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How important is Community Television of Santa Cruz County to you? Perhaps more important than you think, something GT Staff Writer Joel Hersch illuminates in this week’s news article. Faced with a number of challenges—from budget cuts to legislation that limits spending—CTV, now in its 19th year of operation, is shifting gears in the hopes of creating a more sustainable future. The most significant task at hand may be shifting its business model. Dive into the story beginning on page 6 and keep the dialogue alive—comment online or send a letter to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Also in News, you might find our Q&A with Assemblyman Mark Stone capitivating. In it, Stone answers questions about effective ways to curb ocean plastic pollution. Learn more about new legislation that may assist on that front.

 

The week’s paper has plenty more to savor in between, especially as we take another look at Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Entertainment Editor Jenna Brogan’s recent excursion proved to be rewarding—it seems that SSC’s “Henry V” is a thoroughly memorable ride. But why? Is it the acting? The producition value? Both? Turn to page 22 to get the full report.

Over in film we take a look at the new film Lovelace, which attempts to chronicle the—how shall I put this—colorful rise and fall of ’70s adult film star Linda Lovelace. But does the new outing measure up?
What’s left? Well, there’s plenty more to read in between, so dive in. Also, big thanks for keeping track of us on our social media portals—from Facebook to Twitter. In fact, check out our Facebook page. You never know what giveaways you may find there on any given day.

In the meantime, this is a great time of year to pause and reflect as school is about to start again. What a summer. What’s the most interesting thing you’ve been learning about yourself?
Thanks for reading. More soon ...
Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief


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Om On The Range
A beautiful article by Damion Orion on Ram Dass (GT 8/8). However, the goal of Bhakti is not to merge with the formless —the Bhagavad Gita teaches that Krishna has always existed and will always exist, and that our Spirit Soul has always existed and will always exist. The goal of Bhakti is not to commit Spiritual suicide by merging with the Brahman Effulgence, but rather that we should be reinstated in our Glorious position with Krishna participating in His Eternal Rasa Lila which is perfect in Transcendental Knowledge and Bliss.
Haribol,
Arindam Krishna Das

Remembering Ram Dass
As I read the featured article/interview with Ram Dass, a flood of memories came forth and I wanted to share a couple of them.
I was discharged from the Navy in 1970 and moved to Santa Cruz ... and found a room to rent at an old mansion on Oceanview Ave that was divided into 9 separate rooms to rent and most all the residents worked at the original Catalyst.
I was reading Richard Alpert's (Ram Dass) new book "Be Here Now" and as a student of philosophy of religion at Cabrillo College at the time I found something in this book that rang as truth to this old Catholic schoolboy. I recall one afternoon when two of my housemates, the very lovely Lynn C and Cindy K were going out on a date and Cindy and Mac Holbert invited his good friend Graham Nash as a blind date for Lynn. Mac was the road manager for Crosby Stills and Nash at the time and I was so fortunate to be home at the time and hang out with Graham and listen to him play and sing a few songs from the house piano. I recall giving Graham a tour of the house and talking about the new book by Ram Dass.
Years later I was having lunch at the "Howling Cow" restaurant at UCSC when five women approached me asking for my autograph. I smiled, thinking it was a joke and asked, "who do you think I am"? "Why Ram Dass of course" was the reply. They showed me the "flier" with his photograph and sure enough, we both sported the same facial hair at the time and bald head and I certainly did look like him in the photo. Later my lunch friends started calling me "Stosh Dass."
I encourage those who do not know his works take time to check him out as a living sage of wit and wisdom. Great article, by the way.
Steve "Stosh" Rudzinski
Santa Cruz

Online Comments
On ‘Moving The Needle’ ...
Lisa Hernandez: there is a big dfference in having sex with a condom and sticking a needle full of heroin in your arm. Where did you get your medical credential, the Bryman School of Dental Assisting? As for the public officials who do what they want to anyway—get a brain.
—Lilith

Clarification
A clarification on last week’s “Moving The Needle” article. Syringe Service participants that fit the criteria for medical exception may receive more than the allotted one-for-one syringe amount up to an additional 15 (total) syringes—35 syringes is not a cap-off, as GT reported.


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Summer At Cabrillo Stage
With the summer season winding down at Cabrillo Stage, it’s time to give a nod to the reputable local musical theater enterprise. It produced one of its best summer seasons to date on a number of fronts. The success of “La Cage Aux Folles” and “Oklahoma” was one thing, but to have “Escaping Queens,” written by local writer/composer Joe Ortiz consistently sell out for the second year in a row, is a triumph. Kudos to all. Up next—and something you should put on your calendar now: “Lunch.” Directed and choreographed by Andrew Ceglio, it runs Jan. 3-19. Expect to be moved.


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Embracing The Pay Hike
There’s plenty of good news coming out of Capitola this week. The Capitola Police are set to receive pay increases over the next five years—up to 13.5 percent. Also good: A 5 percent “longevity increase” for employees that boast 20 years of service. The news comes in a year when attention on the work of local law officials is at an all-time high—this, in the aftermath of the tragic deaths earlier this year of Santa Cruz police officers Loran "Butch" Baker and Detective Elizabeth Baker.


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“My doctor tells me I should start slowing it down ... but there are more old drunks than there are old doctors so let's all have another round.”
—Willie Nelson


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