Julia Wong

Zach Lim jostles side to side in the backseat of an SUV. It’s winding up an unpaved road deep into the Santa Cruz Mountains.

“Any time I go out hiking,” says Lim, “even just walking in the park, I’ll just flip over a log or something. If I see anything, could be a salamander or a lizard, I’ll just write down where I found it, time, date.”

Lim is a herper. He loves snakes like birders love birds.

While serpents could spoil a hike for some, Lim goes out of his way to find them. It turns out his hobby is helping advance science.

Casey Nichols

As hundreds of Hillary Clinton supporters waited in line for hours outside the gym at Hartnell Community College, a few dozen protesters lined the sidewalk.  They held signs that read things like “Hillary for Prison” and “Vieja Mentirosa” (Old Liar).

James Tensuan

Towering redwood trees surround Barry Hoglund’s secluded home near Scotts Valley. He moved here after he retired and turned it into his own garden paradise.

Brittany Darnell

For the first time in two decades, there’s no incumbent running for the Congressional seat that represents the Central Coast.  Congressman Sam Farr will retire at the end of his current term.

The third forum of the Leon Panetta Lecture Series focuses on Gridlock, Partisanship and Executive Action.