Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Restaurant Closes After Owner Donates to David Duke

This week, O’Mei Chinese Cuisine in Santa Cruz closed its doors to the public after 38 years of service after a local website revealed that owner Roger Grimsby donated $500 to former Klu Klux Klan (KKK) Imperial Wizard David Duke’s failed campaign for Senate in Louisiana last year.

Chopsticks (Benny Lin / Flickr / CC)

Women’s Day Protest Groups Conflict over Race in Santa Cruz

Conflict emerged between protest groups demonstrating on International Women’s Day in downtown Santa Cruz, California on Wednesday, as a “Brown Squad” focused on racial issues faced off against a “less diverse” group of protesters.

Pussyhat (Ethan Miller / Getty)

Tree Trimmed After 16-lb. Pine Cone Injures Veteran

Holy Cross Church in Santa Cruz is taking precautions after noticing a Navy veteran filed a $5 million suit against the U.S. government, the National Park Service, the Department of the Interior, and San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park after a heavy cone from a bunya pine tree fell, striking him on the head.

Bunya pine (J Brew / Flickr / CC)

California Drought Causes… River Flooding?

The city of Santa Cruz planned an emergency breach of the San Lorenzo River Monday morning as river water flooded city streets and buildings, causing extensive damage, reports local NBC affiliate KSBW.

San Lorenzo River (J Klinger / Flickr / CC / Cropped)

Accused Child Killer in Santa Cruz is 15-year-old Neighbor

The search for little 8-year-old Madyson Middleton in Santa Cruz ended with the discovery of her lifeless body–and the arrest of 15-year-old neighbor Adrian Jerry Gonzalez, who is being charged as an adult for the crimes of murder, kidnapping and sexual assault.

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Santa Cruz: Vaccinations Take off Under Threat of Measles Outbreak

Since the Disneyland measles outbreak began in December, public health officials have called upon parents to vaccinate to vaccinate their under-immunized children and for adults to obtain a booster shot to protect against the disease. Since then, the coastal, liberal enclave of Santa Cruz has seen a significant uptick in vaccination appointments, according to local news station KSBW and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation.