6:45 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Why the Future Military Base Looks A lot Like the Presidio of Monterey

City of Monterey General Services lined up at the Presidio of Monterey from where workers respond to calls from both the Army and the City.
Credit Krista Almanzan

At a time when the Department of Defense budget is under pressure, some military bases are re-examining how they operate to find ways to save.  And increasingly, they’re looking to the Monterey Peninsula. 

About 15 years ago, Congress passed pilot legislation allowing the Army to partner with the Cities of Monterey and Seaside  to share operating services as a way to cut costs.  More recently Congress authorized that all military installations could enter these intergovernmental services agreements with state or local governments.

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6:30 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Local Survivors of Suicide Loss Connect Saturday

Dawn McGahan is a suicide loss survivor and organizer of Survivor Day Monterey.
Credit Krista Almanzan

The Saturday before Thanksgiving is Survivors of Suicide Loss Day.  Established by Congress 15 years ago, at the urging of Senator Harry Reid who lost his father to suicide, it’s a day when people affected by suicide can gather for support and understanding.  Locally events are being held in La Selva Beach and for the first time on the Monterey Peninsula. 

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10:41 am
Thu November 13, 2014

New Exhibit Explores the Stories Behind War Ink

Veteran Ron Riveira from Santa Cruz County is part of the online exhibit, War Ink.
Credit Johann Wolf

A new online exhibit featuring war veterans from recent conflicts, including Iraq and Afghanistan, aims to start a conversation between civilians and vets through the shared form of expression of tattoo art.

War Ink is an mutli-media exhibit featuring the stories and tattoos of 24 California veterans, including a few from the Monterey Bay Area.

Chris Brown (CB) with the Contra Costa County Library is co-creator of War Ink.

KA: What set you out on this project?

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Election 2014
1:46 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Election Wrap Up: Voters Ban Fracking, Approve Taxes

Congressman Sam Farr shakes hands with the daughter of Monterey County Superior Court Judge-Elect Andrew Liu (center) at The Press Club.
Credit Krista Almanzan

Update: As of Wednesday afternoon, Monterey County Election Officials say they still have nearly 34,000 ballots left to count.   Leaving many race still up for grabs.  56% of total ballots have been counted.

A full count is not expected until Friday.  

This puts voter turnout in Monterey County at roughly 46%.   

Original Story Now Reflecting Update: 

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Election 2014
9:47 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Early Returns Strong for Cannabis Tax in Santa Cruz County & City

John Leopold (right) takes an election night selfie.
Credit John Leopold


Today voters in Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz County weighed in on a tax on medical marijuana businesses.  The two measures call for a 7 percent tax on revenue with the option to go up to 10 percent.  Very early election returns of vote by mail ballots show both Measure K and Measure L passing.

KAZU's Doug McKnight spoke with Santa Cruz County Supervisor John Leopold and Colin Disheroon, operator of Santa Cruz Mountain Naturals.

Follow the results for Measures K & L here.

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