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Do sports unite or divide us?

Do sports unite or divide us?

I would say uniting us because even though you have the team rivalries you still have more people that sit together in stadiums and pubs and watch games together drinking, talking and having a good time. It gives a lot of people a common ground to get together and do something. 
Van Williams 
Santa Cruz | Bike Assembler 

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Astrology

The Election in Mercury Retrograde

The Election in Mercury Retrograde

Uh, oh. That’s what many astrologers are saying when viewing the Nov. 6 election day astrology chart. How could this occur we ask? It must be some cosmic joke that allows us to possibly revisit the contested events of the 2000 election. 

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

It’s already been a busy week for Santa Cruz. Last weekend found the cast and crew of the highly anticipated movie (filmed locally) Chasing Mavericks in town for a private screening. That same night, über liberal Bill Maher hit the Civic in a sold-out show. (Big Bird was in attendance, too.) So, what lies ahead? There is the election, of course, so this week, be sure to turn to our News section and ponder the essence of Prop. 32, which revolves around campaign finance reform. But does it, really?

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Local Talk

How would you describe Santa Cruz culture?

How would you describe Santa Cruz culture?

Unique radical self expression. Everybody’s cool, it's not a cool-contest. It doesn’t matter if you're plain Jane or totally crazy studs in the head, you're all good.
Vnes Of
Santa Cruz Concierge 

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Astrology

Scorpio ... and Things of the Night

Scorpio ... and Things of the Night

The Scorpio Solar Festival, full moon, occurs Monday at 7 degrees Scorpio/Taurus sometime after noontime. We have both Libra and Scorpio seed thoughts influencing us during these times of change and transformation. “I choose the way that leads between two great lines of force.” (Libra’s seed thought) articulates for us a unique time in which humanity in the U.S. must choose not only between two candidates (elections are Tuesday, Nov. 6) but also decide on how our world will be in the future. 

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

There are less than three weeks until the elections. How knowledgeable are you about what’s at stake—not just nationally, but closer to home? One of the more buzz-worthy propositions on this year’s local ballot is Prop 37, which would mandate the labeling any foods that fall under the genetically modified umbrella. We delve into the topic this week in two interviews that should capture your attention. The first is with bestselling author and all-around food advocate Michael Pollan, who hits Santa Cruz this week in a spirited discussion dubbed “Every Body Eats.”

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Local Talk

What direction would you like to see the Food Movement go?

What direction would you like to see the Food Movement go?

I'd like to see healthier fast food, and make it taste better. And make the healthy food less pricey, have it pretty cheap and then more people would eat healthy food.
Oscar Lunine
Santa Cruz | 6th Grade

 

 

 

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Astrology

Scorpio: Transformation and Reorientation

Scorpio: Transformation and Reorientation

On Thursday, California, the entire West Coast and many regions of the U.S. will experience the Great Shakeout—drills to help prepare for earthquakes and practicing how to be safe. (See shakeout.org.) The Orionids meteor showers can be seen Saturday and Sunday prior to dawn. After our last days of Libra’s choice we begin the month of Discipleship and the Nine Tests as Sun enters the sign of Scorpio. Everyone begins wearing sunglasses.

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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

Plus Letters to the Editor

One political debate down. A few more to go. With less than a month to go until Election Day 2012, the political season just continues to heat up. So, who better to offer more perspective, as biting as it is, than Bill Maher? The comedian/author and Emmy-nominated host of HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher descends upon Santa Cruz in what promises to be a wild night at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium on Sunday, Oct. 21. Maher is our cover boy this week and in our GT interview with the comic, he waxes political about President Barack Obama, GOP frontman Mitt Romney, legalizing marijuana and oh so much more. But the man also opens up about some of his earlier influences and reveals the curious emotional and mental tightrope most comics walk. Dive into the journey.

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Local Talk

Should we continue to use the Electoral College?

Should we continue to use the Electoral College?

I think the Electoral College is in place for a really good reason, which is, if you look at how many uninformed voters there are, you can be swayed, especially the way the media is set up today, I think that it's a really good control mechanism to make sure that the majority of the people’s votes are counted correctly, and that it's a fair and honest system that’s had over 200 years of proven success.
Mark Andrews
Santa Cruz | V.P. Business Development/Software

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Catwalk on the Wild Side

Meet the artists and designers behind this year’s edition of FashionART, SantaCruz’s most outrageous fashion show

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Feeding Frenzy

Culinary journey ‘The Trip to Italy’ isn’t the foodie film you’d expect 

 

Watch List

From Google to the government to data brokers, why your privacy is now a thing of the past
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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

 

Santa Clara Wine Trail

My memories of growing up in England include my mother pouring port after Sunday dinner—and sometimes a glass of sherry before dinner. My family didn’t drink much wine back then, but we certainly made up for it with the port and sherry.