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What does the term, ‘take back Santa Cruz’ mean to you?

What does the term, ‘take back Santa Cruz’ mean to you?

Taking back Santa Cruz means feeling more safe on our streets in the night, being able to be out with our families and our friends in the evening and not worrying about getting hurt, or attacked, or being in our parks after sunset without worrying about what we might find. I've been at a lot of parks with my niece and found a lot of needles in the sand. So, not having to worry so much about what we’re doing and just enjoying our lives more.

Hillary Anderson
Santa Cruz | Waitress/Student






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Crime Time: You Should Hire a DUI Lawyer—Even for Your First Offense

Crime Time: You Should Hire a DUI Lawyer—Even for Your First Offense

By Lars Shallberg, Surf City Criminal Defense

There’s really no debate on this: if a person is charged with a DUI which also alleges prior convictions, they need a DUI lawyer. Period. Maybe the more interesting question arises when a person is charged with a first offense DUI. Those folks may find themselves thinking, “Hey, it’s a just first offense, there are going to be mandatory fines, a mandatory alcohol program, and probably some sort of license restriction. I can handle this.”

 

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Astrology

Lost Am I in Light Supernal

Lost Am I in Light Supernal

We’re under the Light of Capricorn, the Light of Initiation. Capricorn is the 2nd of “two gates”—Cancer (Gate into matter [womb]) and Capricorn (Gate back to Spirit). In Capricorn we’re unicorns (holy ones) on the mountaintop (high holy place of the Mind). At first in Capricorn we’re sea goats (makara, water/earth creatures), then mountain goats. Later, reaching the Capricorn mountaintop, under the Rising Sun, we become unicorns.

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

Plus Letters To the Editor


Time, as they say, marches on. But what happens when you run out of time? That idea is explored to rewarding ends in Cabrillo Stage’s “Lunch,” reviewed this week by Lisa Jensen. The show marks a festive kickoff for Cabrillo Stage this year, but also for 2014 itself, where no doubt many of us ponder fresh starts, new beginnings and all the renewal that promises to come with it.

 

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Local Talk

What changes would you like to see for Santa Cruz in the coming year?

What changes would you like to see for Santa Cruz in the coming year?

Better public transportation options, and crack down on crazy drivers who imperil bikers because it's terrifying to bicycle here. More rain.

Leigh Johnson
Soquel | Researcher








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Eco-Friendly Flooring: Healthy and Beautiful

Eco-Friendly Flooring: Healthy and Beautiful

By Lisa Sabini, FLOORS, ETC.

The New Year is upon us, which means that, having indulged throughout November and December in cookies, pies and hams, many of will resolve to cut out unhealthy foods in 2014. The problem is that unhealthy foods taste so good! Luckily, if your New Year’s resolution is to make choices that are healthy for the environment but look good, you won’t experience such a dilemma. There are wonderfully satisfying options of eco-friendly flooring to choose from. These flooring options are not only great for the environment—they are beautiful:

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

Plus Letters To the Editor


Welcome to 2014 and another cycle around the sun. So, let’s get rolling, shall we? The business at hand in this week’s cover story revolves, in part, around business and the economy. Remember that subprime mortgage crisis in the summer of 2007 and the ensuing recession of 2008? Do you recall how the county was affected? And what about the recession that blossomed in late 2008? Back in 2009, consumer confidence plummeted as annual taxable sales dipped to the lowest figure in more than a decade. Several years later, here we are in 2014 and one question lingers: has the local economy mended?

 

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Astrology

Final Journey of the Magi

Final Journey of the Magi

The week begins with Aquarius moon (Thursday morning). Appropriate for continuing the astrological Twelve Days of Christmas. The foundational knowledge in the Aquarian Age is the study of astrology, which leads to a clearer understanding of one another.

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Local Talk

What are your thoughts on New Year’s resolutions? Do you make them?

What are your thoughts on New Year’s resolutions? Do you make them?

Any resolution is a good resolution, it doesn’t have to be on New Year’s. You want to change yourself or your life, go ahead. I don’t make them.

Steven Fannell
Santa Cruz | Carpenter Specialist

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Why Real Estate is a Better Investment Than Stocks

Why Real Estate is a Better Investment Than Stocks

By Suzy Rodoni, Real Estate Eight Three One

A recent article from FortuneBuilders, a premier real estate investment education company, said,  “Given that the U.S. market as a whole is just getting warmed up for a new boom, virtually every property sector is set to take off. Analysts are predicting great real estate investing opportunities from coast to coast.”  If you are debating about how to invest your money in 2014, real estate is definitely something to consider. Investing in real estate is largely considered, in general, to be safer than investing than stocks. Below are some of the benefits of investing in real estate:

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Growing Hope

Campos Seguros combats sexual assault in the Watsonville farmworker community Farm work was a way of life for Rocio Camargo, who grew up in Watsonville as the daughter of Mexican immigrants. Her parents met while working the fields 30 years ago, and her father went on to run Fuentes Berry Farms.

 

Cardinal Grand Cross in the Sky

Following Holy Week (passion, death and burial of the Pisces World Teacher) and Easter Sunday (Resurrection Festival), from April 19 to the 23, the long-awaited and discussed Cardinal Cross of Change appears in the sky, composed of Cardinal signs Aries, Libra, Cancer, and Capricorn, with planets (13-14 degrees) Uranus (in Aries), Jupiter (in Cancer), Mars (in Libra) and Pluto (in Capricorn), an actual geometrical square or cross configuration. Cardinal signs mark the seasons of change, initiating new realities.

 

Sugar: The New Tobacco?

Proposed bill would require warning labels on sugary drinks Will soda and other saccharine libations soon come with a health warning? They will if it’s up to our state senator, Bill Monning (D-Carmel). On Feb. 27, Monning proposed first-of-its-kind legislation that would require a consumer warning label be placed on sugar-sweetened beverages sold in California. SB 1000, also known as the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Safety Warning Act, was proposed to provide vital information to consumers about the harmful effects of consuming sugary drinks, such as sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, and sweetened teas.

 

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Foodie File: Red Apple Cafe

Breakfast takes center stage at Gracia Krakauer's Red Apple Cafe Before they moved to Aptos, Gracia and her husband Dan Krakauer would visit friends in Santa Cruz County and eat at the Red Apple Café all the time. Then they moved up here from Santa Monica five years ago, and bought the Aptos location (there’s a separate one in Watsonville) from the family who owned it for two decades.

 

How would you feel about a tech industry boom in Santa Cruz?

I feel like it would ruin the small old-town feeling of Santa Cruz. It wouldn’t be the same Surf City kind of vacation town that it is. Antoinette BennettSanta Cruz | Construction Management

 

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

 

Trout Gulch Vineyards

Cinsault 2012—la grande plage diurne The most popular wines on store shelves are those most generally known and available—Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, which are all superb for sure. But when you come across a more unusual varietal, like Trout Gulch Vineyards’ Cinsault ($18), it opens up a whole new world.