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October 23, 2021

Kiwanis Moves Skypark Show to Siltanen Park

Music at Skypark
On Monday, Scotts Valley began re-opening Skypark, the large grassy field at the center of the city’s recreational life, after it was damaged by firefighters battling last year’s wildfires. But its new lease on life didn’t come soon enough for the Kiwanis Club of Scotts...

Scotts Valley Welcomes Found Art Collective

Found Art Collective
Scotts Valley is a glimpse of Americana right here in Santa Cruz County. From hotels and restaurants to Fourth of July parades and banners of high school graduates adorning Scotts Valley Drive, the city seems to bend and flex with the times. Visitors can...

Investigator: SLV Teacher ‘Engaged in Predatory Grooming’

SLVUSD
When Leann Anderson was a senior at San Lorenzo Valley High School, during the 2018-19 school year, physical contact she says she received from social studies teacher Eric Kahl started to cross a line. He would take her away from her schoolwork to have conversations...

Three Reportedly Swept Out to Sea Along North Coast in 8 Days

Cash Ebright
Authorities are urging the public to take caution in the waves, as the hunt for a San Lorenzo Valley teen who was swept out to sea continued throughout the week. Cash Ebright, 17, was last seen body surfing in black swim trunks at Laguna Creek...

Officials, Valley residents ask for answers from utility after outages

PG&E Outages
On Sept. 20, Congress member Anna Eshoo took up the cause of local residents frustrated by frequent power outages, demanding answers about why PG&E’s grid has been so undependable. In a letter to the utility’s CEO Patricia Poppe, Eshoo said Santa Cruz Mountains residents are...

Cabrillo College’s Name Change Discussions Set for This Month

Cabrillo College
Cabrillo College is planning to host a series of 90-minute community discussions in September and October as college officials weigh changing the school’s name. The first three sessions are scheduled for Sept. 21, 23 and 30. All three will be conducted via Zoom. Cabrillo wrapped up...

County Supervisors ban ‘discriminatory reports’ to law enforcement

Santa Cruz County
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved an ordinance that prohibits so-called “discriminatory reports” to law enforcement, and allows victims to seek financial compensation when it happens to them. Discriminatory reporting was brought to public light in 2020, when...

Scotts Valley Interim City Manager Comes in With Wealth of Experience

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Scotts Valley has hired an interim city manager, as it begins its search for a permanent replacement for Tina Friend, who recently took the city manager position in Coronado. Brian Haddix, a retired long-time municipal employee from the Central Valley, says he’s thrilled to be...

More Than Half of SLVUSD Students Have Fallen Behind in Some Subjects

SLVUSD
As the San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District community looks ahead to exciting infrastructure upgrades, it is simultaneously battling severe Covid-19 learning loss. Trustees got both positive and negative news during the regularly scheduled board meeting Tuesday. Superintendent Chris Schiermeyer said the district’s “final expenditures” for...

County Supervisors Ease Rebuilding Rules for CZU Survivors

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The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a plan to ease some requirements for property owners looking to rebuild from the CZU Lightning Complex fires. Under the change, county officials will not consider Santa Cruz County Code 16.10—which requires geologic review before...

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Police: Child Nearly Stolen From Grandfather’s Arms

A woman in her mid-30s is facing a felony child abduction charge after she tried to steal a toddler in Scotts Valley, authorities said. Several...