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What activities would you suggest to friends and family visiting Santa Cruz?

What activities would you suggest to friends and family visiting Santa Cruz?

I would suggest spending time in less touristy neighborhoods, such as Seabright. Catch a live show at The Rio Theatre and then head next door to Oyunna's restaurant for some amazing Mongolian food. When downtown I'd suggest Bookshop Santa Cruz and the Museum of Art & History.
Krystal Racca
Santa Cruz | Mom

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What do you think our community could do to promote renewable energy solutions?

What do you think our community could do to promote renewable energy solutions?

My knee-jerk response would be a lot more solar. I know some people here who have really pushed the envelope on solar, and I'm just amazed that in a climate like this it hasn’t been adopted more.
Kirby Scudder
Santa Cruz | Writer/Gallery Director

 

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What do you know about Monsanto?

What do you know about Monsanto?

I don’t know as much as I would like to know about Monsanto. But what I do know is that they have an agenda to control the seed supply of the whole world and they seem to want to make sure that everyone eats their seeds. Even though 50 countries have gotten rid of GMO food we are still  not even able to know what’s in our food. At the very least I know that they are trying to keep us from knowing what is in our food, because they have a big stake in it.
Blythe Stratton
Santa Cruz | Self Employed

 

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What are you a total sucker for?

What are you a total sucker for?

A cold beer after a long bike ride, gossip, and fighting over politics.

Kyle McKinley
Santa Cruz | Lecturer

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Do you unplug often enough? Or do you need help?

Do you unplug often enough? Or do you need help?

I needed help so I got the Internet off my phone. Being a caregiver, I have more time to be with people because I know that the Internet is a false sense of connection, but I still like connecting both ways.
Dana Kaiser-Davidson
Santa Cruz | Caregiver

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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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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.