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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor There’s no doubt that 2011 will go down in history as the year two locals generated the most buzz for Santa Cruz on a national level and helped raise awareness of the town’s creative verve and musical inspirations. Those locals are, of course, James Durbin and Chris Rene. In fact, this week, Rene, who turned heads recently on The X Factor, is our cover boy.
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Local Talk

What do you look for in your footwear?

What do you look for in your footwear?Form follows function. That's what I like. I want them to look good, but I really want them to feel good, because I can’t handle it if they don’t feel good.
Liza Scully
Santa Cruz | Landscape Designer

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Astrology

Cooperation and Cooperatives Aquarian Agenda, Serving Humanity

Cooperation and Cooperatives Aquarian Agenda, Serving HumanityMany ask what to think and do for the coming times. We have little time. Every moment must be filled with purpose and focus, Sagittarian ideals that build the new civilization (Capricorn). Let us have the willingness of action that determines specific results (from Will to Love). Cooperation, community, comradeship are the keys. Mars in Virgo (through June) provides the “quickening” needed to manifest a new way of being. 2012 is the UN International Year of Cooperatives (IYC 2012). 
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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor Plus letters to the editor 
 
As we move into 2012, a number of issues continue to spark interest with readers. One is the SmartMeter issue—PG&E’s installation of them still has some locals reeling. The other issue is water—supply and, of course, desalination. This week, one letter writer outlines a few pros for desalination. Meanwhile, online, other voices raise concerns. And so it goes. In the coming months, GT will continue to cover these issues, but we want you to keep sending us your thoughts on the matter. Over the last few months, your letters and online comments have paved the way for the creation of an interesting dialogue—and one that no doubt will go on. Your opinions are being heard. Keep them coming. Stay tuned ...
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Local Talk

If you could have a conversation with President Obama, what would you say?

If you could have a conversation with President Obama, what would you say? I'd say stop trying to please everyone. You can’t please all the people all of the time, so stand up for yourself.
Steve Vonpohl
Czech Republic | Translator
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Astrology

Timetable for the Path of Return

Timetable for the Path of ReturnThe new year of 2012 has begun. We are at its beginning. Before the retrogrades (through August) begin, we have a few preparatory thoughts to ponder. There will be much apocalyptic rhetoric in the coming year. I suggest we ignore it, turning instead toward a more positive, self-creative state of mind. It’s most important, for the next three months, for humanity to ponder upon new potentialities leading to new probabilities leading to new outcomes concerning how we live.
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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor Plus Letters to the Editor  

Brace yourselves: It’s nearly over—2011 that is. So, what have we learned? Certainly, 2011 has been a fascinating year for Santa Cruz on a number of fronts. Most notable may be the fact that two of our own generated national attention that also shined the spotlight on Santa Cruz and the unique creative shire that it is—James Durbin and Chris Rene. Durbin turned heads this year for getting to one of the final top spots on American Idol last spring. A lavish homecoming captured national attention, too. The singer’s first solo album hit the charts last month.
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Local Talk

What New Year’s resolution would you like to force upon others?

What New Year’s resolution would you like to force upon others?Think about others more and try to do what’s good for mankind. In these times it just seems that people are kind of greedy and out for themselves. We’re all in this together.
Alan Osterbauer
Watsonville | Plant Engineer
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Astrology

Goodwill To All In 2012

Goodwill To All In 20122012 is an eventful year when three major cycles of development for humanity’s evolution cease. The ways we think and believe will no longer be viable, because a new evolutionary force is entering our world. It is a force for good, for “life more abundant.” We will experience major shifts of awareness (consciousness) due to the prominence of mutable signs (Gemini, Sag, Virgo, Pisces) influencing humanity. These build the personality within humanity to be strong and courageous, able to withstand modification, alterations. Humanity will deeply assess prevailing values, ideas we have been taught, (many of which we find are incorrect) and beliefs around those ideas. Astrologically, humanity will assess life itself (what is it?) and our part in it (who are we?).
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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor Plus Letters to the Editor 

A woman once asked me if I could spare “change.” When I gave her a quarter, she laughed at me and said: “I meant ‘transformation’ honey!” That about sums up what could be unfolding for many of us during this busy holiday season. Change—are we ever really ready for it? All those things we always wish and hope for ... those dreams we can’t wait to fulfill ... suddenly when it arrives, sometimes it’s not quite in the form we imagined. And so it goes. We plan our lives ... and the cosmos chuckles.

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The Binding of Edmund McMillen

How a Santa Cruz designer created one of the most unlikely hits in video game history

 

Sun in Leo, Rosy Star, Venus and Uranus Retrograde

Three major celestial events occur this week. Wednesday, the Sun enters Leo, highlighting the heart center of everyone. Leo is a sign of deep sensitivity (along with Cancer). Wednesday is also the feast day of St. Mary Magdalene, one of the most misunderstood women in the Bible. Saturday, July 25, Venus turns stationary retrograde at 0 Virgo (progressed Regulus, the Law, Hall of Records). Venus retrogrades for 44 days and nights, forming one petal of a five-pointed rosy star (pentagram) in the sky (five retrogrades over eight years = star). Venus retrograde turns values upside down. Our usual sense of beauty, values, the real price of things, relationships—all turn into a bundle of confusion. We don’t seem to know anything. Luxury goods are mispriced, values are jumbled, we wonder who that person is we’re in relationship with. We don’t know where our money is or where it’s gone. Venus, in daily life, represents values (resources, money, possessions and quality of relationships). Venus retrograde asks, “What do I value?” Venus retrograde puts us in touch with what has changed and what is truly of value in our lives. Venus retrogrades from 0 Virgo to 14 degrees Leo (July 25-Sept. 6). Leo is about the self and our creativity, which is how we come to know and value ourselves. We “know ourselves through what we create.” In Venus (values) retrograde (inner focus) we will ask, “What are values (not just money and finances)? What are my values? What do I create? How do I value my creations? Do I value myself?” Sunday, Uranus—planet of all things new, revelatory and revolutionary—also retrogrades (from 20 to 16 degrees Aries) until the full moon of Christmas Day. Five months of Uranus retrograde. In July and continuing on through the following months we have many planets retrograding. Things therefore slow down. Everyone’s focus becomes subjective, hidden by veils and curtains. A time when inner reserves of strength are available. A time of protection.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of July 24

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AJ’s Market

Local cult fave keeps getting bigger and better

 

What do you think of Bernie Sanders?

He’s what we need, more hardcore Democrats. Old-school, ’70s-style Democrats. Tony Dolan, Santa Cruz, Freelancer

 

Hunter Hill Vineyards & Winery

Calling all Merlot lovers—Hunter Hill has released its 2013 estate Merlot ($25)—and a superb one it is, too.

 

Turn Up the Beet

Golden beets with buffalo mozzarella, plus single-malt whiskies and award-winning local Chardonnays