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Editors Note

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Cheap Seats?
Settle Down, Please
2012: Business as Usual
Holiday Deadlines
How much do we really know about Santa Cruz County? Chances are, we probably could know more. That’s where The Community Assessment Project (CAP) comes in. CAP is a bold study published every five years. It’s filled with collected research on a number of local topics—from health to homelessness and more. The entire project is designed to gain a better understanding of what’s really unfolding here in Santa Cruz County. The end result illuminates revealing statistics which then can be later used to better access needs and services for the community, and also to create a vision for life here in 2015. But there’s much more to it than that, which you will discover in this week’s cover story, written by News Editor Elizabeth Limbach.  Take note, too, of our survey online. We’d like to hear from you about what issues you feel are important in the county. Head to goodtimessantacruz.com to log in your thoughts.

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Local Talk

What’s the most pressing community issue that you would be willing to help solve?

What’s the most pressing  community issue that you  would be willing to help solve?

The most pressing local issue that I would help solve would be increasing our capacity to conserve more water and prepare us in the face of drought. Reducing our current usage from 69 gallons per day to 40 gallons per capita per day.
Sherry Bryan
Live Oak | Program Specialist

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Opinion

Depth Perception

Depth Perception

“I don't want Johnny Depp in my lap." These are eight little words that no one who knows me would ever expect me to utter. I was as shocked as anybody when I heard them cross my own lips at a recent Memorial Day party. Art Boy naturally assumed the most logical explanation: my brain had been taken over by aliens.

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Astrology

Midsummer, Full Moon, Lunar Eclipse

Midsummer, Full Moon, Lunar EclipseThursday, June 24th is Midsummer Day (quarter day) and the Feast of St. John the Baptist, forerunner, cousin and baptizer of Jesus of Nazareth. This feast day, the oldest festival in the Christian church, occurs three months after the Annunciation and six months before Christmas (winter solstice). There is a famous statement St. John made upon seeing Jesus at the River Jordon, “He (Jesus) must increase, as I (John) must decrease.” (John 3:30). The statement reflects the Gemini brothers’ Castor & Pollux seed thought “I see my other self and in the waning of that self, I grow and glow” (referring to the dimming of the personality (John or in the light of the waxing of the Soul).
“The symbolic role for John in Christianity is to act as the sacrifical twin for Jesus: the dark twin of the summer solstice (John) being replaced by the light twin at the winter solstice (Jesus).” Two St. Johns are the patron saints of Freemasonry; St. John the Baptist at midsummer (June 24) and St. John the Evangilist on Dec. 27. The two saints represent Temple columns, one during the greatest time of light (summer) and the other at the greatest darkness (winter). Standing as they do at the solstices, they represent doorways to light and dark, just as the signs Cancer and Capricorn represent the Gates from spirit to matter and back again. On midsummer’s day the ancients honored water and fire, the sun and the plant kingdom. It is the time of the great wedding (Duke Theseus to Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons) as written by Shakespeare (lesser avatar, disciple, Master R.) in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (three plots, a wedding, the woodland and Fairyland featuring the King and Queen of the Fairies, Oberon and Tatiana, under the light of the moon).
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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

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Spend Taxes and Water Rate Increases on Jobs
Good to the Last Drop
Care to host a fundraiser? It wouldn’t hurt. Just choose the topic you’re fundraising for wisely. And, unless you’ve been in a coma the last 52 days, you already know where aid and relief efforts need to go—The Gulf of Mexico. The oil spill in the Gulf is the nation’s worst environmental disaster. As you are now aware, wildlife has been affected and the city of New Orleans, once again, is being impacted on a number of levels, mostly economically. And there’s the Gulf itself, which is being compromised as millions of gallons of oil continues to pump into it daily.

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Local Talk

How are you preparing for 2012?

How are you preparing for 2012?

Freaking out, digging the bomb shelter, buying all kinds of canned food—just stocking up.
Kyle Davis
Santa Cruz | Server

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Opinion

A Breath of Fresh Air

A Breath of Fresh Air

Several years ago, I was having lunch with U.S. Rep. Sam Farr, who mentioned between bites that he would soon meet with a class of students from Mount Madonna School during one of their periodic visits to Capitol Hill.

Farr must have seen me stifle a yawn, because he seemed to read my mind: “No. You don’t get it. What they do at Mount Madonna School is something different. It’s something that is known around the Capitol as the best program in the nation.”

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Astrology

Father, Summer & the Oil Spill – One Hot Summer

Father, Summer & the Oil Spill – One Hot SummerFather’s Day is Sunday. Libra moon trine Mercury in Gemini creates opportunities for Right Relations (Libra), communicating with feeling (moon) and intelligence (Mercury in Gemini) to our fathers. The sun is high in the heavens now (Tropic of Cancer). Summer, the longest day of light, begins Monday morning (4:28 a.m. West Coast). Soon the sun will begin to move southward, the light gradually decreasing each day. Within the most brilliant light there is also darkness. Duality is presented to us by Gemini. Uriel is the archangel guarding Earth during summer. The fairy world (devic builders) begins to rest, their work creating the plant kingdom complete for the year. Jupiter’s the morning star, brilliant Venus at night.
Oil spill questions: Is the Gulf oil spill the final event that brings down our economy? Was it created intentionally? Is the floor of the sea fractured? Are there eighteen other sites spewing oil. Are two million-plus gallons a day flowing into the sea? Is there a media blackout? Are there 20-mile wide plumes of fire? Is the oil dispersant (Corexit) placed on the waters (the toxic fumes falling from clouds) creating illness? Are geographic areas around the Gulf on lock down? Is this a massive cover-up? Are photographers being threatened? Will nuclear weapons be needed to cap the spill as Russia once had to? What and where’s the truth? And who’s really responsible? Is this a “false flag” event that is now out-of-hand? What will the consequences be on the economy and food supply?  Will there be unrest, will the market fall, and will a massive migration occur? Our world and lives are changing rapidly. There’s an eclipse next seek, seen in parts of the Americas. Astrology provides guideposts for humanity. The heavens tell us we’re in for one hot summer of enormous disruption and unprecedented unrest. Is everyone prepared?
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Editors Note

From the Editor

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Thanks, Friend
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Best of the Online Comments
It’s the hot issue at the moment—the proposed Desalination Plant in Santa Cruz. Here’s the lowdown: The city of Santa Cruz has plans to create a desalination plant, which would offset water deficits. Those deficits are created in drought-ridden summer months, but if the city continues to grow—hello UC Santa Cruz—some believe water supplies will be further taxed. The desalination plant will remove millions of gallons of seawater each day but, some note, only about half that amount will be converted into drinkable water. The rest of the brine will be transported to a water plant and then blended with treated wastewater, and then put back in the bay. The issue has both sides debating the significance of the plant. This week, writer Amy Coombs presented the issue—and a number of questions—to community activists and water district representatives. You may find what they each share rather illuminating. It all unfolds in this week’s cover story. Dive in. Continue to send us your thoughts on the Desalination Plant issue to [email protected] Let’s keep the dialogue flowing.
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Local Talk

What are the pros and cons of a desalinization plant in Santa Cruz County?

What are the pros and cons of a desalinization plant in  Santa Cruz County?

I think the pros are more jobs in Santa Cruz, people working on the plant, etc. The cons would be if the plant itself creates a lot of pollution or makes a lot of noise in a residential neighborhood, or if it requires an increase in taxes.

Evin Murphy
Bonny Doon | Land Surveyor

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Is This a Dream?

A beginner’s guide to understanding and exploring the uncanny world of lucid dreams

 

Giving and Giving, Then Giving Some More

2014 is almost over. Wednesday, Dec. 17, the Jewish Festival of Light, Hanukkah, begins. We are in our last week of Sag and last two weeks of December. Sunday, Dec. 21 is winter Solstice, as the sun enters Capricorn (3:30 p.m. for the west coast). Soon after, the Capricorn new moon occurs (5:36 p.m. for the west coast)—the last new moon of 2014. Sunday morning Uranus in Aries (revolution, revelation) is stationary direct (retro since July 22). Uranus/Aries create things new and needed to anchor the new culture and civilization (Aquarius). We will see revolutionary change in 2015. Capricorn new moon, building-the-personality seed thought, is, “Let ambition rule and let the door to initiation and freedom stand wide (open).” Capricorn is a gate—where matter returns to spirit. But the gate is unseen until the Ajna Center (third eye), Diamond Light of Direction, opens. Winter solstice is the longest day of darkness of the year. The sun’s rays resting at the Tropic of Capricorn (southern hemisphere) symbolize the Christ (soul’s) light piercing the heart of the Earth, remaining there for three days, till Holy Night (midnight Thursday morning). Then the sun’s light begins to rise. It is the birth of the new light (holy child) for the world. A deep calm and stillness pervades the world.The entire planet is revivified, re-spiritualized. All hearts beating reflect this Light. And so throughout the Earth there’s a radiant “impress” (impressions, pictures) given to humanity of the World Mother and her Child. The star Sirius (love/direction) and the constellation Virgo the mother shines above. For gift giving, give to those in need. Give and give and then give some more. This creates the new template of giving and sharing for the new world.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Stocking Stuffers

The men behind the women of the Kinsey Sicks Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet explain their own special brand of ‘dragtivism,’ and their holiday show at the Rio
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Fortino Winery’s Intriguing Charbono

At the opening celebration of the new Santa Clara Wine Trail in August, one of the wineries we visited was Fortino. This is where I first tasted their intriguing estate-grown Charbono—a varietal that is one of the rarest in California, with only 80 acres grown statewide.

 

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