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There is no shortage of creativity in Santa Cruz County. Big dollars for creativity and creative folk? Well, that can be debated. Regardless, all the panache that makes Santa Cruz stand out artistically comes to life this weekend as the annual Open Studios Art Tour officially begins. All that, coupled with First Friday, make this week truly art-inspired. GT reflects on several Open Studios artists whose work seems destined to capture the attention of locals.

 

 

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Astrology

Libra New Moon Festival: Let Choice Be Made.

Libra New Moon Festival: Let Choice Be Made.

It’s a rather unusual, possibly irrational and unexpected week, with things unforeseen, unanticipated and unpredicted occurring. We may experience a subtle nervousness and anxiety due to Uranus interacting with the Sun and planets. Sun/Moon in Libra opposes Uranus in Aries - creating all things unexpected and new with finance and relationships.

Friday (Libra new moon festival) through Tuesday, Saturn, Mercury, Uranus and Scorpio are all in a jumble of interactions. Things interconnected yet uncompromising continue throughout the week. We seek harmony and confront chaos. The moon (humanity) travels between the planets, with Uranus in charge. Change becomes the norm.

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Local Talk

What more could be done to combat bike theft in Santa Cruz?

What more could be done to combat bike theft in Santa Cruz?

Use the bicycle lockers downtown, they're five cents an hour, they're all over town. There's one by the bus stop, one by the Goodwill. You just have to look for them. You always wonder what those green boxes are.

Steve Phillips
Santa Cruz | Photographer

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

Plus Letters To the Editor


Proving that individuals with differing opnions can, in fact, discuss issues in a civil manner, Rick Longinotti and Mike Rotkin chat with GT this week on the controversial subject of seawater desalination. Rotkin, a former Santa Cruz mayor and councilman, and Longinotti, a retired electrician and environmental activist have expressed their opinions on the matter over the years—Longinotti founded the Desal Alternatives group; Rotkin is now a sesal supporter. That said, you may find their conversation with GT rather illuminating. Turn to this week’s News section for the full report.

 

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Astrology

Mercury Heads Into Scorpio

Mercury Heads Into Scorpio

It’s almost Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, Festival of Ingathering Light celebrations. Thursday is possibly one of the kindest, most loving days of the year. Venus in Scorpio trines Jupiter in Cancer. It could also be the most nourishing and most passionate. Let’s observe and help create this day for others—offering love, kindness and nourishment in great measure providing a waterfall of happiness (personality feeling) and joy (Soul quality). Saturday Venus in Scorpio squares Mars in Leo. 

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Local Talk

Is fish still safe to eat?

Is fish still safe to eat?

I think it depends on the fish. If it was a blue fin tuna that just swam over from the Japanese reactors, I don’t think I would eat it. But other fish is OK.

Justin Cummings
Santa Cruz | PHD Student

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

Plus Letters To the Editor


It’s a festive week ahead as we officially head into the fall season. Topping the list may be all the happenings unfolding in nearby Monterey, where the Monterey Jazz Festival comes to life beginning Sept. 20. GT highlights the fest and chats with music icon Charlie Hunter, whose brilliance on the guitar, as well his breadth of musical talents—blues, jazz, funk and more—certainly stand out. No doubt the man will a showstopper this year.

 

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Local Talk

What are your thoughts on UCSC growth?

What are your thoughts on UCSC growth?

I think it's a bad idea unless they make everyone just bring a bicycle to get around.

Jamie Langley
Santa Cruz | Outdoor Educator

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Astrology

The Soul and Spiritual Task of the United States

The Soul and Spiritual Task of the United States

Sunday is Fall Equinox with Sun entering Libra. Autumn and winter emphasize the Soul. “Destiny of the Nations,” by Alice Bailey (scribe for the Tibetan Teacher Djwhal Khul) refers to the Soul purpose of the United States. I quote from the book in the light of the Syrian situation.

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

Plus Letters To the Editor

I was struck by something spiritual leader Gangaji was quoted as saying (see “Quote of the Week”): “Need nothing and see what happens.” Imagine that. Now imagine what does not happen when the need for something is calmed—less mental chatter, more fulfillment perhaps? I’m game. Here’s to stepping into that possibility. In the short-term, however, I do need you to read this week’s cover story. Well, it’s not really a need—more like a suggestion. 

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Growing Hope

Campos Seguros combats sexual assault in the Watsonville farmworker community Farm work was a way of life for Rocio Camargo, who grew up in Watsonville as the daughter of Mexican immigrants. Her parents met while working the fields 30 years ago, and her father went on to run Fuentes Berry Farms.

 

Cardinal Grand Cross in the Sky

Following Holy Week (passion, death and burial of the Pisces World Teacher) and Easter Sunday (Resurrection Festival), from April 19 to the 23, the long-awaited and discussed Cardinal Cross of Change appears in the sky, composed of Cardinal signs Aries, Libra, Cancer, and Capricorn, with planets (13-14 degrees) Uranus (in Aries), Jupiter (in Cancer), Mars (in Libra) and Pluto (in Capricorn), an actual geometrical square or cross configuration. Cardinal signs mark the seasons of change, initiating new realities.

 

Sugar: The New Tobacco?

Proposed bill would require warning labels on sugary drinks Will soda and other saccharine libations soon come with a health warning? They will if it’s up to our state senator, Bill Monning (D-Carmel). On Feb. 27, Monning proposed first-of-its-kind legislation that would require a consumer warning label be placed on sugar-sweetened beverages sold in California. SB 1000, also known as the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Safety Warning Act, was proposed to provide vital information to consumers about the harmful effects of consuming sugary drinks, such as sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, and sweetened teas.

 

Animal Magnetism

Bear, mouse dare to be friends in charming ‘Ernest and Celestine’ It’s not exactly Romeo and Juliet. It’s not even a romance, although it is a love story about two individuals separated by prejudice who find the courage to form an unshakable bond despite the rules and traditions that keep them apart.
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Foodie File: Red Apple Cafe

Breakfast takes center stage at Gracia Krakauer's Red Apple Cafe Before they moved to Aptos, Gracia and her husband Dan Krakauer would visit friends in Santa Cruz County and eat at the Red Apple Café all the time. Then they moved up here from Santa Monica five years ago, and bought the Aptos location (there’s a separate one in Watsonville) from the family who owned it for two decades.

 

How would you feel about a tech industry boom in Santa Cruz?

I feel like it would ruin the small old-town feeling of Santa Cruz. It wouldn’t be the same Surf City kind of vacation town that it is. Antoinette BennettSanta Cruz | Construction Management

 

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

 

Trout Gulch Vineyards

Cinsault 2012—la grande plage diurne The most popular wines on store shelves are those most generally known and available—Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, which are all superb for sure. But when you come across a more unusual varietal, like Trout Gulch Vineyards’ Cinsault ($18), it opens up a whole new world.