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Vote of Confidence

Vote of Confidence

Mark Stone wins re-election to the California State Assembly

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Leon Panetta Has Tips for Obama

Leon Panetta Has Tips for Obama

President Barack Obama could learn a thing or two about making political deals in order to get what he wants in Washington D.C., according to Leon Panetta, who served as CIA director and later as Secretary of Defense under the current commander in chief.

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Caput Beats Medina, County Election Results Coming In

Caput Beats Medina, County Election Results Coming In

One of the big surprises in this local election is just how soundly sitting Santa Cruz County Supervisor Greg Caput has defeated former Watsonville Police Chief Terry Medina in the 4th district race.

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County Champ

Former Santa Cruz County District Attorney Bob Lee was always a competitor, says Patti Boe, a friend of more than 20 years.

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Mean Streets

Mean Streets

Public Works wants more money for local roads

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Across the Board

Across the Board

GT’s guide to this year’s local candidates and measures

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Briefs: Take Shelter, Going Viral

Briefs: Take Shelter, Going Viral

Take Shelter

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Street Race

Street Race

Watsonville City Council contest opens amid huge challenges for downtown

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Environment

Alternative Solutions

Alternative Solutions

A look at five proposals for the future of Santa Cruz water

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Melt the Guns

Melt the Guns

Study reveals the growing success of nonviolent techniques for political change

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Heart Me Up

In defense of Valentine’s Day

 

“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.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Making Dreams

Coen brothers salute vintage Hollywood in sly comedy ‘Hail, Caesar!’
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Pub Watch

Mega gastro pub-in-progress at the Old Sash Mill, plus the best pasta dish downtown

 

How do you know love is real?

When you feel the groove in your heart and you’re inspired to dance. Becca Bing, Boulder Creek, Teacher

 

Temple of Umami

Watsonville’s Miyuki is homestyle cooking, Japanese-style

 

How would you stop people from littering?

Teach them from the time that they’re small that it’s not an appropriate behavior. Juliet Jones, Santa Cruz, Claims Adjuster