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Southern Resident Orcas Receive Oregon Endangered Species Protections
PORTLAND, Ore., February 16, 2024 — The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted today to protect Southern Resident orcas under the state’s Endangered Species Act, responding to a February 2023 p...
Native American Author’s Haunting History
Tommy Orange is feeling nervous. He’s about to embark on a months-long, cross-country publicity tour for his upcoming sophomore book, “Wandering Stars.”
AT&T Schedules Public Meetings to Address Discontinuation of Landlines
In January AT&T applied to the California Public Utilities Commission to withdraw service to its landline customers. Many in the Santa Cruz Mountains depend on landline service during emergencies.
From Monterey Herald...
Awaiting the Count—Gray Whales Population Has Been Declining
There was a time not so long ago when trained observers were overwhelmed by the number of whales migrating through Monterey Bay.
Why Does California Elect Local Judges?
Of all the races on your ballot, the least information is often available on local judges. Here are some ways to find out more about these candidates.
Live Oak Teacher Layoffs Proposed to Avoid State Takeover of School District
Plans to close a $2.9 million budget gap and save the Live Oak School District from a state takeover stalled, as some parents and staff said administrators should be laid off rather than teachers.
Watsonville Public House Taproom Opens Up
The Watsonville Public House has been a dream of Watsonville Presbyterian minister Robby Olson and his wife, Jenni, when they came to Watsonville a decade ago.
From Santa Cruz Sentinel...
Live Oak School District Board Sidesteps Staff Cuts
In the face of a looming budget crisis, the Live Oak School District’s governing board declined to approve recommended employee cuts, at least for now, despite warnings from staff that the reductions are necessary.
From SF Gate...
Wealthy Bay Area Enclave Worried About Sprawling New Development
Residents of San Rafael say the project could bring noise, pollution and crime to the area.
Santa Cruz County Needle Exchange Grows as Lawsuit Shutters Volunteer Exchange
Three months after a court ruling shuttered a needle exchange mainly run by volunteers in Santa Cruz County, the county’s Health Services Agency has more than doubled its clean syringe distribution and run a mobile needle-exchange program in Santa Cruz.
Former Supervisor, Tribal Leader Face Off Against Incumbent Congresswoman
Longtime Silicon Valley congresswoman Zoe Lofgren is locked in a contentious battle with Muwekma Ohlone tribal leader Charlene Nijmeh and former San Benito County Supervisor Peter Hernandez that will be decided in November, when the two highest primary vote getters face off for the 18th District seat.
California’s Polluted Communities Could Miss Out on Billions Under Flawed System
The state’s environmental tool skews which communities are designated as disadvantaged, researchers say. Some immigrant neighborhoods could be left out, while other groups are overrepresented.
California Court Ruling Could Crack Down on Tactics to Slow or Block Construction
The California Environmental Quality Act has often been used, or misused, to block housing construction and other projects. A new state appellate court decision could reduce that practice.
Commission & Board Vacancies
2/26/2024 - Board to Hold Hearing on AT&T Carrier Obligations
If you have a hard time understanding why in the world anyone would chose to place the seat of California government where they did—you don't know Sacramento.
Sacramento has more homeless residents than San Francisco. One story about why that happened, and another about an attempt to help. And: Black literature, California style.
Mark Black History Month by reading these novels, nonfiction books and collections that feature Black voices exploring the Black experience in the Golden State.
The California Environmental Quality Act, CEQA, is both the state’s signature environmental legislation, and is also often named as the villain in the state’s housing shortage. But the story may not be that simple.
In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’ve assembled a travel guide to California chocolate.
From giant companies with roots in the Gold Rush days to local microproducers with a focus on fair trade, California is ground zero for high-end chocolate.
Taylor Swift is so hated by fans of Donald Trump, they’ve set aside their hatred of San Francisco to root for the ’49ers in the Super Bowl, because Swift’s boyfriend plays for their opponents, the Kansas City Chiefs.
Lawmakers in California and other states are now making attempts to prevent the reported harms to children caused by social media platforms. The U.S. Senate got into the act as well, at a dramatic Jan. 31 hearing.
Meet the organizations working to win social justice for African Americans in California and beyond. And: Welcome Yolo County to CALocal.
Here’s a short list of just some of the organizations working to build better futures for African Americans in California.
“Intelligent” speed-limiting technology will be required in all new California cars starting in 2027, if a new law authored by San Francisco Senator Scott Wiener passes.
In San Mateo County, a new law allows police to charge homeless people with criminal offenses if they don’t accept shelter. SCOTUS will soon weigh in with a potential landmark decision in an Oregon case.
While millions of Californians seek affordable housing elsewhere, an ambitious man backed by billionaires dreams of building an urban Utopia in Central Valley farm country.
We’re getting ready to track the progress of California Forever’s plans to build a city of 400,000 in what is now Solano County farm country.
In NYT’s “The Farmers Had What the Billionaires Wanted,” we meet a man who wants to build a city in the middle of nowhere, and folks who are slowing him down.
The California housing crisis is not only weakening the state politically at the national level, it could shift the political balance in Washington, D.C., as Republican-led states add population while California’s exodus continues.
Former Major League Baseball star Steve Garvey, a political rookie, faces off against veteran U.S. House members Adam Schiff, Katie Porter and Barbara Lee in the first 2024 California Senate race debate Monday evening in Los Angeles.
Ten state agencies are dedicated to keeping California scenic. And while you’re out exploring, check out some of our state’s most venerable eateries.
Pea Soup Anderson’s closed before its 100th birthday. Here are 24 restaurants 100 years or older that you can still visit.
Hanna Nakano says her monthly newspaper raises the voices of local residents through “the power of documentation and the power of publishing.”
ExxonMobil Drops Court Bid to Truck Oil in Santa Barbara
LOS ANGELES, February 16, 2024 — ExxonMobil’s dangerous proposal to truck massive amounts of oil along California highways is dead after the company dropped its lawsuit challenging Santa Barbara C...
Madeline Hnatowich Dean – Old Wine
Madeline Hnatowich Dean looks at ten years in a bottle. This program was co-produced by the late Margie Kern-Marshall. Photo courtesy of Markus Spiske.
Sunday 3/3: Monterey Protest for Palestine
Windows on the Bay Park, Del Monte Beach
The Rail and Trail in Watsonville and Beyond
Watsonville stands adjacent to the epicenter of rail connectivity for the county of Santa Cruz. In this final episode exploring the future of the Rail and Trail along the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Li...
Love and Power with PhDs Marsha Hudson and Norman Brown
What does the #metoo movement have to do with the climate crisis? And how can dreams help both? Today meet Marsha Hudson and Norman Brown. We'll talk about Love and Power and how better emotional ...
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