175 acre Santa Cruz ranch, former nudist beach campground, on the market for $35,000,000

Start your day with the news you need from the Bay Area and beyond. Sign up for our new Morning Report weekday newsletter. SANTA CRUZ – Roland “Beaver” Edwards, operator of the 175-acre Coastside Ranch off Highway 1, heads one of the few remaining privately operated North Coast ranches. Roland ‘Beaver’ Edwards, co-owner of the Coastside Ranch which leads to Red, White, and Blue Beach, hopes the prospective buyer of the 175-acre ranch will conserve the property as a working ranch. Asking price is $35 million. (Dan Coyro — Santa Cruz Sentinel) The property, known for its access to the Red, White and Blue Beach where his father Ralph Edwards… Read More

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Asian shares mostly lower after US holiday, await Fed notes

TOKYO — Asian shares were mostly lower Tuesday after a U.S. holiday and attention turned to the U.S. Federal Reserve. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 lost 1.3 percent in early trading to 21,863.84. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 edged down 0.4 percent to 5,920.10. South Korea’s Kospi lost 1.0 percent to 2,418.20. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng fell 0.7 percent at 30,908.26, while the Shanghai Composite gained 0.5 percent to 3,199.16. US HOLIDAY: American markets were closed Monday for Presidents’ Day. CENTRAL BANKS: Minutes are expected later Tuesday from the latest Federal Reserve meeting. Investors were also watching remarks in Japanese parliament from Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda. Kuroda was reappointed… Read More

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Ridge overlooking St. George poised to become mini-mecca of tech companies

SALT LAKE CITY — While the explosive growth, and success, of the Utah tech sector has mostly drawn attention to companies headquartered along the Wasatch Front, the state’s southern reaches have been quietly building their own innovation energy ball and may be poised to give their northern comrades a run for their money. PrinterLogic is one of the innovation companies helping lead the growth of Dixie’s tech ecosystem and just announced a $15 million round of funding, led by Utah venture capital firm Mercato Partners. PrinterLogic has pioneered innovations in print and document management solutions, with a software-as-service model that has helped clients eliminate costly, in-house print servers and created… Read More

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Opinion: How California voters can update, improve Prop. 13

California voters have an opportunity this November to correct decades-old legislation that has resulted in deteriorated public institutions and services throughout our state. It’s time to challenge the divisive and widespread anti-tax sentiment promulgated by powerful interest groups bankrolled by wealthy donors. The California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act is a proposed constitutional amendment that would update and improve Proposition 13, the 1978 tax law that fundamentally crippled local governments. A contributing factor to Prop. 13’s passage was the sentiment that older Californians should not be priced out of their homes through high property taxes. However, the proposition’s underreported giveaways to big business and corporations have exacerbated inequity and… Read More

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Noteworthy: anthem furor at East Bay campus; McClymonds High rings; and Warriors in a $40 million dispute

Welcome to the weekend refrigerator surprise, where everything goes even if it smells a little funky. Some students at San Ramon’s California High School got quite an education this week — the kind you can’t get in the classroom. Student leadership decided last month to discontinue playing the national anthem at rallies on campus. A local decision at a local school, right? Not on your twilight’s last gleaming. The students, according to the school newspaper, were responding to the objection of the NAACP over lyrics in the third verse. You didn’t know there was a third verse of the anthem, did you? I did, but only because I was a… Read More

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Voters back Google village in downtown San Jose by big margin: poll

SAN JOSE — South Bay voters overwhelmingly back Google’s plans to bring 20,000 jobs to downtown San Jose and consider those jobs — rather than the new housing that advocates want to add to the project — the most important part of the transit-oriented development, according to a new poll. The project, which is expected to take years to develop, could reshape downtown and give San Jose an economic boost and tech star power. “Residents are eager for the kind of transformation that a project like this can bring to our city center,” said San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, a strong supporter of plans by Google to build offices and… Read More

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‘Black Panther’ blows away box office with $192M weekend

NEW YORK — A wave of feverish anticipation, fawning critical acclaim and groundbreaking cultural meaning pushed “Black Panther” to a record-setting $192 million debut in U.S. and Canada theaters, firmly establishing the superhero sensation as a box-office landmark. The Marvel film from the Walt Disney Co. blew past expectations to become the fifth-highest-grossing debut ever, not adjusting for inflation, following only “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” ”Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” ”Jurassic World” and “The Avengers.” In estimates Sunday, Disney predicted a four-day holiday weekend of $218 million domestically and a global debut of $361 million. Though the film’s international footprint doesn’t include several of the largest markets — China,… Read More

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‘Continue to work to achieve your dreams’: Zions Bank CEO recalls time as Sterling Scholar participant

A. Scott Anderson, president and CEO of Zions Bank, remembers well his experience as a Sterling Scholar in drama from Skyline High School. “I was encouraged by our drama teacher to go into that area,” Anderson said in an interview with Deseret News. “My mother had majored in theater up at the University of Utah, she had performed in some of the early Pioneer Theatre plays and then she taught speech out of our home growing up. So I really sensed a love for that.” Anderson said being a part of the Sterling Scholar program helped him learn important lessons about camaraderie in competition. “Even though you’re competing against each… Read More

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Classic Utah eatery Purple Turtle celebrates 50 years in business

PLEASANT GROVE — When Arizona residents Rob and Sharon Richardson come up to Utah for a visit, they always stop into their favorite local ‘fast food’ restaurant for a taste of its signature fish and chips. “Their halibut fish and chips are really good!” he said. So good, in fact, that it’s the only meal either of them has ever eaten in the nearly five decades they’ve been coming to the Purple Turtle in Pleasant Grove. “I can get a hamburger anywhere,” he said. And even after all these years, it’s as good as it was when he first started patronizing back in the 1970s while he was a student… Read More

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The California Dream is tough to afford if you’re under 40

Click here if you are having trouble viewing the video on your mobile device. Samantha Sprau rents a 450-square-foot studio north of downtown Oakland with appliances and gold-speckled laminate that could be decades older than she is. It costs $1,575 per month. “It’s a ton for one person to pay,” said the 27-year-old battery engineer, who finds herself relying on the same grocery-skimping survival skills she learned as a broke undergraduate at San Jose State: snacks for lunch and “lentil soup for days.” “I feel like it shouldn’t be so insane,” she said, “that a single professional should be able to afford a studio apartment.” The Bay Area economy is… Read More

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