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Gratitude. What are you grateful for? Bear with me—although, when it comes to emotions, perhaps “bare” is a better word. Voicing what we are truly grateful for is, indeed, healthy. And we don’t need many reminders this week to do just that.  Still, there’s a flipside to this holiday we call Thanksgiving. It’s the “giving” part. Truth is: Giving is also good for you. At least if all the scientific reports are true. And really, why bother arguing with them now, when, we can enjoy the double whammy of expressing gratitude and, perhaps, giving back.

 

 

About that ... I’d like to turn your attention to this week’s cover story (page 15). In our annual Community Fund issue, we spotlight four enterprising local organizations whose work inspires and transforms. Thanks to Community Foundation Santa Cruz County, we are in the unique position, once again, to be able to create this annual showcase. No doubt, after you peruse the following pages, you may find yourself inclined to consider the way you can assist. Read on about that, and so much more beginning on page 16.

In the meantime, there’s more holiday fodder in our annual Gift Guide, which you should find tucked into this week’s issue and at newstands and kiosks around the county. It’s hard to imagine, but we seemed to have topped last year’s gift suggestions by a significant amount, so have fun with that. The guide also features several local organizations and people doing inspiring work this time of year—particularly the Homeless Garden Project’s Holiday Store, located in Downtown Santa Cruz, near the Museum of Art & History. Step in for a visit.

What’s left? Well, family. Enjoy yours—and all the conversations (and, really, all of the emotions) that come up over Thankgiving. I’ll be thinking of my clan back in Chicago. It’s times like these that I really do miss that (very loud) Polish family of mine.

By the way: Thank you for reading.

Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief


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Water Woes Continue
Regarding water and desal and beyond, conservation seems to be the mantra and the tyranny of mandatory rationing is being considered by the current directors of the Soquel Creek Water District. They claim to be concerned with obligations to the customers, but this rate payer wants to know which customers? Despite all the rationing endured by current and long-term customers, the district just hooked up 68 new units and another 50 or so are planned for the "town center," leading one to believe the true customers of the SCWD are county crony developers.

I have a suggestion for the district: Do your duty and supply more water.  Either that or institute another hook-up moratorium, like the district did in 1980.  Back then, there was a fraction of today's customer base, and the same lack of water supply.

Dennis Case | Aptos

Online Comments

On ‘A Tarplant Tale’ ...                       
The Broadway Brommer project was never needed in order for the City to do restoration management at Arana Gulch. The City received funds from the then CA F&G, with whom they had a Memorandum of Understanding. Friends of Arana Gulch was one of two volunteer organizations that were listed the MOUs. Three years ago we did field work at Tarplant Hill in Watsonville, filing a report with the City, which used some of our recommendations for management prescriptions the following year. It was not necessary to build two wide paved bike routes through Arana Gulch in order to save the tarplant.

Jean Brocklebank

Several courses at Uni does not make you a biologist. Period. Those who earned that degree would, I'm sure, also take offense. I took numerous courses in biology, physiology, anatomy, and chemistry but I don't go around telling folks I'm a doctor. Nor do I pass my advice off as such. Your opinion is just that. Your opinion. We all have opinions. Only those who are actually experts in a field should be credited as such.

Local Resident

The bike path comes with a management plan, alone the tarplant will be gone by the end of this decade. There has been no bike path built, yet the tarplant population has dwindled from 100,000 to a mere 16 plants. Where has the Native Plant Society been for the past 20 years?

We add a bike path—we get a management plan—we get tarplants. By the way, who is this lady with the camera stomping all over the habitat? She may be inadvertently stepping on a tarplant seedling. Get her out of there.

Theryl McCoy

On ‘A Change of Plans’ ...           
It seems the Soquel Creek water board doesn't have a great sense of urgency about the situation. At the meeting they were invited to hire Jerry Paul to flesh out the details of his Loquifer water sharing plan, but they declined. They chose to wait till after the meeting in February next year before considering doing this.

S. Newman

On ‘Dawn of Civinomicon’ ...                       
At first, I thought this was a great online idea. But then I got involved with a couple of topics and the filibusters came out to play. If you could win a war just by the number of words, these folks would win. Unfortunately, it usually just shows how wacky they are. More unfortunately, I tune out after hearing the same argument over and over.

Wilde One


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good work



It’s No. 12 For Santa Cruz
Did Travel and Leisure Magazine get it right? Santa Cruz comes in at Number 12  for great American surfing spots with cities like Encinitas, Calif., New Smyrna Beach, Fla., and Haleiwa, Hawaii beating out the Central Coast. According to the article, Santa Cruz’s boasts a retro vibe and that “it’s the kind of place that inspires you to eat cotton candy on the Boardwalk and throw your hands up on the roller coaster ... Surfers make a beeline for Steamer’s Lane, which locals claim is the country’s best surf spot.” Send us your thoughts at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

good idea



World AIDS Day Screening
Hats off to the special screening set up at Nickelodeon Theatres on Sunday Dec. 1 (World AIDS Day). Dallas Buyers Club is on the bill. Afterward, there will be a short Q&A with a local woman who has been operating her own version of a “buyers club” locally for the past 25 years. Audience members will learn about what inspired her call to action. The Nick will donate a portion of the proceeds from the screening to the Santa Cruz AIDS Project (SCAP). Screening starts at 11 a.m. Tickets are $8. Learn more at thenick.com.


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"Thanksgiving, man. Not a good day to be my pants."
—Kevin Jamesu


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Best of Santa Cruz County 2014

The 2014 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll Come on in, and have a look around. There’s a lot to see—hundreds of winners selected by thousands of GT readers across Santa Cruz County. So if some of this looks familiar, it’s probably because you helped make it happen. But there are always new things to discover, too—you could go to a different winner or runner-up every day in the Food and Drink category alone, and you’d be booked just about until next year’s Best of Santa Cruz County issue comes out.

 

Something Essential Disappears

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Sugar: The New Tobacco?

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