Santa Cruz, where Shakespeare Santa Cruz and many other shows unfold over the course of the year.

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Reflecting Glass

Composer Philip Glass’ first trip to Big Sur was by motorcycle; little did he know that he’d establish a music festival there six decades later.

 

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, occurs this year during Libra, the sign of creating right relations with all aspects life and with earth’s kingdoms. We contemplate (the Libra meditation) forgiveness, which means, “to give for another.” Forgiveness is not pardon. It’s a sacrifice (fire in the heart, giving from the heart). Forgiveness is giving up for the good of the other. This is the law of evolution (the path of return).

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of September 26

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Wurst Case Scenario

Venus Spirits releases agave spirit, Renee Shepherd on planting garlic, Sausagefest 2014, and wine harvest in full swing

 

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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

 

Apricot Wine for Dessert

Thomas Kruse Winery, a participant in the new Santa Clara Wine Trail, has been around for a long time—since 1971, to be exact. When our little group arrived to try some wine at the Kruses’ low-key tasting room, Thomas Kruse and his wife Karen were there to greet us. Theirs is a small operation, and they’re proud to offer quality wine at affordable prices. “Because we are small and low-tech, it’s easy to relate to the whole winemaking process,” says Karen—and the Kruses take pride in making wine “just like it has been made for centuries.”