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Auto Immune

Open Streets takes over Capitola this weekend

Over tea at the new Midtown Cafe, Saskia Lucas and I are chatting about Open Streets. The founder and director of Open Streets Santa Cruz County, Lucas playfully calls the event a gateway drug.

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News Briefs: Work It, Measure F

ReelWork May Labor Day Film Festival, Measure F

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Pushing the Limits

Pushing the Limits

Does Santa Cruz need campaign finance reform?

Every competitor knows the importance of setting clear rules before the start of a game, tournament or season—whether it’s a pick-up game in the park or the NBA. Should an election be any different? Of course not.

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Running the Odds

Running the Odds

With the Santa Cruz City Council race on the horizon, we look at who is likely to vie for a seat

If the Santa Cruz City Council race were the World Series of Poker, two former champions would be holding strong hands as they weigh the pros and cons of running for re-election.

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Up to Speed

Up to Speed

Newly approved state funding means better broadband infrastructure for Santa Cruz County

Streaming an episode of “Game of Thrones” is serious business. When swept away to such a realm of suspense, there’s no bigger mood killer than the constant fits and starts of a slow Internet connection—imagine, if you will, a sudden stop just as the infamous “Red Wedding” scene begins to unfold. We frantically hit reload, let slip a few choice curse words, or maybe shake angry fists at the Internet gods.

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Shuttle Crock

Shuttle Crock

Hitting the brakes on our tech brain drain

Shawn Glanton is standing on Front Street in Downtown Santa Cruz gripping a shiny metal thermos filled with Hawaiian-blend coffee. The early morning sun is creeping over the trees of San Lorenzo Park, and one of Glanton’s coworkers is standing beside him. More arrive over the next 10 minutes—some of them on bicycles and Razor scooters, many hauling backpacks and messenger bags.

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An Accident Waiting to Happen

An Accident Waiting to Happen

Is there hope for fixing traffic congestion near Pajaro Valley High School?

On a recent Monday afternoon, amidst the shriek of whistles and the far-off shouts of coaches, Fourth District County Supervisor Greg Caput holds up his arms in bewilderment and shakes his head.

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News Briefs: Safety in Numbers, When a Tree Falls

Watsonville will vote on Measure G, Heritage tree on chopping block in Santa Cruz

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The Eyes and Ears of Pacific Avenue

The Eyes and Ears of Pacific Avenue

A new survey explores public perceptions of the City of Santa Cruz’s Hospitality Guide Program 

Whether she is dealing with an intoxicated man spewing insults, a business owner saying hello, or a tourist looking for the best place to buy an umbrella, 16-year veteran of the Hospitality Guide Program Gina Ramirez rarely loses her smile.

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The Cost of War

The Cost of War

Kathy Kelly’s eyewitness reports from the U.S. War in Afghanistan

As a longtime Christian-based peace activist, Kathy Kelly visits places on Earth where violence is the norm and war is all around. She recently returned from her twelfth trip to Afghanistan, where the United States’ war has displaced 400 people per day, according to Amnesty International.

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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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Foodie File: Beer Thirty

Cups runneth over at Soquel’s new beer garden

 

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.