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Making it Easier to Build Accessory Dwelling Units

Making it Easier to Build Accessory Dwelling Units

By Zach Friend Throughout California there are discussions about how to address the significant affordable housing crisis. Recent academic and industry studies done on home affordability have shown that in some coastal communities less than a quarter of people earn enough income to be able to purchase a home in their community and many can’t […]

Health Benefits of Having Pets

Health Benefits of Having Pets

Nothing compares to the joy of coming home to a loyal companion. The unconditional love of a pet can do more than keep you company. Pets may also decrease stress, improve heart health, and even help children with their emotional and social skills. An estimated 68% of U.S. households have a pet. But who benefits […]

Maddie: Mature Companion for You

Maddie: Mature Companion for You

Maddie (ID #A247649) is a mature girl that is bound to make someone a devoted companion. She loves to relax and adjusts nicely to new environments. Since coming to the shelter she has been on several outings, including a trip to the KPIG radio station and an overnight with one of our volunteers. She loves […]

Nature Offers Lessons for Water Supply Resiliency

Nature Offers Lessons for Water Supply Resiliency

By Melanie Schumacher When it comes to the effective management of our groundwater resources, the Soquel Creek Water District’s goals are simple: keep our water supply safe, keep it reliable, and keep it sustainable. To be successful in this, we must be flexible and adapt to changing circumstances, build-in redundancies to our systems, and understand […]

County Budget Highlights

County Budget Highlights

By Bruce McPherson It’s often said that the highest expression of an organization’s values is how it spends its money. Santa Cruz County’s budget is a perfect example. While the $777 million budgeted for Fiscal Year 2018-19 largely keeps our spending in line with last year’s, we have invested more in human services, public safety […]

Santa Cruz County Budget Recap

Santa Cruz County Budget Recap

By Zach Friend The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors just concluded its annual budget process, and since it is often said that a budget is an expression of community values, I wanted to share some of the highlights of the budget for the coming year. Budget Standards First, we’ve been responsible with your money. […]

Coco: Eager to Please

Coco: Eager to Please

Coco (ID#A237254) is the cutest ragamuffin! She is sweet, social, and will do anything for a treat. While at the shelter she has made several trips out on the town, including the recent Human Race event on West Cliff! She is always earnest and eager to please. She would prefer to be with her person […]

Herbs For Kitchen And Garden

Herbs For Kitchen And Garden

By Tony Tomeo Herbs might be in our garden right now, whether we are aware of it or not. Trailing rosemary happens to be a popular and practical groundcover, and some varieties grow as low shrubbery. A few varieties of thyme also work as ground cover for small areas, or between stones. Various lavenders are […]

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