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Santa Cruz County enjoys the fall season. Often, it feels as if there are too many events you just can’t pass up. Last weekend, it was the 8th Annual Gourmet Grazing on the Green, as well as the Santa Cruz County Fair. This weekend, it’s the Ethnic Dance Festival and FashionArt Santa Cruz. In other words, load up on carbs and have plenty of water on hand—it’s best to have sustenance before embarking out this weekend. Learn more about the Ethnic Dance Festival, as well as other dance-related matters, including the new things unraveling at Motion Pacific/Motion at the Mill. And, like many others eager to witness living, breathing, catwalk-walking art, take note of FashionArt Santa Cruz on Saturday, Sept. 24.
From dance and fashion, we move to photography, and the mindbending journey local photographer Jana Marcus found herself on more than seven years ago, when she decided to embark on a creative mission to shed more light on transgenders and their journeys. The result was the award-winning photography show, “Transfigurations.” Now, the show has been made into book form, and Marcus is set to speak at several local booksignings in the coming weeks, including a Capitola Book Café talk on Thursday, Sept. 29. Dive into this week’s cover story to learn more about Marcus’ journey and the evolution of her work.
In the meantime, in News this week, News Editor Elizabeth Limbach caught up with PETA president Ingrid Newkirk for an insightful conversation. It’s illuminating, to say the least. Also in News, learn how one local woman is surprising all by living (well) with a debilitating blood disorder that has some baffled.
Speaking of health ... October—arriving sooner than you can blink—is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Find out more about that and other issues at womencaresantacruz.org.
Thanks for reading. Have a
healthy week ...

Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief
Letters to the Editor

Sovereignty After All?
After reading the Raw Food Sovereignty article (GT 9/8) I was in agreement with Mr. Coonerty. If you have a family and the land, why should the government have the right to tell you if you can have animals or grow a garden? As a child my family needed the garden to feed us in the winter when my parents were unable to get to work due to weather. And large families need all the help they can get. More now than in the ’60s and ’70s.
Seems to me that the government has to have their fingers into everything, even our private lives. Where is our freedom of choice in what we do if we are told we can't have herd shares for those who want them?
If the government is so good at planning, why are we at such a high employment rate and the cost of everything is so high that some of us have to do without, or choose between food, shelter, or clothing? These are my private feelings. I use a system at the libaray because I live on less than $800 per month. Can you?
S. Empson
Santa Cruz

Missiles and More ...
Thank you for allowing Debra Ellis to correct what she claims was a misquote (GT 5/15). The bottom line though is that more than 10,000 rockets and missiles have been fired at Israeli civilians from Gaza. Some are homemade from material that could be used for construction and some are imported from Iran and elsewhere. Ms. Ellis must know that if there was no naval blockade, even more weapons would reach the hands of Hamas terrorists. Subsequent to her misadventure, the United Nations Palmer Report concluded that the blockade is legal under international law because of the attacks from Gaza. She might not be aware of a claim that weapons are being sent by sea but that just might confirm the effectiveness of the blockade. After all. she must be aware of Iranian promises to arm Hamas with missiles, or perhaps the human rights agencies neglected to tell her.
Gil Stein
Aptos

Best Online Comments

On ‘Undoing Racism ...
America offers opportunity to make dreams come true. Why some people get lost in the process many times is their own fault.  I know a Mexican woman who is 35 years old and going on child number seven as we speak. Why someone has to procreate so much is beyond my comprehension—not in these times, not with this economy, it doesn't make sense. If you ask her opinion about life, she ether gives you some divine excuse for what she is doing or she blames others for not “helping her enough.” It doesn't matter how much taxes we pay, there isn't going to be enough at this rate. The list goes on. They just think of the moment but never see the big picture to see the future of these kids they are bringing [into the world]. Are they going to become good or bad people? Are they going to become bitter and resentful or will they be able to grow and learn and be successful? People don't want to change their ways, they just want others to change for them.
—Vivariva


Everyone talks about this race problem and says that this “race” problem will be over when the Third World pours into every white country and only into white countries. Everyone says the final solution to this race problem is for every white country and only white countries to “assimilate,” that is, inter-marry, with all those non-whites. According to the UN, this is genocide. They claim they are anti-racist, but what they are is anti-white. Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.
—Tom Leggett

On  the Ohlones and ‘Looking at What’s Sacred’ ...
This is all so Santa Cruzish typically hypocritical. Find one body and it's sacred? Oh please. Talk to any contractor who has built for years in the county, they can tell you stories. Seven bodies were taken out of Capitola Vacatican court. The knoll is about as sacred as Cache Creek.
—Realist
Columns - Editors Note

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When you think of fall and the change of seasons, no doubt images of lively festivals come to mind. The brightest of the bunch has to be the Santa Cruz County Fair, which runs through Sept. 18. The theme this year: Dancing With the Steers. (Good one.) There’s so much unfolding at this bold event this year, it’s challenging to list it all effectively—everything from talent competitions to good ol’ traditional county fair fun. Check out santacruzcountyfair.com for more information.

In other “events”-related news, it’s hard to pass up FashionArt Santa Cruz. What a curious creative beast this is. Now in its sixth year, the engaging “art as fashion” event continues to bloom. This week’s cover story (page 14) highlights some of the people behind the scenes. But mark your calendar: The night to remember is Sept. 24 at the Civic. See fashionartsantacruz.com for more details and pick up GT next week for even more details.

There are insightful bons mots in this week’s guest column, penned by Tom Honig (page 6). Is the past ... in the past? Or do we continue to drag into the present? Those are a few of the thoughts Honig reflects on, and heads into political waters a bit, noting that, “Republicans are fixated on Ronald Reagan and the ‘80s—which itself was a period of nostalgia. Democrats are harkening back to FDR and JFK and LBJ.” Read on and send us your thoughts at [email protected]

In the meantime, it’s the middle of September—yes, already!—so brace yourself: the season of “reflection” is afoot. Relax. This doesn’t have to be turbo-therapy—although sometimes it’s good to buckle up and get over things quickly. But it never hurts to take time to reflect upon the state of one’s life and the world, for that matter. So, as you look back over what has already unraveled in 2011, what stands out thus far? This week, take some time to ponder it all.

Until next time ...

 

Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief


Letters to the Editor

Some Clarity About ‘Hope’
As a passenger on the Audacity of Hope I was appreciative of Good Times publishing an article about the International Flotilla II— Stay Human. It is critical to raise awareness about the crisis in Gaza, so thank you for having done so. There was one critical error in the article, however. I will share with you the correction as I noted it on my website: The article did an excellent job of capturing part of my experience aboard the Audacity of Hope, with the exception of one significant error. A misquote was printed, leaving the opposite impression from what was reported. I was incorrectly quoted as saying, “When asked about Israel’s claim that the sea blockade is necessary to keep weapons out of the hands of Hamas, Ellis says she is not aware of evidence that weapons are reaching Hamas, but is aware of evidence cited by numerous human rights agencies that the blockade is punishing a civilian population.”
What I did state is, “I am not aware of evidence supporting a claim of weapons being sent to Gaza by sea, but I am aware of evidence, cited by numerous human rights agencies, that the blockade is punishing a civilian population.” In appreciation,
Debra Ellis
Santa Cruz


Getting Clear About La Bahia
The statements in Local Talk (8/25) reveal a lack of understanding of the role of the Coastal Commission regarding the proposed La Bahia hotel. In this case, the Commission's Central Coast Staff concluded that (1) the existing foundation does not meet current building codes, is vulnerable to damage from a significant earthquake, and denies access to the disabled; (2) demolition of the old building is consistent with the land-use-plan amendment; (3) public views from the wharf, West Cliff Drive and other points will be maintained; and (4) the new hotel will enhance public access to the coast for both locals and visitors.
These are the facts and they do matter. Read the Staff Report on the Coastal Commission's web site. Two votes stood in the way of this project, which was overwhelmingly supported in our community after years of a thorough, open public process, including hundreds of hours of public hearings. Mark Stone and one other commissioner could have chosen to embrace rather than to ignore the report of its own staff. Apparently they do not trust our community to decide what's best for the majority of its citizens.
Robert deFreitas
Santa Cruz

Best Online Comments

On the Miki Dora cover story...
The early memories you describe are both vivid and real. I do remember him coming to Santa Cruz and the stir he caused ... I also followed Dora and the dream I saw him in France in the later years and yes he was trouble ... An icon yes and memories to last a life time good or bad.
—Steve Plant

On Nina Simon and MAH ...
As another non-artist art activist I read the interview with the whole of the allied arts in mind. How to make art relevant to a whole community. If art segregates there is a problem, not the least of which is its sustainability. Is anyone familiar with a think tank on the issue of democratizing art? I should like to compare notes and develop something fresh. The line between formal and informal art is not a healthy one.
—Stephen Scanlon

On Food Justice and FoodWhat?! ...
I am just appalled by how much information the produce farms are putting on their product! I only eat organic foods from Trader Joe’s, Staff of Life and Whole Foods when we need to go shopping. My dad is always picky about the chicken he buys from these places, now I know why. Help keep our farms chemical free!
—sonofthesungodApollo

This is such a great resource for people interested in organic farming, or even for someone who is just moving from home and wanting to start growing there own food. I think it is such a blessing that students have acess to something as productive and green-promoting as this program.
—Shoshana Carver


Columns - Editors Note

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From the EditorPlus Letters to the Editor

When most people think of Santa Cruz, it’s the surf and the music that comes to mind, two great things that generate quite a bit of buzz locally. True, there’s more to the area than those two terrific things, but undoubtedly, you can’t have a conversation about Santa Cruz, or its history, without somehow bringing music into the mix. On that note ... this week, Music Editor Jenna Brogan dives into music matters that will no doubt interest readers. The topic? The “underground” music scene. And what’s that, exactly? Well, take a look around. Apparently there are quite a few local portals dedicated to providing a unique venue for some of the area’s offbeat, yet thoroughtly entertaining musicians and entertainers. Who are these muses? Where are these venues? Turn to this week’s cover story to learn more. And send us your thoughts at [email protected]
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The Meaning of ‘LIFE’

With a new documentary film about his work, and huge exhibits on both coasts, acclaimed Santa Cruz nature photographer Frans Lanting is having a landmark year. But his crusade for conservation doesn’t leave much time for looking back

 

Seasons of Opportunity

Everything in our world has a specific time (a season) in which to accomplish a specific work—a “season” that begins (opportunity) and ends (time’s up). I can feel the season is changing. The leaves turning colors, the air cooler, sunbeams casting shadows in different places. It feels like a seasonal change has begun in the northern hemisphere. Christmas is in four months, and 2015 is swiftly speeding by. Soon it will be autumn and time for the many Festivals of Light. Each season offers new opportunities. Then the season ends and new seasons take its place. Humanity, too, is given “seasons” of opportunity. We are in one of those opportunities now, to bring something new (Uranus) into our world, especially in the United States. Times of opportunity can be seen in the astrology chart. In the U.S. chart, Uranus (change) joins Chiron (wound/healing). This symbolizes a need to heal the wounds of humanity. Uranus offers new archetypes, new ways of doing things. The Uranus/Chiron (Aries/Pisces) message is, “The people of the U.S. are suffering. New actions are needed to bring healing and well-being to humanity. So the U.S. can fulfill its spiritual task of standing within the light and leading humanity within and toward the light.” Thursday, Aquarius Moon, Mercury enters Libra. The message, “To bring forth the new order in the world, begin with acts of Goodwill.” Goodwill produces right relations with everyone and everything. The result is a world of progressive well-being and peacefulness (which is neither passive nor the opposite of war). Saturday is the full moon, the solar light of Virgo streaming into the Earth. Our waiting now begins, for the birth of new light at winter solstice. The mother (hiding the light of the soul, the holy child), identifying the feminine principle, says, “I am the mother and the child. I, God (Father), I Matter (Mother), We are One.”

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of August 28

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Land of Plenty

Farm to Fork benefit dinner for UCSC’s Agroecology Center, plus a zippy salsa from Teresa’s Salsa that loves every food it meets

 

If you knew you had one week to live, what would you do?

Make peace with myself, which would allow me to be at peace with others. Diane Fisher, Santa Cruz, Network Engineer

 

Comanche Cellars

Michael Simons, owner and winemaker of Comanche Cellars, once had a trusted steed called Comanche, which was part of his paper route and his rodeo circuit, from the tender age of 10. In memory of this beautiful horse, he named his winery Comanche, and Comanche’s shoes grace the label of each handcrafted bottle.

 

Cantine Winepub

Aptos wine and tapas spot keeps it casual