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By Sharan Street
Published Sep 11, 2023

The Sacramento region may be the center of state politics, but it’s also a world-class destination for serious athletes. Find out more in our guide to running in the Capital region. The Sacramento region may be the center of state politics, but it’s also a world-class destination for serious athletes. Find out more in our guide to running in the Capital region. Image credit: James Pintar   Shutterstock

The Lighter Side of … California Local

Regular readers of this newsletter may have observed California Local’s tendency to either wonk out on policy issues or hone in on existential threats to California in particular, or humankind in general. This week we’re taking a break for some less weighty fare. You’ll find that we’re fully focused on the people and places that make the Golden State shine a little brighter.


On Your Marks…

Yesterday, Sac Running Week got off the starting block. This weeklong event culminates on 9/16 with a celebration of the 916 running community at Bike Dog Brewing in West Sacramento. But no worries if you don’t have time to unleash your inner sprinter right away. California Local’s Tamara Warta has a rundown of events, clubs, trails and specialty stores of interest to runners in the Capital region, stretching from the Yolo Bypass to Lake Tahoe.

To further inspire feats of athletic prowess, check out Graham Womack’s list of ten top California athletes. Because even if you don’t include legends like Willie Mays or Magic Johnson, who were born elsewhere but became stars here, many of the greats grew up in our state.


Running Around California’s Capital Region

Run to Feed the Hungry participants raise funds for Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services.
From marathoners to casual joggers, enthusiasts can take advantage of the Sacramento region’s diverse trails, terrain, and competitive events.

Golden State All-Stars

California has produced a stellar field of athletes in many different sports. The hard part is just naming 10.
Ten of the greatest athletes born or raised in California.


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


Make ’Em Laugh

California breeds superstars in many fields of human endeavor, including, of course, show business. Writer Libby Molyneaux takes a closer look at one specific corner of the entertainment industry and finds that California isn’t just the state that launched a thousand quips. We also nurture our own home-grown comedians, from San Francisco’s Margaret Cho to San Diego’s Gabriel Iglesias.


Califunny

Margaret Cho, George Lopez, Tiffany Haddish and eight other California-bred comedians offer unique perspectives on their home state.
Plenty of East Coast comedians make California the butt of their jokes. Here are some locals who’ve earned the right to make fun of this place.

Anatomy of an Arts Enclave

In addition to writing about our state’s cultural strengths, we also celebrate the accomplishments of local communities. In a recent piece, writer Richard von Busack compiled a short but wide-ranging list of arts institutions in Monterey County. It’s a history that goes back decades, nurtured by natural beauty. “The visual drama of this peninsula, on the brink of the vast blue depths of the bay, has attracted the artist and the artsy alike,” he writes.


Arts History

A 1911 production of “Twelfth Night” at the Forest Theater.
Performing arts centers, galleries, theater troupes, music festivals—here are 20 reasons why the Monterey Bay is a haven for arts lovers.


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The Santa Cruz Baroque Festival has been active since 1974, presenting early music as it sounded in its own era. Members strive for artistic excellence while transmitting the joy of Baroque music to future generations.

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Good Times logo Report Suggests Delaying Cabrillo Name Change

Cabrillo trustees to vote Sept. 11 whether to delay renaming the college until 2028.

Press Banner logo Felton Farmers’ Market to Host Apple-A-Day Festival

The Felton Farmers’ Market is hosting the Apple-A-Day Festival on Sept. 12, a celebration that has become a beloved tradition over the past decade.

Press Banner logo Report Highlights Workforce Needs in Santa Cruz County

The 2023 State of the Workforce report by the Workforce Development Board shows that the local economy is experiencing a robust post-pandemic recovery.

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Zeke Fraser has a lot on his desk, both figuratively and literally, but the new fairgrounds CEO took time to step away from his paperwork-lined desk for a quick chat.

The Pajaronian logo PVUSD Kicks Off Superintendent Search

The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees has hammered out a loose timeline and some of the desired characteristics in a new leader.

Good Times logo Two Leaders Vying for District 2

Two women are running for outgoing Supervisor Zach Friend’s seat on the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors.

San Lorenzo Valley Post logo Felton Pump Track Proposal Raises Concerns

Debate is in full swing over a proposed pump track in Felton Covered Bridge Park.

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Recent Local News

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• $7 Million Project Begins to Rebuild Historic Capitola Wharf

Construction crews are set to begin work next week on a $7.7 million project to rebuild and reopen this seaside town’s wharf, which was wrecked in winter storms.

(09/10/2023) → Santa Cruz Sentinel

• Rep. Jimmy Panetta Hosts Storm Recovery Roundtable in Capitola

“We’re going to have another storm; we’re going to have another extreme weather event,” said Rep. Jimmy Panetta. “I’m obviously proud of what happened in regards to the response, but I also know it wasn’t perfect ... and that’s where we can get better.”

(09/06/2023) → Santa Cruz Sentinel

• Watsonville Planning Commission Clears Way for Council Vote on Downtown Plan

Planning commissioners unanimously approved city staff's recommendation for the council to adopt the Downtown Watsonville Specific Plan.

(09/06/2023) → Santa Cruz Sentinel

• Call of the Wild

Daniel Laggner, founder of Santa Cruz-based Wildstag Provisions, is on a mission to protect American wildlife by selling free range game meat.

(09/05/2023) → Edible Monterey Bay

• Short Road, Long Journey to a Michelin Star

This summer’s Michelin star recognition for Chez Noir in Carmel, granted within 10 months of its opening, might seem sudden. It’s not.

(09/05/2023) → Edible Monterey Bay

• Santa Cruz to Enliven Midtown Parking Lot for Holiday Season

The city of Santa Cruz Economic Development Department is seeking proposals from vendors of all flavors, but preferably peppermint or pumpkin spice, to fill the parking lot in Midtown Santa Cruz from October to New Year’s Day.

(09/05/2023) → Santa Cruz Sentinel
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Recent Statewide News

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• No Classes? No Lectures? Still Get Your Degree? Yes, Under an Experimental New System at California Community Colleges

Eight community colleges in California are testing out a new education model, one that defines success by the skills a student learns, not the time they spend in a classroom. But changing the traditional education system isn’t easy.

(09/11/2023) → CalMatters

• New Bill Comes to Rescue When California Public Records Requests Are Denied

A bipartisan bill would create a state ombudsperson to intervene when public records requests are denied. But an advocacy group is concerned that it will encourage state agencies to go to court.

(09/11/2023) → CalMatters

• Sign? Or Veto? What Will Gov. Newsom do With These Controversial Bills?

The Legislature is approving lots of significant bills in the final days of the session. But the final call is up to the governor, and he isn’t shy about using his veto pen.

(09/10/2023) → CalMatters

• Why Aren’t Kids Going to School? After Pandemic, Chronic Absenteeism Hitting Crisis Levels

Nearly a third of K-12 students statewide were chronically absent in 2020-21, more than three times the pre-pandemic rate. Some school officials fear that pattern is becoming the new normal.

(09/06/2023) → CalMatters

• California’s Wildfire Smoke and Climate Change: 4 Things You Need to Know

California wildfires every year emit as much carbon as almost 2 million cars, posing a threat to efforts to battle climate change.

(09/04/2023) → CalMatters
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Government Announcements

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9/11/2023 - California Coastal Commission Awards $780,000 Grant to Support Santa Cruz County's Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment

Image of County of Santa Cruz seal. County of Santa Cruz   (09/06/2023)

On Coastal Cleanup Day, a Focus on Toxic Tobacco Butts

Image of County of Santa Cruz seal. County of Santa Cruz   (09/06/2023)

En el día de la limpieza de la costa, un enfoque en las colillas de tabaco tóxicas

Image of County of Santa Cruz seal. County of Santa Cruz   (09/01/2023)

Introducing the Oral Health Access - Local Progress Page: A One-stop Resource For Santa Cruz County Data

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Presentamos la página de progreso local del acceso a la salud bucal: un recurso integral para los datos del condado de Santa Cruz

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Opioid Settlement Fund Town Halls in English and Spanish

Image of County of Santa Cruz seal. County of Santa Cruz   (08/25/2023)

Reuniones Sobre los Fondos del Acuerdo de Concilación Sobre Opiodes en Ingles y Español

Image of County of Santa Cruz seal. County of Santa Cruz   (08/22/2023)

8/22/2023 - Board Approves Purchase of Future County Park

Image of County of Santa Cruz seal. County of Santa Cruz   (08/21/2023)

8/21/2023 - Clear the Shelters (and the Shop)!! Reduced and free adoptions, and deals on treasures at the Benefit Shop

Image of County of Santa Cruz seal. County of Santa Cruz   (08/18/2023)

8/18/2023 - Clear the Shelters (and the Shop)!! Reduced and free adoptions, and deals on treasures at the Benefit Shop