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>@323B3@;7<32 >@323B3@;7<32 1=<1:CA7=<A 1 =<1:CA7=<A AS A ttransportation AS ranspor tation p planner lanner fo forr tthe he llast ast 2 277 years, read with op-ed ye ars, I re ad w ith ggreat re r at iinterest nterest tthe he o p - ed piece written week byy M Mike Speviak p iece w ritten llast ast w eek b ike S p eviak Trouble With ((â&#x20AC;&#x153;The â&#x20AC;&#x153;The T rouble W ith a Bike Bike Boulevard,â&#x20AC;? Boulevard,â&#x20AC;? Bullhorn). was byy h his B ullhorn). I w as iimpressed mpre r ssed b is aapparent pparent knowledge off tthe physical k nowledge o he p hysical eenvironment nvironment iin n off M Mission Street King Street tthe he aarea rea o ission S treet aand nd K ing S treet iin n what out unbiased w hat sstarted tarted o ut aass aan nu nbiased aassessment, ssessment, but was disappointed when hee sseemed b ut I w as d isapp ointed w hen h eemed tto o move very quickly what bee a m ove ve ry q uickly tto ow hat sseemed eemed tto ob predetermined p redetermined conclusion. conclusion. For For one one thing, thing, he he apparently apparently took took some some off the o the findings f indings of of the the report rep ort written written by by Ciccarelli off Bicycle out JJohn ohn C iccarelli o Bicycle Solutions Solutions o ut off ccontext. Speviak o ontext. Mr. Mr. S peviak wrote wrote tthe he report rep ort sstates tates tthat hat â&#x20AC;&#x153;relevant â&#x20AC;&#x153;relevant Mission Mission Street Street iintersections ntersections are are aalready lready aatt maximum maximum llevel evel off sservice, pattern o er vice, and and tthere here iiss not not a ggrid rid p attern of of motoring byways.â&#x20AC;? on myy aalternate lternate m otoring b yways.â&#x20AC;? Based Based o nm with ccommunication ommunication w ith tthe he reportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rep ortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aauthor, uthor, what hee aactually report w hat h ctually said said was was tthat hat the the re p or t was not w as â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x153;intentionally intentionally n ot â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x153;comprehensiveâ&#x20AC;? comprehensiveâ&#x20AC;? with regard bike boulevard w ith re gard tto o diverter-based diver ter-based b ike b oulevard because did not sscheme, cheme, b ecause tthe he studyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s studyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sscope cop e d id n ot iinclude nclude tthe he areawide areawide ttraffic raff ic aanalysis nalysis that that would bee n needed predict off w ould b eeded tto op redict the the eeffects ffe f cts o diverter orientations.â&#x20AC;? vvarious arious d iverter locations lo cations and and o rientations.â&#x20AC;? Furthermore, Fur thermore, at at the the top top of of page page 14 14 (of (of 21), 21), hee w wrote: h rote: â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x153;Design Design of of a diverter-based diver ter-based plan plan to to dramatically reduce daily peak-period d ramatically re duce d aily and and p eak-perio d vehicle volumes on King Street off Bay ve hicle vo lumes o nK ing S treet eeast ast o Bay iiss beyond of tthis King Street bikeway b eyond tthe he sscope cop e o hsK ng S treet b keway To unintended sstudy. tudy T o aavoid vvo d u n ntended cconsequences, onsequences plan would require ssuch uch a p an w ou d re qu re a ccomprehensive omprehens ve of eexisting potential vehicle aanalysis na ys s o x st ng aand nd p otent a ve hce routes neighborhood used byy ro utes tthrough hrough tthe he n e ghb orho o d u sed b residents reason, re s dents aand nd ccommuters. ommuters For For tthis h s re ason does not tthis h s report report d o es n ot recommend r commend any re any

locations locations for for diverters.â&#x20AC;? diverters.â&#x20AC;? The The report rep ort did did not not actually diverter actually say say that that a d iver ter sscheme cheme ccould ould not not work. work. Also where Also at at issue issue is is tthe he sstatement tatement w here Mr. Mr. Speviak Sp eviak assumes assumes that that â&#x20AC;&#x153;This â&#x20AC;&#x153;This would would cause cause an an increase increase in in gas gas emissions emissions aand nd noise while noise pollution p ollution for for each each vehicle vehicle w hile also also increasing increasing hazards hazards for for cyclists cycclists and and pedestrians.â&#x20AC;? take p edestrians.â&#x20AC;? This This statement statement does do es not not ta ke into possibility into account account the the very ver y real real p ossibility tthat hat with boulevard with a well well designed designed bicycle bicycle b oulevard on on King King Street, Street, conditions conditions for for cycling cycling aand nd walking walking would would improve improve so so much much tthat hat iitt would out would most most likely likely induce induce people people to to gget et o ut of of their their cars cars and and subsequently subsequently increase increase tthe he non-motorized non-motorized mode mo de share share in in this this corridor. corridor. It It should should be be remembered rememb ered that, that, as as transportation transpor tation professionals, professionals, our our job job is is to to develop develop and and manage manage a ttransportation ranspor tation network network that that provides provides for for the the ssafe afe aand nd effective efffective movement movement of of people, p eople, not not jjust ust ccars, ars, but but bicycles, bicycles, pedestrians pedestrians and and the the people people tthat hat drive drive cars. cars. Furthermore, Fur thermore, residential residential streets streets are are ostensibly ostensibly designed designed for for the the residents residents that that live not designed live on on those those streets, streets, and and aare re n ot d esigned as as ancillary ancillar y facilities facilities for for congested congested arterials ar terials such such as as Mission Mission Street. Street. As As a final f inal note, note, there there is is some some irony irony here. Prior moving Santa here. P rior tto om oving tto oS antaa Cruz, Cruz, I lived most bicycle lived on on one one of of the the m ost ssuccessful uccessful b icycle boulevards b oulevards in in Northern Nor thern Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;King Califo orniaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;King Streetâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;in Streetâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;in Berkeley! Berkeley! The The improvements impro r vements in in this this corridor corridor did did not not create create gridlock gridlo ck on on adjacent adjacent arterials, ar terials, and and were weree embraced embraced by by most most of of the the residents residents that that live live in in that that neighborhood, neighb orho od, including including cyclists cyclists and and motorists. motorists. Tim Bustos, Tim Bustos, Saanta Cruz Cruz Santa

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NR RECENT ECENT ccommentaries ommentaries iin n SSanta anta C Cruz ruz W Weekly, eekly, Don Don R Rothman othman aand nd P eter P hillips w rote aabout bout h ow b udget ccuts uts aand nd tthe he Peter Phillips wrote how budget 332 2p ercent ttuition uition ffee ee iincrease ncrease p ose a tthreat hreat tto o tthe he ffuture uture percent pose viability o he U C ssystem. ystem. The The U niversity o alifornia h as llong ong b een viability off tthe UC University off C California has been considered tthe he jjewel ewel iin n tthe he ccrown rown o California h igher eeducationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; ducation o â&#x20AC;&#x201D; considered off California higher and iitt llooks ooks aass iiff iitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aabout bout tto o ttumble umble o ut. The Th he crown crown it it sso op recariously and out. precariously rests o n, tthough, hough gh, aalong long w ith tthe he California Califo fornia State State Universities Universities (CSU), Un (CSU), rests on, with is tthe he California California Community Community College College ((CCC) CCC) ssystem, ystem, tthe he llargest argest ssingle ingle is educational ssystem ystem iin n the the w orld, aand, nd, w ith iits ts o pen enrollment, enrollment, educational world, with open perhaps tthe he most most democratic. democratic. perhaps Similar ccuts uts aand nd ffee ee iincreases ncreases aare re aassaulting ssaulting tthe he CSUs CSUs aand nd Similar Community C ollege ssystems. ystems. Taken Taken together, together, there there is is little little doubt doubt that that Community College higher eeducation, ducation, aand nd tthe he n otion tthat hat iitt iiss a â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x153;public public ggood, ood,â&#x20AC;? iiss u nder higher notion under siege iin n California. California. But But iitt iiss aabout bout tthe he Community Community College College ssystem, ystem, siege and iin np articular aabout bout Cabrillo Cabrillo College, College, where where I teach, teach, that that I wish wish to to and particular address m omments. address myy ccomments. CCCs have have been been funded funded historically historically by by Propositions Propositions 13 13 and and 98, 98, which which CCCs are ttied ied tto o ffluctuating luctuating sstate tate p roperty ttax ax aand nd ggeneral eneral ffund und rrevenues, evenues, n ow are property now in d ecline w ith tthe he d epressed h ousing m arket aand nd ggeneral eneral eeconomy. conomy. The The Th in decline with depressed housing market portion o rop. 9 8 ffunds unds aallocated llocated tto o CCCs CCCs iin n tthe he JJu uly b udget p ackage portion off P Prop. 98 July budget package was rreduced educed b 812 m illion, o ver 112 2p ercent. Coupled Coupled w ith tthe he lloss oss was byy $ $812 million, orr o over percent. with of o ur sstatutory tatutory Cost Cost of of Living Living Adjustment Adjustment (COLA) (COLA A) of of 4.24 4.24 percent, percent, of our CCC ffunding unding iiss d own b 6.77 p ercent. In n addition, addition, $1.03 $1.03 billion billion o ur CCC down byy 116.77 percent. off o our statewide ffunds unds w ill b eferred u ntil Ju uly 2 010. At At the the local local level, level, this this statewide will bee d deferred until July 2010. means tthat hat Cabrillo Cabrillo is is faced faced with with an an estimated estimated $3 $3 million million shortfall shortfall aand nd means the rreal eal p rospect o eing u nable tto om eet p ayroll ccostsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not ostsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not tto om ention the prospect off b being unable meet payroll mention student n eeds. It It has has resulted resulted in in a loss loss of of some some 600 600 tteaching eaching u nits ffrom rom student needs. units scheduled cclasses lasses ((translation: translation: eequivalent quivalent tto o2 00 tthree-unit hree-unit ccourses ourses aand nd scheduled 200 the â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x153;downsizingâ&#x20AC;? downsizingâ&#x20AC;? b approximately 70 70 adjunct adjunct faculty, faculty, constituting constituting a the byy approximately â&#x20AC;&#x153;silent llayoff ayoff â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;?)) aand nd ffunding unding ffor or 5500 00 ffull-time ull-time eequivalent quivalent sstudents. tudents. A nd â&#x20AC;&#x153;silent And this comes comes at at a time time when when more more students students than than ever ever are are seeking seeking out out this classes aatt Cabrillo Cabrillo aass tthey hey o verspill ffrom rom tthe he ssimilarly imilarly d istressed CSU CSU o classes overspill distressed orr UC ccampuses ampuses o ttempt tto o rretrain etrain ffor or jjobs. obs. They Th hey find find long long w aiting llists ists UC orr aattempt waiting for rrequired equired cclassesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;if lassesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;if ttheir heir cclasses lasses aare re o ffered aatt aall! ll! No No w onder ssome ome for offered wonder consider tthat hat tthe he CCCs CCCs are are h eaded iinto nto a â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x153;death death sspiralâ&#x20AC;?! piralâ&#x20AC;?! consider headed Th he state state h as rresponded esponded tto o tthis his ccrisis risis b ncreasing CCC CCC student student The has byy iincreasing tuition ffees ees ffrom rom $ 20 tto o$ 26 pe nit. And And for for tthose hose sstudents tudents ffortunate ortunate tuition $20 $26 perr u unit. enough tto o be eenrolled nrolled aatt Cabrillo, Cabrillo, the the loss loss of of so so m any cclasses lasses m eans enough many means that ffor or m any, rreceiving eceiving a d egree o oc o ational ccertificate ertif icate w ill ttake ake that many, degree orr a vvocational will longer. What What is is h appening tto ou s? W bsolutely n eed a rreliable eliable ffunding unding longer. happening us? Wee aabsolutely need mechanism. Here Here aare re some some ssuggestions uggestions aass tto ow hat ccan an w o. mechanism. what wee d do. ush ffor or a cchange hange for for a simple simple majority, major ty rather rather than than tthe he supermajority superma or ty â&#x20AC;˘ P Push two-thirds vote vote n eeded iin n tthe he Legislature Legis ature to to change change the the b udget two-thirds needed budget. upport A.B. A.B. 656, 656, which which would would establish estab sh an an oil o severance severance tax tax and and â&#x20AC;˘ S Support generate an an eestimated stimated $ 100 m illion for or tthe he CCCs. CCCs (California (Ca orn a iss tthe he generate $100 million only state state among among 21 21 oil-producing oil-producing states states without w thout an an oil o severance severance tax.) tax ) only lose tax tax loopholes loopholes ffor or the the wealthiest wealthiest 1 percent, percent w hose incomes ncomes â&#x20AC;˘ C Close whose average $1.6 $1.6 million million per per year. year. Since Since the the early ear y 1990s, 1990s their the r tax tax rate rate has has average been reduced reduced ffrom rom 111.3 1.3 p ercent tto o9 ercent Closing C os ng those those loopholes oopho es been percent 9.33 p percent. would result result in in billions billions of of d ollars aadded dded tto o tthe he sstateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tate s ggeneral enera fund. und would dollars We need need your your help! he p! We A an n LLĂśnnberg Ăśnnberrg has bbeen een an ad unc an n hrroopo ogy instructor ns ruc or aat Allan adjunct anthropology Cabr a oC o ege for oor 23 year rs Cabrillo College years.


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N THE EVE of the first-ever National Cougar Convention, Richard Gosse, CEO of the San Rafaelâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;based Single Professionals Society, was feeling a little tense. The event had sold out days before, meaning an estimated 300 cougarsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;women 40 and older who prefer to date younger menâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and cubs, the aforementioned younger men, were due to arrive in a mere 20 minutes. A sold-out party almost never happens, he told me, wolfing down a plate of food at the long greeting table at the entrance to the bar at Dinahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garden Hotel in Palo Alto. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m working like a dog,â&#x20AC;? he mumbled between forkfuls. Gosse, a self-described â&#x20AC;&#x153;singles advocateâ&#x20AC;? who has been giving dating advice since Mystery was still a toddler, tells me that ordinarily the single is a more elusive creature, one who never commits until the last second to attending mixers. That night, however, something very different was about to happenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;tickets gone, international guests flying in, media descending from as far away as New York City. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People are going to be trying to bust in here,â&#x20AC;? he said. I decided to attend in part because I love the concept of a conventionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a place where a single aspect of life is revealed in all its subtleties and nuances for a brief moment, like an exotic flower that blooms for only one day. But what was so interesting about the cougar herself ? It felt sort of like a subculture at first. A whiff of sexual deviancy hung around the concept, and I, a mere Millennial, intended to find out all its dirty little secrets. Once the cougars began to circulate aimlessly between the tiki-themed bar and the display booths for American Laser Centers and Cardeaux Cosmetics (maker of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;cougar kitâ&#x20AC;?), no one else was quite ready to talk seriously on the topic, least of all Leslie Lang. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a standup comic,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I came here for material.â&#x20AC;? Her friends were a little more serious. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want someone who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to go to bed at 10 oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;clock,â&#x20AC;? said Edith Espinola.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Men have been doing this for years. I think now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our turn. They leave us no choice.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like it,â&#x20AC;? said their friend Amelia Wong, with deep sincerity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Very passionate.â&#x20AC;? On the cub side, it was hard to pry out an answer out that went beyond â&#x20AC;&#x153;They know what they wantâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t play games,â&#x20AC;? as if someone had given them cue cards on the way in. A smartly dressed Stanford student gave a very high-concept and barely understandable response. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I tend towards condescension and deference. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a really nice combination,â&#x20AC;? he said, and then went into some kind of carrot peeling metaphor. He lost me after that. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maybe the girls my age arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t taking care of their men the way they should,â&#x20AC;? a stewed twentysomething told me, a tad accusatorily. Between comments like his, which implied that all women in their 20s are â&#x20AC;&#x153;game players,â&#x20AC;? and the idea that the husbands of these women had left them for someone in my age group, I was starting to feel like the enemy.

The notion that I was part of an enemy camp increased once I began to gather how many specious motivations were gathered in the room. In addition to the band from Los Angeles filming a reality TV installment for their website and the gaggle of Stanford students filming with palm-size digital cameras for a â&#x20AC;&#x153;school project,â&#x20AC;? there was oodles of mediaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the Associated Press, Details magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle andâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;me. When Lang grabbed the collar of a passing cub to lick his face, or a sun-damaged blonde started whipping her black skirt too high up her leg, the camera flashes popped paparazzistyle. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably when things started to get a little weird.

The Lion Queen I was starting to come up with a notso-nice answer to my original question: Why are we so interested in the cougar? From reading the accounts by my fellow journalists that came out afterward, the

answer seems to be: we wanted to laugh at them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Are you kidding me? Enter shudder, shake of head and look of pity and embarrassment for those participating women here,â&#x20AC;? wrote one reporter from â&#x20AC;&#x153;If Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m trying to get some 23-year-old mamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boy to go ice skating with me, please put me out of my misery,â&#x20AC;? blogged a writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. The comments posted under a photo spread of the cougars are not reprintable. Just vicious. Nevertheless, I did notice something at the crowning of Miss Cougar America. Each cub had been given a token to bestow upon his favorite cougar, but the vote tabulation process had the chaos of a livestock auction, with only three or four cougars able to hear above the din that it was time to cash in the tokens theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d collected from cubs. A 42-year-old named Gloria Navarro ultimately took 3 

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the title with 13 tokens, and was fairly shoved from the stage into an adjacent hallway for the ensuing media blitz. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Diane, I won!â&#x20AC;? she hollered to a friend. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m taking my friend Diane,â&#x20AC;? she said of the single cougar cruise sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d won along with her new title. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She hung in there with me through my divorce. I was a soccer mom and now Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a cougar!â&#x20AC;? And sure, she looked a little silly jumping up and down to Michael Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;P.Y.T.â&#x20AC;? while party-crashing teens leapt in to have their photo taken with her. But she seemed to be having a really great time. It reminded me of the conversation Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d had earlier with Birgita Cameron and Rita Sangha, ambassador cougars from London whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d come in part to promote Sanghaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cougar life-coaching business. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My longtime partner and I were together for 20 years, we had two children,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I broke it off and I lost my home. He also wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let me see my children, and all sorts of things like that. It was really hard being on my own.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of these womenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;their husbands left them in their 30s, 40s and 50s,â&#x20AC;? adds Sangha. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It can really knock your confidence.â&#x20AC;?

Just Wanna Have Fun So maybe thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s some peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s definition of desperate. But watching these cougarsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;yes, behaving like girls; yes, with a serious amount of cleavage showing, enough to swallow one of the smaller Stanford students wholeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;made the case for taking public action in the face of a host of forces telling you to just

fade away. Staying home alone seemed like a more private and perhaps more dignified but ultimately sadder way to pass a Friday evening in Man Jose. Gosse told me at one point, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of hot cougars out there. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve known this for decades.â&#x20AC;? Since he wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell me how old he is, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not entirely sure how far back the information-gathering goes, but the point is that ever since the invention of birth control weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve managed to turn our reproductive urges on their heads, so women in the sunset of their reproductive years should be able to party as long as they like. Even after being rolled in their past relationships and marriages, cougars are still game to meet someone new. The sooner we get used to it, the sooner a cougar convention or a night at home with a quart of HäagenDazs might cease to be the only two options. At the tail end of the evening, I ran into Espinola again, a little tipsy and having a lovely time. Though the cubs and party crashers were making the scene increasingly ugly, Espinola at least made me feel a great deal better about the presence of the press. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I met this great guy, his name is Chris, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a reporter covering the story,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We exchanged numbers both ways. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll probably call him on Monday or Tuesday.â&#x20AC;?

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At the time, Purdue had mounted a massive and, it was later proven, misleading advertising campaign aimed at doctors that claimed OxyContin had little potential for abuse and was far less dangerous than other narcotic painkillers. And in 2007, after a federal investigation, Purdue executives pleaded guilty to felony charges of deceptive marketing and the company paid $634.5 million in damages for what the U.S. Justice Department described as â&#x20AC;&#x153;one of our nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest prescription drug failures.â&#x20AC;? The case ended not long after a federal survey found that 5.2 million Americans reported using prescription pain drugs like OxyContin inappropriately. High-profile cases like conservative radio host Rush Limbaughâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s admitted addiction to OxyContin and the deaths of actor Heath Ledger in 2008 and Adam Goldstein (a.k.a. DJ AD) this year, both of which involved OxyContin, have led to a public outcry for more regulations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is our attempt to try and ensure that the benefits of the products outweigh their risks,â&#x20AC;? said John Jenkins, director of the FDAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office of New Drugs, during a press conference after the Baltimore meeting earlier this moth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;By their design, these drugs have a large amount of opioids, and if used incorrectlyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; like OxyContin, where crushing the tablets and chewing them

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Slippery Slope On the Central Coast, and especially in Santa Cruz County, a heroin epidemic is on the rise. Opiate-related deaths have shot up 30 percent since last year, as cheap, low-grade heroin has flooded the streets through drug dealing gangs like the SureĂąos. Like Stefan, dozens of current and recovering addicts interviewed by Santa Cruz Weekly say that their opiate addictions began with pills like Vicodin (which combines an opiate called hydrocodone with acetaminophen), Percocet (oxycodone and acetaminophen) and OxyContin before moving to street heroin. Stefan puts the number at roughly two-thirds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d say about 70 percent of the people I met in treatment for heroin started out on pills like Oxy,â&#x20AC;? he says. Booms in OxyContin abuse pop up like mushrooms around the country, usually when a new sales operation brings a large supply to an area. Just last week in Seaside, police announced the confiscation of roughly $270,000 worth of Oxy and the arrest of five young men they said were part of such a ring. Commander Chris Veloz, who spearheaded the investigation, worries that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve only

scratched the surface. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This bust is really just the tip of the iceberg. There are a lot of people doing it and a lot of people selling it out there,â&#x20AC;? says Veloz. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Over the last year weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen a real pickup in younger people using Oxy. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the same stigma as heroin.â&#x20AC;?. Current estimates of OxyContin-related deaths range from several hundred to several thousand, and have not been published officially since 2002, when the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency completed a study that found 146 deaths â&#x20AC;&#x153;directlyâ&#x20AC;? caused by OxyContin and 318 more that were â&#x20AC;&#x153;likelyâ&#x20AC;? caused by the drug. Just last week, however, the Canadian Medical Association Journal published a study that showed oxycodone-related deaths have risen 500 percent in the province of Ontario since 2000, when OxyContin was introduced to the public health system. One of the most common ways people die using OxyContin is by combining it with other drugs like methadone or alcohol. According to death certificates provided by the Santa Cruz County Office of Vital Statistics, of the five deaths directly linked to oxycodone in Santa Cruz County since 2008, all victims had other drugs in their systems. Sgt. Loren â&#x20AC;&#x153;Butchâ&#x20AC;? Baker of the Santa Cruz Police Department is routinely called out to investigate overdose deaths and other suspicious fatalities. He says finding prescription drugs, both with and without a prescription, is routine. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just right now Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m working on a death investigation where we found a prescription for 900 tablets of methadone at the scene,â&#x20AC;? says Baker. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I see Oxys, Vicodin, Percs [percocet], you name it.â&#x20AC;?

Breaking Bad Stefan didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get clean on his own. He had help from counselors, friends and most importantly, he says, from his mother Judith. A self-admitted â&#x20AC;&#x153;enablerâ&#x20AC;? during the early stages of her sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s addiction, Judith says the hardest and most pivotal

moment in helping her son was the day she kicked him out of her house. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In ways I was always trying to fix it. I was the mom, I put his Band-Aids on when he fell, and I thought I could fix his addiction too,â&#x20AC;? she says. Judith, who asked that her last name not be used, found help for her own sake through the treatment group Nar-Anon, which focuses on helping nonaddicts deal with the addiction of a loved one. Other addicts look to get help at methadone clinics like Janus of Santa Cruz and Central Valley Methadone Clinic of San Jose, where a steady supply of drugs are given to an addict before eventually being tapered off. Others, however, take a more holistic approach, and in San Jose, Dr. Richard Gracer of Gracer Medical Group is leading a new wave of addiction treatment that combines natural detox methods with advanced, synthetic opiate medications like Buprenorphine, which blocks the effects of opiates. He blames the FDA for not working fast enough to regulate dangerous opiates like OxyContin and says pain pills are often the earliest building blocks of addiction. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oxycodone is often a starter drug, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very dangerous,â&#x20AC;? says Gracer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People get started usually by getting prescribed the drug for back pain, or sometimes they have had operations, or theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re kids who raid Momâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s medicine cabinet. Pretty soon they have to take more and more to even feel normal. By the time we see them, their life is on hold, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been through rehab a couple times, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve stolen from their parents, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had enough.â&#x20AC;? Stefan, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now finishing his exams at Cabrillo College and plans to go on to study psychopharmacology at UCBerkeley, is one of the lucky ones. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Of all the people I knew personally that did Oxy, every one of them is now on heroin,â&#x20AC;? he says, stubbing out his Camel Wide on the sidewalk. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For me, I was just a normal guy. I came from a loving supportive family, but I still got caught up in it. It can happen to anyone.â&#x20AC;? 0

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If that sounds melodramatic, consider thisâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actually a term for this phenomenon. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s called â&#x20AC;&#x153;wrap rage.â&#x20AC;? Think about it. Uncle Frank has had a couple of eggnogs by the time Little Sally comes running with her new Bratz doll, all hopped up on sugar and gift-opening adrenaline. She shrieks when her doll is still sealed in the plastic tomb five minutes later, and an agitated and tipsy Uncle Frank goes for the sharpest knife in the drawer. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a recipe for disaster. Dr. Greg Whitley, medical director of Dominican Emergency Services in Santa Cruz, agreed via email. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I/we have definitely seen lacerations from opening clear plastic containers. Most of the injuries involve opening the containers with a knife, and people cutting themselves with the knife or with the sharp edge of the plastic,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These injuries can involve tendons and nerves in the hand, so they can be quite serious.â&#x20AC;? In the last few years, something like 6,000 wrap ragers hurt themselves badly enough to get those ambulance bells jing-a-linging all to the emergency room, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the only problem. As the nation becomes increasingly concerned with going green, the seemingly indestructible cases are easily imagined

whiling away the centuries in a landfill or beefing up the Pacific Ocean plastic gyre. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to end up in that Pacific gyre, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to kill sea life, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to contribute to climate change and global warming,â&#x20AC;? says Monning. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The moment youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re opening it you face the risk of cuts, of lacerations. But perhaps the greater risk is where it goes after you open it.â&#x20AC;? All this is not news to the packaging industry. One source in package manufacturing contacted for this article would not even talk about them, â&#x20AC;&#x153;because people hate them,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Teaching packaging, everybody complains about these things constantly,â&#x20AC;? says Dr. Fritz Yambrach, associate professor of packaging in the in the Applied Sciences and Arts Department at San Jose State University. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the dealâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on items that can be pilfered pretty easily. Anything people will steal and jam down their pants.â&#x20AC;? The reason clamshells are impossible to open is because theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re supposed to be impossible to open. According to Yambrach, the plastic is made mostly from pellets of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and extruded out into sheets before being molded into shape and diffusion-bonded, or heatsealed, closed. Your puny weapons are no match against industrial-strength heat sealing. ¨


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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the real cost of that package in terms of climate change, in terms of danger to the environment, the danger to the consumer?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201D;ASSEMBLYMEMBER BILL MONNING Steve Koenig, director of industry analysis at Consumer Electronics Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;many of whose members produce the kind of small electronic goods that come in clamshellsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;agrees that we are by no means rapidly approaching a wrap-rageless future. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If anything, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a move to more secure packaging for loss prevention,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the early days, Best Buy did not have somebody checking receipts at the door, but consumer electronics are more popular than ever, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to be targeted by, unfortunately, dishonest people.â&#x20AC;? There is some good news. Yambrach

says the industry has steered away from making the shells out of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which is believed by some to release cancer-linked chemicals, and Koenig says while companies may continue to use clamshells, they may be using smaller ones, or versions with less insideâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;fewer plastic trays, twist ties, etc. But other businesses are moving more aggressively toward a clamshellfree future, like, which launched its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Frustration-Free Packagingâ&#x20AC;? initiative last year with 19 products available to be shipped in a simple cardboard box, not the clamshell the same product could be found in at the store. This year, the count is up to 30 manufacturers and 350 products available frustration-free. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wrap rage is real,â&#x20AC;? wrote spokeswoman Anya Waring in an email. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Customers have been responding very positively to the program.â&#x20AC;? Waring says the Frustration-Free is now launching worldwide in places like France (â&#x20AC;&#x153;DĂŠballer sans sâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ĂŠnerverâ&#x20AC;?) and Germany (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Frustfreie Verpackungâ&#x20AC;?)., however, has the benefit of being an online business, and manufacturers say theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re boxed in by the simultaneous need to draw customers in and shut thieves out. And a few thousand traumatized consumers (Parent Tested Parent Approved recently sent out a press release about clamshells claiming that a memberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daughter called her present the â&#x20AC;&#x153;bad daddy blood gameâ&#x20AC;? after her father wrap-raged) isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to be enough to incentivize the end of clamshells. One solution, says Monning, in the spirit of Styrofoam and plastic bag bans, is political. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Extend producer responsibility,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maybe theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re responsible for the recovery of that piece of packagingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have to pay through fees to the state or federal government that anticipate the cost of recycling and recovery. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the real cost of that package in terms of climate change, in terms of danger to the environment, the danger to the consumer? Does that victim of the cutâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; do they have health insurance?â&#x20AC;? Health insurance, climate changeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; one puny package can touch on some of the most crucial challenges facing our country. But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the power of the clamshell. Man has long wondered if his creations would one day turn on him. We need only look beneath the tree in all those pretty packages to see evidence that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happened. Consider yourselves warned this holiday season, before all shells break loose. 0 :Oab;W\cbS5WTb5cWRS¨ #

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ARPER SIMON, son of Paul, doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to ride on the coattails of his fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fame. With the release of his first solo album, Simon proves heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a capable musician and a gifted songwriter. But that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean that anything about his solo debut has come easily. Making a 10track, rock-and-country LP inspired by classic long-play albums like the Stonesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Exile on Main Street and the Beatlesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Abbey Road turned out to be an arduous task. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were lots of obstacles, both mentally and emotionally,â&#x20AC;? says Simon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of work to carry an entire album, and it took a lot longer than I thought.â&#x20AC;? Though Simonâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;who plays the Brookdale Lodge tonight with the Chapin Sisters and Sparrows Gateâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; has been performing since he was a child, it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t until the soft-spoken singer/songwriter hit his 30s that he began crafting his seamless self-titled debut. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In my heart, making a solo album was something I always wanted to do,â&#x20AC;? Simon says from Los Angeles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In my 20s, I was satisfied being a supporting musician, but in my 30s it was time to start a solo career.â&#x20AC;? The album was recorded in Nashville, New York and Los Angeles over a three-year period with an allstar cast of â&#x20AC;&#x2122;60s session musicians, including pedal steel player Lloyd Green (the Byrdsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Sweetheart of the Rodeo) and multi-instrumentalist Charlie McCoy (Dylanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Blonde on Blonde and Nashville Skyline). Simon also scored notable guest musicians like Sean Lennon, Eric Earley of Blitzen Trapper and his dad. The outcome is a timeless slice of true Americana music. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tennessee,â&#x20AC;? one of three songs co-

6/@>3@¸A1/::7<¸ Harper Simon brings a heapinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; helpinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; of Americana to the Brookdale Lodge on Wednesday, Dec. 16.

written with Paul, is about Simonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother. It twangs with fast-paced pedal steel arpeggios and honky-tonk piano. The last song on the album, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Berkeley Girl,â&#x20AC;? is an earnest declaration of love to an old friend; the deep sentiment of Simonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s voice glows through a beautifully sparse melody plucked out on acoustic guitar. Though the legendary players backing Simon on the album arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t touring with him, he has compiled an equally impressive backup band featuring Erik Paparazzi (Cat Power), Russell Simins ( John Spencer Blues Explosion), Money Mark (Beastie Boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; keyboardist) and Farmer Dave Scher. The 37-year-old appears to be on a roll. Simon plans on recording three additional solo albumsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;each one

differentâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;before taking a break. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The next [album] will be darker, dreamier and more psychedelic, with less country,â&#x20AC;? he says. On the song â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shooting Star,â&#x20AC;? Simon sings, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Someday youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find out who you are.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s evident from his debut that this is just the beginning of a personal musical journey that will bring him a step closer to finding out who he is with each album he makes.

HARPER SIMON plays Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 8pm at the Brookdale Lodge, 11570 Hwy. 9, Brookdale. Tickets are $12 at http://folkyeah (831.338.1300)

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RIPPED R IPPED IIN N aan n eeternal ternal winter, planet w inter, tthe he p lanet iiss ggrowing rowing Sunlight ccolder. older. S unlight sstruggles truggles tto o pierce The p ierce tthe he lleaden eaden sskies. kies. T he dying have eearth arth iiss d ying aand nd aanimals nimals h avve llong ong ssince ince vvanished. anished. Welcome Welcome to to the the end end of of the the world, world, a wasteland ssmoldering moldering w asteland of of dark dark beauty b eauty danger. aand nd d anger. This This bleak bleak postapocalyptic postapocalyptic vvision ision iiss the the work work of of director director John John Hillcoat, who H illcoat, w ho closely closely shadows shadows the the Pulitzer P ulitzer Prizeâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;winning Prizeâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;winning novel novel by by Cormac McCarthy. The Road C ormac M cCarthy. T he R oad glows glows with w ith the the heavy heavy metal metaal colors colors of of a toxic toxic Bronze, llandfill. andf ill. B ronze, pewter p ewter and and burnished burnished ggold old aare re the the faded faded hues hues of of a world world in in which w hich ssomething omething fatal fata t l has has taken taken place, place, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re tthough hough w eâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re never never told told what. what. As in in McCarthyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s M cCarthyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s harrowing harrowing novel, novel, much much iiss lleft ef t to to the the imaginationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;hence imaginationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;hence the the ffilmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ilmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability ability to to obliterate obliterate our our most most defenses. The Road gguarded uarded d efenses. T he R oad left lef t me me unable aalmost lmost u nable tto o breathe, breeathe, so so utterly utterly ssad ad iiss iits ts full full and and final f inal impact. impact. A few few glimmers glimmers of of tenderness tenderness pierce pierce tthis his rruined uined llandscape. andscape. And And almost almost all all off tthem o hem are are due due to to the the visceral visceral work work off V Viggo Mortensen, o iggo M ortensen, identified identif ied only only The aass T he Man, Man, a survivor sur vivo v r determined determined keep his tto ok eep h is son son alive alive as as the the pair pair make make way ttheir heir aagonizing gonizing w ay south. south. Flashbacks Flashbacks The Manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tto oT he M anâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life life with with his his wife wife (a (a Charlize Theron), lluminescent uminescent C harlize T heron), how how tthey hey eexisted xisted tthrough hrough the the unseen unseen aapocalypse, po calypse, aare re aalmost lmost unbearable unbearable in in painful reminder ttheir heir p ainful re minder of of how how much much

0/0G7B¸A1=:2=CBA723Viggggo M 0/0G7B¸A1=:2=CBA723Viggo Mortensenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ortensenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s M Man an aand nd hhis is B Boy oy ((Kodi Ko di SSmit-McPhee) mit-McPhee) ttry r y to to survive sur vive iin n tthe he aaftermath ftermath of of a global glob al disaster. disaster.

humankind has humankind has lost. lost. Mortensen, Mor tensen, w hose face face seems seems to to attract attract anguish, anguish, whose ggives ives a performance p erformance that that is is as as much much ccourage ourage as as skill. skill. If If Edvard Edvard Munch Munch had had m ade a portrait por trait of of existentialist existentialist Søren Søren made K ierkegaard, the the result result might might have havee Kierkegaard, b een Mortensenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mortensenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s haunted haunted beauty. beauty. been H aggard, filthy, f ilthy, beyond beyond pain, pain, his his Haggard, ccharacter haracter has has been b een reduced reduced to to a state sta t te o raw survival. survival. And And yet yet for for the the sake sake of of off raw tthe he child child (eloquently (elo quently played played by by Kodi Ko o di S mit--McPhee) he he refuses refuses to to relinquish relinquish Smit-McPhee) â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x153;the the fire,â&#x20AC;? f ire,â&#x20AC;? that that kernel kernel of of decency decency and and h ope that that he he instills instills in in his his boy. boy. hope There are are other other survivors, sur vivors, roaming roaming There w hatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s left lef t of of the the country country and and towns, towns, whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s d esperate for for food fo od and and shelter. shelter. Many Many desperate h avve formed formed feral feral gangs, gangs, cruising cruising have tthe he nameless nameless road road for for gasoline, gasoline, spare spare ttruck ruck parts par ts and and something something to to eat. eat. The The yo ung boy b oy is is desirable desirable prey, prey, and and the the young ffilm ilm unf unf linchingly linchingly documents documents the the

cannibalistic ssqualor cannibalistic qualor of of whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lleft ef t of of h umankind. humankind. The Road Road is is a study study in in what what we we will will The do to to survive, sur vive, and and how how far far we we would would do go â&#x20AC;&#x201D;what unthinkable unthinka k ble acts acts of of brutality brutality goâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;what we might might commitâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to commitâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x201D;to save save someone someone we we love. love. Viggoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Viggoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s haunted haunted face, face, stripped stripp ed we of every every ounce ounce of of softness, sof tness, reduced reduced of to sinew, sinew, rage rage and and wildly wildly protective protective to love for for his his son, son, is is the the parallel parallel road road love up on which which the the film f ilm travels. trave v ls. The The Road Road upon envisions one one way way in in which which we we might might envisions have to to say say goodbye: go o dbye y : goodbye goodbye to to the the have b eauty of of the the earth, ear th, to to laughter, laughter, to to beauty feeling safe safe and and ultimately ultimately to to being b eing feeling able to to save save v our our children. children. In In the the end, end, able it is is a parable parable about about the the road road we we all all it travel. One One that that may may or or may may not not lead lead travel. to an an unknown unknown â&#x20AC;&#x153;somewhere.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;somewhere.â&#x20AC;? to This film f ilm is is not not for f r the fo the timid. timid. While While This itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ironic ironic to to actually actually recommend recommend itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s f ilm so so filled f illed with with dystopian dystopian a film

nightmare and nightmare and profound profound sadness, sadness, to to ssee ee iitt iiss tto o confront confro r nt tthat hat ccollective ollective v fear destruction weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve fe ar of of complete complete d estruction w eâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve aall ll up with. To ggrown rro own u pw ith. T o ssee ee death, death, decay decay waste aand nd w aste tthrough hrough tthis his eexquisite xquisite llens ens bee aalmost mindless iiss tto ob lmost lliberated ib erated ffrom rrom m indless ccultural ultural denial. denial. Neither N ither sunsets Ne sunsets nor nor the the homeless homeless will w ill eever ver llook o ok tthe he ssame ame again. again.

THE T HE ROAD ROAD (R; (R; 119 119 min.), min.), directed directed John bbyy J ohn Hillcoat, Hillcoat, written written by by Joe Joe Penhall, novel P enhall, bbased ased oon n tthe he n ovel bbyy Cormac McCarthy, C ormac M cCarthy, pphotographed hotographed bbyy Javier J avier Aquirresarobe Aquirresarobe and and starring starring Viggo V iggo Mortensen Mortensen and and Charlize Charlize Theron, T heron, opens opens Friday Friday at at the the Del Del Mar Mar Cruz. iin n SSanta anta C ruz.

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Pandoraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Boxed In A strange world tries to resist the invasion of earthlings in James Cameronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Avatarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 0G@716/@2D=<0CA/19


OTH AN eyeful and a brain drain, Avatar is like meeting a gorgeous, high-cheekboned fashion model who has just had a lobotomy. James Cameronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest caps a year that was to animation what 1939 was to studio filmsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the increased color range and delicacy of CGI were essential to 2009â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s banquet of 2-D and 3-D animation, and Avatarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visuals are part of that triumph. Despite whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been claimed, though, you know youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re watching animated characters. Motion capture doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always mean motion release. The timing appears off and the facial expressions oversimplified. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clear that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking at synthespians. In the future, an unnamed Very Big Corporation is shipping mercenaries to the planet Pandora, where 9-foot-tall, blue-skinned noble savages called Naâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;vi live in a phosphorescent forest full of saurian beasts. The earthling invaders have excavated a vast open-pit mine, guarded by mercenaries. Jake (Michael J. Fox avatar Sam Worthington) is the paraplegic brother of a dead soldier who has agreed to take his brotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s place in an experimental program. The idea is to link Jakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brain to a genetically engineered Naâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;vi shell; the program is under the direction of a chainsmoking biologist (Sigourney Weaver, no help). Andâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;after the usual ritualsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Jake becomes a member of this peace-loving peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tribe, helped by the space Pocahontas Neytiri, played by a motioncaptured ZoĂŤ Saldana. This princess sports giraffe ears and spots, brandy-snifter-size golden eyes and

7B¸A<=B3/AG037<50:C3 Neytiri (ZoĂŤ Saldana) and Jake (Sam Worthington) get back to nature on another world in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Avatar.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

a literal Barbie-doll physique, with an elongated torso and teeny hips. Wide-set eyes are essential to movie glamourâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;if you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell what a person is looking at, they are mysterious. The Naâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;viâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s long Zardoz-like braids conceal filaments; they can plug into the plants and animals of Pandora to commune with their spirits. Jake spends his days learning Naâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;vi lore, reverence for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eywa,â&#x20AC;? the mother goddess of them all, and how to pray for the spirits of animals he skewers. But he is also reminded of his duties by a Marine colonel (Stephen Lang) who proudly wears his scarred face as a reminder of how the Naâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;vi can kill youâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and also that scar-faced people are always evil. The plan to relocate the Naâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;vi will include deadly force. Plotwise, Avatar is a blue-dyed remake of Dances With Wolves. Politically, Avatar has resonance; it fits in with our horror of redwood and rainforest crunching and the terror that no one will ever be able to fix the environment on Earth. There are certain references to the Forever War in Afghanistan and guilt at the terrible age of colonization. In actual history, there are shades to this tragedy:

there are usually wars between tribes, and conquerors always use disaffected tribespeople as intermediaries. Cameron glosses over this potential plot thickener. Why go to all the trouble to infiltrate the Naâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;vi by disguising as them, especially when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clear to them right away that the humans are â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dreamwalkersâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;fake Naâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;vi? Fans who insist that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no reason to make an intelligent story to go with superior graphics hold back the cause of science fiction. Umberto Eco wrote that Casablanca wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a movie, it was the movies. Similarly, Avatar isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a movie, it is the tragedy of the movies: a thrilling technology capable of uniting the world in the hands of types who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see past the good-guys, bad-guys rites of a playground.

AVATAR (PG-13; 162 min.), directed and written by James Cameron, photographed by Mauro Fiore and Vince Pace and starring Sam Worthington and ZoĂŤ Saldana, opens Friday countywide.

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Film Capsules

SHOWTIMES FOR FRIDAY DEC 18 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; THURSDAY DEC 24 STARTS FRIDAY 12/18! â&#x20AC;&#x153;A triumph! Mortensen is astounding.â&#x20AC;? Viggo Mortensen Charlize Theron Robert Duvall Guy Pearce

â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Rolling Stone


Daily: (2:00),


*No 9:20 (4:30), 7:00, 9:20*+ Sat, Sun (11:30am) Show 12/24

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Breathtaking, with an exhilarating sense of hope!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Washington Post (R) Daily: (2:45),


*No 9:30 (5:00), 7:15, 9:30* plus Sat, Sun (12:15) Show 12/24


Robert DeNiro Drew Barrymore (PG-13) Daily: (2:30), 6:45

plus Sun (12:30)


George Clooney Jeff Bridges

Daily: (4:45), 8:45*


*No 8:45 Show 12/24

Second Harvest Food Bank Benefit

(PG) Sat 12/19 @ 11:00am - Free Admission w/ Non-perishable Food Donation

Midnights @ The Del Mar Fun! Prizes! Ace Reporting! Cary Grant Rosalind Russell

His Girl Friday Fri 12/18 & Sat 12/19 @ Midnight Next Midnight: 1/7, 1/8, 1/9: The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus


STARTS FRIDAY 12/18! â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the best movies about the theater Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever seen.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Roger Ebert

<3E 1/>A /D/B/@(PG-13; 162

min.) See review, page 65. (Opens Fri at 41st Ave, Cinema 9, Scotts Valley and Green Valley.) /:D7</<2B63 167>;C<9A(B63 A?C3/9?C3:(PG) I

donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get it. I put up big signs everywhere when the first movie came out, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Please Do Not See the Chipmunks.â&#x20AC;? I tried to educate the public that this is a major mental health issueâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;people should never approach irritating animated rodents, especially in a movie theatre setting. But you know how it is: people say â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re so cute,â&#x20AC;? and

the next thing you know, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re putting themselves and their children at risk. Now, the worst has happened: theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve spawned a sequel, and since females have been introduced this time, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no telling what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re up against. Since there still is no trap that captures computer-generated vermin wearing shirts and baseball caps, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only one way to end this scourge: if you stop looking at them, they will go away. (Opens Wed Dec 23 at Cinema 9, Scotts Valley and Green Valley.) (SP) 272G=C63/@ /0=CBB63 ;=@5/<A-(PG-13;

103 min.) Comedy

starring Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker. (Opens Fri at Cinema 9 and Green Valley.) 67A57@:4@72/G

(1940) Classics month continues at the midnight movie with Howard Hawks screwball-comedyto-end-all-screwballcomedies. Hawksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; bold moves on this remake of The Front Page changed the way movies were made: first, he cast a woman (Rosalind Russell) in the formerly male part of Hildy, bantering with and riffing off of Cary Grant. Second, he had the actors step on each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dialogue, forever altering the way we hear films, and


Movie reviews by Traci Hukill, Steve Palopoli and Richard von Busack

providing the entire basis for David Mametâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s career. (Plays at the Del Mar on Fri and Sat at midnight.) (SP)

have been all over it. (Opens Fri at the Nick.) (SP)


B63>@7D/B3:7D3A =4>7>>/:33(R; 105

;3/<2=@A=< E3::3A(PG-13; 122

min.) Great marketing idea for the producers of this adaptation of Rebecca Millerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book about a woman (Robin Wright Penn) facing a nervous breakdown: change the name in the title from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pippa Leeâ&#x20AC;? to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tiger Woods.â&#x20AC;? I know, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a genius, but thanks for noticing! (Opens Fri at the Nick.) (SP)

min.) Matt Dillon and Laurence Fishburne star in the story of a crew that decides to steal an armored vehicle stuffed with cash.

min.) Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s example number 45673 of how awesome Hollywoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s priorities are these days: the studios will give director Richard Linklater the remake of The Bad News Bears without batting an eye, but none of them were willing to take a chance on this new Linklater film about Orson Wellesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; early years. And it even has (gulp) Zac Efron! Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure if heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d had Welles staging High School Musical instead of Julius Caesar, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d

B63@=/2(R; 119

min.) See review, page 63. (Opens Fri at Del Mar.) C>7<B63/7@(R;

109 min.) (Opens Fri at Riverfront.)

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130 min.) Werner Herzogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shaggier-thanshaggy restatement of Abel Ferraraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nouveau-grindhouse Bad Lieutenant of 1992. Nic Cageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Terence McDonagh is on the case of a murderer who took out five African immigrants. He trails a drug dealer significantly named â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Fateâ&#x20AC;? (Xzbit). Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard work,

Showtimes are for Wednesday, Dec. 16, through Wednesday, Dec. 23, unless otherwise indicated. Programs and showtimes are subject to change without notice.

Zac Efron Christian McKay Claire Danes A


Daily: (2:10),

*No 9:20 (4:40), 7:00, 9:20*+ Sat, Sun (11:50am) Show 12/24

STARTS FRIDAY 12/18! â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Oscar-worthy turn by Robin Wright!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Claudia Puig

Robin Wright Alan Arkin A

Julianne Moorre

Blake Lively



LEE (R) *No 9:10 Show 12/24

Daily: (5:00),

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and the lieutenant needs lots of fortification from evidence-room cocaine and pills. Fine supporting work abounds, with Jennifer Coolidge as a frowz, soaking up all the beer in the bayou. Fairuza Balk is a dirty state trooper who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to keep the lieutenant awake for a tryst. Cage is so much damn fun no one wants to see him shift gears and get into the soulfulness of the role, as he must. In short, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another movie that would be heralded as deeper if there had been subtitles. (RvB)


(PG-13; 103 min.) Lone Scherfigâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s British coming-of-age film has its good points. Twickenham-raised Jenny (Carey Mulligan) is studying for Oxford when she gets picked up by David (Peter Sarsgaard), a slightly older rotter; his slightly cruel eyes and flat smile forecast trouble to come. Until then, Jenny gets to see London highlife and nightclubs, and voyages to Paris. Smelling class, and wanting to make their hard-working daughter happy, Jennyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parents (Cara Seymour, Alfred B630:7<2A723 Molina) relax the leash. (PG-13; 126 min.) A Mulligan is charming, well-off family discover the meet-cute is deft a homeless teenager and Olivia Williams and help him make bears all the movieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the football team. Stars spine as a deliberately Sandra Bullock, Tim drabbed-down English McGraw and Quinton teacher. Nick Hornbyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Aaron. screenplay, from Lynn B630==<2=19 A/7<BA77(/::A/7<BA Barberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memoir, might have meant he had 2/G(R; 118 min.) The input on the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s McManus brothers excellent preâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Swinging return from a quiet life London soundtrack. in Ireland after learning Singer Beth Rowley their favorite priest has steals the show as the been waxed. breathy canary at one 0@=B63@A(R; 110 nightspot. (RvB) min.) Jim Sheridanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 3D3@G0=2G¸A47<3 dud remake of a 2004 Danish original. Tommy (PG-13; 95 min.) Minor but honorable remake of (Jake Gyllenhaal) is just the Giuseppi Tornatore out of the joint after movie. Robert De Niro three years for bank expertly downplays the robbery; his brother, lead role of an upstate Sam (Tobey Maguire), is a captain in the Marines, New York widower named Frank, trying about to head back for to investigate what another stint. Grace became of his family (Natalie Portman), (Kate Beckinsale, Sam Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife, and the Rockwell and Drew mother of his two Barrymore) British children, settles down director Kirk Jones to wait for his return. (Waking Ned Devine) is But Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s helicopter a little myopic when is shot down by the it comes to class in Taliban, and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taken America, but one cuts prisoner and brutalized. holiday movies slack. In stress mode, wielding (RvB) a gun and screaming to the heavens, Maguire 4/<B/AB71;@ showboats with all 4=F(PG; 87 min.) In smokestacks belching. switching gears entirely (RvB) from live action to /16@7AB;/A1/@=: stop-action animation, director Wes Anderson (PG; 96 min.) Robert has created his most Zemeckis, the guy who consistently enjoyable brought us 2004â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The film. Based on a Roald Polar Express, vies with CVS for earliest seasonal Dahl childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book, Fantastic Mr. Fox is a fairy statement with this pretale, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a realistic, preseason release of the animated classic. Scrooge slightly bleak one. Fox (voiced by George is voiced by Jim Carrey; Clooney) is living a also features the voices straight life with his wife of Gary Oldman, Colin (Meryl Streep). A midlife Firth and Robin Wright crisis rouses the beast; he Penn. (TH)

decides to turn hunter once again. Retaliation comes fast and hard: the Fox is robbed of his tail by a shotgun blast. In the war that follows, Fox and his familyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and, soon, all the creatures in the woodsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;become refugees. Clooney is a fox in full: we see both the humorous suavity and the realization of possible failure. (RvB) B636C@B:=193@

(R; 131 min.) The soldiers of Bravo Company are stationed in Baghdad for the 2004 fighting. Central to the film is the mystery of Staff Sgt. James (Jeremy Renner) who comes in to replace a slaughtered demolition expert. Jamesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; risk-taking amazes and angers his subordinate, Sgt. Sanborn (Anthony Mackie). The suspenseful, grimly funny script is by coproducer Mark Boal. Renner is outstanding as the inhumanly brave demolition expert. Director Kathryn Bigelow does what Howard Hawks would do: she finds the cooperation between men of great competence in a killing trade, rather than pumping up rivalry. Bigelow breaks through the sense of anonymity that characterizes most Iraq war movies, where helmeted men move alike and talk the same terse slang. However, The Hurt Locker takes an essentially knightly view of the war, of men suiting up and closing their visors. Thus this is the first Iraq film an American audience can feel good about. Boalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s script does discover the hollow inside the brave James: the missing part that made him never stop to realize why he did his job. (RvB) 7<D71BCA(PG-13;

143 min.) Based on John Carlinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book Playing the Enemy, Clint Eastwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film tells of South African president Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) exhorting the South African Springboks to greatness in the Rugby world cup as a publicrelations move to heal the racial divisions. Team captain Francois Pienaar is not much of

a role, but Matt Damon makes it a model of recessive, intelligent interpretation. (RvB) B63;3<E6=AB/@3 /B5=/BA (R; 100

min.) George Clooney war comedy about Army experiments with psychic powers in Iraq. B63;3AA3<53@

(R; 120 min.) Woody Harrelsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capt. Stone is a CNO (Casualty Notification Officer), one of the pair of soldiers who turn up on doorsteps to regret to inform. Stoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new partner, Sgt. Montgomery (Ben Foster), is scarred from the war and boiling with his own contempt for the civilians around him. But we start to see celebrity actors playing the bereaved: Steve Buscemi as a spitting, furious father; Samantha Morton, plumped and cushiony, with hair swept back to look like late-period Ann-Margret. One canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop watching Harrelson, who seems on the verge of something great. The locations, in New Jerseyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aluminum-siding belt, give the story some kind of realism. Inside this movie is a much harsher and bigger film, and Harrelson, who is excellent, might have shown the way to it. (RvB) <7<8//AA/AA7<(R;

99 min.) The shiny Orientalism of Ninja Assassinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dialogue is more of a treat than the fight scenes, which consist, basically, of a lot of whipping razor chains and purĂŠed ninjas. James McTeigue, of V for Vendetta, tells of an apostate ninja named Raizo (Korean pop star Rain), who turned against the Clan of Black Sand and is hiding in Berlin. Suffering nobly, he tries to protect an Interpol-like investigator (Naomie Harris) from the wrath of his seemingly hundreds of fellow warriors. (RvB) =:22=5A (PG) John Travolta and Robin Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; madcap adventures as prisoners of two 7-year-old twins. >7@/B3@/27=(R;

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tvbwfmz!vqfoe!Ofx!ZpslĂ&#x2013;t!qsf.xbs!uifbufs!tdfof!jo!Ă&#x2022;Nf!boe!Pstpo!Xfmmft-Ă&#x2013;!pqfojoh!Gsjebz/ a roster of first-rate actors, including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Nick Frost and January Jones. Curtis also rubbishes a fascinating story, the history of how shipto-shore radio shortcircuited the BBCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ban on rock music during the 1960s. (RvB) >:/<3B#(PG; 91

min.) (PG) An animated kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; film. When an earth astronaut (voiced by Dwayne Johnson) arrives on an alien planet, he causes a panic among the cozy suburban inhabitants. >@317=CA0/A32 =<B63<=D3:>CA6 0GA/>>67@3(R; 110

min.) Much lauded, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bulldozer. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1987, during some of Harlemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most suffering years. A girl of immense girth, 16-year-old Claireece (Gabourey â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gabbyâ&#x20AC;? Sidibe) makes her way through life. She has intelligence, but she canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t focus, and we learn why in flashback; she was serially raped by her motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boyfriend. Her scathing, angry mother, Mary (Moâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Nique), blames Precious for this and her resulting pregnancy), urging her to stop this foolishness about school and go on

welfare. Moâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Nique is great, but Precious has a judgmental streak that wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quit. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been essential to a success worthy of its sensationalism. (RvB) B63>@7<13AA/<2 B634@=5 (G; 97

min.) In New Orleans of the 1920s, a hardworking AfricanAmerican girl, Tiana (Noni Rose), falls for the myth that a princessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kiss can turn a frog back to a prince, but the curse turns out to work both ways, and soon the coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;now both frogsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;are running for their lives from a voodoo conjurer (voiced by Keith David, reprising the malevolent silkiness of his Cat in Coraline). This 2-D cartoon is slightly overstuffed and slightly redundant on the subject of the importance of work. The disappointing soundtrack by Randy Newman is instant Creole, just add swamp water. That said, the attempt to make a multiculti story is suitably enchanting. The full-length cartoon is a tribute to a centurylong history of cellular animationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the kind smart people were going around saying was redundant. Here, in the

villainous Shadow Man (whom I adored) is a tribute to Cab Callowayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ghostly gambler in Betty Boop; the blindness of Mr. Magoo is seen in a benign swamp witch; there are paintbrush traces of both Michigan J. Frog and Pepe Le Pew in the fleeing amphibians, and a spot of Tex Averyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Red in the physique and crinolines of Tianaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s friend and foil Lotte. Some will be enamored of Ray the Cajun firefly, who has a Don Marquisâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;style romance with the unobtainable; me, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m more rapt by the lambency, smoothness and stained-glass colors of this supposedly dead medium, restored to life. Likely it will be a success; it deserves to be. (RvB) @321:744(R; 148

min.) Carved from a two-part movie of nearly five hours, John Wooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s humongous Chinese hit seems to be either too short or too long. Promising subplots keep trying to break out. Emotional moments rise out of nowhere, only to have their force dissipated by yet another battle scene. In 200 C.E., the power-mad Prime Minister Cao Cao (Fengyi Zhang) has bled China into a

kind of peace. But some of his former enemies are restless: a pair of them, Liu Bei (You Yong) and Sun Quan (Chang Chen) hole up at the Yangtze River fortress of Red Cliff to wait for the attack by sea. Among this cliffside assembly of royals and generals are the warrior Zhou Yu (Tony Leung) and the most fascinating figure of all, the Confucian paragon Zhuge Liang (Takeshi Kaneshiro). His tactics save the entrenched rebels from the vaster force. Kaneshiro is one of the coolest presences in the movies in 2009. The very end, of course, is a reprise of Wooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most famous contribution to cinema, the multi-angle Hong Kong standoff. (RvB) A97<(PG-13; 116 min.) Based on a true story, this South African film follows a girl thrown out of school under apartheid laws for being black. Her parents, however, are both white, and attempt to fight the decision in court. What happens to her plays out over the next 20 years, paralleling a tragic and now barely conceivable chapter in South Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history. (SP)

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Dinerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guide

Our selective list of area restaurants includes those that have been favorably reviewed in print by Santa Cruz Weekly food critics and others that have been sampled but not reviewed in print. All visits by our writers are made anonymously, and all expenses are paid by Metro Santa Cruz. AG;0=:A;/23A7;>:3(+C\RS`+#+$ + O\Rc^

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7500 Old Dominion Ct, 831.688.8987

Indian. Authentic Indian dishes and specialties served in a comfortable dining room. Lunch buffet daily 11:30am-2:30pm; dinner daily 5pm to close. American and specialty dishes from the British and Emerald Isles. Full bar. Children welcome. Happy hour Mon-Fri 2-6pm. Open daily 11am to 2am. Italian. Ambience reminiscent of a small trattoria in the streets of Italy, serving handmade lasagna, pasta dishes, gnocchi and fresh fish. Wed-Sun, Lunch 11am-2pm, Dinner 5-9pm. Continental California cuisine. Breakfast all week 6:30-11am, lunch all week 11am-2pm; dinner Fri-Sat 5-10pm, Sun-Thu 5-9pm.

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7528 Soquel Dr, 831.688.4465

meat and vegetarian kebabs, gyros, falafel, healthy salads and Mediterranean flatbread pizzas. Beer and wine. Dine in or take out. Tue-Sun 11am-8pm.

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104 Stockton Ave, 831.479.8888

All day breakfast. Burgers, gyros, sandwiches and 45 flavors of Marianneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Polar Bear ice cream. Open 8am daily.

>/@/27A3ACA67 Japanese. This pretty and welcoming sushi bar serves 200 Monterey Ave, 831.464.3328 superfresh fish in unusual but well-executed sushi combinations. Wed-Mon 11:30am-9pm.



1750 Wharf Rd, 831.475.1511

California Continental. Swordfish and other seafood specials. Dinner Mon-Thu 5:30-9:30pm; Fri 5-10pm; Sat 4-10:30pm; Sun 4-9pm.

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231 Esplanade, 831.464.1933

international wine list and outdoor dining with terrific views in the heart of Capitola Village. Open daily.

$$$ Capitola


California cuisine. Nightly specials include baby back ribs, prime rib, lobster and mahi mahi. Daily 7am-2am.

203 Esplanade, 831.475.4900

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1116 Pacific Ave, 831. 426.7588


110 Church St, 831.429.2000 B631@3>3>:/13

1134 Soquel Ave, 831.429.6994


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2218 East Cliff Dr, 831.476.4560

$ Santa Cruz

460 Seventh Ave, 831.477.2908


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303 Soquel Ave, 831.426.7770

1102 Pacific Ave, 837.420.0135


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221 Cathcart St, 831.426.4852

Mexican/Seafood/American. Traditional Mexican favorites. Best fajitas, chicken mole, coconut prawns, blackened prime rib! Fresh seafood. Over 50 premium tequilas, daily happy hour w/ half-price appetizers. Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. American, California-style. With a great bar scene, casually glamorous setting and attentive waitstaff. Full bar. Mon-Sat 11:30am-10pm, Sun 1-10pm. Crepes and more. Featuring the spinach crepe and Tunisian donut. Full bar. Mon-Thu 11am-midnight, Fri 11am-1am, Sat 10am-1am, Sun 10am-midnight. Seafood. Fresh seafood, shellfish, Midwestern aged beef, pasta specialties, abundant salad bar. Kids menu and nightly entertainment. Harbor and Bay views. Lunch and dinner daily. Mexican. Serving breakfast all day. Popular for our street tacos and handmade Salvadorian pupusas. Vegetarian options made w/ local fresh vegetables & organic tofu. Daily 9: 30am-9:30pm. Americana. Ribs, steaks and burgers are definitely the stars. Full bar. Lunch Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm; dinner Sun-Thu 5:30-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 5:30-10pm. California/full-service bakery. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Eggs Benedict in Town.â&#x20AC;? Happy Hour Mon-Fri 5-6pm. Halfprice appetizers; wines by the glass. Daily 8am-9pm. â&#x20AC;&#x2122;60s Vegas meets â&#x20AC;&#x2122;50s Waikiki. Amazing dining experience in kitchy yet swanky tropical setting. Fresh fish, great steaks, vegetarian. Full-service tiki bar. Happy-hour tiki drinks. Aloha Fri, Sat lunch 11:30am-5pm. Dinner nightly 5pm-close.


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516 Front St, 831.421.0706 8=6<<G¸A6/@0=@A723

493 Lake Ave, 831.479.3430

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555 Soquel Ave, 831.458.2321

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Seafood/California. Fresh catch made your way! Plus many other wonderful menu items. Great view. Full bar. Happy hour Mon-Fri. Brunch Sat-Sun 10am-2pm. Open daily. Italian. La Posta serves Italian food made in the old styleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; simple and delicious. Wed-Thu 5-9pm, Fri-Sat 5-9:30pm and Sun 5-8pm.

Fine Mexican cuisine. Opening daily at noon. 49-B Municipal Wharf, 831.458.9393 1319 Pacific Ave, 831.420.1700

1220 Pacific Ave, 831.426.9930

$$ Santa Cruz

105 Walnut Ave, 831.423.2020

$$ Santa Cruz

2415 Mission St, 831.423.9010

$$ Santa Cruz

Japanese Fusion. Sushi bar, sake bar, vegetarian, seafood, steak in fun atmosphere; kids play area; karaoke every night. Open seven days 5-10pm; Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm.




710 Front St, 831.427.4444

Thai. Individually prepared with the freshest ingredients, plus ambrosia bubble teas, shakes. Mon-Thu 11:30am-9:30pm, Fri 11:30am-10pm, Sat noon-10pm, Sun noon-9:30pm. Italian-American. Mouthwatering, generous portions, friendly service and the best patio in town. Full bar. Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30am, dinner nightly at 5pm. Irish pub and restaurant. Informal pub fare with reliable execution. Lunch and dinner all day, open Mon-Fri 11:30ammidnight, Sat-Sun 11:30am-1:30am. Wine bar with menu. Flawless plates of great character and flavor; sexy menu listings and wines to match. Lunch Wed-Sat noon2pm; dinner Mon-Thu 5-10pm, Fri-Sat 5-11pm, Sun 4-10pm; retail shop Mon 5pm-close, Tue-Sat noon-close, Sun 4pm-close. Pizza. Specializing in authentic Sicilian and square pizza. Homemade pasta, fresh sandwiches, soups, salads and more. Hot slices always ready. Sun-Thu 10am-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 10am-11pm. Pizza. Pizza, fresh salads, sandwiches, wings, desserts, beers on tap. Patio dining, sports on HDTV and free WiFi. Large groups and catering. Open and delivering Fri-Sat 11am-2am, Mon-Thu 11am-1am, Sun 11am-midnight.


6205 Hwy 9, 831.335.1500

Organic Pizza. Everything organic: pizza, lasagna, soup, salad, beer and local wine. Always organic, local produce. Party room seats 32. Weeknights 4-9pm (closed Tue), Fri 4-10pm, Sat 1-10pm, Sun 1-9pm. See menu at

A1=BBAD/::3G $ 63/D3<:G1/43 American. Serving breakfast and lunch daily. Large parties Scotts Valley 1210 Mt. Hermon Rd, 831.335.7311 welcome. Mon-Fri 6:30am-2:15pm, Sat-Sun 7am-2:45pm. $ 87/B3::/¸A Scotts Valley 5600 #D Scotts Valley Dr, 831.438.5005

Cambodian. Fresh kebabs, seafood dishes, soups and noodle bowls with a unique Southeast Asian flair. Beer and wine available. Patio dining. Sun-Thu 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm.

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4724 Soquel Dr, 831.477.1048

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Mexican. Open for breakfast. We use no lard in our menu and make your food fresh daily. We are famous for our authentic ingredients such as traditional mole from Oaxaca. Lots of vegetarian options. Mon-Fri 9am-9pm, weekends 8am-9pm.

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Free Public Parking at Cayuga & Soquel O (831)429-9600

Be the Hero of Your Own Sacred Quest Wed, Jan. 6 at 7 pm

Catherine Athans, Ph.D. Make Your Dreams Come True Now How to Manifest Your Wishes, Dreams and Desires. (Angels Island Press)

Stain Glass & Chimes

Thu, Jan. 7 at 7 pm

Lama Lakshey Zangpo

Garden Statues New Books for your

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Wild Ride to the Heart ... a Fun HeartMath Game for Adult/Children

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Saturday Jan. 16 Noon - 5 pm

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By Rob Brezsny

For the week of December 16 /@73A(March 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;April 19): I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand why the astronomers responsible for naming new-found objects are so devoid of flair. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a prime example: They found a blazar, or blazing quasi-stellar object, in a faraway galaxy. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s powered by a supermassive black hole thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10 billion times larger than our sun. Why did they give this fantastic oddity the crushingly boring name â&#x20AC;&#x153;Q0906+6930â&#x20AC;?? Couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t they have called it something like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Queen Anastasiaâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blessed Quasimodoâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gastromopolopolisâ&#x20AC;?? I trust you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be as lazy in your approach to all the exotic discoveries youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to be making in 2010, Aries. Start getting your imagination in top shape. Make sure itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s primed and ready for your upcoming walkabout to the far reaches of reality.

B/C@CA(April 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;May 20): Scientists say that pretty much everywhere you go on this planet, you are always within three feet of a spider. That will be an especially useful and colorful truth for you to keep in mind during 2010. Hopefully itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll inspire you to take maximum advantage of your own spider-like potentials. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be web-spinning time, Taurus: an excellent phase in your long-term life cycle to weave an extended networkâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;with you at the hubâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that will help you catch an abundance of the resources you need.

53;7<7(May 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;June 20): I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t normally recommend that you worry too much about what others think of you. In 2010, however, you could benefit from thinking about that subject more than usual. Judging from the astrological omens, I suspect that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to correct misunderstandings that have negatively affected your reputation. You might even have the power to shift peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s images of you so that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in relatively close alignment with the truth about who you actually are. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best news: You may be more popular than youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever been.

1/<13@(June 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;July 22): Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m hoping that you will get out more in 2010. And I mean way out. Far out. Not just out to the unexplored hot spots on the other side of town (although that would be good), but also out to marvelous sanctuaries on the other side of paradise. Not just out to the parts of the human zoo where you feel right at home, but also out to places in the urban wilderness where youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll encounter human types previously unknown to you. In conclusion, traveler, let me ask you this: What was the most kaleidoscopic trip youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever taken? Consider the possibility of surpassing it in the next 12 months.

:3=(July 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Aug. 22): One of the 20th centuryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest scientific minds was Nobel Prizeâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;winning physicist Max Planck. He knew that in his field, like most others, ingenious innovation doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t automatically rise to the top. The advancement of good new ideas is hampered by the conservatism and careerism of scientists. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light,â&#x20AC;? he wrote, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.â&#x20AC;? In 2010, Leo, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be a similar principle at work in your sphere. Influences that have been impeding the emergence of excellence will burn out, dissipate, or lose their mojo. As a result, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to express and take advantage of innovations that have previously been quashed. D7@5=(Aug. 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Sept. 22): Twenty-two percent of American right-wing fundamentalists believe that Barack Obama is the Anti-Christ. On the other hand, 73 percent of the people who read my horoscopes think that if there were such a thing as an Anti-Christ, he would be an American right-wing fundamentalist. But Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to discourage speculations like that among the Virgo tribe in 2010. According to my reading of the omens, you should take at least a year off from getting worked up about your version of the devil. Whoever you demonize, just let them alone for a while. Whatever you tend to fault as the cause of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s problems, give your blame mechanism a rest. As much as possible, create for yourself an Enemy-Free Zone.

:70@/(Sept. 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Oct. 22): Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m hoping that 2010 will be the year you do whatever it takes to fall more deeply in love with the work you do. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to see you reshape the job you have so that it better suits your soulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s imperatives. If thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not possible, consider looking for or even creating a new job. The cosmos will be conspiring to help you accomplish this. Both hidden and not-so-hidden helpers will be nudging you to earn your livelihood in ways that serve your highest ideals and make you feel at peace with your destiny.

A1=@>7=(Oct. 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Nov. 21): â&#x20AC;&#x153;It Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Mean a Thing (If It Ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Got That Swing)â&#x20AC;? is a jazz tune composed in 1931 by Duke Ellington and Irving Mills. In accordance with your long-term astrological omens, I propose that we make that song title your motto in 2010â&#x20AC;&#x201D;the standard youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll keep referring to as you evaluate which experiences you want to pursue and which you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. Please proceed on the assumption that you should share your life energy primarily with people and situations that make your soul sing and tingle and swing. A/57BB/@7CA(Nov. 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Dec. 21): I hope you will get more sleep in 2010. And eat better food, too. And embark on some regimen like meditation that will reduce your stress levels. In general, Sagittarius, I hope you will learn a lot more about what makes your body function at optimum levels, and I hope you will diligently apply what you learn. That doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean I think you should be an obsequiously well-behaved pillar of the community. On the contrary, what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m envisioning is that by taking better care of yourself you will make yourself strong enough to run wilder and freer. 1/>@71=@<(Dec. 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Jan. 19): Even if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t plan to go to school in 2010, I suggest you make plans to further your education. Your current levels of knowledge and skill may be quite impressive, but they simply wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be enough to keep you growing and adapting forever. Eventually, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to need to learn more. And the coming months will be a perfect time, from an astrological perspective, to get that process underway. Here are a few questions to jumpstart your meditations: What ignorance do you find yourself having to increasingly hide? What subjects captivate your imagination and tantalize your future self ? What skills and know-how do your competitors have that you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t?

/?C/@7CA(Jan. 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Feb. 18): Imagine that money is not just the literal cash and checks you give and receive, but that it is also an invisible force of nature like gravity or electromagnetism. Then imagine that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible for this primal energy to be favorably disposed toward youâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that on some occasions its rhythms may be more closely aligned with your personal needs. Can you picture that, Aquarius? I hope so, because there is a sense in which this seeming fantasy will be an actuality for you during much of 2010. How well youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re able to capitalize will depend in part on how high you keep your integrity levels. Are you prepared to be more impeccably ethical, fair and honest than youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever been?

>7A13A(Feb. 19â&#x20AC;&#x201C;March 20): Have you been toiling away earnestly at the exhausting homework that life has dumped on you this past year? Have you kept the faith even when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been fooled and confused? Have you applied yourself with a pure heart to the maddening details and puzzling riddles youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been asked to master? If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been less than conscientious at doing these tasks, the next two months will bring you a series of tricky final exams. But if you have been doing your due diligence, then youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on the brink of graduating from boring old problems that you have been studying and studying and studying for a long time. Do we dare hope that you will soon be free of a history that has repeated itself ad nauseam? Yes, I think we do dare. 6][Se]`Y(1`SObSObWbZSbVObQO^bc`Sa bVSSaaS\QS]TeVObg]cV]^Sb] OQQ][^ZWaVW\ ZWYS¡BVSGSO`7 4WUc`S=cbEVOb7@SOZZgEO\b¸]`¡BVS GSO`70SQ][SO;]RSabAc^S`VS`]¸ 4`SSEWZZ/ab`]Z]UgQ][

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