Plus Letters To the Editor
My favorite day is approaching: Nov. 11. It must have something to do with the numerous times I see 11:11 on a digital clock. At least that’s what I thought. More recently, after visiting friends and family back in Chicago, I discovered that Nov. 11 is Poland’s National Independence Day. Naturally, because I am blond and Polish—more the latter—I took note of that tidbit and thought it was a sign from the Universe to look deeper into my Polish roots. (Not my hair, but my heritage.) In any event, between writing and editing the second draft of my Polish family memoir—think: Carrie Fisher and David Sedaris crawling under the covers with a Polish Alex Haley; you’ll love it and you’ll pay full price, thank you very much—I found the information somewhat sobering. Bottom line: Nov. 11 is a holiday in Poland commemorating the anniversary of its resumption of independent statehood in 1918—all this after 123 years of partition by Russia, Prussia and Austria. In any case, it seems that, these days, I can’t quite escape the threads of the past. I have come to believe that what happens before us, tends to live on through us. Heady stuff for the first week of November? Perhaps, but ’tis the (deep) season, as they say. So, what has your family lineage been teaching you?
Beyond the ruminating, there is this week’s issue to consider. Take note of our cover story, penned by GT’s Managing Editor Elizabeth Limbach. It’s a fascianting tale about the efforts some locals are taking to presevere precious marine areas. One more thought on Ms. Limbach. As most readers have been aware, she has been with GT for five years and served as News Editor for nearly four years. Her role overseeing News here won’t alter dramatically, but it is important to note that she officially steps into the role as GT’s Managing Editor, working more closely with me and others as we continue to evolve. Expect some wonderful changes ahead in GT in the coming months. In the meantime, here’s a very big nod to Elizabeth for all she has been doing here.
There’s more. (There’s always more.) Enjoy this week’s issue. Onward ...
Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief
Honor Our Local Vets
Regarding your recent article about the proposed veterans cemetery at Fort Ord, the hoped for creation of an honorable resting place is a truly worthy goal. But closer to home, our living vets are still patiently waiting for the day when they will once again be able to call the downtown Veterans Hall home. After years of frustration and delay, that day cannot come soon enough. Let's hope our vets have an opportunity to enjoy the latter before they are interred with honor in the former.
Steve Pleich | Santa Cruz
A Tale of ‘Town Halls
Regarding “Town Hall” and Mark Stone, finally someone to take on the fight against plastic pollution in the ocean at the government level! Plastics are toxic and are contaminating our food chain. Check the website for the 5 Gyres Institute. Here in Scotts Valley, the Sustainability Committee of the Rotary Club is starting an education program on plastic pollution in the world's oceans. Mark Stone is a Rotarian member of our club. I was taking care of my husband with a knee replacement surgery and could not participate in the Town Hall Meeting, but will in the future. Thank you for the opportunity.
Patrizia Materassi | Santa Cruz
On ‘Should the Rain Not Fall’...
A very promising solution to the county water problems is the water sharing plan called the Lochquifer Alternative. Its author, local engineer Jerry Paul is on the agenda to present this plan to the Soquel Creek Water District board of directors at their next regular meeting on Nov 5. The full 18 page plan can be found in the last 18 pages of these downloadable EIR comments posted on the water district website at scwd2desal.org/documents/Draft_EIR/Public Comment Summary Report/AppendixC_part12_LettersF167-F194.pdf
When you combine the history of water planning analysis in Santa Cruz related to this emerging problem and include the ongoing EIR process, it really begs the question can any consensus be reached on ‘how to analyze a hydrologic cycle within clearly defined watershed and temporal limits’ so as to allow decision makers (i.e. City Politicians), to make an informed albeit, a political decision, as to how to modify the City’s relationship to the hydrologic cycle in the context of both our built and natural environment.” At the moment, the answer is no.
On ‘Frankenstein on Facebook’...
People in English class have a hard time giving their own answer and focus on the answer they think people want? I know that sounds like an age-old problem in the classroom, but, it seems like that situation has become more of a rampant illness among pupils because they are constantly evaluating their environment, and how to be an “advertisement,” or more eerily not at all.
On ‘Crop of the Future’...
It can get so much better than this half-step by Brown. The People of California are right now collecting signatures statewide to pass the California Hemp Act written by Jack Herer, 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!
CCHI2014.org #op420. Hemp Hemp Hooray!
BEHOLD: WHALE SEASON This shot of a whale breaching last week near Pleasure Point proves the whales are out in full force. Recent excursions aboard the Chardonnay II allowed guests to catch rare glimpses of the mammals photo//Andrea Bartolero.
Kudos—and toss those napkins in the air—for Lifestyle Culinary Arts. The popular entity that offers everything from catering (those energizing lunches rock) to culinary workshops and more is enjoying its move back to Downtown Santa Cruz (Front Street Kitchen, 504A Front Street). Its thrust is on the “3 C’s”: catering, classes, and community. Last summer’s Educook Summer Camp was a hit and a recent venture with some folks at Google sported team building—and chocolate martinis. Delish. Find them on Facebook or lifestyleculinary.com.
Santa Cruz Tourism Boost?
Can a new television commercial spotlighting Santa Cruz attract even more visitors and, perhaps, boost the economy? Perhaps. In an event, Santa Cruz is one of many locations featured in the California “Dreamers” national TV commercial that shines the light on state-wide tourism. The Santa Cruz scene shows off a gal playing the guitar on the jetty as the Walton Lighthouse valiantly stands in the background. Toss in some sailboats on the bay and good music and it it’s an alluring package. Relish it when it pops onto your TV screen.
“I don't need the Prince Charming to have my own happy ending.”
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