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Name two ideas that would make Santa Cruz County even better in 2013.

Name two ideas that would make Santa Cruz County even better in 2013.

Broaden our horizons in terms of welcoming new businesses. Not necessarily just local businesses, but corporations and other bigger stores if they fit. Also, I'd say be a bit more aggressive on handling the homeless problem downtown.
Brian Hamilton
Santa Cruz | Wine and Liquor Salesman

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The Mayan calendar ends on Dec. 21. What’s going to happen?

The Mayan calendar ends on Dec. 21. What’s going to happen?

I believe there will be a change in human consciousness. I don’t think there will be any great disaster or anything like that. I think it will be a slight shift in people's perception of reality.
Grant Stoner
Santa Cruz | Plumber

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What is the most overlooked or under-reported issue of 2012?

What is the most overlooked or under-reported issue of 2012?


Nuclear power. I lived in Japan for over 20 years and I'm really shocked at how few people remember that the Fukushima Nuclear Plant accident just happened a year and a half ago. It's still leaking and it's really sad how the news is being covered up, and I think it's a really important issue. I don’t know how President Obama is responding to it these days, but I was surprised how he believed that the United States needed more nuclear power plants.
Thia Tsuruta
Aptos | Homemaker

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If the old El Palomar Hotel were to be revamped, what would you like to see there?

If the old El Palomar Hotel were to be revamped, what would you like to see there?

I would like to see another restaurant. I'm real partial to pizza, but more kid-friendly food, too. Something with a variety of choices.
Haley Costa
Santa Cruz | Freelance Nanny 

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What’s your take on the economic outlook for 2013?

What’s your take on the economic outlook for 2013?

I think it's looking better than it was in 2012. I'm about to get into the job market in another month, after I graduate, and I'm not really that scared about it. Ryan Freund
Santa Cruz | Student

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Where or how do you think Americans could express more gratitude?

Where or how do you think Americans could express  more gratitude?

It's very simple: You can express all your thoughts in every action. So whatever is troubling them, whatever they want to improve, whatever they're not happy about with the government, they just do it themselves. So that’s how you solve it: just do it. Do the solution.
Amre Amer
Santa Cruz | Programmer

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What slang do you and your friends use that no one else uses?

What slang do you and your friends use that no one else uses?

“Popping off.” Like, what are you doing this afternoon? Gettin' poppin. Oh, are you at work? Poppin' off? Are you hanging out with your friends tonight, you could be a little pop-tart. Popping off. Get it? Poppin'!
Amy Hill
Santa Cruz | Airbrush Technician 

 

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Is This a Dream?

A beginner’s guide to understanding and exploring the uncanny world of lucid dreams

 

Giving and Giving, Then Giving Some More

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.

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Stocking Stuffers

The men behind the women of the Kinsey Sicks Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet explain their own special brand of ‘dragtivism,’ and their holiday show at the Rio
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