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What did you grow this summer?

What did you grow this summer?

This summer I mostly grew friendships, I made a lot of new friends and socialized a lot more. It was really good.
Kianna Kimura
Santa Cruz, Cosmotoligist in training 


 

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What are your top five favorite summer activities?

What are your top five favorite summer activities?

Gardening, camping, surfing, beach days, and barbecuing.
Katherine McCamant
Santa Cruz | Restaurant Owner 


 

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What do you think is the difference between organic and conventional produce?

What do you think is the  difference between organic and conventional produce?

I think it has to do with how it's raised and the additives that they put in fertilizer. I think that it's critical that we pay attention to that. And we haven't in the past.
Jane Anglin
Santa Cruz | Retired

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Is it time for new gun laws in the United States? Why?

Is it time for new gun laws in the United States? Why?

Semi-automatics should be outlawed—period. I'm kind of on the fence on the rest of the gun laws. I wish that we lived in a place that we didn’t have to have gun control, but unfortunately they are available to too many crazy people. So, definitely ban semi-automatics for personal use.
Olivia Wilder
Santa Cruz | Radio Host

 

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Will you go to D-League Warriors games in Santa Cruz?

Will you go to D-League Warriors games in Santa Cruz?

Yeah, I would. I'm a basketball fan, and we need more things like that, where people can go and have some fun. If they build it and actually use it for what they say they’re going to use it for, yes, I would do that.
Julian Schweingruber
Santa Cruz | Unemployed



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Do you think that we as a nation are becoming more polarized? If so, why?

Do you think that we as a nation are becoming more polarized?  If so, why?

I think so. There's many common issues that we’re all facing and we find unity in this economy. Everybody is going through their struggles. I think unity is the best savior.
Sujan Bhahee
Santa Cruz | Analyst



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What do you think should be done to address hunger in Santa Cruz County?

What do you think should be done to address hunger in Santa Cruz County?

I think that it would be great to turn all our ornamental parks into edible parks, and have more food education direct to the public. I think we should decriminalize feeding hungry people and make it completely OK for anyone who feels compelled and compassionate to go direct service and bring out a pot of soup. And I feel like it's about education and access.
Roxanne Evans
Santa Cruz | Dreamer 


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Reflecting Glass

Composer Philip Glass’ first trip to Big Sur was by motorcycle; little did he know that he’d establish a music festival there six decades later.

 

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, occurs this year during Libra, the sign of creating right relations with all aspects life and with earth’s kingdoms. We contemplate (the Libra meditation) forgiveness, which means, “to give for another.” Forgiveness is not pardon. It’s a sacrifice (fire in the heart, giving from the heart). Forgiveness is giving up for the good of the other. This is the law of evolution (the path of return).

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of September 26

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Wurst Case Scenario

Venus Spirits releases agave spirit, Renee Shepherd on planting garlic, Sausagefest 2014, and wine harvest in full swing

 

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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

 

Apricot Wine for Dessert

Thomas Kruse Winery, a participant in the new Santa Clara Wine Trail, has been around for a long time—since 1971, to be exact. When our little group arrived to try some wine at the Kruses’ low-key tasting room, Thomas Kruse and his wife Karen were there to greet us. Theirs is a small operation, and they’re proud to offer quality wine at affordable prices. “Because we are small and low-tech, it’s easy to relate to the whole winemaking process,” says Karen—and the Kruses take pride in making wine “just like it has been made for centuries.”