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From The Editor

Greg 12Plus Letters To The EDITOR

What heated times we live in. Blog haven turned über tabloid, The Huffington Post (at which, curiously, I am still a blogger), heads into live streaming, NBC gets flack over the Olympics and meteor showers streak across the sky. Meanwhile, Downtown Santa Cruz gets an economic boost with the arrival of Forever 21 yet still debates whether to make its main thoroughfare one-way or two-way. And let’s not forget all the commentary on the homeless camp situation (see letters). So, it seems as if each day ushers in a new series of “Look here/No, look there!” And somehow, we search for levity in between. And some fun.

It was with that idea in mind that we ventured forth in crafting this year’s Fashion Issue. In fact, three words came to mind: Fun, bold and adventurous. To that end, this year’s fashion soiree is dubbed Quantum Fashion, because “fashion” exists on all levels—inside and out; visible and invisible. It features a local posse who were ready to play in industrious new settings—literally. The grand theme? Archetypes. Because we move through life admiring and/or morphing into various “archetypes”—from The Cool Chick to The Daredevil—we thought it might be festive to illuminate a few of them... CONTEST ALERT: Head to gtweekly.com and vote for your favorite archetypes. In addition to a few extra online exclusive “looks,” there are a number of fashion slideshows to peruse. Vote for your favorite for a chance to win gift certificates to a local retailer. Winners be will chosen from a random drawing. Have fun.
All this fashion chatter reminds me of the fashion faux pas of yesteryear. Was I the only young person who really dug his brown ’70s pants and yellow pullover shirt? Hmm. Probably.
Have a playful week. More next time ...
Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief


Letters to the Editor
Bad Journalism?
Your recent article on police raids of homeless camps was downright bad journalism, reprinting the official police line—that homeless are all criminals who choose to be there for their own selfish reasons—without any fact-checking or investigation. I interact daily with homeless people in Downtown Santa Cruz, including some of them quite disturbed and/or with substance abuse problems. So I understand there are legitimate concerns, yet it is simply false, and offensive, to suggest that the entire class of very-poor individuals are all criminals and unworthy of basic human decency. In a society where even in boom times there is 5 percent official unemployment, how can we be so callous as to celebrate police charging in, guns drawn, to the makeshift homes of those poorest among us?
I also fail to see any benefit in such raids. We all know these people are not going away, they're just going to find a new place to camp. In the meantime, we may be throwing more fuel on the fire by harassing and intimidating a population with some already quite disturbed and unstable individuals. I have personally been threatened multiple times as a volunteer at the Bike Church, and once had to chase off an aggressive homeless man in Harvey West Park who was shouting obscenities at the Mission Hill students I had taken there on an after-school bike ride. I would surely rather not have to deal with such situations, and yet after watching the SCPD push homeless around for over 10 years it seems obvious to me that it is not helping in the slightest.
Steve Schnaar
Santa Cruz

Online Comments
On Homeless Camps’  ...
I am a person who lives in fear of being homeless. While I currently am collecting unemployment benefits, and paying my rent, I have exhausted all monetary resources, retirement accounts, etc.
I no longer have a car—it broke and there was no money to fix it. I owe money to the IRS for siphoning off my IRAs to survive and for collecting unemployment benefits. I haven't been able to find work, and well ... I read with interest how society would plan to treat me, especially as a single man. There's really no help if you are single and male.
Down in the Dumps, But I Used to be Somebody!

What Don Lane, et al, do not mention about the 180/180 project is that it will displace those already waiting years in line for Housing Authority assistance. And, as far as I am able to ascertain, those chosen for this program do not have any obligation to clean up their act: go to rehab, counseling, work, make amends, be responsible. The main argument for the 180/180 project is that it will be cost effective in the long run. I have yet to be entirely convinced of this.
Don Honda

As a point of clarification, 180/180 does not displace anyone from the Housing Authority waiting list. We are asking the Housing Authority to establish a preference for disabled and medically vulnerable homeless people already on the waiting list, those with a high mortality risk (at risk of dying on the streets) as defined by the Vulnerability Index, which detects medical vulnerability and is based on research from Boston's Healthcare for the Homeless and has been implemented throughout the country through the national 100,000 Home campaign. To learn more, visit 180santacruz.org.
There are smart solutions to ending chronic homelessness that have been thoroughly tested and proven to work in other communities. One of the primary "smart solutions" is Permanent Supportive Housing. Check out an L.A. Times article about Project 50. Here in Santa Cruz County we're applying this proven methodology and expect to see similar cost-effective results with the 180/180 campaign.
Phil Kramer, 180/180 Project Manager

Comments (3)Add Comment
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written by a guest, November 03, 2012
180/180 has an honorable goal of increasing awarenesss of the homelessness as a social problems facing our community and our contry. Unfortunately they do not provide any direct service to homeless people and very little material support.
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written by Don Honda, August 16, 2012
http://www.gtweekly.com/index....-most.html

Quote: The 180/180 campaign requested three weeks ago that the Housing Authority set a preference for chronically homeless individuals, arguing that they have less opportunity to access the vouchers due to their circumstances, he says. They hope to have two or three set aside each month.

180/180 appealed to the County Board of Supervisors, who sent a letter to the Housing Authority supporting the priority list of Section 8 housing vouchers, Kramer says.
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written by Don Honda, August 16, 2012
Sorry, Phil Kramer. The Information out there says that 180/180 will displace those already on the Housing Authority Wait List.

http://www.santacruz.com/news/2012/07/02/doing_a_180_on_homelessness/SP2

Quote: Kramer, Martinez and company want not only to add 180 new names to the closed list, they want to bump them to the front of the list (at a rate of two per month) to guarantee these people housing above everyone else on the list who, by the way, is struggling too—that’s what Section 8 is.

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Heart Me Up

In defense of Valentine’s Day

 

“be(ing) of love (a little) more careful”—e.e. cummings

Wednesday (Feb. 10) is Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. Friday (Feb. 12) is Lincoln’s 207th birthday. Sunday is Valentine’s Day. On Ash Wednesday, with foreheads marked with a cross of ashes, we hear the words, “From dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.” Reminding us that our bodies, made of matter, will remain here on Earth when we are called back. It is our Soul that will take us home again. Lent offers us 40 days and nights of purification in preparation for the Resurrection (Easter) festival (an initiation) and for the Three Spring Festivals (at the time of the full moon)—Aries, Taurus, Gemini. The New Group of World Servers have been preparing since Winter Solstice. The number 40 is significant. The Christ (Pisces World Teacher) was in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights prior to His three-year ministry. The purpose of this desert exile was to prepare his Archangel (light) body to withstand the pressures of the Earth plane (form and matter). We, too, in our intentional purifications and prayers during the 40 days of Lent, prepare ourselves (physical body, emotions, lower mind) to receive and be able to withstand the irradiation of will, love/wisdom and light streaming into the Earth at spring equinox, Easter, and the Three Spiritual Festivals. What is Lent? The Anglo-Saxon word, lencten, comes from an ancient spring festival, agricultural rites marking the transition between winter and summer. The seasons reflect changes in nature (physical world) and humanity responds with social festivals of gratitude and of renewal. There is a purification process, prayerfulness in nature and in humanity in preparation for a great flow of spiritual energies during springtime. Valentine’s Day: Aquarius Sun, Taurus moon. Let us offer gifts of comfort, ease, harmony, beauty and satisfaction. Things chocolate and golden. Venus and Taurus things.

 

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