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What are some simple tips for conserving water?

What are some simple tips for conserving water?

Drink more beer and less water, collect rain water from catch barrels, and if you live in the mountains near a spring you should try to set up some sort of system through that.

John Morefield
Ben Lomond | Motorcycle Mechanic

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What do you think about the Good Times/Santa Cruz Weekly merger?

What do you think about the Good Times/Santa Cruz Weekly merger?

The announcement came out on April Fools’, and I laughed.

P.J. Grube
Santa Cruz | Real Estate Broker

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What do you think about the fact that 20,000 Santa Cruz residents commute over the hill?

What do you think about the fact that 20,000 Santa Cruz residents commute over the hill?

I think Santa Cruz is still a bit of a beach town, and that means you have to commute to work, unless you turn it into a metropolitan area like San Francisco. If you tried to build 20,000 jobs in Santa Cruz it would be insane. I think it's OK that people commute.

Gunther Gettelfinger
Santa Cruz | Sales/Security

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In honor of Earth Day, what steps do you take to tread more lightly on the Earth?

In honor of Earth Day, what steps do you take to tread more lightly on the Earth?

I'm trying to commute more on my bike and buy less stuff.

Kris Ayer
Santa Cruz | Nurse/Midwife

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What are the most important issues to you in the upcoming local elections?

What are the most important issues to you in the upcoming local elections?

 

What I'm concerned about right now is water. I don’t know how that’s going to be resolved as far as the election, but I was told we have to cut back on water. I'm really into my plants, so that’s my latest concern.

James Svendsen
Santa Cruz | Contractor/Carpenter

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How would you feel about a tech industry boom in Santa Cruz?

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 Bennett
Santa Cruz | Construction Management

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Which is your favorite street musician in Santa Cruz?

Which is your favorite street musician in Santa Cruz?

My favorite street performer goes back a few years, when I first moved to Santa Cruz, it's Tom Scribner. And a relative of his was a student in one of the classes I taught maybe 15 years ago.

John Christopher
Santa Cruz | Retired Teacher

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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

Chef Purna Regmi on the secrets of Nepalese cooking

 

What’s the nicest thing you’ve done for someone this week?

Germany  |  Beekeeper

 

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.