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What’s the most underreported local issue of the year?

What’s the most underreported local issue of the year?

The trash and debris that’s left behind by the homeless in all the parks and parking lots, like here at Steamers Lane. It just gets overwhelming and it gets to be an eyesore. When you have friends in town it's kind of embarrassing to drive around and show them a dirty parking lot or dirty park, and trash strewn along Steamers Lane.

Sam Wenger Santa Cruz | Server

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What suggestions do you have for the Santa Cruz County Conference and Visitors Council?

What suggestions do you have for the Santa Cruz County Conference and Visitors Council?

Make Santa Cruz an art destination. The mosaic capital of California.

Beth Purcell
Santa Cruz | Artist

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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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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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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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Catwalk on the Wild Side

Meet the artists and designers behind this year’s edition of FashionART, SantaCruz’s most outrageous fashion show

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Watch List

From Google to the government to data brokers, why your privacy is now a thing of the past

 

The Peace Equation

Sunday is the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, a global peace-building day when nations, leaders, governments, communities and individuals are invited to end conflict, cease hostilities, creat 24 hours of non-violence and promote goodwill. Monday is Autumn equinox as the Sun enters Libra (right relations with all of life). The Soul Year now begins. We work in the dark part of the year (Persephone underground) preparing for the new light of winter solstice. Tuesday to Wednesday is the Virgo new moon festival. We know two things about peace. “The absence of war does not signify peace.” And “Peace is an ongoing process.” In its peace-building emphasis, the UNIDP, through education, attempts to create a “culture of peace, understanding and tolerance”. Esoterically we are reminded of the peace equation: “Intentions for goodwill (and acting upon this intention) create right relations with all earth’s kingdoms which create (the ongoing process of) peace on earth.” At noon on Sunday, in all time zones, millions of participating groups will observe a moment of silence for peace on earth. Bells will ring, candles will be lit, and doves released as the New Group of World Servers recite the Great Invocation (humanity’s mantram of direction). To connect with others around the world see www.cultureofpeace.org    Let us join together with the mother (Virgo). Goodwill to all, let peace prevail on earth. The dove is the symbol for the day.
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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

 

Santa Clara Wine Trail

My memories of growing up in England include my mother pouring port after Sunday dinner—and sometimes a glass of sherry before dinner. My family didn’t drink much wine back then, but we certainly made up for it with the port and sherry.