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Santa Cruz Free Clinic cares for those in the local community who are experiencing homelessness. It fights healthcare disparities in the Santa Cruz community by providing compassionate and accessible healthcare and resources to those in need.

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Think You Have Lead Paint in Your Home?


Though there are things homeowners can do to make their houses safer, lead abatement is not a do-it-yourself project.

Newsom Seeks to Cut Ties With Walgreens Over Abortion Pill Access


It’s not clear how the decision might affect those enrolled in Medi-Cal, the state’s health insurance program for low-income residents, for which Walgreens is a key provider.

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Watsonville Community Hospital leaders establish fundraising arm

WATSONVILLE—After purchasing Watsonville Community Hospital last year, and beginning operations on Sept. 1, the people who run the institution are now looking for ways to keep it funded. The Pajaro Valley Healthcare District Project (PVHDP)—a group of nonprofit leaders and …

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Santa Cruz County shows leadership in annual Tobacco Control Grades

American Lung Association has released its annual State of Tobacco Control 2023 California Local Grades, and each of the five Santa Cruz County jurisdictions earned an overall grade of an A or B, ranking highly among the 482 incorporated cities …

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On the frontlines of pesticide exposure

Editor’s note:  This story is the first of “Adrift,” a three-part series by Environmental Health News, and palabra, a multimedia platform of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, on pesticide use in California that finds rural communities of color and …

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Health and Fitness: Palomar Ballroom Dance Lessons Boom

With roughly 17 styles of dance, there’s something for everyone

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The Plant-Forward, Healthier, More Sustainable Future of School Meals

An update on the $100 million allotted to California schools to provide healthier meals

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Health and Fitness: Watsonville’s New Pump Track is Worth a Ride

The large concrete expanse is a playground for all vehicles with wheels

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Explaining California in 2022: Our 10 Best Explainers of the Year

2022 was a year that needed a lot of explaining. And California Local was there. Here are our 10 most important explanatory journalism stories from the year gone by, from immigration to cryptocurrency to wealth inequality and more.

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Criminal justice, healthcare and more among new laws for ’23

With a flurry of new laws ready to take effect, the Pajaronian took a look at a handful of the more notable ones, which take on several aspects of criminal justice, health services and firearms.  WALKING A FINE LINE Before …

Image caption: Migrants wait in line while California border activists organize the group to enter the U.S. and seek asylum through the Chaparral entryway in Tijuana, Mexico on Dec. 22, 2022.
Border Scramble

The Supreme Court is keeping in place, for now, Title 42 — the pandemic policy that OK’d migrant expulsions. California has yet to figure out how to meet the needs of an influx of migrants when it does go away.

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Amoxicillin: Why the Popular Antibiotic is in Short Supply

Amoxicillin, the most widely prescribed antibiotic, is suddenly in short supply just as a wave of respiratory illnesses is sweeping California. What is causing the sudden shortage?

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