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Though I grew up on Star Wars, I didn’t discover the true potential of science fiction until I read the mind-bending work of Philip K. Dick and J.G. Ballard in high school. These authors wrote about ideas in a way that ultimately had very little to do with “speculative fiction,” and everything to do with the questions that are at the core of our existence: What does it mean to be human? What is the true nature of reality? Is the Buddha in the park? (OK, that last one was just for VALIS fans.)

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Columns - Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

Plus Letters To the Editor

Why live in Santa Cruz County?

If there’s a single question that the Best of Santa Cruz County issue boils down to every year, I think it’s that’s one. I don’t know if you’ve heard, but it’s just a tad expensive to live here—something like 75 percent more expensive than the average cost of living across the U.S., last time I checked. There’s a highway to the east that the roller coaster industry would shut down as categorically unsafe in a minute, and yet thousands of us commute on it every day. Unemployment remains high, and there’s enough collective paranoia in this town to keep you up all night worrying about personal safety, secret wars, anti-popes, chemtrails, and whether maybe—just maybe—Stephen King really did have it in for John Lennon.

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Columns - Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

Plus Letters To the Editor

This week, Elizabeth Limbach shines a light on one of the darkest corners of South County culture with her story on sexual violence against women in the fields of Watsonville. It’s no secret among farmworkers, but even in Santa Cruz County, where ag has always been a top industry, few outside that community know the shocking scope of the problem. Limbach’s story reveals how one local group is trying to change that.

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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

 

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