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Fentanyl in Santa Cruz Series

07/13/2024

A multi-part series examining the impact of fentanyl and opioids in Santa Cruz County.

Guaranteed Basic Income Programs Proliferate Across CA

07/12/2024

A mother picks up her son from daycare in Richmond on Sept. 26, 2022. Photo by Marissa Leshnov for CalMatters

Guaranteed Basic Income Programs Proliferate Across CA

07/12/2024

Beginning Monday, 150 households in Fresno County are expected to receive a $500 prepaid card to spend on anything they’d like — no strings attached. It will be the first of 12 monthly recurring payments those Southwest Fresno and Huron residents will receive as part of a guaranteed basic income program for low-income families.

Researchers Win Award Low Power AI Paper

07/12/2024

Researchers at UC Santa Cruz won a prestigious award for their paper outlining new techniques to greatly reduce power consumption by AI models.

Santa Cruz County Climate Action Plan Meeting Scheduled

07/12/2024

The Santa Cruz County Climate Action Plan will be the focus of a public meeting scheduled for July 31.

Nature Center Mural Design Public Comment Opens

07/11/2024

Public comment is being solicited on mural designs for the Ramsay Park Nature Center in Watsonville.

UC Santa Cruz Tear Down Camper Park

07/11/2024

UC Santa Cruz moved to raze the 42-space Camper Park on July 10, citing concerns for health and safety.

Cabrillo Robotics Club Wins Honors

07/11/2024

The Cabrillo Robotics Club won first place in international underwater robotics competition.

California Has Just Approved a New Blueprint for Offshore Wind. The Massive Projects Will Cost Billions

07/10/2024

Harnessing clean energy is a venture of unprecedented scope in California, bringing big changes to Humboldt and the Central Coast, and requiring 26 ports along the coast.

Can California’s Health Care Providers Help Solve the State’s Homelessness Crisis?

07/10/2024

Taking advantage of new state funds, some California healthcare providers are starting to offer what their homeless patients really need: housing.

Santa Cruz Mountain Cockfighting Ring Uncovered

07/10/2024

Responding to a July 11 welfare check, Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Deputies discovered a cockfighting ring and over 200 mutilated roosters.

How California Laws May Help Shield It From Supreme Court Decisions

07/10/2024

After the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in 2022, California’s Democratic leaders moved fast to shore up reproductive rights: They persuaded voters to enshrine the right to an abortion in the state constitution, approved a dozen bills strengthening abortion protections and passed a law in May to enable Arizona doctors to temporarily provide abortion services for their patients in California.

Measles Alert Issued

07/09/2024

The Santa Cruz County Health Department issued an alert on July 8 warning of possible measles exposure risk.

The Supreme Court Took Powers Away From Federal Regulators. Do California Rules Offer a Backstop?

07/09/2024

In three rulings the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a body blow to the federal bureaucracy. From healthcare to climate to workers’ rights, California’s rules often go farther.

CalMatters’ Digital Democracy Makes a Difference in the Legislature

07/08/2024

CalMatters launched Digital Democracy in April, and its impact has rippled across the Legislature.

California Boosts Spending to Help Students Earn Math and Science Degrees

07/08/2024

A program for low-income, first-generation STEM students at community colleges is receiving millions of dollars to expand across the state.

California’s ‘Weak’ Job Market Propped Up by Public Money as Private Sector Sheds Jobs

07/08/2024

Private-sector jobs in California have declined since their post-pandemic peak, while public-sector employment has shown gains, the state’s Legislative Analyst’s Office says.

6 Myths About Homelessness in California

07/07/2024

There’s a lot of misinformation floating around out there about homelessness in California. We use data to dispel several common myths.

Hundreds of Deaths, Thousands of Injuries, Billions of Dollars: The Cost of Extreme Heat in California

07/07/2024

Heat waves have killed hundreds of Californians and cost billions of dollars in the past decade, according to a new report from the state insurance department.

Lost in the Woods for 10 Days

07/06/2024

An interview with Boulder Creek resident Luka McClish, recently rescued after 10 days lost int he Santa Cruz Mountains.

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