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Santa Cruz County Voter Turnout Exceeds Historic Low Mark

On June 17, the Santa Cruz County Elections Department announced that more than 12,000 additional votes had been counted, bringing the total to 61,428 or 36.6%. With that, the electorate dodged the historic low of 34.8%, set in 2014.

(June 17, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz County Sentinel report
RTC Faces Future After Decisive Vote on Rail Trail

At the first meeting of the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission board after the definitive “no” vote on Measure D, the question remained: Where do we go from here?

(June 16, 2022) → Read the full Lookout Local report

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A Breakdown of Santa Cruz County’s ‘Empty Home Tax’ Initiative

Would the measure generate enough money for the county to make it worthwhile?

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Measures on empty homes, library head to Santa Cruz ballot

Council questions costs of proposed tax on vacant homes

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Council Pay Increase Sparks Discussion About Participation

WATSONVILLE—Near the tail end of a largely uneventful first read-through of the proposed budget for the 2022-23 fiscal year on June 14, Watsonville City Council members gave themselves a nominal pay increase that sparked a discussion about how their compensation …

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Hundreds Rally for Abortion Rights in Santa Cruz

Hundreds of people gathered on the steps of the Santa Cruz County Courthouse on Friday evening to protest the decision made hours earlier by the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the nationwide right to abortion. “It’s appalling that people …

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Homelessness and Crime in California: Even More Complex Than You Think

The links between homelessness and crime are complex, and the idea that unhoused individuals present a danger to their community seems to be exaggerated.

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More votes posted, results unchanged

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—As votes continue to be added to the county’s election results, the outcomes of local races and measures has remained unchanged: four Supervisor candidates are headed to a November runoff, three measures passed with a wide margin while …

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Did California Voters Send a ‘Message’ on Crime? Not So Fast!

Do California's election results in Los Angeles and San Francisco mean this blue state is flirting with turning red? That's what the national media is trying to say. But there's a lot more to the story.

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Pride Flag debate exposes political divide

A rainbow flag was waving above Scotts Valley City Hall by 10:15am on June 2—it marked the culmination of a year of work on a ceremonial flag policy. Still, a surprise political tactic the previous night at the council meeting …

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Santa Cruz County Supervisor Candidates Headed to November Runoff

Half of the ballots have been counted—the runoff race has begun

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Why Didn’t More Californians Vote?

California mailed out more than 22 million ballots to registered voters ahead of Tuesday's primary election. But as of Friday, just 4.5 million had been counted.

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