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Progress Report

In this issue of The Newsletter, we ponder incremental progress as reflected in the journey of two newsrooms.

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Sept. 18, 2023: Problem Child.

Big Social Media is abandoning the field of reliable information-distribution in some big ways. CALocal is helping to fill that hole—with maps.

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Distributing Ground Truth by Mapping the Situation

Social media were once very good at sharing reliable first-hand information about fires, floods, etc. Not any more. Here’s an alternative.

Image caption: Voters will decide whether to spend funds previously earmarked for mental health care on housing of the homeless.
Newsom’s Mental Health Plan Heads to Voters. What Does it Say?

California collects a special tax on high incomes to fund mental health services. Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to change how the money is spent so a share of it can be used to fund housing for homeless people with mental …

Image caption: As California's legislative session ends, lawmakers take no steps to address the state's fire insurance crisis.
Legislature Fails to Address California Fire Insurance Crisis

Legislators weren’t able to reach a compromise that helps insurers with wildfire risk while also protecting homeowners. Interest groups hope to find one in meetings this fall.

Image caption: Non-law enforcement spending on anti-hate efforts has topped $200 million since 2021, more than any other state.
California Spends Millions to Stop Hate Crimes. Here’s How

Hate crimes were up 20 percent in California in 2022, with those against transgender, Muslim and Black people increasing especially sharply. But the state is also spending more than any other to combat such crimes, including a hotline, state commission …

Image caption: Before cities order police to clear out homeless camps, courts have ruled they must provide “adequate” shelter.
Do California Cities Offer ‘Adequate Shelter’ for Homeless?

Police can’t force homeless people from encampments unless the city in question has “adequate shelter” for those who are displaced, according to courts. Now everyone involved wants to know what “adequate” means.

Image caption: New legislation will impose penalties on local school boards that ban books for covering issues of diversity.
New California Bill Slaps Back at School Book Bans

California will penalize school boards that ban books based on inclusion of certain groups under a bill the governor is expected to sign into law. But some fear unintended consequences.

Image caption: The Sacramento region may be the center of state politics, but it’s also a world-class destination for serious athletes. Find out more in our guide to running in the Capital region.
Sept 11, 2023: The Lighter Side of … California

Take a break from the weighty worries of the modern world. Go on a run, absorb some culture, and yuk it up with California-born comedians.

Image caption: Run to Feed the Hungry participants raise funds for Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services.
Running Around California’s Capital Region

From marathoners to casual joggers, enthusiasts can take advantage of the Sacramento region’s diverse trails, terrain, and competitive events.

Image caption: Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to wait for more information before signing a bill that would remove TikTok from most state smartphones.
Newsom Halts TikTok Ban, App to Stay on State Phones

A bipartisan bill to prohibit TikTok on state phones is shelved until 2024. It had breezed through the state Legislature, but the authors want to tweak the measure. It's the latest social media regulation to get stalled in California.

Image caption: With electric vehicles becoming more common, California's subsidy program is shifting to those who can least afford to buy one.
California to Focus Most Electric Car Rebates on Low-Income Buyers

Now that electric cars are mainstream, higher-income Californians will no longer qualify for state subsidies. Lower-income buyers could get up to $12,000.

Image caption: A new contract with their union is designed to ease a shortage of California prison doctors and psychiatrists.
Some of California’s Best-Paid Employees to Get $40K Bonuses

California prisons are badly understaffed when it comes to doctors and psychiatrists. A new contract attempts to boost retention with substantial bonuses.

Image caption: California Forever, a company that wants to use Silicon Valley cash to develop a new city, promises to open a "conversation" with Solano County residents about it.
California Forever: Tech Investors Begin PR Campaign for New City

California Forever, the company backed by billionaire Silicon Valley investors that wants to build a new city in Solano County, has posted a new website in an attempt to start a "conversation" about the massive project.

Image caption: In San Francisco, new police officers can now expect six-figure starting salaries, and other cities are taking similar measures.
Cities Compete to Give Police Recruits the Best Financial Deal

California cities are struggling to hire police in a tight labor market after the COVID pandemic. Some are raising by double digits and offering eye-catching bonuses.

Image caption: The River Islands development will significantly expand the population and the footprint of the Central Valley city of Lathrop.
09/04/2023: Exurban Sprawl

Planned communities—the past. the present and the future.

Image caption: New COVID boosters are on the way that will help to protect against rising cases and new variants.
COVID Cases on the Rise Again: Here’s What You Need to Know

It’s a confusing time in the COVID pandemic. A new booster is on the way, but cases are rising and you might want more protection now.

Image caption: Disney’s planned community of Celebration in Florida is far from Walt Disney’s earlier vision of a utopian city.
Solano County Planned City Latest in a California Tradition

Silicon Valley billionaires want to create a new city in Solano County. How have planned cities fared in California? From Lakewood to Irvine to Disney’s new Cotino, there have been many.

Image caption: A victory by McDonald's workers at a Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, location was a rarity among retaliation cases.
Workers Suffering Increased Retaliation for On-Job Complaints

More workers are filing claims with the state alleging employers are retaliating against them for engaging in legally protected activities, such as seeking overtime pay or reporting wage theft or discrimination.

Image caption: One of four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River targeted for demolition.
Dam Demolition Gets Going. Can Klamath River be Saved?

As four aging hydroelectric dams are demolished, tribes and communities along the Klamath River wait anxiously to see what the future holds. “Once a river is dammed, is it damned forever?” experts ask.

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09/25/2023

Jason Scorse – Court

In light of the recent Supreme Court decisions, Jason Scorse warns, "Don't let them fool you." Photo courtesy Phung Touch.

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09/25/2023

What Dreams Have to Say about Reality with Tina Tau

Is waking life really a kind of theater which we make up along the way? The transformative potential of dreamwork, today with author and certified dreamworker, Tina Tau. Tina shares a dream in whi...

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09/25/2023

Book Artist Felicia Rice on her Evolution as an Artist

Book artist Felicia Rice, UCSC emeritus professor and longtime former resident of Santa Cruz County, joins host Suki Wessling on The Babblery to talk about her life as an artist, a mom, and a comm...

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09/25/2023

When and How to Use Audiobooks for Your Developing Reader

by Suki Wessling Professor at Athena's Academy I wrote some thoughts on lexile levels for my Book Explorers' parents today. Hello parents, I am always looking for ways to make [...]

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09/25/2023

Beachside Bliss: Rio Del Mar

Just minutes from Aptos, head to Rio del Mar to explore culinary delights while soaking in the beachside bliss! 

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City of Santa Cruz
City Council
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City of Watsonville
City Council Meeting
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County of Santa Cruz
Commission on the Environment Meeting
Wednesday September 27 2023   5:00 PM

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County of Santa Cruz
Planning Commission
Wednesday September 27 2023   7:00 PM

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Downtown Commission
Thursday September 28 2023   8:30 AM

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Capitola City Council Regular Meeting
Thursday September 28 2023   7:00 PM

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County of Santa Cruz
Assessment Appeals Board Meeting
Monday October 2 2023   8:30 AM

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Water Commission Meeting
Monday October 2 2023   7:00 PM

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County of Santa Cruz
County Board of Supervisors Meeting
Tuesday October 3 2023   9:00 AM

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Zoning Administrator
Wednesday October 4 2023   10:00 AM

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City of Capitola
Museum Board Meeting
Thursday October 5 2023   5:30 PM

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Planning Commission Meeting
Thursday October 5 2023   6:00 PM

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Planning Commission
Thursday October 5 2023   7:00 PM

Upcoming Community Events

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Felton: Farmers Market
TODAY   1:30 PM

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Downtown Santa Cruz: Farmers Market
Wednesday September 27 2023   1:00 PM

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Abbott Square: Painting Sea Otters
Wednesday September 27 2023   5:30 PM

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Santa Cruz: WEDNESDAY NIGHT SAILBOAT RACES
Wednesday September 27 2023   5:30 PM

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Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing: Westside Comedy
Wednesday September 27 2023   8:00 PM

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Natural Bridges State Beach: Bird Walk
Thursday September 28 2023   8:30 AM

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Santa Cruz MAH: Point of Light
Thursday September 28 2023   10:00 AM

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Open Mic Night w/ Pablo Eagle
Thursday September 28 2023   6:00 PM

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Kuumbwa Jazz & Indexical Present: dragonchild x Sunken Cages
Thursday September 28 2023   7:30 PM

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Watsonville: Farmers Market
Friday September 29 2023   2:00 PM

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Food Truck Friday
Friday September 29 2023   5:00 PM

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Midtown Fridays! Summer Block Party
Friday September 29 2023   5:00 PM

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El Vaquero Winery: Live Music
Friday September 29 2023   6:00 PM

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Chaminade Resort & Spa: Harvest Moon Dinner
Friday September 29 2023   6:00 PM

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Slingshot
Friday September 29 2023   7:00 PM

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Sevy's Bar + Kitchen: Live Entertainment and Music
Friday September 29 2023   7:00 PM

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Rio Theatre: Micromountain Festival Tour
Friday September 29 2023   7:00 PM

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Cabrillo College: Aptos Farmers Market
Saturday September 30 2023   8:00 AM

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Santa Cruz Wharf: T-Birds on the Wharf
Saturday September 30 2023   8:00 AM

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Scotts Valley: Farmers Market
Saturday September 30 2023   8:00 AM

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Westside Santa Cruz: Farmers Market
Saturday September 30 2023   9:00 AM

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Santa Cruz Harbor Beach: Sons of the Beach Ukulele Sing Along
Saturday September 30 2023   10:00 AM

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Clearview Orchards: U Pick Apples and Pumpkins
Saturday September 30 2023   10:00 AM

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Guided Coastal Walk at Wilder Ranch
Saturday September 30 2023   11:00 AM

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Loch Lomond Recreation Area: Boat Tours
Saturday September 30 2023   11:00 AM

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Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park - Redwood Tour
Saturday September 30 2023   12:00 PM

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Ranch History Tour: Wilder Ranch State Park
Saturday September 30 2023   1:00 PM

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Yellowjackets
Saturday September 30 2023   7:00 PM

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Rasquache Liberation Front
Saturday September 30 2023   7:00 PM

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Good Medicine w/ Patti Maxine and Michael Martyn
Sunday October 1 2023   12:00 PM

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Santa Cruz Mission Adobe Tour
Sunday October 1 2023   1:00 PM

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Ranch History Tour: Wilder Ranch State Park
Sunday October 1 2023   1:00 PM