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New museum exhibit explores unique Cotoni-Coast Dairies property

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History’s latest exhibition “Cotoni-Coast Dairies: Monumental Steps” takes a look at the iconic topography of the northern coast of Santa Cruz County, and the decades-long effort by local groups to conserve it.

Through maps, community voices and breathtaking landscapes, this exhibit explores the unique property that has recently been added to the region’s open space. It will be on view from June 7 through Aug. 26 at the Museum, 1305 E. Cliff Drive, in Santa Cruz.

In 2017, President Barack Obama added the 5,800-acre site to the California Coastal National Monument, protecting its incredible ecological, cultural and historic resources in perpetuity. After years of preparation, the Bureau of Land Management is poised to open the property to public access in the coming year.

As a part of the National Monument system, this land will be accessible to the public for conservation, study, stewardship and recreation through thoughtful collaboration.

The opening of the exhibit will be celebrated at the Museum’s First Friday event on June 7, from 5-8pm. This free event is open to the public and will dive into the topic of public access.

Learn more about the Museum at

Youth in Action Summit offers leadership opportunities

Santa Cruz County Friday Night Live Partnership (FNL) invites youth entering grades 7-12 to a free, one-day Youth in Action Summit on Friday, June 14, from 9am-4pm at the Community Action Board Luna y Sol Familia Center, 15 Madison St., in Watsonville.

The summit promotes youth leadership and engagement in the community. Participants will learn new skills, make friends and have fun. Through peer-led games, arts and crafts and interactive activities, youth will identify their values, discover their unique leadership style, learn how to solve community problems, and share their voice on community issues that impact them.

This year’s event will be facilitated by Leading to Change, an award-winning training organization with a goal to highlight every young person’s unique leadership skills through transformative and engaging activities.

Light breakfast, lunch, snacks and water will be provided. Transportation is limited, so early registration is encouraged. Advanced registration is required for all attendees.

To register, visit The deadline to register is Saturday, June 8. 

For more information, contact Maggie McGonigle at [email protected] or call 831-331-3863.

Scotts Valley to discuss changes to Business License tax structure

The City of Scotts Valley is currently proposing changes to its Business License tax structure, which was last updated in 1992.

The City held two Community Workshops on May 22, one in person and another on Zoom, where they received feedback from business owners and the Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce.

At its June 12 meeting, City Council will be discussing and weighing options for consideration on the November 2024 ballot. At this meeting, residents will have opportunities to get more information, ask questions and provide feedback.

Business owners are encouraged to attend this meeting at 6pm at 1 Civic Center Drive.

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