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To drone or not to drone? Thoughts on the U.S. drone program.

To drone or not to drone? Thoughts on the U.S. drone program.

I'm totally against the drones. I'm very pro Obama and that is one thing I strongly disagree [with] that he's doing. It really upsets me and it upsets a lot of us. I admit I don’t know what conflict and war is all about, but just in my heart and the feeling of the randomness ... I mean war is bad enough without having some unmanned thing up there blowing up kids and stuff.
Barbara P.
Soquel | Involuntarily Unemployed Pet Sitter

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The Pope is stepping down. If you had his job, what would be the first three things you would do?

The Pope is stepping down. If you had his job, what would be the first three things you would do?

Women can be priests, abortion legal, and they got to share all that wealth they've been storing for centuries.
Lauren Joe
Santa Cruz | Garbage Truck Driver

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What are you all about?

What are you all about?


I hunt bike thieves. I hate 'em! Scum! They got to go! I've recovered a lot of expensive bikes, more than the cops do. And to the bike thieves I say beware! I will get you!
Michael Smith
Santa Cruz | Vigilante


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Do you think the Boy Scouts should change their policy and allow gays to join?

Do you think the Boy Scouts should change their policy and allow gays to join?

No they should not. That would be absolutely horrifying to let gay men handle the Boy Scouts.
Richard Wood
Santa Cruz | Mechanic


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Do you think police should have to live in the community they serve?

Do you think police should have to live in the community they serve?

It's definitely preferable that they live in the communities they serve. I used to be the mayor of Santa Cruz, so I understand that police have difficulty finding housing like everyone else. The city needs to do more to make it available to all types of city employees, so that they can understand the community they're in—being located here.
Tim Fitzmorris
Santa Cruz | Retired

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What’s your motto?

What’s your motto?

My motto would be "live life to the fullest." My wife, however, would say "more cowbell!"
Nate Witten
Santa Cruz | Health Information Associate

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What’s one socially acceptable behavior that you wish didn’t exist?

What’s one socially acceptable behavior that you wish didn’t exist?

Texting. If you’re having a meal with somebody and your trying to talk to them and they're using their phone, I think it's kind of rude. People think it's acceptable, but it can be kind of annoying.
Nick Chao
Santa Cruz | Photographer/Artist

 

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Aries Solar Festival

Sunday is Palm Sunday. Symbolizing victory and triumph, paradise, sacrifice and martyrdom, the Pisces World Teacher entered Jerusalem (City of Peace) on a donkey (signifying humility).

 

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.

 

Animal Magnetism

Bear, mouse dare to be friends in charming ‘Ernest and Celestine’ It’s not exactly Romeo and Juliet. It’s not even a romance, although it is a love story about two individuals separated by prejudice who find the courage to form an unshakable bond despite the rules and traditions that keep them apart.

 

Printer's Devil

Iconic editor Buz Bezore, who died last month at the age of 68, left a huge mark on Santa Cruz journalism   Eventually, it’s all a blur. You live long enough, and maybe a little too hard at times, so that when you hit the rewind button of faded memory, it moves so fast that you can hardly sort and gather the details. One scene skips to the next, and to the next, without proper editing or sequencing. Chronologies get distorted. Which came first: stealing the chickens or coloring the eggs?
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Foodie File: Yan Flower

Yan Belleville has owned Yan Flower, an affordable Chinese restaurant in Downtown Santa Cruz, with her husband Raymond for eight years, and it’s a family affair. Her brother, sister, sister-in-law, and cousins work there too. Locals know the joint for its massive lunch specials starting at $4.

 

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

 

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

 

Comanche Cellars

Pinot Noir 2010 I first tasted Comanche Cellars Pinot when a friend brought a bottle to share over lunch at Center Street Grill in Santa Cruz. Upon trying it, I knew I had to find out more about it.