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Pescadero's Pigeon Point Lighthouse Turns 150

The local landmark that hosts daytrippers and hostel guests alike is about to undergo renovations that could increase public access.

(Nov. 27, 2022) → Read the full Palo Alto Online report
Capitola’s Jade Street Playground Renovation Gets Green Light

Normal wear and tear in the 15 years since the park was installed has created another opportunity to remake the facility with elements that “appeal to individuals of all abilities, including those with mobility, cognitive, developmental, sight and hearing impairments.”

(Nov. 25, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Drought Dramatically Shrinking California Farmland

In the fall, rice fields in the Sacramento Valley usually shine golden brown as they await harvesting. This year, however, many fields were left covered with bare dirt.

(Nov. 25, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Ecosystems and Rural Communities Will Bear the Brunt of Intensifying Drought

Drought, human-caused climate change, invasive species and a “legacy” of environmental issues are permanently altering California’s landscape and placing some communities and ecosystems at increasing risk.

(Nov. 25, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
When the Picket Takes to the Streets

A symphony of passing car horns beeped while making U-turns away from the main entrance of UC Santa Cruz. In the background, different speakers with megaphones addressed the crowd.

(Nov. 24, 2022) → Read the full City on a Hill report
Santa Cruz Program Seeks to Curb Residents’ Carbon Footprint

Resilient Santa Cruz program attempts to curb residents’ carbon emissions through an online platform.

(Nov. 24, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Neoklis Koumides Remembered by Those Who Knew Him

About 40 friends and homeless advocates gathered at the clock tower in downtown Santa Cruz to memorialize former Benchlands resident Neoklis Koumides, who was stabbed to death on Nov. 21.

(Nov. 23, 2022) → Read the full Lookout Local report
California Appeals Court Axes District COVID-19 Student Vaccine Mandate

Just 67 percent of 12- to 17-year-olds and and 38 percent of 5- to 11-year-olds have had the primary two-shot COVID-19 vaccine series.

(Nov. 23, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Work-From-Home Culture Takes Root in California

New U.S. Census Bureau data shows a large segment of Californians are working from home for part or all of the week. Researchers say the shift will ripple through the broader economy in ways big and small.

(Nov. 23, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
How a Progressive Came From Behind to Win a Supervisorial Seat

Justin Cummings trailed Shebreh Kalantari-Johnson by nearly 5 percentage points after Election Day. More than a week later, he pulled ahead, giving credence to the local axiom that Santa Cruz progressives just vote later.

(Nov. 22, 2022) → Read the full Lookout Local report
Panel Discusses Supreme Court Case Threatening End of Affirmative Action

A discussion on the possible outcomes of the SCOTUS decision in the case Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard. the online event delved into the impact of banning the consideration of race as a factor during the college admission process.

(Nov. 22, 2022) → Read the full The Sacramento Observer report
California Woman Moves Closer to Canonization as Saint

The woman, who moved to Santa Cruz County in the 1950s, is said to have had visions of Jesus, the Virgin Mary and other Catholic saints.

(Nov. 22, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
UC Berkeley, Stanford Join Law Schools Abandoning US News Rankings

Top universities, including the law schools of Harvard University and Yale University, will no longer provide data to the publication, alleging the report can be harmful to attracting a diverse set of prospective students.

(Nov. 22, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
10% of California Legislature Now Identifies as LGBTQ

While LGBTQ candidates and their supporters celebrated several milestone victories around the nation in this year’s midterm elections, California quietly reached its own.

(Nov. 22, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
Winners Begin to Emerge in Santa Cruz City Races

As of Nov. 22, vote counts for all races were nearing the finish, but the final numbers will not be certified until Dec. 6.

(Nov. 22, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Dungeness Crab Season Delayed Until at Least Dec. 16

Along most of the California coast, whales remain in peril from fishing lines; in the far north, crab meat content is low

(Nov. 22, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
With Measure O Decided, Expect Groundbreaking for Library in 2026

Though planners did work on the downtown Santa Cruz library/housing/parking structure before the Measure O vote, construction probably won’t begin for four years.

(Nov. 21, 2022) → Read the full Lookout Local report
Strike at UC Santa Cruz Hits Second Week

Striking graduate students continued walking the picket line Nov. 21 at the main entrance to the UC Santa Cruz campus.

(Nov. 21, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Under New President, Student Union Assembly Looks to Constitutional Amendment, Budget

The Nov. 8 Student Union Assembly meeting began with a drastically calmer tone. Following the recall of SUA President Alfredo Gama Salmeron on Oct. 26, the intent was clear—it is a time of transition.

(Nov. 21, 2022) → Read the full City on a Hill report
New Law Will Provide Health Insurance Subsidies for Workers During Labor Disputes

The bill, which takes effect in July, was sponsored by the California Labor Federation, California Teamsters Public Affairs Council, and the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.

(Nov. 21, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Report Finds Racial Bias in Hiring Leaders at UC, CSU and Community Colleges

A report from the College Futures Foundation says racial bias plays a role in hiring for executive-level posts at the UCs, CSUs and community colleges.

(Nov. 21, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Capitola City Council Zooms in on Zoning

There are 14 proposed amendments in total to the previously approved zoning code, ranging from drafting error corrections to substantive changes for addressing previously ambiguous sections.

(Nov. 21, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Biden Gives PG&E $1 Billion to Keep Diablo Canyon Open

The case for nuclear power as a climate solution got a big boost when the Biden administration announced it's giving Pacific Gas & Electric Co. a $1.1-billion grant to help the company keep operating California's last nuclear plant.

(Nov. 21, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
After Election Win, Bonta to Investigate Hospital Algorithms for Racial Bias

California Attorney General Rob Bonta wants to target racial discrimination in health care, including through an investigation of software programs and decision-making tools used by hospitals to treat patients.

(Nov. 21, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
Could These Antiviral Pills Treat Long COVID?

Stanford launches the nation’s first study of an antiviral strategy for long COVID.

(Nov. 21, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
More Than 6,000 Job Cuts Roil Bay Area Economy

Tech and biotech companies have revealed plans for enough job cuts to erase more than 6,000 jobs in the Bay Area.

(Nov. 21, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
With Name Change, Cabrillo College Faces Issues of History and Identity

As Cabrillo College is learning, changing the name of an institution is exactly the kind of issue that often mushrooms into a larger and more painful discussion about culture and society.

(Nov. 19, 2022) → Read the full Lookout Local report
Mayor’s Message: Council Race Remains Close

The midterm election is behind us and true to form the race in Capitola is close and too early to call.

(Nov. 19, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Could the Best Santa Cruz-Centric Surf Film Ever Be in the Works?

Ten years after Hollywood gave us “Chasing Mavericks,” another Santa Cruz-based surf film is percolating. Anticipation is palpable.

(Nov. 18, 2022) → Read the full Lookout Local report
Phase One Health and Housing Campus Opens in Live Oak

The first phase includes a 11-chair dental clinic serving 6,000 low-income patients annually; a 20,000-square-foot primary care health center serving 10,000 annually; a public plaza and a native garden and art walk.

(Nov. 18, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes Sentenced to More Than 11 Years in Prison for Felony Fraud

Holmes is expected to appeal the jury’s verdict. She is pregnant, and the mother of a 15-month-old son born weeks before her trial began.

(Nov. 18, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Pelosi to Step Down as House Democratic Leader

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will not seek to lead House Democrats for another term, but will remain in Congress.

(Nov. 17, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report

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