PGE Wood Haul Program County of Santa Cruz Fire Recovery Local News 

PG&E Wood Haul Program 1/12 Meeting and 1/31 Deadline

PG&E will begin implementing their Wood Haul Program with an informational meeting on Wednesday, January 12. The program is PG&E’s solution to a PUC complaint in response to CZU fire victim outrage at the utility’s post-fire tree removal operations. The program is opt-in and application must be made by the property owner by January 31, 2022. Details on the program… Read More
County of Santa Cruz governmental building Government Local News 

County Urges Those with Mild COVID and Non-Serious Illness to Avoid Emergency Rooms

In light of a current 121% surge in coronavirus cases in Santa Cruz County, public health officials are requesting that residents with mild cases of COVID and non-serious seasonal illnesses avoid overburdening local hospital emergency rooms. A statement released on January 5 states, “Most individuals who contract COVID-19 do not need to visit the hospital’s emergency department and can effectively… Read More
Wee Kirk Ben Lomond California Health Local News 

Santa Cruz Mountain Health Center to Open in Ben Lomond January 2022

The nonprofit Santa Cruz Community Health (SCCH) will open a new clinic in the historic Wee Kirk Church building in Ben Lomond on Monday, January 24 offering primary care services. “We strive every day to improve the health of our patients and the community,” said Leslie Conner, Chief Executive Officer of SCCH. “We are proud and excited to bring health… Read More
Downtown Felton Community Local News 

Shopping and Gathering in the Walkable Towns of the San Lorenzo Valley

By Steven Robins and Julie Horner Felton Sun-soaked and surrounded by lush forest, downtown Felton is a natural meeting place at the gateway to San Lorenzo Valley’s small town corridors. It is here residents and visitors gather to enjoy shopping and sipping local. Simpatico (home décor), Mountainside (handmade jewelry), Tomboy Outpost (western vintage), Wild Iris (floral), Crooked Beauty (crafting), Heads… Read More
Santa Cruz County supervisorial districts Local News Opinion 

Commentary: Redistricting Process was Undermined

Read Jim Mosher’s response to a recent Santa Cruz Sentinel editorial board commentary that supported Scotts Valley Mayor Derek Timm’s, Supervisor Zach Friend’s, and Supervisor Manu Koenig’s last-minute proposal to shift a section of Scotts Valley into the 5th District. They succeeded and the ensuing press coverage has been decidedly enamored with the move. Here’s a perspective from a Redistricting… Read More
san lorenzo valley water district Local News Water 

SLV Water District: Understanding Capital Obligations

By Bob Fultz In earlier articles, we examined SLVWD’s operating expenses, which have skyrocketed over the last decade in excess of inflation. This resulted, over the last 25 years, in almost $40 million dollars diverted to operating expenses rather than being used for infrastructure improvements and rate relief. In this article, we’re going to close the loop on how that… Read More
Boulder Creek CZU fire Fire Recovery Local News 

CZU Fire Survivors Navigate Difficult Rebuilding Decisions

By M.C. Dwyer Last month, a group of us REALTORs was spurred into action when a unanimous vote of the County Board of Supervisors (“Board”) created the CZU Rebuild Directive. On its surface, the vote seemed positive for those who’d lost their homes in the CZU fires last August (“survivors”). In theory, this would have allowed survivors to rebuild without… Read More