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What are your thoughts on the recent homeless camp evictions?

What are your thoughts on the recent homeless camp evictions?

It depends how it's done. I'm against them making a mess behind them because I walk in the Pogonip and I see sometimes a lot of the garbage that they leave around. But at the same time they have a problem and I know that there are resources here in Santa Cruz, and the police should gently but firmly take them to, or show them where to go to get, decent shelter.
Howard Furer
Santa Cruz | Marketing Research 

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What was the best part of your summer?

What was the best part  of your summer?

I went on a bike ride to San Francisco from Santa Cruz. We stopped at Pigeon Point and spent the night in a hostel. And there was this guy singing songs and telling jokes, and it was pretty chill.
Juliet Deamicas
Santa Cruz | Student

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What issues would you like to see Obama and Romney debate?

What issues would you like to see Obama and Romney debate?

Paul Ryan's budget plan and how it does or does not deal with the poor. The Catholic Church wrote a letter saying it doesn't meet with the moral and ethical needs of the poor.
Jonathan Crow
Santa Cruz, Marketing Manager 

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Which is the bigger issue— disenfranchising voters or voter fraud?

Which is the bigger issue— disenfranchising voters or voter fraud?

Disenfranchised voters pose a far greater threat to our democracy than anything that we can imagine, because if we don’t have participation we have the electoral college which will never elect the right person.
Daniel Passino
Capitola, Retired

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What did you grow this summer?

What did you grow this summer?

This summer I mostly grew friendships, I made a lot of new friends and socialized a lot more. It was really good.
Kianna Kimura
Santa Cruz, Cosmotoligist in training 


 

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What are your top five favorite summer activities?

What are your top five favorite summer activities?

Gardening, camping, surfing, beach days, and barbecuing.
Katherine McCamant
Santa Cruz | Restaurant Owner 


 

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What do you think is the difference between organic and conventional produce?

What do you think is the  difference between organic and conventional produce?

I think it has to do with how it's raised and the additives that they put in fertilizer. I think that it's critical that we pay attention to that. And we haven't in the past.
Jane Anglin
Santa Cruz | Retired

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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.