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What’s your solution to the zombie's on Pacific Avenue?

What’s your solution to  the zombie's on Pacific Avenue?

A lot of the people have certain needs that aren't being met and they go to Pacific Avenue either for attention or perhaps to get money. If we could find another way to meet those needs, it would be good. It is a problem, but I don't know if we could have a simple sound bite solution.
Richard Snow
Santa Cruz | Substitute Teacher

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Quick On Her Feet

I had to chuckle when I read something from local Jim Rosenstein, who is part of a fascinating venture surrounding Climate Action Day. At the bottom of one of his notes was this tagline: “The planet doesn't give a damn about politics.” Gotta love that. On the flipside, do we give a damn about the planet? Now that we’ve endured the political and economic roller coasters of the past year, are we giving enough attention to more pressing concerns ... as in the health of the planet? That’s where Rosenstein and others who are part of the Climate Action Team come in. Mark  Saturday Oct. 24 on your calendars. That’s the day that you, and others in the area, can take part in a global campaign to raise the level of awareness on just how dire our state of enivironmental circumstances are—and will continue to be—if action isn’t taken right now.

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Opinion

Mardi Wormhoudt Faces Her Most Serious Battle

Mardi Wormhoudt Faces Her Most Serious Battle

They say that journalists should not reveal their sources. But as is so often true, Santa Cruz does things differently. Sources and journalists here can be metaphorically in bed together for years at a time, and the relations between the newsmakers and news reporters sometimes run deep. Once in a while, people even become friends.

Such is my relationship with Mardi Wormhoudt, former Santa Cruz mayor, former dominating presence on the county Board of Supervisors and one of my most indispensible friends.

Mardi now is battling melanoma, and those close to her say the long-term prognosis is not good. She remains an active presence in Santa Cruz, but her medical situation gives us pause to consider what she has meant to the community.

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Astrology

Capitalism – A Love Story

Capitalism – A Love Story

In the Libra sky each night, as of this writing, Jupiter (Ray 2, Love/Wisdom) and the Moon (veiling Uranus, Ray 7, new world) have been companions. They are the rulers of Aquarius (Age of Knowledge), the planets that are seeding humanity to bring forth the new culture and civilization. Knowledge we must have in our world today. We must have knowledge and intelligence in order to reach the Soul, which is the only vehicle that can observe, understand, and choose to stand against the forces of darkness, obstruction and materialism. Libra tells us we must no longer be blinded to the dangers among us. It is important to know our country has been educationally dumbed-down with 40 percent of our citizenry functionally illiterate. When we are illiterate we cannot discriminate (Virgo) or make choices (Libra), the task for humanity this month.

Although he often looks hapless and disheveled (he seeks comfort—Taurus Sun), filmmaker Michael Moore is an unrelenting (Sun, Vesta, Venus in Taurus) force (Pluto in Leo in the 1st) to be reckoned with. Casting his wicked humor that sheds light into the darkness, Moore gives us hope as he knocks on doors and enters offices where many “fear to tread.” Moore’s film reveals corporate injustice, cruelty, unfairness, prejudice, inequality, bias, wrongdoing, disparity and ultimately the self-indulgent greed ruling our present centralized world and that has directed us all quietly and subtly into the “Matrix.”

As his films uncover the hidden and controlling realities that have led to humanity no longer owning its food sources, seeds, soil, farms, money, banks, homes,  education or minds, Moore lends each of us the strong arm of knowledge and a dose of reality. Within his truth-telling, we are invited to stand against the forces that quietly and cunningly continue to oppress. Moore’s latest film (his work is a love story), Capitalism : A Love Story opening in a thousand American theatres this week asks us to “Rise up”, to take back our days and nights, our farms, families, soil, seeds money, banking, local towns and cities and above all our education.

And so, during Libra, which each gives us a month to make a great life decision, Moore’s film informs and illumines our minds (and hearts) assisting us to choose which side we are on. It’s the Arjuna Experience once again with Krishna bidding us to take up arms. Where do each of us stand? Pacifism, in the light of our present world dangers, is not a choice. (See Moore’s chart at nightlightnews.com)

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Local Talk

What would be the most fun, yet healthy food item added to children’s school lunches?

What would be the most fun,  yet healthy food item added to children’s school lunches?

I think a homemade version of yogurt would be really great, where you just put unsweetened yogurt with granola and maple syrup and fruit together and shake it up in a bag and eat it from the bag.
Rachel Zack
Santa Cruz | Planner

 

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Food For Thought
Endless Wars

Dance is hot. Take one look at some of the offerings on television and it’s easy to see that’s true. But beyond reality shows, there’s a fascinating reality that one local woman is living. Her name is Ruby Vasquez, she lives in Watsonville and she’s doing everything in her power to keep a Mexican tradition alive. Vasquez is the subject of this week’s cover story (page 14), where writer Leslie Patrick explores the local’s passion for dance, its value and the importance of honoring it. Read on.

 

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Opinion

He’s the First Bi-racial President

He’s the First Bi-racial President

So much was made about Barack Obama being the first African-American president, that more subtle—and more important—issues were ignored.

Obama, at 48, is decidedly not a Baby Boomer. He wasn’t part of the raging segregation debate of the ’50s, nor was he an adult during the tumult of the ’60s—black power, white rage, all the rest.

Obama’s election was instead a triumph of a new generation, one that is more comfortable about diversity than the generation that came before. Nowhere is that more obvious than the recent public discussion of whether the rude outburst by U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, the South Carolina Republican. A number of columnists, and no less an observer than former President Jimmy Carter, almost reflexively maneuvered themselves to an allegation of racism.

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Astrology

Libra and Right Relations

Libra and Right Relations

We are under the influence of Libra—ruling relationships, marriage and economics, seeking balance between polarities. We presently see polarities between governments, leaders and nations but especially experience polarity within relationships. Always when there is polarity and tension. Tension creates “attention.” In relationships, under the jurisdiction of Libra, polarities, if not integrated (male/female, etc.), create conflict and with conflict a new harmony within relationship is being called forth—difficult yet a process of learning. Out of conflict there will be harmony, but we don’t know what the New Harmony will be while experiencing the phase of conflict. Feeling chaotic is the first step in creativeness. Relationships are not only battlegrounds. They are schools where we learn how to interact, how to cooperate, love and serve each other. In relationships we learn how to be in relationships and we learn who we are.

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Local Talk

What’s your best tip to making your home your haven?

What’s your best tip to making your home your haven?

Do things in your home that you love to do.
Michael Orick
Santa Cruz | Library Guy

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Breaking Down Barriers
Locals Only

I think it’s always good to know exactly where your compass is pointing. I’m talking about that internal compass, the one that we have to rely on to give us a clue on what direction we’re headed—or supposed to be headed. For that, I say it never hurts to ask youself if the actions you are taking match where you think that compass ought to be pointing. On a simpler note, and perhaps less “Californian” in nature, there’s always the trusty weather vane, which tops our list of inventive items to include in your fall Home and Garden check list. (You do have one, right?)

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Picture of Health

Santa Cruz just received a high ranking among California counties. But it may be hiding some of the biggest health dangers facing our area

 

Mars Enters Scorpio: The Nine Tests

Over the years I’ve mentioned the nine tests of Mars and Scorpio. The tests are given to everyone—unawakened, beginning to awaken, and the awakened. The purpose is to test our strength, courage, ability to adapt, discriminate and have discernment. To see if we are deceived by illusion or are “warriors triumphant, emerging from the battle.”

 

Final Cut

Cedar Street Video to close after 10 years at downtown location

 

Time Capsule

Actors age in real time in audacious, mesmerizing ‘Boyhood’
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Foodie File: Maharaja

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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

 

Muns Vineyard Rosé of Pinot Noir

This vivacious cherry-pink Rosé is a simply beautiful summer wine.