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07/19/2024

Tents are set up under the Pajaro River bridge in Watsonville in 2022. (Stephen Baxter — Santa Cruz Local file)
SANTA CRUZ >> Homelessness dropped 36% in the City of Santa Cruz and jumped 60% in Watsonville from 2023 to …

07/18/2024

More than a dozen Scotts Valley residents attend a Santa Cruz Local listening session at Scotts Valley Branch Library in June. (Kara Meyberg Guzman — Santa Cruz Local)
SCOTTS VALLEY >> Some Scotts Valley voters said they wanted more shops …

07/16/2024

Santa Cruz County voters on Nov. 5 will consider a parcel tax for county, city and nonprofit projects to help reduce the risks of wildfires, floods and other catastrophes fueled by climate change. Charred hills are shown near Davenport after …

07/08/2024

Santa Cruz Local newsletter briefs for the week of July 8:

07/05/2024

Assemblymember Gail Pellerin, D-Santa Cruz, and state Sen. John Laird, D-Santa Cruz, discuss state legislation at a June 13 meeting of the Democratic Women’s Club of Santa Cruz County. (Stephen Baxter — Santa Cruz Local file)
SACRAMENTO >> State legislators …

07/05/2024

Swanton Road at Mill Creek on the North Coast was damaged during the CZU Lightning Complex Fire in 2020. (Cal Fire)
Key takeaways

07/05/2024

Leslie Nielsen, center, speaks at a June 4 Santa Cruz Local event that listened to concerns from some Capitola voters. Nielsen is a board member of Capitola’s Business Improvement Association. (Kara Meyberg Guzman — Santa Cruz Local)
CAPITOLA >> A …

07/01/2024

Santa Cruz Local newsletter briefs for the week of June 31:

06/28/2024

Santa Cruz County’s population has declined since 2017, and industries like health care are growing in part because of an aging population. (BW Research Partnership)
SANTA CRUZ >> Santa Cruz County’s job growth has rebounded from the pandemic slower than …

06/27/2024

From left, Nancy Macey, Sandy Rintoul, Peter Gelblum and Evan Morrison share priorities for the November election at a Santa Cruz Local listening session on June 12 in Boulder Creek. (Marcello Hutchinson-Trujillo — Santa Cruz Local)
BOULDER CREEK >> San …

06/26/2024

The Watsonville City Council meets on June 11. (Marcello Hutchinson-Trujillo — Santa Cruz Local)
WATSONVILLE >> Watsonville voters in November will decide whether non-citizens can serve on city advisory commissions. 
The Watsonville City Council Tuesday night voted 5-2 to approve …

06/24/2024

Santa Cruz Local newsletter briefs for the week of June 24:

06/21/2024

A draft route of the rail trail would divert onto streets between Live Oak and Capitola because of a narrow stretch of the rail corridor. The rail line is pictured here at 41st Avenue. (Stephen Baxter — Santa Cruz Local) …

06/21/2024

A bond measure on the Nov. 5 ballot would help improve Watsonville High School and other schools in Pajaro Valley Unified School District. (Stephen Baxter — Santa Cruz Local file)
APTOS >> Voters in Pajaro Valley Unified School District will …

06/17/2024

Santa Cruz Local newsletter briefs for the week of June 17:

06/14/2024

Spruce Street could close to vehicles from Pacific Avenue to the San Lorenzo River levee as part of a proposed Santa Cruz Downtown expansion plan. (Stephen Baxter — Santa Cruz Local)
Key takeaways

06/13/2024

Housing Matters in Santa Cruz said it helped 427 people into homes last year. Other organizations also helped hundreds more find homes. (Stephen Baxter — Santa Cruz Local file)
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06/13/2024

Five of the highest paid Santa Cruz County employees in 2023 were Behavioral Health staff. Many employees work from the county’s Emeline complex. (Michael Warren Mott — Santa Cruz Local file)
SANTA CRUZ >> Four county psychiatrists were the top …

06/10/2024

Santa Cruz Local newsletter briefs for the week of June 10:

06/07/2024

More than 25 people attended a June 6 event at the Capitola Branch Library that explored some solutions to homelessness with “When We Walk By” co-author Kevin F. Adler. (Brianna Buda)
CAPITOLA >> While Kevin F. Adler was growing up …

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