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No Home Room

No Home Room

Pacific Collegiate and Santa Cruz City Schools have stalled in negotiations about where to put the students

Pacific Collegiate School is Santa Cruz’s crème de la crème – at least according to U.S. News and World Report, which ranked PCS as the second best public high school in the nation in 2007, or in the opinion of Newsweek, which ranked the local charter school as thirteenth in 2008.

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Town Hall

Paying Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain

Paying Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain

How endorsements happen, and why the Good Times is relieved to stay out of it, for now

Like most newspapers that take themselves seriously, we spend a little time interviewing as many candidates in as many races as we can every time an election rears its head over the horizon like Vladimir Putin on a metaphysical Alaskan invasion. This year, we have been blessed and cursed with four elections. We’d complain, but we know that Gail Pellerin, the county’s hard-working clerk, goes through trials that put ours to shame. Regardless, after each of these interviews, just about every candidate asks the same question just as the conversation is ending, “Do you endorse?”

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Local News

Speak Here or Forever Hold Your Peace

Speak Here or Forever Hold Your Peace

Students and faculty of California universities have grave concerns about the administration’s attitude about their rights

Is free speech still free when you need permission to speak?

Student protests are a big part of campus life. For the past five years, students across the U.S. have vocalized their opposition to the war in Iraq. In California, students have fought alongside university service workers as they demanded fair pay. At the UCs, livid students have continued to protest the University of California’s leading role in the development and manufacturing of America’s nuclear

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Local News

Sympathy With the Devil

Sympathy With the Devil

Is Richard Nash the county’s most dangerous sex offender or most misunderstood artist?

Finding an address can be the difference between freedom and incarceration William Muir, a maintenance employee at the Veterans Memorial Building for the past nine years, is an artist who attempts to spread the joy of art amongst his fellow veterans, especially those down on their luck. On Sept. 22, he met a homeless Vietnam veteran who had just been released from prison, a fellow by the name of Richard Nash. “I did not know him from Adam,” he says. “He’d been out of jail about a week. He told us that he had been incarcerated or institutionalized for 20 years. He didn’t even know what a cell phone was until now. He’s a savant genius.

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Business

Learning in a Gamers' Paradise

Learning in a Gamers' Paradise

UCSC's computer game design program receives a $457,000 donation from Sony

Don’t let the association with toys fool you. Designing video games can be hard work.  Such hard work, in fact, that a group of Sony employees found themselves working nights, weekends and holidays without receiving proper overtime pay. They filed a class action lawsuit against their employer, Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA), in 2005, and in July 2007, they won $8.5 million in overtime from the company.

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Local News

WAMM, Bam, Thank You, Man

WAMM, Bam, Thank You, Man

WAMMfest celebrates a reprieve from city council,

and a national medical marijuana victory

The group attempts to change perceptions, one tent at a time “What’s the point of this? We’re on our way to a marijuana fest and we can’t even smoke there,” complains a tall, blonde woman as she attempts to speedwalk and smoke a joint at the same time. She and her friends are passing through downtown Santa Cruz on their way to WAMMfest and are clearly oblivious to the festival’s point.

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Local News

Brake Through

Brake Through

Local student invents a new progressive brake light system

Many people claim to get their best ideas while driving. Peter Livingston certainly did.

It was in stop-and-go traffic that Livingston, now 18, got the bright idea for his first invention. The car in front of him had stopped quickly and he followed suit. However, the car behind him didn’t get the memo to brake abruptly, and the driver was forced to slam on his brakes, skidding to a dangerous halt.

 

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Environment

Green, Greener, Greenest

City council candidates echo one another’s stances on sustainable transportation

It’s not often that a political forum bursts into song.  It was Rick Longimotti, presenting on behalf of the Committee for a Vibrant Downtown, who began singing Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi” and encouraged those in attendance to join him. After sharing the committee’s reasons for opposing the proposed

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Business

Sole Mates

Sole Mates

They gave corporate America the boot and launched an online, custom- design shoe business. Three years later, the entrepreneurs behind Santa Cruz-based cmax.com are ready to try success on for size

They have a bond tighter than any knot you’d find on a pair of swank sneakers, and enough traction to sprint on the business treadmill for years to come. Most of all, David Solk, Irmgard Kreuzer and Dave Ward have got sole—a lot of it ... enough to make tens of thousands of shoes and then some.

Hear that? It’s Imelda Marcos sighing with envy.

To fully grasp the story of how Santa Cruz became home to three entrepreneurs who kicked corporate America on its rear end only to launch the country’s—perhaps the world’s—hippest cus- tom design online shoe buying business, cmax.com (also known as customatix.com), it’s best to simply put yourself, well, in their shoes. There you are ... working at a behemoth called Adidas, and although you’ve been enjoy- ing your job as an über executive in the high- paced and often frenzied industry, you just crave more. Something’s missing. What, exact- ly, is it? You’ve got a sweet income in a job that allows you to travel around the world. You’re also savvy with marketing and know how to really mass-produce athletic footwear. When you find yourself chatting with colleagues—com- pany employees who are also on the management end of things, a few of them living over- seas—ideas are tossed around. Why not branch out ... form your own company, sell shoes. But take it to another level: do it online and do it in a way nobody else does. You want your e-tailing adventure to allow the customer to design his or her own shoes, really get involved in the process ... make it an inti-mate, personal experience. It would put conventional shoe buying on a tilt, but would it fly? Got $2 million?

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Catwalk on the Wild Side

Meet the artists and designers behind this year’s edition of FashionART, SantaCruz’s most outrageous fashion show

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Watch List

From Google to the government to data brokers, why your privacy is now a thing of the past

 

The Peace Equation

Sunday is the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, a global peace-building day when nations, leaders, governments, communities and individuals are invited to end conflict, cease hostilities, creat 24 hours of non-violence and promote goodwill. Monday is Autumn equinox as the Sun enters Libra (right relations with all of life). The Soul Year now begins. We work in the dark part of the year (Persephone underground) preparing for the new light of winter solstice. Tuesday to Wednesday is the Virgo new moon festival. We know two things about peace. “The absence of war does not signify peace.” And “Peace is an ongoing process.” In its peace-building emphasis, the UNIDP, through education, attempts to create a “culture of peace, understanding and tolerance”. Esoterically we are reminded of the peace equation: “Intentions for goodwill (and acting upon this intention) create right relations with all earth’s kingdoms which create (the ongoing process of) peace on earth.” At noon on Sunday, in all time zones, millions of participating groups will observe a moment of silence for peace on earth. Bells will ring, candles will be lit, and doves released as the New Group of World Servers recite the Great Invocation (humanity’s mantram of direction). To connect with others around the world see www.cultureofpeace.org    Let us join together with the mother (Virgo). Goodwill to all, let peace prevail on earth. The dove is the symbol for the day.
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Sweet Treats

Local cannabis bakers win award for cookies

 

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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

 

Santa Clara Wine Trail

My memories of growing up in England include my mother pouring port after Sunday dinner—and sometimes a glass of sherry before dinner. My family didn’t drink much wine back then, but we certainly made up for it with the port and sherry.