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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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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

Plus Letters to Good Times...
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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Green Swell

Local surfboard company greens up the industry with an eco-conscious business model

 

Two Fish Bound by a Golden Cord

Until March 20, (Spring Equinox), Earth and her kingdoms (mineral, plant, animal, human) experience the influence of Pisces, sign of the World Savior. Whereas the task of Aquarius is as world server, the Pisces task is saving the world—tasks given to the two fishes. Pisces never really enters matter, and as the last sign of the zodiac includes all the signs. During Pisces, having gathered all the gifts of the previous 11 signs, it is a good time to prepare for new initiating plans when Aries (sign of beginnings) begins. No wonder Pisces, like Scorpio, is so difficult (both are ruled by Pluto, planet of death, new life, regeneration, transformations). Both signs (with Scorpio drowning in dark and deep waters) find life on Earth a hardship, disorienting (from the spiritual perspective), at times feeling betrayed. Life is a paradox, especially for Pisces. Each zodiacal sign represents and distributes a different phase and facet (12) of the Soul’s diamond light, Pisces is the “Light of Life itself, ending forever the darkness of matter.” It takes two fish to complete this work (creating eventually an extraordinary human being). One fish turned toward the material world (in order to understand matter), the other fish toward the heavenly world. Around the two fish is a silvery cord binding them together. The two fish are forever bound until all of humanity is redeemed (lifted up into the Light). This is the dedication of all world saviors (Buddha, Christ, the NGWS). Thus the sacrifice and suffering experienced by Pisces. Knowing these things about Pisces, let us help them all we can. Sometimes all of humanity is Pisces.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Seal Change

Celtic selkie lore comes alive in dazzling ‘Song of the Sea’
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