Santa Cruz County, CA

Santa Cruz County realtor arraigned on rape charges

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — A Santa Cruz County realtor was arraigned Monday on rape charges. Frank Debernardo, 46, is accused of raping a guest at his home in Aptos last November and then intimidating the woman to keep quiet about it. Court documents are calling the woman Jane Doe.
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Santa Cruz County schools dealing with staffing shortages

SANTA CRUZ, Calif (KION-TV) - Teachers and staffing shortages are still a problem nationwide, even after two years since the pandemic began. The Santa Cruz County Office of Education says that some of its school districts still see shortages on their campuses. But they are in a better position this year than the previous years.   The post Santa Cruz County schools dealing with staffing shortages appeared first on KION546.
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Homeless plan gets mixed results in Santa Cruz County

Gary, 63, said he would go to a shelter if it accepted his belongings. He camped near the post office in downtown Santa Cruz in 2020. (Stephen Baxter — Santa Cruz Local file) SANTA CRUZ >> Midway through Santa Cruz County’s three-year plan to reduce homelessness, county leaders on...

COVID sewage surveillance labs join the hunt for monkeypox

Have something to say? Lookout welcomes letters to the editor, within our policies, from readers. Guidelines here. The same wastewater surveillance techniques that have emerged as a crucial tool in early detection of COVID-19 outbreaks are being adapted for use in monitoring the startling spread of monkeypox across the San Francisco Bay Area and some other U.S. communities.

Watsonville-born playwright Spike Wong explores his identity through his work — and makes up for lost time

Spike Wong's latest play, "White Sky, Falling Dragon," is just weeks away from its COVID-delayed premiere Aug. 26. Very possibly his most personal work thus far, the production is the culmination of a long quest to further ground himself in his identity — and regain what he and his family lost by living and growing up Asian in America.

Count shows decrease in homeless families, more unhoused veterans

(BCN) — The number of homeless veterans in Santa Cruz County has more than doubled since 2019, according to new data from the county. The county announced its biennial Point-in-Time Count of the number of people experiencing homelessness in the county. The 2022 Point-In-Time Count revealed there were at least 2,299 people who experienced homelessness […]
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Santa Cruz County Public Health hosts MPX town hall

Santa Cruz County Public Health is hosting this town hall to encourage open discussion and share information about monkeypox (MPX). The event is Thursday, August 11 from 6 - 7 p.m.. Topics of Discussion:. Overview and Status Update Prevention. Vaccine Eligibility. Treatment. Questions & Answers and Open Discussion. Panelists. Dr....