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Full Metal Racket

After the Santa Cruz City Council approved the $251,293 purchase of an armored SWAT-style truck at a recent meeting, citizens began loudly chanting “shame!” Police, including Santa Cruz Police Chief Kevin Vogel, cleared the room. Keith McHenry, co-founder of Food Not Bombs, says he “was kicked out and threatened with arrest” by police. This was all enough to temporarily shut down the Dec. 9 council meeting, which had been marked by yelled-out comments from community members.

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Close to Coast

Close to Coast

Incoming District 3 Supe Ryan Coonerty on North County’s future

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Ground Swell

Ground Swell

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News Briefs: Spot Me, Cosmic Slug

News Briefs: Spot Me, Cosmic Slug

SPOT ME

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Briefs: Rain Gauge, Guard Changing

Briefs: Rain Gauge, Guard Changing

RAIN GAUGE

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Cuffs Off

Cuffs Off

Resentencing to begin for some of the state’s non-violent offenders

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Report Card

Report Card

New report finds both positive and negative social and economic trends in the county

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Here a Jingle

Here a Jingle

Randy Clayton brings horses back for a holiday ride

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Briefs: Stealing Christmas, Reading In, Craft a Victory

STEALING CHRISTMAS

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Picking a Fight

Picking a Fight

New state law aims to curb rampant sexual assault of farmworkers

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Crop Circles

How the confusion over GMOs is undermining the organic movement

 

Week of Festivals: Full Moon, Lantern Festival, Purim, Holi

It is a week of many different festivals along with a full moon, all occurring simultaneously. Thursday Chinese New Year celebrations end with the Lantern Festival (at full moon). Thursday is also the Pisces Solar festival (full moon), Purim (Jewish Festival) and Holi (Hindu New Year Festival). Sunday, March 8, Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. The festival of Purim celebrates the freedom of the Hebrew people from the cruel Haman (a magistrate) seeking to destroy them. Esther, the Queen of Persia, who was secretly Jewish, saved her people from death. The sweet cookie hamentaschen celebrates this festival. Friday, March 6, is Holi, the Hindu Spring Festival celebrated after the March full moon. Bonfires are lit the night before, warding off evil. Holi, the Festival of Colors, is the most colorful festival in the world. It is also the Festival of Love—of Radha for Krishna (the blue-colored God). It is a spring festival with singing, dancing, carnivals, food and bhang, a drink made of cannabis leaves. Holi signifies good over evil, ridding oneself of past errors, ending conflicts through rapprochement (returning to each other). It is a day of forgiveness, including debts. Holi also marks the beginning of New Year. At the Pisces Solar festival we recite the seed thought, “We leave the Father’s home and, turning back, we save.” Great Teachers remain on Earth until all of humanity is enlightened. The New Group of World Servers is called to this task and sacrifice. Sacrifice (from the heart) is the first Law of the Soul, the heart of which is Love. This sacrifice saves the world.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Don’t Tell a Soul

The Secret Film Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary
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Water Street Grill

YOLO gets reincarnated

 

What would make Santa Cruz better?

A lot more outdoor activities such as outdoor movies and concerts, food and art festivals, and more multicultural activites. Emmanuel Cole, Santa Cruz, Bicycle Industry Product Developer

 

Thomas Fogarty Winery

When looking for a bottle of something to have with dinner, Gewürztraminer 2012 is not the first wine to come to mind. Given the popularity of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Pinot Noir—to name but a few—Gewürztraminer sits low on the totem pole.

 

So Long, Louie’s

Louie’s Cajun Kitchen & Bourbon Bar closes, plus Back Porch pop-up, and 2015 Outstanding in the Field tour