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Newsom Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration for Monterey, Santa Cruz Counties
Gov. Gavin Newsom requested a declaration that would allow for federal assistance in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties. According to Newsom, the state has invested more than $60 million in response.
State Superintendent Visits Shuttered Pajaro Middle School
Pajaro Middle School will remain closed for the rest of the school year after a flood on March 11 damaged half the classrooms, the district’s superintendent said Friday.
From Times Publishing Group...
County Mid-Year Budget Report: $67 Million in FEMA Claims
The county is awaiting more than $67 million in outstanding FEMA claims, straining the county budget, a report from the county Board of Supervisors explains.
From Santa Cruz Sentinel...
Reps. Jimmy Panetta, Zoe Lofgren Join California Senators in Urging Pajaro Aid
Reps. Jimmy Panetta and Zoe Lofgren — who both represent Monterey and Santa Cruz counties in Congress — signed a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, urging the federal government to expedite improvements to the levee.
State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Visits Pajaro
Flood damage to Pajaro Middle School is so severe students are relocated to Lakeview for the rest of the school year.
Pajaro Residents Return to Destroyed Homes
Beatriz Lopez returned to the small apartment she shares with 10 family members 12 days after Monterey County officials imposed evacuation orders for more than 1,000 residents.
Santa Cruz County Approves Fire Tax Transfer to Scotts Valley
Santa Cruz County leaders helped move the pending joiner of two neighboring fire districts one step closer with a vote allowing the agencies to join their tax revenues.
From Lookout Local...
Cabrillo College Name Selection Task Force to Hold First Meeting Next Month
With about 400 suggested new names for Cabrillo College, community members will convene in April for the first of a series of meetings, aiming to whittle those suggestions to a shortlist of three to five.
Watsonville Hospital Gets Temporary CEO
The Pajaro Valley Healthcare District Board appointed Watsonville Community Hospital Chief Operations Officer Matko Vranjes to serve as interim CEO.
Rail-Trail Permits Approved in Santa Cruz, Part of Live Oak
‘Ultimate’ path expected next to train tracks.
From Monterey Herald...
California State Farm Car Insurance Rates Rising
State Farm insures more drivers than any other company operating in California. Those 3.7 million drivers will see an average annual boost of $71 per policy, an increase of 6.9%, said Consumer Watchdog, a Santa Monica-based advocacy group.
New Bill Would Limit Sprawl in Disaster-Prone Areas
Sprawl has allowed Californians to live closer to nature and buy homes where it is cheaper to build. But it has also left millions vulnerable to wildfires and flooding.
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Three mass shootings with at least six fatalities have already taken place in California in 2023, resulting in 25 deaths. Statistically however, California has been below average for the United States in rate of mass shooting deaths.
James Rainey reports that the Salinas Californian, the daily newspaper serving the capital of Monterey County, has completely emptied its newsroom.
Greetings from Midtown Sacramento, where this morning broke bright and cold for the second day in a row. Don’t know about you but I’m ready for the warmth of spring. And trying to feel good about the rain that’s still …
Several projects are underway to make California Local beautiful and more functional. We're working hard to make it even easier for our members to citizen. (And remember: 'Citizen' is a verb!)
State of Jefferson may be the best-known secessionist movement, but starting before California became a state, there have been at lest 220 efforts to divide the state into two pieces, or even more.
State of Jefferson is a movement by northern counties to secede from California and form a new state. Here's everything you need to know about this secessionist movement, which started in 1941 and remains strong today.
Hello and welcome to the first “statewide” issue of The Newsletter from California Local.
President Obama’s closest advisor, Valerie Jarrett, created and ran the White House Office of Public Engagement. Because democracy.
Peter Thiel, the Donald Trump supporting Silicon Valley billionaire and venture capitalist, may have played a big role inthe bank run that ended in the failure of Silicon Valley Bank. But why?
On March 10, the Pajaro River flooded the small agricultural town on its banks. Professor Dustin Mulvaney traces the turbulent history of the Central Coast’s second largest watershed.
SVB lobbied hard for bank deregulation, which may have led to its own failure. And depositors blew past limits on federal insurance, knowing they would lose their cash if the bank went under unless the government saved them. Here’s how …
A sizeable coalition has called for California's water regulator to take emergency measures to protect Mono Lake and suspend diversions to Los Angeles.
California’s water woes.
The San Joaquin Valley plans, serving low-income Latino communities, were deemed inadequate for preventing dry wells and sinking land.
When warm storms melt snowpack early, reservoir managers must release water to prevent flooding—which sends this precious resource into the ocean.
2023’s torrential rainstorms have eased California's drought conditions. But there’s a lot more to drought than the amount of rain, and this drought isn't over yet.
In a time of unprecedented polarization, Braver Angels encourages citizens to do something completely revolutionary: listen to each other.
Climate change driven storms are creating new problems for Gavin Newsom and California's budget process, which is already reeling from a projected $25 billion deficit that emerged after a $97 billion surplus disappeared.
California is the top agricultural producer in the U.S., and a top beneficiary of visitor spending. So naturally, we’ve got fun, food-driven tourist magnets.
California lawmakers are exploring ways to reconnect urban neighborhoods torn asunder during the interstate highway construction boom of the 1950s and ’60s.
Santa Cruz County Newsletter
Catch up with all the local news, upcoming government meetings and community events.
Pajaro Farmworkers, Class, Climate & Justice With Pamela Sexton & Elon Ortez
Thousands of farmworkers and their families are fighting for survival after a flood and dangerous health and safety conditions.
Maligne Reopens With More Approachable Perspective
Pastry Chef Stephanie Prida Returns to Santa Cruz with Big Plans
What Went Wrong at Cotoni Coast Dairies?
Someone new on the scene recently asked me to explain the history of what went wrong at Cotoni Coast Dairies. After many, many years, the property still isn’t being managed for wildlife or public ...
Hidden Hills Brewing and Blending Exudes Craft in Carmel
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