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The Great Disconnect With Washington

The Great Disconnect With WashingtonAt the time of this writing, all eyes here are on Capitol Hill, where Elena Kagan is sitting through her third day of hearings, and congressional negotiators are hard at work in the aftermath of the death of Robert Byrd, the 92-year-old Democratic senator from West Virginia.

People around town are parsing Kagan's words. An entire cohort of folks are counting up votes to see if financial reform is dead or alive as a result of the passing of Sen. Byrd. Passions rise and fall, as if it's a World Series or a World Cup match.

Washington is a company town—and the company is the government that runs our entire country and dominates the world stage.

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Astrology

It Takes a Revolution

It Takes a Revolution

We’re in the midst of summer. The days are hot in the northeast, cold and rainy out west. It’s as if the earth has shifted positions and every area is now experiencing different weather patterns. The situation in the Gulf worsens daily. The news media lacks the truth. I wonder how long before the revolution begins. Perhaps after December. Let’s look at our week. Thursday is Virgo moon, a gentle gestating day till early evening when Mars (action) arrives for dinner. Friday morning moon enters Libra, calling us to Right Relationships. Let’s pray for those (all kingdoms) living in and around the Gulf Coast waters. Friday is orderly,  disciplined in the morning, unruly in the afternoon. Saturday, Mars joins the U.S. Neptune. Neptune is oil. Mars/Neptune gives an indirect, roundabout response, which is how BP is handling the situation. With Mars/Neptune there can be lies told, cloudy realities presented, things left to “fate,” real control is illusive, facts are unclear, infections (disease, illness) appear, there’s mystery and secrecy.

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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

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Beyond 2012
Embracing ‘2012’
Wet Spots
You probably saw this coming: virtual music venues—it is the 21st century, after all—but what you may not have factored into the mix was how enterprising such a beast could be, especially when Santa Cruzans are behind the scenes creatively. That’s where Virtual Venues Network (VVN) comes in. Spearheaded by several locals, this concert-screenings business caters to a “closed-circuit network of clubs and college campuses” that participate in exclusive concert events. Think of it like Pay-Per-View with a twist. Now booming, VVN offers nightclubs, sports bars, colleges and theaters across the nation plenty of opportunities to unveil one-time virtual concerts from many prominent bands. Writer Damon Orion uncovers the unique journey the founders of VVN have taken, and what the future holds for the business model.

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Local Talk

Who is your favorite local politician at the moment?

Who is your favorite local  politician at the moment?

Neal Coonerty because he's sort of a home-grown type guy. I think he's got the best interest at heart for the local people and business, and I certainly hope he is able to persuade some of the other government officials to pay more attention to the problem were having with gangs.

Bert Faucher
Santa Cruz | Independent Contractor

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Opinion

Vote Bluto Tuesday For Change Today

Vote Bluto Tuesday For Change Today

or I Can’t Believe I Watched the Whole Thing
The June 8 election has come and gone, and now, with the exhale of relief as the primaries fade, comes the gasping inhale of sheer exhilaration as the California general election looms. From now until Nov. 2  it’s campaign free-for-all season. Some of you are pretty excited about this; some of you dread it like a root canal. Still others are making that confused golden retriever face right now, muttering “election?” Being a fan of overworked clichés, I’d like to say I’m as political as the next guy, but here in Santa Cruz that can be a dangerous statement. Some of the next guys are much more informed, embroiled and passionate than I; some of the next guys don’t believe in voting.

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Astrology

Isolation is the Rule, Yet the Crowd Exists

Isolation is the Rule, Yet the Crowd Exists

At 12:40 p.m. (PST )Sunday, there’s a new moon total solar eclipse (19 degrees Cancer). New moons bring forth new endeavors. Solar eclipses (hidden Sun) inform us that something substantial, having completed its purpose, is no longer available. Eclipse means “hidden.” The personality-building theme for Cancer new moon is “Isolation is the rule, yet the crowd exists.” This is how our personality feels, before Soul integration. The personality often feels isolated; connecting with others is difficult, even with family members. Something’s always missing. We feel imprisoned in an isolated reality, seeking something, not knowing what. Until one day, one lifetime when, having built a strong and vibrant personality (physical body, emotional body, lower mind) the Soul (love, unity) makes contact and the personality, feeling exhausted, responds with surprise and surrender. Then the meditative seed thought becomes “I build a lighted house and therein dwell.” We then become the “Light of the world,” nourishing the “little ones” (Earth’s kingdoms).

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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

Plus Letters to Good Times...
Doing Desal?
2012 Misconceptions
2012, Here We Come ...
Holiday Deadlines
Holidays are a good thing, so enjoy them when they arrive. The nation’s biggest holiday, in fact, arrives this week via the Fourth of July. No doubt, we’ll all partake in some kind of revelry as the country reaches its 234th birthday this year. Well, if you start counting from the time we adopted the Constitution in 1787, that would make us 223 years old. Then again, beyond “us,” the place we call America is actually much older. Native Indian tribes, as we all know, had lived here for nearly 25,000 years before Spaniards began exploring the area in the early 16th century. In any case, the land may be “old,” but it seems that many of the modern humans overseeing it are “young.”

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Local Talk

What's the best book you've read recently, why and what did you learn?

What's the best book you've  read recently, why and what did you learn?

“A Perfect Match” by Jodie Picoult. She's a great novelist and I learned compassion and what it must be like to be a parent, and I don’t want to be one.
Eve Krammer
Santa Cruz | Bartender

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Opinion

City Manager’s Smart Take on Santa Cruz

City Manager’s Smart Take on Santa Cruz

Something is missing in our public debate. Something big. It's the difference between politics and governance. From Washington to Sacramento to Santa Cruz, people are debating the issues, but it's unfortunate that the issues they care about really don't get at the reality of how government runs day to day.

Opinion, as discussed and argued about on television, can be exciting. Olbermann can get in his licks. O'Reilly can be outraged. CNN can invite people in from both sides of the political divide to holler at each other. And we're not much better here in Santa Cruz. Just take a look at the recent State Senate election where neither Democrat John Laird nor Republican Sam Blakeslee bothered with commercials discussing their own records. They just trashed each other.

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Astrology

United States Birthday & Uranus Retrograde

United States Birthday & Uranus Retrograde

Sunday, July 4, the United States will be 234 years old, the numbers adding up to a nine. Nine means endings. Esoterically nine signifies Initiation, a shift to a higher state of consciousness. Endings and Initiations work together. The United States is presently having a transit of Pluto (3 Capricorn) opposite Venus (3 Cancer) indicating economic transformation. Pluto has opposed Venus several times. Thus the U.S. has seen the dollar fluctuating (moving toward hyper-inflation), debt mounting and food prices soaring. Humanity will soon begin defining its true values. This occurs only after revolutionary breakdowns. We’re no longer slouching toward that happening.

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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.

 

Sugar: The New Tobacco?

Proposed bill would require warning labels on sugary drinks Will soda and other saccharine libations soon come with a health warning? They will if it’s up to our state senator, Bill Monning (D-Carmel). On Feb. 27, Monning proposed first-of-its-kind legislation that would require a consumer warning label be placed on sugar-sweetened beverages sold in California. SB 1000, also known as the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Safety Warning Act, was proposed to provide vital information to consumers about the harmful effects of consuming sugary drinks, such as sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, and sweetened teas.

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of April 17

Santa Cruz area movie theaters >

 

Growing Hope

Campos Seguros combats sexual assault in the Watsonville farmworker community Farm work was a way of life for Rocio Camargo, who grew up in Watsonville as the daughter of Mexican immigrants. Her parents met while working the fields 30 years ago, and her father went on to run Fuentes Berry Farms.
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Foodie File: Red Apple Cafe

Breakfast takes center stage at Gracia Krakauer's Red Apple Cafe Before they moved to Aptos, Gracia and her husband Dan Krakauer would visit friends in Santa Cruz County and eat at the Red Apple Café all the time. Then they moved up here from Santa Monica five years ago, and bought the Aptos location (there’s a separate one in Watsonville) from the family who owned it for two decades.

 

How would you feel about a tech industry boom in Santa Cruz?

I feel like it would ruin the small old-town feeling of Santa Cruz. It wouldn’t be the same Surf City kind of vacation town that it is. Antoinette BennettSanta Cruz | Construction Management

 

Trout Gulch Vineyards

Cinsault 2012—la grande plage diurne The most popular wines on store shelves are those most generally known and available—Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, which are all superb for sure. But when you come across a more unusual varietal, like Trout Gulch Vineyards’ Cinsault ($18), it opens up a whole new world.

 

Waddell Creek, Al Fresco

Route One Summer Farm Dinner You’ve been buying their insanely fresh produce for years now at farmers’ markets. Right? So now why not become more familiar with the gorgeous Waddell Creek farmlands of Route One Farms?