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From The Editor

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There are hundreds of thousands of words in this issue. Well, maybe not that many—perhaps it’s in the tens of thousands. No, on second thought, it’s true—hundreds of thousands. The point is this: It’s our biggest issue of the year—all thanks to you. The votes have been tallied and the results are in, so dive into our annual Best Of Santa Cruz Readers’ Poll beginning on page 15. More votes than ever before were tallied, so there’s plenty to absorb. But let me draw your attention to our Critics’ Picks, too. A big thank you to all of the readers who took time to vote. Enjoy.



Elsewhere, take note of our News section this week (page 8), in which we look into the significant changes unfolding at the county jail. Also in News, is the tale of Rev. Robert Seals, leader of Mother Nature’s Temple, an earth-based faith group from Butte County, which relocated Soquel. It’s a curious case of artistic expression that also touches on potential “safety hazards” on certain artistic expressions. Read on and send us your thoughts to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Over in A&E, one local media group is proclaiming: “Everybody was so jazzed out of their minds to be there. It was pretty much off the charts.” That would be somebody from Impact Media Group, the brains behind “We Are Santa Cruz,” an inventive media/art project that captured on film the one-of-a-kind verve of Santa Cruzans. You can see the project on display on First Friday (May 3) in a street-level window of The Rittenhouse Building—still empty after all these years, which, is not quite the best its beleaguered owner can do, but perhaps he’ll come around soon. Where was I? Oh yes.

In the meantime, please join us this week in celebrating the very best Santa Cruz has to offer—and the best it can be. 

Onward we go ...   


Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief


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Eyes Stay on Crime
I like your recent articles on the Butler/Baker shooting (GT 4/11) and Elizabeth Limbach’s “Breaking the Silence” (GT 4/18) was way appropriate. I wrote to the “big” Santa Cruz daily about this subject and was rejected. Perhaps it was too early? My point: Should there have been some investigative journalism in this case? What did the internal police department investigation come up with, has the city really examined this incident? Who in the department knows what our officers knew when they knocked on that door and were gunned down?

This guy was an unguided rocket and had a rap sheet that should have been in every database in the world. If we are going to embrace the homeless then get a hot line to the Homeless [Services] Center and get them the data they need to make a call. I don’t like what went down and love our police department. But just tell me what the SCPD knew before the shootout and what they have done to fix it.

Bobby Z
Scotts Valley

 


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SAND DOLLAR FOR YOUR THOUGHTS  Nature never fails to impress. This sand dollar was discovered at Sunset Beach State Park. It was placed on a moss-covered stump for this photo. photo/Tracy Mongold



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Speed Geeking For Social Change
It’s time to honor some of the best, well, “geeks” among us. To that end, the Museum of Art & History is hosting UCSC students from the Global International Internship Program (GIIP) for an event that will illuminate “how new technology can be used locally for social change.” It all unfolds from 5:30-9 p.m. May 10 at MAH. In the meantime, congrats to MAH for garnering a special award in this year’s Best Of (page 72).


good idea



Ecosexualism And You
“The ecosexual movement is growing like a weed,” muses local eco activists Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens. The duo, known for their headturning performance art events, are unleashing their new doc, Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story, for local viewing in the coming week. The film chronicles the tragedy unfolding in the Appalachian Mountains. But what’s this about ecosexualism? It’s a push to view Earth as “lover” rather than “mother.” Read more in Critics’ Picks (page 91).


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“Liberal and conservative have lost their meaning in America.
I represent the distracted center.”

   —Jon Stewart



Online Comments

On ‘The Reality of Crime’ ...
Finally the Santa Cruz community has an intelligent article worthy of community discussion. Unlike the Santa Cruz Sentinel pieces which seem intended to merely inflame angry voices or just give fawning praise to closed groups like Take Back Santa Cruz, your article attempted to cover the issues with diverse voices and perspectives as well as historical overview. I look forward to more in-depth analysis by your publication!
—Jan Y
    
An ironic outcome of an article that touches upon the intolerance by some, arose in a Take Back Santa Cruz discussion yesterday. Someone started a thread bemoaning how this GT article seemed like a PR piece for the "compassion" crowd. One person disagreed, adding that they were dismayed that people who live in RVs are sometimes photographed/discussed on the TBSC Facebook group. How did that criticism go over? The person expressing their slight dismay was asked to leave the group by one of the TBSC leaders. I don't know if they were tossed or just left but they're gone now.
—Half Year Resident


On ‘Breaking the Silence’ ...
A hug and a thank you to any woman willing to share such a painful and private horror, and in sharing will help others heal. The film JANE can move mountains, start a conversation, break the chain. Thank you!
 —One of the Five

Not many people doing this today. I think documenting this in a narrative film rather than documentary will help bring the issue to light through creative means more effectively. Fingers crossed for investments, and good luck to the filmmakers.
 —Jesse Clark

Great cover story. If you want an excellent example of one of the root causes, the sexual objective of women, remove the cover and back cover (ad) of your issue and compare side by side. I vote them as the most ironic cover/back cover I've ever seen. I wonder if "Asia" feels exploited. She should.
 —Arthur Wood

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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

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Banter and Spark

Engaging actors, wry script distinguish lightweight rom-com ‘What If’

 

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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

 

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