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The future of 5,800 acres north of Santa Cruz now rests with President Obama and his final days in office. At issue is a proposed national monument that has divided a Central Coast community. Supporters feel highly optimistic Obama will create the monument, but opponents worry if that happens, the incoming Congress will do nothing to support it.  

courtesy: Mark Cisneros

Last week we introduced you to the varsity soccer coach from Alisal High School.  It’s located in one of Salinas' toughest neighborhoods.  Coach Mark Cisneros was trying to raise money to take his team to Los Angeles to play some of the best high school soccer teams in the nation.  And the community, including many KAZU listeners, responded in a big way to his online Go Fund Me campaign

courtesy: Mark Cisneros

With gangs, poverty and overcrowding, Salinas’ Alisal neighborhood can be a tough place to grow up.  For some kids, their refuge is sports. 

Santa Cruz's Doug Abrams Crafts The Book of Joy

Dec 9, 2016
courtesy: Doug Abrams

The Dalai Lama and retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who have been friends for more than two decades, recently collaborated on The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World.  It’s a book they wrote with the help of Santa Cruz native Doug Abrams.

As the weather gets colder, providing shelter for the homeless becomes a bigger priority throughout California.   In Monterey County, the homeless population far outnumbers the amount of available shelter beds; being homeless means you probably don’t know where you are going to sleep tonight.

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