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  • Cynthia Mathews spent her career fighting for reproductive rights, and brought Planned Parenthood to Santa Cruz over 50 years ago.
  • On June 7th, Santa Cruz County voters will weigh in on the future of the rail corridor between Santa Cruz and Watsonville. Jack Brown of Yes Greenway speaks to KAZU News in support of Measure D.This is one of a three-part series on Measure D.
  • On June 7th, Santa Cruz County voters will weigh in on the future of the rail corridor between Santa Cruz and Watsonville. Mark Mesiti-Miller of No Way Greenway speaks to KAZU News in opposition to Measure D.This is one of a three-part series on Measure D.
  • On June 7th, Santa Cruz County voters will weigh in on the future of the rail corridor that runs between Santa Cruz and Watsonville. Guy Preston, the director of the county's transportation commission, answered some basic questions about railbanking and the future of the rail corridor.This is one of a three-part series on Measure D.
  • Monterey Peninsula Voices celebrates its 60th anniversary this week. The diverse choral group of some 50 singers have just one thing in common: they are passionate about singing. In fact, except for a $195 member fee that goes to maintaining the group, a love of song is the only requirement to join. No experience is necessary.
  • Monterey Bay’s new professional soccer team is set to play its first home game May 7. The Monterey Bay Football Club, also known as the Union, is using a stadium built by the U.S. Army 70 years ago that sits at the entrance of what is now CSU Monterey Bay. The stadium was key to bringing professional soccer to the Monterey Peninsula.
  • Winemakers in California are facing another hot summer of drought and potential wildfire. When forests burn near California’s wine country, it’s not just the flames that threaten vineyards — it’s also the smoke, which can sully grapes on the vine that then produce ashy, bitter wine.Now, scientists in Santa Cruz are helping them confront that dilemma, with a unique approach that can sniff out the smoke in grapes. They say the results will allow winemakers to better predict whether grapes are worth harvesting or better left to rot.
  • Natalie Bathala, an astrophysicist at UC Santa Cruz, scans the stars in search of planets, including some that might support life. The recently launched James Webb Space Telescope will provide the clearest picture yet of these “exoplanets” that orbit stars beyond our solar system.
  • In late 2019, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a new program to dramatically speed up the state’s wildfire prevention work. But an investigation from CapRadio and The California Newsroom found the program hasn’t resulted in a single completed project.
  • Climate Costs: The High Price of Climate Change for California Communities