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[whitespace] Mining for Santa Cruz's Riches

By Michael S. Gant

THIS YEAR'S GOLDIES BALLOTING wasn't exactly Super Tuesday; it was more like Super Wednesdays, as floods of returns inundated our new downtown offices each week until we finally had to cry 'Halt!' and start counting. The turnout--mail-in, walk-in, cyber-in--exceeded our expectations and beat the previous voting record by three times, giving us a statistical sampling better than a George W. Bush push poll.

Our readers' thoughtful (if on a few occasions, we noted, self-serving) choices for the county's best people, places and unique treats follow. In more than 100 categories, you've awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze winners (with a couple of exceptions--how many video-rental chains are there, after all?). This list of Readers' Choice will be worth saving: we've already learned about some great new stores, restaurants and personalities, and the results will also be good fodder for dinner-table controversies.

In addition to your choices, we've solicited some selections by our crack staff of editors and critics, who've scoured the county looking for the unusual and the unsung.

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Best Food & Drink
      Reader's Choice
      Critic's Choice

Best Arts
      Reader's Choice
      Critic's Choice

Best Music & Nightlife
      Reader's Choice
      Critic's Choice

Best Goods & Services
      Reader's Choice
      Critic's Choice

Best People & Places
      Reader's Choice
      Critic's Choice

Best Sports & Recreation
      Reader's Choice
      Critic's Choice

Best Write-in

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Credits

Critics' Choices: Kelly Altshuler, Janet Blaser, Bruce Bratton, Michael S. Gant, Traci Hukill, Matt Koumaras, Kelly Luker, Jessica Lyons, Mary Spicuzza, Christina Waters, Bruce Willey, John Yewell, Dan Young

They Also Serve Who Sit and Count: Rob Pratt, Emily Yeast

Design and Production: Foster Barnes, Dan Pulcrano, Marty Stevens, Dianna Woods

Special Thanks: Mary Nestor, Erika Mazzocco, Tami Roadarmel, Lucy Roadarmel, Christopher Samuels, Stuart Stair, Debra Whizin

Photography: George Sakkestad, David Heller, Jeff Kearns

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From the March 22-29, 2000 issue of Metro Santa Cruz.

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