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Chubby’s Diner a Casualty of Target Complex Upgrade
When Boulder Creek resident Kathleen Kelley heard her favorite eatery was closing down, she was livid. She tried contacting the city of Scotts Valley and the corporate office of Target (which is moving in nearby) but didn’t get immediate answers.
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Home Construction Goals Set to to Quadruple in Santa Cruz County
Cities show mixed progress on current targets.
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Watsonville Council Opposes Measure D
The Watsonville City Council approved a resolution in opposition to Measure D, the June 7 ballot measure that, if approved, would remove language from Santa Cruz County’s guiding planning document that relates to rail services, both freight and passenger.
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Welcome to California Local (Beta)

Thank you for finding California Local. This is what we’re doing, and why we’re doing it.


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The Santa Cruz Rail Trail

Updated information, including news and Explainers, about the hotly contested 32-mile stretch of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail in Santa Cruz County.


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Walters: Electric Car Nirvana Collides With Reality

Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Air Resources Board are boasting about California's shift to zero-emission vehicles but the reality of making it happen is daunting.


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Building a Better Bike Map

Recent discussions in social media revealed a lack of maps of safe local bike routes. So we connected with local bike experts to start a crowdsourced project to create some.


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How many California lawmakers will pick their own successors?

In a year of unprecedented turnover in the California Legislature, several lawmakers are trying to bequeath their seats to relatives and staff members. Critics say they're trying to game the system.


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Council opposes Measure D

WATSONVILLE—The Watsonville City Council on Tuesday night approved a resolution in opposition to Measure D, the divisive June 7 ballot measure that, if approved, would remove language from Santa Cruz County’s guiding planning document that relates to rail services, both …


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California's New Climate Change Blueprint

Plan would almost eliminate oil and shift to renewable energy sources. But where’s the update on the controversial pollution-trading market known as cap and trade?


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Covering the Sacramento Mass Gang Shooting

Following the K-Street shooting, a freelance journalist's thoughts about reporting on the deadliest single episode of gun violence in Sacramento history.


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Billionaires Buy the Media: Elon Musk is Only the Latest

Elon Musk may be the latest, but billionaires have been buying media outlets for decades. What does that mean for the control of news and information at a time when a free press is more important than ever?


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Abortion Rights in California After SCOTUS Opinion

Abortion rights will remain protected, even expanded in California after the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, Gov. Gavin Newsom vows after a leaked SCOTUS opinion reveals the court plans to abolish the right to choose.


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Bud Colligan and Mark Mesiti-Miller Debate Measure D

The two most prominent voices on either side of this heated issue face off on KSCO-AM radio 1080, hosted by station owner Michael Zwerling.


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How to Save Water: Simple Steps You Can Take

Saving water is more important than ever in California, due to the region’s worst drought conditions in 1,200 years. Here are some steps you can take to help.


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Golden State Treasures

Gold Rush-era landscapes, funk art sculptures, pop art statements, Chicano art movement masterworks—here are 10 places to explore the work of California artists.


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Code Violations and ‘Excessive Fines’: Californians Battle Cities

Code violations, even after they're fixed, can cost struggling homeowners their homes. Some have seen fees and fines into the six figures even after repairs. Here are some of the horror stories. But what can be done about it?


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Birth Happens

In the 1970s, a group of women started a movement to bring birthing back home.


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Backyard Ecology

Tips for creating wildlife-friendly habitat in Santa Clara County, no matter where you live.


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What Is International Dark Sky Week?

It’s time to turn off the lights and explore the cosmos in all its glory.


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How California Can Increase Water Savings By 30 Percent

California can increase water savings in urban and suburban areas by 30 to 48 percent using nothing but existing technology, a new report from the Pacific Institute says.


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California’s New ‘Endemic’ COVID Plan

California has a new plan for dealing with COVID as the disease becomes endemic. But does that mean the pandemic is over? Here’s what Gov. Newsom is proposing.


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