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February 21, 2024

Guest Viewpoint | Proposed Water Rate Increase Doesn’t Address Common-Sense Issues

Guest Column Viewpoint Letter
There’s a rumor afloat that all San Lorenzo Valley Water District Board Directors support a rate increase. As one of those Directors, and speaking only for myself, let me set the record straight.   I oppose the rate increase proposal for the following reasons: It unfairly punishes...

The Mountain Gardener | A Rose by Any Other Name

Rose
When Juliet tells Romeo that “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” she must have been referring to the Compassion rose. Actually, this line is not in the original version of Shakespeare’s play but was an edit in 1599, according to...

Strictly Business | Unplug to Power Up: How Vacations Can Boost Business Success

Strictly Business
In today’s fast-paced business world, it’s easy to get caught up in the daily pressure of life, with endless to-do lists, social media notifications and the constant pressure to excel. However, many business professionals overlook the incredible power of taking a vacation. It may seem...

Mayor’s Message | State’s Housing Plans a Cause for Concern

Randy Johnson
I believe it was Thomas Jefferson who postulated that the government closest to the people governs best. That maxim is being sorely tested each and every year as the edicts and mandates flow wildly from our state government in Sacramento to over-burdened cities and...

TherapyWorks | The Importance of Mental Wellness

January was Mental Wellness Month—a great time to start fresh and focus on prioritizing your mental health. Mental wellness is an important part of our overall health and wellbeing. It not only affects our emotional and psychological state, but also plays a vital role...

The Mountain Gardener | Bare Root Edibles – Invest in the Future

It’s not too late, but time is running out if you’re looking to add fruit and nut trees, berries and vegetables to your garden while they’re still available in bare root. Did you know just how long that new fruit tree will be around...

Finance | Entrepreneur Tax

Finance
Starting one’s own business is an archetypal American dream and I have personally prepared Schedule C proprietorships as small as part-time jewelry sales gigs or as large as a property management business that pulled in over a million dollars a year. Twenty percent of returns...

Plain Talk About Food | Fú

Food
“The Old has gone, the New is here.” —2 Corinthians I have just wished you, dear readers, “prosperity” in the Chinese language—Fú—a greeting that we need now, more than ever, with the rising prices today. On Feb. 10, Asian peoples will be celebrating their most important...

The Mountain Gardener | Living with Houseplants

I’m embarrassed to confess that I don’t always take my own advice. Take my houseplants, for instance. Decades of research have shown that houseplants reduce stress and anxiety. They can sharpen our attention, make us more productive and give us a happier outlook. They...

Fitness | How to Self-Care This Year

Fitness
What is self-care and how many of us incorporate self-care in our lives? Self-care means a conscious act you take in order to promote your own physical, mental and emotional health. Practicing self-care isn’t always easy, but it is essential. Most of us claim we...

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News Briefs

News Briefs | Published Feb. 16, 2024

Supervisor candidate forum set for Friday Seniors Council of Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties will be hosting a forum for District 5 supervisor candidates...