Jake Pierce

Staff Writer

Foodie File: Caffe Lucio

Lucio Fanni and Mirjam Kuusik of Caffe Lucio are bringing a little outrageousness to the Soquel Avenue scene. Photo by Chip Scheuer.

Lucio Fanni has owned restaurants in the San Francisco and Santa Cruz areas for 27 years. For the past seven, he has owned Caffe Lucio on Soquel Avenue, where he works with partner Mirjam Kuusik—with whom he has two kids and a yellow Labrador Retriever that frequents the restaurant. The restaurant has a flavor all…

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35 Reasons to Love Fall

Open studios: South County Oct. 6–7, North County Oct. 13–14, Encore Weekend Oct. 20–21.

Any local knows the only things that set alongside the summer sun are the crowds and the vague sense of guilt for choosing to stay inside on a nice day. In order to celebrate the best time of year in our neck of the (red)woods, we’ve compiled a list of 35 can’t-miss fall arts and culture events.

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Last Chapter for Gateways

Borders, which has begun closing its Santa Cruz store along with 200 others nationwide, isn’t the only local bookselling casualty of this foot-dragging recession. Gateways Books closed its doors on Saturday, March 26, ending a 32-year run for the nonprofit spiritual bookstore. In the 5,000-square-foot emporium’s final days, its vast book collection dwindled to a few small volumes on mostly empty shelves.

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Desalination Survey In

Just over half of Santa Cruz city residents support the much talked-about desalination plant proposal, according to a phone survey sponsored by the desal task force. A reported 54 percent of respondents called the plan to build a desalination plant a “good” or “excellent idea,” while 30 percent called it a “poor” or “not too good idea.”

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