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Signs for Measure M and other ballot measures and candidates line Walnut Avenue in Santa Cruz on Monday. (Stephen Baxter — Santa Cruz Local)


Last county update: 3/5/2024 11:00:00 PM
Supervisor, 2nd District (vote for 1)CandidateTotalBruce Jaffe1434 (17.05%)Tony Crane341 (4.05%)Kristen Brown2757 (32.77%)David Schwartz1639 (19.48%)Kim De Serpa2198 (26.13%)
SANTA CRUZ >> Kristen Brown and Kim De Serpa lead a field of five candidates …


Monica Martinez, right, and Christopher Bradford were the top two vote-getters in the race for District 5 Santa Cruz County supervisor in early results Tuesday night. (Contributed)


Manu Koenig, left, leads Lani Faulkner in the race for District 1 Santa Cruz County supervisor. (Contributed)


Measure K on the March 5 ballot would raise the county sales tax to 9.5% from 9%. Don Walker, owner of Felton True Value Paint & Hardware, makes a sale on Feb. 18. (Nik Altenberg — Santa Cruz Local)


Santa Cruz Local newsletter brief for the week of March 4:


BCycle rental e-bike racks are installed Wednesday on East Cliff Drive at 32nd Avenue in Pleasure Point. (Tyler Maldonado — Santa Cruz Local)
LIVE OAK >> Thirteen new racks for BCycle electric bikes are expected to be installed in Live …


Housing Matters Chief Impact Officer Mer Stafford speaks in front of pallet shelters for unhoused residents at the Housing Matters campus on Coral Street in Santa Cruz in January. (Jesse Kathan — Santa Cruz Local)
SANTA CRUZ >> Santa Cruz …


Watsonville Police Chief Jorge Zamora, in a gray suit, speaks during a Watsonville City Council meeting on Tuesday. (Jesse Kathan — Santa Cruz Local)
WATSONVILLE >> The Watsonville City Council on Tuesday approved $200,000 for a new homelessness outreach program. 


Santa Cruz Local newsletter briefs for the week of Feb. 26:


Parents, students and staff protest proposed layoffs outside a Feb. 21 Live Oak School Board meeting. (Jesse Kathan — Santa Cruz Local)
Get informed on the March 5 electionRead Santa Cruz Local's Election GuideWe break down the local races and …


Shannon Vudmaska, left, hugs her neighbor Erica Bertao on Coral Street where many clients of the Harm Reduction Coalition’s needle exchange live. (Tyler Maldonado — Santa Cruz Local)
SANTA CRUZ >> Three months after a court ruling shuttered a needle …


Santa Cruz Local newsletter briefs for the week of Feb. 19:


Plans to redevelop the Capitola Mall have stalled since 2019. (Jesse Kathan — Santa Cruz Local)
CAPITOLA >> Capitola city staff want to spur development of the Capitola Mall by allowing taller buildings. But hundreds of required affordable homes make …


The Santa Cruz Planning Commission on Thursday night advanced a plan to build a hotel at Front and Laurel Streets with 232 rooms and ground-floor shops, a restaurant, a bar and a cafe.  (BCV Architecture + Interiors)


A 40-unit apartment complex at 900 High St. was approved by the Santa Cruz City Council on Tuesday. (Workbench)
SANTA CRUZ >> A 40-unit apartment complex proposed next to Peace United Church of Christ on High Street was approved by …


Santa Cruz Local newsletter briefs for the week of Feb. 12:


Chatsworth-based Tig/M LLC demonstrates ‘Coast Futura,’ an electric, light-rail tram in Capitola in October 2021. The type of vehicle for Santa Cruz County’s passenger rail project has not been chosen. (Coast Futura — Contributed) 
SANTA CRUZ >> More than 11 …


Santa Cruz Local newsletter briefs for the week of Feb. 5:


West Cliff Drive remains closed to drivers between Almar Avenue and Columbia Street. (Stephen Baxter — Santa Cruz Local)
SANTA CRUZ >> More than 60% of respondents in a recent survey said West Cliff Drive should be one-way. Respondents ranked …

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