An upcoming vote by the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission would put millions toward planning light rail service between Santa Cruz and Watsonville.(Dec. 1, 2022) → Read the full Lookout Local report
And Santa Cruz County gets money to turn offices into housing, as part of Gov. Gavin Newsom's last 2022 round of Homekey funding.(Dec. 1, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Moderate weather and well-timed rainstorms in much of California combined to curb the acreage and structures burned.(Dec. 1, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
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