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National Night Out is an annual community event that strengthens police-community partnerships. Neighborhoods host festivals, parades, and other events while police officers demonstrate safety procedures.

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Cal Fire Unit Chief Predicts Busy Fire Season for Santa Cruz County

In a presentation to the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, Santa Cruz County and Cal Fire San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit Fire Chief Nate Armstrong reviewed the state of county fire services and the outlook for 2022. In short, “It looks grim as always.”

(June 29, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz County Sentinel report
Metallic Balloon Sparks Outage for Thousands of Santa Cruzans

More than 6,000 PG&E customers in the city of Santa Cruz experienced a power outage on June 17. PG&E crews attributed the incident to a metallic balloon tangled in power equipment.

(June 17, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz County Sentinel report

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Image caption: Assault weapons like the AR-15 rifle remain banned in California, but maybe not for long.
California Assault Weapons Ban May End Due To SCOTUS Ruling

California's assault weapons ban, in place since 1989, may not stand up to a new Supreme Court decision that makes it much harder for states to impose gun control. A federal court brief filed June 30 aims to strike down …

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County needs plan to reduce wildfire fuel, civil grand jury reports

Report calls out lack of brush clearing on escape roads

Image caption: Thousands of homeowners have been kicked off their fire insurance policies.
California Fire Insurance Crisis: How the State Helps Homeowners

As California insurance companies have revoked the fire policies of thousands of homeowners, the state has taken steps to get them covered again.

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Santa Cruz County Resource Conservation District Awarded Over $390K

The grant is for local forest health and wildfire resilience work.

Image caption: Historically dry conditions appear likely to lead to another summer of fire in California.
California Wildfire Season 2022: Here's What to Expect

The 2022 California wildfire season looks like another dangerous one, with the state's historic drought showing no signs of letting up. Here's what to expect, and some measures the state is taking to slow down the flames.

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Smoky Fire Chars 2.2 Acres

WATSONVILLE—A large swath of the Pajaro Valley was blanketed with heavy smoke Monday afternoon after a fire erupted in a brush-covered field between the Pajaro River and 30 Riverside Road. The 3:45pm incident drew a large response from Watsonville Fire, …

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Crime Level Stabilizing in Scotts Valley

Statistics presented to the city council revealed a spike in crime during the pandemic, but SVPD say things are getting back to normal.

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Slow Burn: Cal Fire Has Failed to Fight PTSD, Heavy Workloads

Workers’ comp cases for PTSD are routinely denied, and many crews are fatigued from working weeks at a time with no time off

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Mobile homes destroyed in fire

Residents of the Redwoods on the River trailer park in Ben Lomond were told to flee as fire consumed a pair of mobile homes on June 1. The blaze sent toxic plumes of smoke into the canopy above. Sgt. Jason …

Image caption: Many of Robert Kerbeck’s neighbors in Malibu Park lost their homes in the 2018 Woolsey Fire, which left behind lots where only chimneys still stood.
Give Your Home a Fighting Chance

California wildfires are becoming larger, more frequent and more ferocious. ‘Malibu Burning’ author Robert Kerbeck shares simple steps you can take to protect your home.

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