Erika Mahoney

Reporter

Erika joined KAZU in 2016. Her roots in radio began at an early age working for the independent community radio station in her hometown of Boulder, Colorado. After graduating from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in 2012, Erika spent four years working as a television reporter. She’s very happy to be back in public radio and loves living in the Monterey Bay Area.

 

Erika Mahoney

Protesters across the country and here on the Central Coast want the Trump Administration to stop separating families at the border.  

Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office

Another illegal opium poppy field has been discovered on the Central Coast. This ninth field was found in Santa Cruz County. It’s located by a vacant house on Riverside Drive just outside Watsonville.  

Erika Mahoney

Why were thousands of opium poppies growing in Monterey County? And where were they headed? That’s what the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office is trying to figure out. Deputies discovered eight fields full of the illegal flower in and around Moss Landing.

Erika Mahoney

Farmworker housing is in crisis. There’s not enough of it and much of what’s available is lousy. A growing number of agriculture companies are building seasonal housing for their workers. But that has it challenges.

Brandt Bates

In Tuesday’s primary election, some races were settled. In other races, the field was narrowed.

Taylor Romo

Wednesday AM Update: Monterey County Supervisors voted 4-1 to lower the county's taxes on the cannabis industry. The new rate for cultivation in greenhouses is $5 per square foot of the foliage area. And for indoor cultivation, the new rate is $8 per square foot of the foliage area. 

Erika Mahoney

Union workers at the University of California Santa Cruz are calling their three day strike a success. Thousands of workers participated in the statewide walkout at UC campuses after contract negotiations failed over a year ago.  

Santa Cruz’s main water source of water is once again running low. So this week, citywide water restrictions went into effect.  

U.S. Census Bureau

Monterey County is joining a lawsuit over the 2020 U.S. census. The lawsuit aims to stop the Trump Administration from asking about citizenship status in the upcoming nationwide population count.

Brandt Bates

Thursday AM Update: The CDC reports one person from California has died in connection to this E. coli outbreak from contaminated romaine lettuce. At last count, there are 121 cases with 52 hospitalizations. The cases now span 25 states. 

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