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What suggestions do you have for the Santa Cruz County Conference and Visitors Council?

lt bethMake Santa Cruz an art destination. The mosaic capital of California.

Beth Purcell
Santa Cruz | Artist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lt aaronFinding a way to promote local businesses so that they're still around when tourist season comes. I know Capitola is doing ads for all their new [businesses] on the radio. Finding a way to keep local business alive helps.

Aaron Black
Santa Cruz | Professional Grocer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lt emma[They should emphasize] all the free fun things to do in Santa Cruz County with your family that are kid friendly, such as the beaches and the county parks, and the monarchs. We love disc golfing. Things like that.

Emma Alcaraz
Santa Cruz | Optician

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lt jackI would say concentrating on the fun. Just improve the carefree nature of Santa Cruz to visitors that have had a rough week over the hill and need a good lift. I would suggest one way to do that is to reduce the substantial fines for parking meters in the downtown business area. There's been a big increase over the years, and I don’t think it turns on many visitors. If they overstay a couple minutes they get a huge fine. I think that would improve our overall attractiveness.

Jack Hain
Santa Cruz | Retired

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King & Queen
written by Josephus66, October 22, 2013
As top tourist destination small town politics are arcane & festivities like Halloween, 4th of July & other large events hampered by overly aggressive police forces taking all the joy out of such events. To barricade & police tape entire beachfront on 4th of July an utter disgrace! No alcohol on beaches> What is this Nazi Germany?

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“be(ing) of love (a little) more careful”—e.e. cummings

Wednesday (Feb. 10) is Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. Friday (Feb. 12) is Lincoln’s 207th birthday. Sunday is Valentine’s Day. On Ash Wednesday, with foreheads marked with a cross of ashes, we hear the words, “From dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.” Reminding us that our bodies, made of matter, will remain here on Earth when we are called back. It is our Soul that will take us home again. Lent offers us 40 days and nights of purification in preparation for the Resurrection (Easter) festival (an initiation) and for the Three Spring Festivals (at the time of the full moon)—Aries, Taurus, Gemini. The New Group of World Servers have been preparing since Winter Solstice. The number 40 is significant. The Christ (Pisces World Teacher) was in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights prior to His three-year ministry. The purpose of this desert exile was to prepare his Archangel (light) body to withstand the pressures of the Earth plane (form and matter). We, too, in our intentional purifications and prayers during the 40 days of Lent, prepare ourselves (physical body, emotions, lower mind) to receive and be able to withstand the irradiation of will, love/wisdom and light streaming into the Earth at spring equinox, Easter, and the Three Spiritual Festivals. What is Lent? The Anglo-Saxon word, lencten, comes from an ancient spring festival, agricultural rites marking the transition between winter and summer. The seasons reflect changes in nature (physical world) and humanity responds with social festivals of gratitude and of renewal. There is a purification process, prayerfulness in nature and in humanity in preparation for a great flow of spiritual energies during springtime. Valentine’s Day: Aquarius Sun, Taurus moon. Let us offer gifts of comfort, ease, harmony, beauty and satisfaction. Things chocolate and golden. Venus and Taurus things.

 

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