Santa Cruz

Erika Mahoney

A historic amphitheater at UC Santa Cruz will re-open this weekend after being closed for more than ten years.  

Erika Mahoney

Surfers in Santa Cruz and around the world will honor the life of Jack O’Neill with a paddle out this Sunday, July 9th.  The surfing legend and wetsuit pioneer died last month.  He was 94.  

Calvin Men

As a paddle out is being planned for July 9th to honor the life of surfing legend Jack O’Neill, mourners continue to leave flowers at his Santa Cruz home.  That’s where he died last Friday surrounded by family.  He was 94-years-old.

Erika Mahoney

Santa Cruz is known for its free spirit and eclectic mix of people. Look no farther than the Evergreen Cemetery to see it’s a culture that dates back to the 1800s. After decades of sitting in disrepair, there’s renewed energy to restore the historic site.

Last March the California Coastal Commission told CEMEX that its sand mine in Marina violates the Coastal Act.  A year later, the plant is still up and running while drawn out talks between the two continue. 

Ben Carey


Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz has become the epicenter for the treatment of mushroom poisoning in North America.  A doctor there began working on a cure a decade ago after a family of six become deathly ill from eating wild mushrooms.

To find out how easily that could happen I set out with mushroom forager Phil Carpenter.  He’s been mushrooming since he was a kid.  

Santa Cruz Strikes on Inauguration Day

Jan 20, 2017
Erika Mahoney

President Trump’s Inauguration sent protesters into the streets in Santa Cruz.   

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.

James Tensuan


The Santa Cruz Mystery Spot has been defying the laws of science and puzzling visitors for 75 years. The quirky roadside attraction first opened its (crooked cabin) doors in June of 1941. Ever since, tourists and locals alike have felt the pull of this self-described “gravitationally anomaly.”

courtesy: Dan White

Camping is an American summer tradition.  But if you are like Santa Cruz author Dan White you both love and hate the experience.  For his new book Under the Stars: How America Fell in Love With Camping, White crisscrossed the nation and delved into the history of camping.   He recently spoke with Rick Kleffel.

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