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Experienced Feline Seeks Position as Primary Lap Warmer

Experienced Feline Seeks Position as Primary Lap Warmer

Zoolie (A234414) is quiet, calm, and loves people. She is an extremely affectionate cat who will need someone committed to brushing her long lovely fur to prevent it from getting tangled. Zoolie’s previous person had a recent divorce, is working very long hours, and his new landlord will now allow pets. He brought Zoolie to […]






Small Changes — But Lasting Results

Small Changes — But Lasting Results

A Year on the Civil Grand Jury By the Santa Cruz County Chapter CGJA Like clockwork, our nation’s election cycle ignites impassioned conversations about transforming government: There are calls for sweeping changes and demands for greater transparency. However, once the ballots are cast, most folks resume their everyday routines. Yet one group of citizens – […]






Interview with Stephen Kessler

Interview with Stephen Kessler

By Jessica Johnson Arriving in Santa Cruz in the early 1970s, the writer Stephen Kessler found Santa Cruz to be “a cultural frontier town” in the sense that if you wanted to start something…you could. He took the challenge to heart, and over the past four decades has made significant contributions to the community of […]






Great Teachers Bring Learning to Life

Great Teachers Bring Learning to Life

By Scott Turnbull, Superintendent Soquel Unified Elementary School District “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” — Benjamin Franklin A great teacher doesn’t simply talk at their students. The art and craft of teaching is in developing conditions that inspire students to learn. Recently, I’ve had […]






Is it Time To End The Use of “Disposable” Water?

Is it Time To End The Use of “Disposable” Water?

By Melanie Mow Schumacher The Santa Cruz County community is a leader in implementing “The Three Rs” – reduce, reuse, recycle. Not only a plastic bag ban, but as of 2017 no plastic straws or stir sticks, and only compostable cups, lids, containers, and cutlery for County food-service establishments. Our community recognizes the importance of […]






Suki: Looking for a Home

Suki: Looking for a Home

Suki (A234492) has been passed around a lot in the past few months. She was abandoned six weeks ago. A neighbor was kind enough to feed her but was unable to care for her further. Instead of coming to the Shelter to find a new home, Suki was outside through some very wet and rough […]






Storm Damage Recovery

Storm Damage Recovery

By Bruce McPherson With a week of sunshine, it’s tempting to forget about the winter’s deluge and the associated storm damage. Tempting, but not possible. As of Wednesday, March 29, the County has 187 damage sites on roads in the unincorporated area, with an estimated $97 million in damage. Dozens and dozens more private roads […]






Teach Your Children Well … About Finances and Investing

Teach Your Children Well … About Finances and Investing

High debt levels … lack of savings … the inability to budget — these problems all have several causes, but one of them is almost certainly financial illiteracy. Too many of us just never developed the money management skills necessary to cope with our complicated — and expensive — world. But if you have young […]






Tips to Avoid Common Parenting Traps

Tips to Avoid Common Parenting Traps

By Nicole M. Young, MSW April is the Month of the Young Child and Child Abuse Prevention Month, so it’s a good time to reflect on what it takes to raise happy, healthy, resilient children who thrive throughout life. Parenting is a non-stop job full of joy, struggles, love, worries, pride and stress. Every parent […]






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