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Should the county buy the coastal rail line for a train and trail?

Should the county buy the coastal rail line for a train and trail?

Yes. I think that more safe bike routes across town will make biking easier and so then more people will do it. There will be less traffic on the roads. It will be nicer for people who are driving.
Jake Thomas
Santa Cruz | Graduate student

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Opinion

The Creative Carter`

The Creative Carter`If memory serves, this country’s political process was the result of an impersonation of Jimmy Carter. A civic-minded seventh-grade teacher asked for three students to prepare a speech that reflected the views and politics of three presidential candidates—Jon Anderson, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. After the speeches, we were told we would debate each other and the students would vote for the candidate of their choosing. This had to be 1980; I must have been 12 years old.
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Astrology

Sagittarius, Venus, Gratitude

Sagittarius, Venus, GratitudeSaturday Sun enters Sagittarius. The energies shift from Scorpio’s deep and transformative waters onto the “plains of Sagittarius”. Sag is the rider on a white horse, eyes focused entirely upon the mountain peaks of Capricorn (Initiation) ahead. Like Scorpio, Sagittarius is a “disciple.” Adventure, luck and optimism, joy and the beginnings of gratitude are the hallmarks of Sagittarius.
Venus this week captures our energy, interacting daily with other planets. Thursday, Venus squares Mars and relationships turn into battlegrounds, rainstorms and passionate encounters occur. Sunday Venus joins Ceres and nurturing becomes the main principle mentally and in the heart. Monday Venus squares Jupiter and our values come into question, especially money. We’ll need to take a different path and bring something of value into form and matter. Tuesday evening Venus squares Chiron and our wounds are felt. We seek the most holistic methods to tend to what hurts. The old ways (direction of energy) won’t work anymore. Wednesday Venus trines Uranus - a brilliant aspect – with everyone becoming social and many discussing how to contribute to the betterment of the world; how to bring forth, with intelligence and heart, the new culture and civilization.
It’s time to give thanks … letting our gratitude be the light in the season of darkness.
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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

Plus Letters to Good Times...
Matters of the Art
Talking it Through
So, Long Mort!
HOLIDAY DEADLINES

Oh how the days move quickly. With six weeks left until a new decade begins—take a moment, let that sink in—this is probably a good time to ask: What’s going on in your mind? Where’s your focus? What are you thinking about? I don’t mean to sound overly Oprah, but this is the time of year when we all seem to be doing a great deal more reflecting. Recently, I heard the phrase, “I think it’s good to go from ‘Me’ to ‘We.’” I didn’t say it—I was entirely too preoccupied with myself at the time—but it’s hard to pass up that bit of brain candy. 

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Local Talk

What makes a good conversationalist?

What makes a good  conversationalist?

Someone who's had a lot of experiences in life and is interesting, yet takes his or her turn and listens attentively and includes the other person, and is not just narcissistic and talks about themselves constantly.
Judy Moore
Santa Cruz | Volunteer/Writer

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Opinion

Politician, Heal Thyself

Politician, Heal Thyself

Isn’t it funny how elected officials are quick to regulate others but slow to regulate themselves?

Santa Cruz County Supervisor Mark Stone wants to extend a ban on plastic bags by clamping down on paper bags at local grocery stores. Under his plan retailers would be forced to offer discounts to shoppers who bring in their own reusable shopping bags. Or, perhaps, they’d charge shoppers more to use what he calls “single-use bags.”

Perhaps his idea is a good one, although I’d love to hear from retailers to find out whether the plan would lead to higher prices. But a bigger issue is something more basic: if you want to make change, start with yourself.

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Astrology

Saturn Square Pluto, Dark Sky, New Moon

Saturn Square Pluto, Dark Sky, New Moon

Saturn squares Pluto Sunday in cardinal signs Libra/Capricorn. Cardinal signs bring forth new realities, squares force us onto new pathways. As Saturn disciplines us toward reality and truth (the breakdowns, economic crisis, shootings, etc., are engineered), Pluto simply transforms everything relentlessly. Libra is about relationships, money, economics, Right Relations, Right Thinking and Right Values while Capricorn rules governments, leaders and the entire structure of our civilization. This Saturn/Pluto square occurs again Jan. 31 and Aug. 21, 2010 moving us forward on a trajectory of constant and ceaseless new direction, change and transformation. All of this humanity needs in order for our present unreal financial system to move toward a real economy based on principles of sharing. Day by day, transit-by-transit, planet-by-planet, sign by sign, over time this reorientation (Scorpio work) will occur. At first we will have suffering. Then realization.

Venus is in Scorpio for the next three weeks (till Dec. 1 at Full Moon). With Venus in Scorpio our feelings, often hidden, show themselves directly. (There's more at nightlightnews.com.)

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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

Plus Letters to Good Times...
What A Drag
In the Stars
Health Scares

November is here and it kicks off a month full of promising activities. Of course, the theme of the month is gratitude—leading to the all-empowering and downright gastro-orgasmic event known as Thanksgiving. In the coming weeks, turn to GT as we spotlight a number of locals, nonprofits and other entities striving to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Some things I came across in my travels this week that are certainly worthy of sharing: The No on Prop 8 fundraiser, sponsored by the Diversity Center in Santa Cruz. The good news is that the event unfolds at Kianti’s Pizza & Pasta Bar at 6 p.m., Nov. 17.  Kianti’s plans on donating 10 percent of its total sales that evening to the cause. See kiantis.com for more information. One more event to note: It’s the book release party of “Tribal Revival,” created by the great local photographer Kyer Wiltshire. The fun unravels at 8 p.m., Friday Nov. 6 at the Vets Hall in Santa Cruz.

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Local Talk

Are you getting the H1N1 vaccine? Why or why not?

Are you getting the H1N1 vaccine? Why or why not?

I heard some good advice that anyone over 50 has already been exposed to that particular virus. And I don't get shots.
Steven Jones
Santa Cruz | Disc Finder

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Opinion

Finding Self-Confidence

Occasionally a friend will tell me he (or she) admires my confidence, and ask if he can “run some small problem by me.” "Of course," I say. I like to listen because I believe that often we can arrive at our own answers just by sharing our thoughts with another. Sometimes I am tempted to confess that I am not as confident as I seem, but I like that I appear confident and so I never do. I like that people come to me; it is my way of making friends. I didn’t have friends growing up and have been shy and lonely much of my life.

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Mercury Enters Libra

It’s the week of Burning Man, the temporary, intentional, alternative, art-filled community on the playas of Nevada. Mercury, messenger of the Sun, enters Libra this week. Libra is the equalizer, a sign of balance and right human relations. Sometimes with Libra, we can be indecisive and confused while learning how to make balanced and right choices. Sometimes to keep the peace we communicate only what others want to hear. Eventually, we learn how to speak from the heart.

 

Final Cut

Cedar Street Video to close after 10 years at downtown location

 

Banter and Spark

Engaging actors, wry script distinguish lightweight rom-com ‘What If’

 

Back to Silicon Beach

With a new wave of startups, the future of Santa Cruz tech looks more promising than ever
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Foodie File: Beer Thirty

Cups runneth over at Soquel’s new beer garden

 

What’s the nicest thing you’ve done for someone this week?

Germany  |  Beekeeper

 

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

 

A Cab To Be Coveted

I first tasted Villa del Monte’s 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon at a Fourth of July party, where the hosts had bought a case of it because they love it and didn’t want to run out. It’s one of those wines that will grab you—in the best way—with its full body and rich fruit characteristics.