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Teamwork, Paddling and Science Mount Madonna Students Bond Over Kayak Adventure

On a recent morning a group of Mount Madonna School (MMS) teachers, students and parent chaperones gathered in Moss Landing near the mouth of the Elkhorn Slough. Following a brief orientation, the group of third grade

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Community News Festive Fun at the Boardwalk: Ice Skating, Curling Lessons, Train Rides, Visits with Santa, Crafts and More! County Takes Further Steps To Reduce Pollution Newsom Apology to Native Tribe Being Considered • Focus Agriculture’s Class 30 Graduation Ceremony at Bockius-Orr House CASA Welcomes New Advocates • The Fish Lady Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting • First Night of Chanukah Community Candle Lighting Sounds of the Season: Presented by the Aptos High & Jr. High Choral Department Junior Earthkeepers: Celebrating Six years of Taking Care of Our Earth • Mount Madonna Awarded County Green Business Recertification Beloved Aptos Jr. High Teacher Dies: Bob Merriam ~ 1937-2019 Agri-Culture’s Annual Dinner A Success Nutcracker — Experience the Magic!: Santa Cruz City Ballet Kicks off the Holidays at Cabrillo’s Crocker Theater • Morris Named Next Human Services Director Addressing Homelessness: New Countywide Actions Announced for Implementation in Early 2020 Local Firefighter Earns Commendation For Off-Duty Act: Dustin Marty Receives Letter for Lifesaving Actions SCBT presents ‘The Nutcracker’: Annual Production Features Live Orchestra at the Civic Auditorium, By Betty Sanchez Mark Holcomb & Marc Monte Honored Court Rules in Favor of Pure Water Soquel Project

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“Kayaking” from page 1 This annual excursion was led by Kim Powell of the Santa Cruz-based Blue Water Ventures, a guide for several outdoor explorations that are part of the MMS program. “The opportunity to spend time learning about the biologically rich and critically endangered slough habitat, all the while having a great adventure together with ‘buddies’ was educational and fun!” commented Nicole Silva Culbertson, high school science teacher. “Kayaking with our third grade buddies at Elkhorn Slough was a fun-filled day consisting of laughter, bonding and teamwork,” commented senior Cecilia Rothman-Salado. “My buddy Giavanna and I especially loved seeing the beautiful jellyfish and cute otters. We had a great time paddling and learning all of the interesting facts that our guide shared with us. “All day long I was remembering how it felt to be the little buddy, and just how much I looked up to my big buddy when I was that age,” she continued. “I remember how good it felt when my big buddy treated me like I was one of them. I tried to give Giavanna the attention that my buddies gave me, because I remember

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how just how special it felt. One of the most special things about Mount Madonna School is its buddy program. About four times a month we meet with our younger buddies and participate in games and learning activities. It is a great way to connect with the younger students and strengthen our community.” “At the slough we saw otters, big seals and lots of jellyfish on the beach,” shared third grader Skye Vissell. ”It was neat to put the big net into the water from the shore, pull it in and see what we caught before we let everything go. “We caught a sardine in the net,” added classmate.

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Third grade teacher Kristin Webb said her biggest take-away from this learning adventure was the opportunity for students to share a positive bonding experience in an inspiring natural setting. “The senior students were incredibly kind and patient and really seemed like they enjoyed being with their little buddies,” observed Webb. “I have to admit that I was surprised by the amount of fun I had,” commented senior Fiona Burgess. “Things became a little challenging towards the middle of the day when my group went too far into the slough and got stuck trying to paddle against the wind. “Mt. Madonna” page 6


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Despite being frustrated in the moment, by the end I was grateful for the experience, as it was a reminder to have patience. At the time I was quickly frustrated by how little progress we were making and that I wanted so badly to be eating lunch. I realized, however, that my buddy, Cadence, and the other third graders were all as tired as I was and I needed to think of them and not just my own concerns. After escaping from the wind and making it to the beach for lunch, I was proud of the work that our group had put into kayaking.” “I really enjoyed being able to take a day off from the academics inside a classroom and be able to enjoy the ecosystem around me, and getting to know my little buddy, Molly,” shared senior

did,” Goncharoff said. “The people of Santa Cruz County have shown over and over again that they are willing to go the extra mile to protect our local environment.” The new law is similar to one enacted in the City of Watsonville, and other local cities are expected to take up the issue soon. Reusable cups and water bottles are widely available and should be kept clean and in good repair. n ••• For more information, contact County of Santa Cruz Recycling and Solid Waste Services at (831) 454-2160.

Rachel Burgess. “At first things were a little new for her, but she learned very quickly and did a great job of helping with paddling.” “Mount Madonna’s buddy program is truly one-of-a-kind,” said twelfth grader Tabitha Hardin-Zollo. “At no other school can third graders spend the day in nature kayaking with their twelfth grade buddies, who are regarded as peers. I loved being surrounded by otters while bonding with my buddy Pierce. Pierce thoroughly enjoyed spotting giant jellyfish floating by.” This field trip is a great combination of trust building, learning about the ways the slough and its surrounding habitat are impacted by humans, and healthy physical activity. n ••• For more info: MountMadonnaSchool.org


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he Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, a federally unrecognized tribe comprised of the descendants of the indigenous peoples who survived missions San Juan Bautista and Santa Cruz in California, have a policy that they do not accept apologies. In their analysis, apologies tend to be rather meaningless and can curtail a deeper engagement with difficult historical truths. Nevertheless, the tribe is hoping that the apology offered by Governor Newsom in June 2019 will take a different course. When Governor Newsom apologized, he also called for a Truth and Healing Council to be established. In an Oct. 31 letter to Newsom, Amah Mutsun Chairman Valentin Lopez outlined the tribe’s recommendations to the State of California, presenting criteria that would need to be met in order for the tribe to consider Newsom’s apology to be meaningful. “We believe there can be no effective change in how the State of California acts toward its Native population going forward, without accounting for the whole truth of what happened to the Native peoples of California, and specifically, understanding how the harms of the past continue to impact us today,” states Chairman Lopez.

Lopez asserts that the State of California must make a full accounting of its crimes and offenses, which include support for the enslavement of California Indians, state-sponsored killings, and attempted genocide. Since 2009, the Amah Mutsun tribe has held bimonthly Wellness Meetings with tribal members, cofacilitated by a psychiatrist and two psychologists who are experts in addressing issues resulting from historic trauma. These Wellness Meetings have led to many revelations and insights into the individual and collective process of healing from the traumas associated with colonial violence. In the tribe’s letter to Governor Newsom, Lopez identified what the tribe considers to be cornerstones of the healing process, which include: 1) Tribal members must have the opportunity to tell their stories about how the legacy of colonial violence and dispossession has impacted them, 2) The State must tell the full truth about California Indian history, 3) Perpetrators must also heal—healthy relationships require that each partner

is healthy, which is only possible when steps are taken to acknowledge and heal from historic trauma, and 4) Action must be taken to prevent past and current harms from continuing into the future. “Examples of specific actions we have discussed at our Wellness Meetings to address historic trauma include the removal of statues and symbols that honor the brutal destruction of Native Americans in California,” Lopez states. “We also recognize the importance of removing the names of persons who committed atrocities against Native Americans from public facilities such as freeways, cities, parks, and schools.” The Amah Mutsun encourage the reapplication of indigenous place names and stories to public locations. When it comes to preventing continuing harm, the Amah Mutsun note that cultural resource protection laws in California are overall grossly inadequate and must be strengthened to allow tribes to prevent the continued desecration of burial grounds and cultural sites. “The State of California must take more significant steps

to protect all remaining California Indian cultural and sacred sites from destruction,” Chairman Lopez states. The Amah Mutsun also point out that the historic and continuing dispossession of the indigenous peoples of California from their ancestral lands must be rectified if any genuine healing process is to occur. Because the State of California bears a large share of responsibility for the historic dispossession of indigenous peoples, so should the State shoulder the responsibility to create pathways towards the restoration of land, stewardship rights, and resources to the tribes within their traditional territories. The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band has extended an invitation to Governor Newsom to meet for further discussion. The Amah Mutsun have also requested a seat at the Truth and Healing Council, and have expressed concern about the potential underrepresentation of federally unrecognized tribes on the council. The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band is comprised of descendants of the indigenous peoples taken to missions San Juan Bautista and Santa Cruz. n ••• For more info: http://amahmutsun.org

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all brings graduation to the locally based national award-winning Focus Agriculture program. A ceremony and reception was held at the Pajaro Valley Historical Association’s BockiusOrr house on Beach Street in Watsonville for Class 30 of the Focus Agriculture program. John Laird, Secretary (Ret.), California Natural Resources Agency, and graduate of Focus Agriculture, was the featured speaker. Focus Agriculture, a program of the organization Agri-Culture is a “firstin-the-nation” program that allows community leaders to learn firsthand about agriculture in Santa Cruz County and the Pajaro Valley. The nine-session program covers topics such as ethnic groups in agriculture, labor, new technology, land use, politics, the environment and health care. The graduation ceremony included a graduation certificate for all participants. President Bontadelli stated, “This was an excellent class. We are appreciative of the speakers and participants for giving their time during the year.” If anyone is interested in applying for

TOP: Jess Brown, Claire Kehn, Jessica Parr, Lynne Petrovic, Nicole Coburn, Howard Feldstein, Ava Reinhold, Katharine Minott, Kayla Kumar, Stephanie Raugust, and Francisco Estrada. BOTTOM: Otto Kramm, Matthew Wetstein, Dan Brumbaugh, Khaled Mabrouk, Adam Weiss, Dori Rose Inda, Anne Hayes, Marliese Ward McWherter, Casey Muesel, and Matt Bloom. the next class, which will begin in March 2020, please contact the Agri-Culture office at (831) 722-6622 or you can email your request for an applicationtoagri-culture@ sbcglobal.net. Your name will be placed on a mailing list for applications that will be released in early December. n ••• The members of the graduating class for 2019 were:

Matt Bloom: Sales/Food Service Manager, Clover Dairy (Retired) Dan Brumbaugh: Director, Coastal Training Program, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve Nicole Coburn: Assistant County Administrative Officer, County of Santa Cruz Francisco Estrada: Mayor, City of Watsonville Howard Feldstein: Program Director, KSQD Radio 90.7 FM

Anne Hayes: Director of Development, Western Region, Climate Central, Inc. Dori Rose Inda: CEO, Salud Para La Gente Claire Kehn: Staff Accountant, UCSC Otto Kramm: Relationship Manager, Rabobank AgriFinance Kayla Kumar: Development Director, Food, What?! Khaled Mabrouk: Operational Engineering Leader, Sustainable Productivity Solutions Katharine Minott: Master of Urban & Regional Planning, San Jose State University Casey Meusel: Associate Hydrologist, Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency Jessica Beckett Parr: Foundation Director, CCOF Lynne Petrovic: Executive Director, CASA of Santa Cruz Stephanie Raugust: Part Owner/ Safety Officer, Whale City Bakery Bar & Grill/ New Davenport Corporation Ava Reinhold: Retail Store Manager/Buyer/ Craftbar Manager, Annieglass Marliese Ward: Creative Marketing Manager, Lakeside Organic Gardens Adam Weiss: Vice President/Relationship Manager, Santa Cruz County Bank Matthew Wetstein: President, Cabrillo College

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CASA Welcomes New Advocates T he Hon. Ariadne Symons swore in 18 community members as Court Appointed Special Advocates for children in foster care. This was upon their completion of the CASA 35-hour training program. CASA of Santa Cruz County recruits, trains, and supervises volunteer Advocates who are matched one on one with a child in the county’s dependency (foster care) court system advocating for them the entire time they have a case open with the Court. As officers of the Court, CASA volunteers ensure that the children’s needs are recognized and their best interests are considered in the courtroom, school, and in the community. CASA’s Court Liaison, Clint Bonds, has been in his role since August 2017. “I have been part of ten CASA graduations and I am continually impressed by the willingness of these volunteers to jump into this role and advocate for a child,” he said. “Every abused or neglected child is a unique individual, and sometimes a system can’t comprehend all of the complexities that each child’s story contains.” Bonds continued: “Having a CASA Advocate means having someone that will

Back row: Janet Kennedy, Mary MacLellan, Quentin Levy, Kerry McDonald, Judith Tollner, Joe Jordan, Chella DeVoe, Laura Palmer, Honorable Judge Ariadne Symons, Kammy Ryckman, Harry Cozad, Erica Chapin, CASA Trainer Jenny Hundemer. Front Row: Natalie Hoffman, Margaret Diego, Alice Talbot, Clarissa Infante, Alex Malaspinas, Janet Kass, Corey McVeigh, Robert “Bob” Spisak. Not pictured but sworn in at a later time: Gabriella Figueroa Rico. speak up for the needs in each of those relationship, and I am grateful for the comchildren’s unique situation, and that is an munity members who are willing to take incredibly important person to have in a the time to develop those relationships child’s life. Every child needs that kind of with the children in dependency care.”

CASA of Santa Cruz County’s wait list currently includes 13 children, 4 of whom are under the age of 3. Although there is a great need for bilingual and male volunteers, we always encourage people from all cultures and professions and of all ethnic and educational backgrounds to learn more. The following dates are informational sessions for community members to learn about getting involved with CASA: • Saturday, December 7, 10:00AM at CASA, located at 813 Freedom Blvd. in Watsonville • Tuesday, December 10 6:00PM at Live Oak Family Resource Center, located at 1740 17thAvenue in Santa Cruz • Wednesday, December 11, 5:30PM at CASA, located at 813 Freedom Blvd. in Watsonville • Thursday, December 12, 2:00 p.m. at Staff of Life, located at 1129 Soquel Drive in Santa Cruz n ••• For more information on how to become a CASA volunteer Advocate, please contact CASA Outreach Coordinator, Cita Rasul, at (831) 761-2956, ext. 102, or visit www.casaofsantacruz.org.

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Commerce on Sunday, December 1st, from 2–5 p.m. Ribbon Cutting at 2:30pm. Enjoy gumbo, wine, music from the Mike Hadley Band, and fun from 2–5 p.m. More info at http://master.capitola chamber.com/events/ or call The Fish Lady at (831) 475-6044. ••• First Night of Chanukah Community Candle Lighting

Sunday, Dec. 22 • 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Temple Beth El 3044 Porter Gulch Road, Aptos ring your menorah and candles to Temple Beth El on the first night of Chanukah! They will have sufganiyot (doughnuts), dreydl, and a Community candle lighting filled with songs and blessings. For more information: tbeaptos.org n

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ptos High and Junior High School choirs will give a winter concert on Saturday, December 7th at 7p.m. & Sunday, December 8th at 2pm, in the AHS Performing Arts Center. On December 21 the choir will sing for low-income and special needs students at the San Andreas Regional Learning Center in Watsonville. The students partnered with Toys for Tots, Second Harvest Food Bank, Martinelli’s and others to provide a wonderful Santa Party. The choir hopes that their concerts will generate enough toys for each child there to receive at least one gift. If you are able, please bring one new, unwrapped toy to for the Toys for Tots Christmas collection. For more information: https://www.aptoshs.net/ n

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Aptos Choirs’ 2017 Sounds of the Season Concert under the direction of Holly Ota.

“Boardwalk” from page 5 Holiday Train Rides Nov. 29 – Dec. 31 oaring Camp’s Holiday Lights Train rolls into the Boardwalk on November 29 offering festive train rides. The colorful lighted train makes a round-trip journey from the Boardwalk through the streets of Santa Cruz while passengers sing carols with Santa and Mrs. Claus and sip cider with friendly elves. The Chanukah Train makes a onenight journey on December 26 as families gather to light the menorah, listen to stories, play dreidel and enjoy kosher refreshments. For Holiday Train schedule and reservations visit – https://beachboardwalk. com/Holiday-Train-Rides Boardwalk Holiday Bash Dec. 6 he Boardwalk Holiday Bash puts a fun spin on the traditional holiday party. Small companies, offices, departments, and groups of friends are invited to join the “mix-in” event for a cheerful evening with more play and less routine. Hang out with your co-workers while sharing an ocean-view with other small companies. The festive evening includes arcade games, photo booths, a DJ, as well as a casual buffet dinner in the Cocoanut Grove and full bar. December 6, 6-11pm.

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he Jr. Earthkeepers was started in the all the inhabitants of our world equally and fall of 2013 shortly after the sudden kindly and do all I can to make our Earth a death of 11-year-old, Lily Gail Jacob, clean safe place for all.” The Jr. Earthkeepers hold numerous by a group of her young peers. Lily was a passionate advocate for the environment events each year to put their pledge into action. Though the focus of the and they began the club in her organization is to encourage honor. people to live their daily lives The Jr. Earthkeepers has with the protection of the Earth in grown to a group of about 30 mind, holding events is a fun way kids dedicated to inspiring young to take action. people to take action and protect Since the organization is a our planet. co-op, any member of the group They are a co-op that allows can organize an event when each member to take initiative Lily they choose. This empowers all and be a leader in the movement. They believe in the big difference that little members and allows for each individual to be creative and become a leader in the changes can make in protecting our Earth. All of their members have committed environmental movement. The Jr. Earthkeepers have had many to living by the values of the Jr. Earthkeepers and leading their lives in a way beach cleanup‘s, made food to distribute that loves and protects the Earth and all of to the currently homeless members of our its inhabitants. Each Jr. Earthkeeper takes a community, re-purposed cloths, created pledge to live by these values and be con- art with recycled paper, beautified Lily‘s scientious of the Earth in their everyday memorial garden, painted stones with ecofriendly messages and left them around the lives. Their Pledge, “As a Jr. Earthkeeper, I community, and participated in a summer promise to take care of our Earth by seeing, long plastic pickup campaign. Every year, to celebrate Lily‘s birthday, respecting, and sharing the beauty of this planet. I will remember all the little things I they hold a cookie exchange and each parcan do to help our environment. I will treat ticipant brings a container of homemade

cookies to someone who could use some additional holiday cheer. This December 14th would be Lily’s 18th birthday, and the group will be

gathering in her honor to remember the amazing inspiration she was to their club. n ••• For more info: www.jrearthkeepers.com

Mount Madonna Awarded County Green Business Recertification

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ount Madonna School (MMS) has received its Santa Cruz County Green Business recertification, and was acknowledged alongside other recipients during a ceremony held at the County Board of Supervisors Chambers on November 19. “From the work done in the fifth grade and the amazing number of awards to recognize their achievements, to the way our school operates within an environmental framework and reduced impact, Mount Madonna School continues to demonstrate the environmental leadership that is necessary for today,” noted Mount Madonna School Board Member Carson Kelly. “I was proud to be the Mount Madonna School representative for this award reception, knowing that our school, on all fronts, does incredible environmental work and education.” MMS was already in compliance with most of the certification requirements, yet

that compliance required documenting. There were challenging aspects, too, such as getting all of the campus lighting up to the appropriate standards, given the varied array of lighting situations around the lower and upper campus facilities. “We developed a ‘Green Team’ to

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manage the workload,” Mount Madonna School’s Office Manager, Monique Smith. “Still, each team member was also busy with their regular day-to-day duties and sometimes it was challenging to coordinate assigned tasks.” To earn the recertification, MMS

completed 80 measures in the categories of energy, pollution prevention, solid waste, transportation, wastewater, water, and community. The recertification is valid through June 2023. n ••• For more info: MountMadonnaSchool.org


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Bob Merriam ~ 1937-2019

he shop is now officially closed, as Bob Merriam, well-loved Aptos Jr. High shop teacher passed away on October 16, 2019 at his home in Santa Cruz, surrounded by his family. Bob was born on November 29, 1937 in Chicago, Illinois to Charles J. and Kathryn (Cheney) Merriam. He moved with his mother to Santa Barbara when he was 6. In the summer of 1962, before starting a job at Hot Rod Magazine, Bob came up to visit his sister Carol Bockman, and her husband Ted in Santa Cruz. Much to his surprise, after visiting Aptos Elementary School, he was offered and accepted a job teaching 7th and 8th grade students science, English and social studies. Bob loved teaching and was an inventive teacher. He had students work with all kinds of natural resources surrounding the school. He joined a staff that included both his future wife, Elizabeth (Liz) Everton, and future mother in law, Verna Everton, who both taught at the school. Bob and Liz married on December 18, 1965. The staff of teachers became a close-knit group and taught together for many years. When Aptos Junior High was built, Bob moved to the new school where he had an impressive shop, complete with a finishing room. Through his contacts in southern California, he was able to get engines and car parts for his students to work on. Bob helped students make skateboards, skimboards, waterskiis, clocks, cutting boards and many other useful woodshop projects. Bob also taught math, science, history, and drafting. Bob had a unique skill in working with kids and sharing knowledge in a way kids could understand. Aside from the regular curriculum, Bob taught students how to fix bikes, garbage disposals, just about anything mechanical. He was fortunate to keep in touch with many of his former students; and whenever he would see them, he loved to catch up on what they were doing. Bob enjoyed every part of his life, both personal and professional. He loved cars, woodworking, and fixing things. His family considered him a MacGyver of sorts, having patched a motorhome radiator with Silly Putty on one trip as well as building the second story of the family home. Bob restored several cars, including

Bob Merriam a 1967 Jaguar E-Type convertible. Bob and his family travelled every summer back to their family farm in Wisconsin and went waterskiing every summer at the Delta. Bob also introduced many friends and former students to the joy of waterskiing. When Bob retired in 1995, he started the first of three businesses he would operate during retirement. Bob realized that that there was a need for antifreeze recycling in the County, so he built a machine on the back of his pickup truck that recycled anti-freeze. He would visit shops all over the county, recycle the antifreeze on site and sell it back to the shop. He would often pull into an auto repair business with a box of donuts to bring some extra cheer (and calories) to the crew. Through a connection with Santa Cruz Skateboards, Bob created a second business called Mr. M’s World. He sold blank skateboard decks and accessories to school woodshops throughout the country and Canada so that kids could make their own Santa Cruz boards. His final business was refurbishing and selling accessories for a torque-shift propeller after the propeller company closed down. Bob bought their extra inventory, and found a place that could remanufacture the replacement parts. People from all over the world who were devotees to this type of propeller purchased parts, which kept their boats running with a little extra power. “Merriam” page 13

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almost $40,000. The purpose of Agri-Culture is to educate the public about local agriculture in Santa Cruz County and the Pajaro Valley. This year’s theme was “Seas, Sours & Shopping.” The event is always limited to 100 guests, and each year it sells out early...before invitations are even mailed! Guests are transported (via buses) to three unique locations that are connected to agriculture in some manner. This year the hors d’oeuvres were served at Steve Bontadelli’s Brussels Sprouts fields near Sunset Beach — welcomed by Steve. He spoke about the company’s 100th Anniversary this year. Dinner was served at Four Winds Growers Casserly Road Greenhouses — welcomed by sibling owners Aaron Dillon and Lexa Dillon. Aaron spoke about the vast variety of citrus they produce. The dessert location was the soon to open Blossom’s Farmstore & Coffee Shop at the historic Five Mile House in Corralitos — welcomed by owners Carin Fortin and Delmar McComb. Carin and Delmar spoke about their operation and reasons for opening their multi-faceted business in the Five Mile House. The business will market many items from their farm.

At the end of the evening, guests were given a bag and a box of local produce from 14 local companies to take home and enjoy. The many guests included: Ted Burke, Shadowbrook Restaurant Owner; Doug Fischer and Fred Caiocca of Santa Cruz County Bank; Dick Peixoto, Lakeside Organic Gardens; Debbie Parsons, Best Western Seacliff Inn; Stephany Aguilar of Scotts Valley; Ginny Solari Mazry, Community Philanthropist; Carlos Palacios, CAO, County of Santa Cruz. Nita Gizdich sold the raffle tickets. n ••• For more info: www.agri-culture.us

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Santa Cruz City Ballet Kicks off the Holidays at Cabrillo’s Crocker Theater

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oin us for our 10th year at Cabrillo! Add some sparkle to your season with the magical Nutcracker Ballet, a spectacular performance sure to delight and inspire all ages! Santa Cruz City Ballet with the International Academy of Dance presents the full length Nutcracker Ballet with performances Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14 and 15, 1:00 and 4:30 p.m. each day. The performance features local talent with principal dancers from the Oregon Ballet Theater, as well as guest dancers from the Bay Area. The Sunday performances feature local legend Krazy George, inventor of The Wave, as Mother Ginger. Come see gorgeous costumes, dazzling sets and exquisite dancing! What better way to bring in the season than with smiles, laughter and joy? “City Ballet” page 18

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andy Morris, an Alameda County Alameda County Social Services Agency, social services executive with a Morris helps oversee Alameda County’s strong commitment to public ser- $900 million social services budget and vices, has been named Santa Cruz County’s his current responsibilities include mannext Director of Human Services. agement of the Adult and Aging Services Morris has served Alameda County for Department. He also oversaw Alameda nearly 25 years in a variety of roles, devel- County’s implementation of the Affordable oping a breadth of expertise in the fields Care Act Medicaid expansion, and preof child welfare, Medi-Cal, and adult and viously served as a Division Director aging services, while establishing overseeing child welfare services. a track record of community and In his current capacity, stakeholder engagement and Morris oversees Alameda collaboration. County’s Area Agency on Aging, “Randy brings a strong backincluding engaging with the ground in delivering services public and partners to create that match community needs,” the Countywide Plan for Older County Administrative Officer Adults under direction from the Carlos Palacios said. “We look Alameda County Board of SuperRandy Morris forward to having him join the visors. For the past three years, he team and beginning his work on behalf of has also facilitated Alameda County’s Age Santa Cruz County residents.” Friendly Council. “Santa Cruz County has a track record Current Human Services Director Ellen of supporting and uplifting the most vul- Timberlake is retiring and will continue nerable among us,” Morris said. “I look leading the Human Services Department forward to working closely with County through Randy’s arrival in early 2020, and staff, elected officials and the community as will assist in the leadership transition. n we carry that work forward into the future.” ••• As the Assistant Agency Director for For more info: www.santacruzcounty.us


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New Countywide Actions Announced for Implementation in Early 2020

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he Homeless Action Partnership, a collaboration of the County of Santa Cruz and each city within the county, along with local homelessness service providers, today announced specific actions to improve the community’s response to the crisis of homelessness. With approval by the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors and based on the work of the nationally recognized consulting firm Focus Strategies, which was engaged to help examine the response to homelessness in Santa Cruz County, the following will be implemented countywide in early 2020: 1. Retooling of the Smart Path coordinated entry program—a system to assess homeless individuals and refer them to the most appropriate services—with a goal of more quickly moving vulnerable people into services in order to reduce the number of people who are homeless. 2. Implementation of systematic diversion strategies to enable homeless individuals or those facing homelessness to utilize existing resources and networks to avoid becoming homeless. 3. Revision of existing shelter strategies to maximize effectiveness and accessibility of housing resources, designed to more quickly move people from shelters into permanent housing, as well as increase the efficiency of shelters to serve more clients. 4. Redesign of the delivery of street-level outreach to those experiencing homelessness, based on a new coordinated and standardized approach that brings together outreach teams and their funders to share information, methods and measurable outcomes. 5. Restructuring interagency homelessness governance to more effectively and efficiently address decision-making, planning, funding and outcomes. “Through partnership, community input, study sessions and review by the Board of Supervisors, these strategies represent the first phase implementation of a coordinated, system-wide approach to addressing homelessness in Santa Cruz County,â€? said Rayne PereĚ z, County of Santa Cruz Homeless Services Coordinator. “We’re committed to demonstrating improvements and tangible results through this proactive and evidence- based approach.â€?

Snapshot of Homelessness in Santa Cruz County ccording to the 2019 Point-in-Time Count report, there are 2,167 homeless persons living in Santa Cruz County. Nearly one-third are currently employed, and threequarters were previously housed in Santa Cruz County before becoming homeless. Thirty-nine percent reported a disabling condition impacting their ability to live independently; approximately 30 percent reported suffering post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use disorder, and/or other psychiatric or emotional conditions; and loss of employment was the leading cause of homelessness. One in ten reported increasing rent as the cause of their homelessness, a figure that has more than doubled since the last report. The implementation of short-term recommendations will work to address the challenges of multiple populations with differing needs. Focus Strategies ocus Strategies is dedicated to helping communities improve efforts to end homelessness by using local data to shape program and system design using a “systems thinkingâ€? approach, and has worked with communities across the country at all levels, including local and state government agencies and philanthropic and large nonprofit organizations. Homeless Action Partnership he Homeless Action Partnership is a collaboration of the County and each city within Santa Cruz County, along with local homelessness service providers. It acts as the federally designated Continuum of Care (CoC. for Santa Cruz County and helps allocate State and federal funding to address homelessness. The County of Santa Cruz serves as lead agency for the HAP. n ••• For more info: www.co.santa-cruz.ca.us

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Dustin Marty Receives Letter for Lifesaving Actions

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Central Fire is very proud of our men and women who respond to the needs of others while on- duty. We are even more proud when these same men and women go above the call of duty to risk their lives while saving others while off-duty on their own time. We thank Firefighter Marty for his unwavering service, support, dedication, and willingness to go beyond the call of duty. n For more info: www.centralfpd.com

Nutcracker and Santa Cruz City Ballet Artistic Director/Choreographer and Juilliard Alumnae, Shannon Chipman began the Nutcracker tradition in Santa Cruz as the first Snow Queen at Cabrillo’s theater in 1988. Miss Chipman is thrilled to continue to share the timeless tradition with the community alongside Director/Choreographer Vicki Bergland (also co-director of the original Santa Cruz Nutcracker in 1988), and Choreographer Melissa Palumbo. The Santa Cruz City Ballet @ IAD production has become a steadfast holiday tradition. Something new to see each year! n ••• Cabrillo’s Crocker Theater 6500 Lower Perimeter Road, Aptos Sat & Sun: Dec. 14 & 15 • 1 & 4:30 p.m. Reserved seating. Order your tickets today • Children under three on your lap are FREE! Tickets: www.NutcrackerSantaCruz.com & www.IADance.com


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SCBT presents ‘The Nutcracker’

Annual Production Features Live Orchestra at the Civic Auditorium

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By Betty Sanchez

his December, the most festive of all holiday music will permeate the Civic Auditorium, played by 52 professional musicians directed by Maestro Pamela Martin. Audiences agree there is nothing more stirring than the beautiful Tchaikovsky score played live by a full orchestra. Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre (SCBT) presents the original production in our

artistically rich enclave. First presented at Cabrillo College as an abbreviated suite, the production grew to full-scale in 1998. In 2002 Artistic Directors Robert Kelley and Diane Cypher had the support of the SCBT board to make the huge leap of hiring a live orchestra. The production moved to the Civic to accomplish this,

with former Santa Cruz Symphony Music Director Larry Granger at the podium. Now readying for its 18th production at the Civic, the production is grander than ever, keeping its sheen with the talents of each new crop of dancers and new choreography to showcase their unique skill. The annual Santa Cruz classic features guest stars Melody Mennite and Lucien Postlewaite — currently principal dancers at major ballet companies — who were once students in Santa Cruz and who danced in SCBT’s “The Nutcracker” when they were children. Melody is a principal dancer with Houston Ballet and will dance the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy, as she has done in previous years. She has an uncanny grasp on the delicacies and quiet strength of the demanding role, and every year brings refreshed delight to her interpretation.

Music Director Pamela Martin and the Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre Orchestra take their bow.

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Guest stars Melody Mennite and Lucien Postlewaite.

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amaryllis, balsam, pine, cedar – many of the holiday plants that add a festive air to our homes are actually toxic to our animal companions ranging from mild (GI upset) to severe (kidney failure). It is especially important to use care when these plants are brought to the home as gifts. Err on the side of caution, and leave the plants in a location that pets cannot reach. If it is discovered that a plant has been ingested, contact your local or emergency veterinarian or call the ASPCA Poison Control hotline for advice. Candles – Lit candles can be a source of danger in the household. Curious pets may suffer burns or knock over a flame and start a fire. Do not leave lit candles unattended. Holiday Indulgences any pet owners want to share the holiday by giving their pets the leftovers of a rich holiday meal, or a pet might indulge himself by eating out of the kitchen trash or off of an unattended plate. A few suggestions:

Do not let guests or family members “treat” the family pet with leftovers. Fatty or spicy foods can lead to GI upset or worse, a deadly inflammation of the pancreas. Ingested bones can cause GI obstruction or chipped teeth. Chocolate, the sweetener xylitol, raisins, grapes, and onions are all toxic to our pets Do not leave cocktails unattended

where pets might imbibe. Alcohol, medications, and illicit drugs can all lead to fatal toxicities. Be sure to keep kitchen counters clear of leftovers or supervised at all times. Maintain locked lids on all trashcans, and remove trash promptly from the home. “Pet Pot” page 23

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Mark Holcomb & Marc Monte Honored T he Aptos Sports Foundation honored Mark Holcomb and Marc Monte during their 50th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, November 2, 2019. Both men were inducted as honorary alumni for their generosity to Aptos High School. “This is really a terrific honor,” said Holcomb, who has been involved in supporting the school for decades, pointing to the quality of past graduates as all the reward he needs. Some of those graduates including: Samanta Schancher, Carlos Torres, Trent Dilfer, Alexis Gonzales, Matt Rogers, Mike Gruber and Robert Oberst will share the stage with Holcomb. “There are many bricks necessary to build a successful athletic program, and one of the most important bricks is community support. Mark and Marc’s support over the years is nothing short of remarkable, and their bricks are two of the most significant bricks of our athletic foundation. Year after year, their support has been consistent and generous, and they have never turned down any request,” said former Mariners Athletic Director, Mark Dorfman. Marc Monte is President CEO of Deluxe Foods in Aptos and producer of

“SCBT” from page 19 Her partner will be SCBT alumnus Lucien Postlewaite. Lucien is a principal dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet, and has also danced with Les Ballet de Monte-Carlo. Both of these seasoned professionals danced together as a partnership with SCBT years ago. SCBT presented its first “Swan Lake Act II” featuring them together, and many new works had been choreographed for the pair by Robert Kelley. They have a unique bond, not only with each other, but also with our community. It is details like this which turn any competent performance into a real life dream, like that of little Clara’s in this annual classic. This season the local troupe of preprofessional dancers features an unusual number of talented young men in its ranks. These teens have studied dance fiercely for years, and together they have quite the presence. As always, the choreography is spiritedly honed for each new group of dancers, and this year is no exception. Guest Choreographer and well-known craftsman Ron Cunningham has been brought in to create

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the Monte Foundation Annual Fireworks Extravaganza, which raises millions for local charities. The Holcomb family of business interests includes Palapas Restaurant y Cantina (www.palapasrestaurant.com), Seascape Beach Resort (www.seascaperesort.com), Seascape Wine and Spirits, Seascape Golf Club (seascapegc.com) and Holcomb Real Estate and Development. (www.holcombrealestate.com) n

a special new Waltz of the Flowers especially for this group of danseurs. The new waltz brings an added grace and agility and features 9 female and 5 male dancers. Though not professionals — yet — these young artists sparkle in the new arrangement and will surely delight audiences with their abilities and aplomb. Seeing young people work together so seamlessly is a welcome tonic to today’s tumultuous world. Be sure to get tickets to the local Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre production, which delights, with live music! ••• “The Nutcracker” presented by Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre with live orchestra at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. Performances are Saturday, December 21 at 2pm and 6pm and Sunday, December 22 at 1pm. Tickets can be purchased at SantaCruzTickets.com or at the Civic Box Office, 307 Church Street or by calling (831) 420-5260. Additional add-on special events for children of all ages include Sweet Treats Meet and Greet event and Meet the Percussion Section. n ••• Visit scbt.org for more information.


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Pure Water Soquel Funding Awarded!

District To Get $50 Million Grant and $36 Million Low-Interest Loan from the State Board By Rebecca Rubin

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’m thrilled to let you know that the District was recently awarded a $50 million grant from the State’s Proposition 1 Groundwater Implementation Grant Program! This is a substantial boost for the Pure Water Soquel Groundwater Replenishment and Seawater Intrusion Prevention Project, and we are very grateful to the State Water Resources Control Board. The State Board also approved a $36 million very low interest (1.3%) loan through its Seawater Intrusion Control Loan Program, representing approximately $11 million in interest savings compared to original projections. What an incredible, timely holiday gift for the District and for the entire community we serve! But there’s even more — this good news comes on top of several previous grants and loans from state and federal programs, including a federal low-interest loan from the Environmental Protection Agency. Plus, the District recently prevailed in a court case where a challenge to Pure Water Soquel’s Environmental Impact Report was denied. This recent grant covers about half of the construction costs for the new advanced water purification facility and is of huge importance to the project and the community. By offsetting a large portion of the local design and construction costs for the project, we are optimistic that the pressure for future necessary water rate adjustments can be reduced for our ratepayers. A new rate study and evaluation of reducing rates will begin early next year. Why did the State decide to award

“Pet Pot” from page 21 Holiday Gatherings athering together with friends and family is an essential part of many holiday traditions, but parties can be an anxious time for our pets. Below are a few tips to ensure that your holiday celebrations are a safe place for your pets, too. Assign one responsible person in the family with “pet duty.” This person will be in charge of making sure that the pets eating, exercise, and elimination habits remain as close to normal as possible. This helps to ensure meals, potty breaks, and litter box cleanings will not be forgotten.

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the District $86 million dollars to fund Pure Water Soquel? As many of you know, California declared the Santa Cruz MidCounty groundwater basin as critically over-drafted. This over-drafting has resulted in seawater contamination of the basin, which has been verified by a number of studies conducted by the District and the Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Agency. Those studies show that seawater intrusion is occurring along the coastline, with an imminent threat of seawater contaminating the District’s water

production wells (in addition to wells used by other agencies and many private well owners). Pure Water Soquel is the first line of defense to hold back the seawater intrusion and restore our groundwater supply for current and future generations so that our children and grandchildren will also be able to depend on a clean, safe supply of water in our region. Our Community Water Plan includes a diversified portfolio of new supplies including Pure Water Soquel and, when available, surface water and stormwater

capture. While the latter two are limited in volume and dependent on rainfall, Pure Water Soquel is drought-proof and resilient to climate change. The Pure Water Soquel project will take treated, recycled municipal wastewater and use highly advanced water treatment processes to produce 1,500 acrefeet of purified water per year. This purified water then be used to replenish the groundwater basin and is similar to the Orange County Groundwater Replenishment System which has produced almost 300 billion gallons of purified water to put back into the groundwater basin. In addition, the project has the significant environmental benefit of diverting millions of gallons of effluent from being disposed of daily in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The State’s support in awarding this grant demonstrates its commitment to sharing costs with our local community, and its determination to help the District to continue on-course toward a sustainable water future. Thank you again to the State Water Resources Control Board! And thank you also to the many Pure Water Soquel champions in the community whose strong support helped push this grant over the finish line. Seriously, thanks a million! ••• As always, if you have any questions about this month’s topic or anything else related to the Soquel Creek Water District feel free to contact Melanie Mow Schumacher or Rebecca Rubin at outreach@soquelcreekwater.org or 831-4758501 and visit www.soquelcreekwater.org

Maintain a quiet, safe zone for pets. It can be helpful to keep pets in a quiet room away from the party activities. Consider labeling the room as off-limits or locking the door so that the animals are not disturbed. Make sure that pets have all their necessary resources in their safe zone: food, water, toys, litter boxes, beds, scratching posts, etc. Inform your guests that there are animals in the home before the party. Providing this information allows allergic or immunocompromised guests to make an informed decision about their attendance. It also allows them time to make any necessary preparations they may need to add to their enjoyment of the gathering. Mind the door! In the busy comings

and goings of a party, a pet can easily slip out through an open door. Being watchful at the door, or better yet, placing a pet in a back room, can minimize the possibility of a lost pet. Taking a little time before the party to make sure that your pet has a collar and microchip with up-to-date contact information can greatly increase the chance of a happy reunion. Be a conscientious guest and leave your own pet at home. A busy holiday gathering is not the time to introduce your pet to another household. Do not expect the party host to be able to accommodate your pet. Holiday Gifts t can be fun to include our pets in our holiday gift giving. Remember all toys

should be enjoyed with supervision. Some suggestions for fun pet-friendly gift ideas include: Cat gifts: Dental treats, feline toothbrush, scratching post tower, cardboard cat scratcher, stuffed catnip toy, laser pointer, interactive cat dancer, pop-up tunnel, ping pong ball, cardboard box, and an open paper bag. Dog gifts: Dental chews, canine toothbrush, indestructible chew toy, tooth-friendly ball, fetch toy, regular exercise, and positive obedience training lessons. n ••• Cheers to a happy, healthy holiday season to you and your pet!

Participants gather following SWRCB approval for project funding at the Nov. 19 Board Meeting in Sacramento. Those gathered include the State Water Resources Control Board Members (Back Row: Laurel Firestone, Tam M. Dudoc, Chair E. Joaquin Esquivel, Vice-Chair Dorene D’Adamo, and Sean Maguire), Soquel Creek Water District Representatives, District partners and supporters, and the Division of Financial Assistance Staff.

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Court Rules in Favor of Pure Water Soquel Project

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uperior Court Judge Timothy J. Schmal of Santa Cruz County ruled in favor of the Soquel Creek Water District on all elements of a legal action brought against the District earlier this year. The legal action alleged insufficiencies in the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Pure Water Soquel Groundwater Replenishment and Seawater Intrusion Prevention Project. The District’s Board of Directors certified the EIR and approved the project on December 18, 2018. Judge Schmal wrote a well-reasoned 17-page point-by-point decision, which denied the petitioner’s requested writ of mandate (a court order to a government agency to correct the agency’s prior actions). “We are very happy that we can continue to move forward in our efforts to protect

noticing, the time limit for the EIR public comment period, and notifying of appropriate agencies. The judge notes that the District was in fact compliant in all those instances. Among several others, the two primary challenges in the lawsuit centered on whether the District adequately analyzed the project alternative of water transfersonly, and whether the District provided meaningful analysis of impacts on water quality as a result of the project. The court found that the District did in fact comply with the requirements of CEQA in conducting its alternatives analysis, including

water transfers-only, and that there was adequate analysis of groundwater quality with conclusions on these issues supported by substantial evidence. The judge found all other assertions made by the petitioner in the lawsuit similarly insufficient — in short, the judge ruled that the District’s EIR and the certification/adoption process were compliant with CEQA. ••• The Soquel Creek Water District is a nonprofit, local government agency that provides water resource management within its service area to deliver a safe and reliable supply of highquality water to meet present and future needs in an environmentally sensitive and economically responsible way. The District’s website is www.soquelcreekwater.org.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Dear Editor, am the person who has taken legal action against Soquel Creek Water District regarding the shameful excuse of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) that the District paid a consultant hundreds of thousands of dollars to create as a perfunctory gesture regarding the PureWater Soquel Project. This expensive Project would treat and inject $1.3 million gallons of sewage water into the aquifer daily, requiring massive amounts of electricity, potentially contaminate many local streams if the system malfunctions or pipes leak, and possibly cause irreversible pollution of local groundwater drinking supplies with pharmaceuticals and other contaminants for which there are no state drinking water limits yet established. The negative impacts of the Project are significant enough that the District had to approve a Statement of Overriding Consideration, claiming that the benefits of the Project outweigh the significant negative environmental damages it will cause. It would increase concentrations of contaminants released at the City’s wastewater treatment plant outfall pipe, which is ruptured and allows effluent release much closer to shore than should be happening. The District has no final analysis proving that this Project will not adversely affect the water quality of the local streams and aquifer, even though such analysis is required by the State. I took the legal action as the only way available to the public to call into question the actions of the Soquel Creek Water District Board and staff, and what they have been willing to do to approve the PureWater Soquel Project on a fast-track construction scheme and thereby get money from the State Water Resources Control Board. Clearly, their focus has been on getting the money for the Project they desire, at the great expense of placing an unmerciful financial burden on their ratepayers in order to present a

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our groundwater supply from seawater intrusion, providing a safe, reliable, drought resistant water supply for future generations.” said Dr. Tom LaHue, President of the District’s Board of Directors. “The judge’s decision clearly showed that our environmental impact report (EIR) was thorough, compliant with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and protective of the environment.” The lawsuit challenged the District’s certification of the EIR and approval of the project under CEQA on a number of points, some of which were procedural in nature — those being the District’s public

My Lawsuit Against Pure Water Project favorable picture to the State grantors. The Board approved this calculated action on November 6, 2018, before they even approved the Project and certified the faux-EIR on December 18, 2018. Tier 2 rates, at nearly $30/unit, were designed solely to pay for the PureWater Soquel Project matching funds required to get government funding. The Board approved steep 9% annual rate increases that will continue for the next five years, causing tremendous punitive financial gouging to families, and cause those on fixed incomes great hardship. Because I care deeply about my Community, I chose to take the legal action for the Public Benefit against the District, to demand they re-do the EIR with thorough and meaningful analysis. I have asked that the District present meaningful information for the public regarding true energy costs, environmental damages, impacts of removing a significant barrier to future unfettered urban growth, and perhaps most importantly, if the Project is even necessary. Even the Santa Cruz County Water Resources Director questioned the accuracy of the groundwater basin sustainable levels claimed to be needed in the EIR. Many others and I hold that this Project is not necessary. Many water experts have clearly stated that Santa Cruz County has no real water supply problem, but rather a true water storage problem. The issue can be readily and relatively inexpensively addressed with regional cooperative water management, and has begun in a limited way with existing water supply pipeline inter-ties and agreements between Santa Cruz City and Soquel Creek Water District. However, this approach was not thoroughly analyzed in the EIR. Soquel Creek Water District lacks the political will to pursue this cooperative scenario, and instead has plunged forward in the misguided PureWater Soquel Project effort that would forever burden ratepayers and the environment.

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I have asked the District for no money, only that a meaningful EIR be conducted and include thorough public process, which has completely left out the disadvantaged Live Oak community where the District wants to construct a large treatment plant that would house many hazardous chemicals. The District instead has sought to spend nearly a half million dollars to hire a legal team from Riverside, Ca. to fight my challenge. These attorneys have flown from southern California each time to represent the District, but sometimes say nothing at all in the court room, and allow local attorney Mr. Bosso to speak. I have had to work very hard to get an impartial judge to hear my case. I have done all my own legal work. Judge Gallagher, who later disqualified himself only when I discovered and raised the issue that he had been a trial attorney for Soquel Creek Water District for 23 years, put the case schedule on a very quick timeline. His order for a quick timeline gave me insufficient time to prepare complete documents, or to prepare for the final hearing held on November 8 before Judge Timothy Schmal, a misdemeanor court judge who was not seemingly familiar with environmental law. Judge Schmal denied my request to move the case to Sacramento County where there are four such environmental judges that could review my case with seasoned knowledge of the laws. Judge Schmal denied my request to be allowed to amend my complaint to correct mistakes, include critical information that would support my arguments, and add a ninth cause of action that pointed out the District violated the law by failing to notify any schools within a quarter mile of the Project where there would be hazardous chemicals used or unhealthy levels of diesel fumes from large equipment during construction. Judge Schmal denied my request to extend

time on the Hearing date so that I could get critical information from the State Dept. Water Resources that has been delayed three times regarding the criteria used to claim the MidCounty Groundwater Basin is in “critical overdraft”, when the scientific data being collected show it is not. Judge Schmal ultimately denied my complaint altogether in a poorly-reasoned and vague document that he released one day before the Soquel Creek Water District entourage went to Sacramento to accept their $50 million State grant award and $36 million low-cost 20-year loan for the Project. Included in this entourage was the lobbyist for which the District customers have paid over $100,000. I will appeal Judge Schmal’s Order that denied me the ability to take my case to the wellseasoned environmental judges in Sacramento County Superior Court. I will appeal Judge Schmal’s judgment denying my complaint and the ability to amend it, merely asking that Soquel Creek Water District do a better job on the environmental analysis of the Project and reasonably examine the regional management scenario alternatives. These could include consolidation with the City of Santa Cruz, which some ratepayers have requested. I do not intend to give up. This is too important to the health and well being of those in my Community who have been ignored and dismissed by the Soquel Creek Water District Board and staff, and for the environment that has no voice at all. Online Protest Petition https://www. change.org/p/soquel-creek-water-district-boardof-directors-soquel-creek-water-district-rateincreases-unfair-and-hurt-families n Sincerely, Becky Steinbruner, Petitioner, in Pro Per for the Public Benefit Case #19CV00181


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Cannabinoids: CBD

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he word “cannabinoid” is becoming a household name with approval for medical use of marijuana in 33 states. Cannabinoid is a collective word defining all the plant alkaloids found in a marijuana plant. The federal government considers all forms of marijuana as a Schedule I drug and therefore illegal. Nevertheless, marijuana is approved for recreational use in eleven states. There are more than one hundred chemical compounds known as cannabinoids. By initials, the most common ones are THCA, CBDA, CBGA, CBCA, CBGVA, THCVA, CBCVA, CVDVA, which exist as acids in the marijuana plant. As acids, they lack intoxicating effects, but some may have antibiotic properties. When these chemicals are heated, the acid is converted to an active form. So, for THCA, it is converted to THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). The most abundant compounds found are THC and CBD (cannabidiol). There are specific receptors for cannabinoids in the brain and other parts of the body. It is referred to as the “endocannabinoid” system. These receptors in the brain work contrary to the way brain synapses usually function. The end-result is a modification of neurotransmitter release. This endocannabinoid system has effects on sleep/wake mechanisms, appetite control, pain, and the immune system. It has been shown that there are more exaggerated effects when CBD is combined with THC. There is greater sedation when the two chemicals are used together. Most of us are aware of the sedating effects and increase in appetite seen with THC. But what about CBD? CBD is one chemical that stops the breakdown of amandamide in the brain. Amandamide is a neurotransmitter important for memory, motivation, higher thought processes, and movement control. It plays an important role in pain, appetite, and fertility. When CBD is combined with THC in specific ratios, there is significant pain relief in patients with either multiple sclerosis or arthritis. CBD alone has a good effect on treating anxiety. Multiple doses have been studied, but 300 milligrams in adults has been the only effective dose. There have also been successful studies attesting to CBD’s effect in alleviating sleeplessness and post-

By Ron Conte, Pharm.D.

traumatic stress disorder in children. It is somewhat questionable as to CBD’s effect on another neurotransmitter, serotonin, and whether it can be effective in treating depression. CBD combined in specific ratios with THC has had some success in treating cancer chemotherapy side effects, namely nausea and vomiting, as well as pain related to some cancers. These effects are more pronounced than when THC is used alone. There are some good results in treating acne with topical CBD. But what is more promising are treating neurological disorders with CBD. Spasticity experienced in multiple sclerosis patients is alleviated 75% of the time. About one-third of the patients with epilepsy have a significant decrease in the number of seizures when CBD is part of the drug regimen. New studies using CBD to treat Parkinsonism show promising results. There are a few studies attesting to CBD’s positive effect on cognition in Alzheimer’s patients. Some other CBD studies show good results in reducing mild to moderate high blood pressure, use as an antipsychotic, use as an exchange agent in treating substance abuse, and for producing decreases in blood sugar. More work needs to be undertaken to determine the exact CBD mechanism and effect as an anti-tumor agent. The main side effects of CBD include diarrhea, changes in appetite, fatigue, and sleepiness. One question about changes in appetite: does CBD really convert bad (white) fat to good (brown) fat? In a few studies, there are mixed results as to the net result being weight loss or weight gain. CBD can minimize some THC undesirable effects including paranoia, heart palpitations, and impaired thinking. It is so important to have the most effective ratio of CBD to THC to maximize the benefits of the combination. Once again, as I had reported in other articles, to me it is all about balance-- amongst neurotransmitters, ideal ratios of CBD to THC, as well as other chemicals. CBD is available in a variety of forms. It can be smoked as a weed (from the plant source). It comes in a powder form as well as raw oil, in cartridges,

vape pens, and syringes. Other products containing CBD include edibles, elixirs (alcohol-based), sublingual sprays, capsules, and topicals. It seems to be very promising that the benefits of cannabinoids, in particular CBD, will be extensively important in treating a variety of medical conditions. n ••• For more info: rrxconte@gmail.com

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1. Slick grp.? 5. Mountain basin 8. Bygone bird of New Zealand 11. Relating to armpit 12. Pestilence pest 13. End a mission 15. Ancient Greece assembly site, pl. 16. What little kittens did with their mittens 17. *Thanksgiving Cranberry concoction 18. *Site of the “First Thanksgiving” 20. “Guilty,” e.g. 21. Kiln, pl. 22. ____ Aviv 23. *Give what?

26. Strangling tool 30. Jul. follower 31. Pupil protector 34. Loads from lodes 35. Shows off 37. Part of human cage 38. Source of indigo dye, pl. 39. Laughing on the inside 40. Truly 42. Highest or lowest card 43. Nemo’s home plant 45. *U.S. President’s magnanimous gesture 47. Say “no” 48. Plural of carpus 50. Tom Jones’s “____ a Lady” 52. *First settlers 55. ____ con Carne or ____ Verde 56. Fe 57. Off-color

59. Popular jeans brand 60. Attention-getting sound 61. Peter, Paul and Mary, e.g. 62. Elvis’ “____ Now or Never” 63. ____ someone off 64. Do like goo

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12. Excessively showy, slang 13. Turkish monetary unit 14. *Macy’s parade flyer 19. “Haste ____ waste” 22. Little bit 23. ____ Periodica 24. Connected to Lake Michigan 25. September stone 26. Hurtful remark 27. Synonym to #61 Across 28. Telephone company 29. City in Germany 32. Marine eagle 33. Jack-in-the-box part 36. *First Thanksgiving parade (Philadelphia) sponsor 38. What Darwin says we do

40. “No room in the ____ for the travelers weary...” 41. Print from a smartphone 44. Desert mirage 46. ____ Bridge in Venice 48. The ____ of the Bambino 49. What phoenix did 50. Bolted 51. Hurries 52. Hearts and diamonds 53. Claudius’ heir and successor 54. British slang for swindle 55. Computer-generated imagery, acr. 58. Anonymous John © Statepoint Media

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Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)

You can’t count on luck as December begins, but putting in some hard work can definitely attract some to you. Putting in the effort makes it easier to take advantage of providence. There will be a lessening of pressure on you mid-month, as you start surrounding yourself with people you can ask for help. You started the project by yourself, but there’s no reason you have to finish solo. Your drive ramps back up as the month comes to a close. You are driven, and your crew is being carried along. If you were prepared when you started, you’ll be ready to see this to the end.

Aquarius (Jan 21-Feb. 18)

You’re ready for some excitement to enter your life early in the month, and having some like-minded company would make things that much more fun! Find someone who desires adventure, or just wants to let the wind carry them where it may. Your explorations expand to trying new ways to tackle old tasks mid-month. Looking at a problem from a different angle could help improve your production. Destiny seems to be on your side late in December. Whether you believe or not, luck seems to be on your side. Take advantage!

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)

You’re looking for tangible results as the month begins. There might be some luck on your side, but you can’t rely on it, and you don’t want to. You feel encouraged to keep moving forward midDecember. If you’ve had troubles finishing an important goal in the past, now is a good time to dive back in and get it done. Late in the month brings some surprising revelations, especially in hindsight. Maybe it was a message from someone you were just thinking about, or a difficult choice suddenly having one of the options removed. Coincidence? You decide.

Aries (March 21-April 20)

You’re finding it hard to stay on target as December begins. You know what you need to do, but you’re finding it difficult to push through obstacles that pop up. You’ll need to really buckle down if you want to finish what you’ve started. Mid-month brings some luck to your life, and it could be even stronger if you’re taking risks. If you’ve been stuck wondering how to move forward, this moment might just show you a path. If you can see a future ahead, push through any fear and go forward. You’re feeling more goal-oriented late in the month. You’re not always the best at playing by the book, but you’ve got the drive right now to focus on what’s in front of you and get it done.

Taurus (April 21-May 21)

It’s nice to feel in control as the month begins. Your self-confidence is in top form, you’re feeling attractive and in charge. It’s a great feeling. You’re feeling a need to diversify your assets midmonth, but that doesn’t mean you’re not open to a new concept that comes your way. If you feel good about that surprise sales pitch, or a new product you want to invest in, go for it! Late in December your desire to communicate is strong, so it’s nice there are so many easy ways to keep in touch with friends and family. Also, if you’re traveling for the holiday, paying attention to what’s happening around your trip. Keeping informed is the best way to avoid problems.

Gemini (May 22-June 21)

You’re feeling somewhat restricted as the month begins. There is fun stuff you’d like to be doing, but your sense of responsibility is holding you back. Locking down your schedule might free up some time to enjoy yourself. Your creative juices are flowing mid-December — in every direction! There are so many things you want to do, but pairing down your tasks and figuring out what’s most important to least important will help you get started … and finished! Late in the month your responsibilities come back to the forefront. There’s a time to have fun, and a time to get serious. This feels like a good time to get serious.

Cancer (June 22-July 22)

There’s an emotional fog in the air as December begins. You feel like taking some me-time would be helpful, but you know you have a lot on your plate. It’s up to you to figure out where you can find a moment or three to relax and refocus. You’re used to tradition, but something is pulling you in another direction mid-month. It’s much more comfortable to stick with what you know, but branching out and trying something knew is appealing, and could be informative. Luck seems to be on your side late in the month. Many of the things holding you back seem to be falling away, leaving you feeling ready for whatever comes next!

Leo (July 23-Aug. 23)

There is some negative energy surrounding you early in the month. You’re not feeling like yourself, and it’s hard to push through the miasma you’re in. Take heart … it’s only temporary. You should find your way clear soon. You finally figure out what you need to do to finish something you’ve been delaying mid-month. Letting things slide isn’t something you’re fond of, even though there are more fun things you’re interested in, but getting projects done — and done right — sooner is always better. Late in December you feel the world coming into focus. Giving things your full, un-fogged attention is very freeing, making everything feel right.

Virgo (Aug. 24-Sep. 22)

You have many goals on your plate as the month begins. The best way to tackle them is by taking them one at a time, being patient, and having a realistic approach. Resist the feelings that you’re not doing enough. Stay focused; what needs to get done, will. Mid-way through December you’re feeling hopeful as new opportunities start to appear. You’re excited about them, and others can feel that excitement and are ready to go with you. A serious feeling surrounds you as the month comes to a close. Your sense of logic and order are coming to the fore as you prepare for the new year. No plans have changed, but you see what work is ahead of you, and realize it’s time to get focused again.

Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 23)

Your confidence is overflowing as December begins. You’re all business, but people are charmed by your exuberance and positive attitude. This is definitely the time to push your goals forward. Your ideas are flowing mid-month, but even as you plan, you know finishing is something you struggle with. Finding the right people to help you on your projects will make all the difference. There’s a serious air surrounding you and your projects late in the month. Keeping focused is your best bet moving into the new year.

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Division Renovates Tired Old Perennials

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By Tony Tomeo

utumn is a time for planting partly because it is when many plants are beginning their winter dormancy. They are, or will soon be, less active than they would be at any other time of year. Some may not start to grow again until after winter ends. Others will want to secretly disperse their roots through the rainy winter weather, while merely appearing to be dormant from above the soil level. That is why autumn is also the best time for division of many types of perennials. Such perennials should be adequately dormant to not be bothered by the process of getting dug and divided into smaller parts, then replanted. They actually prefer to get it done sooner than later, so that they can slowly disperse their roots through cool and rainy winter weather, and are ready to grow in spring. Divisions are often done to renovate bulky perennials that have become overgrown, shabby, or too crowded with their own growth to bloom well. Some of the more vigorous perennials may benefit from division for renovation every several years or so. Many complaisant perennials may never benefit from division. Of these, some might be divided merely for propagation of more of the same. Japanese anemone, bergenia and other perennials that bloom in autumn and winter should get divided later, after bloom. Like perennials that get divided now, they tend to recover and efficiently disperse roots before spring. However, they may need to be watered a bit more than typical if the weather gets warm and dry early next year. Their schedules do not coincide with local climates. Lily-of-the-Nile, African iris and New Zealand flax can be divided into individual

Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22)

Your thoughts are complex and focused as the month begins, keeping you interested in puzzles, mysteries and how to solve them. Time to pull out that expert-level Sudoku. By the middle of the month you’re feeling a bit distracted. Try to push through and finish some of your many projects before you lose all focus for a bit. Some help to keep you on target wouldn’t be a bad idea. The fog seems to clear from your mind as December comes to a close. You’re back on track and ready to focus on what’s most important. The time for play has passed. Time to get down to business.

Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21)

You’ve been having some fun leading up to the beginning of the month, but now it’s time to get serious. This is the time to focus and prepare for what’s to come. When that’s done, then you can party again. If you’re paying attention, some lucky breaks could come your way mid-December. If you can catch them, it could be a very informative time. As you move towards the end of the month, applying yourself and ensuring your most important responsibilities are taken care of will be key to enjoying the end of the year to the fullest. You’ll be able to enjoy the fun that much more if you’ve put in the work.

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shoots, even if a few shoots get planted together in clumps. Entire plants do not need to be dug if it would be easier to merely pluck a few outer shoots from the perimeters of congested parent plants. Black-eyed Susan and Shasta daisy can be divided into clumps of several dormant basal rhizomes and roots. ‘Pups’, or side shoots, of agaves and some types of yuccas can be carefully pried from their parent plants without disturbing them. Highlight: Rush Not to be confused with the Canadian rock band from the 1970s, this rush, Juncus patens, is native to riparian areas between western Washington and San Diego County. It is also known as the common rush because it is, obviously, the most common species of the genus on the West Coast. It is only occasionally planted intentionally, but more often sneaks into well-irrigated landscapes. Those planted intentionally are mostly cultivars with slightly bluish or grayish foliage, such as ‘Elk Blue’, ‘Occidental Blue’ and ‘Carmen’s Grey’. Those in the wild, or that sneak into landscapes from the wild, are dark green like avocado skin. The upright foliage has very slender stems that look more like leaves than the vestigial leaves do. It forms dense clumps about one to three feet tall. Although it is a riparian plant that survives soil saturation and inadequate drainage through winter, rush can survive as soil drains and dries somewhat through summer. It prefers somewhat regular watering in landscapes and home gardens. If cut back to the ground at the end of winter, and perhaps divided, fresh new growth regenerates through spring. Growth is sparse and floppy in shade. n ••• Horticulturist Tony Tomeo can be contacted at tonytomeo.com.


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COMMUNITY CALENDAR ANNOUNCEMENTS

Saturday December 7 HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR AND TREE LIGHTING 2 - 5 p.m., Aptos Village Green Join us for holiday cheer with carolers, Santa, hot chocolate, cookies and local vendors to help you cross off any last minute gifts from your list! Free to attend! Limited vendor space available, call 688-1467 or email esme@aptoschamber.com

free, friendly 12-Step support group with the solution. All teens and adults welcome! For current times and locations of other meetings: www.santacruzoa.org/meetings. Or call our Hotline at (831) 429-7906.

Second Wednesdays SANTA CRUZ SONS IN RETIREMENT MONTHLY MEETING Noon, Elks Lodge at 150 Jewell St. This 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. Cost: $18. RSVP at 479-7096

BUSINESS DEBTORS ANONYMOUS 5:15-6:30pm, Calvary Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 532 Center Street, Santa Cruz. We specifically focus on recovering from debting on one’s business. For more information: 831-425-3272.

Second and Fourth Wednesdays WELLNESS ON THE CANCER JOURNEY 11-12:30 pm, Old Soquel Plaza Learn how to safely support your body and emotions through the journey of Cancer — from diagnosis to softening the impact of chemo, radiation, and recovering well from surgery. We’ll address nausea, low energy, weakness, digestion, immune support, grief, stress and more. Feel free to bring your partner or care team to this free class. Please come fed; water is available.  Limited Seats. Please register all attendees on Eventbrite — Wellness on the Cancer Journey or call 831-254-3270 to RSVP. Address given upon registration receipt.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE MONTEREY SYMPHONY The Monterey Symphony is seeking volunteers. If you love music and want to be involved, please call (831) 646-8511 BINGO 6:30 p.m. Santa Cruz Elks Lodge, 150 Jewell St. or visit www.montereysymphony.org for more info. BINGO EVERY TUESDAY. Buy-in begins at $21. The Snack Bar is open with goodies and dinner specials.

ONGOING EVENTS

Daily SANTA CRUZ ‘USED’ BOOKSHOP 10 am- 3 pm 2710 Chanticleer Ave. Santa Cruz Grey Bears: Every Monday and Friday is $10-a-bag book sale. Fill up a shopping bag with books for only $10! Thousands of titles for $1.50 or less: cookbooks, gardening, sci-fi, mysteries, classics and all sorts of fiction and nonfiction. Non-profit Grey Bears has served our community for 45 years. Grey Bears provides recycling services and accepts books and other donations for our thrift stores. Proceeds benefit our Brown Bag Program, distributing nutritious food to 3,900 seniors every week.

Tuesdays & Wednesdays SURVIVORS SUPPORT GROUPS Tuesday December 10 Monarch Services offers a safe space to meet other survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and HOLIDAY MIXER & GIFT DRIVE human trafficking survivors, and to listen or share 5–7 p.m., Seascape Beach Resort, 2nd floor, 1 Seascape experiences. Childcare provided on site. Resort Drive, Aptos Spanish – Tuesdays 6:00-7:30 p.m. Servicios Monarca, Network with other chamber and community Weekdays 233 E. Lake Avenue, Watsonville (831) 722-4532 members and browse our Shop Local raffle. Mouth English – Wednesdays 6:00-7:30 p.m. Monarch watering appetizers and desserts will be provided by CASA ORIENTATIONS TO BECOME ADHD SUPPORT GROUP Services, 1590 Seabright Avenue, SC (831) 425-4030 6:30-8 p.m., Aptos Fire Station, 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos Seascape Beach Resort so you know it’s going to be ADVOCATES FOR CHILDREN a fun time! For more information, visit www.monarchscc.org The Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay Branch of CHADD CASA empowers volunteers to directly influence hosts monthly support group meetings for anyone Cost is XXX, or FREE with mixer pass or gift for life-changing decisions affecting children in foster care. who would like to learn more about ADHD or has Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services Court appointed special advocates are everyday people Tuesdays & Thursdays questions or concerns. Come share with those who “Holiday Hearts” Program. Toys are always appreciated that, with just a few hours a week can have a lifetime of FREE PILATES CLASSES AT TEMPLE BETH EL understand. but we ask that you consider donating Prepaid Gas impact for a child who has been abused or neglected. Second Wednesdays’ meeting is for parents of and/or Gift cards (Suggest amount: $25) which will More info www.casaofsantacruz.org or call 831-761-2956 children, teens, and young adults with ADHD. The make a greater impact. x102 group for adults with ADHD, spouses, partners of Visit www.seascaperesort.com for more information. someone with ADHD meets fourth Wednesdays of Second Mondays every month. Thursday December 12 COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS OF SANTA CRUZ Judy Brenis: jbbrenis@comcast.net, or call 831-818-9619. 7-8:30 p.m., Quaker Meeting House, 225 Rooney St. Santa DECEMBER BREAKFAST MEETING Last Wednesdays Each Month 7:30 – 9 p.m., Best Western Seacliff Inn, 7500 Old Dominion Cruz Parents of a child who died at any age, from any cause, any Ct., Aptos MAGICIANS’ CLUB End the Year with Cheer! Christmas Carols from Aptos length of time ago, are invited to join The Compassionate 7 p.m., Antonelli Club Room, 2655 Brommer St., Santa Cruz High School, Holiday Raffle including wine, gift certifi- Friends of SC for our monthly grief support meeting. Attention Magic Lovers! Our new Magicians’ Club Opening circle followed by smaller connection groups. cates and A CHRISTMAS TREE!!!! Our guest speaker meets on the last Wed. of every month at 7pm in the club room at the Antonelli Mobile Home Park. If you will be the new UCSC Chancellor, Cynthia Larive. Enjoy Grief materials available. Bereaved grandparents and adult siblings are also welcome. Non-religious. do magic or want to get started in this fun hobby, a hot breakfast, meet your neighbors, local business 10 a.m., Temple Beth El, 3055 Porter Gulch Rd., Aptos Visit www.tcfsantacruz.com or call 831.332.9893 for more owners, and celebrate the season with us! Please join us every Tuesday and Thursday at 10 am in join us. Cost: $25 for chamber members, $30 for Public. Pay Ahead information. the social hall at Temple Beth El in Aptos (3055 Porter Questions? Call Jim at 685-3829 and Save $3! Gulch Rd) for a lively and challenging 60 minute Pilates SANTA CRUZ COUNTY PROSTATE CANCER Mondays & Tuesdays Visit www.seacliffinn.com for more information. Strength Class. The classes are free and everybody is SUPPORT GROUP WOMENCARE ARM-IN-ARM welcome. Donation are welcome. 7-9 p.m., Katz Cancer Resource Center, 3150 Mission Dr 12:30 - 2 p.m. For more information https://www.tbeaptos.org Santa Cruz County Prostate Cancer Support Group has WomenCARE ARM-in-ARM support group for women been an active group for over 20 years in the comwith advanced, recurrent and metastatic cancers. Meets Wednesdays munity. weekly Mondays & Tuesdays, with a separate meeting ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION First meeting of 2018 will be February 28th. every First and Third Tuesday every month. 1st & 3rd Wednesdays: 5:30-7 p.m. Registration required. Call 457-2273 for more information and 2nd & 4th Wednesdays: 2-3:30 p.m. Thursdays to register. No cost to attend. Alzheimer’s Association, 550 Water Street, Ste L2, SC FRIENDSHIP PUT TO MUSIC! Saturday February 1, 2020 www.womencaresantacruz.org If you have a family member who has been 6:30 p.m., New Hall, La Selva Beach Club House, 3124 A ROARING ‘20S GALA diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or a related Estrella Ave. uesdays 5 – 10:30 p.m., Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds dementia, a caregiver support group can offer you Classes every Thursday night. For more info call Sue Harris OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS MEETING The Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce and an opportunity to find out more about available or Don Benson (831) 726-7053 or email at caller4u@att.net Agriculture is pleased to announce the recipients of the 7 - 8 pm, Christ Lutheran Church, Gazebo, 10707 Soquel Dr., Aptos community resources, learn from others who are Do you have a proble m with compulsive overor under2020 Annual Awards. The honorees will be presented going through similar experiences, and obtain LUCKY STEPPERS MODERN SQUARE DANCE eating? Anorexia? Bulimia? Compulsive exercising? their awards at the Annual Dinner on Saturday, Febadditional educational materials. 6:30 pm, La Selva Beach Clubhouse, 314 Estrella Ave., La You are not alone. Drop into a free, friendly OA 12-Step ruary 1, 2020, at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. Our evening Santa Cruz caregiver support Selva Beach, CA 95076 Tickets will be available on Eventbrite and through the meeting with the solution. All are welcome! group meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays It’s fun and easy to do! Friendship put to music; For information on other meetings in Santa Cruz County: www. Chamber soon! of each month, and our afternoon Santa Cruz family friendly. Class takes place every Thursday santacruzoa.org/meetings Awards recipients include Harold Hyde, Bob Culbcaregiver support group meets on the 2nd and 4th Night at our new home in La Selva Beach! (Take Mar ertson, Barbie Gomez, K&D Landscaping, Santa Cruz Wednesdays of each month. No fee. Open to family Monte off of Hwy 1, turns into Playa Blvd., turn right WRITING/DISCUSSION MEETING County Fairgrounds Foundation and the Corrallitos members. on Estrella) 6:30-7:30 p.m., Christ Lutheran Church, Gazebo Room, 10707 Lumberjack Breakfast. For more information about this and other support groups in For more information, contact Sue Harris or Don Benson at Visit https://pajarovalleychamber.com for more information. Soquel Dr., Aptos, CA 95003 (At Hwy One and Freedom Blvd) the area, please call 800.272.3900 (831) 726-7053 or e-mail at caller4u@att.net. Do you have a problem with food? Please check out our 28 / December 1st 2019 / Aptos Times www.tpgonlinedaily.com


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SAN LORENZO COMMUNITY BAND PRACTICE SESSIONS 7:30-9 p.m., San Lorenzo Valley High School Band Room (F-1) The San Lorenzo Valley Community Band meets every Thursday at SLV High School. Dues are $30 a semester. You must read music. Call Teresa at 336-8637.

Saturday December 7 FRIENDS OF SCPL ANNUAL HOLIDAY BOOK SALE 10am – 2pm Downtown Library (upstairs meeting room), 224 Church St., Santa Cruz Join us for our usual very reasonably priced books & media. Avoid the rush — Shop at the Friends Holiday Sale! Free Gift Wrap! Visit www.fscpl.org for more info.

Second and Fourth Thursdays CABRILLO HOST LIONS CLUB MEETINGS 6:30 p.m., Aptos Village Park, 100 Aptos Creek Road. Want to make a difference in our community? Join the Cabrillo Lions Club twice every month and see what you can do to help in Santa Cruz County. Please RSVP cabrillolions@gmail.com Fridays NAR-ANON SCOTTS VALLEY 6:30 p.m., Camp Recovery Center (Bison Center Room), 3192 Glen Canyon Road, Scotts Valley. Nar-Anon is a twelve step support group for families and friends of addicts. There are no dues or fees to join. Just come to a meeting. You will hear others, who are going through similar problems, talk about how they cope and find recovery. To locate additional times and locations of meetings, please go to our website at www.nar-anon.org. DROP-IN GRIEF SUPPORT 12-1 pm, Hospice of Santa Cruz County, two locations: 940 Disc Dr., SV • 85 Nielson St., Watsonville Hospice of Santa Cruz County is offering a drop-in grief support group for adults grieving the death of a family member or a friend. This group is a place where you can share stories, learn tools for coping, and receive support from people who care. For more information, please call (831) 430-3000. Preregistration is required. First Fridays each month FIRST FRIDAY ART TOUR The First Friday Art Tour is a Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Arts event, managed in conjunction with the participating art venues. The event takes place year-round and illuminates some of the most talented local artists from local galleries. To find out where to participate in a First Friday art tour, visit firstfridaysantacruz.com (Most galleries are open 12-9 pm for First Friday viewings.)

DOWNTOWN SANTA CRUZ HOLIDAY PARADE 10 a.m., Parade starts at Pacific Ave. and Laurel St., Santa Cruz The Downtown Association of Santa Cruz welcomes you to join us in celebrating the Annual Downtown Holiday Parade! Please fill out the form and submit payment to complete registration. Visit https://tinyurl.com/y4xu9ujp for more details or to register. Registration will close Nov. 25.

Saturday December 7

THE NUTCRACKER: PRESENTED BY THE SANTA CRUZ DANCE GUILD & CITY BALLET Shows start at 1 & 4:30 p.m. both days, Cabrillo Crocker Theater, 6500 Lower Perimeter Rd., Aptos Join us for our 10th year performing The Nutcracker at Cabrillo! Add some sparkle to your season with this magical ballet, a spectacular performance sure to delight and inspire all ages! We invite you to experience quality, RECOVERING COUPLES ANONYMOUS MEETING entertaining Classical Ballet, enchanting choreography, 10:30 a.m.–noon, Sutter Maternity, 2900 Chanticleer Ave, SC magnificent guest artists, beautiful sets, brilliant RCA is a 12 step group for couples. Our primary costumes, family tradition and the joy of Dance. One weekend only! 2 Performances each day. Reserved seating. purpose is to stay committed in loving and intimate relationships and to help other couples achieve freedom Tickets available online at http://nutcrackersantacruz.com. Order your tickets today. Children under three on your lap are free! from dysfunctional relationships. All couples are welcome whether married or partnered. Some of us are new in our coupleships and seek to build intimacy Friday December 15 together. We have all found help in Recovering Couples GUIDED ELEPHANT SEAL WALKS BEGIN Anonymous. Multiple daily tours starting at 8 a.m., Año Nuevo State Park, 1 For more information visit our website: https://santacruzrca. New Year’s Creek Road, Pescadero org or email us at rcasantacruz@yahoo.com Journey to view a large colony of Northern elephant seals, guided by your docent naturalist on this FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH BIBLE STUDY moderate 3-mile, 2.5 hour adventure. In the month of December, male elephant seals, or bulls, arrive 9:45 a.m: Bible Study • 11 a.m.: Worship along the shore of Año Nuevo State Park to establish 7565 Sunset Way, Aptos First Baptist Church of Aptos welcomes you to join their hierarchy, while pregnant females come ashore to birth to their pups. bible study and worship every Sunday. These popular guided walks take place rain or shine, Call (831) 688-5842 for more info so be prepared for windy, rainy conditions as well as muddy trails. Layered clothing, sturdy shoes, and rain First Sunday of Every Month gear are strongly advised. SANTA CRUZ DINNER CLUB EVENT Umbrellas and strollers are not permitted. Pets are not 5 p.m., various member homes throughout county allowed in the park. Love to cook, entertain and socialize? Our dinner club Guided walks continue every day until March 31, with events will be held in several homes throughout Santa exceptions on Dec. 25 and the last weekend in January. Cruz County where members enjoy gourmet meals, fine Online reservations are recommended. wine and conversation. Joining the club provides a great For reservations and information, please call Reserve California opportunity to cook, to entertain, and to meet locals that at 800.444.4445 or visit their website. Cost: $7 per person + $3.99 reservation fee. share your interests. Learn more about the SC Dinner Club and the fun we have by Visit www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=523 for more information. contacting Rhonda Mills at info@SantaCruz DinnerClub.com

5:30 – 7:30 pm, Santa Cruz Harbor, 135 5th Avenue, Santa Cruz Features decorated boats parading throughout Santa Cruz Harbor, rain or shine. This festival is family friendly and perfect for all ages! Free to attend. visit www.santacruzharbor.org for more information. Photo Credit: Marthann Hirsch Howes Saturdays PILLS ANONYMOUS (PA) 8 a.m., Sutter Hospital, 2025 Soquel Ave The purpose of PA is to provide a safe, secure, and supportive place for people who are addicted to pills who want to get off of them. PA is offered all over the world. For questions, please contact Gary at (831)801-9578 or Kristin at (831)345-6515 SANTA CRUZ TENNIS CLUB 9 a.m., Soquel High School Tennis Courts The nonprofit Santa Cruz Tennis Club meets every Saturday morning at the Soquel High School courts beginning at 9:00 am. We play doubles and mixed doubles, mostly at an intermediate level, and switch around the players every 45 minutes. Balls are provided. $2 for first time visitors.

Second Saturdays Each Month 2ND SATURDAY ON THE FARM 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Ag History Project Center at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds Join us every 2nd Saturday on the Farm for free family activities. Each month we select a new theme to highlight FRIDAY SHAKESPEARE CLUB 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Peace United Church of Christ at 900 historical agriculture with games, activities, and demonstrations that relate. We often have guest appearHigh Street, Santa Cruz ances from farm animals like llamas, draft horses, sheep, Curious about Shakespeare? The Friday Shakespeare Club members discuss the life, times, and influence of goats, chickens, rabbits, and more! You are sure to find something fun and entertaining for the whole family. William Shakespeare. Check our website and Facebook page for more details. FREE For information, call 831-684-2832, or go to friday shakespeare.org or facebook.com/fridayshakespeare.

Thursday December 14 Friday December 15

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Sundays NAR-ANON SANTA CRUZ FRIDAY SHAKESPEARE CLUB 6:30 p.m., Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center (Sutter Room), OF SANTA CRUZ 2900 Chanticleer Avenue, Santa Cruz 10 am - noon, Peace United Church, 909 High Street Nar-Anon is a twelve step support group for families This is the oldest women’s club in Santa Cruz. The club and friends of addicts. There are no dues or fees to join. meets to study the life, works and times of William Just come to a meeting. You will hear others, who are Shakespeare. Members share group readings and going through similar problems, talk about how they insights, discuss history, and universal themes found in cope and find recovery. his plays and writings. To locate additional times and locations of meetings, please For more information please call 831-684-2832 go to our website at www.nar-anon.org.

Third Sunday of Every Month SCIENCE SUNDAY Starts at 1 p.m., 100 Shaffer Road, Santa Cruz, 95060 Seymour Marine Discovery Center presents a public lecture from a marine scientist the third Sunday of every month. Topics are presented in an entertaining and easy-to-understand format, with up-to-date photos, video, and discussion. Science Sunday does not meet in December. For more info visit seymourcenter.ucsc.edu

Saturday December 21 Sunday December 22

THE NUTCRACKER WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA Presented by the Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre Times TBD, Civic Auditorium, 307 Church Street, Santa Cruz A Santa Cruz tradition! Join us for our 18th production with full professional orchestra. Over 70 local dancers perform choreography. Tickets on sale now at SantaCruzTickets.com Visit www.scbt.org for more information. n

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ver the last few years we’ve been working on ways to improve the bike and pedestrian options along Soquel specifically the area between State Park Drive and Park Avenue. We’ve held community discussions with Mar Vista Elementary parents, the California Highway Patrol, Public Works, the Regional Transportation Commission and also local non-profits that work on bike and pedestrian safety issues. As a result of these meetings some improvements have been made and many more are hoped to be implemented as part of a grant application that will be submitted in the coming spring. We are aiming to increase pedestrian facilities (in particular having a contiguous sidewalk along the northbound side of the road) to improve school pedestrian safety as well as general pedestrian safety along Soquel. Additionally, improving bike lane visibility and protection along the corridor would be beneficial. In general, increased enforcement to address speed-related issues was also a common request in our community outreach.

What has been done? n the last few years a few changes have been made to improve safety. Permanent radar feedback signs were installed through a state grant and a new-lit crosswalk was installed near Heather Terrace to connect the bus stop near the Library as well as the north side of the road with a contiguous sidewalk on the southern (Mar Vista Elementary side). The County also added a keep clear section near Heather Terrace to ensure better visibility in that section during rush hour (this improves visibility of pedestrians crossing at the crosswalk or even across Heather Terrace). We have received requests for an additional crosswalk on Soquel, however, in discussions with County traffic engineers and CHP it’s believed that it would be difficult to have another safe crossing in between the two protected crossings and that the safest option is to have

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continuous sidewalks that would connect you to the two-lit/protected crosswalks. What is Planned? he County is applying for a congested corridors grant through the Regional Transportation Commission (the funding would come through the state) to connect the sidewalk along the northern (library side) of Soquel. The grant, which is due in a few months, would fund a number of improvements in this corridor if approved. Specifically, the grant would add new buffered bike lanes on portions of Soquel near Mar Vista Drive, new green bike lanes on Soquel close to Heather Terrace, a new sidewalk between Terrace and Wisteria on the north side of Soquel (this would create a contiguous sidewalk on the north side) and an adaptive signal to the light at the school to improve safety and flow. Another improvement planned for bike and pedestrian access within this corridor would be the long-awaited Mar Vista Bike and Pedestrian Bridge. This new bridge would connect Mar Vista on the north side of Highway 1 (inland side) with Mar Vista on the coastal side of the highway providing a safe and effective bike and pedestrian option for students in Seacliff wanting to get to Mar Vista Elementary or others looking to access the coast or commercial services.

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The Regional Transportation Commission has held recent meetings providing updates on the bridge and it is anticipated be completed in part with Measure D funding in a few years. All of these improvements are exciting and would add visibility and safety for bikes and pedestrians in that busy corridor. What other areas are being looked at? ther areas that connect to the Soquel corridor are also in need of bike and pedestrian improvements. Cabrillo College Drive is used by both students as residents but has only limited sidewalk options. While some of this area is within Caltrans jurisdiction the County has looked into what it would cost for a sidewalk connection to the current sidewalk. There are some challenges (ravine, riparian and slope challenges on the northern section of the road) and Caltrans right-of-way and width on the southern side (highway side) of the road. But the County has explored grant options for improvements in this area and hasn’t been successful at this point. While Cabrillo College Drive improvements are most likely a longer-term prospect having any element improved (even just sections) would be beneficial. n ••• As always, I appreciate hearing from you. Feel free to stop by my open office hours in Aptos, Corralitos, Watsonville or Seascape or call me at 454-2200.

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t’s very likely that you — or someone you know, owns their own business. They’ve taken the ‘Entrepreneurial Plunge’ and have created a brand new business, employing themselves and others in our community. You’ve likely asked them ‘why’ and have gotten various responses, often with a smile on their faces and a glow in their eyes. There are many reasons why people go into business for themselves: ••• Personal Reasons • Independence — Many of us love not having to be somewhere or expected to do something for someone else. Instead, entrepreneurs want to be somewhere and do the things that are important to them. • Seizing An Opportunity — Freedom of choice – Destiny – Doing what you believe in, seeing what others don’t, and just getting stuff done! • Family — The option of working from home, whether that means in a quiet and comfortable environment and/ or one that includes partners, pets or children – or just working in a geographic area that you really love. • Legacy — What does your life mean after spending hours, days, weeks and years working – many feel it’s important to leave something tangible to one’s family in order to self-actualize, or to feel like this journey makes sense and is worth the trip. • Personal Challenge & Growth — Can you do it, especially if you’ve always wanted to? Owning your own business will never be boring. You’ll always be learning, especially if you have a passion to keep up with the latest knowledge and information that impacts your business, and the lifestyles and needs of your customers. Business Reasons • Control — Being your own boss and making the decisions you feel are best, without any bureaucracy of larger companies that require memo writing & meetings. • Flexibility — Working your own schedule, when you get inspired or

even when you just can’t sleep. Maybe you don’t want the “9 to 5” lifestyle and all that goes along with it. • Choice — The ability to focus on what matters to you, whether that means dealing with just a few key customers or working with people you like to be around (and hire). • Impact — The chance to develop a reputation for creating something of quality and service, and also making a difference in society by solving problems. • Change — Especially when your creativity is being stifled from many corporate environments, owning your own business allows you to experience new and different business challenges. ••• Making the decision to launch your own business requires time, reflection, and being honest with what you know, and what you don’t know. There are many great resources to help you flush out whether you’re the entrepreneurial type or not, from Business courses from Cabrillo College, to consulting with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), to speaking with representatives from the Service Corp of Retired Executives (SCORE). Regardless of the reasons, owning your own business is preferred by members of the Santa Cruz business community, and by all of us who ‘shop local’ and support our independent businesses. n ••• Ron Kustek is a business instructor at Cabrillo College. Email: rokustek@cabrillo.edu

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BUSINESS SERVICES

Anderson & Company HOA Management Employnet Galapagos Travel PDM International Peak Accounting Services SAR Asset Mgmt. Inc. Scurich Insurance Stearns Lending Wavestaff, Inc

Go to our website to check out our Fall Dance Schedule 783 Rio Del Mar Blvd Ste 53, Aptos (In the Deerpark Shopping Center)

www.agapedance.com • 831-359-0850 Come On In For Some Good Cheer! Treat yourself to a glass of wine and enjoy a second one on us!* Deer Park Marketplace 783 Rio Del Mar Blvd. #15 Aptos, CA 95003 831-685-1224 RedAppleAptos.com Open Daily 7am to 4pm

FOOD & DRINK

BANKS

Bank of America

*Present this coupon to redeem. Must be 21 or older. Expires January 5th, 2020(second glass of equal or lesser value.)

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Aptos Times: December 1, 2019  

Serving Our Community for Over 28 Years

Aptos Times: December 1, 2019  

Serving Our Community for Over 28 Years