Melissa Hartman, Santa Cruz Sentinel

Melissa Hartman

Santa Cruz Sentinel

Santa Cruz, CA, United States

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Past articles by Melissa:

Santa Cruz County Supervisors confirm south county district board

Thanks to an unanimous vote from the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors Tuesday, the Pajaro Valley Health Care District has its first board. → Read More

Santa Cruz County opens week with three new COVID-related deaths

Though its cases and hospitalizations continue to drop, Santa Cruz County’s coronavirus dashboard reflects the continued markings of resident deaths after contracting the disease. → Read More

Watsonville ranch owner gauges public interest in proposed development

While many agricultural leaders in south county are arguing for the extension of a measure that would limit development of farmland, Watsonville native Stephen Rocha is doing just the opposite. → Read More

An open discussion on the Omicron wave, omnipresent virus activity in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz County has seen the worst of the surge caused by the Omicron variant. However, the community still has much to learn about a life that embraces an extended existence of COVID-19. → Read More

Three Santa Cruz leaders vie for 3rd District supervisor seat

Initially a five-candidate race, the 3rd District supervisorial contest is now a staring contest between a nonprofit director and two council members: Ami Chen Mills, Justin Cummings and Shebreh Ka… → Read More

Filing in before the deadline: 28th Assembly candidates speak up

As of Wednesday, at least five candidates had secured nominations to compete for the seat representing Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, according to the jurisdictions’ websites. → Read More

Sutter nurses to picket Tuesday evening in Live Oak

On Tuesday night, locals who commute past the home care clinic at 2880 Soquel Ave. will be greeted by the sight of registered nurses with signs asking their employer, Sutter Health, to listen to th… → Read More

Former Santa Cruz County clerk Gail Pellerin announces Assembly run

The former county clerk launched a campaign website this weekend asking the community she served for nearly three decades to elect her as 28th District assembly member. → Read More

Santa Cruz County COVID-19 numbers continue to drop

The Santa Cruz County coronavirus data dashboard shows an improvement in the mitigation of COVID-19 spread in the community. → Read More

Capitola committee to consider changes to parking rates

Approximately 14 years after their last update, Capitola’s parking meter and permit program rates will be reviewed and potentially altered at the recommendation of an ad hoc committee, the City Cou… → Read More

Santa Cruz County Supervisors pass decorum-related consent items

This week, two consent calendar items on the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors meeting agenda intended to regulate the behavior of officials and members of the public alike passed unanimously … → Read More

Greenway initiative to come before Santa Cruz County voters in June

On Tuesday morning, the County Board of Supervisors voted, with Supervisor Zach Friend abstaining due to line-adjacent property ownership, to accept a staff report detailing the impacts of the Gree… → Read More

Watsonville corporation to match donations to health care district project

Through May 1, Watsonville-based Driscoll’s berry company will match up to $1.75 million in donations made to the Pajaro Valley Healthcare District Project’s fundraising campaign, the project annou… → Read More

RTC moves 2045 Regional Transportation Plan forward

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission unanimously approved the final draft of staff’s 2045 Regional Transportation Plan Thursday morning. → Read More

Capitola council forms coming year’s budget draft — line item by line item

With a motion from City Councilwoman Kristen Petersen, the Capitola City Council Tuesday night directed staff to build the 2022/23 budget around $3.5 million in identified city initiatives. → Read More

Santa Cruz health care leaders report high vaccination rates in wake of deadline

On Tuesday, all California health care workers were required to be fully vaccinated and boosted in order to continue working. In Santa Cruz County, the bulk of those workers had secured shots or a … → Read More

Santa Cruz County cases, hospitalizations continue to drop

On Monday, reduced rates of hospitalization and death painted a picture of dwindling virus activity. → Read More

Capitola takes lead in possible county opioid response funding effort

Capitola city leaders took the first steps in establishing an agreement that would put the recent settlement funding to help those with substance use disorder in the hands of those with the most re… → Read More

Bankruptcy court approves sale of Watsonville Hospital to health care district project

Northern California Bankruptcy Court Judge Mary Elaine Hammond approved the sale of Watsonville Community Hospital to the Pajaro Valley Healthcare District Project, a consortium of governmental age… → Read More

Three unvaccinated individuals die of COVID in Santa Cruz County

Early this week, Santa Cruz County epidemiologists logged three new deaths into the jurisdiction’s coronavirus data dashboard. Health Services Agency Spokesperson Corinne Hyland says all thre… → Read More