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In the nearly 25 years since the Loma Prieta earthquake, what has Santa Cruz County learned?

In the nearly 25 years since the Loma Prieta earthquake, what has Santa Cruz County learned?

I've been in Santa Cruz for 30 odd years. I was here for the earthquake, it affected me in a lot of ways. I remember the process getting started—there was a lot of optimism about the inclusiveness of the process and then that process was diluted by the fact that they wanted to get a lot of things done fast, and so certain decisions were made downtown that I think could have been made in a more inclusive process that would have resulted in a better downtown even than we have now. And I think the desal thing just emphasizes how if you don’t include everybody in the discussion you come up with solutions that aren't necessarily appropriate for the whole city. And so that’s a lesson that I think we have to keep learning. Include as many people as possible to get the best outcome for everybody.
David Vallen

Retired Spa Owner | Santa Cruz

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What are your thoughts on the government shutdown?

What are your thoughts on the government shutdown?

I think it's a really immature move to try and get attention and create policy change that’s not even possible. I think it’s a last-ditch effort to get attention, mostly, and it's not going to provide any results for the GOP, even though it's causing many people to suffer.

Larissa Addison
Santa Cruz | Nanny

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Columns - Local Talk

What more could be done to combat bike theft in Santa Cruz?

What more could be done to combat bike theft in Santa Cruz?

Use the bicycle lockers downtown, they're five cents an hour, they're all over town. There's one by the bus stop, one by the Goodwill. You just have to look for them. You always wonder what those green boxes are.

Steve Phillips
Santa Cruz | Photographer

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Is fish still safe to eat?

Is fish still safe to eat?

I think it depends on the fish. If it was a blue fin tuna that just swam over from the Japanese reactors, I don’t think I would eat it. But other fish is OK.

Justin Cummings
Santa Cruz | PHD Student

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Columns - Local Talk

What are your thoughts on UCSC growth?

What are your thoughts on UCSC growth?

I think it's a bad idea unless they make everyone just bring a bicycle to get around.

Jamie Langley
Santa Cruz | Outdoor Educator

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Columns - Local Talk

Would you support the creation of a desalination plant in Santa Cruz? Why? Why not?

Would you support the creation of a desalination plant in Santa Cruz? Why? Why not?

I don’t. I think the same technology that they would be using for the desal would be useful for recycling water, and a lot cheaper with less environmental impact.

Jonathan Steinberg
Santa Cruz | HR Manager

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Columns - Local Talk

Would you rather be a worried genius, or a joyful simpleton?

Would you rather be a worried genius, or a joyful simpleton?

I want to be a simpleton because its easier. Genius is too much pressure.

Winslow Burk
Santa Cruz | Joyful Simpleton

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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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Foodie File: Beer Thirty

Cups runneth over at Soquel’s new beer garden

 

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.