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Cal EMA Puts Pressure on FEMA

Cal EMA Puts Pressure on FEMA

FRESH DIRT > New video highlights spring storm damage

The devastating storms that caused flooding, mudslides and took out roads throughout California this past March are still having an effect on the state and Santa Cruz County. The county, which was affected the most by the three-week storm, as one National Weather official explained it, continues to suffer four months later.

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Creating Sea Change

Creating Sea ChangeFRESH DIRT > Local surfer and activist Kyle Thiermann is not only catching waves but making them, too. The 21-year-old has been making a noticeable difference in the surfing community and industry—enough, at least, to get people to move their money out of big banks and into local banks and credit unions.
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Hipsters: What’s in a Name?

Hipsters: What’s in a Name?

FRESH DIRT > UCSC named second most "hipster" U.S. college

The Huffington Post recently released a list of the most “hipster” colleges in the country, and UC Santa Cruz neared the top of the list at number two, coming in just behind Grinnell College in Iowa.

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TEDxSantaCruz Part of Global Event

TEDxSantaCruz Part of Global Event

FRESH DIRT > TED Global Streamed Live at Scotts Valley Library

The newly remodeled Scotts Valley Public Library hosted up to 70 guests on Wednesday, July 13, who came to watch the live broadcast of TED Global event from Edinburgh, Scotland. TEDx affiliate, TEDxSantaCruz, was one of more than a hundred TEDx cities around the world that hosted the live broadcast. The event, which began Monday and lasted until Friday afternoon, included more than 50 speakers and performers.

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The Long Wait for Park Pacific

The Long Wait for Park Pacific

FRESH DIRT > City council considers design of mixed use development on Pacific

On Tuesday, July 12, the Santa Cruz City Council heard from Norman Schwartz, representative of Park Pacific LLC. who is developing the commercial and residential building at 1547-49 Pacific Ave.. Schwartz went before the council to seek approval for the latest modifications in Park Pacific’s design.

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It's a Harry Potter Party

It's a Harry Potter Party

FRESH DIRT > Local muggles camp out for opening night of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2'

By noon today, Thursday, July 14, the line of ticket holders awaiting tonight's midnight opening of the final installment in the Harry Potter movie series stretched from Santa Cruz Cinema 9 on Pacific Avenue to the end of the block, wrapping around the corner and continuing for another full block until petering out at Cedar Street. The (mostly) young crowd is sporting Harry Potter T-shirts, homemade signs (one hormone-induced sign reads, "Will Get Sleazy for Ron Weasley"), Gryffindor scarves, Hogwarts sleeping bags, and much more. The first stretch of line dwellers reported being in their posts since yesterday afternoon and camping over night—many relying on friends to take turns manning the spot in line while they went home to grab some Zs.

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Pints for Planned Parenthood

Pints for Planned Parenthood

FRESH DIRT > Buy a beer at Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing today, Thursday, July 14, and $1 goes to Planned Parenthood Mar Monte

The self-declared mission of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte is, “to ensure that every individual has the knowledge, opportunity and freedom to make every child a wanted child and every family a happy family.” In an effort to raise donations for their services, Planned Parenthood will be hosting an event, today, Thursday, July 14, in partnership with the Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing. The event will take place at Mountain Brewing, from noon to 10 p.m. During this time, Mountain Brewing will donate $1 for every pint sold to the Planned Parenthood organization. Last year alone, PPMM provided 10,000 clients with more than 2,000 breast exams, more than 400 well-child visits including immunizations and eye exams and nearly 3,000 life-saving cervical cancer screenings to local residents.
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Man’s Best Friend Allowed Downtown

Man’s Best Friend Allowed Downtown

FRESH DIRT > City council approves three-month trial period for dogs downtown

Some people love their pets so much that they like to take them wherever they go. Whether out shopping or out to eat, dog owners will soon be able to bring their K9s downtown with them. There are other people, however, who think dog owners should leave their best friend at home.
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Cypress Lounge Vs. Planning Department

Cypress Lounge Vs. Planning Department

FRESH DIRT > Restaurant owner fights city to keep license

Since 2009, Cypress Dine and Lounge on Union and Cedar streets downtown has been serving and entertaining locals with great food and one-of-a-kind live music. But the popular restaurant, which doubles as a nightclub, has routinely been the subject of complaints from neighbors who say that noise levels are too high and that its patrons litter the neighborhood.

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Santa Cruz’s 2012 Budget Approved

Santa Cruz’s 2012 Budget Approved

FRESH DIRT > The Santa Cruz City Council approved a $69.8 million 2012 budget in a unanimous vote at their Tuesday, July 12 meeting. Jack Dilles, the city’s finance director, emphasized that Santa Cruz is “better off than we thought,” as he explained a $580,000 reduction in the projected deficit. The deficit, which was originally $2.6 million, shrank to $2 million due to unexpected state funds and austerity measures taken by the city. By December, the deficit will again drop to $1 million, provided that the city taps $1 million in reserves.

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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.