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American Idol: The Durb Watch

Well ... was it good for you? What a wild day May 14 turned out to be, after all. James Durbin Day turned into something more than that when Mayor Ryan Coonerty presented our American Idol idol with news that 2011 was officially James Durbin year. (Does that mean we all get the day off work every May 14? Thanks Mr. Mayor.) Durbin was also handed a surfboard, instead of a key, to the city—it came emblazoned with an image of his fist raised, rocker style. “There’s one thing I’m gonna need—a teacher,” mused Durbin. “I think I’m about the only person in Santa Cruz who doesn’t surf. I just sing good.” Make that really good. Writer Lisa Jensen, who’s been penning our weekly “Durb Watch” online, chimes in on all the wild happenings in Durbland of late. And continue to send us your thoughts—online and at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . And James: Thanks for the fun “day.” Let’s see how the rest of your year unravels. Onward ...
From fun we move to frightening. That’s one way to look at Geoffrey Dunn’s take on Sarah Palin. In his bold, revealing and downright provocative new book, “The Lies of Sarah Palin,” the local writer delves deep into Alaska politics, Palin’s history, and how the former vice presidential running mate’s questionable actions (and ethics) continue to raise eyebrows. Discover more about Palin, as well as an excerpt from Dunn’s book.
The Blues Festival is in the news, too. The area’s robust musical romp hits Aptos again this Memorial Day weekend. The line-up is particularly impressive this year, and writer DNA shares his thoughts with us beginning.
Meanwhile, in News, take note of why Assembly Bill 575 has many nurtritionists and dieticians across the state up in arms. The bill is currently being revamped, but what’s behind the controversary? Read on.
Enjoy the rest of the issue. More next time ...


Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief
Letters to the Editor

American Idol ‘Sucks’
For the last three seasons of American Idol, any contestant that has heard the phrase "You are the one to beat!" from the judges has lost. Two weeks ago they gave that kiss of death to James Durbin and I knew he was a goner.  And so he was. American Idol sucks.
Nick Haflinger
Santa Cruz

Best Online Comments
On—what else?—James Durbin:

Way to to James. I am from Sarnia Ontario Canada, and I have been watching you throughout the season, and you are my American Idol. You have so much heart
and soul, and you sing it with great thought and care for others who you are singing too. I know for sure that you will be a
bigger star than you ever dreamed of, and that’s a "good" thing. We’ll be watching for your albums to come out. Good luck in all your endeavors.
L. Anne
Canada

James, hang in there. I thought that you were the most amazing contestant in the competition. All original, you had to do it your way. That is what tells me that you are an artist and an entertainer. I felt the hurt that you were feeling on stage. OMG, I
really did feel that you did get robbed. You are Season 10's Adam Lambert. I would love to see you together. Heidi and Hunter are so lucky to have you in their lives!
Sheryll Punneo
Liberty, Missouri

You had my vote every week. I was dissappointed you were voted off. I know you have a great career in front of you. The record companies would be fools not to sign you. I wish you the very best. The best is yet to come for you.
Karen Puleo
Santa Cruz

James, I have watched you from the beginning get better and better. You had me out of my chair when you sang the theme song to Heavy Metal. I would buy a concert ticket if you were to perform right now. When you are onstage you are electric. I am just a middle-aged mom who was 20 in the ’80s, you do that music proud! I will be looking forward to the music that you will surely create. All the best to you.
Trina

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Good Times offices will be closed Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day.   Offices will reopen 9 a.m. Tuesday. The following holiday deadlines will be in effect for the June 2 issue:
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There’s still some Durb watchin’ left in us. Things we learned recently: 1. Durbin’s hair can withstand a hometown procession and a Boardwalk concert for a crowd of thousands. (Good to know.) 2. He digs Zoccoli’s. He ate two sandwiches there before heading to Louden Nelson Center on James Durbin Day. 3. Durbin was hit by the recession—he was just one of many people who became unemployed by the recession here. In fact, when he got laid off from his job at Domino’s Pizza (on Clares Street) in Capitola, his fiancée convinced him to audition for Idol. As he put it:“Two days later, I said [to her], ‘let’s go wait in line for 28 hours.’” Meanwhile, during a conference call with reporters, Durbin noted that he wants to make an album like rock’s Dio or one that has hints of the records Ronnie James created with Black Sabbath. (Some insiders are advising Durbin to consider a more “pop” approach.) More updates (and video coverage of D-Day online) at goodtimessantacruz.com.
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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.