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The week is full and the season already smacks of wonder and festiveness. For those soaking up the holiday spirit this year, take note that Snow Night in Santa Cruz unfolds  between 4:30 and 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12. Meanwhile, there are plenty of other events, such as the Downtown Holiday Parade on Dec. 7. Flip through this week’s events section or pick up a copy of GT’s annual Gift Guide (at newstands or kiosks) for a more thorough rundown of the events unfolding in December.

 

In the meantime, be sure to take some time to consider other matters. Read up on Walnut Avenue Women’s Center, where writer Jessica Pasko reveals what lies ahead for the long-running organization. In fact, after 80 years in operation—hard to imagine!—the local 501(c)3 public benefit organization remains ever dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for women, children, and families here. How all that all comes into play is interesting to note. It offers everything from interactive, supportive programs and beyond ... all in an effort to strengthen the well-being of local families—economically, physically and emotionally. But as the organization heads into a new decade, there are some changes ahead.

From keeping things grounded, we leap up—quite high, in fact—to explore the vigorous world of aerial performers. For those who have dipped into some of the many entertainment happenings in Santa Cruz County over the last decade, you aleady know that aerial performance/dance has boomed. Learn why here.. And, should that sort of thing spark your interest, feel free to learn how you can partake in the acts. Have fun with that.
What’s left? Reflection time? Perhaps. It is that time of year, after all. Let’s end with a question: What have you been most grateful for this year?
Ponder it all.
More next time ...

Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief


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Task Force Report Card
The Citizen Task Force's insightful recommendations make far too much reasonable common sense to ever be acceptable in Santa Cruz. Don't they realize they're scapegoating, victimizing, and discriminating against those poor unfortunates who are forced to prey on the residents of Santa Cruz and must depend on the misplaced sympathies of certain radicals in order to evade responsibility and maintain their freedom to damage the reputation and quality of life of Santa Cruz?  Keep Santa Cruz Safe and Clean—Colorful's fine too— but Weird seems to encourage bad behavior.
Kimo Kameanui | Santa Cruz


Water is Still the Issue
Conservation seems to be the mantra; and the tyranny of mandatory rationing is being considered by the current directors of the Soquel Creek Water District. They claim to be concerned with obligations to the customers, but this rate payer wants to know which customers? Despite all the rationing endured by current and long-term customers, the district just hooked up 68 new units and another 50 or so are planned for the "town center," leading one to believe the true customers of the SCWD are county crony developers.
I have a suggestion for the district: Do your duty and supply more water! Either that or institute another hook-up moratorium like the district did in 1980. Back then, there was a fraction of today's customer base, and the same lack of water supply.
Dennis Case| Aptos

Online Comments
On ‘The Dirty Dozen’ ...         
Sasha, you are part of the problem along with everyone else who believes the "GOP" is somehow to blame for these problems. This type of journalism only worsens the polarization and dysfunction between the two parties. When are the masses going to realize that neither Republicans or Democrats are on our side. They are not our friend and share equal blame for all of the "12" problems pointed out in this article. We are screwed so long as we continue to support these parties.
—Santa Cruz Independent
        
Unfortunately, unbalanced journalism thrives in Santa Cruz. I ask the editor please do not use the overused word "compelling." Wouldn't it be unique if the GT presented a different view than Sasha Abramsky. Not a chance. To the thousands of people who came here in the 1800's and first half of the 20th century, I tip my hat to them for busting their tails to create a great city, pre UCSC. No, no, these folk did not collect welfare, use drugs, get free housing, free food, they did something (that U.S.A. poison word here) work.
Bob Edgren


On ‘Eyes on the Courts’ ...     
The report focuses on "nuisance crimes" and calls for discredited "broken window" policing. Our leaders targeted the poor and homeless as a bugaboo to illegitimately blame for valid public safety problems.
These include: aggressive teenage gangsters; violent drug dealers; and rising sexual violence against women and children. Sidestepping these for the favor of vocal fringe groups obsessed with expunging the vulnerable from our community, the task force has lost broad based support needed to safeguard us.
John Colby


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Helping Bryan Stow
Good news continues to flow in for local Bryan Stow. Earlier this week, San Francisco Giants third base coach Tim Flannery vowed to continuing assisting Stow, a Giants fan, in the aftermath of his brutal 2011 beating. Flannery plans to give all the proceeds from his new album Outside Lands to Stow's continued recovery. Locals became engrossed in Stow’s recovery since 2011. A paramedic and father of two, he suffered a serious head injury during an attack outside of Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles after the Giants' season opener that year. Hats off to Flannery and Godspeed to Stow.


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STARS Goes Supernova
Something fun arrives for fans of the annual STARS events at the Museum of Art & History. This year’s event boasts a masquerade-themed for the benefit for MAH. The event is the museum’s grandest fundraising event but it’s also become one of the year’s most luminous opportunities to socialize with locals and friends. We dig the Supernova Dance Party theme.  The night’s festivities unfold at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at MAH. Cocktails, appetizers, and a silent auction begin the affair followed by reserved table seating, and more fun noshing. Learn more at santacruzmah.org.


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—Maya Angelou


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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.