Santa Cruz County Local News: Elections & Politics


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05/02/2024
The Scotts Valley Unified School District is looking into a bond measure on the November ballot to fund upgrades and improvements to classrooms and facilities.

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05/01/2024
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Unless California solves its housing crisis, the state will lose more congressional seats and could shift the political alignment of the whole country

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05/01/2024
Hundreds of UCSC students and faculty participated in a peaceful march to the Quarry where several dozen protestors set up tents.

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04/26/2024
A bill to rein in a proposed monthly fee on California electric bills would let California’s largest for-profit utility companies charge customers $24 per month — with fees as low as $6 for lower-income customers — as a kind of membership fee for the power grid.

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04/21/2024
California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s new ad blasts GOP efforts to make it harder for people to leave states with abortion bans and seek treatment elsewhere.

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04/17/2024
Alejandro N. Mayorkas, a Cuban immigrant who grew up in California, is the first U.S. Cabinet official impeached in nearly 150 years.

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04/12/2024
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After months of work promoting Measure N—efforts that included going door to door in the vast Pajaro Valley Health Care District (PVHCD)—officials can now begin to envision how they will use the $116 million to improve Watsonville Community Hospital.

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04/11/2024
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A new bill would make it illegal for homeless residents to camp in certain places, such as near schools, throughout California. Its authors say such a ban has had great success in San Diego. But a closer look at that city paints a more nuanced picture.

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04/09/2024
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In an analysis of more than 1 million votes cast by current legislators since 2017, CalMatters Digital Democracy reporter Ryan Sabalow and CBS Sacramento reporter Julie Watts found that Democrats vote “no” less than 1% of the time on average.

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04/08/2024
Anti-tax groups in California have qualified a measure for the November ballot that would make raising state and local taxes much more difficult. It’s a showdown that’s been building for nearly five decades.

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04/04/2024
The Santa Cruz County clerk officially certified the March 5 election vote count on April 2.

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04/02/2024
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Some of California’s top lawmakers want to clear up, but also rein in, the “builder’s remedy.”

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03/29/2024
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The state is considering zeroing out funds for CalWORKS family stabilization and job subsidy programs to help balance the budget.

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03/27/2024
Presidential hopeful Robert F. Kennedy Jr. chose Oakland to announce his vice presidential pick on Tuesday, so it wasn’t too much of a shocker that his pick was Nicole Shanahan, a Bay Area tech attorney and philanthropist.

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03/25/2024
A judge ruled GOP Reps. Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene can move forward with their lawsuit against two California cities where rallies were canceled.

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03/25/2024
Lawyers from the conservative Christian group that won the case to overturn Roe v. Wade are returning to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday in pursuit of an urgent priority: shutting down access to abortion pills for women across the country.

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03/21/2024
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Nonprofit CEO Monica Martinez has dominated in her race against three others in the Santa Cruz County Fifth District primary election.

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03/08/2024
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Watsonville’s Measure N is holding steady at 68.5% of the vote, just over the 66.6% majority needed to pass.

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03/08/2024
Incumbent Manu Koenig still leads challenger Lani Faulkner as ballot counting continues.

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03/08/2024
Santa Cruz City Council District 2 incumbent Sonja Brunner maintained her lead over challenger Hector Marin.
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