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We're a news organization in Santa Cruz, CA. We watch our public institutions and hold power to account.

    Ep 92 Student mental health and stress in Santa Cruz County, part 2 3.26.21

    Ep 92 Student mental health and stress in Santa Cruz County, part 2 3.26.21

    The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed a need for mental health services in Santa Cruz County’s public schools. We hear from a director at the Santa Cruz County Office of Education about virtual mentoring, an approach that has shown promise in addressing student mental health needs. We discuss how it works and where it falls short. This episode is the third in Santa Cruz Local’s Distance Learning Series.

    Listen to part one of this series: Ep. 89 Public education money, COVID and the power of Santa Cruz County school boards https://santacruzlocal.org/2021/01/31/podcast-public-education-money-covid-and-the-power-of-santa-cruz-county-school-boards/
    Listen to part two of this series: Ep. 90 Student mental health needs in Santa Cruz County, part 1
    https://santacruzlocal.org/2021/03/23/podcast-student-mental-health-and-stress-in-santa-cruz-county-part-1/

    Support local journalism with a Santa Cruz Local membership: https://santacruzlocal.org/membership/
    Subscribe to Santa Cruz Local's free newsletter. https://mailchi.mp/santacruzlocal/forward
    Santa Cruz Local members, read the transcript to this episode: https://santacruzlocal.org/
    Take Santa Cruz Local's survey on education: https://santacruzlocal.org/schools

    Santa Cruz County mental health resources: Call or text 211 or visit https://www.211santacruzcounty.org/mental-healthx/
    For counseling: Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance, 831-728-6445 or https://www.pvpsa.org/
    For counseling: Encompass, 831-429-8350 or https://www.encompasscs.org/youth_services_counseling
    Anyone who is contemplating suicide or has lost someone to suicide can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.

    • 18 min
    Ep 91 Were some COVID deaths preventable in Santa Cruz County senior homes? 3.23.21

    Ep 91 Were some COVID deaths preventable in Santa Cruz County senior homes? 3.23.21

    Were some COVID-19 deaths preventable in Santa Cruz County long-term care facilities? This episode investigates why some senior homes — which had more than half of the COVID deaths in the county — waited for vaccines through January while others received vaccines. Separately, the episode includes a conversation with contributing reporter Jerimiah Oetting and Santa Cruz Local's Kara Meyberg Guzman and Stephen Baxter about whether new housing means more water demand in Santa Cruz County.
    Read the stories:
    "Vaccines came slowly for the most vulnerable in Santa Cruz County": https://santacruzlocal.org/2021/03/03/vaccines-came-slowly-for-most-vulnerable-in-santa-cruz-county/
    "Does more housing mean more water demand in Santa Cruz County?": https://santacruzlocal.org/2021/02/15/does-more-housing-mean-more-water-demand-in-santa-cruz-county/
    Support local journalism with a Santa Cruz Local membership: https://santacruzlocal.org/membership/
    Subscribe to Santa Cruz Local's free newsletter. https://mailchi.mp/santacruzlocal/forward
    Santa Cruz Local members, read the transcript to this episode: https://santacruzlocal.org/

    • 21 min
    Ep 90 Student mental health and stress in Santa Cruz County, part 1 3.23.21

    Ep 90 Student mental health and stress in Santa Cruz County, part 1 3.23.21

    Many students in Santa Cruz County feel stressed and disconnected after months of online-only school. We hear from three Aptos High students about their social and emotional well-being needs. A program administrator responds to these stories and shares tips on how adults can help. This episode is the second in Santa Cruz Local’s Distance Learning series.

    Listen to part one of this series: Public education money, COVID and the power of Santa Cruz County school boards https://santacruzlocal.org/2021/01/31/podcast-public-education-money-covid-and-the-power-of-santa-cruz-county-school-boards/
    Support local journalism with a Santa Cruz Local membership: https://santacruzlocal.org/membership/
    Subscribe to Santa Cruz Local's free newsletter. https://mailchi.mp/santacruzlocal/forward
    Read the transcript to this episode: https://santacruzlocal.org/2021/03/23/podcast-student-mental-health-and-stress-in-santa-cruz-county-part-1/
    Take Santa Cruz Local's survey on education: https://santacruzlocal.org/schools
    Santa Cruz County mental health resources: https://www.211santacruzcounty.org/mental-healthx/
    Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance: 831-728-6445 or https://www.pvpsa.org/
    Connect to a mental health provider: Call 211.
    Anyone who is contemplating suicide or has lost someone to suicide can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.

    • 26 min
    Ep 89 Public education money, COVID and the power of Santa Cruz County school boards 1.31.21

    Ep 89 Public education money, COVID and the power of Santa Cruz County school boards 1.31.21

    This episode is the first in Santa Cruz Local's Distance Learning series. Today we explore how the state's public education system is organized and funded, and how decisions are made. Many of you wanted to know: How can students, parents and teachers make their voice heard in such a huge, complicated system? We hear from former county superintendent Michael Watkins and state Sen. John Laird on the governor's school reopening plan and how to get involved.
    Support local journalism with a Santa Cruz Local membership: https://santacruzlocal.org/membership/
    Subscribe to Santa Cruz Local's free newsletter. We're in your inbox two to three times a week: https://mailchi.mp/santacruzlocal/forward
    Santa Cruz Local members, read the transcript to this episode: https://santacruzlocal.org/
    Take Santa Cruz Local's survey on education: https://santacruzlocal.org/schools
    Learn how to participate in the state senate budget subcommittee on education: https://sbud.senate.ca.gov/subcommittee1
    Email state Sen. John Laird: senator.laird@sen.ca.gov

    • 33 min
    Ep 88 Prescribed burns and wildfire in Santa Cruz County 12.20.20

    Ep 88 Prescribed burns and wildfire in Santa Cruz County 12.20.20

    In the wake of the CZU Lightning Complex Fire in Santa Cruz County, this episode explores forest management policies in the state and county. It also looks at the role of prescribed burns in land management in the county, and a new Central Coast Prescribed Burn Association.

    Support local journalism with a Santa Cruz Local membership: https://santacruzlocal.org/membership/
    Subscribe to Santa Cruz Local's free newsletter. We're in your inbox two to three times a week: https://mailchi.mp/santacruzlocal/forward
    Santa Cruz Local members, read the transcript to this episode: https://santacruzlocal.org/
    Learn about Nature Conservancy training burns: https://tinyurl.com/trex21
    Contact the Central Coast Prescribed Burn Association: drorao@ucanr.edu, https://calpba.org/

    • 22 min
    Ep 87 Vote Nov 3, Santa Cruz City Council race 10.18.20

    Ep 87 Vote Nov 3, Santa Cruz City Council race 10.18.20

    Santa Cruz Local presses the Santa Cruz City Council candidates on the priorities we heard from residents: housing and homelessness. We meet eight of the nine city council candidates: Martine Watkins, Sandy Brown, Shebreh Kalantari-Johnson, Kelsey Hill, Kayla Kumar, Maria Cadenas, Elizabeth Conlan and Sonja Brunner. Voters will pick four.
    Read the transcript: https://santacruzlocal.org/2020/10/18/podcast-vote-nov-3-santa-cruz-city-council/
    Read Santa Cruz Local’s elections guide: https://santacruzlocal.org/elections/
    Support Santa Cruz Local’s journalism with a membership: https://santacruzlocal.org/membership/
    Subscribe to Santa Cruz Local’s free email newsletter: https://santacruzlocal.org/free-newsletter-local-news/

    • 51 min

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