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31st Annual Lighted Boat Parade The Santa Cruz Yacht Club’s annual Lighted Boat Harbor on Saturday, December 3 at 5:30 p.m. Full Story page 11

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Valencia does it Again! By Edita McQuary For the second year in a row, Aptos’ Valencia Elementary School won the “Drive for Schools� fundraiser in the elementary school category. On the morning of November 14, 2016, Principal Caryn Lane was presented a trophy by Jody Turner of Toyota of Santa Cruz and Karley Pope of Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk at a special school assembly.

Valencia’s “Home and Schools� volunteer parent support organization members Joanna Dang, Lizzy Anderson, Jessica Amezaga Lange, Darcy Pruett and about 100 parent (and grandparent) volunteers led the school to success. Of course, the students also played a big part in the victory. ... continued on page 4



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Table of Contents


Cover Valencia does it Again! by Edita McQuary 5 7 8 9 10

Community News National Adoption Month by Edita McQuary A Guide To Smart Giving by Raymon Cancino Dominican Welcomes New Physician & Physician Assistant Christmas with the Chorale

Educational Foundation Christmas Tree Lot 11 31st Annual Lighted Boat Parade – Launching the Holiday Season Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m. 13 Family Traditions – Enjoying the Classic Ballet ‘The Nutcracker’ by Karen Conley 14 Organic Grower New President of SC County Farm Bureau 16 Senior Driver Safety Program 17 SC Public Libraries Hold TECH Teach-Ins 18 California Foundation Awards $11,000 Grant to SCCHC 19 Voters Saying ‘Yes!’ to Measure D 21 Heritage Holiday Craft & Gift Fair 23 Letter from Germany by Edita McQuary 24 Marijuana Regulations 15

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Featured Columnists 20 Leptospirosis: Important Facts for Every Dog Owner Mitchener 25 Water Wisdom – Soquel’s ‘Pure Water’ – Groundwater Replenishment Project seeks public input by Melanie Mow Schumacher 26 Saying Goodbye by Mike Conrad 26 Ask SCORE: A Monthly Column of Information for Small Business 27 The Creative Life by Jessica Johnson – Interview with Jessica Johnson 30 Road Improvements Coming to Aptos Village by Zach Friend 31 On Change – And Persistence by Willy Elliott-McCrea 3##!3&EATURED0ETsPageˆ RINGO: Would love to entertain you!

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Times Publishing Group, Inc. 9601 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA 95003 The Times Publishing Group, Inc., publishers of the Aptos Times, a bi-weekly publication, the Capitola Times and Scotts Valley Times, each printed monthly, Coastal Weddings Magazine, Coastal Home and Garden Magazine, Aptos’ Fourth of July Parade Official Program Guide and Capitola’s Begonia Festival Official Program Guide, is owned by Patrice Edwards. Entire contents ©2016. All rights reserved. Reproduction in any form is prohibited without the publisher’s written permission PHONE: (831) 688-7549 FAX: (831) 688-7551 GENERAL E-MAIL: Patrice Edwards: Publisher’s Assistant: Editor: Opinions/Letters: Calendar Listings: Graphics Department: Billing Inquiries: Classified Sales: Production: CHECK OUT OUR WEB SITE AT: mission statement We at the Times Publishing Group, Inc. are dedicated to providing a voice for the individuals and organizations in our community while highlighting the outstanding accomplishments of our local businesses. We seek to promote healthy family values through our coverage of youth activities, school news, senior events, community groups and entertainment 4 / December 1st 2016 / Aptos Times

Cover Story “Drive For Schools” from page 1 Valencia Elementary currently has 550 students in grades kindergarten through 6th grade. It is one of the most diverse schools in one of the largest school districts Green Organic Business since 2012, they also earned the coveted California Distinguished School Award in 2014. Since 2005, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and the Capitola Auto Mall Dealers Group have sponsored the ‘Drive for Schools’ annual car giveaway fundraiser. It is the largest school fundraiser in Santa Cruz County. There are

four categories of schools selling tickets: high school, junior high/middle school, elementary, multi-grade and a Special Spirit Award. This year, they raised more than $645,732 for 84 local schools, bringing the total funds raised to a staggering $4.7 million since its beginnings! Besides Valencia, which raised $24,850, the other 2016 winners were Soquel High (27,235), SLV Nature Academy ($9,170) and a special Spirit Award was presented to Watsonville Charter School for raising $22,855. The funds raised by this important fundraiser sponsored by Capitola Auto Mall Dealers Group and Santa Cruz Beach

Boardwalk enable the schools involved to provide activities and programs such as music, art, technology, playground improvement and more that would not otherwise be supported in their respective annual budgets. Kudos to Capitola Auto Mall Dealers Group and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for their interest in and support of the children and families of Santa Cruz County! Cover Photo: (from left) Darcy Pruitt, Jody Turner (Toyota), Caryn Lane, Karley Pope (Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk), Scott Lange, Jessica Amezaga Lange, and Natasha Lange.

Community News

National Adoption Month

‘If you have enough, you should share!’ By Edita McQuary


randpa Richard Harbison was sitting patiently with the crowd outside the Department A Courtroom in Watsonville’s Superior Court on Friday, November 18th. He was waiting for his daughter and son-in-law to arrive with their latest about-to-be adopted granddaughter, Lucy. Grandpa, his wife, Reina, and a crowd of family and friends were excited as his daughter Debbie and son-in-law Chris Dietz arrived with their seventh grandchild. Chris and Debbie have four children born to them and two half-sisters whom they adopted after foster-caring for each of them. That day they were adopting 16-month-old Lucy whom they have foster parented since she has was four days old. Chris works for UPS as a driver and Debbie is a stay-at-home mom who has homeschooled all their children. She has an A.S. degree in General Science and worked for the city schools while in college. Judge Rebecca Connolly led a packed, excited courtroom through the adoption process as ten children were adopted into

their various foster families. In a moving ceremony, she read the “Oath of Adoption” as the parents swore to treat the adopted child as a natural born child their whole lives. She spoke and read in Spanish for the Spanish-speaking families. All of the children adopted are part of the foster care system of Santa Cruz County. They have been in foster care by the adoptive parents long enough to be makes them a legal part of the family. After each document signing, Judge Connolly announced the quilt presentation. Every child received a quilt sewn by a member of the Sew Little Timers group of the Pajaro Valley Quilt Association. These are not your grandmother’s quilts. They are age-appropriate and have the most popular screen characters, i.e. “Star Wars” or the “Frozen” cast on the front. The Sew Little Timers group, about a dozen members, started making quilts for

to make some presentation quilts for the adoptees. Since that time they have made about 80-90 quilts per year. They also make quilts for hospice families and Camp Eron, a place for children losing a direct family member. They gather for “Sew Days” as well to make pillowcases for children who through no fault of their own are in the court system. It means a lot to a child to be able to choose a pillowcase of his or her own at the end of the court proceeding. In Santa Cruz County, there are 200 to 250 children in the foster care system. This community has a great heart for children. Of these children, each year 40 to 50 are adopted by their foster care parents. For information about fostering a child, please call 831.345.2700 or go to fostercare4kids. com. Karen Cunningham-Gonzales, longtime member of the group, has a motto,” If you have enough, you should share.”

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A Guide To Smart Giving very year during the holiday season, I get questions from friends and family on how to ensure their donation


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SANTA CRUZ — Dominican welcomes two new health care providers, Farnoush Ghaderi, DO (Family Medicine) in Capitola, and Rebekah Herrick, PA-C (Family Medicine – Physician Assistant) in Santa Cruz. F a m i l y Practitioner Farnoush Ghaderi, DO, joined the Capitola Family Practice Clinic at 528 Capitola Farnoush Ghaderi Avenue in Capitola. Dr. Ghaderi received her medical degree from the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency at UNECOM Functional Family Medicine in Manchester, Connecticut. Dr. Ghaderi speaks Farsi and her special clinical interests include preventative medical care and comprehensive

Dignity Health Medical Group welcomes Farnoush Ghaderi, DO & Rebekah Herrick, PA-C to the Dominican family.

medical care for acute illness, infections, and chronic conditions. Family Practice Physician Assistant Rebekah Herrick, PA-C, will split her time between the Anticoagulation Clinic at 1595 Soquel Drive, Suite 411, in Santa Cruz, and the Capitola Urgent Care Clinic at 1820 41st Avenue, Suite C in Capitola. Rebekah received her medical degree from Loma Linda University. Dignity Health Medical Group — Dominican operates 17 clinics in Santa Cruz County, with specialties including pediatrics, oncology & hematology, plastic & reconstructive surgery, gastroenterology, OB/GYN, urology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and urgent care. Dominican local primary care physicians and physician specialists offer a full range of health care services, and ensure continuity of care during a hospital stay. -

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Christmas with the Chorale T he Santa Cruz Chorale begins their 2016-2017 season with the December holiday concert, the best of “Christmas with the Chorale.â€? The Monterey Bay Sinfonietta and organist Vlada Moran will again join the Chorale. Maestro Christian Grube has chosen favorites from Christmas concerts of the past ten years. The Chorale hopes that each audience well-loved pieces included in this selection. Music from the 1500s to 21st century: German, Spanish, Latin American, Christian Grube Latvian and French carols celebrate Christmas with melodies and rhythms representative of those cultures. Sometimes playful, sometimes dramatic, they span a range of styles from the stately verses of KodĂĄly’s “Veni

amateurs: people who seriously pursue an art for the love of it. Founded over 30 years ago by Mary Lynn Place Badarak, Lecturer for the Department of Music at UC Santa Cruz, as a volunteer adult chorus, the Santa Cruz Chorale continues in this tradition today. Following Badarak’s leadership, Murray Walker directed, followed by the late Gene Lewis, Paul Vorwerk and Eduardo Mendelievich. Under the leadership of Paul Vorwerk, the Chorale went on two exciting

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Community News

Mary Bannister steps down after 17 years of service WATSONVILLE — The Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency (PV Water) announced General Manager Mary Ban2016. geologist, started at PV Water in 1999 after California. Having taken the reins of PV Water during a tumultuous time of controversy and lawsuits, Bannister stabilized the agency and has overseen the adoption

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of a Basin Management Plan Update, and fee structure to support it, in advance of the State’s new laws regulating groundwater. In addition, she worked with the City of Watsonville — under a novel partnership that is considered a model in California — to develop a Recycled Water Facility that provides over 4,000 acre feet per year of irrigation supply to coastal growers. This project and the 20-plus miles of delivery pipeline and other facilities were constructed with the help of over $50 million in state and federal grants won during Bannister’s tenure. “It has been a journey with tremendous challenges followed by incredible successes, thanks to a visionary Board of

Pajaro Valley,” Bannister said after her last board meeting on November 16. The PV Water Board of Directors will name an interim general manager in December. Bannister plans to spend her retirement time with family, growing dahlias and helping at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, along with advocating

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Dine at Shadowbrook Dec. 6 to Support LEO’s Haven njoy a delightful evening at the world famous Shadowbrook Restaurant 1750 Wharf Road, Capitola while supporting LEO’s Haven. Shadowbrook will generously donate one-third of the evening’s sales to LEO’s Haven! Make your reservations early and let the receptionist know you are dining for LEO’s Haven. You may also wish to enjoy appetizers and cocktails in the Rockroom Lounge, just let the server motional prices, however, will not be applied.


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Santa Cruz. She lives in Watsonville with three dogs, two cats and 16 chickens. The Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency (PVWMA) is a state-chartered water

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general donations is a wonderful way for an organization to strengthen the most-needed areas. But start out by testing the waters, and watch how your donation is put to work. And if you can spare it, give your time, too he steps above will teach you the technicalities of the organizations you


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wish to support. But nothing beats seeing the impact of your support in action. Whether you stop by for a tour, volunteer, or serve on a committee, take the time to porters of the organizations you care about. It will open your eyes in ways you never dreamed.

I feel lucky to live in a community of such dedicated and passionate people. My hope is that this guide can help you choose the most impactful ways to put your generosity and good nature to use. When we work together for the common good, anything is possible.

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holiday season at the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor on Saturday, December 3 at 5:30 p.m. This year marks the 31st anniversary of this highly antici-

pated community holiday celebration. Everyone across Santa Cruz County is invited to join this free fun celebration for young and old alike. The theme for this year’s parade is Santa Cruz-In, Under Starlight Together.

As the 31st annual parade prep gets underway, local boaters are already planning colorful lighting displays to compete for the best of the harbor. Guest judges will award prizes in six categories: Power Boats (small and large), Sailboats (small and large), as well as stationary boats in harbor slips & dry storage. All of the brightly lit festive boats will be on display. The Lighted Boat Parade route circles the harbor channel in a counterclockwise direction from the Murray Street Bridge to the Walton Light House and back and can be viewed from both side of the harbor channel between the bridge and the harbor mouth. Due to safety concerns, paddle boarding during the parade will not be permitted. The parade will take place rain or shine. More than 30 boats of all sizes and styles are expected to participate. The Lighted Boat Parade is one of the

most anticipated events of the Santa Cruz County holiday season, with the harbor more than a thousand local residents line the harbor to join in the celebration and fun. For more information, contact Kelly

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Family Traditions

Enjoying the Classic Ballet ‘The Nutcracker’ By Karen Conley

The part of Chancellor Stahlbaum, the host of “The Nutcracker’s” grand party scene, will be played by Board Vice President Tony Crane, whose daughter is an SCBT alum. Kelly and Rod Caborn are two more alum parents in the cast.

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hen the Thanksgiving leftovers have been turned into sandwiches and soup, we know that it is time to unpack the Christmas decorations. Soon houses will be dripping with icicle lights, and sparkly reindeer and snowmen will move into front yards all over town. Ornaments, wreaths, and mistletoe will be hung, and holiday music will drift through the stores. Along with all of the tinsel and glitter, December is also a time when we unpack our Christmas traditions. One local holiday tradition is families coming together to experience Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre’s stunning production of “The Nutcracker.” But there is another family custom that few people outside of the Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre family know about. It is the tradition of parents and children performing in “The Nutcracker” together. This year, there are seven families who are performing in “The Nutcracker.” Although they are not dancers, several members of the Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre Board of Directors will join the ballet cast to share the stage with their children. Shannon Bane, a professor at Santa Clara University by day, will play the part of Frau Stahlbaum in the opening party scene, while her young daughter, Tabitha, will dance across the stage as both a Page and a Snap. George Hood holds the post of the Secretary of the Board, and is also a member of the party scene corps. Marisol Hood, “The Nutcracker’s” talented head costumer prefers to stay backstage, while their daughter, Lauren, one of the company’s featured dancers, captivates the audience with her stunning performance

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as a guest in the opulent party scene. Her daughter, Lily, is an accomplished dancer who has been cast as the Marzipan Lead Jeremy Chatwin will waltz through the party scene as his daughter, Flora, dances plays the Dewdrop Fairy in several performances. Izabella Hartman will accompany her mother on stage as a Snap, while Katie Hartman plays the part of Mother Ginger. Cevin O’Hagan will join his daughters, Ceinna and Kaila, as a party dad, while they are busy dancing as soldiers. Of course we cannot forget that the 50-piece live orchestra is an integral and vital part of “The Nutcracker” experience. It also embraces the family Nutcracker tradition. “Nutcracker” page 17

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Aptos (2015 DIII state champion) took third with a team score of 156 In Division III race Aptos junior Marea Zlatunich took fourth in 17:40.8 leading all Santa Cruz County runners and placed 18th

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ished 55th in 19:07.7 and freshman Abby Watkins completed 78th in 19:34.8 also scored. Freshman Ruth Connely (119th in 20:04.8) and junior Annika Niles (156th in 20:37.1) also ran for the Mariners. Aptos Times / December 1st 2016 / 15


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in Santa Cruz. With this move, all of the Dignity Health Medical Group – Dominican OB/ wives are now located at 1505 Soquel Drive. Adjacent to the Dominican Hospital campus, the Soquel Drive medical Dominican hospital for both physicians and patients. “We are excited to unite our Obstetrics and Gynecology service line in one convenient location,” said DeAndre James, executive director of Dignity Health Medical Group – Dominican. “Our team of health care providers has a strong history of caring for the women of Santa Cruz County, and we are a more convenient location.” The new OB/GYN located at 1505 Soquel Drive, Santa Cruz, on the Dominican Hospital campus. Suite 1 includes Sienna Titen, MD, CNM, and Judith Dowd, CNM. Suite 5A includes Nilda Moreno-Ruiz, MD, and Meredith Hammig, CNM. Suite 7 includes Anne-Marie Jackson, MD, Freshta Kakar, DO, Leora Fromm, CNM, and Courtney Widmann, PA-C.

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Dominican Way, Suite B, will no longer be seeing OB/GYN patients as of Monday, Nov. 14. Dominican provides convenient, personalized care for everyone in your family. Local primary care physicians a full range of health care services, and ensure continuity of care during a hospital stay. Dignity Health Medical Group - Dominican operates 18 clinics in Santa Cruz County, with specialties including pediatrics, oncology & hematology, plastic & reconstructive surgery, gastroenterology, OB/GYN, urology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and urgent care. -

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senior drivers. The Age Well, Drive Smart Program is designed to provide drivers with the keys to driving safer and driving longer. This program is designed as an educational tool for mature drivers. Topics of discussion will include:

rules of the road. physical changes and how to adjust to them driving. driving.

Age Well, Drive Smart classes are approximately two and one-half hours long and are free of charge. These classes are geared toward drivers age 65 and up, but they are open to anyone who feels they has an upcoming class scheduled! a.m. – 12 p.m. The class will be held at the Aptos branch of the Santa Cruz Public Library. The Library is located at 7695 Soquel Dr., Aptos.

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Community News SANTA CRUZ — The Santa Cruz Public Library System (SCPL), announced a series of TECH Teach-In workshops designed to help bridge the gap for those connecting with the online world. The workshops will cover a range of subjects for all kinds of learners. In Basic Computing and Basic Internet, participants learn everything from turning on the comTech Toys and eReader workshops introduce people to a wide variety of new before a purchase. They can also bring their own device to learn how to take advantage of free library resources with what they already own. Research database tours also introduce participants to just a few of the many free library resources to support everyday learning needs. Finally, people can learn how to take the library with them

anywhere, on any device, with our SCPL on the Go mobile app workshop. According to Director of Libraries Susan Nemitz, “Working toward digital inclusion is an emerging goal of our library system. These TECH Teach-Ins are one small step in creating a community where everyone has access to technology and develops the digital literacy skills to use that technology in improving their lives.” Employment and E-government resources, educational achievement, as well as informational and recreational resources are just a few examples of the types of opportunities when one lacks the knowledge and skills necessary to connect with the online world. TECH Toys & eReaders: Explore and test drive a number of current eReaders and tablets with us. Try out ours or bring your own. We’ll demonstrate free downloadable books, movies, and more available in a

person will be on hand to walk you through. TECH Toys we’ll have on hand include: a Samsung Galaxy Tab S28, a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Nook, an Apple iPad Mini 4, an Asus

ZenPad S8, a Google Pixel C 10.1, an Amazon Kindle Voyage, a Kobo Aura H2O, and the Barnes and Noble Nook Glowlight. “Teach-Ins” page 23

Local musician Jeremy Cushing will join the orchestra to accompany his daughter, Abigail, while she is dancing onstage. There is nothing new about the tradition of attending “The Nutcracker” together each year. Families have been enjoying the holiday classic for generations. But Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre has a special family tradition … parents and children performing on stage together to give the community a present as magical as the nutcracker Herr Drosselmeyer gives to a little girl named Clara at a family Christmas party. Share in the SCBT Nutcracker tradition at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, December 16, 17, and 18. Tickets can be purchased online at the ballet’s website, or through the Santa Cruz Civic

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n a recent rainy Saturday morning, members of the Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary Club descended upon Chanticleer Park in Live Oak armed with clippers, rakes, and shovels. In good cheer, despite the inclement weather, they spent several hours hauling wood chips, trimming trees, and installing a LEO’s Haven educational sign. It was only the most recent show of support from the Sunrise Rotary Club for the community campaign underway to build LEO’s Haven at Chanticleer Park, Santa Cruz County’s first inclusive playground. Inclusive playgrounds are specially designed

tunity to get involved with this project. It including helping to build communities and support our youth. The energy and focus of the community organizers behind this is incredible. It’s a remarkable example of what can be accomplished when passionate, committed people get together. We don’t have anywhere for our

so children of all abilities can play side by side while learning vital

lessons of compassion, awareness, and acceptance. In addition to installing a LEO’s Haven sign at Chanticleer Park, the Sunrise Rotary Club chose LEO’s Haven

together in our County, so this project is vital for our whole community and will be a magical place for all kids.” “There’s a lot to be done, but it’s just waiting to happen, and here it is happening, right now,” said current president, Mary Alsip. Tricia Potts, the mom heading up the

2016 Firecracker 5K/10K Race, provided an $8,300 grant to purchase educational panels for the main play structure, and will support the playground with their annual club bike ride in 2017. They are also recruiting other area Rotary clubs to support LEO’s Haven. Karen Gosling, past club president, explains why the Sunrise Rotary Club is committed to LEO’s Haven. “I am so excited our club has taken this oppor-

so thankful Sunrise Rotary Club has been a key supporter. They have already poured hours of their time, labor, and love into this project and we are excited to be working with this organization to make LEO’s Haven a reality.” If you would also like to be involved in ticleer Park, please visit the project website at for more information.

Blue Shield of California Foundation Awards $11,000 Grant to SCCHC SANTA CRUZ — Blue Shield of California Foundation awarded a grant of $11,000 in unrestricted funds to Santa Cruz Community Health Centers in recognition of their critical role in the wellbeing of families and individuals throughout their community. The award aims to help Santa Cruz Community Health Centers provide ongoing healthcare services and lead innothe most vulnerable Californians. “As a longtime partner and ally of safety net organizations across the state, we’re proud to support Santa Cruz Community Health Centers by providing them with core operating funding,” said Peter Long, PhD, president and CEO of Blue Shield of California Foundation. “This their ability to respond to new challenges and opportunities while continuing to ensure access to high-quality care for thousands of residents in Santa Cruz County.” The Foundation is committed to improving health equity and strengthening 18 / December 1st 2016 / Aptos Times

California’s safety net through this award and other philanthropic investments in community health centers throughout the state. Blue Shield of California Foundation is one of the state’s largest grant making organizations. To learn more, visit www.

Community News SANTA CRUZ COUNTY — A supermajority of votes tallied so far in Santa Cruz County said “yes” to Measure D, the comprehensive and inclusive package of transportation improvements. Vote counts as of Nov. 21 show that over 77,000 affirmative The 1/2 cent local sales tax requires a counts are not considered final until provisional and absentee ballots are counted and the election is certified. Passage of Measure D would guarantee every city and the county a steady, direct source of local funding for local streets and road maintenance, bicycle and pedestrian projects especially near schools, safety projects, transit and paratransit service and numerous essential transportation projects and programs throughout the county as outlined in the Expenditure Plan for Measure D. Don Lane, Chair of the Regional Transportation Commission, stated, “Passing Measure D will be a significant accomplishment for our county. It is extremely encouraging that so many diverse groups and individuals came together to support Measure D. This will be a game changer for mobility in our community for decades to come. Thank you Santa Cruz County for coming together to get our community moving.” Measure D is expected to generate approximately $17 million a year. Projects that would be funded by the measure include streets and highways, safety projects to encourage children to walk and bicycle to school, Highway 9 corridor safety improvements, the Highway 17 wildlife undercrossing, new bicycle-pedestrian crossings over Highway 1, transit to prevent additional service cuts, increases in paratransit to serve seniors and people with disabilities, construction and maintenance of the Coastal Rail Trail, and an analysis of transit options for the rail corridor. For more information about the projects approved, visit www.sccrtc. org/move. Commissioner Bruce McPherson, representing Scotts Valley and the San Lorenzo Valley expressed appreciation

saying “Thank you to the Regional Transportation Commission Board, the campaign team and the Yes on D voters for saying “yes” to a well-balanced, sustainable transportation measure that will improve our network for everyone from senior citizens and people with disabilities, to bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists. We have a backlog of transportation needs and need to become a ‘self help county’ with our own revenues to increase our chances to get state and federal grants to address those identified transportation needs.”


Measure D far exceeds a 2004 measure that only between the two measures include: the projects included in the packages, the level of community support, funding for the campaign, and local traffic and roadway conditions, which have deteriorated over time. Commissioner John Leopold noted, “The Regional Transportation Commission worked hard to include community voices in decisions about infrastructure investment to improve transportation and the quality of life in our community. The Regional Transportation Commission is excited and committed to move forward with this significant directive, implement the will of the voters, and uphold your trust.” Next steps include setting up institutional requirements, establishing an oversight committee, developing a five-year action plan, pursuing matching grants, and working with the community and project partners — the cities, county, Lift Line, Santa Cruz METRO and the RTC — to implement the expenditure plan. The change in sales tax rate will become effective in spring 2017. For more information about the Regional Transportation Commission or Measure D, please visit To receive regular information about implementation of Measure D, please sign up here: esubscriptions/. Visit the County Votes Count website for


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By Tiffany L. Mitchener, DVM


ccording to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), leptospirosis is a disease on the rise. The number of cases diagnosed in our pets has dramatically increased in the past few years. In fact, it is the most widespread disease in the world that can be transmitted from animals to humans. Every year in the United States, 100-200 human cases are reported to the outcome. One-third of human infections come from contact with infected dogs. In order to protect our human and canine populations, it is important to understand this disease. What is leptospirosis? eptospirosis is a disease caused by a special type of bacteria called a spirochete. While there are over 200 subtypes of Leptospira interrogans that cause this disease in animals, there are only eight serovars, or subtypes, that can infect dogs. Who can get the disease? he disease can infect humans, cattle, pigs, horses, dogs, rodents and wild animals (including skunk, opossums, squirrels, raccoons, and deer). Cat infections


in felines, although little is known. Dogs are of infection is rising. Dogs in both temperate and tropical climates are at risk. Interestingly, many human and canine cases result from recreational activities involving water. How is leptospirosis transmitted? eptospirosis is most commonly transmitted when the eyes, nose, mouth, or skin with an open wound comes in contact with infected urine. It can come from contact with soil, food or bedding that has been urine-contaminated. Drinking infected water can also lead to infection. Leptospira can survive for months in the environment. Rarely, it is transmitted through a bite from an infected animal or by eating infected dead carcasses. What are the clinical signs? nce infection occurs, the bacterium spreads through the bloodstream. This can lead to fever, depression, loss of appetite, joint pain, muscle pain, and lethargy. The spirochete will often concentrate in the kidney where it can lead



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presenting to veterinarians are in acute kidney failure. In rare occasions, liver failure can also occur. In these more extreme circumstances, symptoms may include excessive drinking, excessive urination, and jaundice. A few animals will have no symptoms at all or a very mild form of the disease. These animals often become “shedders” and will unknowingly shed the animals can contaminate the environment for months to years. Young animals seem than older animals. The disease appears to be diagnosed more commonly from July to December. Large breed dogs in rural and suburban environments seem to be at highest risk. Leptospirosis can also infect humans. In fact, human owners can contract the disease directly from contaminated sources or from their own pets! Symptoms in humans can range from mild to severe. They include headache, fever, muscle

aches, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, jaundice, and a rash. Illness can last from a few days to weeks. In some cases, the disease can progress to kidney or liver failure or even death. Early treatment is imperative. It is very important to seek medical attention if you have any concerns. Diagnosis and treatment of leptospirosis eptospirosis can be diagnosed with serial antibody titers. A rising titer con-


from a previous, subclinical infection or from vaccination. Once a diagnosis has aggressively treated with a long course of antibiotics and supportive care. This may is imperative that the animal receives the entire course of antibiotics to prevent the development of a “shedder” situation as previously described. Urine of an infected animal should be very carefully cleaned up by a protected individual (gloves, gown, mask, etc.) with a disinfectant. Prevention of leptospirosis ince this disease can so often have devastating consequences, it is very important to emphasize prevention. The


canine companions. Limit exposure to contaminated water: rivers, streams, lakes, and oceans. Do not allow pets to roam on rural properties. Limit exposure to wild animals, including in the backyard. Keep rodent populations under control. Finally, vaccinate! While the vaccination can only protect against four of the eight serovars known to commonly cause canine leptospirosis in the United States, it is still a key way to limit the disease. This vaccine is recommended for all dogs that are considered at higher risk of contracting leptospirosis due to their lifestyle. It is important to discuss with your veterinarian whether your dog is at risk for contracting leptospirosis and whether vaccination is recommended. Leptospirosis infections are on the rise. This disease can be contracted by both humans and dogs. It can be transmitted directly from our canine companions to our human population. Therefore, it is very important to minimize our dog population’s likelihood of contracting the disease. I encourage all dog owners to discuss with their veterinarian how to minimize leptospirosis risk and to consider vaccinating against this dangerous disease.

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This year will be the biggest Fair, featuring 115 vendors in three buildings filled with crafts, gifts, antiques, collectables, toys, wreaths, and more. While shopping, take a break at the kitchens of Ella’s at the Airport and Grace Works Bible Church to enjoy one of their many delicacies. Then top it off with a piece of Gizdich pie. Kids will want to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 3pm and watch the model train in Roaring Camp’s area of Crosetti Hall. Free drawings will also be held throughout the three days. Admission to the Fair is $5. Children get in free. Parking is also free and includes complimentary shuttle service to and from the buildings. Start your holidays with some family fun. This event is presented by the Fairgrounds Foundation, and proceeds support the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. Sponsors are C&N Tractors, Fairgrounds Farmers Market, KW Ag & Commercial Real Estate Co., Mid-Coast Engineers and Martinelli’s Cider. -

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ing in the Holidays at the 36th Annual Heritage Holiday Craft & Gift Fair. One of the community’s favorite holiday festivities, the Fair will be held Friday, December 2 (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.), and Saturday and Sunday, December 3 & 4 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds.

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Letter from Germany By Edita McQuary


mericans visiting Germany often hear a German say, “I have an uncle in America.” Well, I am an American who has an aunt living in Germany. The town where she lives, Rastatt, near Baden-Baden in the province of Baden-Wurttemberg, has grown steadily in the last twenty years and now has about 50,000 residents. Along with the usual small local businesses, there is a large Mercedes-Benz plant in the area. Since losing so much of their male population in World War II, Germany has been short of workers and has been inviting “guest workers” from various parts of Europe to meet their labor force needs. First, there were Greeks, then Italians, then Turks, and after the collapse of the Soviet Union, people from the former Soviet colonies. Most of these people have assimilated into Germany or in a few cases, made their money and returned to their home countries. We looked for the Italian pizza restaurant but found it had closed, the owners having returned to Italy. But there has been an Irish pub in Rastatt for about ten years.

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that since the migrant crises the town has changed considerably and is striving to become more multicultural, or as the Germans say, “multi-kulti.” In the middle of town we could see many people who appeared to be from the Middle East, Asia, or Africa. Some spoke German but most did not. We learned that attending German language classes is a requirement for the new immigrants, the goal being to learn German, get a job and become a productive citizen. The sound of renovation and construction for new immigrant housing could be heard throughout the town. An existing single high-rise, ten-story apartment building on the edge of town has been designated entirely to housing the latest new immigrants. As we walked through the various neighborhoods, every now and then we came upon a plaque in the sidewalk with an inscription in front of a house. This was new since our last visit two years ago. The plaques commemorated Jewish people who had lived in the house in the WWII time but were forcibly transported to concentration camps and died there. (See Photos) Fortunately, some inscriptions told of people who escaped to other parts of Europe, the U.S.A. or South America. Germany has had to acknowledge and live with its past. It is not surprising that most of the current population seems to agree with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s plan of bringing in immigrants from the war-torn countries of the Middle East and

Africa. However, there is quite a bit of disagreement on the number of immigrants that should be allowed into the country. In Germany’s multi-party political system of government, there are two anti-immigrant parties, one of which is radically so and does its best to be seen on the news. However, looking around generally at the people in the town center, multi-culturalism seems to be working out well in Rastatt. Except for the baroque buildings and cobblestone streets, it could almost be any town in the U.S., judging from the variety of races and nationalities.

On October 3, 2016 Germany recently celebrated the 26th anniversary of its reuni(Mayor) Hans Jürgen Putsch spoke at a ceremony at the local convention center, Badner Halle, saying, “The day of German The sound of the freedom bells was heard, (there was) a sense of beginning on a new journey.” He concluded by saying, “Europe stands for human rights, for free thought and free press, for the equal rights for men and women and for free borders.”

Research Tours: Find out which research tools are best for your next project, book club, or shopping spree. Meet at the service desk at the Downtown Library, 224 Church St. USA) Business & People Anything Goes with SCPL on the Go: Learn how to get the most out of our library mobile app, SCPL on the Go. These Pop-Up Workshops will help you download the app to your smartphone, teach you to get the most out of our app’s great features, and help you download all the ebooks, eAudiobooks, movies, and more available via the app. To download the app, visit Library, 2380 Portola Dr. Library, 251 King Village Rd. Aptos Times / December 1st 2016 / 23

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10 Truly Unique Gifts For Under $100 S ome people are incredibly easy to shop for. You can go into any store

For others, you can spend months looking and still not discover the right gift. So what do you get the person who has everything? Furthermore, how can you

Forget candy, ties and slippers. These 10 gifts for under $100 are sure to be special, memorable and brighten your loved one’s day.

recipient can share a beloved childhood toy with his or her family members. Unique twist on the traditional traditional aquarium is beautiful and calming, but can be a pain to maintain. The new biOrb HALO 15 by OASE is a sleek tabletop aquarium uniquely designed as a globe that comes with 16 beautiful LED color options for lighting that enhances


Even better, it is low-maintenance thanks to a clean, healthy pH aquatic environment

Vintage toys ostalgia is alive and well during times of celebration. Show you care and prove how well you know the giftee by


call antique stores and scope out eBay for a vintage Lincoln Log set. Not only will this conjure happy memories, but now the

clear, so loved ones can enjoy watching innovative, colorful lighting. Learn more at Custom experiences ather than giving something, have you thought of gifting an experience instead? Whether it’s reservations and a gift


hottest restaurant, tickets for the theater or an annual pass to a local amusement park, an experience will stand out. Print out the information, wrap in a box and watch your loved one’s eyes light up upon opening it. Classes ave you heard for years how your loved one would like to


learn to carve wood, ballroom dance or spin pottery? Allow them to cross an item

golf lessons to knitting classes, this is a gift that is sure to be appreciated. Monthly clubs orget jam ... unless that’s your loved one’s thing. Monthly clubs come in every shape and size. From bacon to wine,


think your loved one will enjoy. It’s truly the gift that keeps on giving. Donation ant a gift that has meaning and makes a positive impact? Make a charitable donation to a special cause in your loved one’s name. Does she adore animals? Donate to a certain exhibit at the zoo or a nearby animal shelter. Does he have a soft spot for childhood education? Donate to the local library or organizations that help low-income children succeed at school. Memberships membership can be a useful gift that’s much appreciated. For example, an automotive membership provides assistance for auto accidents and other traveling concerns. Maybe he or she would enjoy a membership to the local museum or garden



Cultural gifts oes your loved one have an interest in a particular culture? Create a gift basket and use that culture as the theme. Gather special spices and ingredients to


about the history of the culture. Traditional

candy can all help you create a wonderfully unique gift. Restored pictures efore digital photos and endless smartphone images, printed photographs were cherished keepsakes. For a


have it restored. Finish by putting it in a beautiful frame and you’re sure to tug at the heartstrings when it’s time to open presents. Gift of time and talents hen the recipient seems to have everything, gift a service instead.


gardening. Use your talents to bake, paint or knit a custom blanket. Whatever your ability, it’s sure to be appreciated by your

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Board Weighs Recreational Marijuana Regulations


he County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, November 15, signaled it would consider a regulatory framework for the production and distribution of recreational cannabis, recently approved by California voters under Proposition 64, and enacted a 45-day moratorium on its production and use. Under the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), recreational marijuana use would become legal under State law for persons 21 years of age and older. However, AUMA permits local governments to enact “reasonable regulations” regarding the possession, cultivation, harvesting, drying and 24 / December 1st 2016 / Aptos Times

processing of cannabis. It also creates a State licensing system for businesses to sell, cultivate, transport, store, etc. cannabis and related products. In order to debate and receive community input on local ordinances related to the recreational use of marijuana --

including zoning, land use, secondhand smoke and more – the Board enacted an urgency 45-day moratorium which expires December 30, 2016 on the possession, sale, transport, cultivation etc. of recreational cannabis. Many other local jurisdictions in California have taken similar precautions.

The moratorium does not apply to medical cannabis, which is currently subject to County regulations. The moratorium is effective immediately, and under Government Code Sec. 65858 may be extended to allow further debate.

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e are dedicating our column this month on Soquel Creek Water District’s Groundwater Replenishment Project, recently named Pure Water Soquel. Evaluation of the project is currently underway. Why do we need a new water supply? he groundwater basin that we rely


currently not sustainable and seawater intrusion is present in monitoring water wells in the Pleasure Point, Aptos, Seascape, and La Selva Beach areas. The basin also provides water for over a thousand private well users, small mutual water systems, and municipal pumpers. We are currently facing several challenges including a critically overdrafted groundwater basin, seawater intrusion and contamination at our coastline, and meeting the State’s mandate of basin sustainability by 2040. To address these challenges and ensure a reliable water supply for current and future generations, our community needs a new and more reliable water supply. Community Helped Create Long-Term Road Map and Water Supply Options he District developed an action oriented, multi-faceted Community Water Plan in 2015 based on community input and it serves as the District’s roadmap to the State’s required sustainability goal by 2040. The key components include: water conservation, groundwater management, and securing supplemental supplies. Conservation and groundwater man-


protect the groundwater basin from being further contaminated by seawater intrusion. A new source of supply is still needed. Three with Pure Water Soquel selected as its preferred project to focus on in the near term. The District continues to carry forward two other options: river water transfers with the City of Santa Cruz and desalination from Moss Landing. This is because a solution may likely involve a combination or variety of supplemental water supply options to ensure reliability in the long term. How Does the Pure Water Soquel Project Work? he groundwater replenishment project, also known as Pure Water Soquel, will take municipal wastewater from the Santa Cruz County Sanitation District or the City


of Santa Cruz and using advanced water (488 million gallons) per year of high-quality water. injected into the ground to replenish the groundwater basin and provide a seawater barrier. The project is currently undergoing environmental review. Is Advanced


Ocean. The project will also replenish the groundwater basin and provide a barrier against seawater intrusion which prevents seawater from moving farther inland and contaminating wells. Southern Santa Cruz county, Monterey county, and many other coastal communities around the world are also challenged with seawater intrusion. An important call-to-action we heard from customers was to develop and

any communities with long-term water shortages have either implemented or are currently evaluating the use of advanced

implement a project in a timely manner before seawater intrusion contaminates our drinking water wells. Water rights, that are typical of surface water projects, and marine issues, that are typical of desalination projects, project, thus potentially reducing the time to acquire permits, meet regulations, and implement a project. “Pure Water” page 31

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projects. Over two dozen communities in California are evaluating using water supplies and a few are already pilot-testing or actually Orange County Water District has been operating a groundwater replenishment system for over 40 years and recently reached over 200 for groundwater replenishment. Utilities in San Diego, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Monterey, and Silicon Valley have demonstration sites and are seriously considsupply portfolios. What is the


involves a multi-stage process of micro-

light with advanced oxidation. This is a similar treatment process that has been used successfully in the Space Station for many federal water quality regulations as required by law for groundwater replenishment and includes required monitoring and testing to ensure water quality. These include guidelines and requirements related to constituents of emerging concern which includes pharmaceuticals and personal care products.


Soquel. It will provide a reliable, drought-proof water supply with a beneliminate about one-quarter of the eight million gallons a day (average) of treated


1. Group of pupils 6. Fossil fuel 9. Dust arachnid 13. Abdominal muscle, pl. 14. Grass bristle 15. Like a ballerina 16. Deflect 17. *She played wife and mom in 21 Across 18. Lazybones 19. *It happened on 34th Street 21. *Nicholas Cage ‘s “The ____ Man” 23. Wednesday’s child issue? 24. Mouthful, swallowed 25. ____ Francisco

28. ____ Verde National Park 30. Adorn the halls with holly, e.g. 35. Singer Tori 37. Jailbird’s home 39. Tax of one tenth 40. Popular e-reader 41. DNA half 43. Inmate’s weapon 44. Loose-fitting top 46. “____ and sound” 47. Performed alone, pl. 48. Madison Square Garden and STAPLES Center, e.g. 50. Snouts or beaks 52. *”____ Takes a Holiday” with Basil Rathbone (1930) 53. Inoffensive manner 55. Long time 57. *Jim Carrey’s green grump

60. *Holiday movie time traveler 64. Courtroom excuse 65. Bo Peep’s follower 67. Bus commuter 68. Object of Tiny Tim’s affection 69. Corn piece 70. Twig of a willow tree 71. Aquatic snakes 72. Pastrami partner 73. Proceeds 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.


Pack like sardines Denim innovator Maple, to a botanist Scarecrow stuffing “The Goldbergs,” e.g. 6. Arc de Triomphe, e.g. 7. Leave speechless 8. Big mess

9. Between mini and maxi 10. Short for “it will” 11. He plus she 12. “Ever” to a poet 15. Marine gastropod 20. Olden day blooddrawing equipment 22. Priest’s vestment 24. Like a knight in shining armor? 25. *Billy Bob Thorton’s was bad 26. Love, to Napoleon and Josephine 27. Nobody 29. ____ Candies, chocolatier 31. Treat without respect 32. ____ vs. pathos 33. Popular cook-off dish 34. *”Home Alone” main character

36. *Jim Carrey’s was green when he stole Christmas 38. *It’s wonderful? 42. Three-masted vessel 45. Tabby’s favorite herb 49. Pollen ____ 51. Feeling at a funeral 54. Holiday feeling 56. Hustle and bustle sound 57. Tar to feathers 58. Tiny river 59. Wading bird 60. Dried up 61. Norse deity 62. Turned to the right 63. Makes mistakes 64. Gobbled up 66. *”Jingle All the ____” © Statepoint Media

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Featured Columnist By Mike Conrad, Division Chief Operations, Aptos La Selva Fire Protection District


words. My normal articles are centered on emergency preparedness and the things you should do to protect you, your family and your property. These are all things that I have studied and taught throughout my career. This month my article is strictly on a personal note, as this will be my last article. After 38 years in the had the opportunity of serving the citizens of the Aptos and La Selva communities, I will be retiring in mid December. I can say that there are many mixed emotions with that rapidly approaching time for me to move on to the next chapter of my life, it has been earned with my blood, sweat and tears. But at the same time the idea of not responding to the needs of this community during a time when people need you the most is hard to except. men and women of the Aptos La Selva Fire

Protection District coming behind me are well trained and very capable of providing service to this wonderful community. I have told my children and new lucky enough to do what you love to do you will never work a day in your life. This has been my fortune to serve the people here in the jewel of the central coast for the past 33 years but yet never felt like I ever worked. This morning I awoke with the same feeling that I had way back in 1983, how lucky am I, “I get

physical and emotional scars, but the benAlways remember that the men and for your emergency needs. They are here for all three components of emergencies, the preparedness, response and recovery. Take advantage of the preparedness and yes, here comes my last plug for Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. This 21-hour class provides you with all of the basic knowledge, few hours following a disaster. Many of the skills learned in CERT training also

for many years now and I am sure he will do a great job. If you are out and about and see some

this feeling, however unless you have been in words alone. The relationship between this comnot unique, is special. Our work over the years with the Chamber of Commerce, schools, Second Harvest, and many other organizations has made this a fun and rewarding place to spend a career. I will miss this interaction greatly. Like most

well and can help you during the recovery phase too. The key to not being a victim is preparedness. Now for those of you concerned that without my article in the paper you will have nothing to put in the bottom of your birdcage don’t worry. I will be passing the keyboard to Captain Ryan Peters who will continue to write useful and informative

hydrant maintenance take a minute and say hi. The men and women of the Aptos La Selva Fire District are some of the best around and they’re just real good people, I will always consider each and every one of them family. I wish you all well and thank you for the opportunity to spend my last 33 years serving you.

Ask SCORE: A Monthly Column of Information for Small Business Q: When I start developing a marketing plan, I don’t know where to start. There are too many options and not enough time or money. Is there an easy solution? : Nothing in business is simple. You need a methodology for formulating your marketing plan. A good method is


Basis, Budget, Balance, me explain. Basis. Why are you advertising? To whom? or services you want to stress in your marketing. Which best describes the value you provide your customers? You can’t advertise everything. The other half of your basis is a custo understand where your value will lie in their perception. Understanding your several other key decisions. Budget. You should look at budget from two directions: how much do you 26 / December 1st 2016 / Aptos Times

plan, you can examine it in the light of both budgets to come to some realistic (but Balance. There are many ways in which you can spend your budget. Each has a preparation cost and a placement cost. You needn’t use all of them, but you want approaches to ensure maximum market coverage. You must have an online presence, but you can’t ignore print advertising. Radio is important for some businesses. Music stores use popular music stations and bookstores do well with talk radio. Focus on the channels that your cusof your customer base would be important.) Young customers are best found through Facebook, Twitter and whatever is “hot” today. Older customers might be better reached through print media (but they’re coming around – their grandchildren are training them).

Breadth. You can’t be monolithic in your approach. What works for most customers may not work for all. You must Some seniors do go online. Some teenagers actually read the newspaper. Breadth will necessitate a compromise between what you will actually spend. . Constantly review the results from each marketing approach to see how Adjust your marketing to maximize the must allow you to use your marketing dollars dynamically. Bs: VALUE. You must base everything you do on the idea of convincing your customers that you are valuable to them. What value does your product or service provide? How does it provide more value than your competitor? Your marketing must consistently focus on those two questions. This is just an overview. SCORE

out the details. SCORE volunteers, experienced as business managers and owners, nesses. Find us at And if you’d would like to contribute your experience back to the community, we’re always looking for volunteers.

Featured Columnist By Jessica Johnson


ith Thanksgiving having just passed, I have been thinking about what I am most grateful for. I have to say I am very thankful to the Aptos Times for giving me the opportunity to write The Creative Life each month. One year ago I approached the editor, Noel Smith, with the idea for this column. I was contemplating a major career change and was fascinated with the idea of living a truly creative life – and what it would take to sustain one. Now, just one year later, I am on my way to a successful career as a writer. My journey has been both bolstered and inspired by the artists, writers, and other makers I have had the pleasure of interviewing over the past year. I am excited to continue to connect with local creative types and share their insights into the creative process. I look forward to seeing those of you who read this column each month around town and hearing how much you enjoy it — those interactions are welcomed and appreciated! This month, I thought it would be fun to share with you my answers to the questions I ask everyone else when I interview them. I hope you enjoy learning a little bit more about me and my version of The Creative Life. How long have you lived in Santa Cruz? y mom graduated from Santa Cruz High and met my dad at a dance at the Cocoanut Grove, so I consider myself a native, although I was born in San Jose. I arrived a week early and on the day I was born my parents had been in Capitola signing a lease on an apartment, so when I came home from the hospital it was to Capitola. How has living here

Why is being creative important to you? t is an innate craving for me. If I am not writing I am making vision boards, learning watercolor, or trying to come up with a creative solution to some sort of conundrum. Are there other creatives in your family? es! My father is an amazing storyteller and artist. I have his artwork displayed in almost every room in my house. When I was a small child he wrote and illustrated a handmade book for me called The Little Girl Who Could Do Anything. It is a prized possession. His sister — my aunt — has an incredible eye for decorating and was a weaver in her youth. My step-dad also writes poetry.



remember making/writing/creating? used to sit by my open bedroom window and write poetry. I was greatly inspired by the unusual (to me) poetic form of e.e. cummings and Walt Whitman. What are you working on now? hile I have many creative ideas loitering about, right now I am focused on establishing myself as a freelance writer. I left my decade-long teaching career in June and am working on getting a con-



eventually allow me to spend more time on my creative projects. What is your daily routine?





ike many of my fellow interview subjects, I am inspired by the natural beauty of this area. However, I have to say the local creative community has encouraged me beyond words and without such a welcoming environment I may never have been brave enough to share my work.

look for my hummingbird friend who frequently alights on a nearby branch and sings to me. Next, I spend time meditating with a small dog in my lap. Then, the work – emails, social media, interviews, pitching clients, research, and writing articles. I am in start-up mode so I work long hours, much to the chagrin of my family. How do ideas come to you?

Do you have dry spells? What do you do if you do? do! Luckily I have more ideas than I have time to give, so if I am dried up in one area I move on to another. Or I read and nap. Napping is underrated. What is the best advice you have been given about being a writer? ust write. Write ugly if you have to, but write. Be fearless. What do you say when people say they are not creative? say, “Don’t be afraid.” I think we are all creative, we just are afraid of what people will say about what we create or how “well” we do it. Don’t worry about that. Follow your dreams, they were given to you for a reason.




willingness to get your hands dirty. It is one thing today and another tomorrow. It is authentic and scary and totally worth it. Raised in Aptos, Jessica Johnson is poet and content creator she writes for and about passionate people and their tions, comments and creative suggestions

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website you will find the following entry:

of a CREATIVE LIFE? creative life is one lived with open heartedness, curiosity, and a


hey come in a flash and then percolate! Who are your creative idols? Why? really love authentic voices — Anne Lamott comes to mind. Liz Gilbert. Cara Black and Martin Walker for mysteries set in France, my favorite genre. Rumi and Aptos Times / December 1st 2016 / 27

Community Calendar Announcements

Aptos Chamber of Commerce Saturday Dec. 3

stories, learn tools for coping and receive support from people who care.

of Northern California


hat is co-dependency? What is enabling? What is this insanity? Am I the only ocation: Aptos Village Park one who feels this way? Tree (Rain Check Saturday, Join Nar-Anon, world wide December 10) fellowship of relatives and friends of addicts who have Tuesday Dec. 6 been affected by someone else’s addiction. As of October 1, 2016, three meetings are now Resort offered in Santa Cruz (Fridays oin us for our special holiday and Sundays) and Aptos mixer with delicious food (Wednesdays). and beverages at the beautiful Seascape Beach Resort. Take part For meeting locations, please call our helpline at and network with other chamber and community members.

Overeaters Anonymous



Thursday Dec. 8


oin us for our December Breakfast Meeting with special guest speaker Michelle Rodriquez, the new Superintendent for PVUSD. Enjoy a delicious breakfast by Best with other chamber and community members. members

Thursday Jan. 12


meeting of 2017 with 2nd District Supervisor Zach Friend. Enjoy a delicious breakfast and network with other chamber and community members. members

Save the Dates!


Visit our Northern California website for meeting listings


o you have problem with food? Come join us for a friendly free 12 step support group with the solution. Teens and adults welcome. It will be held in the Anne Hutchinson Room.

Second Mondays

Grandparents Support Group


ed by Dr. Pat Hanson author of Invisible meetings Grandparents: Leave a Legacy of Love Whether You Can Be There or Not this will be a safe structured environment for sharing stories if you so Weekdays choose, and learning healthy ways to deal with separation from anyone. Co-sponsored Advocates for Children ASA empowers volunteers by Alienated Grandparents Anonymous www.AGA-FL. to directly influence lifeorg a national organization changing decisions affecting that provide information and children in foster care. Court support to grandparents who appointed special advocates are everyday people that, with feel alienated or estranged to their grandchildren. just a few hours a week can have a lifetime of impact for a child who has been abused or neglected.

Ongoing Events


Tuesdays & Thursdays

Second Wednesdays

Advocates for Children

Monthly Meeting



ASA volunteer Advocates receive 35 hours of specialized training. Court appointed special advocates are everyday people that, with just a few hours a week can have a lifetime of impact for a child who has been abused or neglected. If you would like to participate in the next Advocate training

his statewide group of retired men invites you to be our guest at our monthly luncheon. You’ll meet kindred spirits, have a fine lunch and learn something new from a top notch guest speaker.




First Mondays in Watsonville Second Tuesdays in Capitola Third Wednesdays in Watsonville Third Thursdays Third Fridays in Aptos


e specifically focus on recovering from debting on one’s business.

Overeaters Anonymous


Caregiver Support Group

- Aptos o you have a problem with food? Come Join us for a atz Cancer Center, PAMF friendly free 12-step support and Hospice of Santa Cruz group with the solution group County invite you to attend a tions various Chamber Members with the solution. Teens and Caregiver Support Group for eptember Mixer: Hosted by those caring for someone with adults welcome. Includes compulsive overeating, anorexia location TBD a serious illness. When a loved one is seriously and bulimia. If you are interested in hosting a ill, it can be a challenge for the entire family. In this ongoing any questions support group, we will share



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irst Baptist Church of Aptos welcomes you to join their bible study and worship every Sunday.

Saturday Dec 3 and Saturday Dec 10


ring your wish lists and yearly recap if you’ve been naughty or nice and share it with Santa. Guests will enjoy a holiday

children will delight having their own photos taken with Santa. They will receive personalized letter from Santa and take home Chaminade teddy bear!

Overeaters Anonymous Maternity & Surgery Center,

Wednesdays Episcopal Church, Parish

discuss history, and universal themes found in his plays and writings. For more information please

Scotts Valley ospice of Santa Cruz County is offering a drop-in grief support group loom of the Present Insight for adults grieving the death Meditation teacher Carla of a family member or a Brennan leads a drop-in friend. This group is a place group every Wednesday it is where you can share stories, open to both experienced and learn tools for coping, and beginning meditators receive support from people who care. For more information, please Aptos Noon Toastmasters




ome join a dynamic, First & Third Fridays supportive group of people at all levels of experience from Santa Cruz beginners to more advanced. We’re here to help you discover your voice and share it effechis is the oldest women’s tively. Everyone is welcome! club in Santa Cruz. The Follow us on Facebook: club meets to study the life, - works and times of William Shakespeare. Members share group readings and insights,


Saturday Dec 3


vereaters Anonymous is a Free, Friendly 12-Step group for those who have a problem with food.

current times and locations of other meetings, or call our

Dated Events Saturday, Dec. 3 thru Friday Dec. 23


eatures decorated boats parading throughout Santa Cruz Harbor, rain or shine.

Saturday Dec 10 at Cabrillo Lions Club


lease bring family and friends and meet with Santa one-on-one, get a bit of hot cocoa and get to do some shopping! $12 for adults, $8 for children under 12. 10am-1pm Cabrillo Lions ide a holiday train through Victorian Santa Cruz as you sip Clubhouse. hot spiced cider, listen to carolers, meet Santa & Mrs. Clause. Departs you would like to volunteer at from Beach Boardwalk



Arts and Entertainment

Second Saturdays Each Month Science Sunday does not meet


t’s fun and easy to do!

friendly. Class takes place every Thursday Night at our new he Monterey Symphony is home in La Selva Beach! (Take seeking volunteers. If you love Mar Monte off of Hwy 1, turns music and want to be involved, into Playa Blvd., turn right on please call (831) 646-8511 or visit Estrella) for For more information, contact Sue more information.

Monterey Symphony



titchers-by-the-Sea, the local chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America, holds regular meetings open to the public each month. No admission fees.



First Fridays each month

First Friday Art Tour


he First Friday Art Tour is a Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Arts event, orty-seven years of performing managed in conjunction with in the Bay Area, over 250 the participating art venues. The popular tunes. Come see our band for Free in Sunnyvale Every event takes place year-round Wednesday. No cover. and illuminates some of the most talented local artists from local galleries. for information about booking the To find out where to participate - in a First Friday art tour, visit


Wednesdays thru Sundays

(Between Pacific and Cedar) he “Original� Downtown Antique Faire is back!


antiques and unique items. Come and check it out! Browse through a wide assortment of treasures including books and photographs, vintage jewelry, clothing, glass and ceramic collectibles, vintage hawaiian kitsch, turquoise, original artwork, and a whole lot of whatnot! For more info, please contact us

Saturday Nov. 19

National Marine Sanctuary ive beneath the waves and experience the beauty of the ocean


on ocean science, conservation and ecology in the Exploration Center’s immersive theater. For more information call

Saturday Nov. 26 Beach


outrigger canoe and surfboard on the shores of Capitola Beach. Be sure to bring your Christmas list Third Sunday of Every Month and a camera to capture Santa’s Science Sunday wave-riding arrival.


eymour Marine Discovery Center presents a public lecture from a marine scientist the third Sunday of every month. Topics are presented in an entertaining and easyto-understand format, with up-to-date photos, video, and discussion.

settle in his beach chair to hear holiday wishes and have a nice long visit with all the children. This event is FREE!

Friday December 2 Showcase


Thanksgiving) he polar express comes to the Santa Cruz Railroad for the


oin us at the Spat at Chaminade for a “First Friday Holiday Art Showcase� featuring locally handcrafted products and artwork. and more!

sights and sounds of the beloved story.

Sunday December 11


Square Dance


Are you being just a little bit unrealistic as December begins? Shooting for the stars isn’t a bad thing as long as you aren’t disappointed when you don’t quite reach them. You might have to stick close to home mid-month, but that doesn’t stop you from dreaming about faraway, exotic places. Make a bucket list of places you want to visit someday, or eat yummy food from your favorite country to keep the image of actually going there alive in your imagination. If you’re lucky you’ll get to experience the power of meditation late in the month, but your time might not allow for a complete submersion.


sizzling hot meetup lights up your universe mid-month, and suddenly you’re looking at the world as a whole new place. Maybe you aren’t the most romantic sign but you’re walking situation you’ve been in before, and it may be so similar that you feel like you’re having deja vu. Don’t repeat your mistakes.


Don’t let your friends feel alone in their failures as the month begins. You love to get creative midDecember, and you never know how your artistic nature will unfold. Will you make an amazingly delicious gourmet meal? Or perhaps sketch, paint or sculpt a masterpiece? The universe can’t wait unique perspective. Take lots of pictures or write detailed journal entries so you don’t forget the vibrant colors, delicious tastes and amazing smells you were lucky enough to experience.


that’s been lingering on your to-do list lately. You know that one irritating thing you know you have

Monthly Argentine Tango at Star Second Sundays Each Month Downtown Santa Cruz The Waves Film Festival Antique Street Fair

Capitola Twilight Concert Series concert schedule.



his is a night for true “Social Tango.� Order a wonderful meal from the Star Bene osted by Soquel Sports Foundation. Buy-In $15. Full Argentine Menu, (or their well snack bar available. First Tuesday known italian menu), and enjoy of each month is special $25 buy in the ambiance of Argentina and join us in a social tango dance to music from the Golden Age of Tango. Wednesdays Private instruction and classes by


Dated Events




Project Center at the Santa

oin us every 2nd Saturday on the Farm for free family activities. Each month we select a new theme Thursday Dec. 1 to highlight historical agriculture thru Friday Dec. 23 with games, activities, and demonstrations that relate. We often have guest appearances from farm he polar express comes to the animals like llamas, draft horses, sheep, goats, chickens, rabbits, time, recreated to match all the sights and sounds of the beloved story. something fun and entertaining for lasses every Thursday night. For more information call Sue the whole family. Check our website and

Ongoing Events Second Monday each month

2nd Saturday on the Farm


cean-inspired gifts from local artists, live music, children’s crafts, and more - all while enjoying marine science exhibits and aquarium!

anyone who’s having trouble with their gizmos and gadgets can count on your expertise. Traveling is on the agenda as the new year approaches, and while an open-ended ticket around the world would be nice, you’ll settle for any distance you can put between you and your regular everyday life.


go for it. The feeling of accomplishment you get is like no other. You love your life mid-month, and it’s nice to look around and see so many things going right. Even if you’ve had your share of problems lately (who hasn’t!), you can appreciate all that’s good right now. You’re one lucky Bull. You’re intensely jealous around Christmas, even if you don’t want to be. Avoid being sarcastic in an attempt to mask your true feelings. You aren’t fooling anyone.


and mysterious ways. You have great conversations with everyone mid-month, and if you aren’t if it interferes with your ability to support loved ones. You don’t like to take sides, but make sure you know where your loyalty lies.


The start of the month is a great time for collaboration. A meeting of the minds with pals or associates these great days to shop around your portfolio or show your artwork to a gallery/art dealer. If you don’t have a collection of your own amazing drawings, sketches, designs, etc., what are you waiting for? Get busy producing amazing pieces in your preferred medium, whatever that might be. You’re very punctual as December continues, and the details matter more to you than almost anyone else. Some may call you picky, but you prefer to think of yourself as precise.


You love to see and be seen as the month begins. There’s a whole big world out there for you to explore, so you and your couch aren’t likely to see a lot of each other. You’re borderline obsessed Someone might try to sneak something by you around the holidays but your observational skills are in top form, so very few things get by you. Good try, though.


You’ve been trying to put something out of your mind for the longest time, but for some reason you just can’t. The beginning of December is a good time to slow down and commit to having patience with yourself. Everything can’t happen exactly when you want it to. Stay alert and uber-conscious of what’s going on around you mid-month, because it only takes a second of distraction to totally lose focus. Cars, motorcycles, bikes and all other modes of transportation require full operator attention. Everyone wants to rush you as the new year approaches, but you’re comfy in your own little bubble. If there’s a slow lane, you should be in it.


You’ve got a lot of pull as the month begins, but do you feel comfortable using it? You want to get places in life with your skills, not by who you know. Sometimes, though, calling in a favor is necessary. You love to experience new things mid-month, and even though you aren’t sure of what twice as much fun. You’re feeling a bit greedy around Christmas time, but it’s your hard-earned money, and there’s no rule about sharing. The time will come when you need a favor, though, and karma can be brutal. Keep that in mind before you turn someone down.


month begins. You’re prepared for disappointment, but the outcome isn’t set in stone so don’t panic tions where compromise may be the only answer. It’s usually your way or the highway, so your pliant demeanor is a pleasant surprise to those who know you. Your power is at its peak late in the month,


The beginning of December is about honoring the wonderful relationships you have in your life. nections you have mean the world to you. You don’t quite reach the meaningful levels of discussion you’re aiming for mid-month, because few people are willing to talk about the controversial/taboo topics you want to discuss on these days. Keep searching for those like-minded people who share your interests. Your friends come to you for advice as the end of the year nears because they know

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ith work beginning on the Aptos Village project, including the recent movement of the historic apple barn to its location in the heart of the Village, I wanted to provide an update on some of the road improvements that will be occurring in the area. After a competitive bid process the Board of Supervisors recently approved the lowest bid for road improvements for the Aptos Village area. Here is an overview of the work that will be done, an estimated timeline and ways to learn more information. What road and pedestrian improvements are planned? Soquel/Trout Gulch Intersection: Will be signalized and a new left turn lane will be installed for westbound Soquel to access the Bay Federal Credit Union complex. New streetlights will be installed as will new ADA crosswalks (concrosswalks will include one across Soquel on the east side of Trout Gulch and one across Trout Gulch on the south side of Aptos Street. These crosswalks should greatly improve the pedestrian safety along that intersection. Soquel Drive from Trout Gulch east: will be improved with a new sidewalk and ADA compliant bus turnout. A new retaining wall will be built for the bus turnout and the south side of Soquel will be

improved from the driveway access of Bay Federal to the walkway west of the driveway with a new ADA compliant sidewalk. Trout Gulch from Soquel to Valencia Street: will be improved with a new sidewalk on the east side and segments of new sidewalk and ADA access including handrails on the west side. The road will be resurfaced and striped for bike lanes. Trout Gulch Rail Crossing: will be removed and replaced with concrete panels for road and pedestrian crossing and will have new crossing lights) installed. A new drainage system under the crossing will be installed to connect to an existing system on Soquel to improve storm drainage in that area. How are these improvements funded? The road, bike and pedestrian improvements in the Village are funded through developer fees, Regional Surface Transportation Program (state) funds, Surface Transportation Block Grant (federal) funds, Transportation Development

Act (state) funds and Highway Safety and Lighting funds. What is the preliminary work schedule? Current plans for the phase one road improvements outlined above are to begin in February or March (weather permitting) and to end in July or August. How can the community learn more? As we get closer to construction, the County Public Works Department will be creating a dedicated website for Village road improvements available on their page In addition, the developer has a page that will include general updates (and where you can sign up for a newsletter with information) at Message signs with updated information will be placed at both entrances to the Village for motorists as well and County Public Works will have a munity for all questions related to the road work. The County will also provide press releases to local media before work begins with the dates and hours of work and contact information for the community. Once the website is completed the approved construction plans for the road improvements will also be available for viewing. As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts, please feel free to contact me at

Featured Columnist

On Change



close. But even as we take stock and remember the road we’ve traveled, we’re also looking ahead, to the paths before us. One of the things that gives me the most hope for the future is the hard work I’ve seen over the past several months across Santa Cruz County to work better and work smarter to serve our community. Traditionally, businesses, faith communities, our city and federal government,


ingo (A230370) is a comedian and would love to entertain you. He came to us neglected and quite the matted mess, but looks can be deceiving.

have worked hard on their own programs. But parallel,

working towards those common goals. And the result we envision is not just temporary improvements in health, nutrition, and economic indicators, not just one-time improvements in the capacity of groups and organizations challenges. We think people working together across the usual lines and sectors can bring about changes with momentum, changes that bring lasting impacts. I’ve been with Second Harvest since 1978. I’ve

He may look a little rough right now due to the clinical shave he received

upon arrival at the shelter, but he is charming and will be quite handsome once his coat grows in. He has blossomed at the shelter and is a lovely, social, happy guy. He’s been at the shelter long enough and is ready for a stable, loving home to bring him in from the cold. Ringo is a neutered male doxi-doodle - a dachshund poodle mix, approximately 3 years old. To adopt your new friend, come to Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter 2200 7th Ave, Santa Cruz Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter has two full-service, open-admission shelters: Santa Cruz Location – 2200 7th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday-Monday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Watsonville Location – 580 Airport Blvd, Watsonville, CA 95076 Open Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (closed 12-1) Closed on Sunday

produce lasting results. Fortunately, thanks to the initiative of many across these

istrations come and go. I can’t predict the future, but I can say with certainty changes are afoot. I am so that Second Harvest will Willy Elliott-McCrea encouraged and energized by continue to be here to help with neighbors feeding neighbors. We will and work together towards common goals. continue to provide food and education to Over the next 18 months, The Food working families, children, seniors, indiBank’s core strategy is to partner with viduals with disabilities or without homes, organizations like the Monterey Bay Eco- and so many more in need. nomic Partnership and others to create We are more dedicated than ever to core systemic change. This begins with the work to overcome the fragmentation and simple act of listening – to all voices and all perspectives, about the problems that need of belonging, community, and trust. This has always been our core strategy and, It continues through good communi- with your support, we will continue to cation between the groups and individuals, create a brighter future for the next genwith their own diverse skills and expertise, eration through good nutrition.

SCCAS Main line: 831-454-7200. Animal Control: 831-454-7227. AfterHours Emergency: 831-471-1182 Dr., Building 700, Aptos - 2 to 4 p.m. Environmental Review e need your input! The District is preparing an environmental impact report (EIR) on the Pure Water Soquel pro-

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that people think should be evaluated in the EIR. During the 35-day scoping comment period (Nov. 16 - Dec. 21, 2016) the public will have the opportunity to provide their input on the environmental topics, potential

Dr., Building 700, Aptos - 6 to 8 p.m., Or by mail, or email between Nov. 16 — Dec. 21, 2016. Comments must be postmarked or received via email by Dec. 21, 2016 for consideration in the Draft EIR. Please submit comments on the proposed project to: Melanie Mow Schumacher, P.E. Associate Manager – Special Projects P.O. Box 1550, Capitola, CA 95010 Email: purewatersoquel@

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range of alternatives to be analyzed in the project EIR. Scoping comments may be submitted at the two public scoping meetings on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016:

If you have any questions about this month’s topic or the SqCWD, contact Melanie Schumacher at mel-

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Aptos Times: December 1 2016  

Serving Our Community for Over 25 Years

Aptos Times: December 1 2016  

Serving Our Community for Over 25 Years