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The ninth annual WAMMFEST comes at an interesting time politically this year. In addition to celebrating the merits of medicinal pot, the Saturday, Oct. 22 event hosted by the state’s first medical marijuana collective, the Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana, will also be a forum for those who support medical marijuana to speak against the recent federal plan to close California cannabis clubs. WAMMFEST began after the organization was raided by the DEA in 2002. The 2011 installment will be held at San Lorenzo Park from noon to 5 p.m. on Oct. 22 and will feature live music, local food, art, crafts, and more.

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The Ninety-Nine Percent

The Ninety-Nine PercentFRESH DIRT > Occupy Santa Cruz protestors rally for national and local causes

A man dressed up like a Wall Street banker, wearing a wrinkled button down shirt, khakis and sneakers, wheels a speaker system out of a car parked in front of the Santa Cruz Courthouse.

Someone else speaks into a megaphone, “Alright everyone, let’s march!”

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Calling All Conferences

It’s all fine and dandy that Santa Cruz is a go-to destination for beach days and weekend getaways. But the Santa Cruz County Conference and Visitors Council has its eyes set on another market of visitors—meetings, retreats and conferences—and is intent on luring them here soon, and en masse. In order to market Santa Cruz as the ideal work-away-from-work locale for companies throughout the Bay Area and beyond, the CVC has designed a new “Meeting Planners’ Guide” and FAQ on their website, santacruz.org. Its main selling point? There’s no better place to team build than with a backdrop of Pacific Ocean or redwood trees.

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Bill for the Elderly Signed Into Law

When the Chanticleer Home, a residential care facility for elderly in Santa Cruz, was found to be in violation of a half-dozen state health and safety regulations in mid-2010, the facility gave a two-week notice to its residents of the possible closure.  The situation caught the attention of local Assemblymember Bill Monning, who authored a bill that would require Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs) to notify all residents and/or their responsible parties members of any potential closure with ample time. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday, Sept. 30

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The Changing Face of UCSC

The Changing Face of UCSC

SLUG REPORT > With the incoming UC Santa Cruz freshman class comes a new set of demographics, and, this is year, some unprecedented numbers.

Forty-five percent of freshmen are on track to be the first in their families to graduate from a four-year university, the highest percentage ever for UCSC. And one third of students are from what the UC system calls “underrepresented” backgrounds—up 4 percent from last year.

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Students Helping Students

Students Helping Students

 

SLUG REPORT > Lydia Lambert knows what it means to turn her education into action. The UC Santa Cruz student from Mountain View took a class called “Crisis in Haiti,” which inspired her to join and help build the UC Haiti Initiative (UCHI), a collaboration between the UC and the public university of Haiti formed after the 2010 earthquake.
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Son-Rise in Santa Cruz

Community members interested in learning more about The Son-Rise Program, an autism treatment method through The Autism Treatment Center of America, will have the opportunity on Thursday, Sept. 15, from 7 to 9 p.m., when certified Son-Rise teacher Carolina Kaiser will hold a free autism education event in Room Four of the Louden Nelson Community Center. Kaiser’s stop in Santa Cruz follows Good Times’ Aug. 18 cover story about a local family’s experience with autism and The Son-Rise Program, in which she was interviewed. Kaiser lived at the Son-Rise headquarters for more than 10 years, providing program trainings, and now travels the world to assist families with special needs children.

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Our Big Fat Greek Festival

Get your Opa! next weekend at the annual Greek Culture and Food Festival, which kicks off downtown at 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 16 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 18. This free event, brought to you by members of Santa Cruz's Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church, features live Greek music and dancing, not to mention scrumptious foods and pastries from the Mediterranean. All along Church Street, between Cedar and Center, you'll find homemade mousaka, pastitsio and kabobs, plus crafts, family activities, and a whole lot of Greek people having a good time.

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Stowaway Acid

Two Santa Cruz refuse truck drivers had an unpleasant surprise when doing their routes on Tuesday, Aug. 23: someone had illegally disposed of a strong, unspecified acid in their trash can. The drivers noticed fumes coming from the truck’s load and called for a hazardous materials spill response, after which the entire load was taken to the landfill and buried. A Public Works press release says the drivers experienced bad headaches and difficulty breathing due to “toxic effects of exposure to an unspecified gas.” The department is reminding residents to dispose of all acids, alkalis, ammonia, bleach pesticides, solvents, fuels and other such wastes to a Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Center. Learn more about this at cityofsantacruz.com.

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Plastic to Fuel

Plastic to Fuel

FRESH DIRT > Local nonprofit uses a new technology that can help clean up the oceans

Remember that scene in Back to the Future where Doc (Christopher Lloyd) is stuffing garbage into his tricked-out DeLorean time machine that converts trash into fuel? Well, we may just be on the verge of a new era wherein converting garbage to fuel is an everyday activity. At least that is what a few environmentally conscious local sailors believe can happen.

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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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Foodie File: Beer Thirty

Cups runneth over at Soquel’s new beer garden

 

What’s the nicest thing you’ve done for someone this week?

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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.