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Are we all wet yet? This week’s forecast for rain should offer some relief—both emotionally and geographically—as California continues to experience one of the worst droughts on record. But will the rain be enough? That is something GT scribe Jessica Pasko explores in more detail in this week’s cover story. She also creates an interesting composite of the water issues plaguing the area and what some locals are doing to a) generate more attention about it and b) create some effective solutions as everybody moves forward. Read the full report. And send us your thoughts to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Meanwhile, in News this week, you may find yourself moved and intrigued by a number of stories offered there. For starters, one of the area’s iconic bookstore/coffehouses closes its doors. Read up on the final days of Capitola Book Café.
And what’s this? Another beloeved Santa Cruz icon fading from the spotlight? Could it be true? It appears that The Great Morgani is folding up his accordion—sort of—due to the city’s controversial 14-foot ordinance. Learn more about all of that and more beginning on page 10. Of course, continue to give us your thoughts on the matter by commenting online or emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ."

In the meantime, change is in the air. Spring is nearly here and, while it’s hard to believe we’re moving even deeper into the first quarter of 2014, the reality is that life continues to move forward—with or without us. That said, it may be a good time to check in on some of our life passions and ask ourselves whether we are living our lives to the fullest. Good conversation with friends and less texting seems to help me. I try to take a sabbattical from modern devices—smartphones included—at least once or twice a week. So, how do you stay connected? Something to ponder.
Onward ...
Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief


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Making A Real Connection
A few nights ago, Claudine and I stopped at Sang's (Circle Market). Approaching my driver window was a man (around 60). He had a pink post-it. On it was an address located about 10 blocks away. If you know the circles on the Westside, then you know that it can be easy to get lost in the neighborhoods.
He is Persian, only speaks his tongue and a bit of French, and continued to show me his passport. His culturally innocent eyes, brown-polyester-Eastern-wear, and energy were unique (probably a visiting relative of a university employee) (imagine). He wanted to get back to the post-it address. After attempting sign-language-directions in the circles, turning Spanish into French as a way of futile communication, and smiles. He hopped into the Winnebago and we took him to his destination.
I so value these gifts of spontaneous life experience. Our ride was classic, he was stoked, smiles all around (passport continuously in hand). I have seen him each day since ... walking along West Cliff ... in the same outfit... smiling!
Geopolitics is one thing, but I am reminded that we are all human.
Scott Talbot| Santa Cruz

Online Comments
On ‘One Year Later ...’     
Please, while we remember and honor the fallen officers, would someone please take down the tattered, sad looking, artificial wreaths on the phone pole by where the shooting occurred? I know the intent is to remember and honor, but it looks run down and disrespectful to me. I also think that if I were one of their family members I wouldn't want to see that every time I drove down Branciforte. Let the permanent memorial being created at the department headquarters be "enough."
—Rob Marx

On ‘Tales From The Vine ...’
There is a great book by Paul Theroux called “Blinding Light” that you might find interesting. It’s about a group of tourists as well as an author visiting Ecuador to experience the nature of mind-altering drugs.
—Cecelia

You do not necessarily need psychedelics to experience the Godhead. Cool, however. I went there when my husband tried to murder me. No fear, incredible experience. Very much the same. Lucky guy. I think this is way probably less dangerous than my experience however.
—Romona K. Meng

On ‘Fukushima Fallout ...’
Steer manure. Within hours of the explosion at Fukushima the CTBTO was getting real time readings of the radiation from bouys deployed in the Pacific to monitor test band treaties. The government of many countries knew this was to bad to publish and the USA removed radiation stations in Alaska.
If you are waiting for an official source to tell you the truth, you are as good as dead.
 —Norman Frazier

On ‘Radiation Rundown ...’    
I'm sure you either a) work for the government, or b) are getting paid off to write this non sense. You are wrong in every point you make. Radiation does not dilute—ever. Get your facts straight. Is seafood safe to eat? Absolutely not. Studies show
100 percent of tuna caught off the coast of California had Fukushima radiation. I'm sure this comment will just get
deleted, but what you are spreading is wrong.
—Anonymous


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photo contest
POW harbor


ILLUMINATION The entrance to the Santa Cruz Harbor never looked more inviting. photo//joshua coville. This month’s theme: Quirky and colorful. Submit 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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What a Pageturner!
Kudos to best-selling author James Patterson. The prolific writer has become one of the most generous patrons for independent bookstores in the United States. Patterson has laucnhed a program to give away $1 million of his own income to select bookstores, which would allow them to invest in improvements, employment bonuses and literacy outreach programs, among other things. More than 50 stores will nab the cash grants. Best of all: Santa Cruz’s own Bookshop Santa Cruz is on that list.

good idea



Drought Relief Legislation
The recent decision by California legislative leaders to give birth to Emergency Drought Relief Legislation is set to deliver immediate assistance to communities that are or will deal with the ripple effects of the drought—2013 was the driest year on record in California. Approximately $650 million in funding will be set aside for assistance, which includes bond funds for various projects for local communities to capture and manage water supply. Learn more about the drought in this week’s cover story (page 14) and visit gtweekly.com for additional news.


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“You should be sensitive. Our gift is to be sensitive and emotional; to be able to cry at the drop of a hat. Our gift is to be outraged. We're lucky to be this sensitive. I think
sensitivity makes you available to the thing at hand. I think it's a great thing and more people should cultivate it."
—Anna Deavere Smith


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written by Scott Talbot, February 28, 2014
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The Thought Form of Solution

It’s our last week of Leo before the sun enters Virgo (next Friday/Saturday). The planets this week make complex patterns and relationships (vibrational cadences and rhythms) with the outer planets, mainly Neptune—the planet that veils, obscures, protects and finally refines us. Neptune offers us entrance into a deeply spiritual sense of comfort and solace. Neptune is the personality ruler of Pisces (saviors of the world) and soul ruler of Cancer (world mother). “The fish goddesses who leapt from earth (Virgo) to water (Pisces) unitedly give birth to the Fish God (Christ, the Soul) who introduces the waters of life  (Neptune & Aquarius) into the ocean of substance (matter, mother bringing light to the world. Thus does Neptune work.” (Esoteric Astrology).

 

Final Cut

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Best of Santa Cruz County

The 2013 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll and Critics’ Picks It’s our biggest issue of the year, and in it, your votes—more than 6,500 of them—determined the winners of The Best of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll. New to the long list of local restaurants, shops and other notables that captured your interest: Best Beer Selection, Best Locally Owned Business, Best Customer Service and Best Marijuana Dispensary. In the meantime, many readers were ever so chatty online about potential new categories. Some of the suggestions that stood out: Best Teen Program and Best Web Design/Designer. But what about: Dog Park, Church, Hotel, Local Farm, Therapist (I second that!) or Sports Bar—not to be confused with Bra. Our favorite suggestion: Best Act of Kindness—one reader noted Café Gratitude and the free meals it offered to the Santa Cruz Police Department in the aftermath of recent crimes. Perhaps some of these can be woven into next year’s ballot, so stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy the following pages and take note of our Critics’ Picks, too, beginning on page 91. A big thanks for voting—and for reading—and an even bigger congratulations to all of the winners. Enjoy.  -Greg Archer, EditorBest of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll INDEX

 

Have Mercy!

Looking for a frisky summer wine at a reasonable price? Look no further than Mercy Vineyards’ 2013 Sauvignon Blanc ($20). Richly textured “with an exotic flavor profile,” the wine reveals aromas of honeydew melon and honeysuckle, with anise appearing as a star attraction. Smidgeons of pineapple and honeycomb add a touch of sexiness to this well-balanced, easy-drinking wine, which pairs well with a variety of cuisine —especially ceviche, calamari and other not-too-heavy foods.