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What You Need to Know to vote in the November 8, 2022 General Election

The Santa Cruz County Elections Department is located at 701 Ocean St, Room 310, Santa Cruz. The office is open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Phone 831-454-2060 for more information.  Register to vote online at registertovote.ca.gov by …


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November 8 Election: SLV Fire District Candidates

Boulder Creek Fire Protection District The Boulder Creek Volunteer Fire Department is led by a five-person Board of Directors. The District encompasses 21 square miles of mountainous terrain and serves over 7,000 citizens. 40 volunteers respond to approximately 1,300 calls …


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November 8 Election: Cabrillo College Trustee Candidates

Cabrillo Community College Governing Board Member, Trustee The Governing Board’s focus for the 2022-2023 school year includes increasing diverse enrollment, addressing equity gaps, offering various training programs related to the regional labor market, developing student housing, and increasing funding. The …


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November 8 Election: San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District Candidates

The San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District Governing Board is responsible for overseeing the district's finances, setting policy, and hiring the superintendent. Currently, one of the district’s pressing challenges is academic recovery after two years of pandemic protocols. Trustees are …


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November 8 Election: SLV Water District Candidates

California’s General Election is Tuesday, November 8 with mail-in ballots arriving around October 10.  Here are the candidates running for San Lorenzo Valley Water District Board of Directors.   The SLVWD Board of Directors is responsible for setting the district's …


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A Perspective on the SLV Water District and the SLV

By Mark Dolson When our family moved to Ben Lomond in 1995, I learned to write monthly checks to PG&E for energy and to San Lorenzo Valley Water District (SLVWD) for water. In the years ahead, I became painfully aware …


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Measure T: Boulder Creek Rec Parcel Tax Measure

Boulder Creek and Brookdale residents served by the Boulder Creek Recreation and Parks District will be voting on a parcel tax measure on the November ballot. The synopsis of the measure reads: To improve and build large capital and infrastructure …


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Downtown Boulder Creek Launches Bench Adoption Program

By Julie Horner Members of the Boulder Creek Business Association and representatives from the County of Santa Cruz, 5th District Supervisor Bruce McPherson’s office, and community advocates met in front of Scarborough Lumber at Boulder Creek Hardware on Wednesday morning, …


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Peach Elderberry Syrup with California Poppy

By Alison Steele American Black Elderberry is hands down my favorite plant growing in the Santa Cruz Mountains. It wasn’t enough for me to tag and forage these native berries. I had to cultivate them in the back corners of …


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Boulder Creek Community: A United Voice

By Taylor Kimble As the world struggled with COVID-19 and its various complications, the Santa Cruz Mountains faced yet another life-threatening obstacle in August 2020: the CZU Lightning Complex Fire. The fire forced mountain residents to evacuate their homes and …


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San Lorenzo Valley Home Prices Hold Steady

By M.C. Dwyer Did you know the unemployment rate is down to just 3.5% — tied for the lowest rate since 1969? This helped push wages about 5% higher than this time last year and may reduce chances of recession. …


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September Garden: Digging and Dividing

By Josh Reilly Time seems to slow down slightly in August. It’s too hot to do anything but water. But then September arrives, and suddenly there is almost too much to do. Time to plant your Fall garden — broccoli, …