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December 7, 2021

Water, water everywhere | History Corner

Every winter, the people who live and work in the flats of Rio Dell Mar experience flooding in the streets and in their yards. Every winter, news reporters descend on the area to cover the events. This year, one reporter asked me about the...

Climate change adaptation

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Over the last few years the County has experienced significant flood events and damage that we are still working to repair. With climate change, severe events like these storm sets are expected to become more common as are the severity and length of droughts....

Financial advice: Understanding CalSavers

In July 2019, the state of California launched CalSavers, a program designed to allow employees access to a retirement savings plan administered by the state if their employer doesn’t currently offer their own retirement savings plan.  What is CalSavers? CalSavers is essentially a Roth IRA that...

Ask Nicole: January is Positive Parenting Awareness Month

Happy New Year! January is the eighth annual Positive Parenting Awareness Month in Santa Cruz County. Although parenting is a non-stop job that deserves recognition every day of the year, this month is an opportunity to reflect on what it means to be a...

Paying taxes: A matter of perspective

Happy New Year, Readers. It’s time to say ‘tis the Season. No, not that season—it’s TAX SEASON! Tax season involves long hours at the office with little to no time for anything other than work. But it also become a time of year where gratitude...

Addressing Fireworks in our Neighborhoods and Beaches

With Memorial Day and the unofficial start of summer the number of complaints for fireworks begins to increase.

Understanding Your Credit Score

Most people probably have a sense of what their credit score is and if their score is considered a “poor” score all the way to “exceptional.” Banks and credit cards will show you your credit score often updated on a monthly basis.

Ask Nicole: Screen Time in Summertime

When I was a young child, the only TV shows my parents let us watch were Sesame Street, Mister Rogers, or anything else on PBS. Occasionally, we watched The Brady Bunch, until my mom declared the show off limits.

Aptos Real Estate update

Across Santa Cruz County, inventory and sales volume is down from a year ago.

Aptos History Corner | Everyone Loves a Parade

The 4th of July is America’s birthday and many communities have parades to celebrate that fact. The freedom to determine our own future was at the center of the founding of our country.