• Good Stuff

    Electrifying your Bike

    Thinking of electrifying your beloved bike? Check This Out By Brad Kava E bikes are all the rage these days, and why not? We live in an area that’s so hilly and we are trying to be more environmentally conscious. Yeah, it would be great to simply pedal everywhere, but there’s a great alternative for those who can’t get up the hills or need to do more miles faster, like commuting on the someday coming rail trail (or, we wish, just bike trail). You can buy a new E bike (with battery-powered pedal assist) for anywhere from $1,200 to $6,000 or more. Or, if you have a bike you love,…

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    Teacher of the Month

    We always want to do more for teachers and here’s something we can all do. Send your nominations for a teacher who deserves to be honored. Write us a letter about why this teacher is special.We will print your letters and choose teachers to receive cash, flowers and a bottle of wine! How has your nominee gone above and beyond to help your kids?How have they inspired your kids during the pandemic? We are looking for teachers of all grades, from preschool to college. You can even send us a video. Let’s celebrate those who do so much for all of us. Even though they deserve to be paid as…

  • November 2020

    Distance Learning

    Distance Learning What Students are Saying by nick morris Schools remain nearly empty as class continues virtually. Let us not waste the experiences from last spring and instead use them to learn how to improve the quality of distance learning this year. As part of a project to record this moment in history I have had the privilege of interviewing graduates of Santa Cruz High’s class of 2020 and listening to what they have to say about distance learning. Three themes that ran through every conversation include communication, structure, and flexibility. Communication Communication provides the foundation for learning both academically and in the social-emotional sense. Teachers’ communication with students should…

  • November 2020

    Local Artist Emma Gilbert

    Emma Gilbert Local Artist AGE 10 | Fourth Grade Hi, I’m Emma! I am ten years old, as of Halloween! I like things like riding my bike around our driveway and down in our cul-de-sac, and I also love playing soccer and softball. I also really enjoy playing with my friends and siblings! I love animals, can you guess my favorite animal? It’s a Cat! However, my very favorite thing to do is art!! And that is what I’m here to talk about! My favorite type of art is drawing. Here are a few drawing styles that I like:CARTOON DRAWINGSI like drawing cartoon types of drawings because it’s fun, and…

  • November 2020

    Buying a Home in Santa Cruz

    What to Know About Buying a Home in Santa Cruz by Seb Frey One of the most popular pieces I’ve written in 17+ years selling real estate in Santa Cruz county is one where I take buyers through the whole process of buying a house in Santa Cruz, from start to finish. But with prices surging to astronomical heights, this real estate market feels so much different than anything I’ve seen before. But what, exactly, is so different about today’s Santa Cruz real estate market? To get a perspective, the median sale price for single family homes in the third quarter of 2020 was $1,050,000 – that compares with a…

  • November 2020

    Fighting an Invisible Invader

    How the Office of Education Fights an Invisible Invader By Suki Wessling Jennifer Buesing is a mom who really hopes that her two kids can go back to school soon. She’s also one of the people in charge of deciding when that will happen. “Things always seem easier on paper,” admits Buesing, Director of School Safety for Santa Cruz County Office of Education (COE). “You think you have a great plan, but until you actually go to the school and you walk through your day, then we realize that we have some pieces to work out.” Until March of this year, Buesing had a very different job. “All of the…

  • November 2020

    Inside Ed November

    Inside Education Monthly This month two teachers of young children presented about the joys and challenges of teaching online courses for our youngest TK-12 students. Alicia Romero teaches in Live Oak’s dual immersion Spanish/English program, which is a new program this year. It’s quite a challenge, she says, not only to teach the youngest children but to try to develop a new program at the same time. Her students are online for 180 minutes a day, and she is focused on trying to make second language acquisition fun and interactive. Kelly Liebenthal teaches transitional kindergarten for the youngest set at Santa Cruz Gardens. She points out that the adults are…

  • November 2020

    Wanderlust Family

    Wanderlust Family Carolyn Kelley and her family split their time between Santa Cruz and Nayarit, Mexico. They live aboard their 50ft sailboat in the Santa Cruz Harbor and are members of the local yacht club. Carolyn is a wedding and portrait photographer and runs a studio in Live Oak. You can see her work at SoilandSeaPhotography.com by carolyn kelley To this day, I’m amazed that we didn’t give up. In January of 2018, we sold our house and moved with our three daughters onto a big ol’ 70s cruising boat with the goal of renovating her and sailing to Mexico. Naturally, almost everything on our bargain boat was broken before…

  • November 2020

    The Golden Hour

    The Golden Hour By Laura Maxson The first hour after birth is known as the golden hour for good reason. A newborn is at a heightened level of alertness during this time, more alert than it will be again for a few weeks. Babies are born with an internal checklist for survival that attentive parents can observe while marveling over just how smart their little one is. There is no hurry to get the baby to breast and the reality is that the first attachment often goes a little smoother when the baby leads the way. Immediately after birth the baby goes skin-to-skin now on the outside of the baby…

  • November 2020

    Partnering with Habitat for Humanity

    Partnering with Habitat for Humanity On Accessory Dwelling Units By Zach Friend, Santa Cruz County Supervisor Throughout California there are discussions about how to address the significant affordable housing crisis. The recent fires also highlight the need for displaced residents to have access to safe and affordable housing. Recent studies done on home affordability have shown that in some coastal communities less than a quarter of people earn enough income to be able to purchase a home in their community and many can’t afford rising rents. Our parents and grandparents also are struggling to stay in the homes they own with a rising cost-of-living. In fact, there are over 15,000…