Best Derby Girl
- Ima Hotmess isn’t skating right now after breaking her ankle, but she coaches the Santa Cruz Derby Girls team, as well as the junior team.
- Mom of a derby family—her husband, Neoscorin, is a referee and co-coach, and her son, Killa Kee, is a junior referee.
- She started skating seven years ago.
- Ima came from Monterey Bay Derby Dames, where she used to be the team captain.
- When she’s not coaching, she is working at Skateworks … and thinking about coaching. GEORGIA JOHNSON
Best Dog Park
Frederick Street Park
- Frederick Street Park is one of nine off-leash dog areas in the city of Santa Cruz.
- It is known for its oceanside view of the harbor.
- There are water fountains on site to allow pooches and humans to hydrate after all that running around.
- Also features a fenced-in area. Who’s a safe doggie? Is it you? Oh yes it is! Oh yes it is!
- Did you forget your poop bag? Don’t worry, you can find plenty on site. GJ
- Nobody knows for sure how much of Seabright is in the mysteriously defined area known as “Midtown.” If someone tells you they know, don’t believe them.
- If you spend any serious amount of time in Seabright, you will end up at Day’s Market at least once. It’s just a thing that happens. Try to not go there. You can’t.
- On any given weekend morning, Seabright has a larger per capita percentage of people waiting to be seated for breakfast than anywhere in Santa Cruz County—possibly the world.
- Most summer nights after dark, the many fires on Seabright Beach make it look like something out of a Mad Max movie, only without all the black leather. Okay, sometimes there’s black leather.
- Seabright Beach was once home to a bathhouse shaped like a castle. It was built around 1900 and demolished in 1967, so if that sounds like fun, you missed your window. STEVE PALOPOLI
Best Nonprofit Group
- Founded by two UCSC students in 1973, Grey Bears delivers fresh produce and healthy staples to more than 4,000 Santa Cruz County seniors each week.
- Last year, they delivered 2.3 million pounds of produce and foods, totaling more than 1.9 million meals.
- Grey Bears operates two recycling centers, a thrift store, a computer electronics store and bookstore.
- They had more than 700 volunteers in 2016.
- They recently installed solar panels to their thrift store at 2650 Chanticleer Ave. Ninety-three percent of their electrical use is now solar-powered. GJ
East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz
RUNNERS-UP Capitola Beach, Twin Lakes Beach
West Cliff Drive
RUNNERS-UP Nisene Marks, Wilder Ranch
400 Beach St., Santa Cruz,
RUNNERS-UP Carousel, Log Ride
RUNNERS-UP Alicia Moss, Def Jen Wreckers, Shamrock N. Roller
168 Frederick St., Santa Cruz
RUNNERS-UP Aptos Polo Grounds, Its Beach
Monterey Bay Certified Farmers Market at Cabrillo College
6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, 728-5060
RUNNERS-UP Downtown, Westside
Local Athlete (non-Derby)
RUNNERS-UP Tobin Ortenblad, Luke Rockhold
RUNNERS-UP Pleasure Point, Westside
2710 Chanticleer Ave, Santa Cruz
RUNNERS-UP Homeless Garden Project, Save Our Shores
Place of Worship
210 High St., Santa Cruz
RUNNERS-UP Inner Light Ministries, Land of Medicine Buddha, Peace United Church of Christ
Place to Walk/Jog/Hike
West Cliff Drive
RUNNERS-UP Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, Wilder Ranch State Park
Land of Medicine Buddha
5800 Prescott Road, Soquel
RUNNERS-UP 1440 Multiversity, Mount Madonna Institute
Seascape Beach Resort
1 Seascape Resort Drive, Aptos
RUNNERS-UP Chaminade Resort & Spa, Hollins House