Looking over the hundreds of winners in this year’s Best of Santa Cruz County awards, I’d like to personally thank all of you, our readers, for taking the time to vote for your favorite local restaurants and shops, for the Best Local Band and Best Gym, the Best Reason to Be Late and Best Way to Trick Your Kids.
What, you didn’t vote for those last two categories? Oh, right, that’s because after we here at GT faithfully report all of the winners in our Readers’ Poll, we like to give out our own awards to celebrate some of the quirkier, less-appreciated or downright strange corners of the Santa Cruz experience. We call them “Editors’ Picks” and stash them away at the end of the section, because—let’s be honest—we know they’re not as good as your picks. Still, they can be entertaining in their own right, so we hope after you check up on this year’s awardees and read five facts about some of the ballot winners we’ve profiled, you’ll flip to the back to discover the Best Reason Not to Visit the Forest and Best Little-Known Local History—and read about Mott Jordan, the Santa Cruz illustrator behind this year’s cover artwork.
STEVE PALOPOLI | EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
WINNER PROFILES BY: AMANDA EDWARDS, ANNE-MARIE HARRISON, CAT JOHNSON, STEVE PALOPOLI, JACOB PIERCE, JUNE SMITH, LILY STOICHEFF