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If Santa Cruz had a mascot, what would it be? Why?

If Santa Cruz had a mascot, what would it be? Why?

The monarch butterfly, because it's the [most] beautiful thing that I can remember from first visiting Santa Cruz 25 years ago. And I was awed by their population and beauty and grace out by Natural Bridges.

Paul Steeves
Santa Cruz | Unemployed

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If you didn't live in Santa Cruz, where would you live? Why?

If you didn't live in Santa Cruz, where would you live? Why?

Spain, because I love it. I lived there before and I just didn’t get to explore it as much as I would have like to have, and a lot of it reminded me of California. It's very very similar. I can see why they came here.

Shoshoni
Santa Cruz | Friend to the people

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What solution to which problem would help Santa Cruz the most?

What solution to which problem would help Santa Cruz the most?

Rent control. Why are small apartments so expensive to rent?

Ben Rodriguez
Santa Cruz | Construction

 

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What’s another way the county could boost revenue?

What’s another way the county could boost revenue?

I think that it would be better to have more leniency on the permits for small businesses in the city. I think the city would be able to get more revenue if small businesses were able to move through the whole process quicker. I think that would be helpful.

Cheri Chase
Santa Cruz | Business Owner
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What’s the best meal you've had in the county lately? Why?

What’s the best meal you've had in the county lately? Why?

The chicken at Gabriella Cafe. They have this amazing roasted chicken with apricots and currents and capers that is just incredible.
Pauline Fujita
Santa Cruz | Biologist

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If you had a screenplay that takes place in Santa Cruz, what’s the plot?

If you had a screenplay that takes place in Santa Cruz, what’s the plot?

A story about a guy that’s searching for a job that starts after 12:30 because he needs his surfing time. He goes around searching from place to place and keeps getting thrown out.
Mitch Brownstein
Santa Cruz | Surfer

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What’s the best and the worst thing that could come out of assisting Syria?

What’s the best and the worst thing that could come out of assisting Syria?


The worst is clear, getting bogged down in a long civil war and spending another decade with American boots on the ground. And the best would be to be able to stop the conflict and let Syrians live in peace.
Patrick Shields
Santa Cruz | Researcher


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Best of Santa Cruz County 2014

The 2014 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll Come on in, and have a look around. There’s a lot to see—hundreds of winners selected by thousands of GT readers across Santa Cruz County. So if some of this looks familiar, it’s probably because you helped make it happen. But there are always new things to discover, too—you could go to a different winner or runner-up every day in the Food and Drink category alone, and you’d be booked just about until next year’s Best of Santa Cruz County issue comes out.

 

Something Essential Disappears

Lunar and solar eclipses follow one another. Lunar eclipses occur at full moons, and solar eclipses at new moons. Two weeks ago at the full moon we had the blood red moon—a total lunar eclipse (the next one is Oct. 8). On Monday night, April 28 (new moon), as the Sun, Moon and Earth align, a solar eclipse (Sun obscured) occurs. Eclipses signify something irrevocably is changed in our world. The Sun is our essential life force. Monday’s new moon, 9 degrees Taurus, is also an annular solar eclipse when the Moon moves centrally in front of the Sun, yet does not cover the Sun completely. The Sun's outer edges, still visible, form a “ring of fire” around the Moon.

 

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.

 

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Palate-Stretching 101

A wine education with Soif’s experts As a veteran of many weekend wine “seminars” at Soif, I have to confess that I’ve never known less (going in) and learned more (coming out) than I did last week at the Spanish Wine Tasting with ace rep Brian Greenwood. These are classy, casual events and it’s hard to imagine having this much flavor fun anywhere for $20.

 

Martin Ranch Winery

Sauvignon Blanc 2011 One of my favorite wines is Sauvignon Blanc, and this one made by Martin Ranch is particularly lovely. Bright, crisp and refreshing, it’s perfect to pair with fish and shellfish—and good for picnics as it has an easy screw-cap bottle. There’s nothing worse than setting down your blanket, pulling out your sandwiches—and then realizing you don’t have a corkscrew.

 

Foodie File: Red Apple Cafe

Breakfast takes center stage at Gracia Krakauer's Red Apple Cafe Before they moved to Aptos, Gracia and her husband Dan Krakauer would visit friends in Santa Cruz County and eat at the Red Apple Café all the time. Then they moved up here from Santa Monica five years ago, and bought the Aptos location (there’s a separate one in Watsonville) from the family who owned it for two decades.

 

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