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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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Local Talk

What are three great summer meals you've had recently?

What are three great summer meals you've had recently? Pork chops with barbecued peaches and creamy polenta, my wife made that. Local salmon barbecued at home for a birthday dinner. And a miso halibut over mango fried rice. Again, the wife. Loving it!
Will Kahn
Santa Cruz | Recording Engineer

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Gate Openers

Up-and-coming artists like Ryan Bingham are a great reason to show up early to the Santa Cruz American Music Festival

 

Gemini Sun, Pentecost, Shavuot—Enlightenment and Gladness

As the sun enters Gemini on Sunday, sign of speaking, communication, thinking, inter-relations, writing and understanding languages, the feast days of Pentecost & Shavuot (Catholic and Jewish festivals) occur. During Pentecost’s 50 days after Easter, tongues of fire appear above the heads of the disciples, providing them with the ability to understand all languages and all feelings hidden in the minds and hearts of humanity. It’s recorded that Pentecost began with a loud noise, which happened in an upper room (signifying the mind). The Christ (World Teacher) told his disciples (after his ascension) when encountering a man at a well carrying a water pot (signs for Age of Aquarius) to follow him to an upper room. There, the Holy Spirit (Ray 3 of Divine Intelligence) would overshadow them, expand their minds, give them courage and enable them to teach throughout the world, speaking all languages and thus able to minister to the true needs of a “seeking” humanity. Pentecost (50 days, pentagram, Ray 5, Venus, concrete and scientific knowledge, the Ray of Aquarius) sounds dramatic, impressive and scary: The loud noise, a thunderous rush of wind and then “tongues of fire” above the heads of each disciple (men and women). Fire has purpose. It purifies, disintegrates, purges, transforms and liberates (frees) us from the past. This was the Holy Spirit (Ray 3, love and wisdom) being received by the disciples, so they would teach in the world and inform humanity of the Messiah (Christ), who initiated the new age (Pisces) and gave humanity the new law (adding to the 10 Commandments of the Aries Age) to Love (Ray 2) one another. Note: Gemini is also Ray 2. Shavuot is the Jewish Festival of Gladness, the First Fruits Festival celebrating the giving of the 10 Commandments to Moses as the Aries Age was initiated. Thus, we have two developmental stages here, Jewish festival of the Old Testament. Pentecost of the New Testament. We have gladness, integrating both.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Off Her Meds

Kristin Wiig runs wild—and transcends her sketch comedy roots—as a truly strange character ‘Welcome to Me’
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Flats Bistro

Pizza with an artisan twist comes to Aptos Beach

 

What’s your take on Santa Cruz locals?

Santa Cruz locals are really friendly once you know them. I think a lot of them have a hard time leaving, and I would too. Ryan Carle, Santa Cruz, Biologist

 

Soquel Vineyards

If Soquel Vineyards partners Peter and Paul Bargetto and Jon Morgan were walking down the street wearing their winning wine competition medals, you’d hear them coming from a mile away. This year was particularly rewarding for the Bargettos and Morgan—they won two Double Gold Medals and five Gold Medals at January’s San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

 

Enlightened Flavors

Squash & Blossom’s artisanal alternative-flour delights, beet kvass from Cafe Ivéta, and the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival