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11:07 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Bullying Prevention Pilot Project Underway in Salinas

Students in Mr. Zamora's 5th Grade class eargerly participate in the weekly classroom meeting. Olweus Program Coordinator Frances Weesner looks on.
Credit Krista Almanzan

Bullying is a problem that continues to affect about one out of every three students in the U.S.   In Salinas, a pilot project is underway to see if a bullying prevention program created in Norway can help local elementary school students.

Fifth Grade teacher Roberto Zamora started off the school year at Los Padres Elementary School in Salinas knowing just a couple of things about his new class of students.   The kids had been together as a group since kindergarten and, “this was a difficult class to deal with and they had a lot of bullying issues,” said Zamora.

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6:00 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Stretching Silicon Valley to the Beach

Members of the Santa Cruz co-working space, Nextspace, popular with local techies.
Credit Rowan Moore Gerety

Every morning, more than 20,000 people leave Santa Cruz county and commute to work in Silicon Valley. Even with a large research university and seaside real estate, it’s hard for Santa Cruz to compete with the Valley’s pull on engineers and entrepreneurs. But with a $700 billion industry headquartered over the hill, there’s a lot to be gained from local efforts to stretch Silicon Valley to the beach.

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6:00 am
Thu March 13, 2014

In Santa Cruz, Pushing the Vatican to Accept Women as Priests

Christine Fahrenbach puts on her priest’s stole for the first time.
Credit Rowan Moore Gerety

On a cloudy Saturday afternoon in Aptos, the church choirmaster leads a quartet singing the 23rd Psalm. Today, the Episcopal Church of St. John is packed with Catholics. They’re here to support the ordination of a Santa Cruz woman named Christine Fahrenbach. In an anteroom near the altar, she’s busy putting on an alb, traditional garb for Catholic priests.         

 

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6:00 am
Wed February 26, 2014

A Year Later, Capitola Police Chief Remembers Fallen Friend, Sergeant Butch Baker

A stone at the center of the Memorial Garden dedicated to Sergeant Butch Baker and Detective Elizabeth Butler.
Credit Rowan Moore Gerety

A  year ago today, two Santa Cruz police officers were shot and killed during a sexual assault investigation. Detective Elizabeth Butler and Sergeant Loran “Butch” Baker were the first in the department’s 150-year history to die in the line of duty.

This morning, the Santa Cruz Police Department dedicates a memorial garden to honor the fallen officers, and their colleagues reflect on life in law enforcement.

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5:37 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

King City Police Officers Arrested in Car Towing Scheme

Monterey County District Attorney Dean D. Flippo announces the arrest of six members of the King City Police Department.
Credit Doug McKnight

Six King City police officers, including the former police chief and acting police chief, are facing corruption charges.  The arrests were made Tuesday morning by the Monterey County Sheriff,  the FBI, Salinas Police and the Monterey County District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation.

Monterey County District Attorney Dean Flippo said the arrests came after a six month investigation initiated by complaints from King city residents. “People saying they take our  property, they take our money, they take our cars,” said Flippo.

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