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Editors Note

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What makes a surf icon a surf icon? Even if he doesn’t want to be one? This week, you’re about to find out. In a compelling, and fascinating historic look back in time, writer Geoffrey Dunn explores the complex yet totally interesting man known as Miki Dora. Surf culture holds a significant amount of interest in these parts, even for those who don’t surf—this is Santa Cruz, after all. So, learn more about the inner workings of Dora, and how the surf mystique managed to ride its way into pop culture.
In News, the idea to erect an apartment building doesn’t often stir controversary, but when it’s on a Native American Ohlone Indian site, that’s another story. This week, GT talks to individuals who may be impacted should things roll ahead.
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Local Talk

What's Obama's biggest fight / challenge right now?

What's Obama's biggest fight / challenge right now?

Economics. That’s his biggest thing. If we could choose more than one I would say our terrorist threat as well.

Penni Toledo

Santa Cruz | Salon Manager




Obama's biggest problem is getting back in touch with his liberal base. I think he's cowered down to the Republicans so much that most of the liberals have lost a lot of faith in him. Luckily for him they're still not going to vote Republican.

Chip Berwald

Santa Cruz | Unemployed



The budget and public perception that he's doing anything. We love this guy and want him to succeed but can you show us something? Please? We realize you’re working inside doing things that are probably great but could you tell us about it?

Jill Braaten

Oakdale | Editor



His biggest challenge is within himself. He needs to change his personality somewhat so that he becomes more aggressive, assertive, and willing to say who the enemy is and call people for what they're doing. His temperament is too benign so far.

David Swanger

Santa Cruz | Retired UCSC Professor

Astrology

Our Labors

Our Labors

As Burning Man (Rites of Passage) burns in the desert sands, everywhere the Virgo petal unfolds (Earth—a 12-petaled lotus) and we enter the womb of the Mother, gestating, for humanity, once again (each year) a new state of consciousness. Both Virgo and Cancer, the feminine signs, are from our last solar system, where we were nurtured by a matriarchy of energies. Overseen by the Pleaides, the Earth (matter, mater) in that last solar system was imbued with intelligence, with the “mother.” As we move toward autumn, Ceres, the mother of Persephone, has only three more weeks with her beloved daughter. The persimmons and pomegranate trees are preparing for autumn, their colors signs of hope as the light each day dims.

Thursday is Scorpio moon, a time of mysteries and discipleship. Friday continues the Scorpio moon. In the nighttime, Sun trines Jupiter. Something harmonious and loving appears. Saturday is v/c for two hours prior to Sag moon at 2:03 p.m. taking us into Labor Day.

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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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Dancing In the Rain

District Attorney Bob Lee’s death in October stunned the Santa Cruz community, but he had battled cancer fiercely—and privately—for more than a decade. Now one of his closest friends reveals the remarkable inside story

 

Giving and Giving, Then Giving Some More

2014 is almost over. Wednesday, Dec. 17, the Jewish Festival of Light, Hanukkah, begins. We are in our last week of Sag and last two weeks of December. Sunday, Dec. 21 is winter Solstice, as the sun enters Capricorn (3:30 p.m. for the west coast). Soon after, the Capricorn new moon occurs (5:36 p.m. for the west coast)—the last new moon of 2014. Sunday morning Uranus in Aries (revolution, revelation) is stationary direct (retro since July 22). Uranus/Aries create things new and needed to anchor the new culture and civilization (Aquarius). We will see revolutionary change in 2015. Capricorn new moon, building-the-personality seed thought, is, “Let ambition rule and let the door to initiation and freedom stand wide (open).” Capricorn is a gate—where matter returns to spirit. But the gate is unseen until the Ajna Center (third eye), Diamond Light of Direction, opens. Winter solstice is the longest day of darkness of the year. The sun’s rays resting at the Tropic of Capricorn (southern hemisphere) symbolize the Christ (soul’s) light piercing the heart of the Earth, remaining there for three days, till Holy Night (midnight Thursday morning). Then the sun’s light begins to rise. It is the birth of the new light (holy child) for the world. A deep calm and stillness pervades the world.The entire planet is revivified, re-spiritualized. All hearts beating reflect this Light. And so throughout the Earth there’s a radiant “impress” (impressions, pictures) given to humanity of the World Mother and her Child. The star Sirius (love/direction) and the constellation Virgo the mother shines above. For gift giving, give to those in need. Give and give and then give some more. This creates the new template of giving and sharing for the new world.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Pinned Down

Actors shine in true-crime wrestling drama ‘Foxcatcher’
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Best Bites of 2014

A look back at the year in good taste

 

What downtown business is good for both one-stop shopping and last-minute gifts?

The Homeless Garden Project store. Because it is a community effort and has really useful and beautiful things, and allows you to connect with a lot of folks who are doing great work in Santa Cruz. Miriam Greenberg, Santa Cruz, UCSC Professor

 

Vino Tabi Winery

One of Santa Cruz’s most happening areas to go wine tasting is in the westside’s Swift Street Courtyard complex. Ever since a group of about a dozen wineries got together and formed Surf City Vintners (SCV), the place has been a hive of activity, and a wine-tasting mecca. Adding to the mix is the lively Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing beer company—making Swift Street Courtyard a perfect spot for a glass of wine or a pitcher of ale.

 

Betty’s Eat Inn

Yes, she’s a real person; no, this isn’t her