Santa Cruz Good Times

Monday
Aug 31st
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

From The Editor

Greg 12Locals and surf enthusiasts are familiar with the name Jay Moriarity. He was the dynamic local surfer whose celebrity soared after tackling Mavericks, the notorious surfing spot up the coast. The surf pro met an early fate at 22 years of age in 2001, but his legacy, especially here in Santa Cruz, lives on.

 

Moriarity is also the subject of the new film Chasing Mavericks, which will be released later this month and headlined by A-list celeb Gerard Butler morphing into Moriarity’s mentor Richard “Frosty” Hesson. Of course, for those rooted here, Frosty is no stranger. His soulful way of being, not to mention his inspiring insights, have made the man a legend in his own right, which is what writer Geoffrey Dunn illuminates in this week’s cover story. Learn more about the man who inspired Moriarity, the upcoming film and much more.

Speaking of locals, Good Times welcomes one back—in a major way. We welcome publisher Jeff Mitchell, who has been an active force in the media industry for some time. After a successful run as a Santa Cruz Sentinel advertising executive, he later joined GT’s parent company, Mainstreet Media, and comes off of a nice run as publisher of Poway News Chieftan, Rancho Bernardo News Journal and the Ramona Sentinel, three community newspapers in the San Diego area. Here’s to all new ventures ahead as we continue to delve deeper into the modern media world. (Learn more about Jeff in next week’s GT.)

In the meantime, be sure to take note of one of the county’s biggest, brightest and boldest creative endeavors—Open Studios. The celebrated artistic cultural event begins the first of its three-weekend run on Oct. 6 and 7. Click here for the full rundown—and be sure to check out GT next week for further updates.

What’s left? Good times. Have some this week. More next time ...

Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief


Letters to the Editor

Are Politicians the True Leaders?
In response to “Just Wondering’s” comment on Desal, the problem with letting “leaders” make the important decisions is the leaders are politicians. By definition their choices will be political ones; not decisions that are based on facts, science, sound economics and what  is good for most people.

Point in fact: 30 years ago politicians made a political decision against building the Zayante Dam. We would have abundant cheap water now if those so-called leaders had made a smart decision then instead of a political one. Now we have new politicians and this time the smart voters don’t want politicians deciding such a critical issue as a desal plant.

Maybe the smart desal decision this time is the one that should have been made long ago. Build the Zayante Dam with an electric generation component. And before the dam is filled; log the back bay and sell the timber to defray the cost. Give me smart, sentient voters over a politician every time.
Stuart Howell
Santa Cruz


The FLOWdown    
Regarding the upcoming election, while FLOW (Friends of Locally Owned Water) was working to purchase Felton’s water system from a foreign multinational, I stopped in Bruce McPherson’s Sacramento office. I was told by his chief aide that Mr. McPherson would—unequivocally—not meet with or help us. If he wouldn’t meet with a large, local group on something so critically needing his state-level help, why would we expect his attention now?

The 5th District Supervisor race provides a very clear choice: old guard power structure vs. fresh, local, hard work.

I’m truly excited to support Eric Hammer for Supervisor. I’ve known him for years: he’s come up through the grassroots, really listens, rolls up his sleeves and works harder than anyone I know for our kids, our environment, our economy. At every forum, his understanding of what’s actually happening locally and how to create real, positive change ran circles around his opponents.
Barbara Sprenger
Santa Cruz


Online Comments
On ‘The Vets Hall Reopening’ ...  
These are established facts. 1) The Veterans Memorial Building was shut down in five hours when only modest repairs could have kept the building open safely for years without long-term disruption of veterans affairs. (Refer to UVC SCC trial civil engineering testimony.) 2) The county is short of cash yet promoting millions to be spent for a huge and unnecessary renovation instead of quick necessary lower-cost effective repairs of slaking concrete columns and piers and a new boiler.
—An insider's Knowledge

On ‘Desalination and You’ ...
How healthy is it to drink de-salinated water? It is not natural. I drank some bottled de-salinated water once (apparently there is a brand that makes this). I remember drinking it and still feeling thirsty and something just didn't seem right. I immediately went to get some fresh water to drink. Why don't we focus more on re-using graywater for golf courses, etc. But please—not drink. See some info on desalresponsegroup.org/Health Risks. I wouldn't even give this water to my dog to drink.
—Lindsey


Clarification
The article “Blown Away” in last week’s Fall Home & Garden cover story erroneously stated that the California Landscape Contractors Association did not publish Ken Foster’s letter about reducing leaf blower usage. The CLCA did, in fact, run an article about Foster’s letter in April of this year. We regret the error.

Comments (2)Add Comment
...
written by AidesRUs, October 04, 2012
Further, that particular FLOW initiative was not within the purview of the Secretary of State's office. McP does not have any record of being aware of, or having any contact with, a low level operative called Barbara Sprenger. Even ardent googling precludes any suggestion that Sprenger speaks the truth.

We think this is a silly letter by a campaign coordinator (Barbara Sprenger) of an extremely flawed candidate (Eric Hammer). But, we do agree with that part about he runs around in circles.
...
written by AidesRUs, October 04, 2012
FLOW who? Barbara who? At the last Aide Re it was clear we had no recollection of a Barbara Sprenger stopping by the office demanding support for an astroturf action to control a water company. Not once, not ever.

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

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

Santa Cruz area movie theaters >
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments

 

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