Aptos Cares

A couple of weekends ago, Comcast Cares Day came to Mar Vista Elementary School, where my son is currently enrolled in first grade. Each year, the good folks at Comcast sponsor community service events throughout the country, enlisting thousands of volunteers to help make their communities a better place. Comcast provides tools and materials, and […]

Libraries Measure S Presentation

Janice O’Driscoll, the interim director of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries (SCPL), and Kate Canlis, Vice President of Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries, made a presentation last week at the Capitola-Aptos Rotary Club to discuss the state of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries and Ballot Measure S, a $67 million bond measure to […]

Zach Friend Interview: Fiber Optic Broadband Internet

In the seventh segment of our Zach Friend Interview Series, the Supervisor talks about Fiber Optic Broadband Internet which will be publicly financed. Zach Friend mentions that the first legislation he brought forward upon being elected was a “dig once” policy to require notification to all utilities when a road would be dug up, so […]

Aptos Real Estate Update April 2016

I’m not going to bury the lede on this one:  the median price for single-family homes in Aptos recently broke $1,100,000.  Yes, you read that right:  in February 2016, 12 single-family homes sold in Aptos, and the median price was $1,1045,00 (one home was an ocean view home on Kingsbury in Rio del Mar).  That’s an increase of […]

Community Celebration of Historic Aptos Village

A community celebration of historic Aptos Village is being planned for Saturday, April 30th from 11 AM until 2 PM. The event is to be held at the icon of Aptos Village, the Bayview Hotel. This is a free event, complete with refreshments and live music in the hotel’s garden. A number of long-time Aptos […]

Aptos Wine Wander Set for May 14

Aptos Village businesses have announced they will host the first-ever Aptos Wine Wander, a fundraiser for Aptos-area elementary schools held in partnership with the Santa Cruz Mountain Winegrowers Association, on Saturday, May 14 2016. The inaugural event, which will be 1-4 p.m., will feature wines from 10 fine Santa Cruz Mountain Wineries. Participating wineries include: […]

Zach Friend Interview: Sustainable Santa Cruz

In the sixth segment of our Zach Friend Interview Series, the Supervisor talks about the Sustainable Santa Cruz County plan. The Supervisor says that the county has been trying to look for new ways to do a lot of things. How can we manage growth in Santa Cruz county in better ways to create a […]

21st Century Classroom Opens at Twin Lakes

The first 21st Century Classroom in Santa Cruz County has opened at Twin Lakes Church in Aptos. The building, constructed at a cost of $12.1 million is an impressive 40,500 square feet built in three levels and features 12 classrooms, a computer lab, science lab, several rooms for church programs, and an amphitheater. The new school building […]

Multi-Million Dollar Aptos Foreclosure at 631 Quail Run Road

A Multi-Million Dollar Aptos Foreclosure has returned to the Aptos real estate market. The home is located at 631 Quail Run Road, has been on and off the market for the past several years and is back this spring with a reduced price of “just” $3,790,000.  It’s a stunning hilltop estate built on 68 acres, less […]

Zach Friend Interview: Passenger Train and Rail Trail

In the fifth segment of our interview with Supervisor Zach Friend, we discuss Santa Cruz Passenger Train service and the Santa Cruz Rail Trail. This is one of the longest segments in our interview, clocking in at over seven minutes. It’s a fairly wide ranging discussion in which the Supervisor talks about the hurdles to […]