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Stuck on Santa Cruz

Stuck on Santa Cruz

Zachary Frandeen says he can’t really afford to live in Santa Cruz, but that he loves it too much to live anywhere else. It was this sentiment that inspired him to create the “Cantaffordit” stickers that have been cropping up around town since he released them in 2011. “’Cantaffordit’ is how I feel about Santa Cruz, but I live here because it’s the best place on Earth, and I feel like that’s why people can relate,” he says. The Santa Cruz County native has been a photographer since 1992 (“I have been a starving artist ever since, and love it,” he says), and thought up the sticker—his first adventure in adhesive art—while taking graphic design at Cabrillo College last year. The stickers can be found for $2 (plus tax) at DJ’s Mini Mart (Frandeen’s place of employment), Streetlight Records, Bill’s Wheel’s, and a handful of other local establishments. Frandeen’s goal? To sell enough stickers to launch a “Cantaffordit” T-shirt line.

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Scooting Toward Acceptance

Scooting Toward Acceptance

SCOTTS VALLEY > Scooters may soon be allowed at Scotts Valley Skate Park

On the night of Thursday, Jan. 19, the Scotts Valley Parks and Recreation Department held a public meeting to determine whether or not to officially allow scooters in Scotts Valley Skate Park. Over the past couple months, the issue came to a head as older skaters expressed annoyance over the park being crowded by younger kids on scooters.

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Ballot Beginnings

Ballot Beginnings

SANTA CRUZ > Although Election Day is still months away, local residents are beginning to get educated on the issues that may land on ballots come November. On Tuesday, Jan. 17, the Santa Cruz chapter of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) co-sponsered a meeting with the Santa Cruz chapter of the ACLU and Health Care for All, an organization dedicated to bringing universal healthcare to California.

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What to do With E-Waste?

What to do With E-Waste?Our lives are full of gadgets, big and small, that eventually wear out and need replacing—officially going from loyal device to what has been dubbed “e-waste.” More than 2.37 million tons of e-waste was discarded in the United States in 2009, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. But most of these items can be recycled (or “e-cycled”), and doing so has big eco-benefits—for example, recycling one million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by 3,657 U.S. homes in one year, says the EPA. Locally, Santa Cruzans looking to unload their e-waste responsibly can make use of a free e-waste recycling event on Saturday, Jan. 21 at HOPE Services, 220 Lincoln St. in Santa Cruz, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit hopeservices.org to learn more.
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The Electric Wave

The Electric Wave

SANTA CRUZ > Electric car documentary, charging stations come to Santa Cruz

This Friday, Jan. 13, Santa Cruz will join the ranks of the few U.S. cities selected to stage a public viewing of the 2011 documentary Revenge of the Electric Car. The film is directed by Chris Paine, who will be on hand at the event to field questions, and is a follow-up to his widely viewed and discussed 2006 documentary Who Killed the Electric Car?

Revenge of the Electric Car chronicles the resurgence of electric vehicles (EVs) by documenting the efforts of four individuals who are making waves in the automobile industry. A General Motors executive, the heads of Nissan and Tesla, and an independent car converter are each profiled, highlighting the effort that goes into bringing a viable EV to market. The film is a departure from Who Killed the Electric Car?, which largely focused on the destruction of several thousand EVs.

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Shutter Happy

Shutter HappyDo you fancy yourself a photographer? Think you’ve got what it takes to shoot the image for the cover of a county-wide publication? Good Times’ second annual GT Active publication is on its way, with an even bigger and better guide to health, fitness and the great outdoors in Santa Cruz County, and we’re looking for a stellar photograph to grace its glossy cover. Send us a photo you’ve taken of something that captures the spirit of health, fitness or outdoor activities in Santa Cruz and your photo might land on the cover of the 2012 GT Active. In addition to eternal glory, the winner will also receive a gift certificate to a local eatery. To enter, email your photo to [email protected] no later than Wednesday, Feb. 22. Photo: J. Hotchkiss
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Trails and Rails

Trails and Rails SANTA CRUZ > Santa Cruz’s hikers, bikers and runners will be happy to hear that a new network of trails stretching is in the works. The project, called the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network, will feature multi-use paths for both bicyclists and pedestrians that run alongside the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line.
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Dreams of Green

Dreams of Green

SANTA CRUZ > The city presents its Climate Action Plan

As one of his last acts in office, outgoing Mayor Ryan Coonerty debuted the final draft of Santa Cruz’s Climate Action Plan (CAP), a set of guidelines aimed at reducing the city’s carbon footprint. The plan has been two years in the making and sets ambitious goals for the city to meet by 2020.

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After Tent City

After Tent City

Santa Cruz homeless land back on the streets

 

The homeless people who were camping in San Lorenzo Park are once again returning to life before Occupy Santa Cruz. The Armory, a shelter in Santa Cruz that offers up beds for homeless people during the winter, tells GT that they’ve seen a 50 percent increase in capacity since Thursday, Dec. 8. The shelter is now almost at full capacity.

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To Ban or Not To Ban

To Ban or Not To Ban

The last installment in a rhetorical analysis of the single-use plastic bag debate

 

As I have discussed in the past three blog entries, and as Rebekah Fox and Joshua Frye state in their 2010 article, “Tensions of Praxis: A New Taxonomy for Social Movements,” “the relationship between the communication and environment is critical, but difficult to explain.”

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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.