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Southern Resident Orcas Receive Oregon Endangered Species Protections
PORTLAND, Ore., February 16, 2024 — The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted today to protect Southern Resident orcas under the state’s Endangered Species Act, responding to a February 2023 p...
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20 Free Things to Do in Sacramento County
Home to the state capital, Sacramento County offers many amusements for visitors and locals alike. But only some require no cash outlay.
Native American Author’s Haunting History
Tommy Orange is feeling nervous. He’s about to embark on a months-long, cross-country publicity tour for his upcoming sophomore book, “Wandering Stars.”
AT&T Schedules Public Meetings to Address Discontinuation of Landlines
In January AT&T applied to the California Public Utilities Commission to withdraw service to its landline customers. Many in the Santa Cruz Mountains depend on landline service during emergencies.
From Monterey Herald...
Awaiting the Count—Gray Whales Population Has Been Declining
There was a time not so long ago when trained observers were overwhelmed by the number of whales migrating through Monterey Bay.
Why Does California Elect Local Judges?
Of all the races on your ballot, the least information is often available on local judges. Here are some ways to find out more about these candidates.
Live Oak Teacher Layoffs Proposed to Avoid State Takeover of School District
Plans to close a $2.9 million budget gap and save the Live Oak School District from a state takeover stalled, as some parents and staff said administrators should be laid off rather than teachers.
Watsonville Public House Taproom Opens Up
The Watsonville Public House has been a dream of Watsonville Presbyterian minister Robby Olson and his wife, Jenni, when they came to Watsonville a decade ago.
From Santa Cruz Sentinel...
Live Oak School District Board Sidesteps Staff Cuts
In the face of a looming budget crisis, the Live Oak School District’s governing board declined to approve recommended employee cuts, at least for now, despite warnings from staff that the reductions are necessary.
From SF Gate...
Wealthy Bay Area Enclave Worried About Sprawling New Development
Residents of San Rafael say the project could bring noise, pollution and crime to the area.
Santa Cruz County Needle Exchange Grows as Lawsuit Shutters Volunteer Exchange
Three months after a court ruling shuttered a needle exchange mainly run by volunteers in Santa Cruz County, the county’s Health Services Agency has more than doubled its clean syringe distribution and run a mobile needle-exchange program in Santa Cruz.
Former Supervisor, Tribal Leader Face Off Against Incumbent Congresswoman
Longtime Silicon Valley congresswoman Zoe Lofgren is locked in a contentious battle with Muwekma Ohlone tribal leader Charlene Nijmeh and former San Benito County Supervisor Peter Hernandez that will be decided in November, when the two highest primary vote getters face off for the 18th District seat.
California’s Polluted Communities Could Miss Out on Billions Under Flawed System
The state’s environmental tool skews which communities are designated as disadvantaged, researchers say. Some immigrant neighborhoods could be left out, while other groups are overrepresented.
California Court Ruling Could Crack Down on Tactics to Slow or Block Construction
The California Environmental Quality Act has often been used, or misused, to block housing construction and other projects. A new state appellate court decision could reduce that practice.
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