Santa Cruz County

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10/30/2019: PG&E decided not to turn off the power in Santa Cruz County on Tuesday following changes in the weather. 

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10/28/2019 5:15PM: PG&E announced Monday evening that they will be moving forward with another Public Safety Power Shutoff on Tuesday. This round will likely impact portions of 29 counties, including parts of Santa Cruz County. Monterey County will not be affected.

 

Erika Mahoney

10/25/2019 9:00PM: According to the Monterey County Office of Emergency Services, the number of people potentially impacted in Monterey County has increased to 9,000.

Erika Mahoney


Nearly 40,000 PG&E customers lost power in Santa Cruz County. County officials say the restoration process is beginning. But the shutoff has taken a toll on people and businesses. 

Michelle Loxton

 


Parts of Santa Cruz County are expected to lose power beginning at 8pm tonight. Residents have tried to prepare for PG&E’s anticipated “Public Safety Power Shutoff” with changing information. Local water departments are also on high alert. 

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UPDATE 10/09/19 1:40pm: PG&E has announced that shutoffs in Santa Cruz County will begin later this afternoon and into the evening. According to Santa Cruz County, power outages for parts of the county are expected to begin after 8 p.m.

  

Michelle Loxton

In its quest to go after plastic pollution, Santa Cruz County has set its sights on single use cups and plastic water bottles.

Erika Mahoney

 


The Cotoni-Coast Dairies property in Santa Cruz County has been closed since it became a National Monument over two years ago. Now, the public has a chance to weigh in on what activities they want for the nearly 6,000 acres of open space. 

 

Erika Mahoney

 


Immigration enforcements happen throughout the year. But with the recent warnings about nationwide ICE raids, some are using the opportunity to educate undocumented immigrants about their rights. 

Krista Almanzan

Santa Cruz County is looking to ban more plastic items.  And they’re asking the public to help them decide what to go after.

Erika Mahoney

Santa Cruz County was one of the first to ban plastic bags and straws. Up next, big changes for small hotel toiletries.

Erika Mahoney

Across the nation, the Winter Solstice has become a time to remember those who died while homeless. The Winter Solstice is the longest night of the year. In Santa Cruz County, the number of people who died homeless this year is up.

Krista Almanzan

Statewide election results will be certified by Friday.  As the final numbers come in, there's a new number to look for: how many people registered and voted on the same day.  This was California’s first general election to allow same day voting. 

Erika Mahoney

California’s expensive housing market is pushing people out. That’s a top concern for some as they head to the polls. In Santa Cruz County, voters will weigh in on Measure H. It taxes property owners to pay for affordable housing. 

Krista Almanzan


Although you still have a month to mull over your choices before Election Day, early voting is underway.  It started Monday.

Erika Mahoney

A dead humpback whale that washed ashore in Santa Cruz County will be left to decompose naturally. Scientists were able to take some samples of the marine mammal, but not everything they wanted.

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.  

Doug McKnight

The Monterey Bay’s multi-billion dollar farming industry depends on thousands of farmworkers. But a new study finds there’s a tremendous lack of housing for them.

Krista Almanzan

The number of homeless deaths in Santa Cruz County has reached a new high.  The fifty people who died homeless in 2017 were honored in a memorial service Tuesday.

Krista Almanzan


Summer festivals often reflect the harvest of a region.  Watsonville has the Strawberry Festival.  For Gilroy, it’s garlic.  And Capitola hosts the annual Begonia Festival.  

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