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Editors Note

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The shortest month of the year is coming to a close, so, are we really ready for the long haul? As in ... moving through the rest of 2011 with some insight and endurance? I always see the first few months of the year as an adjustment period. We’re getting over the holidays and trying to determine the pace and vibe of the year ahead. But once February ends, we’re really no longer in the honeymoon period of the new year—it’s time to get focused. Right? So, what are you focusing on? What are your goals?
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Local Talk

What country is ripe for revolution next?

What country is ripe for  revolution next?
Iran. They are the next ones that have started revolting. They’re following the lead of Egypt. They're unhappy.
Lynann Bertoldi
Santa Cruz | Retired Teacher

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Opinion

For a Sustainable Water Future

For a Sustainable Water Future

Experience from other places should give us pause as we consider building a desalination plant. On Jan. 23, 2010, The Australian reported, “Rusting in sea water, the $1.2 billion Gold Coast desalination plant required repairs soon after it opened. The showpiece of a Queensland government strategy to drought-proof the state’s booming southeast, the project has been plagued by so many construction flaws and unscheduled shut-downs that the government is still refusing to take possession from the contractors who built it.”

The St. Petersburg Times reports on the only large-scale desalination plant operating in the United States, “Tampa Bay Water’s long-troubled desalination plant is having more problems. The $158 million plant, which opened five years late and cost $40 million more than expected, remains unable to supply the full 25 million gallons a day that was originally promised.” Closer to home, a Santa Barbara desalination plant sits idle, never used since its completion in 1992. Meanwhile Santa Barbara residents are still paying off the bonds for the plant.

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Opinion

Desal: It Deserves an Informed Evaluation

Desal: It Deserves an Informed Evaluation

Our community has a complex water supply problem. It includes the overdraft of freshwater aquifers. It includes the likelihood of severe droughts brought about by global climate change. It includes the likelihood that regulators will reduce our water supply from surface streams to protect endangered fish species. We must continue to evaluate the threats and risks to our environment, our households and our local economy—and evaluate potential remedies to our water supply problems.

Critics question whether or not our community should build a desalination plant to meet our water needs. These critics typically identify a number of important issues we need to examine as desalination is considered … and then jump to the conclusion that desalination should be rejected. Yet by arguing for rejection of desal they are essentially saying that we should “shelve” or cancel the project before allowing the community to learn and consider the latest information on desalination.

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Astrology

Chiron in Pisces

Chiron in Pisces

Sun and Mars are in Pisces, sign of great sensitivity, compassion, the savior of humanity, tending to the healing of the sick, unfortunate,forgotten, oppressed and neglected.

On Thursday, Mars, the planet of forceful action and focus, joins Chiron at 1 degree Pisces. Many of us may wander into the world of “causes,” attempting to find people to “save.” It’s important that we look no further than our own lives, our own families and attempt to serve, forgive, touch and heal the wounds within our own domestic situations.

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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor Plus Letters to the Editor

Good health. What do you do to cultivate that? Are you creating good health in your life? It’s all something to ponder this week in our big, bold, annual health issue, which sheds light on how to maintain and nurture optimal health in your outer and inner worlds. When I was a kid back in Chicago, I had no real concept of good health—I binged on cheese sandwiches, leftover spaghetti and meatballs and anything that contained even the slightest hint of chocolate. Oh, the times I had—with bowls full of pasta, half-gallons of chocolate ice cream (OK, they were gallons) and any food my Polish family prepared to fill me up. It’s hard to believe that, today, I’m a yogi, indulge in spin classes and maintain great health. But back then ... I was pretty oblivious, seemingly numbing myself with food and other distractions. (All a symptom of believing you can’t “feel” your feelings.)
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Local Talk

If you could open up a new business here, what would it be?

If you could open up a new business here, what would it be?

If I could open anything, it would be a shop that would allow many different artists to come, create and sell their things. I feel like there are so many people out there with such great talent, but there’s not a lot of places for people to practice or sell their stuff.
Brie Eberle
Santa Cruz | Artist

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Opinion

Where Have All the Bad Boys Gone?

Where Have All the Bad Boys Gone?

I spend an inordinate amount of time in Downtown Santa Cruz. I enjoy the shops, restaurants and outdoor markets, but what really keeps me coming back are the people. As a child I was tutored in people-watching by my parents, mostly in and around the old Cooper House. I also learned the craft of categorizing—not with malice but with a sense of appreciation and enjoyment. “Salty Sea Captain!” my dad would nudge toward the pedestrian passing by. “Jesus!” I would add, nodding at the young shirtless, bearded man passing by. (It was the ’70s. Everyone looked like Jesus.) This playful genus and species game is still fun, though not always politically correct. “Yoga enthusiast!” and “Prius driver!” are well-worn, as are “Self-Employed Tech Guru!” and “Non-Contributor!” There is one declaration that seems absent these days—“Bad Boy!” Where have they gone?

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Astrology

Serving & Saving the World—Invoking the Ancient Law of Dominating Good

Serving & Saving the World—Invoking the Ancient Law of Dominating GoodFriday morning, just after midnight the moon is full (the Full Snow moon). It’s the Chinese Lantern Festival and the solar festival of Aquarius, 29:20 degrees l. Aquarius is the sign of serving the world. Friday, following the full moon, Sun enters Pisces, calling us to save the world. Note the different tasks – serving in Aquarius, saving in Pisces. The meditative seed thought for Pisces full moon is “I leave the Father’s house, and, turning back, I save.”
The planets are active this week, shifting, separating, clashing, creating synthesis and awareness for humanity. Friday Venus helps humanity create economic justice in the world. Saturday Sun joins Chiron in Pisces. We recognize and learn how to heal the wounds of the world. Sunday evening we may feel quite confused (Mars/Neptune) and sleepy.
Monday is President’s Day (Washington of cherries and Lincoln of truth-telling). By Tuesday (my birthday), there’s a lineup of planets in Pisces—Sun, Mercury, Mars and Chiron (in Pisces for the next 8 years). With planets in Aquarius and Pisces, humanity invokes the Ancient Law of Dominating Good. The people’s revolution continues.
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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

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I couldn’t help but rub it in—a little—last week when the big, bold blizzard hit my hometown of Chicago—Elmhurst, to be specific. “There’s nothing like driving with your top down in sunny 70-degree weather,” I joked to my Polish mother on the phone. She groaned and I immediately feared I’d never receive a homemade pierogi ever again. In truth, I missed being there. Actually, there’s nothing like a blizzard. It forces everything and everyone to stop. (Hell, I secretly wanted to take a Snow Day of my own!)

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We Can Rebuild You

A look back at how downtown Santa Cruz recovered from the 1989 earthquake

 

International Earth Day—Mother Earth Day

Every April 22, humanity celebrates International Mother Earth Day and Earth Day. As more than a billion people participate in Earth Day activities every year, Earth Day has become the world’s largest civic observance. The massive concern to build right relations between humanity and the living being we call Earth is evidence of humanity’s love of the Mother. In 2009, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed April 22 International Mother Earth Day, with a significant resolution affirming “the interdependence existing among human beings, other living species (the kingdoms—mineral, plant, animal and human) and the planet itself, the Earth which we all inhabit.” The Earth is our home. Celebrating Earth Day helps us define new emerging processes (economic, social, political) focused on the well-being of the kingdoms. Through these, humanity seeks to raise the quality of life, foster equality and begin to establish right relations with the Earth. We dedicate ourselves to bringing forth balance and a relationship of harmony with all of nature. Learn about planting a billion trees (the Canopy Project); participate in 1.5 billion acts of green. Disassociation (toward Earth) is no longer viable. We lose our connection to life itself. Participation is viable—an anchor, refuge and service for all of life on Earth. Visit earthday.org; harmonywithnatureun.org; and un.org/en/events/motherearthday for more information. From Farmers Almanac, “On Earth Day, enjoy the tonic of fresh air, contact with the soil, companionship with nature! Go barefooted. Walk through woods, find wildflowers and green moss. Remain outside, no matter the weather!” Nature, Earth’s most balanced kingdom, heals us. The New Group of World Servers is preparing for the May 3 Wesak Buddha Taurus solar festival. We prepare through asking for and offering forgiveness. Forgiveness purifies and like nature, heals.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Mission Critical

How reading Lisa Jensen’s reviews taught me to love film
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Oral Fixations

Blown away by a Tuesday night dinner at Oswald

 

What would you like to see a TED talk about?

Hydrogen-gas cars that are coming this summer. Scott Oliver, Santa Cruz, Professor

 

Sarah’s Vineyard

Sarah’s Vineyard of Gilroy is known for crafting fine wines—and one of my all-time favorites is its Chardonnay. But this time, its Viognier has my vote.

 

Munch

East Coast meets West Coast in new meat lover’s paradise