Santa Cruz County

Alicia Jimenez, PVUSD

 


 

The majority of public school students in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties qualify for free and reduced school meals. With schools shut down everywhere due to the coronavirus, local school districts are stepping up. They’re offering free meals at school sites for all students 18 and younger. Links to which school sites are serving meals and when are listed below.

 

California Department of Public Health

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends the use of cloth face coverings, especially in hotspots of the coronavirus. The state of California also recommends the use of face coverings, which can be homemade.

All Californians are under orders from Governor Gavin Newsom to stay home in light of the coronavirus. Santa Cruz County and Monterey County health officers have extended their shelter in place orders for local residents through May 3.

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 


 

Over the last few days, Santa Cruz County officials confirmed that two community members have tested positive for COVID-19.

 

California Department of Public Health

A Santa Cruz County resident has tested positive for COVID-19. According to County officials, the resident had previously traveled on the Grand Princess cruise ship from San Francisco to Mexico.

Michelle Loxton

There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Cruz or Monterey counties, but local health officials are still preparing. Twelve counties in California have reported cases of the virus. On Wednesday, the first death occurred in the state.

Erika Mahoney

 


Since California’s primary was earlier this year, many voters felt their voice really counted this time around. KAZU’s Erika Mahoney visited a Monterey Bay area polling place on Super Tuesday to get a taste of how voters, old and new, made their mark. 

Local Super Tuesday Results Certified

Mar 3, 2020
Michelle Loxton

Updated: 04/03/2020 at 11:30am PST

 

*Santa Cruz County and Monterey County election results have been certified. As a note, jurisdictions who haven't certified their results yet do have until April 24, 2020 to do so, which may affect statewide results.

 

Over a dozen states held nominating contests on Super Tuesday (March 3, 2020), including California.

 

Bernie Sanders won California’s Democratic Presidential Primary election, the largest state with the largest delegate haul. He received 35.8% of the vote.

 

 

Erika Mahoney

The rate of sea level rise is accelerating. Communities along the California coast are preparing for that eventuality. In Santa Cruz County, some are pushing back against the plans.  


Doug McKnight

Monterey and Santa Cruz counties still need 100 poll workers each for the March 3rd California Primary. 

Scott Cohn

 


A 32-mile combination light rail line and pedestrian and bicycle trail from Davenport to Watsonville may finally be on the road to reality, according to backers of the project. It’s been a dream of Santa Cruz County transportation planners for decades. But opponents still say the project is impractical and should be scrapped in favor of only a trail, with no rail. 

Erika Mahoney

Vote by mail voters should receive their ballots by the end of next week. KAZU’s Erika Mahoney spoke with Gail Pellerin to talk about what voters should know, but might be afraid to ask. Pellerin is the Santa Cruz County clerk and registrar of voters. She’s been serving as the county’s chief elections official for 27 years.

@PGE4Me on Twitter

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

@PGE4Me on Twitter

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. 

@PGE4Me on Twitter

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. 

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