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If Santa Cruz had a mascot, what would it be? Why?

If Santa Cruz had a mascot, what would it be? Why?

The monarch butterfly, because it's the [most] beautiful thing that I can remember from first visiting Santa Cruz 25 years ago. And I was awed by their population and beauty and grace out by Natural Bridges.

Paul Steeves
Santa Cruz | Unemployed

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If you didn't live in Santa Cruz, where would you live? Why?

If you didn't live in Santa Cruz, where would you live? Why?

Spain, because I love it. I lived there before and I just didn’t get to explore it as much as I would have like to have, and a lot of it reminded me of California. It's very very similar. I can see why they came here.

Shoshoni
Santa Cruz | Friend to the people

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What solution to which problem would help Santa Cruz the most?

What solution to which problem would help Santa Cruz the most?

Rent control. Why are small apartments so expensive to rent?

Ben Rodriguez
Santa Cruz | Construction

 

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What’s another way the county could boost revenue?

What’s another way the county could boost revenue?

I think that it would be better to have more leniency on the permits for small businesses in the city. I think the city would be able to get more revenue if small businesses were able to move through the whole process quicker. I think that would be helpful.

Cheri Chase
Santa Cruz | Business Owner
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What’s the best meal you've had in the county lately? Why?

What’s the best meal you've had in the county lately? Why?

The chicken at Gabriella Cafe. They have this amazing roasted chicken with apricots and currents and capers that is just incredible.
Pauline Fujita
Santa Cruz | Biologist

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If you had a screenplay that takes place in Santa Cruz, what’s the plot?

If you had a screenplay that takes place in Santa Cruz, what’s the plot?

A story about a guy that’s searching for a job that starts after 12:30 because he needs his surfing time. He goes around searching from place to place and keeps getting thrown out.
Mitch Brownstein
Santa Cruz | Surfer

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What’s the best and the worst thing that could come out of assisting Syria?

What’s the best and the worst thing that could come out of assisting Syria?


The worst is clear, getting bogged down in a long civil war and spending another decade with American boots on the ground. And the best would be to be able to stop the conflict and let Syrians live in peace.
Patrick Shields
Santa Cruz | Researcher


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