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  1. Celebrate Joni Mitchell's music with Kimberly FordRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Nov 5 | The Daily Democrat

    Starting in the late 1960s, Joni Mitchell's poetic tales of free men in Paris, buskers who played for free and love lost and found raised the folk music bar. In time, she would meld rock, jazz and world music into a sophisticated style that captured the world's attention and nine Grammy awards.


  2. Mavericks women take their place in opening ceremonyRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Oct 26 | The Daily Democrat

    Mavericks Challenge invitee Patrick Shaughnessy, left, of Scotts Valley and his girlfriend, Kaila Pearson of Santa Cruz hold hands during the ceremonial paddle out Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, during the opening ceremony for the big wave surf contest near Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay. This is the first full season the event has been organized by the World Surf League and, if it runs, it will include the first women's contest ever held at Maverick's.


  3. "Pleasure Point rapist," active in 1986, denied paroleRead the original story

    Mar 14, 2016 | The Daily Democrat

    A 60-year-old convicted rapist who became eligible for parole as part of the new Elderly Parole Program was denied release this week. When "Pleasure Point rapist" Kim Forrest Walters was convicted in 1987 of 32 separate counts relating to five victims, he was sentenced to 141 years, 2 months in jail.


  4. As Bordeaux is to wine, California's cannabis seeks its own identityRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 14, 2018 | The Daily Democrat

    Pat Malo, executive director of a local cannabis-industry association, Green Trade Santa Cruz, poses for a photograph on Sept. 28, 2018, at the cultivation site of Sweet Water Creek collective in Brookdale, Calif.


  5. No soda or juice to be offered with kids meals under new lawRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 7, 2018 | The Daily Democrat

    Come January, those will be the only two drinks California restaurants can offer as standard kids meal choices under a bill signed into law Sept. 20 by Gov. Jerry Brown.


  6. Veto of medical marijuana donation bill prompts outcryRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 3, 2018 | The Daily Democrat

    A bill that had been hailed as a much-needed fix to California's cannabis regulations was vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday, prompting outcry from advocates and promise from the bill's author to continue pushing for the change. When recreational pot became legal in California in January, advocates warned the new rules overlooked the neediest medical marijuana users who had relied on donated cannabis from not-for-profit programs.


  7. Farm workers strike as company challenges contractRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 27, 2018 | The Daily Democrat

    Farmworkers employed by Premiere Raspberries staged a daylong strike Wednesday, demanding the company uphold a state-ordered contract that would raise wages and give workers better vacation, overtime pay and benefits. One of the picketers, Guillermina Ortega, 24, said her crew harvests and packs raspberries in 12-hour shifts for six or seven days per week, including holidays.


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

    Sep 13, 2018 | 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.


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

    Sep 9, 2018 | 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.


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

    Sep 5, 2018 | 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.


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

    Aug 30, 2018 | 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.


  12. 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.


  13. 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.


  14. 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.


  15. 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.


  16. 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.


  17. 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.


  18. 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.


  19. 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.


  20. 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.


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