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  1. Director Jordan Peele filming new movie in Santa CruzRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Sep 13 | The Daily Democrat

    SANTA CRUZ >> One of the hottest directors in Hollywood will be shooting his new film in Santa Cruz for the next three days, according to film crew members on location. Jordan Peele, the acclaimed director of “Get Out” , will film his much anticipated follow up in Santa Cruz, according to crew members working for the Universal Studios-backed production.


  2. Brown blocks Trumpa s plans to drill for oil off CaliforniaRead the original story w/Photo

    Sunday Sep 9 | The Daily Democrat

    In a move aimed at stopping President Trump's plans to expand offshore oil drilling along the California coast, Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed two laws that prohibit construction of new pipelines that could bring the oil and gas to shore. “Today, California's message to the Trump administration is simple: Not here, not now,” Brown said.


  3. Gwyneth Paltrowa s Goop settles lawsuit over vaginal eggsRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Sep 5 | The Daily Democrat

    Goop, the lifestyle brand founded by Gwyneth Paltrow, will offer refunds to California customers to settle a lawsuit filed by 10 state counties alleging the company did not have scientific backing for the touted health benefits of its line of vaginal eggs. The eggs became the target of criticism from a multitude of medical professionals and consumer protection groups.


  4. UC Santa Cruz asks faculty, staff to house studentsRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Aug 30 | The Daily Democrat

    Facing a shortage of housing for people who want to live on campus as the start of the fall quarter looms, UC Santa Cruz sent an email this week to faculty and staff asking them to open their homes to students. “The need is real and it is urgent, so I am reaching out to the faculty and staff community for help,” the executive director of housing services, Dave Keller, wrote.


  5. Van life: My 80-square-foot solution to the Bay Area housing crisisRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 20, 2018 | The Daily Democrat

    Mercury News' Tracey Kaplan, second from right, talks with, from left to right, Marc Vroman, Josh Volkman and Kyle Volkman, all with Nomadik Customs, in Kyle Volkman's converted 1986 international school bus he calls the "Yetibus" in Santa Cruz, Calif., on Monday, May 14, 2018. The ceiling above the drivers seat inside of Kyle Volkman's, with Nomadik Customs, converted 1986 international school bus he calls the “Yetibus” in Santa Cruz, Calif., on Monday, May 14, 2018.


  6. Surfing dog shreds waves, warms heartsRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 14, 2018 | The Daily Democrat

    Surfer Homer Henard's dog Skyler displays stellar form as he glides down a large wave in Pleasure Point. Henard launches Skyler on his own board and the dog rides like a pro.


  7. Santa Cruz seen as fertile ground for pot startupsRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 3, 2018 | The Daily Democrat

    SANTA CRUZ >> Entrepreneurs hoping to make it big in California's new cannabis marketplace are planting roots in Santa Cruz County, looking to bring new meaning to the term “high tech.” Area initiatives include an online pot marketplace, a smart growing solution that harnesses big data and an app that allows cannabis companies to manage their delivery and transportation - to name a few. Santa Cruz Foundry, founded by Andy Van Valer and Kurt Grutzmacher, is billed as the Central Coast's first cannabis-centered accelerator that would provide budding businesses with co-working space, mentorship and other support.


  8. Woodland Community College graduates 291 on its 10th anniversaryRead the original story w/Photo

    May 26, 2018 | The Daily Democrat

    Graduates filed into Woodland Community College's stage area Friday evening to receive their diplomas during the 2018 spring commencement ceremony. Woodland Community College celebrated its 10th year by sending off 291 graduates in front of hundreds at the campus stage.


  9. Skateboarding champion, pioneer Judi Oyama reflects on road to recognitionRead the original story w/Photo

    May 21, 2018 | The Daily Democrat

    Daniel A. Anderson-Contributed Judi Oyama barrels down a hill during a skateboard competition in the 1970s. She was a pioneer in the sport as an Asian-American woman.


  10. UC grad studentsa a mansanda could solve stormwater pollutionRead the original story w/Photo

    May 17, 2018 | The Daily Democrat

    A simple method for using sand to make stormwater runoff safe for drinking helped UC Berkeley grad student Joseph Charbonnet snag first place at the recent UC Grad Slam, a systemwide contest aimed at communicating research. The contest challenges master's and Ph.D. students to explain their research in three minutes, in a way that will engage and enlighten a general audience.


  11. UC Davis workers to strike beginning May 7-May 10Read the original story w/Photo

    May 2, 2018 | The Daily Democrat

    SANTA CRUZ >> The hundreds of workers who cook food, drive buses and maintain the grounds and facilities at UC Davis and other University of California campuses are planning a three-day strike. The workers told UC Davis students and staff about their plans to strike from May 7 to May 9, according to a message to the campus community sent by Vice Chancellor Kelly Ratliff of Finance, Operations and Administration, in a campuswide email sent on April 30. “As many of you know, the University of California Office of the President has been in contract negotiations with several employee unions,” Ratliff stated.


  12. How an irked Northern California postal patron helped crack a global plant smuggling schemeRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 20, 2018 | The Daily Democrat

    Warden Patrick Freeling of the California Department of Fish & Wildlife is pictured with dozens of Dudleya succulents seized when two men were arrested on suspicion of poaching the prized coastal plants so they could be sold in Asian countries. California's wildlife detectives have cracked an international plant heist, sleuthing from the most curious clues - spilled dirt from mailed packages, stuffed backpacks left on ocean bluffs, a suspicious van filled with big boxes, and holes in the sand.


  13. Silver tsunami: Helping aging farmers prep for retirementRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 26, 2018 | The Daily Democrat

    Jondi Gumz-Santa Cruz Sentinel Shane Murphy, with son Cuinn, farms land in Watsonville. He said the cost of land is high for farmers.


  14. Silver tsunami: Helping aging farmers prep for retirementRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 26, 2018 | The Daily Democrat

    Jondi Gumz-Santa Cruz Sentinel Deborah Nares of Kitchen Table Advisors, Elda Garcia and her son Abraham Garcia, were among three dozen attendees at California FarmLink's workshop on succession planning. California FarmLink : Succession planning for retiring and next-generation farmers, loans and database of lands for sale or lease, 335 Spreckels Drive, Aptos: Mika Maekawa, or 831-425-0303 ext.


  15. Tahoe buried in a extremely deep powderaRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 2, 2018 | The Daily Democrat

    KIRKWOOD >> March roared in with an epic snowstorm over the Sierra on Thursday, a blizzard that packed hurricane-force wind gusts and white-out conditions, shutting down ski resorts and Interstate 80. “Extremely deep powder!” snowboarder Tyler Zamora of Santa Cruz said in celebration, glazed in white snow after a thrilling ride. After a near-record dry February, the powerful storm that barreled into the Golden State also delivered a soaking - and harried commutes - to the Bay Area, as San Francisco saw more precipitation in the first nine hours of March than all of last month.


  16. Gun lobbyist speaks to students at secretive event after UCSC appearance canceledRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 23, 2018 | The Daily Democrat

    SANTA CRUZ >> One week after the Parkland, Florida, shooting, one of America's most prominent gun lobbyists had been scheduled to speak to two conservative student groups at UC Santa Cruz on Wednesday night. But in fact, former Gun Owners of America leader Larry Pratt did address about 30 UCSC students and a handful of others Wednesday night at an invitation-only event so secretive almost none of the attendees were allowed to know its location.


  17. Former North Coast nudist beach campground, Santa Cruz ranch on sale for $35MRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 20, 2018 | The Daily Democrat

    Roland 'Beaver' Edwards, co-owner of the Coastside Ranch which leads to Red, White, and Blue Beach, hopes the prospective buyer of the 175-acre ranch will conserve the property as a working ranch. Asking price is $35 million.


  18. Santa Cruz family carjacked at gunpoint, left penniless in MexicoRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 19, 2018 | The Daily Democrat

    SANTA CRUZ >> A Santa Cruz Beach Flats couple, their 3-year-old son and two parents - all U.S. citizens - are recovering after four men armed with assault rifles carjacked and robbed the family traveling in southwest Mexico this month. The family was about 15 miles beyond a toll road in Las Cañas in the state of Michoacán about 11:30 a.m. Feb. 7, when a burgundy Honda CRV stopped their 2006 Honda Ridgeline towing a 1982 Jeep Willy, ordered them to get out and leave all cell phones, wallets and money behind, Lalita Kirkman told the Sentinel on Friday.


  19. Masked inmates use booby traps in Santa Cruz County Jail skirmishRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 18, 2018 | The Daily Democrat

    Sheriff Jim Hart, former chief deputy of corrections, and former Sheriff Phil Wowak, far left, walk the Santa Cruz County Jail in 2011. SANTA CRUZ >> They tied trip lines from ripped jail-cell sheets, covered their arms with socks, hid their faces with makeshift masks and armed themselves with soap, a radio, mop, books and bottles of liquid.


  20. Exxon pushes back on climate lawsuits: Oil giant seeks to depose Santa Cruz city, county officialsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 12, 2018 | The Daily Democrat

    SANTA CRUZ >> In December, the city and county of Santa Cruz joined a wave of coastal California communities suing fossil-fuel companies for climate-change related damages. On Monday, ExxonMobil pushed back against what it called “abusive law enforcement tactics and litigation,” threatening to file its own legal action and accusing the local jurisdictions of hypocritically omitting reference to climate change damages from their own bond disclosures.


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