Twenty years after becoming the first state in the Union to approve the use of medical marijuana, Californians approved Prop 64, The Adult Use of Marijuana Act, by a margin of 56% to 44%. Locally, Santa Cruz County voters were overwhelming in their support with 70% approving and only 30% opposed. Only San Francisco at 73.7% and Marin County at 70% had margins as wide.
First, all local measures passed, along with State Propositions 51, 52, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 63, 64, 66, and 67. State Proposition 53, 60, 61, 62, and 65 failed.  Trump won the presidency, the Republicans won 51 seats in the Senate (giving them the majority but not a super majority), and they also won
Infrastructure is key to managing our 100% local water supply. Last month San Lorenzo Valley and Scotts Valley Water Districts finished the intertie project that was started 12 years ago, which will allow for better management of our vital water supply. The project cost $10 million, and $4.3 million of that came from State Proposition 50, passed in 2002, which created $3.4 billion in bonds for water projects throughout California. The Proposition got 55.3% of the vote that year, just another reminder of how important it
Some of you have probably seen articles, letters, or protests against the Davy J flight path. But, though I have—and even newsletters about it from supervisor Leopold—I have to admit that I’ve still found it somewhat confusing. So I’m going to try to attempt to clarify it if I can.  In essence, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) developed new flight paths into Bay Area airports as part of its as part implementation of NextGEN, a national upgrade of aviation practices. The FAA describes it this way, “a comprehensive suite of state-of-the-art
No one thought Trump was going to win this week, and many are wondering how we got here. It really comes down to the states that Hillary Clinton lost that in 2008 Barack Obama won. Most of those states are in the Rust Belt, they include Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. The Rust Belt used to be known as the Factory Belt, Manufacturing Belt, or Steel Belt. This region started

California Voters Approved Prop 64 ~ Ending the Prohibition of Marijuana

November 11, 2016 ~ Twenty years after becoming the first state in the Union to approve the use of medical marijuana, Californians approved Prop 64, The Adult Use of Marijuana Act, by a margin of 56% to 44%. Locally, Santa

Election Results ~ The End of Prohibition of Marijuana & The Second Black Woman Voted to the Senate

November 11, 2016 ~ First, all local measures passed, along with State Propositions 51, 52, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 63, 64, 66, and 67. State Proposition 53, 60, 61, 62, and 65 failed. Trump won the presidency, the

The Importance of Shopping Locally

November 11, 2016 ~ I understand the convenience of shopping online – I do it quite a bit – but if it is an item available locally, I purchase it locally. When you need that special paper for a last

Environmental Town Hall

November 11, 2016 ~ The innovative annual Environmental Town Hall returns for its 17th year on Saturday, November 12th from 1:00-3:00 pm at Felton Community Hall. Featuring our State Assembly Member (and former 5th District Supervisor), Mark Stone, this community

Castelli’s Deli Recognized for Employing the Disabled

November 11, 2016 ~ On Monday, October 24 Castelli’s Deli, along with ten other business in Santa Cruz County, were recognized for their work with local people with disabilities. Castelli’s Deli has been working with Patricia Bautista, a career development

SCM Pits Crew ~ Active Ambassadors

November 11, 2016 ~ You may have noticed some extremely well behaved dogs in this year’s 4th of July parade. They were the dogs of the SCM Pits Crew. SCM Pits is an animal activist group focused on education, advocacy,

When Selling, To Remodel or Not to Remodel? Cost is the Question

November 11, 2016 ~ While walking around the property of a client who has requested that I help them sell their home, the question always comes up: “So, you have taken a tour of my property, what should I do

Santa Cruz Mountains Local News Roundup

November 11, 2016 ~ Infrastructure is key to managing our 100% local water supply. Last month San Lorenzo Valley and Scotts Valley Water Districts finished the intertie project that was started 12 years ago, which will allow for better management

From the Mail Bag ~ Proposed Flightpath & Our next President

In response to Article ~ Proposed Flightpath Threatens the San Lorenzo Valley, SLV Residents Move to Stop Proposed Jet Flightpath October 29, 2016 Dear Editor, Thank you so much for publishing your recent article. It was sheer luck that we

Davy J: Nobody Wants the Noise

November 11, 2016 ~ Some of you have probably seen articles, letters, or protests against the Davy J flight path. But, though I have—and even newsletters about it from supervisor Leopold—I have to admit that I’ve still found it somewhat

The Election ~ How Did We Get Here?

November 11, 2016 ~ No one thought Trump was going to win this week, and many are wondering how we got here. It really comes down to the states that Hillary Clinton lost that in 2008 Barack Obama won. Most

Judge Not

November 11, 2016 ~ What is easier for you – judging or accepting? A few years ago, I wore my judgement cap much more often than my accepting bonnet. I still put it on, usually while driving, but overall, I

Village Local ~ Seven Ways to Winterize Your Garden

November 11, 2016 by Brandon Parker, CFII It’s winter. It’s a Redwood Wonderland. It’s raining water balloons. Read these seven tips to winterize your garden like an old pro. Look on the bright side, the work will be cool. 1.

Food 831 ~ Sushi San Opens in Felton . . . Domo arigato!!

November 11, 2016 ~ Ah Felton. The first of the mountain towns with so much to offer…and now with a little bit more. Four months ago, Sushi San opened in Felton adding sushi to our local gastro delights. I decided

Healthy Tidbits ~ Keeping Our Moods Up This Winter

November 11, 2016 ~ Darker overcast days and intemperate weather summarize the next several winter months ahead. But it is nothing to get down about, as there are ways to keep our spirits high and our bodies happy. Probably the

Living Simply ~ Holiday Décor

November 11, 2016 ~ Tis the season for super tacky holiday décor! Ugh! It doesn’t have to be that way. Between paper turkeys, mechanical zombies, and giant blow-up Santa’s, the holidays can get gaudy quick! Here are some creative, fun,

Mr. Astrology ~ December 2016

On Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 2:44 AM PST, the Winter Solstice occurs in the Northern Hemisphere. During the Winter Solstice, the North Pole is at its furthest distance from the Sun, and the Sun is at its lowest point

Tips for Teens ~ My Name is Gossip

November 11, 2016 ~ I ran across this poem again and thought it was excellent timing for the second month of school. Mean gossip is a form of bullying. If it happens to you, get help. Quickly. Let your parents

The Recipe Box ~ Dried Persimmons & Persimmon Drop Cookies

November 11, 2016 ~ This month is a tribute to a dear friend’s mother who always made persimmon drop cookies. While the Asian persimmon is more commonly found, we are fortunate to have the native American persimmon in the US.

SLV History ~ Hopkins’ “Big Trees”

November 11, 2016 by Lisa Robinson In the late 1800s, Welch’s Big Tree Grove was a must-visit tourist destination. The grove was named for the “big tree” that Isaac Graham showed General John C. Fremont in the 1840s. Graham reputedly

San Lorenzo Valley & Scotts Valley ~ Meal & Food Programs

November 11, 2016 ~ Except as noted, all programs are free of charge — Schedules are subject to change. Submit Changes/Additions to slvsvmeals@gmail.com

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