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. 

Michelle Loxton

The fear of immigration raids at local farms was heightened after President Trump recently tweeted about mass deportations. On Friday, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Congressman Jimmy Panetta addressed that concern after a town hall in Watsonville.

Samantha Clark

Driscoll’s, the world’s largest berry distributor, has a reputation of being socially responsible in an industry often criticized for abuses. Even so, farmworkers and activists are targeting the family-owned company, saying it allows unfair labor practices.

Krista Almanzan

Summer has arrived at Watsonville’s Pinto Lake Park. School children are having end of year picnics, and the RV camping spots are filling up.   But what hasn’t arrived are the toxic algal blooms.   

In recent years Pinto Lake has been plagued by chronic blooms of a toxic blue green algae.  It looks bad, smells worse and has the potential to make people sick.