Santa Cruz Patch to Shut Down for Good

Patch Editor Brad Kava Poses on a Santa Cruz Police Motorcycle.

Hyperlocal News Site Has Only Non-Local Editor

Update: The Santa Cruz Patch will remain online with a non-local editor, just as the Watsonville Patch has remained online after firing its local editor, Jennifer Squires, in October of 2013.

As of today, January 29, at 2 pm the Santa Cruz Patch is all over. That’s according to tweets sent this morning by Valerie Lemke, a contributor to the website, as well as by the publication’s editor, Brad Kava.

Santa Cruz Patch began publishing in October 2010 and is part of Patch.com, a US local news and information platform operated by Patch Media Corporation and primarily owned by Hale Global, an investment company that specializes in turning around troubled companies.

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Rally in Santa Cruz Against Jail Expansion Locally and Across California

Sin Barras and other community members demonstrated at the Clock Tower in downtown Santa Cruz to say, “NO MORE MONEY FOR JAILS!”

On January 16, the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) officially recommended Santa Cruz County to receive $25 million it requested for jail expansion at Rountree Detention Center in Watsonville. Now, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors has 90 days to approve or reject the jail expansion proposal from the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office.

Sin Barras, an organization that has been leading the campaign to fight jail expansion locally, has a counter-proposal: Rather than expand and reopen unused jail facilities, our county needs to truly invest in our community by funding employment, affordable housing, and mental health & drug treatment.

In response to the BSCC’s January 16 recommendation, Sin Barras and other community members demonstrated later that day at the Clock Tower in downtown Santa Cruz to say, “NO MORE MONEY FOR JAILS!”

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