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Historically, youth voter turnout is low. But young people are more engaged than ever before. Voter registration numbers among California college students tripled this election season compared to all of 2016, according to the state. KAZU spoke with young voters in our community who are making their mark this election.

Erika Mahoney

Welcome to KAZU's weekly news roundup for 10/30/20. Here you'll find the top local stories of the week and a few select national stories from NPR.

Doug McKnight

If passed, Measure Y would increase the hotel tax in the City of Monterey by 2 percent beginning January 1. The measure is popular among neighborhood groups, which would receive 16% of the new tax revenue, but not so popular among city hotels.

Erika Mahoney

As the pandemic shakes up how we vote, Santa Cruz County has rolled out something new, a mobile voting center. Called the “VoteMobile,” it has been cruising through the county since mid-October, bringing voting directly to residents. Not only is the VoteMobile serving those who can’t venture far from their homes due to COVID-19, it’s also helping those who lost their homes in the CZU Lightning Complex fire.

Erika Mahoney

California’s 29th Assembly District covers the entire coastline of the Monterey Bay as well as a good portion of southern San Jose. In this election, a four-term incumbent is running against a political newcomer. 

Erika Mahoney

Welcome to KAZU's weekly news roundup for 10/23/20. Here you'll find the top local stories of the week and a few select national stories from NPR.

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Monterey County’s four hospitals have joined forces again to talk about COVID-19, but this time with a caveat -- flu season is almost here.

Michelle Loxton.

Small business owner Jeff Gorman is one of the candidates running for California’s 20th Congressional District seat. Gorman is a Republican. This is his first time running for the House of Representatives.

Congressman Jimmy Panetta.

Congressman Jimmy Panetta is one of the candidates running for California’s 20th Congressional District seat. Panetta is the incumbent Democratic. He is undefeated and running for his third term in the House of Representatives.

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Welcome to KAZU's weekly news roundup for 10/16/20. Here you'll find the top local stories of the week and a few select national stories from NPR.

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As of 2pm, PG&E said via Twitter it restored power to all customers in Santa Cruz County and Monterey County. Statewide, approximately half of the total customers impacted by the 10/14 Public Safety Power Shutoff have power back. 

 

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The Trump administration can end counting for the 2020 census early after the Supreme Court approved a request to suspend a lower court order that extended the count's schedule.

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KAZU News has won the National Edward R. Murrow Award: Excellence in Sound for the story Rescued Sea Otters Return To The Monterey Bay by Krista Almanzan, the former news director of KAZU.

Brandt Bates

Welcome to KAZU's weekly news roundup for 10/9/20. Here you'll find the top local stories of the week and a few select national stories from NPR.

Erika Mahoney

Early voting began this week in California and mail-in ballots started landing in mailboxes. Besides the important decisions you’ll make on candidate races, ballot props and, of course, the next president, you also have to figure out how to cast your ballot.

Erika Mahoney

Welcome to KAZU's weekly news roundup for 10/2/20. Here you'll find the top local stories of the week and a few select national stories from NPR.

Michelle Loxton

This year, amid a pandemic, all registered voters in California will receive a ballot in the mail. Locally, ballots are already beginning to arrive. There’s a lot to keep track of and a lot of curiosity, like how is my signature verified? Gail Pellerin, Santa Cruz County’s chief elections official, answered our questions. 

Michelle Loxton

Wildfires can have a lasting impact on the natural environment. New life can sprout from the ashes, but some things are lost forever. To understand the long-term impacts on the Monterey Bay area, we studied three examples: a beloved park, almost extinct birds and some famous trees.

Empower Yourself For The Critical Weeks Ahead

Sep 25, 2020
Michelle Loxton

Welcome to KAZU's weekly news roundup for 9/25/20 where you'll find the top local stories of the week and a few select national stories from NPR.

Doug McKnight

This week marks the High Holy Days in the Jewish religion, stretching from Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, to Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, which begins Sunday evening. It comes at a time when people of all faiths are restricted in worshiping together indoors. California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered the restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19. It has forced congregations to rediscover what it means to be communities of faith.

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