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Drought Dramatically Shrinking California Farmland

In the fall, rice fields in the Sacramento Valley usually shine golden brown as they await harvesting. This year, however, many fields were left covered with bare dirt.

(Nov. 25, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Ecosystems and Rural Communities Will Bear the Brunt of Intensifying Drought

Drought, human-caused climate change, invasive species and a “legacy” of environmental issues are permanently altering California’s landscape and placing some communities and ecosystems at increasing risk.

(Nov. 25, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
California Appeals Court Axes District COVID-19 Student Vaccine Mandate

Just 67 percent of 12- to 17-year-olds and and 38 percent of 5- to 11-year-olds have had the primary two-shot COVID-19 vaccine series.

(Nov. 23, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Pandemic Impact Continues at Cal State With Fall 2022 Enrollment Decline

Overall undergraduate enrollment for the Cal State system fell once again, to 404,820 students this fall—about 17,500 fewer students than the previous year.

(Nov. 23, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
Work-From-Home Culture Takes Root in California

New U.S. Census Bureau data shows a large segment of Californians are working from home for part or all of the week. Researchers say the shift will ripple through the broader economy in ways big and small.

(Nov. 23, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
Panel Discusses Supreme Court Case Threatening End of Affirmative Action

A discussion on the possible outcomes of the SCOTUS decision in the case Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard. the online event delved into the impact of banning the consideration of race as a factor during the college admission process.

(Nov. 22, 2022) → Read the full The Sacramento Observer report
California Woman Moves Closer to Canonization as Saint

The woman, who moved to Santa Cruz County in the 1950s, is said to have had visions of Jesus, the Virgin Mary and other Catholic saints.

(Nov. 22, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
Sheriff-Elect Nieto Names Executive Team

“For the last few months, I have been speaking with potential members for my executive management team along with speaking to residents about how the Sheriff’s Office can better serve them,” Tina Nieto said.

(Nov. 22, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
MPC Moves Ahead With Superintendent/President Search

Monterey Peninsula College’s hunt for the next leader of the community college district gathered momentum when the Governing Board of the Monterey Peninsula Community College District finalized and approved the position profile.

(Nov. 22, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
UC Berkeley, Stanford Join Law Schools Abandoning US News Rankings

Top universities, including the law schools of Harvard University and Yale University, will no longer provide data to the publication, alleging the report can be harmful to attracting a diverse set of prospective students.

(Nov. 22, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
10% of California Legislature Now Identifies as LGBTQ

While LGBTQ candidates and their supporters celebrated several milestone victories around the nation in this year’s midterm elections, California quietly reached its own.

(Nov. 22, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
Dungeness Crab Season Delayed Until at Least Dec. 16

Along most of the California coast, whales remain in peril from fishing lines; in the far north, crab meat content is low

(Nov. 22, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
New Law Will Provide Health Insurance Subsidies for Workers During Labor Disputes

The bill, which takes effect in July, was sponsored by the California Labor Federation, California Teamsters Public Affairs Council, and the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.

(Nov. 21, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Report Finds Racial Bias in Hiring Leaders at UC, CSU and Community Colleges

A report from the College Futures Foundation says racial bias plays a role in hiring for executive-level posts at the UCs, CSUs and community colleges.

(Nov. 21, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Biden Gives PG&E $1 Billion to Keep Diablo Canyon Open

The case for nuclear power as a climate solution got a big boost when the Biden administration announced it's giving Pacific Gas & Electric Co. a $1.1-billion grant to help the company keep operating California's last nuclear plant.

(Nov. 21, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
After Election Win, Bonta to Investigate Hospital Algorithms for Racial Bias

California Attorney General Rob Bonta wants to target racial discrimination in health care, including through an investigation of software programs and decision-making tools used by hospitals to treat patients.

(Nov. 21, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
Could These Antiviral Pills Treat Long COVID?

Stanford launches the nation’s first study of an antiviral strategy for long COVID.

(Nov. 21, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
More Than 6,000 Job Cuts Roil Bay Area Economy

Tech and biotech companies have revealed plans for enough job cuts to erase more than 6,000 jobs in the Bay Area.

(Nov. 21, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
Pelosi to Step Down as House Democratic Leader

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will not seek to lead House Democrats for another term, but will remain in Congress.

(Nov. 17, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Eureka Ran Its Chinese Residents Out. Now the Story Is Finally Being Told

Beauty drew Brieanne Mirjah D'Souza to Eureka.

(Nov. 17, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Graphic Novel 'Bipolar Bear' Tackles Sensitive Topics

Theodore is smarter than the average bear. But even he has one hell of a time trying to navigate the health care system.

(Nov. 17, 2022) → Read the full Voices of Monterey Bay report
County Officials Silent After Another Jail Death

The family of the latest inmate to die in the Monterey County Jail plans to seek a second autopsy after the Sheriff’s Office procedure couldn’t determine the cause of death, seemingly a suicide.

(Nov. 16, 2022) → Read the full Voices of Monterey Bay report
Report: San Jose Fire Engine Stopped at Multiple Adult Bars

According to a new report, a San Jose Fire engine stopped at more than one adult entertainment establishment on the night of Oct. 5, when an infamous video was shot.

(Nov. 16, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
New Requirements Allow Nurse Practitioners More Autonomy

The new rules will improve access to health care in many communities where it is lacking, supporters say. Some physicians are concerned the rules will expand the scope of services nurse practitioners provide.

(Nov. 16, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Democrat Malia Cohen Prevails in California State Controller Race

Democrat Malia Cohen has won the race for California controller, beating out a Republican who gave his party its best shot in years to end its losing streak in statewide elections.

(Nov. 16, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Report: California Likely to Have Budget Deficit

California will likely have a $25 billion budget deficit next year, state officials announced—a warning to other states about a potential recession.

(Nov. 16, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Kevin McCarthy Wins GOP Nomination for House Speaker

House Republicans voted to nominate Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy as the next speaker, putting the Bakersfield lawmaker on track to achieve a long-sought ambition.

(Nov. 15, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
Report: Low Screenings, Lack of Treatment

According to a report by the American Lung Association, mixed results slate California as the worst state in the country for lung cancer treatment.

(Nov. 15, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
No Reservations Needed to Visit Yosemite National Park Next Year

For the first time in three years, visitors won't need to book ahead to enter the park in 2023.

(Nov. 15, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Joby Plans to Purchase Poly Campus

Electric aircraft company Joby plans to purchase the Poly building on Encinal Street in Santa Cruz by the end of November.

(Nov. 15, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Community Action Board Launches Fundraiser

For more than 55 years, Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County has launched programs to help people experiencing poverty across Santa Cruz County and the Pájaro Valley, including homelessness prevention, employment and mentoring services for youth and adults, immigration legal services, and crisis response.

(Nov. 14, 2022) → Read the full Voices of Monterey Bay report
California AG Bonta Says State Will Sue 3M, Dupont

Attorney General Rob Bonta sues manufacturers of PFAs, nicknamed “forever chemicals” because they never biodegrade. Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl are present in the bloodstream of nearly all Californians, and are present in a number of household objects; they’ve been linked to birth defects and numerous cancers.

(Nov. 14, 2022) → Read the full The Sacramento Bee report

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