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What can we do to make a better future for young people in Santa Cruz?

What can we do to make a better future for young people in Santa Cruz?

I think we need to be building connections between junior highs, high schools, and community youth arts and sports programs.
David King
Santa Cruz | Dance Teacher

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What’s your favorite piece of public art in Santa Cruz, and why?

What’s your favorite piece of public art in Santa Cruz, and why?

The mural that's on River Street by the town clock that has the dog and the guy with the liberty spikes and the person in the wheelchair all holding hands and skipping.

Perry Hernandez
Santa Cruz | Network Engineer

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If you found out you had one year to live, what would you do?

If you found out you had one year to live, what would you do?

 

I would focus on two things: friends and family, and trying to do social change to leave the world a better place than how I found it.

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Are video games art?

Are video games art?

Of course. If you look closely at how they're created, there are artists, designers, musicians and engineers that come together to produce something that people can enjoy.

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What is the most urgent issue for the City Council to address?

What is the most urgent issue for the City Council to address?

Homelessness and drug use. We need to take care of our population in town, and we need to help the people that need help.

Damon Shanle
Santa Cruz | Controller

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What’s your dream job?

What’s your dream job?

My dream job is taking people out into the wilderness and showing them the beauty that’s there for them.

Kristen Burkhart
Santa Cruz | Student

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What are some simple tips for conserving water?

What are some simple tips for conserving water?

Drink more beer and less water, collect rain water from catch barrels, and if you live in the mountains near a spring you should try to set up some sort of system through that.

John Morefield
Ben Lomond | Motorcycle Mechanic

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The Thought Form of Solution

It’s our last week of Leo before the sun enters Virgo (next Friday/Saturday). The planets this week make complex patterns and relationships (vibrational cadences and rhythms) with the outer planets, mainly Neptune—the planet that veils, obscures, protects and finally refines us. Neptune offers us entrance into a deeply spiritual sense of comfort and solace. Neptune is the personality ruler of Pisces (saviors of the world) and soul ruler of Cancer (world mother). “The fish goddesses who leapt from earth (Virgo) to water (Pisces) unitedly give birth to the Fish God (Christ, the Soul) who introduces the waters of life  (Neptune & Aquarius) into the ocean of substance (matter, mother bringing light to the world. Thus does Neptune work.” (Esoteric Astrology).

 

Final Cut

Cedar Street Video to close after 10 years at downtown location

 

Cultures Collide

No surprises, but lots to savor in foodie film ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’

 

Say Uncle

Five types of kids, and how to be their best friend
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Foodie File: Kauboi

Japanese-Western themed unites sushi with whiskey and beefgrill

 

How should Santa Cruz develop downtown around the San Lorenzo River?

Santa Cruz | Artist/Show Promoter

 

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

 

Have Mercy!

Looking for a frisky summer wine at a reasonable price? Look no further than Mercy Vineyards’ 2013 Sauvignon Blanc ($20). Richly textured “with an exotic flavor profile,” the wine reveals aromas of honeydew melon and honeysuckle, with anise appearing as a star attraction. Smidgeons of pineapple and honeycomb add a touch of sexiness to this well-balanced, easy-drinking wine, which pairs well with a variety of cuisine —especially ceviche, calamari and other not-too-heavy foods.