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Santa Cruz County takes back flood mitigation funding

Santa Cruz County has withdrawn from an agreement with Pajaro Valley Regional Flood Management Agency (PRFMA) after the two disagreed on how to spend roughly $1 million in funds meant to address flood risk in South County. PRFMA is made …

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Pajaro Gets $20 Million in State Budget

The money will help Pajaro residents recover from flooding, regardless of immigration status.

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Parks for All

Capitola latest city in Santa Cruz County with plans to make its park universally accessible, accommodating children of all abilities

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Santa Cruz Local's Deep Dive on Homelessness Spending

A local newsroom follows the local, state and federal money spent on homelessness in Santa Cruz County and examines how effectively it was spent.

Image caption: In what appears to be a power play that worked, a developer proposed building 14 residential highrises with a combined 4,260 units in Santa Monica.
How California Developers Twist Affordable Housing Laws

A new interpretation of an old law gives homebuilders leverage over California cities and their zoning codes. They’re using it to push through thousands of new apartments around the state.

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The Struggle for Safe Water Continues for Boulder Creek Residents

For nearly three years, residents have been battling the area’s private utility provider for a basic service.

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The Cultural Tapestry of the Beach Flats, Santa Cruz’s Most Diverse Neighborhood

Looking back on the history of the multicultural community as it moves into the future

Image caption: Caltrans has received $680,000 in federal funding to explore alternatives for reconnecting communities along the I-980 in Oakland.
Rerouting Past Wrongs

California lawmakers are exploring ways to reconnect urban neighborhoods torn asunder during the interstate highway construction boom of the 1950s and ’60s.

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Boulder Creek Brewery Update

Owner Joe Wolff has convened an unofficial group of trades advisors to offer suggestions for renovations to the Boulder Creek Brewery building. Obstacles to overcome include downtown septic challenges and resolution of outstanding permitting issues. Wolff purchased the property last …

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The Founding of Alba School, The Little Red Schoolhouse of Ben Lomond

By Lucia MacLean Around 2005 or so, I was given a set of keys to Alba School and declared its docent by a prominent member of the Alba School Community. It was with the idea that I would go through …

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Kitten Kornher Rescue

By Jennifer Mount What do kittens, glass, and handmade soap have in common? They share the same address in a prominent storefront on the corner of Highway 9 and Forest Street in downtown Boulder Creek where you are greeted by …

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What’s New at Malone’s Grille in Scotts Valley

By Michele Murphy You may have noticed some heightened activity at Scotts Valley’s centrally located dining establishment and legendary cocktail lounge. Under new management, with a fresh set of ideas and offerings, Malone’s Grille is setting itself up for success …

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Measure T: Boulder Creek Rec Parcel Tax Measure

Boulder Creek and Brookdale residents served by the Boulder Creek Recreation and Parks District will be voting on a parcel tax measure on the November ballot. The synopsis of the measure reads: To improve and build large capital and infrastructure …

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Boulder Creek Community: A United Voice

By Taylor Kimble As the world struggled with COVID-19 and its various complications, the Santa Cruz Mountains faced yet another life-threatening obstacle in August 2020: the CZU Lightning Complex Fire. The fire forced mountain residents to evacuate their homes and …

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Boulder Creek Could Get $3.5M In Upgrades

Boulder Creek is now in line for $3.5 million that could be coming from more than 2,800 miles away—Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C.—for a couple key improvements to the historic lumber town’s infrastructure. On July 7, Congressional Representative Anna Eshoo …

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Barnraising in the Mountains

As the Two Year Anniversary of the CZU Fire Nears, Community Launches a Citizen-led Approach By Antonia Bradford The two year anniversary of the CZU Fire is rapidly approaching. As the smoke cleared and life returned to normal for the …

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The Redwood Mountain Faire, Deep Roots in the Valley

By Michele Murphy The “Redwood Mountains Fine Arts & Crafts Faire and Music Festival” delighted valley residents for nearly 20 years at its original home at Highlands County Park in Ben Lomond. Between 1980 and 1996 it was hosted by …

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A Passion for Wine: Capitola Wine Bar Celebrates Five Year Anniversary

By Julie Horner Doug and Ann Marie Conrad celebrate an anniversary in May. “We bought the wine bar in 2017 under a different name, Cava Wine Bar, and rebranded it to Capitola Wine Bar in May of 2018,” Ann Marie …

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Second Venus Spirits Cocktails Location Coming to Rio Del Mar

Plus, Santa Cruz author Leslie Karst's ‘The Fragrance of Death’ drops on Aug. 4, and inflation hits local restaurants hard

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Ben Lomond Business Revels in History

According to a historical inventory application, the Hessey House, aka the “pink house” at the southern entrance to Ben Lomond, is the oldest business/residence in the village. The story of the building, built by Thomas Hessey after he moved to …

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