California Teachers Pay For Their Own Substitutes During Extended Sick Leave

A 40-year-old California law requiring public school teachers on extended sick leave to pay for their own substitute teachers is under scrutiny by some state lawmakers after NPR member station KQED reported on the practice. KQED found that a San Francisco Unified elementary school teacher had to pay the cost of her own substitute — amounting to nearly half of her paycheck — while she underwent extended cancer treatment. Since the story published, more public school teachers have reached out...

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Bonny Doon, CA – For the second time in less than a month, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a state of emergency in Santa Cruz County. This time, it's to help fight the Martin Fire burning in Bonny Doon. It started late Wednesday afternoon on Martin Road.

Monterey Bay Area – When Patrice Boyle opened Soif Wine Bar & Restaurant in downtown Santa Cruz she knew she wanted to serve only sustainable seafood. "I did it because I was aware of the problems with over fishing and un-sustainable fisheries and that sort of thing. So I wanted to bring some attention to it and I didn't want to add to the problem," said Boyle.

Salinas – Tuesdays are almost always long days for Mike Cunnane. In addition to managing food services on the Hartnell College campus in Salinas, he finishes off many Tuesdays by preparing a meal for 100-plus community members.

The tradition started 25 years ago when Hartnell hired this former restaurateur to launch a new culinary program. The program quickly ended after failing to draw in enough students, but its legacy lives on today in the form of weekly international dinners.

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