Five local reporters convened in KSQD to review the top stories and discuss the year ahead in the news. They are Stephen Baxter and Kara Meyberg Guzman of Santa Cruz Local, Dan Schmalz of Monterey County Weekly, and Wallace Baine of Lookout Santa Cruz. We hear about housing/homelessness, water, octopus’ garden, and, did anybody mention Otter 841? No, they did not! So, there you go.