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Santa Cruz has been enjoying an unusually high-profile year. Recently, film crews were in town to shoot the Jay Moriarity biopic (Of Men and Mavericks). Then there’s local Chris Rene, who, over the past few weeks, has impressed judges on Fox TV’s X Factor. Of course, it’s hard not to think of James Durbin when you ponder 2011. The local singer reached meteoric heights on American Idol and turned the spotlight on Santa Cruz and the creative people it fosters, among other things. Yes, it’s been a whirlwind year for Durbin. After a busy summer concert tour with the Idol singers, he has recharged his energy and is focusing on the much-anticipated release of his first album. This week, writer Damon Orion profiles Durbin in an exclusive GT interview beginning on page 16. Learn (even) more about the hometown boy, his dreams, and what matters to him most as he makes one of the biggest turning points of his life.
There are other local heroes to note this week, too. Local hunger fighter Danny Keith has been keeping incredibly busy with his Grind Out Hunger campaign (grindouthunger.org). He recently visited Rio Del Mar Elementary and spoke with a  student leadership class about raising awareness about local hunger issues. The school has set a goal of raising 8,000 pounds of food in their drive. There’s also the venerable Second Harvest Food Bank (thefoodbank.org). Recently, SHFB generated attention for helping urge politicos not to cut federal nutrition programs when poverty in the U.S. is still growing. This month, it teams with the Museum of Art & History in Santa Cruz, which is donating $10 from every new membership it sells in November to Second Harvest’s Holiday Food Drive. Take note: the Food Bank can provide four meals for every dollar raised. Spot the food barrels around the county, especially at various holiday events. In the years that I have covered the happenings over at Second Harvest Food Bank, I’ve come to realize how relatively easy and painless it is to just ... give. Good news: That giving goes a very long way.
Onward ...
Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief

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Which Way?
Regarding the recent column on the proposed one-way street along Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz, one-way streets work. Check out Portland, Ore., and check out their parking provisions too!! One can get a credit/ticket and use it at the next meter if they need too.  Also two hours is not enough to shop and eat and 8 p.m. is too late to have the meters running.
B. Bartels
Santa Cruz


Best Online Comments

On  ‘SmartMeters’...
SmartMeters are only good for utility company executives. Concepts and theory sounds great, but upon closer inspection:
A. Utility bills are increasing where SmartMeters are installed.
B. Customer information from smart meters is not formatted for customers and does not change customer behavior towards conservation.
C. Increased utility rates may decrease energy usage, but that can be done with inexpensive time-of-use meters, not requiring expensive SmartMeters.
D. The cost-benefit of smart meters is horrendous and is being promoted to profit the utility companies and their suppliers, not customers or our society or our environment.
E. The Smart Grid does not use or require a smart meter on each home. The necessary smart information can be gathered much more efficiently and timely and inexpensively at energy distribution points. (The SmartGrid does not care how much power any one home uses.)
F. The vast amount of unnecessary and nearly useless information to be handled and stored may actually end up raising energy usage.
G. This massive billions-of-dollars SmartMeter program will leave no funds for programs that would truly bring energy- saving solutions, and the public will not be receptive to real solutions after being burned by these SmartMeters.
—Robert Williams

Is it just me? Or ... does everyone’s SmartMeter make horrible noises in the middle of the night? Like its wheels are stuck, makes loud clicking sounds.
—Not Sleeping

On  ‘Medical Marijuana’...

The idea that medical marijuana patients only smoke marijuana is disrespectful. Many patients I know use edibles or vaporizers. Carcinogenics are never even an issue. And there is a wealth of scientific research. Look up Raphael Mechoulam. He is on the cutting edge of cannabinoid research. David Evans still seems to take the 1980s ignorant D.A.R.E. view of cannabis. Educate through already established research done by international colleagues. We've come further than you think with this issue.
—Fibfanatic


Holiday Deadlines
Good Times offices will be closed Nov 24-25 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. The following holiday deadlines will be in effect for the Wednesday, Nov 23 issue: Display, Class Display,
Bulletin Board and Classified Ads:  3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17.

The following deadlines will be in effect for the Thursday, Dec 1 issue:
Display, Class Display and Bulletin Board: 3 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 23.Classified ads: 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 28. Calendar: noon Monday, Nov. 21.

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We are in the time and under the influence of Sagittarius, sign of the wanderer, good food, good music, and the joy (Jupiter as ruler) that occurs from giving to others while simultaneously giving thanks from our hearts. Having the Thanksgiving holiday during the month of Sag is not a mistake. No other sign understands joy (an aspect of the Soul) as Sag (except Pisces when not in despair). “Sag is a beam of directed and focused light. The beam reveals a greater light ahead, illuminating the Way to the center of the Light,” emitting the Ray of Joyfulness. Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude; in the form of prayers, thoughts, feelings, wishes, hopes and greetings. Gratitude is something we still need to learn. Gratitude creates goodwill. Together, gratitude and goodwill create the “thought-form of solution” for humanity and our world’s problems. Gratitude and goodwill are the prerequisites for the reappearance of the Christ, the Aquarian World Teacher. In Ancient Wisdom texts it is written, “being grateful is the hallmark of one who is enlightened.” Gratitude comes from the Soul—the characteristics of which are love and wisdom (Ray 2). Gratitude is scientifically and occultly (mental, not emotional) a releasing agent. Gratitude liberates us and everything around us. Also a service to others, gratitude is deeply scientific in nature, releasing us from the past and laying open our future path leading to the new culture and civilization, the new laws and principles, the rising light of Aquarian, the Age of Friendship and Equality. The Hierarchy lays much emphasis upon gratitude. Let us be grateful this year and this season together. And so now the days of light illuminating the darkness begin (December’s festivals and feast days). Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. I am grateful for all of you, my readers.

 

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