In the twenty years since the Army shut down Fort Ord there’s been progress on repurposing the land – a new University, a National Monument, new housing and shopping. But even with all the change more than one thousand abandoned buildings still remain standing -- making parts of the former base look like a ghost town. Now efforts to clean up the remaining blight may finally be picking up.
Natividad Medical Center in Salinas is seeing a growing number of patients who only speak indigenous languages from Mexico and Central America. The hospital’s solution is an indigenous interpreting program that has been helping patients and doctors at the hospital, and is now available to hospitals and agencies across the nation.
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.
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.
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.