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March 28, 2023

Recent Collision Rekindles Pedestrian Concerns

Scotts Valley streets
For months they’ve been the most vocal community voices at civic meetings, putting in their two cents about traffic safety at nearly every opportunity. And now, following a pedestrian road incident, and with new faces in key Scotts Valley administrative posts, it seems the...

Council Defers Half a Million in Fees for New Hotel, Approves Budget

Scotts Valley hotel
Santa Cruz County accommodation providers are anticipating a banner year. Yet with building costs soaring, in order to get shovels in the ground, the owner of a previously-approved Marriott project in Scotts Valley looked to the city council for a break on the fee...

Santa Cruz bassist dies in firefighter training

Santa Cruz resident Daniel Lamothe, a 38-year-old firefighting trainee and musician, has died after a mishap during a firefighter training program in the San Lorenzo Valley last Sunday. During the Feb. 19 session at the Ben Lomond Training Center, the volunteer became “medically distressed,” Santa...

Supervisors approve changes to Public Defender office

Larry Biggam santa cruz county public defender office
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a plan to move the county’s public defender services from a private law firm to one run by the County. The plan has garnered support from the current public defenders, as well as...

New Scotts Valley Theater Plans Inaugural Open House Saturday

Donna Lind
Scotts Valley has been moving on up in the retail and restaurant arena. With the opening of the shops at The Hangar, and the brand-new Target replacing K-Mart, the shopping opportunities in town are growing exponentially. Dining has always been plentiful, but the one...

One Year Removed, Residents Remember CZU Fires

Czu fire Remembrance
San Lorenzo Valley and Scotts Valley neighbors, think back to where you were a year ago today. If you lived in Boulder Creek, Brookdale, Ben Lomond, Felton, Zayante, Lompico, Bonny Doon or Scotts Valley, you had been evacuated from your home, courtesy of the...

Scotts Valley in Strong Position as Pandemic Ebbs

scotts valley state of the city
In a shaded outdoor area behind the Scotts Valley Community Center, local officials gathered with the public for one of the first times since the start of the pandemic, as they outlined the community’s health in the “State of the City Address.” Hosted by the...

Carrillo pleads guilty to Gutzwiller killing

Steven Carrillo
SANTA CRUZ—The man who shot a Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s sergeant to death—days after killing a federal building security guard in Oakland during a crime spree two years ago—pleaded guilty Monday to the local charges. Steven Carrillo, 33, a former U.S. Air Force sergeant, will...

Mayor’s ask could unify Scotts Valley in upcoming redistricting

Santa Cruz County redistricting
A decade after Scotts Valley was split in two by redistricting, that city could be “reunified” under a proposal introduced to the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors Tuesday. The proposal is among several recommendations the board is considering as the county redraws its supervisorial...

Locals express optimism, confusion on big Californian ‘opening day’

Santa Cruz Mountain reopen
While June 15 marked the day California was to return to “business as usual,” according to California Gov. Gavin Newsom, local residents were all over the map as far as how they said they’d react to “opening up.” On Tuesday, California ditched its system of...



Cleanup ongoing after storm hits Santa Cruz Mountains

About 17,000 Pacific Gas and Electric Co. customers across the county were out of power on Wednesday as Department of Transportation (Caltrans) crews worked...

Floods Ravage Region