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It wouldn’t be October without some zombie fodder, right? Especially now that AMC’s The Walking Dead has morphed into one of the most-watched programs on cable. Last summer’s World War Z, starring Brad Pitt, only added fuel to the culture’s fascination with the “undead.” No doubt we’ll be seeing plenty of locals made up as zombies for Halloween. Which, in part, is one of the reasons Entertainment Editor Jenna Brogan explores the zombie phenomenon on a local level in this week’s cover story. There’s news of the multi-million dollar Soquel-based company that produces memorable—if not haunting—zombie masks and more, plus, what compelled two local authors to pen books on zombies. But overall, this unique article explores the culture’s hunger for all things zombie. Dive in.

 


Over in News Staff Writer Joel Hersch updates readers on what is now unfolding on the desalination issues that have sparked much interest locally. Ever since city officials considered putting plans for desal on hold recently—much of it because of the community's strong opposition—the time is ripe to re-group, and, perhaps, re-think how officials will effectively communicate water issues henceforth. Keep this discussion alive comment online or send your thoughts to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ."

Also in News, you may find a report on the findings of Helene Moglen, a UC Santa Cruz emeritus dean of humanities, rather interesting. Moglen has explored the shifts that have taken place in students considered to be technology “natives”—just how does this generation absorb text and other information? Read on.

In the meantime, with fall in full swing, we get another chance to be reminded of how incredibly rich our area is—creatively and geographically. From the remarkable weather to the recent success of local festivals like GLOW, it’s hard not to appreciate this juicy mecca. Savor it.
Enjoy the issue. More soon ...

Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief


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Change not Hugs
Sam Farr gave me a hug at the Cabrillo's Social Justice Conference in 2012 for advocating to government local, state, and federal trying to hold it accountable and transparent. I find it amusing Mr. Farr is part of the big machine in D.C. that has broken and gone rogue.
If the government doesn't start to back up good citizens, whistle blowers, and people's civil rights—in other words do their jobs by enforcing regulations and laws—we might as well save our tax money and fire them all.
Joe Citizen

Magic at the Diversity Center
Regarding The Diversity Center’s gala, “A Magical Night at the Museum,” the spectacular night brought together the LGBTQ community and our allies to raise funds for the Diversity Center. This funding is critical for Diversity Center programs that support LGBTQ teens and young adults, families, elders, and Latino/as, as well as general education through our Triangle Speakers Program. The event at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History was a celebration of art, food, and, most importantly, community.
I am grateful to every person who helped make the night such a resounding success, and I give special thanks to our generous event sponsors, including Soif Wine Bar and Merchants, Whole Foods Market, Olivia: The Travel Company for Lesbians, Pure Pleasure, Seaside Company. Thank you for contributing to a wonderful evening, and for believing in the Diversity Center’s mission to serve and support Santa Cruz County’s LGBTQ community.
Sharon Papo | Executive Director

The Ow Legacy
Regarding Geoffrey Dunn’s article on George Ow, George was truly born under a lucky star and all of us who have had the great good fortune to know George and work with him to support common causes are basking in the glow of his star.
Teresa Rodrigues | Santa Cruz

Online Comments
On ‘George Ow’...         
I heard from Ralph Mattison that he had a hand in bringing Mr. George Ow's family from their homeland. Ralph had an apple-drying company in Aptos in which Chinese workers stayed on his Aptos property as workers in small dwellings. I met Mr. George Ow senior in my grandmother's mobile home in Aptos during the 1970s. My mother owned a few large pots, which were said to have been brought from China by the Ow family. My relatives were Mattisons (of Mattison Lane) and Thurbers (married into the family) of Thurber Lane.
Roger A. Daughtry

On ‘Crop of the Future?’ ...         
It can get so much better than this half-step by [Gov. Jerry] Brown. The people of California are right now collecting signatures statewide to pass the California Hemp Act, written by Jack Herer, [and] it stands as the finest, most comprehensive bill put forward anywhere so far. It not only "frees the weed," it frees all pot prisoners and limits taxation and regulation while addressing the DUI issue realistically. Come on Cali ... we deserve better, and it's up to us. Visit CCHI2014.org. Hemp Hemp Hooray!
Dr. Mesmer

Correction
In the 10/18 Love Your Local Band article, we incorrectly named the bassist/vocalist for Murphy’s Wagon, Jeff Rybczynski. We regret the error.


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Burn baby, burn A beachgoer observes smoke coming across the Monterey Bay from the controlled burn at Ford Ord last week. photo//jordan reed.  
Submit to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Include information (location, etc.) and your name. Photos may be cropped. Preferably, photos should be 4 inches by 4 inches and minimum 250 dpi.


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The Battle Against Bullying
Anti-Bullying Month is under way across the United States, and a local author is taking the opportunity to talk to students about the important issue. Anita Telle's award-winning book "A Little Different and All Perfect," which she is offering to read at local schools, teaches children to refrain from judging others based on appearances. Learn more about Telle and her books at
boo-boobear.com and astilife.com.

good idea



Treats For Troops
The local chapter of the national nonprofit The Blue Star Moms is offering an opportunity for you to get your groove on while also supporting the troops. The group of proud military moms works to send care packages to deployed soldiers, as well as support local veterans. They will be hosting a Halloween Ball from 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Building in Santa Cruz as a way to raise funds to send care packages to as many troops as possible.


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“I also have always liked the monster within idea. I like the zombies being us. Zombies are the blue-collar monsters.” —George A. Romero


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2014 is almost over. Wednesday, Dec. 17, the Jewish Festival of Light, Hanukkah, begins. We are in our last week of Sag and last two weeks of December. Sunday, Dec. 21 is winter Solstice, as the sun enters Capricorn (3:30 p.m. for the west coast). Soon after, the Capricorn new moon occurs (5:36 p.m. for the west coast)—the last new moon of 2014. Sunday morning Uranus in Aries (revolution, revelation) is stationary direct (retro since July 22). Uranus/Aries create things new and needed to anchor the new culture and civilization (Aquarius). We will see revolutionary change in 2015. Capricorn new moon, building-the-personality seed thought, is, “Let ambition rule and let the door to initiation and freedom stand wide (open).” Capricorn is a gate—where matter returns to spirit. But the gate is unseen until the Ajna Center (third eye), Diamond Light of Direction, opens. Winter solstice is the longest day of darkness of the year. The sun’s rays resting at the Tropic of Capricorn (southern hemisphere) symbolize the Christ (soul’s) light piercing the heart of the Earth, remaining there for three days, till Holy Night (midnight Thursday morning). Then the sun’s light begins to rise. It is the birth of the new light (holy child) for the world. A deep calm and stillness pervades the world.The entire planet is revivified, re-spiritualized. All hearts beating reflect this Light. And so throughout the Earth there’s a radiant “impress” (impressions, pictures) given to humanity of the World Mother and her Child. The star Sirius (love/direction) and the constellation Virgo the mother shines above. For gift giving, give to those in need. Give and give and then give some more. This creates the new template of giving and sharing for the new world.

 

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