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By Chris Neklason
Published May 13, 2024

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May is Mental Health Month

This week, we note that May is Mental Health Month.  If you live in one of the 10 counties in our coverage area, we include links to groups focusing on supporting your health and well-being below. If not, know that your community has resources available to assist you with information a web search away.

Most importantly, if you or someone in your family is in crisis or having suicidal thoughts, call the California Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline at 988.

Also, as always: Peruse your cureated local News Feed; learn about a local nonprofit doing good work; and check out our Recipe of the Week.


California's Mental Health History

A harrowing number of young people report living in despair, while we witness thousands of our neighbors suffering in the streets. Jon Vankin on the unintended consequenses of a misguided health-care reform effort.


UPDATE: California’s Mental Health Crisis: How We Got Here

The California mental health crisis is tied to both homelessness and rising crime.
How the California mental health crisis emerged out of the state’s history of deinstitutionalization and laws designed to protect the mentally ill, as well as the communities around them.

A Visitation from the Northern Lights

A mega-storm on the sun and earth's magenetic field collabroated on a show over the weekend.


Aurora Borealis in the Santa Cruz Mountains


The Northern Lights appeared in Northern and Central California Saturday night.

Santa Clara County Mental Health Resources

Life is the hardest job there is. Luckily, nobody's in it on their own.

Every community is home to a network of helpers to assist when things become more than one can handle alone.

We’ve gathered a list of Santa Clara County nonprofit community groups with a mission to help people through times of crisis ill health and the challenges of aging or past service in the military.

If things are feeling too heavy or out of control, reach out.

And if you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, call the California suicide prevention and mental health lifeline now at 988.

Recipe of the Week

Our friends at Sacramento Digs Gardening publish a recipe from their gardens every Sunday, which we feature here so you can start your week with some yum.

See more recipes in their Taste Spring! cookbook.


Chilled asparagus soup an elegantly cool dish

Serve the soup chilled but not ice-cold for best flavor. Top with crème fraîche, chopped chives and a blanched asparagus top.
New! Spring asparagus blends well with green garlic


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Direct your browser to https://santaclara.californialocal.com/ to catch up on the latest news in California and Santa Clara County. Bookmark the link and visit often, there's a lot happening in your community!


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Santa Clara’s housing plans are still out of compliance with the state, but the city hopes its newest draft will be the final effort.

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San Jose Spotlight logo San Jose Neighborhood Fights to Preserve Its Identity

After decades of residents requesting historic status, San Jose is starting the process to create a new city landmark district — the first since 2007.

San Jose Spotlight logo San Jose Mulls Diverting Affordable Housing Funds — Again

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• Palo Alto Served by Single Fire Engine Crew

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(05/13/2024) → Palo Alto Online

• Palo Alto Budget Outlook Improves

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(05/09/2024) → Palo Alto Online

• Ice Skating Complex Proposed for Gilroy

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(05/07/2024) → The Mercury News

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• San Jose Proposes $120 million Homelessness Spending in Budget

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• Palo Alto Condos Approved

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Image of City of Saratoga seal. City of Saratoga   (05/11/2024)

Strike While the Iron is Hot at Blacksmithing Demo

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Memorial Day Observance at Memorial Arch Park

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Image of City of Milpitas seal. City of Milpitas   (05/10/2024)

City Releases Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2024 - 2025

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Healthwest Minerals Inc. DBA Mt Capra Products Recalls Goat Milk Formula Recipe Kit and Warns Consumers Against the Use of Product as Infant Formula

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Western Mixers Produce & Nuts, Inc. Recalls Yogurt Covered Pretzels Because of Possible Health Risk

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Voluntary Recall of Select Great Value Organic Black Chia Seeds Due to The Possible Presence of Salmonella

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Image of Town of Los Gatos seal. Town of Los Gatos   (05/10/2024)

Lane Reduction on SB Hwy 17

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Image of State of California seal. State of California   (05/10/2024)

Robert Rivas CA Assembly 29:
May Revise Response - Joint Statement from Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas and Budget Chair Jesse Gabriel

May Revise Response - Joint Statement from Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas and Budget Chair Jesse Gabriel hagamasc Fri, 05/10/2024 - 11:53 Title Press Secretary Email Cynthia.Moreno@asm.ca.gov Phone 916-319-2029 Friday, May 10, 2024 Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas, Budget Chair Jesse Gabriel Respond to Governors May Revision SACRAMENTO, CA On Friday, Speaker of the Assembly Robert Rivas (D-Salinas) and Assembly Budget Committee …
Image of City of Milpitas seal. City of Milpitas   (05/10/2024)

Sign up for AlertSCC - Santa Clara County's Official Emergency Alert System

Sign up for AlertSCC - Santa Clara County's Official Emergency Alert System - today and stay ahead of emergencies!
Image of City of Gilroy seal. City of Gilroy   (05/09/2024)

Gilroy Ceases Negotiations with BayEcotarium

At this time, the City has determined to cease negotiations with BayEcotarium and allow the ENA to expire on June 5, 2024.