Friday, February 28, 2020

Board of Supervisors Approve $25 Million Jail Expansion Proposal

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The Santa Cruz Board of Supervisors approved the proposal presented by local jail officials asking for a $24.8 million state grant. Santa Cruz County Jail officials are asking for the grant in order to add more beds and job training programs as well as reduce recidivism rates at Rountree Detention Center — a medium-security jail in Watsonville.

City Council Envisions New Ocean Street

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Last week, the Santa Cruz City Council discussed significant upcoming developments, including the revisioning of Ocean Street as well as the current state of the city’s water supply.

Santa Cruz Community Weighs Trade Agreement

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Controversy surrounding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement prompted Santa Cruzans to voice their sentiments through a public discussion.

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Over 50 enthusiastic Santa Cruzans paddled along the San Lorenzo River in kayaks and canoes on Oct. 12. A city ordinance enacted in 1985 would typically prohibit this type of activity, but the recent River Paddle event served as an opportunity for residents to re-evaluate the river as a recreational area.

Student Workers Protest for Quality of Life and Education

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As the crowd chanted “UC turn the page, I demand a higher wage,” a group of about 50 protestors hoisted up signs with several indications of their demands for improving the quality of life for teaching assistants and other student workers.

Exploring New Territory in Experimental Economics

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UC Santa Cruz’s experimental economics program performed a new experiment this year — bringing the North American Science Association conference to UCSC for the first time in its 25-year history.

Immigration Policy on its Way to Equality

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A series of immigration and equal rights bills have steered their way into Gov. Brown’s office this year for approval, prompting community members to discuss next steps.

City Seeks Solution for Water Concerns

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As Santa Cruz faces its second consecutive dry year, potential water shortage is an increasing threat. The city is struggling to reach a consensus on an additional water source.

New Metro Station Planned for January 2018

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Banners reading “Reimagine Pacific Station” were recently plastered onto Santa Cruz Metro buses in hopes of sparking conversation about the future of the metro station.

Scotts Valley Police Ride ‘Green’ Machines

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Santa Cruz law enforcement agencies will follow Scotts Valley’s lead in introducing the latest technology in their line of duty — electrically-powered motorcycles.