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Grand Jury looks at Behavioral Health Division

The Santa Cruz County Behavioral Health Division (BHD) is underfunded and understaffed, which hinders its ability to provide services to low-income patients, young people and jail inmates with mental health needs. A lack of bilingual staff, furthermore, makes delivering mental health services to Latinos challenging. That’s...

Watsonville teen is County Board of Education’s first student trustee

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After decades of making decisions that affect the lives of students throughout Santa Cruz County, the County Board of Education on Thursday inaugurated its first student trustee. Oscar Alvarez-Delgado, a 17-year-old senior from Pajaro Valley High School, was chosen from five applicants.  Santa Cruz County Office...

Briefs: Kabwasa to perform in Watsonville

Kabwasa to perform in Watsonville Singer-songwriter Kabwasa, a Watsonville native, will return to his hometown for a show on Oct. 28. Kabwasa will be joined by special guests at Cerveceros Union Tap Room, 410 Rodriguez St. in Watsonville, at 7pm. The performance is open to those age...

PHOTO: Public goes behind the scenes at local farms

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People venture into Esperanza Community Farms on Lee Road in Watsonville Oct. 7 during the 10th annual Open Farms Tour. Every year, a handful of farms around Santa Cruz County open their doors over a chosen weekend to give a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how...

Grant awarded to program for women and children

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María Olvide Lozano’s 2-year-old daughter stomps around as her mother sits in the lobby of the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program at Community Bridges in Watsonville. It's 5pm on a Tuesday and the pair are the only clients here as staff wraps up...

Wine & Roses hits 40th year

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The 40th annual Evening of Wine & Roses unfolded Saturday night at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. Put on by the Community Health Trust of Pajaro Valley, the event serves as a fundraiser in support of health and wellness services for the Pajaro Valley. Guests...

Philanthropist, publisher Rowland Rebele dies

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​​Rowland Rebele, a publisher and philanthropist who wanted to give away all of his money before he passed away, died Saturday at the age of 93. “Reb,” as he liked to be called, served in the U.S. Navy and attended Stanford University before embarking on...

Holiday Lights at Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds ready to roll

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Last-minute fine-tuning is underway at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds to throw the switch for two million lights at the fourth annual Holiday Lights drive-thru, which runs Nov. 24-Dec. 24. Event coordinator Dave Kegebein said new additions this year, including tulips and poinsettias, large snails,...

PHOTO: Bomb washes ashore at Pajaro Dunes

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A military-grade ordnance is shown on the beach at Pajaro Dunes in Watsonville. The device washed ashore during recent heavy seas on New Year’s Eve, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office said. As a precaution, the Sheriff's bomb team responded, deemed it safe, and...

Cabrillo board censures Trujillo

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Cabrillo College’s governing board of trustees voted 7-1 to censure member Steve Trujillo during its Nov. 6 meeting for a series of Facebook posts that were deemed misogynistic and laced with profanity. The censure came despite a recommendation against it from an ad-hoc committee made...
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Murder arrest at Seabright Beach

A Santa Cruz man was arrested early Friday morning on suspicion of killing a woman on Seabright State Beach. The Santa Cruz Police Department said...

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