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Coalition Plans Federal Lawsuit Over Pesticide Exposure

02/16/2024

Pesticide reform activists and legal experts held a news conference in Watsonville outlining mounting evidence for a lawsuit they’re preparing to file against California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation for civil rights violations against farmworkers.

Students Voice Safety Concerns at Second TAPS Town Hall

02/16/2024

Following December’s fatal loop bus crash that killed bus driver Dan Stevenson, students were finally able to address administrators.

City Council Approves Drone Purchases by Santa Cruz Police

02/16/2024

The Santa Cruz City Council-approved plan would allow the Santa Cruz Police Department to purchase as many as five Skydio X10 drones under a contract with Axon Inc., spending as much as $254,932 over five years.

Watsonville Hospital, Second Harvest Partner to ‘Nourish’ Local Community

02/16/2024

Harnessing their collective expertise, two nonprofits in South Santa Cruz County have joined forces to provide resources to families in need and fight against regional inequities.

San Francisco Set to Apologize to Black Residents for ‘Systemic Racism’

02/16/2024

Members of the board gathered to put forward a resolution that takes responsibility for the history of discrimination against Black San Franciscans.

Campaign Opposing Measure M Funded by Real Estate, Construction Interests

02/15/2024

Campaign finance disclosure statements show that real estate developers and contractors made the largest contributors to the campaign opposing Measure M while Measure M received support from Santa Cruz residents.

Why Adopting Sports Gambling in California Has to Involve Tribes

02/15/2024

When and if California legalizes sports gambling, the policy should honor the laws established in partnership with tribes decades ago, says Assemblyman James Ramos.

Faceoff Between Anthem Blue Cross, UC Health Shows Hazards of Industry Consolidation

02/15/2024

For weeks, Anthem Blue Cross enrollees who receive health care from the University of California were in suspense, as the health system and one of its largest insurance partners struggled to reach a new contract.

Research: Immigration Enforcement Hinders Education; Schools Offer Support

02/15/2024

Immigration enforcement lowers students’ ability to succeed academically and negatively affects their overall learning experience.

California Tightens Rules on Worker Exposure to Poisonous Lead

02/15/2024

For the first time in decades, California is tightening its rules on workplace exposure to lead, a poisonous metal that can wreak havoc throughout the body.

Business, Labor Fight Over California Law Few Know About

02/15/2024

Coalitions on opposite sides put out competing studies on the little-known Private Attorneys General Act, which allows employees to file class-action lawsuits over some labor law violations.

Latest Project Homekey Award to Back Santa Cruz County Interim Youth Housing

02/14/2024

A former children's residential treatment program outside Watsonville is set to be converted into 21 new housing beds for youth by early next year, with the backing of a nearly $3.6 million state grant.

Beekeeper Offers $100,000 Reward in Brazen Fresno Beehive Thefts

02/14/2024

Commercial beekeeper Andrew Strehlow estimates he’s had 1,000 hives stolen over the years. The latest theft, of 96 hives from a Fresno County orchard, was his last straw.

California EV Sales Are Falling. Is It Just Temporary, or a Threat to State Climate Goals?

02/14/2024

California electric vehicle sales dropped significantly in the last half of 2023, raising questions about the state’s ability to phase out gas-powered cars.

Arts Education Takes Flight Outdoors in Mariposa County

02/14/2024

Teachers and students tap into a native tradition in which art and nature have always been inextricably linked.

Eager Crowds Are Threatening a Bay Area Beach Ecosystem, Scientists Warn

02/14/2024

Foragers at the beaches in Half Moon Bay might be damaging the area’s reef.

Academic Rigor Versus Cultural Relevance Is a False Choice

02/14/2024

By reframing them as mutually reinforcing rather than mutually exclusive, we can transform education for every child.

All This Rain Could Invite Mosquitoes Into Your Backyard

02/14/2024

While temperatures aren’t warm enough for mosquitoes to run rampant, now’s the time to prevent breeding grounds.

Cargo Traffic Jumped at L.A. and Long Beach Ports in January

02/14/2024

The San Pedro ports had a busy January as they rebounded from last year’s labor troubles and picked up cargo redirected because of Suez and Panama canal troubles.

E-bike Program readies for Midcounty Expansion

02/13/2024

The next phase of an electric bicycle program is preparing for launch next month and community members may see supporting infrastructure begin to pop up in the coming weeks.

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