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Boardwalk and Cotton Candy Nothing Bored About It: Just about everyone who voted agreed: the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is the best Place to Take Kids.

Photograph by George Sakkestad


Best People and Places

POLITICIANS COME AND GO, scandals bubble to the surface then sink back into the sediment at the bottom of the small pond where the big fish live, but one constant continues to burrow under the skin of our readers: Metro Santa Cruz columnist Bruce Bratton, our perennial winner as most Irritating Local Personality. Bruce's tireless crusade against the young female entrepreneurs of the Girl Scouts, his insistence on carrying fluoridated water for the medical-dental-chemical complex, his unending litany of bumper-sticker humor--all these grate on the tender sensibilities of our voters. Even his acceptance speech--"As I've said before, I'm not trying to cause any trouble, I'm just trying to straighten everything out. If irritating causes thinking, and thinking causes action and involvement in our community, then I'm honored to have been part of that"--seems carefully calculated to evoke a frisson of pique. That's why we hired him.

In the other categories, we bent the definition of "local" enough to admit George W. Bush as the best Candidate to Recall, even though presidents can't (alas) be recalled. One other anomaly caught our attention: The second-place winner of the Best Place to Take a Personal-Ad Date was simply Metro--whether that means the bus station or our offices we leave to your imagination. The bus station is open at all hours, but we have photos of nude politicians (you know who you are!) in our files.

Best Candidate to Recall

GOLD
George W. Bush

SILVER
Mardi Wormhoudt

BRONZE
Kate Canlis

Best Irritating Local Personality

GOLD
Bruce Bratton

SILVER
Robert Norse

BRONZE
Psychic Susie Stevens

Best Local Politician

GOLD
Fred Keeley

SILVER
Mardi Wormhoudt

BRONZE
Sam Farr

Best Local Scandal

GOLD
DA's Election

SILVER
Borders vs. Bookshop

BRONZE
UCSC Expansion

Best Local Website

GOLD
www.cruzio.com

SILVER
www.goodhumans.com

BRONZE
www.surfridersantacruz.org

Best Park for Dogs

GOLD
Lighthouse Field

SILVER
Its Beach

BRONZE
San Lorenzo Park

Best Park for People

GOLD
Frederick Street Park

SILVER
Natural Bridges

BRONZE
Lighthouse Field

Best People-Watching

GOLD
Pacific Garden Mall

SILVER
West Cliff Drive

BRONZE
The Boardwalk

Best Place to Bring Out-of-Towners

GOLD
West Cliff Drive

SILVER
The Boardwalk

BRONZE
West Cliff Drive

Best Place to Take a Personal-Ad Date

GOLD
Crow's Nest
2218 E. Cliff Dr., SC
476.4560

SILVER
Metro (Bus station or Metro Santa Cruz)

BRONZE
West Cliff Drive

Best Place to Take Kids

GOLD
The Boardwalk

SILVER
The Beach

BRONZE
Natural Bridges

Best Startup Company

GOLD
RangeStar Wireless

SILVER
Goodhumans

BRONZE
Grey Wolf Computers

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Readers' Choice Awards

Best Food & Drink
Best Music & Nightlife
Best Goods & Services
Best Sports & Recreation
Best Arts
Best Write-Ins

Critics' Choice Awards

Jesse Davis: All the Shoes That Fit
Stuart Finch: Rock Balancing Act
Isabel Piekarski: Latin Dance Sensation
Juan Cuellar: Compassionate Warrior
Nate Brunskill: Film Fanatic
Warren Odell: Tour Guide to an Anomaly
Sarah Gerhardt: Woman Who Rides Mountains
Seema Weatherwax: Late-Blooming Photographer
Stephanie Smith: Student of the Sciences
Theo Paige: The Not.So.Mad Fiddler

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From the March 21-28, 2001 issue of Metro Santa Cruz.

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