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After 11 Years on the Rise, Santa Cruz Home Prices Take a Dip

Home prices in Santa Cruz County have leveled off in recent months, and have even begun dropping. Multiple listing service data show a two-month decline in prices in the county.

(July 1, 2022) → Read the full Lookout Local report
California Bill to Split Coroner-Sheriff Offices Moves Ahead in Legislature

California is one of three states that allows counties to combine the offices of the coroner and sheriff, and in most of the state’s counties, the elected sheriff also acts as the county’s coroner, investigating the cause and manner of deaths. But that could soon change.

(June 30, 2022) → Read the full The Californian report
California Lawmakers Give Nod to $307.9B Budget

California lawmakers have approved a spending plan that includes sending cash to most taxpayers to help offset record-high gas prices. The budget continues a turnaround for the nation’s most populous state, which just two years ago raised taxes and slashed spending.

(June 29, 2022) → Read the full The Californian report
Santa Cruz Sets Pogonip Meadow Cleanup Start

After years of indecision prompted by uncovered lead contamination, city leaders have voted to launch the environmental cleanup process on a lower meadow of the Pogonip as early as June 2024.

(June 29, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz County Sentinel report
Battle Over Soquel Project Gets Loud

Vocal neighborhood opponents turned out at a discussion of a Project Homekey project on the border of Aptos, Soquel and Capitola, but so did fervent fans of affordable housing. That project would add 36 units to an area that is unaccustomed to growth.

(June 29, 2022) → Read the full Lookout Local report
Cal Fire Unit Chief Predicts Busy Fire Season for Santa Cruz County

In a presentation to the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, Santa Cruz County and Cal Fire San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit Fire Chief Nate Armstrong reviewed the state of county fire services and the outlook for 2022. In short, “It looks grim as always.”

(June 29, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz County Sentinel report
The Latest on ‘Shark Park’

The seasonal fear of summer shark attacks spiked when a swimmer was attacked by a shark while at Lovers Point in Pacific Grove. Then last week came social media footage of a 9½-foot great white spotted in the area of Soquel Cove known as “Shark Park.”

(June 28, 2022) → Read the full Lookout Local report
Santa Cruz Adds 135 Spaces at Armory Homeless Shelter

City officials voted unanimously to expand a contract with the nonprofit hired to operate a homeless shelter program in Delaveaga Park. As early as mid-August, the Salvation Army will open a 60-space shelter program inside National Guard Armory.

(June 28, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz County Sentinel report
Out-of-State Patients Increase as Planned Parenthood Ramps Up Regional Services

Officials say Planned Parenthood’s Mar Monte region are planning for 250 to 500 out-of-state patients seeking abortions each year across its 35 centers. Centers in Watsonville and downtown Santa Cruz are each seeking to hire one full-time provider.

(June 28, 2022) → Read the full Lookout Local report
Santa Cruz County Voter Turnout Exceeds Historic Low Mark

On June 17, the Santa Cruz County Elections Department announced that more than 12,000 additional votes had been counted, bringing the total to 61,428 or 36.6%. With that, the electorate dodged the historic low of 34.8%, set in 2014.

(June 17, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz County Sentinel report
Metallic Balloon Sparks Outage for Thousands of Santa Cruzans

More than 6,000 PG&E customers in the city of Santa Cruz experienced a power outage on June 17. PG&E crews attributed the incident to a metallic balloon tangled in power equipment.

(June 17, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz County Sentinel report
Project Homekey Award to Fund New Apartment Complex

Santa Cruz County has been granted a second Project Homekey award: a $10.7 million grant to build a 36-unit apartment building in Soquel.

(June 17, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz County Sentinel report
Resource Conservation District Gets $390,000

Cal Fire has awarded the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts a “Wildfire Resilience” block grant to support 10 resource conservation districts statewide in helping both public and private landowners with forest management.

(June 16, 2022) → Read the full Times Publishing Group report
Santa Cruz Juneteenth Marks 30 Years of Celebration

Raymond Evans hosted the first Santa Cruz Juneteenth events 30 years ago. Since then, it has grown from a single event at London Nelson Community Center to this year’s two-day celebrations, planned by a committee of about 10 members.

(June 16, 2022) → Read the full Lookout Local report
Community Leader Says the Outdoors Can Feel Scary, Non-Inclusive

Esabella Bonner, the 27-year-old who founded Black Surf Santa Cruz, tells Lookout Santa Cruz that although she grew up in Santa Cruz, she didn't consider entering the ocean until two years ago.

(June 16, 2022) → Read the full Lookout Local report
RTC Faces Future After Decisive Vote on Rail Trail

At the first meeting of the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission board after the definitive “no” vote on Measure D, the question remained: Where do we go from here?

(June 16, 2022) → Read the full Lookout Local report
Family Service Agency of the Central Coast Pinched by CORE Funding Cut

For the first time in four decades of working with the county and city of Santa Cruz, the Family Service Agency of the Central Coast did not receive funding for its mental health programs and services.

(June 15, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz County Sentinel report
Cabrillo College Renaming on Track for Final Decision

Students, staff, the Native American community and Cabrillo Foundation supporters have chimed in on a possible name change for Cabrillo College. President Matt Wetstein says student and Indigenous voices must be prioritized, and the decision could be made this fall.

(June 15, 2022) → Read the full Lookout Local report
Efficient Water Usage Prevents Further State Cutbacks for Santa Cruz

While water use climbs for much of the rest of California, Santa Cruz’s efficient use of water and reliance on local water resources have earned the city an exemption from new statewide emergency water use restrictions.

(June 15, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz County Sentinel report
Downtown Library Vote Moves Toward November Ballot

County Clerk Tricia Webber has confirmed that 4,912 of the signatures gathered by Our Downtown, Our Future are valid. Now, critics of Santa Cruz’s downtown library project can place their concerns before voters.

(June 15, 2022) → Read the full Lookout Local report
Santa Cruz ‘Benchlands’ Homeless Camp Closure Delayed

Some 300 tents remain in the San Lorenzo Park Benchlands. The planned closure of the city’s largest sanctioned homeless encampment has been pushed back from next month to late summer, city officials announced.

(June 14, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz County Sentinel report
Study: California’s Red Flag Law May Have Prevented 58 Gun Massacres

As Congress weighs red flag laws in response to anger over mass shootings, a new study from UC Davis shows that California’s six-year-old law disarmed 58 people who were threatening a gun massacre.

(June 14, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz County Sentinel report
When Teddy Visited Santa Cruz County

When President Theodore Roosevelt took his case for conservation directly to the public with a 1903 tour of the west, he stopped in Pajaro, Watsonville and Santa Cruz.

(June 12, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz County Sentinel report
Soquel Union Elementary School District Parents Face Issues of Low Teacher Pay, High Turnover

About 30 parents in the Soquel Union Elementary School District has taken action, circulating a petition with more than 600 signatures that asks for a reckoning in a district paying among the lowest wages in Santa Cruz County.

(June 10, 2022) → Read the full Lookout Local report
PG&E Pleads Not Guilty in Charges Related to Deadly 2020 Wildfire

Pacific Gas & Electric pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and other charges in connection with the Zogg Fire, which killed four people and destroyed hundreds of homes in Northern California two years ago. A preliminary hearing was set for January.

(June 10, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
County’s Preeminent Politico Weighs a Run for Santa Cruz Mayor

Fred Keeley has been in politics for a half-century. Is he the person who can help the city of Santa Cruz navigate a tricky time for local governance? His supporters hope and believe so.

(June 9, 2022) → Read the full Lookout Local report
County Supervisors Move Ahead With Service Programs Funding Request

The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to move forward with a proposal to fund numerous social service programs. The vote encountered opposition from the public, both in person and online. The final vote will be June 28.

(June 9, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz County Sentinel report
Santa Cruz County Officials Prepare for Self-Reliance in Disasters

Between the coronavirus pandemic to the destructive CZU Lightning Complex fire, Santa Cruz County emergency services providers have been on edge for the past two years.

(June 9, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz County Sentinel report
Guide to the Emerging Santa Cruz Library Branches

Four Santa Cruz County library branches have refreshed and reopened, and four more will throw open their doors by the end of the year. Lookout Santa Cruz checks in on the $67 million investment county voters made in 2016.

(June 9, 2022) → Read the full Lookout Local report
Santa Cruz’s Gail Pellerin Leads State Assembly District 28 Race

Unofficial election results from the California Secretary of State office reveal that Gail Pellerin, a Democrat running for redrawn Assembly District 28, is running ahead of Republican candidate Liz Lawler.

(June 8, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz County Sentinel report
Marine Mammal Center Is Back After Getting an Overhaul

Caring for animals rescued along 600 miles of coastline from Mendocino County to San Luis Obispo County, the Marine Mammal Center just ended its longest public closure since its founding in 1973.

(June 7, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
Election 2022: Pellerin Ahead, Measure D Down With Votes Being Counted

Former Santa Cruz County Clerk Gail Pellerin has gobbled up 34.2% of the vote in the early portion of State Assembly District 28 voting. The early votes on Measure D showed “No” on the hotly contested rail-and-trail measure outpacing “Yes,” 21,021 votes to 8,580.

(June 7, 2022) → Read the full Lookout Local report

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