.Lauren Hepler

February 15, 2021

California Economy Czar Dee Dee Myers on Vaccines, Reopening

Myers talks about the state’s evolving Covid-19 recovery plan
Food Stamp Cuts
December 17, 2019

Hungry in Santa Cruz County: Food Stamp Cuts Loom in 2020

How federal rule changes could hurt struggling locals
Santa Cruz homeless Warming Program
November 26, 2019

Showers, Shelters and A New Divide Over Santa Cruz Homelessness

Tensions flare over daily struggles, a city camping ban and a $7 million bet on unconventional shelters
Tanuki Cider
November 12, 2019

Tanuki Cider’s Booze Philosophy

Bringing the ethos of fine wine—and a sense of humor—to local apples
October 22, 2019

Far West Fungi Plants Santa Cruz Roots

Shiitake jerky and more at organic mushroom purveyor's new downtown store
Loma Prieta
October 17, 2019

Loma Prieta: A Look Back

Historic photos of Santa Cruz County after the quake that would forever change the local landscape
Emotional Baggage
October 16, 2019

‘Emotional Baggage’ Exhibit Unpacks Childhood Trauma

Santa Cruz doctor Dawn Motyka translates patient stories into found-object art
PG&E blackout
October 15, 2019

‘Thank God For A Generator’: County Tested By PG&E Blackout

Confusion reigned after PG&E turned off the power for more than 37,000 locals