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From Bad to Worse

From Bad to Worse

After a nasty campaign over the proposed merger with San Lorenzo Valley Water District, Lompico’s water crisis gets desparate

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Shut Down or Shut Up?

Shut Down or Shut Up?

Public opinion in Santa Cruz polarized after 96 hours of student protests

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PROTESTS: ON THE SCENE

A human blockade gnarled morning traffic last Tuesday as six UCSC activists sat across Highway 17, their arms interlocked through metal tubes and cement-filled trash cans.

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Let's Get Small

Let's Get Small

Housing costs spur spread of tiny homes

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Drone On

Drone On

Santa Cruz hosts drone conference in May—will we be the center of robo-tech?

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MAC ATTACK

When the Golden State Warriors signed Santa Cruz power forward James Michael McAdoo last month, some of us wondered whether we’d seen the last of the 6-foot-9 power forward.

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Something in the Water

Something in the Water

San Lorenzo Valley students to try new kind of farming

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School Daze

School Daze

As applications pour into UCSC, the university gets more selective

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CLEAN WAYS

Local nonprofit FleaHab hosted an open house last weekend to thank its sponsors for the donations that facilitated renting a six-bedroom Capitola house, the organization’s long-awaited dream. The house has served as a sober living environment for recovering addicts since February 2014.

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Measured Hope

Measured Hope

Lompico Water District’s fate to be determined by bond vote

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Mountain Mystic

When Cora Evans died in Boulder Creek in 1957, her thousands of pages of religious writings hadn’t yet been published. More than a half a century later, Evans’ fiery visions and spiritual devotion have inspired a crusade within Catholicism to make her the Santa Cruz Mountains’ first saint

 

Wesak (Water) Taurus Solar Festival, Buddha Blesses the Earth

A most important celebration occurs Sunday, May 3—the Wesak Taurus Buddha Solar Festival/full moon. At the moment of the full moon the Buddha’s presence enters the Earth plane for eight minutes. He brings the Will-to-Good from the Father, which, when reaching humanity becomes goodwill (Mother Principle). Held yearly in a valley hidden deep within the Himalayas, the Wesak festival is prepared for for months in advance (beginning at Winter Solstice). On festival day, amidst pilgrims, disciples and Holy Ones gathered in the valley, the Buddha is invoked through movement, symbols and mantrams. At the moment of the full moon, hearing the words, “We are ready, Buddha, come,” the Lord of Illumination (brother of the Christ) appears in the clouds above the altar to emanate forth the will and purpose of God to earth. The blessing of the father is then held in safekeeping for distribution at the June full moon Goodwill Festival. The day of Wesak (May 3, 8:42 p.m. West Coast) all disciples (east and west) place crystal vessels filled with pure water outside (in gardens, on rooftops, porches and steps) under the heavens. As the Buddha blesses the world, all waters, including waters within our bodies, are blessed. The Buddha is accompanied by the Forces of Enlightenment to illuminate humanity’s minds. Humanity then begins to express new constructive, productive and beneficial ways of the Art of Livingness. Wesak covers five days—two days (before) of dedicated preparation, the actual festival “Day of Safeguarding,” and two days (after) distributing goodwill (the NGWS to humanity). Join us in the Valley by reciting the Great Invocation, mantra of direction for humanity.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of May 1

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Hole in the Wall

Popular Aptos spot opens for dinner

 

How do you connect with the natural world?

My connection to the natural world is through my art. I totally feel it there very physically in nature and even right here on the street. Jonathan Rosen, Felton, Pastor

 

Hess Collection Winery

My friend Emma from London came to visit for a few days in early March, so I took her wine tasting in the Santa Cruz Mountains—a rare treat for her, as there aren’t too many vineyards in the middle of London. Her visit reminded me how fortunate we are to live in this paradise of ultra-fresh produce, with grapes growing in wild profusion.

 

Springtime Walkabout

May Day Flower Festival, free tours of the UCSC Farm, and a nondairy chocolate indulgence