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What makes you proud to be American?

What makes you proud to be American?

I'm proud that I have the freedom to do what I please—surf when I want to surf, work when I want to work.
Scott Liess
Santa Cruz | Plumber


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What’s the best advice you ever received?

What’s the best advice you ever received?

Moving to Santa Cruz—from my sister. She said move up here after mom passed away, and that’s the best decision I ever made in my life.
Frank Falco
Santa Cruz | Capitola Public Works

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What’s your favorite quote? Why?

What’s your favorite quote? Why?

"People have the power to redeem the work of fools."—Patti Smith.
It's motivating and it allows you to realize that as an individual you have the power to make a difference, even when you see others doing things you dislike or disprove of. It puts the emphasis on an individual’s actions and living as you believe.
Tim Clark
Santa Cruz | Classroom Aid

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Should we keep Santa Cruz weird, or keep Santa Cruz safe and clean? Or can we do both?

Should we keep Santa Cruz weird, or keep Santa Cruz safe and clean? Or can we do both?

I think Santa Cruz will always be weird because of the type of people that it draws. But we could definitely focus on staying safer and always being aware of keeping our environment clean, happy and healthy.
Kelly Malloy
Bonny Doon | Sales

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Does Santa Cruz need more surveillance cameras?

Does Santa Cruz need more surveillance cameras?

Absolutely not. Why? I think we’ve moved beyond that. I'm all in for a strong police presence. I think the homeless issue downtown has got a little out of control, but it's too much like "Big Brother" looking over your shoulder watching every single move you make.
Jim Cook
Aptos | Retired

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What gives you hope?

What gives you hope?

The promise for a bright and beautiful future, and my family, which consists of my husband and cat, working, such a beautiful environment, and being in
Santa Cruz and alive. It's hard not to be hopeful here.
Lindsay Martin
Santa Cruz | Florist



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Who is the most inspirational human in Santa Cruz County?

Who is the most inspirational human in Santa Cruz County?

I'd say it's Rene Schlaepfer, the pastor for Twin Lakes Church. Very, very inspirational. He really inspires people to get out there and be in the community, community service, helping the homeless, food drives, missions right here in our own community with the schools, without asking for anything in return.

Rae Boerema
Aptos | Financial Strategist



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Best of Santa Cruz County 2014

The 2014 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll Come on in, and have a look around. There’s a lot to see—hundreds of winners selected by thousands of GT readers across Santa Cruz County. So if some of this looks familiar, it’s probably because you helped make it happen. But there are always new things to discover, too—you could go to a different winner or runner-up every day in the Food and Drink category alone, and you’d be booked just about until next year’s Best of Santa Cruz County issue comes out.

 

Something Essential Disappears

Lunar and solar eclipses follow one another. Lunar eclipses occur at full moons, and solar eclipses at new moons. Two weeks ago at the full moon we had the blood red moon—a total lunar eclipse (the next one is Oct. 8). On Monday night, April 28 (new moon), as the Sun, Moon and Earth align, a solar eclipse (Sun obscured) occurs. Eclipses signify something irrevocably is changed in our world. The Sun is our essential life force. Monday’s new moon, 9 degrees Taurus, is also an annular solar eclipse when the Moon moves centrally in front of the Sun, yet does not cover the Sun completely. The Sun's outer edges, still visible, form a “ring of fire” around the Moon.

 

Sugar: The New Tobacco?

Proposed bill would require warning labels on sugary drinks Will soda and other saccharine libations soon come with a health warning? They will if it’s up to our state senator, Bill Monning (D-Carmel). On Feb. 27, Monning proposed first-of-its-kind legislation that would require a consumer warning label be placed on sugar-sweetened beverages sold in California. SB 1000, also known as the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Safety Warning Act, was proposed to provide vital information to consumers about the harmful effects of consuming sugary drinks, such as sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, and sweetened teas.

 

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Palate-Stretching 101

A wine education with Soif’s experts As a veteran of many weekend wine “seminars” at Soif, I have to confess that I’ve never known less (going in) and learned more (coming out) than I did last week at the Spanish Wine Tasting with ace rep Brian Greenwood. These are classy, casual events and it’s hard to imagine having this much flavor fun anywhere for $20.

 

Martin Ranch Winery

Sauvignon Blanc 2011 One of my favorite wines is Sauvignon Blanc, and this one made by Martin Ranch is particularly lovely. Bright, crisp and refreshing, it’s perfect to pair with fish and shellfish—and good for picnics as it has an easy screw-cap bottle. There’s nothing worse than setting down your blanket, pulling out your sandwiches—and then realizing you don’t have a corkscrew.

 

Foodie File: Red Apple Cafe

Breakfast takes center stage at Gracia Krakauer's Red Apple Cafe Before they moved to Aptos, Gracia and her husband Dan Krakauer would visit friends in Santa Cruz County and eat at the Red Apple Café all the time. Then they moved up here from Santa Monica five years ago, and bought the Aptos location (there’s a separate one in Watsonville) from the family who owned it for two decades.

 

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 BennettSanta Cruz | Construction Management