Santa Cruz County Interview Articles

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Publishing in Paradise

Based in California’s most iconic vacation spot, Katherine Hill celebrates Tahoe Guide’s 42nd birthday.

Image caption: Second Harvest CEO Erica Padilla-Chavez (at right) with a group of local Rotary members who helped wrap Holiday Food & Fund Drive barrels.
Setting the Table for Social Change

Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County CEO Erica Padilla-Chavez looks at food insecurity as a symptom of an underlying disorder—one that can be cured.

Image caption: Conservation director Bryan Largay helps the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County choose its priorities.
A Conversation with California Conservationist Bryan Largay

The conservation director of Land Trust of Santa Cruz talks about the highlights of his work, and some of the issues he sees in maintaining California’s parks.

Image caption: Kara Meyberg Guzman is one of the hardest working journalists in the business.
Q&A: Kara Meyberg Guzman of Santa Cruz Local

Meet tiny newsroom co-founder Kara Meyberg Guzman, who has been honored by the Local Independent Online News Publishers Association.

Image caption: A background in documentary filmmaking taught Jeanne LePage how to raise the money needed to make big projects happen.
Biking Toward a Better Future

Ecology Action’s many programs make Central Coast communities greener. But it takes money to keep them running—and that’s where Jeanne LePage comes in.

Image caption: Then-Santa Cruz County Supervisor Ryan Coonerty speaks at a TEDx event in 2020. “As a local official, every day I get to wake up and try to take action to make our community a little bit better place.”
An Interview With Ryan Coonerty

On the Santa Cruz City Council, then as mayor, and then as county supervisor, Ryan Coonerty learned to love politics.

Image caption: For many years, chef Alice Waters has taught young people about the importance of sustainable eating. Now she’s building a new place of learning in Sacramento.
Interview With Alice Waters

The renowned Chez Panisse chef believes we’ve lost our connection to nature—and we’re afraid. She wants to help fix that.

Image caption: Valentin Lopez at the ceremony to remove the bell at Santa Cruz Mission Plaza. To see the full video, visit
Loving the Land

The Amah Mutsun were the first people to care for this part of the Central Coast. Tribal Chairman Valentin Lopez talks about how the modern-day tribe is continuing that quest.

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How Ralph Abraham Made His Chaotic Way to Santa Cruz

In which a pioneer of Dynamical Systems Theory (and its cousin, Chaos Theory) moves from Princeton to ... wait... UC Santa Cruz, California?

Image caption: Stacy Caldwell, right, says the annual Give Back Tahoe campaign has become a “collective giving engine.”
Give Back Tahoe’s Biggest Season

A conversation with Stacy Caldwell, CEO of the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation.

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