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Astrology

Something Essential Disappears

Something Essential Disappears

Lunar and solar eclipses follow one another. Lunar eclipses occur at full moons, and solar eclipses at new moons. Two weeks ago at the full moon we had the blood red moon—a total lunar eclipse (the next one is Oct. 8). On Monday night, April 28 (new moon), as the Sun, Moon and Earth align, a solar eclipse (Sun obscured) occurs. Eclipses signify something irrevocably is changed in our world. The Sun is our essential life force. Monday’s new moon, 9 degrees Taurus, is also an annular solar eclipse when the Moon moves centrally in front of the Sun, yet does not cover the Sun completely. The Sun's outer edges, still visible, form a “ring of fire” around the Moon.

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

Plus Letters To the Editor

Why live in Santa Cruz County?

If there’s a single question that the Best of Santa Cruz County issue boils down to every year, I think it’s that’s one. I don’t know if you’ve heard, but it’s just a tad expensive to live here—something like 75 percent more expensive than the average cost of living across the U.S., last time I checked. There’s a highway to the east that the roller coaster industry would shut down as categorically unsafe in a minute, and yet thousands of us commute on it every day. Unemployment remains high, and there’s enough collective paranoia in this town to keep you up all night worrying about personal safety, secret wars, anti-popes, chemtrails, and whether maybe—just maybe—Stephen King really did have it in for John Lennon.

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Local Talk

In honor of Earth Day, what steps do you take to tread more lightly on the Earth?

In honor of Earth Day, what steps do you take to tread more lightly on the Earth?

I'm trying to commute more on my bike and buy less stuff.

Kris Ayer
Santa Cruz | Nurse/Midwife

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Astrology

Cardinal Grand Cross in the Sky

Cardinal Grand Cross in the Sky

Following Holy Week (passion, death and burial of the Pisces World Teacher) and Easter Sunday (Resurrection Festival), from April 19 to the 23, the long-awaited and discussed Cardinal Cross of Change appears in the sky, composed of Cardinal signs Aries, Libra, Cancer, and Capricorn, with planets (13-14 degrees) Uranus (in Aries), Jupiter (in Cancer), Mars (in Libra) and Pluto (in Capricorn), an actual geometrical square or cross configuration. Cardinal signs mark the seasons of change, initiating new realities.

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

Plus Letters To the Editor

This week, Elizabeth Limbach shines a light on one of the darkest corners of South County culture with her story on sexual violence against women in the fields of Watsonville. It’s no secret among farmworkers, but even in Santa Cruz County, where ag has always been a top industry, few outside that community know the shocking scope of the problem. Limbach’s story reveals how one local group is trying to change that.

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Local Talk

What are the most important issues to you in the upcoming local elections?

What are the most important issues to you in the upcoming local elections?

 

What I'm concerned about right now is water. I don’t know how that’s going to be resolved as far as the election, but I was told we have to cut back on water. I'm really into my plants, so that’s my latest concern.

James Svendsen
Santa Cruz | Contractor/Carpenter

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Astrology

Aries Solar Festival

Aries Solar Festival

Sunday is Palm Sunday. Symbolizing victory and triumph, paradise, sacrifice and martyrdom, the Pisces World Teacher entered Jerusalem (City of Peace) on a donkey (signifying humility).

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

Plus Letters To the Editor

Hello again, Santa Cruz! By now, you’ve probably heard about the merging of Good Times and Santa Cruz Weekly, and I’m thankful to have heard best wishes, suggestions and concerns from so many community members in the last week. It’s been both exciting and humbling, and I’m set for all the work there is to do to carry on the legacy of alt-weekly journalism here.

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Sponsored Columns

Luxury Vinyl Tile: Vinyl’s Glamorous Makeover

Luxury Vinyl Tile: Vinyl’s Glamorous Makeover

When you hear the words “vinyl flooring,” what words come to mind? Industrial? Practical? Boring? Maybe that was true in the past, not anymore. Over the years, vinyl flooring has undergone a glamorous makeover, and the outcome is a new product called luxury vinyl tile (or LVT for short). Luxury Vinyl has been around for years. The newest edition to this type of flooring, LVT, has been receiving a lot of attention recently in the design industry because it not only has wonderful aesthetics; it has many other benefits.

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Astrology

Mysteries to Restore the Earth

Mysteries to Restore the Earth

Sun squares Pluto Thursday, 2:22 a.m. West Coast time. A challenging and potent transit for the day. Transformative. Summoning Persephone from the underworld. Gemini moon follows. Persephone has lots to say about things hidden, in darkness, seeking the light.

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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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Himalayan Kitchen

Chef Purna Regmi on the secrets of Nepalese cooking

 

What’s the nicest thing you’ve done for someone this week?

Germany  |  Beekeeper

 

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.