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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



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.

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.

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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.

good work

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 for additional news.


“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
I appreciate the transition from Note to Letters.. TY

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