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Buying Is Still Cheaper Than Renting

Buying Is Still Cheaper Than Renting

Home prices have been rising slowly and steadily this year, but according to a recently published analysis from Trulia Chief Economist Jed Kolko, homeownership is still cheaper than renting nationally. Of course, the gap between renting and buying depends on location.

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Local Talk

Which is your favorite street musician in Santa Cruz?

Which is your favorite street musician in Santa Cruz?

My favorite street performer goes back a few years, when I first moved to Santa Cruz, it's Tom Scribner. And a relative of his was a student in one of the classes I taught maybe 15 years ago.

John Christopher
Santa Cruz | Retired Teacher

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Astrology

Aries—The Will to Be

Aries—The Will to Be

Last week, Sun entering Aries, the new spiritual year began. Archangel Raphael assumed protection of the Earth. Raphael is the Archangel of Healing. During Aries, Raphael and the Forces of Restoration work together streaming new light and life into the Earth. They come in on the wings of the Spirit of Resurrection.

Aries is the Initiating Will-to-Be, a continuous pulse of the Life Force. Aries’ fiery aethers move through the cosmos seeking where to anchor in form and matter. Mars, presently retrograde, is the personality-ruler of Aries. Mars presents humanity with Nine Tests of the personality. With Mars retrograde our experience of Spring may be subdued, intent as we are on inner tests.

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

Plus Letters to the Editor

It’s spring and the time is ripe to unleash some good. “Spring cleaning,” too, which is always “good,” but what about spreading some more good juju out there? True, it sounds rather California Woo Woo, but look around—we happen to be in a kind of Mecca. Besides, you’re reading a newspaper with the word Good in its title, so there’s that.

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Astrology

My Pal, My Buddy, My Mom

My Pal, My Buddy, My Mom

My mother (96) died last week, 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 13, 2014. For the past nine months I never left her. I am in her home. Surrounding me everywhere are her creative (she was Leo Sun) efforts to make a beautiful home and gardens. Everything around me is my mother. However, wherever I look, her precious body is no longer here. I am devastated, in grief, in bereavement and anguish. During these last nine months all activities, each breath I took, was for my mother.

I realize in my grief that all my life I have been seeking my mother. The nine months (nine tests, gestation to birth) were very difficult. Mother’s illness demanded skills I did not possess. Often at a loss as moment-by-moment emergencies ceaselessly occurred, I stood by helpless. She would cry out “Help me, help me!” I would ask, “How can I help, Mother?” She would say, “I don’t know. Find me in your heart. Love me.” Now with her gone I do not know why I should go on.

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

Plus Letters To the Editor

You survived the Ides of March. You got through St. Patrick’s Day with ease. Now, it’s all about the beginning of spring. Fortunately, we’re not digging our way out of the snow, like some of our family members have been back east, so that’s a good thing. But take note: In case you have not grabbed a copy, be sure to pick up GT’s Spring Home & Garden magazine (at kiosks).
In it, you’ll find an abundance of features and factoids on the latest and greatest our area has to offer on the subject. Enjoy.

 

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Local Talk

Tell us about a Santa Cruz county resident whose achievements or work you find inspiring

Tell us about a Santa Cruz county resident whose achievements or work you find inspiring

I would pick Tom Davis. He is the owner of the climbing gym, Pacific Edge, and I find his climbing accomplishments and his sense of community to be very inspiring to me.

Marcus Williamson
Santa Cruz | Student

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Crime Time: Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana

Crime Time: Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana

It is against the law to drive under the influence of marijuana in California. If you are pulled over and the officer suspects you’re stoned, he or she may call in a Drug Recognition Expert who will evaluate you for signs of intoxication such as dilated pupils and dry mouth. If convicted, you risk up to five years probation, fees and fines, participation in a Drinking Driver Program as well as a suspension or restriction of your driving privilege. Anyone arrested for DUI/THC should contact a lawyer who specializes in DUI cases. There are many inconclusive factors regarding driving under the influence of marijuana and the THC test results that should be considered.

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Astrology

The Three Levels of Pisces

The Three Levels of Pisces

Sunday is the Full moon Pisces Solar Festival (26 degrees) and Purim, the Jewish Festival of Queen Esther who saved the temple in Persia and her people.
In this last week of Pisces, let us understand Pisces more. Our world is made up of energy triangles (like Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic domes). Every person, event, kingdom functions on three levels (Personality, Soul, Spirit—the Trinity in all of creation and religions).

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

Plus Letters To the Editor

Let’s face it, the moods swing. Sometimes too often for some of us. But if you ever think you don’t have it in you to get through something challenging, perhaps this week’s cover story on Santa Cruzan Alekz Londos will help you shift some limited thinking. Londos, perhaps one of the most enterprising locals we’ve come across in the past year, has a tremendous amount of disaster-relief training under his belt. He’s also quite brave. In the past decade, he’s been on hand for relief efforts in the aftermaths of several storms and hurricanes that plagued the United States and beyond. 

 

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Reflecting Glass

Composer Philip Glass’ first trip to Big Sur was by motorcycle; little did he know that he’d establish a music festival there six decades later.

 

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, occurs this year during Libra, the sign of creating right relations with all aspects life and with earth’s kingdoms. We contemplate (the Libra meditation) forgiveness, which means, “to give for another.” Forgiveness is not pardon. It’s a sacrifice (fire in the heart, giving from the heart). Forgiveness is giving up for the good of the other. This is the law of evolution (the path of return).

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of September 26

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Wurst Case Scenario

Venus Spirits releases agave spirit, Renee Shepherd on planting garlic, Sausagefest 2014, and wine harvest in full swing

 

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Best of Santa Cruz County

The 2013 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll and Critics’ Picks It’s our biggest issue of the year, and in it, your votes—more than 6,500 of them—determined the winners of The Best of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll. New to the long list of local restaurants, shops and other notables that captured your interest: Best Beer Selection, Best Locally Owned Business, Best Customer Service and Best Marijuana Dispensary. In the meantime, many readers were ever so chatty online about potential new categories. Some of the suggestions that stood out: Best Teen Program and Best Web Design/Designer. But what about: Dog Park, Church, Hotel, Local Farm, Therapist (I second that!) or Sports Bar—not to be confused with Bra. Our favorite suggestion: Best Act of Kindness—one reader noted Café Gratitude and the free meals it offered to the Santa Cruz Police Department in the aftermath of recent crimes. Perhaps some of these can be woven into next year’s ballot, so stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy the following pages and take note of our Critics’ Picks, too, beginning on page 91. A big thanks for voting—and for reading—and an even bigger congratulations to all of the winners. Enjoy.  -Greg Archer, EditorBest of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll INDEX

 

Apricot Wine for Dessert

Thomas Kruse Winery, a participant in the new Santa Clara Wine Trail, has been around for a long time—since 1971, to be exact. When our little group arrived to try some wine at the Kruses’ low-key tasting room, Thomas Kruse and his wife Karen were there to greet us. Theirs is a small operation, and they’re proud to offer quality wine at affordable prices. “Because we are small and low-tech, it’s easy to relate to the whole winemaking process,” says Karen—and the Kruses take pride in making wine “just like it has been made for centuries.”