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Name two ideas that would make Santa Cruz County even better in 2013.

Name two ideas that would make Santa Cruz County even better in 2013.

Broaden our horizons in terms of welcoming new businesses. Not necessarily just local businesses, but corporations and other bigger stores if they fit. Also, I'd say be a bit more aggressive on handling the homeless problem downtown.
Brian Hamilton
Santa Cruz | Wine and Liquor Salesman

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The Mayan calendar ends on Dec. 21. What’s going to happen?

The Mayan calendar ends on Dec. 21. What’s going to happen?

I believe there will be a change in human consciousness. I don’t think there will be any great disaster or anything like that. I think it will be a slight shift in people's perception of reality.
Grant Stoner
Santa Cruz | Plumber

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What is the most overlooked or under-reported issue of 2012?

What is the most overlooked or under-reported issue of 2012?


Nuclear power. I lived in Japan for over 20 years and I'm really shocked at how few people remember that the Fukushima Nuclear Plant accident just happened a year and a half ago. It's still leaking and it's really sad how the news is being covered up, and I think it's a really important issue. I don’t know how President Obama is responding to it these days, but I was surprised how he believed that the United States needed more nuclear power plants.
Thia Tsuruta
Aptos | Homemaker

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If the old El Palomar Hotel were to be revamped, what would you like to see there?

If the old El Palomar Hotel were to be revamped, what would you like to see there?

I would like to see another restaurant. I'm real partial to pizza, but more kid-friendly food, too. Something with a variety of choices.
Haley Costa
Santa Cruz | Freelance Nanny 

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What’s your take on the economic outlook for 2013?

What’s your take on the economic outlook for 2013?

I think it's looking better than it was in 2012. I'm about to get into the job market in another month, after I graduate, and I'm not really that scared about it. Ryan Freund
Santa Cruz | Student

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Where or how do you think Americans could express more gratitude?

Where or how do you think Americans could express  more gratitude?

It's very simple: You can express all your thoughts in every action. So whatever is troubling them, whatever they want to improve, whatever they're not happy about with the government, they just do it themselves. So that’s how you solve it: just do it. Do the solution.
Amre Amer
Santa Cruz | Programmer

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What slang do you and your friends use that no one else uses?

What slang do you and your friends use that no one else uses?

“Popping off.” Like, what are you doing this afternoon? Gettin' poppin. Oh, are you at work? Poppin' off? Are you hanging out with your friends tonight, you could be a little pop-tart. Popping off. Get it? Poppin'!
Amy Hill
Santa Cruz | Airbrush Technician 

 

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Mercury Enters Libra

It’s the week of Burning Man, the temporary, intentional, alternative, art-filled community on the playas of Nevada. Mercury, messenger of the Sun, enters Libra this week. Libra is the equalizer, a sign of balance and right human relations. Sometimes with Libra, we can be indecisive and confused while learning how to make balanced and right choices. Sometimes to keep the peace we communicate only what others want to hear. Eventually, we learn how to speak from the heart.

 

Final Cut

Cedar Street Video to close after 10 years at downtown location

 

Banter and Spark

Engaging actors, wry script distinguish lightweight rom-com ‘What If’

 

Back to Silicon Beach

With a new wave of startups, the future of Santa Cruz tech looks more promising than ever
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Himalayan Kitchen

Chef Purna Regmi on the secrets of Nepalese cooking

 

What’s the nicest thing you’ve done for someone this week?

Germany  |  Beekeeper

 

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

 

A Cab To Be Coveted

I first tasted Villa del Monte’s 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon at a Fourth of July party, where the hosts had bought a case of it because they love it and didn’t want to run out. It’s one of those wines that will grab you—in the best way—with its full body and rich fruit characteristics.