County Board Takes Landmark Stance Against Single-Use Plastics

County Board Takes Landmark Stance Against Single-Use Plastics

The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted unanimously to implement what is likely the first prohibition on single-use bottles of personal care products at visitor accommodations in the U.S. Acting to protect the Monterey Bay and expand efforts to prevent plastic pollution, the Board voted to eliminate single-use plastic shampoo, conditioner and […]

Keeping Pets Safe in a Disaster

Keeping Pets Safe in a Disaster

By Tiffany L. Mitchener, DVM Are you ready? If the ground suddenly starts to shake and an earthquake hits – are you ready? If a fire breaks out in the middle of the night, are you ready? While we all hope our communities remain safe, disaster can strike at any time.  It is important to […]

“Winter Retrospective”

“Winter Retrospective”

Pacific Voices Celebrates 25 Years with its December Concerts By Dr. Sean Boulware, Director Join us as Pacific Voices celebrates twenty-five years of singing together as a community—and for our community, on Saturday, December 15 at 7:00 p.m. or Sunday, December 16, at 3:00 p.m., at Peace United Community Church, 900 High St., Santa Cruz. […]

LoForti Named Cannabis Licensing Manager

LoForti Named Cannabis Licensing Manager

By Jason Hoppin County Administrative Officer Carlos J. Palacios is pleased to announce Samuel LoForti as the County’s new Cannabis Licensing Manager. A licensed professional geologist and private sector consultant, LoForti has extensive experience and background working with clients and regulators to perform site assessments, navigate permitting processes, achieve environmental compliance, implement storm water management […]

And Baby Makes Six

And Baby Makes Six

By Janet Payne-Downs Yes, it’s true. A new baby will arrive in Friendswood, Texas on or about January 20th of next year. There goes my room. I guess I WILL be living in their sweltering, spider and scorpion-infested tool shed after all. Michael and Najla were in a bit of denial about the pregnancy. They […]

Supporting Local Businesses

Supporting Local Businesses

By Zach Friend As we head into the holiday season it’s always a good time to remember to support our small, locally owned businesses. In Santa Cruz County, 82 percent of local businesses have less than 9 employees. Many small, locally owned businesses rely on a strong holiday season to have a successful year. This […]

Free Sandbags at Aptos/La Selva Fire House

Free Sandbags at Aptos/La Selva Fire House

The Aptos/La Selva Fire Protection District is currently distributing free sand and sandbags to Aptos/La Selva residents at Station 1, located at 6934 Soquel Drive in Aptos. The self-filling sand area is in the front of the parking lot, just behind the brick barrier. There is a limit of 10 bags per resident; they can […]

The Flu is Back! Be a Flu Fighter!

The Flu is Back! Be a Flu Fighter!

Last year the flu hit Santa Cruz County hard. In response, the Central California Alliance for Health (the Alliance), which provides health care services for 350,000 California residents-including one in four residents here in Santa Cruz County, is launching a “Be a Flu Fighter” vaccine campaign this flu season. Flu vaccines are free and can […]

“Drive for Schools” Grand Prize Winner

“Drive for Schools” Grand Prize Winner

Santa Cruz Community Raises $702,000 for Local Schools Drive for Schools, the largest school fundraiser in Santa Cruz County, raised $702,000 for local schools this year. Sponsored by the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Subaru of Santa Cruz and Toyota of Santa Cruz, Drive for Schools has raised over $6.1 million for Santa Cruz County schools […]

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