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The Ticker

Teen Drinking is on the Rise

Binge drinking among 7th and 9th graders at Santa Cruz County schools is increasing, according to data released by the 2009 Santa Cruz County California Healthy Kids Survey. “The increase in binge drinking amongst 7th and 9th graders is particularly troubling and suggests a likelihood of developing further troubles down the road,” said Bill Manov, director of alcohol and drug programs at the Santa Cruz Health Services Agency, in a March press release. Parents, students and educators will gather for a Town Hall event to address ways to help solve this problem on Wednesday, March 24 from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Del Mar Elementary School.
CultureBeat

Real American Hero

Real American Hero

Based on how much I like to yap about Batman, I'm sure it's pretty obvious at this point: I'm a DC guy born and bred. But that doesn't mean that I don't completely nerd out when Marvel announces something cool. Take the upcoming Captain America flick for example. Joe Johnston, hot off of helming The Wolfman is currently prepping Cap's first cinematic outing since 1990 (Yep. Sorry kids, that one counts) and with interest in the property at a fever pitch, the potential for the house of ideas to have another Iron Man size hit on their hands is looking likely.

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Mind & Body

Dealing with Sleep Deprivation

Dealing with Sleep DeprivationBleary-eyed at four in the morning, I woke up to the sound of a little boy, crying in his sleep. I stumbled out of my bed, fumbling for my bathrobe. On my way to his bedroom, I ran into multiple doorjambs, trying to be awake enough to care for him, but not too awake that I was up for the rest of the day. I nursed him back to sleep, put him in his crib and climbed into my bed for a few more hours of shut-eye. For months, my son woke up two, three, four, five times a night. Now, at a year old, he is still waking up once a night. Isn’t it funny that after a year of waking up multiple times in a night, that one wake up seems like heaven? I finally feel somewhat rested from what was an exhausting year. I’m hoping that maybe, just maybe, he will sleep through the night before he turns 12.
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Obsessive Beauty

Obsessive Beauty

Obsessive Beauty

Good Times introduces a new blog to its website, "Obsessive Beauty"
We're slightly obsessed with all things chic, fashionable, and beautiful. Be that a gorgeous trench coat from Anthropologie, a pair of Chanel shoes, a bolero shrug from Target, an indie designer's blouse at Stripe, House of Harlow jewelry at Cameron Marks, beauty  products, fashion magazines, the perfect blow out, well, you get the picture. We're obsessed. We are Leslie Patrick and Christa Martin. Leslie is a long-time freelance writer for Good Times newspaper. You can learn more about her at lesliepatrick.com. Christa has been the features editor at Good Times for the last 10 years. Learn more about her at christamartin.com. Together, we have spearheaded several fashion issues for the newspaper over the years, and now, instead of Good Times covering beauty and fashion merely once a year, we'll be gushing about our obsessions several times a month. Obsessive Beauty is an ongoing blog, written by the two of us.

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The Ticker

Old Building, New Tricks

The new owners of the old Sentinel building in Downtown Santa Cruz broke ground on their renovation of the property this morning, Friday, March 19, before a sizeable crowd of interested Cruzans. The iconic building (albeit retro in appearance—and not necessarily in a good way), located on the corner of Cedar and Church Streets, will now be home to Cruzio, Ecology Action and Appenrodt Commercial Properties. Representatives from these companies and from the City of Santa Cruz spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony, where a door was painted to symbolize the commencement of renovations, and interior tours were offered. The building will be “green” following renovations that include installing solar panels on the roof, installing ample bike parking for employees, and using reused, recycled and renewable building materials for all construction purposes. An Ecology Action representative said the effort will be “transforming the classic Santa Cruz landmark into a green and high-tech center for the future.”
The Ticker

How to Blow Up an Asteroid Heading Toward Earth

How to Blow Up an Asteroid Heading Toward Earth

Imagine this: an asteroid is on a collision course with Earth. Not good. Now imagine that we’re able to blow it up, but it re-forms in, say, a few hours. Not good at all.

The latter is what Don Korycansky of the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Catherine Plesko of the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico discuss in their paper, “Re-aggregation times of potentially hazardous object fragments after a hazard mitigation impulse.”

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The Ticker

Getting a Grip on Gangs

Government officials are still working hard to cut community violence in the City of Watsonville, but they have recently been given a helping hand. The governor’s office is providing the city with $382,639 over two years to help them tackle the problem of gang violence head on. The city has partnered with the Pajaro Valley Unified School District, Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance, and Santa Cruz County Office of Education. Together, they hope to increase prevention among youths, as well as felony and weapon related arrests. They also aim reduce gang motivated arrests by 15 percent and middle school alcohol consumption by 35 percent.

The Ticker

Is desalination in our future?

Is desalination in our future?

Special for the Good Times Newsweekly
Forum Thursday to explore the issue.
Live Oak Elementary School, Thursday, March 18 at 6:15

Despite the fact that we’re in a so-called “El Niño” year, drought, population growth and fear of saltwater intrusion continue to impact water supply in Santa Cruz County.

To address supply concerns, the Santa Cruz Water Department and Soquel Creek Water District are seriously considering a plan to build a desalination plant, to serve Santa Cruz and Live Oak residents in dry years, and Soquel District customers in all other years. Soquel District wants to reduce pumping from the aquifer, which they report is in danger of seawater contamination from over-pumping.

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The Ticker

Santa Cruz Gets Stoned

A March 12, 2010 press release from the Santa Cruz County Sheriff-Coroner reported that the Sheriff’s Office has investigated “over 70 cases involving vandals throwing rocks through windows of cars, residences and commercial buildings” and urges anyone with relevant information to call the Sheriff’s Office. Damages from the vandalism total over $100,000. The Sheriff’s Office is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and successful prosecution of the suspects.
CultureBeat

World's Finest

World's Finest

For those of you who've been anxious to hear any word on what DC has in store on the cinematic horizon past 2010, this past week was a godsend. "The Dark Knight" helmer Christopher Nolan finally broke his silence and talked everything from the status of Batman 3 to a potential approach to the Superman franchise (!?).

Here are some of the more revealing snippets from Nolan's recent interview over at the L.A. times:

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Mercury Enters Libra

It’s the week of Burning Man, the temporary, intentional, alternative, art-filled community on the playas of Nevada. Mercury, messenger of the Sun, enters Libra this week. Libra is the equalizer, a sign of balance and right human relations. Sometimes with Libra, we can be indecisive and confused while learning how to make balanced and right choices. Sometimes to keep the peace we communicate only what others want to hear. Eventually, we learn how to speak from the heart.

 

Final Cut

Cedar Street Video to close after 10 years at downtown location

 

Banter and Spark

Engaging actors, wry script distinguish lightweight rom-com ‘What If’

 

Back to Silicon Beach

With a new wave of startups, the future of Santa Cruz tech looks more promising than ever
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Himalayan Kitchen

Chef Purna Regmi on the secrets of Nepalese cooking

 

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Best of Santa Cruz County

The 2013 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll and Critics’ Picks It’s our biggest issue of the year, and in it, your votes—more than 6,500 of them—determined the winners of The Best of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll. New to the long list of local restaurants, shops and other notables that captured your interest: Best Beer Selection, Best Locally Owned Business, Best Customer Service and Best Marijuana Dispensary. In the meantime, many readers were ever so chatty online about potential new categories. Some of the suggestions that stood out: Best Teen Program and Best Web Design/Designer. But what about: Dog Park, Church, Hotel, Local Farm, Therapist (I second that!) or Sports Bar—not to be confused with Bra. Our favorite suggestion: Best Act of Kindness—one reader noted Café Gratitude and the free meals it offered to the Santa Cruz Police Department in the aftermath of recent crimes. Perhaps some of these can be woven into next year’s ballot, so stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy the following pages and take note of our Critics’ Picks, too, beginning on page 91. A big thanks for voting—and for reading—and an even bigger congratulations to all of the winners. Enjoy.  -Greg Archer, EditorBest of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll INDEX

 

A Cab To Be Coveted

I first tasted Villa del Monte’s 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon at a Fourth of July party, where the hosts had bought a case of it because they love it and didn’t want to run out. It’s one of those wines that will grab you—in the best way—with its full body and rich fruit characteristics.