Election 2014
4:52 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Hand Deliver Your Vote By Mail Ballot: Locations

The deadline to mail your vote-by-mail ballot has passed. For a ballot to be counted in the General Election it must be received by 8PM on Election Day regardless of postmark.  

You can hand deliver your ballot at the following locations.  Or turn it in on Election Day at any polling place.

Drop Off Locations:

                                                            Santa Cruz County

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Election 2014
6:06 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Santa Cruz Voters Weigh Medical Marijuana Business Tax

Marijuana flowers and buds are displayed at the Kind People's Collective in Santa Cruz County. Voters decide on Tuesday whether to approve a new business tax of up to 10 percent for medical marijuana businesses in the city and county.
Credit KindPeoples Collective

Santa Cruz is known for being relatively friendly to taxes and to marijuana. On Tuesday, voters in the city and county of Santa Cruz weigh those two together as they consider a new tax on medical marijuana businesses.

The inside of the Kind Peoples Collective -- a nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary on Soquel Avenue in Santa Cruz County -- actually looks a lot like a coffee shop or juice bar. There’s music playing, T-shirts for sale and the products are displayed behind spotless glass.

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6:00 am
Fri October 24, 2014

East West: Local Artists' Response to Gang Violence

Dancers Jones Welch and Annie Talmadge perform in East West.
Credit William Roden, New Dawn Studios


The gang violence in Salinas is felt by nearly everyone from families to teachers to clergy and law enforcement.   They are the inspiration for local choreographer Fran Spector’s East West.

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Election 2014
6:04 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Salinas Voters To Weigh in On a One Cent Tax, Twice

The front door at Salinas City Hall shows the City's reduced hours of operations.
Credit Krista Almanzan

Walking into Salinas City Hall, the first thing you might notice are the business hours posted on the front door: “Closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday”.  But this perpetual three day weekend is nothing to celebrate. 

Salinas City Manager Ray Corpuz says, it’s a reflection of how the recession has hurt the city’s budget.  “Trying to serve the public with just four days has been a very difficult challenge,” says Corpuz.

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Election 2014
8:31 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Monterey County Sheriff Race About Competence and Qualifications

Sheriff Scott Miller with supporters at a news conference announcing his endorsements
Credit Doug McKnight

  In the upcoming election, no race has been more contentious in Monterey County than the one for Sheriff.  Deputy Steve Bernal is running to replace his boss Sheriff Scott Miller.  The race between these two men highlights the discord within the Sheriff’s Department.  During the course of the campaign -- Miller has been dealt a no confidence vote from the union representing his deputies – and settled a federal lawsuit brought on by the union over allegedly campaigning in uniform.  Miller’s campaign calls these the acts of disgruntled employees, including his opponent.

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