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Waiting Games

Waiting Games

State lawmakers haven’t taken a close look at the death penalty since its last execution seven years ago

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Briefs: To Market, to Market; Sack Attack

Specialty food conference in Watsonville, plastic bag ban roundup

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Nobody Beats Ralph

Nobody Beats Ralph

Ralph Peduto (1942-2014) was a creative force on the Santa Cruz arts scene for 35 years

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News Briefs: Candidate Forum, Guy Kawasaki

Candidate Forum

For someone who promises to be a smart, fresh alternative to sitting fourth district supervisor Greg Caput, candidate Jimmy Dutra did a good job of following the incumbent’s lead last week—although that might not win him too many votes in the business community.

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Tax Shelter

Tax Shelter

Alejo bill would provide protection from deportation for undocumented workers who file 

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Jail Time

Jail Time

Meet the three candidates for Santa Cruz County Sheriff

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News Briefs: Cookie Candidate, Bar Ballers

News Briefs: Cookie Candidate, Bar Ballers

“There are so many issues I care deeply about—environmental, social, economic—and this is the chance to really have an impact on them,” says Leonie Sherman, who just announced a bid for Santa Cruz City Council. She contemplates her words carefully and delivers them with bold enthusiasm. “This is the moment.”

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God’s Own Garage Sale

God’s Own Garage Sale

Near the open garage door to the Twin Lakes Church bus depot, Laurie Schlaepfer is doing some sorting as she stands watch over a sea of tables, desks and clothing racks—plus a few lamps tucked away in the corner.

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Way Outside the Box

Way Outside the Box

MAH’s Third Friday event showcases Santa Cruz’s flair for cutting-edge design and technology

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Auto Immune

Auto Immune

Open Streets takes over Capitola this weekend

Over tea at the new Midtown Cafe, Saskia Lucas and I are chatting about Open Streets. The founder and director of Open Streets Santa Cruz County, Lucas playfully calls the event a gateway drug.

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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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Tramonti Pizza

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Guitar or surfboard?

Guitar. The closest thing I ever came to surfing was sliding down a rock hill. Charlie Tweddle, Santa Cruz, Hats and Music

 

Fortino Winery’s Intriguing Charbono

At the opening celebration of the new Santa Clara Wine Trail in August, one of the wineries we visited was Fortino. This is where I first tasted their intriguing estate-grown Charbono—a varietal that is one of the rarest in California, with only 80 acres grown statewide.

 

Beyond the Jar

How Tabitha Stroup has built her rapidly expanding jam empire