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The Importance of Water Infrastructure

The Importance of Water Infrastructure

By Melanie Mow Schumacher Water is vital to America’s economy and our quality of life. In fact, aging infrastructure and years of deferred maintenance is catching up, and the cost of inaction could be severe. A new economic analysis for the “Value of Water Campaign” found that a one-day nationwide disruption in water service would […]



Teaching, Learning & Education

Teaching, Learning & Education

By Michael Watkins, County Superintendent of Schools California’s Educational Resources Crisis Teaching and learning are experiences that shape, or have shaped, all of our lives in one way or another. Nurturing an insecure, or troubled, student to blossom into a resilient and successful learner, or seeing pride in the eyes of a child discovering that […]



A New School Year is Upon Us

A New School Year is Upon Us

By Scott Turnbull, Superintendent Soquel Union Elementary School District “Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.” — Kofi Annan, 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations ••• August is here and with it comes a new school year. The students in Soquel Union Elementary School District […]



Garage Supply Area

Garage Supply Area

By Pam Hudson Simplify Me, Pam! My supplies area in the garage is a disaster, and I can’t ever find the ant spray and other household cleansers when I need them! For much of my home, I like to edit the clutter, contain my stuff and keep it out of sight — but still easily […]



Improving Local Economy

Improving Local Economy

By Bruce McPherson Evidence of an improved economy can be seen all over the Fifth District and throughout Santa Cruz County. Building permit applications are flowing into the Santa Cruz County Planning Department, and while the retail economy is being battered, the real estate market is active. In San Lorenzo Valley, several new restaurants are […]



Financial Moves for “Empty Nesters”

Financial Moves for “Empty Nesters”

When your children leave home and you become an “empty nester,” you’ll probably make several adjustments in your lifestyle. But how will your empty nest status affect your financial situation? Everyone’s story is different, involving a range of variables. But here are a few issues to consider: Insurance – If your kids are through school, your […]



A Dog Owner’s Guide to Canine Flu

A Dog Owner’s Guide to Canine Flu

By Tiffany L. Mitchener, DVM The newspaper headlines have struck fear in every dog owner this summer: “Canine flu has killed two North Carolina dogs…” Charlotte Observer, 6/7/17 • “Dog owners, beware the rise of canine influenza,” The Courier-Journal, 6/29/17 • “As dog flu outbreak widens, experts call for flu shots,” Orlando Sentinel, 6/30/17 What is […]



Finding the Keys to Financial Independence

Finding the Keys to Financial Independence

By Attorney John Mlnarik In today’s free market society, individuals are free to spend the money they have and even the money they might have in the future. However, borrowing against your future can be risky, and a bad practice to get into. With all the freedoms we enjoy as U.S. citizens, those who are […]



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