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16 Jul 2020

Realities of the Housing Crisis 

A housing crisis in a college town is a difficult situation for all residents, including students balancing their studies. At UC Santa Cruz, students living off campus must face the challenge of finding housing in a city with limited rent regulations and affordable housing, while…


40 Years of Art Rehabilitation 

Henry Frank had just arrived at San Quentin State Prison in 2003 when his friend convinced him to sign up for Arts in Corrections. After his friend’s persistence, Frank started attending the morning acrylics class. Frank’s artistry quickly took off. He moved on to block…

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A.J. Gonzalez to be Tried as an Adult 

Adrian “A.J.” Gonzalez was a 15-year-old freshman in high school when he allegedly lured, forcibly raped and killed 8-year-old Madyson Middleton. Now, at age 18, Gonzalez will stand trial as an adult for six different felonies, including kidnapping, murder and sexual assault-related offenses. After a…


State Bills Address CA Housing Crisis 

The Santa Cruz community and government straddle opposite ends of a spectrum in response to California’s housing crisis. After the recent approval of 15 affordable housing bills, it is now up to Santa Cruz to take the next steps — and local activists want their…


Leaving a Legacy 

In the 1985 Watsonville Canning Strike, the longest national strike of its time, nearly 2,000 workers walked out of the cannery. It marked its 30th anniversary on Oct. 15. Former strikers, elected officials and community members gathered at the Watsonville Senior Center to commemorate the…


Looking Back at Food Not Bombs 

Food Not Bombs, a grassroots activist group founded 37 years ago and working toward feeding the houseless and managing food waste, began when Keith McHenry was a Boston University student working at an organic grocery store. “I felt bad I was throwing away all this…


Fighting for the Freedom to Sleep 

Although Santa Cruz County’s houseless population has decreased in the past four years, the county still ranks in the top ten among small regions for the largest number of houseless people. There are over 1,450 houseless individuals countywide, according to the 2015 Annual Homeless Assessment…