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Bigger, they often say, is better. There’s Big Mac, Big Money and a gaggle of other bigs out there (Big Trouble?). But what about Big Data? It may be challenging to wrap one’s mind around the concept, but as the world heads deeper into the the higher realms of technology,  large and complex quantities of digitally stored information is suddenly capturing some attention. But how does it all get harnessed? It is one of the things that Staff Writer Joel Hersch explores in this week’s cover. Timely—after all, data is so quickly produced and stored these days. But take note that the article also asks: At what point does Big Data become too big? Read on ...

 


Over in News there’s some buzz about the San Lorenzo River. Has the time arrived for a big makeover, thereby morphing the Downtown Santa Cruz riverfront into a bona fide draw to the area? Could be. But what would it actually take to make that happen, and how does a local coalition and various environmental leaders factor into the mix? Learn more. Could the San Lorenzo River become a significant draw to Downtown Santa Cruz, offering opportunities for recreation, picnicking and more? I must say that I found the thriving downtown riverfront areas of Portland, Ore., and even Kansas City, Mo., to be inspiring. Perhaps creative minds locally can fuel such transformations. Too soon to tell, but it’s nice to learn that there is, at least, some interest.

Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, so I will leave you with an inspiring quote from the man—two, actually, if you count this week’s quote of the week: “Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.”

Have an inspiring week. Thanks for reading. Until next time ...

Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief


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‘Lunch’ Is Delicious
My friends and  attended the Cabrillo Stage production of “Lunch” last weekend. Some of the reviews and write ups were sounding a little dubious. I went with a little hesitation because of that.
This was one of the best productions I have ever seen! The sets, music, acting and voices were as good as any in "big city" venues. Don't miss this play, a real privilege to view! Thank you Cabrillo Stage!  
Vicky Gordon | Santa Cruz

Watching the Watchdog
The town of Felton has turned into a little right-wing spy and surveillance mafia-run police state. There are surveillance cameras everywhere in our town's businesses, violating our privacy and dignity as customers and as sovereign, free human beings.
These cameras are in our laudromats, our natural food stores, our coffee shops, our thrift shops, inside and outside safeway, Rite Aid and CVS, in our banks, in our convenient stores, etc. Who the hell authorized these businesses to spy, photograph, surveil and monitor us in this way? We are not cattle! The town of Felton is not a nice, little bohemian town any longer, it’s turned into a little right wing, mafia-run Nazi police state!
I urge all residents of our quaint little town to boycott all of those businesses who illegally spy on their customers in this way. We also need to demand that they remove these cameras as well as have them all issue an apology to the entire community for the evil privacy violation crimes they are committing against us. A sane, civilized, upright and decent society does NOT engage in this level of police state spying and surveillance of its citizenry.
Ruth Hertzberg | Santa Cruz


Online Comments

On ‘Budding Issues’ ...     
Bryce sound's as though he wants a Monopolize the Local Cannabis Industry. And not interested in making money. Well I've been a member of several local collectives including some of the ones mentioned and it is about making a profit. They get away with it through their lies but believe me they are making a lot of money!
—HipCowboy420

On ‘Elon Musk’ ...
The Eco-energy crowd seems not to realize that all the components and parts used in solar and wind power generation systems, are manufactured from raw materials dug or drilled from the ground. The equipment used to extract the various metals, process them, etc., operate on fossil fuels. The most efficient way to smelt the iron, tin and copper is by oil- and coal-fired furnaces. These smartphones and other media-sharing devices are all manufactured using these processes as well. These "Green Energy" companies require tax- funded subsidies because they can't compete in a free market.
—Sixguns

Clarification
In last week's cover story, GT reported that the California Growers Collective produces enough medical marijuana to supply 75 percent of its approximate 500 members, relying on the remaining 25 percent of their members to obtain medicine from other collectives or dispensaries.
The article has been corrected to state that CGC has two collective-managed gardens that supply up to 25 to 50 percent of the medicine for their 7,500 members. They work closely as a “closed-loop system” with more than two dozen patient cultivators who have agreed to their best practices and quality control measures to ensure their members a safe medicine supply.


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NO RAIN BUT WHAT A VIEW A gorgeous sunset with lighthouses in Santa Cruz in the background.Taken at Twin Lakes Beach. photo//wendi lefebre This month’s theme: color.
Submit  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Include information (location, etc.) and your name. Photos may be cropped. Preferably, photos should be 4 inches by 4 inches and minimum 250 dpi.


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Cinelux Scotts Valley
Now that 2014 is pulling us deeper into its grip, it’s a good time to offer a well-deserved hats off to a local entity that truly transformed itself over the last few years and seems to be heading into the future quite nicely—Cinelux Scotts Valley Cinemas. After a major remodel, the longtime movie multiplex now boasts stadium seating, D-Box seats, a thoroughly spruced up snack/social lounge—aside from its standard popcorn fare. It’s a stunning transformation to say the least—especially considering the fact that, back in 1973 when it opened, Scotts Valley had two movie screens. Nice job.


good idea



That Grant Gets Greenlit
One of the biggest compaints that continually plagues Santa Cruz is its traffic. (You do have to wonder who designed the entire traffic light infrastructure.) But promising news surfaced recently in the form of a $200,000 grant that will be given to the city to install computer monitors specifically designed to keep track of the traffic and actually shift stoplights. The new design will allow the lights to monitor the actual flow of traffic, which could alleviate some of the problems found on thoroughfares such as Ocean Street. Read more on this in the coming weeks, but for now, it’s nice to know something has been set in motion.


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“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
—Martin Luther King, Jr.


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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

Cedar Street Video to close after 10 years at downtown location

 

Banter and Spark

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

 

Back to Silicon Beach

With a new wave of startups, the future of Santa Cruz tech looks more promising than ever
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Himalayan Kitchen

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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

 

A Cab To Be Coveted

I first tasted Villa del Monte’s 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon at a Fourth of July party, where the hosts had bought a case of it because they love it and didn’t want to run out. It’s one of those wines that will grab you—in the best way—with its full body and rich fruit characteristics.