Erika Mahoney

Reporter

Erika joined KAZU in 2016. Her roots in radio began at an early age working for the independent community radio station in her hometown of Boulder, Colorado. After graduating from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in 2012, Erika spent four years working as a television reporter. She’s very happy to be back in public radio and loves living in the Monterey Bay Area.

 

Erika Mahoney

Friday is April 20, or “420”, a code word for marijuana and an annual, unofficial celebration of pot.  Every year on 4-20, thousands gather in a meadow at UC Santa Cruz to smoke weed. It’s always a busy and long day for campus police. Now, recreational marijuana is legal in California. But don’t expect the new law to change this event.

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Nearly two years after the Soberanes Fire, some Big Sur hiking trails are still closed. The fire and following mudslides left major damage. But this Saturday, one popular trail is reopening. 

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A new city-run homeless camp in Santa Cruz is reaching homeless people who don’t normally turn up at shelters.  

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HBO’s TV series ‘Big Little Lies’ is back in Monterey filming for the show’s second season. The Monterey County Film Commission has been working to make sure the local fabric of Monterey is highlighted.  

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On Wednesday, supporters of the grassroots group Public Water Now gathered to celebrate a victory. Volunteers collected more than enough signatures to get their initiative on the ballot. So come November, voters will once again decide whether they want to explore a public takeover of the Monterey Peninsula’s private water system. 

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Located in the heart of the Salinas Valley, Greenfield used to be known as the Broccoli Capital of the World.  Now the small town is banking its future on cannabis.  Greenfield has 11 marijuana grow facilities going up over the next two years.

Erika Mahoney

A growing number of communities in California are becoming their own electricity providers by creating what’s called a Community Choice Energy non-profit, or CCE. The goal is to provide greener electricity at a lower cost. 

Erika Mahoney

Cities along the Monterey Bay are full of seafood restaurants. But what ends up on your plate can often come from another part of the country, even another part of the world. The Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust wants to change that by breathing new life into Monterey’s commercial fishing industry.  

Erika Mahoney

Recent safety improvements on Highway 101 through Prunedale have led to the expansion of protected land in the Elkhorn Slough, just off the coast near Moss Landing.  

 


Monterey County is the latest county in California to declare a hepatitis A outbreak among its homeless population. California has been dealing with its largest hep A outbreak since the vaccine came out more than twenty years ago.

 

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