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Police Investigating Man Who Lived With Corpse

Santa Cruz, CA Patch | Brad Kava | Posted 06.27.2011 | Los Angeles

Santa Cruz Police arrested I. John Clauer, 63, of the 1100 block of East Cliff Drive Tuesday after they were called to his apartment to investigate a ...

4/20: Time to Have Fun -- And to End Marijuana Prohibition!

Tony Newman | Posted 06.19.2011 | Politics
Tony Newman

While many people associate marijuana with fun times, it also happens to be at the epicenter of a catastrophic war on drugs that is destroying as many lives as ever.

Santa Cruz Bookstore Closes After 32 Years

Santa Cruz News | Posted 05.30.2011 | Books

Borders, which has begun closing its Santa Cruz store along with 200 others nationwide, isn’t the only local bookselling casualty of this foot-dragg...

Feds Open Anti-Semitism Investigation At UC-Santa Cruz

Chronicle of Higher Education | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

The U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights has announced plans to investigate the University of California at Santa Cruz for anti-Semitis...

Remembering Reagan

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

23 years after leaving office, almost seven years after his death and 100 years after his birth, Reagan is a legitimate icon. While the elements of his legacy can, and must, be challenged, it remains true that in death, Reagan remains largely Teflon.

PHOTOS: Your Green Guide To A Roadtrip On The Pacific Coast Highway

Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Text courtesy of Your Daily Thread. By Robin Dixon Build your playlist and roll onto the open road. The PCH (or Pacific Coast Highway) from L.A....

How To Tackle Santa Cruz In 36 Hours | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Forget what you heard about Santa Cruz being the city that sleeps. Yes, this sunny coastal town still has its countercultural wackiness. You can still...

AOL's Patch Has Hired 600 Journalists in 2010 - Has Big Traffic Night for Midterm Elections

Andy Plesser | Posted 06.05.2013 | Media
Andy Plesser

NEW YORK -- Patch, a network of over 300 local news sites, saw its traffic surge by 300 percent on November 2 as visitors sought local results of ...

Ice Cream Tells the Story of How the Stimulus Worked (VIDEO)

Spencer Critchley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

Kendra Baker and Zachary Davis, the owners of a Santa Cruz ice cream shop, describe how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) made it possible for them to get the loan they used to open their business.

Make Reservations, Not War: 7 Hot Spots Out West You Have To Experience (PHOTOS)

Greg Archer | Posted 04.15.2013 | Travel
Greg Archer

I used a good chunk of 2010 to visit a number of truly unique travel destinations. The list below comprises my top picks. Take a look. Then indulge yourself.

Street Vendors In Bolivia Ignite Food Fight With Police (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A clash between Bolivian street merchants and police officials in the city of Santa Cruz on Tuesday erupted into a massive food fight. According to ...

Waves of Inspiration in Surf City

Joseph Smigelski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Joseph Smigelski

Before the premiere of "Surf City Santa Cruz" at the Museum of Art & History in Santa Cruz, the closest I'd ever come to a surfboard was reading The Pump House Gang in college.

Santa Cruz Film Festival Still Captures the Spirit of Indie Films

Greg Archer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Greg Archer

The fest, which launched last week, and closes this weekend, is bringing more than 130 fiction and non-fiction features and shorts from 33 countries to the coastal hamlet of Santa Cruz.

The Westsiders: The Beauty and Pain in the Famous Santa Cruz Surf Scene

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Tony Newman

The Westsiders tracks the friendships of three surfers and how they pushed each other to become superstars. You ride the wave with them, and watch them rise, fall and again rise.

Santa Cruzan Danny Keith and his Bold Mission to Combat Hunger

Greg Archer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Greg Archer

Some would say he's "very Santa Cruz." But he's also very cool and boy, is he eager to get kids to know about hunger -- and how they can combat it.

Santa Cruz, CA May Move Its Money

Santa Cruz News | Jessica Lussenhop | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Armed with the old It's A Wonderful Life parable on local banking, MYM has caught the attention of state government officials in New Mexico and Oregon...

Mudslide concern leads to Santa Cruz evacuations

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

DAVENPORT, Calif. — Officials are asking residents to leave their homes in the Santa Cruz Mountains, where summer wildfires have made conditions ripe for mudslides.

With heavy rain falling, the Santa Cruz County Emergency Operations Center issued a reverse 911 calling system Tuesday alerting residents in Davenport to evacuate. The voluntary advisory affects about 60 homes.

Spokeswoman Dinah Phillips did not know how many people heeded the warning.

The Lockheed Fire burned 7,817 acres, or 12 square miles, in August. With little vegetation now on the hillsides, heavy rain could lead to mudslides and debris flow.

Reflections on the Loma Prieta Earthquake, 20 Years Later

Art Agnos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Agnos

When a disaster hits, it is too late to put your best people in charge of planning and preparation. That's not the place for soft political patronage.

Good progress reported against Calif. blaze

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WATSONVILLE, Calif. — Nearly 1,000 firefighters are working to contain a blaze in California's Santa Cruz Mountains, and officials say they made good progress overnight.

The wildfire in the rugged area north of Santa Cruz began around 3 a.m. Sunday and has forced the evacuation of about 85 homes. Fueled by high winds, the fire grew to about 600 acres by nightfall, destroying a trailer and two outbuildings, and was 20 percent contained.

The flames are burning in the same place where a wildfire scorched 4,200 acres last May.

State Fire Battalion Chief Jim Crawford says officials still are evaluating Monday morning's containment numbers.

Crawford says two firefighters have suffered minor injuries.

My Electric Summer, When Washington Helped Resurrect the EV

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kirsten Dirksen

If this summer was the coming out party for the electric car, Washington was the host. They may seem unlikely bedfellows, but I'm convinced the EV companies have learned how to play politics.

Twenty Years After Loma Prieta: Is Northern California Really Prepared for the Next Big Quake?

Greg Archer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Greg Archer

Like most people living in the Bay Area at the time, I can vividly recall the day the Loma Prieta Earthquake hit back in October, 1989.

Mudslide menace eases in Calif. as storm weakens

AP | SOLVEJ SCHOU and RAQUEL MARIA DILLON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE, Calif. — A powerful fall storm packing strong winds and rain eased Wednesday without causing the widespread mudslides and debris flows that California residents had feared.

The storm delivered its biggest punch to northern and central areas, knocking out power to nearly 700,000 utility customers from Bakersfield in the southern San Joaquin Valley to Eureka on the north coast.

A mandatory evacuation order remained in effect for residents of about 40 homes in central coast mountains near Watsonville, east of Monterey Bay, due to mudslides, said Chris Hirsch, a spokeswoman for Santa Cruz County emergency services.

A house in Corralitos was left surrounded by mud that buried cars up to their windows and a basketball hoop up to the net.

A dozen other homes were isolated because fallen trees and debris blocked roads.

Loma Prieta Earthquake Survivors Celebrate, Ponder The Future (VIDEO)

Greg Archer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Greg Archer

Twenty years after the Loma Prieta Earthquake annihilated Downtown Santa Cruz, locals gathered to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the quake, which significantly altered the future of the coastal town.

Rolling With the Santa Cruz Derby Groms

Greg Archer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Greg Archer

After slipping into some skates and what felt like a ton of padding, I interviewed several of these Derb-ettes.

Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Santa Cruz: One on One With Boxer Carina Moreno

Greg Archer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Greg Archer

It's safe to say Carina Moreno one of the best female boxers in the world. (I dare anybody not to.) She now boasts a whopping 21-1 record and has seven knockouts to her name.