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Proving that individuals with differing opnions can, in fact, discuss issues in a civil manner, Rick Longinotti and Mike Rotkin chat with GT this week on the controversial subject of seawater desalination. Rotkin, a former Santa Cruz mayor and councilman, and Longinotti, a retired electrician and environmental activist have expressed their opinions on the matter over the years—Longinotti founded the Desal Alternatives group; Rotkin is now a sesal supporter. That said, you may find their conversation with GT rather illuminating. Turn to this week’s News section for the full report.

 


Also in News, you may find the effort to encourage women to partake in the political and civic arena interesting. Learn more about the effort to close the politcal gender gap.

Gender is not an issue this week for one of the year’s most vivid endeavors—FashionART Santa Cruz. Now in its  seventh year, the annual fashion showcase continues to fill up the Santa Cruz Civic, bringing with it an eclectic mix of creative souls and otherwise fashion-forward beasts center stage for all to see. The good news: The success of FashionART continues to blossom. Some of that may have to do with its inventive mix of delivering both fashion design and art-as-fashion to the runway. This week, we take a look at several locals whose enterprising works make the show festive. We also learn more about what it takes to actually create the work itself—no easy feat! Click for the story and mark your calendars: FashionART unwinds on Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Civic.
On that note ... my GTv cohort/ Derby Girls marvel/MC for the Santa Cruz Warriors, Kim Luke chats up “fashion” with me on our latest episode—now airing on Community TV (Channel 27) and on GTv’s YouTube Channel (GTVSC). We chat about the upcoming FashionART outing and there are interviews with behind-the-scenes mavens. And more. And this just in: You’ll be thrilled to know: polka dots are the new “black.” Discuss. Ponder. More next time.
Onward ...

Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief


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Judge People By Their Own Merits
It is ironic that Dodi Weintraub’s letter (8/29), claiming that the Good Times article on Janet Napolitano left out facts, is riddled with inaccuracies and half-truths.  First, Richard Blum is not the head of the U.C. Board of Regents. Although he is very wealthy, he is not a billionaire as Weintraub wrote and he is not an arms dealer. He is an investment banker and some of the investments are in companies that deal in military services.
Weintraub is correct that both he and his wife, Sen. Diane Feinstein are Jewish.  Does Ms. Weintraub believe that Jews are unfit to serve as members of the Board of Regents or to be United States senators. Why else is that relevant?
Her true intent is to disparage Jews and Israel, but again her attention to detail is lacking. She wrote that the war in the Middle East is dragging on and of course it is Israel and the United States to blame. The civil war in Syria has killed more than 100,000 people and Israel is not involved. The crisis in Egypt is an internal Arab matter, and the war in Iraq is an American creation. Israel is the only country in the region where Arabs are free to speak their mind and practice their religion without fear. In fact, Israel has treated hundreds of Syrian refugees and has accepted gay Palestinians who fear discrimination in the Palestinian territories.
She thinks that the line has got so blurred. Maybe it's because the world is not black and white. Let's not make up facts to fit our own agenda. We can judge people on their own  merits and not by what religion they practice.
Gil Stein | Aptos

Online Comments
On ‘Bait, Trawl, Switch’ ...         
There is a huge difference in fishing gear types, techniques. Wish you would get your facts straight before going to print. I have never longlined in my life—as I told you on the phone I am a long time troller and the subject of your article is trawling. I would be happy to meet with you and explain and demonstrate the differences. I tried to get back to you through the Good Times phone system but to no avail. thanks
Jim Moser

On ‘UCSC Growth’ ...     
The elephant in the room is water. This means more water demand from our already dwindling supply. Can our traffic and housing take on the increase as well? They need to take a long hard look at the options here. UCSC are recruiting more and more international students, and yet the system and facilities are supported by our dime as the California taxpayer. They're increasing enrollment but how much of it is a positive impact for our own community both within Santa Cruz and the overall state?
Local and UCSC Grad

Let UCSC grow if it can find ways to become more self-sustaining, especially in water. Encouraging more students to live on campus would be good, too.
As for where to build: men made the Great Meadow, not nature. It should be redwood trees, not grassland. But former owners of the land cut down the trees and pulled out the stumps. Since the damage is done, and nobody seems to be replanting the redwoods, build there instead of north campus.
Jim Jones

I don't think UCSC should be able to grow anymore. When the students get to vote on local issues like parcel tax increases, or sales tax increases it only affects local residents and it doesn't affect their own hometown or parents. The only contributions they make locally are to the coffee houses!
Smaller is better for the locals.
Criz Matik


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NextKids
It sounds like the best of both worlds—balancing work and parenting. Diana Rothschild thought so. Now a shared space for working parents and freelancers exists in NextSpace’s San Francisco’s lair. The brainchild of Rothschild, a Fortune 100 consultant in San Francisco, it offers child development specialists what will care for freelancers’ young children—right next door to NextSpace. About nine families and four families are part of the endeavor, which is growing slowly to create optimal service and smooth transitions for all. Visit nextspace.us.

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Food & You: Brainstorming
A think tank of sorts where locals will come up with ideas for individual and community action based on the films featured in the Food & You film series that took place over the summer. The upcoming EcoMind Workshop is designed “to engage participants in Frances Moore Lappé’s core idea of ‘changing the way we think to create the world we want.’ It will also assist with examining core assumptions about community, democracy and more. It unfolds 3-5 p.m Saturday, Sept. 28, at Santa Cruz Public Libraries (Scotts Valley Branch).


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“I base most of my fashion taste on what doesn't itch.”
—Gilda Radnerm


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