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School Safety Leader Says Fentanyl Threat Demands Action

Santa Cruz County safety officer Jennifer Buesing is calling on school districts to take the need for on-campus Narcan seriously: “I would rather be overprepared than traumatized knowing there was something that I could have done.”

(Sept. 29, 2022) → Read the full Lookout Local report
Amber Alert Turns 20

The California Highway Patrol is marking the two-decade anniversary of the Amber Alert system. Hundreds of abducted children have been found and returned safely to their families following its implementation in 2002.

(July 28, 2022) → Read the full YubaNet report
Capitola Beach Festival Needs Float Builders

Capitola Beach Festival returns to Capitola Village on Sept. 24 and 25. This year the Festival has added a scavenger hunt and other games. Float builders are needed for the Saturday evening Lighted Nautical Parade on Soquel Creek.

(July 12, 2022) → Read the full Times Publishing Group report
Family Service Agency of the Central Coast Pinched by CORE Funding Cut

For the first time in four decades of working with the county and city of Santa Cruz, the Family Service Agency of the Central Coast did not receive funding for its mental health programs and services.

(June 15, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz County Sentinel report
California Child Abuse Database Lacks Half of County Reports

State auditors say more than half of substantiated California child abuse reports in recent years were not in the state’s database, which could result in child abusers being allowed to care for children. The database is used by state and county social services and welfare departments, adoption agencies and other organizations.

(May 31, 2022) → Read the full The Californian report
Guns Now Rank as Leading Cause of Death for U.S. Youth

For decades, the biggest threat to children came from the automobiles they hopped into every day. Now, it’s gunfire. Guns now kill more kids and teens in the U.S. than auto accidents do.

(May 30, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz County Sentinel report
CASA Welcomes New Advocates

Judge Timothy Schmal swore in 13 community members as Court Appointed Special Advocates for children in foster care. This ceremony was to mark their completion of the CASA 35-hour training program.

(May 22, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz County Sentinel report
New Legislation Would Ease Welfare-to-Work Rules for Single Parents

Assembly Bill 1728, introduced by Assemblymembers Robert Rivas (D-Salinas) and Blanca Rubio (D-Baldwin Park), would exempt single parents receiving CalWORKs benefits from “welfare-to-work” requirements for the first three years of their child’s life.

(Jan. 28, 2022) → Read the full The Californian report
Felton Library Friends Celebrate Reopening of Local Branch

In February 2020, more than 2,000 people celebrated the grand opening of the new Felton Library—but the closing cam just a few weeks later, due to COVID. The new building sat empty for over a year.

(Nov. 2, 2021) → Read the full San Lorenzo Valley Post report
Vaccines Coming for 5- to 11-Year-Olds

The unanimous vote by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices solidified Santa Cruz County’s plans to vaccinate nearly 20,000 elementary-age children. Beginning next week, every school site will offer the inoculation. Local vaccination efforts will also include drive-thru clinics.

(Nov. 2, 2021) → Read the full The Pajaronian report
Santa Cruz Voters to Weigh in on Creation of Children’s Fund

On Nov. 2, voters will determine the fate of Measure A, which would permanently establish the Santa Cruz Children’s Fund, which would use cannabis business tax revenue to provide resources for young people.

(Oct. 8, 2021) → Read the full Santa Cruz Local report
Scotts Valley Offers Use of Brook Knoll Facility to Boys & Girls Clubs

The city of Scotts Valley is working with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County to provide an after-school solution for youth. The city offered to lease its Brook Knoll child care facility and guaranteed $90,000 in funding.

(Aug. 13, 2021) → Read the full Press Banner report
It’s Fair Weather Again This September

Carnival rides, arts and crafts, fried food, and all manner of agricultural achievement will be at the Santa Cruz County Fair, taking place Sept. 15-19.

(July 8, 2021) → Read the full Good Times report
California Child Care Providers Reach Contract With State

More than 40,000 California child care providers will get at least a 15 percent pay raise starting in 2022 through their first-ever collective bargaining agreement.

(June 25, 2021) → Read the full The Sacramento Bee report
State Budget Revision Earmarks More Money for Child Mental Health

Advocates say demand for care has been up during the pandemic, and services are inadequate.

(June 1, 2021) → Read the full CapRadio report
Head of Watsonville Farmers Market Takes Over Pinto Lake City Park

New concessionaire Jesus Madrigal talks about his plans for the park, which include bringing in new offerings such as a farmers market, food truck festivals, and family-friendly activities.

(April 7, 2021) → Read the full The Pajaronian report
New Pump Track Opens in Watsonville

The Ramsey Park Pumptrack opened in Watsonville. At over 20,000 square feet, the asphalt paved rollers, banked turns and jumps is the newest, and largest, pumptrack in the county.

(March 27, 2021) → Read the full Santa Cruz County Sentinel report
Santa Cruz Little League Prepares to Play Ball

The 8 Little Leagues comprising District 39 are in various phases of enrolling and preparing for the coming season.

(March 6, 2021) → Read the full Santa Cruz County Sentinel report
Scotts Valley Unified School District Reopens Kindergartens

Kindergarteners returned to in-person classes in Scotts Valley as local schools slowly reopen almost a full year since the beginning of the pandemic.

(March 3, 2021) → Read the full Santa Cruz County Sentinel report
Schools Continue to Reopen

As COE and district officials anticipate the county entering the less restrictive red tier within several days, plans have been announced for the resumption of in-person middle and high school classes.

(March 3, 2021) → Read the full Santa Cruz County Sentinel report
Santa Cruz County Sports Get Green Light

Because the Santa Cruz County COVID rate is currently below the levels stipulated under recently updated State health guidelines, full contact practice and play may resume.

(Feb. 20, 2021) → Read the full The Pajaronian report
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