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What businesses would you like to see come to Downtown Santa Cruz?

What businesses would you  like to see come to Downtown Santa Cruz?

I [would] like to see a lot of independent stores around here—to keep it local and not have as many chain stores in Downtown Santa Cruz. They have a better feel to them. More record stores and book stores.

Alex Valdez

Watsonville | Greeter/Usher



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Opinion

The Strange Journey of La Bahia

The Strange Journey of La Bahia

If you want to understand the politics of coastal California, look no further than the proposed La Bahia Hotel project in Santa Cruz.

You’ll be hearing a lot about the proposal as it heads to the state Coastal Commission for approval next month during the commission’s August meeting in Watsonville on Aug. 11, 12 and 13.

The La Bahia project has been much debated, and it’s a big deal in Santa Cruz. But beyond that, it’s an instructive tale about how awkward California’s political institutions really are.

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Astrology

Economic Intelligence, the Holy Spirit & Liberation

Economic Intelligence,  the Holy Spirit & Liberation

 

As of this writing severe weather (heat, sink holes, flash floods, droughts, etc) is occurring in many places around the country while our U.S. government is deadlocked about the state (debts, taxes, etc.) of our economy (Ray 3). During Cancer’s full moon meditation Thursday night, those participating in the Kalachakra Initiation and full moon meditation in Washington DC saw the president’s helicopter take off and fly over the city. He flew into the Light of the Cancer full moon. We hope this gave him the strength and courage to decide what is for the greatest good. We call forth the Law of Ancient Dominating Good and the Forces of Light to flow into and influence the U.S. government.
The financial disarray (achieving a harmony through Conflict, Ray 4) is not surprising. Saturn in Libra (both Ray 3 of Economic Intelligence) is squaring the U.S. Sun in Cancer in the second house of finances and values. Squares challenge us into a new direction. Saturn, Dweller on the Threshold, highlights obstacles to intelligent success. Saturn, exalted in Libra, calls for balance. Opportunity is given if we make responsible decisions.

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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the EditorPlus Letters to the Editor

Face it, your face was perfectly designed so that you can laugh. Try this at home—totally safe. In the meantime, it never hurts to laugh at others. (Relax, I mean, in a the good way.) GT writer Kim Luke explores that and much more in this week’s cover story, in which she asks: “What’s So Funny?” Like ... really? What is? Where’s the “funny” in Santa Cruz? Is there any? Or do we, as a collective, take things far too seriously? (Snap out it.) Experience Luke’s journey beginning.
As for me, I’ve been amused by several things lately. My mood swings notwithstanding—I am a walking miracle having taken no prescription meds in my entire life, although this may be the season to start—I found myself dropping off some mail to somebody the other day. The man that answered the door looked like he goes to the gym seven times a week. “Huh—you look like you go to the gym seven times a week,” I joked. He shot me a look. “I do,” he said, with all seriousness and invited me in to exchange our swapped mail. I took one look inside the man’s home and was taken aback. Gym man was a hoarder. Everything was unkempt. Clothes everywhere, boxes stacked to the ceilings. Old newspapers and a Windex bottle here—I’m sure it wasn’t touched in three years—a bunch of dirty laundry there. Old magazines strewn about. How, I wondered, could a person who is so exact and particular about their own body, somebody who goes to great lengths to keep it in order, be so disordly, so sloppy in his home? All this to say, psychologically, I found it funny. I find us—that’s right, we humans—to be funny. Funniest of all? Look in the mirror. If you can’t laugh at yourself, well, the time has come.
Don’t freak out. Just get over yourself.
In the meantime, find yourself some “funny” this week ...

Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief
Letters to the Editor

You Say Potato ...
Regarding the mountain biking story, while I rode in those hills as a kid, we used to ride up from Santa Cruz through UCSC and then down the hill. This was back when bikes were heavier than now so that is not an issue. What we have now are truckloads (just drive Hwy 9 and check out the parking lots) rallying up Glengarry (where my family lives) like it's a free "bike lift." Some neighbors think that there’s an underground taxi truck scenario happening, but it doesn't matter. What does matter is the amount of destruction that is happening to private and state land. The other excuse, "there are no signs" is moot because everybody knows that it's illegal to ride up there. Ripping signs out and playing stupid is vandalism and perpetuates the problem.
Many of us in the neighborhood didn't even know there was a meeting about this problem, and if we did there would have been more land owners that would have described an abuse that needs to stop. This is not Squaw Valley, this is San Lorenzo Valley - respect the locals and the environment.
John Hardy
Santa Cruz


Best Online Comments

On Kyer Wiltshire/’Nice Shot, Man’ by J.D. Ramey
Thanks for this interesting article. Wiltshire’s book makes me smile every time I pick it up. What is his secret? The answer perhaps lies in this quote I came across a while ago: "I think the best pictures are often on the edges of any situation, I don't find photographing the situation nearly as interesting as photographing the edges. ~William Albert Allard, "The Photographic Essay”
Kyer, keep up the good work!
Peter Cornelius

Boobie fetish yes, art no. Shame on you Good Times. What’s next—Thomas Kinkade? This is not good photography and his web site is lots of just tits or just an ass in a thong. No face or body. Art erects the mind, porn erects the d*ck.
John Cunningham

On ‘Migration Destinations’ by Amy Coombs
Wow what wonderful research you’re doing to protect our marine mammals. We understand that knowledge is power. And we need power to conserve and protect our ocean life that depends on sciencetists to educate the public and big businesses.
How many endangered and extinct species have been saved by researchers and marine biologists?
Keep up the great work and thanks for educating the public on your findings. It's because of knowledge like this, we can make new policies that protect our oceans and keep them clean and healthy.
Sabrina and Paris

Why don't you guys just leave these poor creatures alone and don’t put any stuff on them to try to know where they are. What if somebody put a thing on you so they know where you are at all times—wouldn't you hate that? because I now I would. Thank you for listening and hopefully you listen to my advise.
Sam Kim

On ‘Wines, Vines and Our Economic Times’ by Jessi Hamel
I started taking Sue's wine classes (at Cabrillo) in 2006, and haven't stopped. I really did get sucked in. They were awesome! And hard. As a result, I sold my business in 2009 and changed careers. Now I work full time at MJA Vineyards doing all the PR, marketing, events and wine club management. There's no way I'd have this job without taking the wine classes. The business relationships and friends I have now are all because of my love for wine.
I'm in a winemaking group that started as a result of the winemaking class that Sue helped create. We started making our own wines during the 2009 vintage and have increased our production each year. We'll enter our wines into the County Fair this year in the amateur category.
To say that wine classes is frivolous is ridiculous. Ask any of us.
Go to Facebook: "Save Wine Education at Cabrillo" to post comments and help support the wine classes.
Cathy Bentley-Smith
Local Talk

What do you think about patchouli?

What do you think  about patchouli? It's easy to get mixed up with B.O.,
therefore I have a negative response to it. But to each their own.
Lisette Cooper
Santa Cruz | Student/Mother

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Astrology

Full Moon and a Teleconference

Full Moon and a TeleconferenceTwo important events are occurring this week: Full moon Cancer, solar festival (22 degrees), Thursday night close to midnight (11:40 p.m., PST). Read about it Thursday on my Facebook page— Risa’s Esoteric Astrology.
The second event, Monday, July 18, is the live teleconference of A Conversation with Rob Hopkins. Rob is teacher, writer, permaculturist, author of Transition Handbook, co-founder of Transition Town Initiative. Richard Heinberg (author of 10 books including “The Party’s Over,” Peak Everything and soon “The End of Growth”) will host. To be part of the Conversation, presented by Transition United States, go to transitionus.org/event/conversation-rob-hopkins.
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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

Plus Letters to the Editor

Sometimes it’s good to look back in time. During the extended Fourth of July holiday—by the way, thank you tourists (so many of you!) for contributing to our local economy—I recalled when I first got really jazzed about the Fourth. I was a young kid and it was during the Bicentennial. (If you’re under 21, please Google that and send me a report.) It was around the same time the movie version of 1776 came out. So, a year prior to the 200th birthday of America, there was all this hoopla in the air and you couldn’t help but feel the excitement.

That said, I wondered if, say, July 10 feels jipped? Wouldn’t that be a good day to celebrate something? And if so, what? I went looking and came up empty, which in the vast scope of historty left me a bit bewildered. Some things that happened: In 1965, the Beatles' VI album hit No. 1 and stayed there for a good six weeks.

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Local Talk

Would you support turning West Cliff Drive into a one-way street?

Would you support turning  West Cliff Drive into a  one-way street?

No. West Cliff going one way would not
be a good idea. People should be able to
go both ways. Maybe Mission Street.

Dawn Featherstone

Santa Cruz | Photographer

 

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Astrology

Human-Angelic Communication

Human-Angelic CommunicationWe are in the month and sign of Cancer (crab, scarab, tortoise). On the personality-building level, Cancer is about mother and nurturing, birth and nourishment of all life. On the Soul level, Cancer is about developing intelligence (Ray 3), intelligently working with all the kingdoms, and thus creating a new world (Ray 7).
Because Cancer is the sign of humanity (the masses, ruled by the moon) and the sign where Spirit enters matter (the Gate), during the month of Cancer humanity reviews life and world events for the purpose of preparing for the coming year (autumn, winter, spring).
As of this writing, Arizona and New Mexico are burning from wildfires and many states if not experiencing record triple-digit heat have flooded farmlands.
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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the EditorPlus Letters to the Editor

It’s there. We see it. But how much do we really know about it or the people who live there? I’m talking about the Santa Cruz Harbor. It’s one of Santa Cruz County’s most “unique” neighborhoods, and this week, writer Caitlin Sullivan explores some of its intriguing nuances and the people who reside there. Sullivan also updates us on the aftermath of the March tsunami. Which Harbor residents are still in a state of flux? Dive into the full report. 
Meanwhile, in News this week, the spotlight is also on life on the water—in the water, actually. The commercial fishing industry is a vital part of life in this area but over the years, there’s been a shift. What’s behind the industry’s decline? Learn more about what a difference a decade can make. And from sea, we go to land—what’s going on with the downhill biking craze? And why are some locals miffed?
On the entertainment front, the big buzz is on Cabrillo Stage and “The Full Monty.” Opening night was a festive outing. Make that wild and robust. This has to be one of the company’s best productions to date. Lisa Jensen reviews the musical this week. Get your tickets. And have fun—it’s a memorable ride.
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Throwing It All Away

Everybody’s for recycling, right? So why are we all doing it wrong? Our reporter gets down and dirty to uncover 10 secrets that will finally make the recycling process make sense

 

Aquarius Calling, Humanity Rising

Aquarius (11th sign after Aries) is the sign of service—serving one another, building community. Aquarius is fixed air, stabilizing new ideas in the world. When new ideas reach the masses the ideas become ideals within the hearts and minds of humanity. Air signs (Gemini, Libra and Aquarius) are mental. They think, ponder, study, research, gather and distribute information. For air signs, education and learning, communicating, writing, being social, tending to money, participating in groups and creating sustainable communities are most important. One of the present messages Aquarius is putting forth to the New Group of World Servers is the creation of the New Education (thus thinking) for humanity—one based not on commodities (banking/corporate values) but on virtues. Humanity and Aquarius Aquarius is the sign of humanity itself. We are now at the beginnings of the Age of Aquarius, the Age of Humanity (rising). The “rising” is the Aquarian vision of equality, unity, the distribution and sharing of all resources and of individual (Leo) creative gifts for the purpose of humanity’s (Aquarius) uplifting. This is the message in the Solar Festival of Aquarius (at the full moon) on Tuesday, Feb. 3. We join in these visions by reciting the World Prayer of Direction, the Great Invocation.Tuesday’s solar festival follows Monday’s Groundhog Day, or Imbolc (ancient Celtic fire festival) the halfway mark between winter solstice and spring Equinox). The New Group of World Servers (NGWS) during these two days are preparing for the upcoming Three Spring Solar Festivals: 1. Aries Resurrection/Easter Festival (April); 2. Taurus Buddha/Wesak Festival (May); and 3. Gemini’s Festival of Humanity (June). Aquarius and the new and full moons together are the primary astrological influences behind all of humanity’s endeavors. The NGWS are to teach these things, calling and uplifting humanity. Join us everyone. (301)

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

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Woman fights for her job in thoughtful, life-sized ‘Two Days One Night’
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