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It’s a full week here at Good Times as we unveil our annual GT Active publication, which spotlights some of the best the area has to offer in the realm of fitness, health and the great outdoors. You can find the publication at many spots where GT is already available. But take note: Some of the highlights in this year’s issue shed new light on a number of captivating topics—from the popular CrossFit regime, spinal network analysis and eating disorders to cycling, skydiving and helicopter tours. You may also be intrigued with the special centerfold poster from Santa Cruz Waves, which features the top pictures of the year from the popular, local online portal. Enjoy.



Elsewhere, now that summer is quickly approaching, it’s time to finally shed any remnants of the last five months and start having fun—for some, that may translate into having “even more fun.”

This week, News Editor Elizabeth Limbach kicks off the new season with a spirited feature on a unique local niche: treehouses. Yes, the area boasts some that are both alluring and downright original. Learn more about the mystique of these creative dwellings.

In between, there’s plenty more to absorb in our A&E section, including the week’s hottest music picks and the vast array of events taking place over the next week. But let me draw your attention to an event that surely will captivate locals: the Tuesday, June 18 talk by Michael Pollan. Pollan, one the nation’s more prolific bestselling authors and food movement advocates, returns to Santa Cruz to discuss his new book, “Cooked.” In it, Pollan dives in somewhat uncharted territory—his own kitchen. Expect him to illuminate just how the cook occupies a pivotal place in the world. Visit bookshopsantacruz.com for more information. (And log onto gtweekly.com to revisit our interview with Pollan from last fall.)

There’s plenty more to enjoy in this week’s issue, so dive in. And thanks for reading.

More soon …
 

Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief


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Youth Taking the Lead
Kudos to the Santa Cruz Youth City Council, which presented its findings from a public safety survey of more than 500 local youth at a meeting on Wednesday, May 29. The nascent city council follows in the footsteps of the Watsonville Youth City Council, which previously conducted a similar survey, and whose next public meeting is Monday, June 3 at 5 p.m. Find them on Facebook for more information.


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Resisting Rape Culture
The local conversation about curbing rape culture is growing stronger thanks to Resist Rape Culture events like the Thursday, May 30 speakers panel organized by Project Regeneration (a youth empowerment program through the Resource Center for Nonviolence) and Feminists Working on Real Democracy (FWORD). The event, which takes place from 7-9 p.m. at the RCNV, 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, will feature a diverse panel with a variety of thought-provoking insights and stories to share.


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“The world is full of nice, ordinary little people who live in nice, ordinary little houses on the ground. But didn't you ever dream of a house up on a tree top?”

—Father Robinson, Swiss Family Robinson


Online Comments

On ‘No Big Surprises’...
I'm confident a recycled water treatment plant and pipeline can be built for $90 million. Benefits are over three times the amount of water, elimination of pollution [and] a bike path. Coupled with a growth policy, improving storm and septic, new job duties, and water storage. The benefits are restoring the fish habitat, groundwater basin and producing an additional two-desals. Were these alternative plans or others included in the EIR? The answer is no, and do not be fooled otherwise. It is a lobbyists brochure for desal filled with fabricated excuses.
— Bill Smallman

On ‘Growing Berries Without Bromide’ ...
Verticillium [wilt] responds to fumigation, but not always. I'm glad there is an alternative in the works.
—Abby

On ‘Free Angela’ ...
It would have been nice if you'd asked [Bettina] Aptheker about the rise of right-wing, one might even say "neo-fascist," hysteria attacking needle exchange, homeless services, "illegal" campers, the mythical "culture of tolerance" and releasing (nonviolent) prisoners. Recent videos widely circulated online and reprinted in other publications document a police officer dropping a drunk face forward onto the concrete for a quick trip to the hospital, and a member of one of the anti-homeless groups abusing and then physically harassing a homeless guy in a sleeping bag.  
—Robert Norse

On ‘Cruzin’ for Inspiration’ ...
I commend the filmmakers for raising the freak flag of our town's weirdness. It hasn't seen much use in the past few years as the fear-mongers and folks who would turn our most cherished hallmarks into objects of scorn. All freaks to the front! Weird it up! This is a unique place in the cultural world as it is in the geographical one and should be celebrated, not sanitized. Hooray!
—Brent Adams

On 'Town Hall with Assemblymember Stone' ...
Mr. Stone: When the new law enforcement units begin their confiscation raids, will we see any innocent loss of life?  [Does] that include the actual law enforcement officers tasked with confiscation? Will you take responsibility for any related loss of life and surrender all your financial assets to the surviving families?  
—Vince Mellone

On 'Transoceana' ...
Danny puts on a fantastic performance on stage, and can really shred on guitar! But the best part of every show has to be his chest hair. How soft it is, mixed with how thick it's growing in, makes sure that every show is a great experience!
—Charseph

On 'Ice Plant Peace Invasion' ...
The State Park folks are using the ice plant as a lame excuse. That's like complaining about the beer on the table in a brewery. There's ice plant on nearly every cliff in the Seabright area. I'm looking forward to the rebuild.
—Rob Ramer

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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.