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Major Restoration of Tidal Marshes Underway at Elkhorn Slough

The Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (ESNERR) began earth-moving to restore 61 acres of lost coastal salt marsh in the Elkhorn Slough. Full Story Page 11

Give Kids A Smile Day Dientes Helps 38 Children Receive Free Dental Care

SANTA CRUZ — February 3 marked a day of smiles for many underserved kids in our community. Dientes Community Dental Care celebrated Give Kids A Smile Day by partnering with 5 volunteer hygienists from the Monterey Bay Dental Hygienists’ Association to provide 38 uninsured children with free dental care.


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Alesa Lightbourne will visit the Porter Memorial Library on Wednesday, March 14 at 10:30 a.m. to speak to us about her book The Kurdish Bike. Alesa is a prize-winning author who has lived and worked in six countries. Full Story Page 5



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Table of Contents


Cover Give Kids A Smile Day – Dientes Helps 38 Children Receive Free Dental Care 5 6 7 8

Community News Meet The Author – Alesa Lightbourne at Porter Memorial Library Santa Cruz Symphony News Workshop at the Santa Cruz Downtown Library

Speak at La Selva Beach Library 9 70 Local Business Owners Recognized as Responsible Alcohol Merchant 10 Road Opening Delayed Good News: Trout Gulch/Soquel Light Ready 11 Restoration of Tidal Marshes – Pajaro River Sediment Used to Rebuild Lost Elkhorn Slough Salt Marsh Habitat 12 Showtime Pizza Returns! 13 Homeless 14 World Wetlands Day Was a Huge Success 15 National Agriculture Day Spring Luncheon 16 California State Parks Awards 17 19

at Cabrillo College Horticulture Building 20 Swedish Virtuoso Trio Comes To Santa Cruz 21 23 24 Local Sports 13 Aptos High School Scoreboard 18


Snowman Sculpting and Other Life Lessons Mom would say that Dad was always the “first kid out of the house” to build the winter snowman. My brother and I giggled about it; we knew at a young age that Dad was enthusiastic about all his works of art. Dad was a painter. He made the most beautiful pictures and I wanted to grow up to be just like him. One time Dad gave me a drawing he made of an elephant and encouraged me to color it. He watched carefully as I tried to stay inside the lines. He put his hand on mine and said, “Sweetie, don’t be afraid to go outside the lines, your ideas are too big to be boxed in.” Over the years I learned so much from him, and the gift of self-confidence tops the list. Now he needs help with meals, housework, and transportation. Living by himself has got him down and I’ve grown too exhausted to care for my own household’s needs. If an elderly parent depends on you for daily assistance – maybe they’re not independent any more. Please consider Áegis Living. We are the trusted local senior care provider specializing in assisted living and memory care. We offer the finest care, given by the most committed staff. Come in for a tour and lunch with your parent. Let them experience our community filled with warmth and new friends. Call our community for an appointment or more information.

Featured Columnists 22 Aptos Village Gets A New Sign by Kevin Newhouse 25 26 27 The Train to Saving Lives – Hands-Only Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is the Ticket! by Ryan Peters 30 Serving you on County and Regional Commissions by Zach Friend

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Meet The Author

Alesa Lightbourne at Porter Memorial Library Wednesday, March 14, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.


serving as the dean of an international business college in Singapore, dining with Bedouins in Saudi Arabia, and writing for Fortune 500 companies. Alesa lives in Santa Cruz, volunteers with literacy programs and loves to boogie board.

The Meet the Author programs are where local authors discuss their works, answer questions form the audience and autograph copies of their books. The programs are free and open to the public. They are scheduled for the second Wednesday 10:30 a.m. served with The Ugly Mug providing the Street, Soquel. Limited parking is available behind the library. Enter from Soquel Drive into the Bagelry parking lot and drive through to the left. For more information, call the library at 475-3326 during library hours: MondayFriday 12-4 and Saturday 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., or visit the library website at: Upcoming Author: Steve Kettmann April 11

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Bike; a novel based on her friendships with village women. She showcases the hardships, brutality and even honor killings that these women endure. The book recently won the Gold pendent Publishers Book Awards at Book Expo USA 2017, and has been compared to The Kite Runner by the San Francisco Book Review. Alesa’s many adventures include living on a sailboat in the Caribbean,



lesa Lightbourne will visit the Porter Memorial Library on Wednesday, March 14 at 10:30 a.m. to speak to us about her book The Kurdish Bike. Alesa is a prize-winning author who has lived and worked in six countries. She grew up in Carmel and earned a degree in anthropology from UCSC and a masters’ degree in creative writing from the University of Washington. After teaching for a time in Kurdish

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Community News

Santa Cruz Symphony News Saturday, February 24, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Classical Overtures Watsonville Public Library upper meeting room 275 Main Street, Watsonville quarterly event that was created to educate our community about the Santa Cruz Symphony and our music edu-

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community to give feedback to us on how we are doing. Come meet guest speaker Maestro Daniel Stewart who will talk about his vision for the Symphony and hear about our youth & Family concerts and other music education programs. Meet fellow Symphony enthusiasts, enjoy light snacks and hear one of our Mueller Scholars perform. This is a great chance to get to know the Symphony, give us feedback on what we do, and see how you can become more involved to ensure Classical Music and Music Education stay active in our community. The event is free and open to all.



Showroom: 855 Broadway Ave, Ste A Seaside, CA 93955

Saturday, March 3, 5:30 – 10:00 p.m. “Uptown Hoedown” Gala The Hay Barn at UCSC rab your boots and your favorite dancing partner and head on over to the Symphony League’s Uptown Hoedown at the historic UCSC Hay Barn. We’re pulling out all the stops to make this a party that will put a dance in your step for weeks. Music from the funky and fabulous Carolyn Sills Combo Exciting, new live auction items Silent auction with a twist Two no-holds-barred Bars and Scrumptious Grub Line dancing for one and all


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Sunday, February 25, 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. The Orchestra Rocks! (Family Concert) Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium 307 Church Street Santa Cruz ne universal element of music is rhythm. Composers and musicians play with elements of musical time, creating patterns of sound and silence that are expressive and exciting. Finding a consistent groove can unite musicians, singers, and audiences in an experience of listening and performing together. We will discover


The Santa Cruz Symphony will once again be joined by the Santa Cruz County

Sunday, March 4, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Cello Recital With Jonah Kim Samper Recital Hall, Cabrillo College 5000 Cabrillo College Drive, Aptos anta Cruz Symphony is pleased to


Kim, in an evening of Schumann and Brahms.

with Atlantic Classical Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, New Philharmonia, Orquestra Sinfonica Nacional, Orchestra Filarmonica, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Symphony of the Americas and many others. He will joined by Elizabeth Dorman, piano, Nigel Armstrong, violin (Concertmaster, Santa Cruz Symphony), and Daniel Stewart, viola (Music Director, Santa Cruz Symphony). “SC Symphony” page 10

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Community News

BFCU Names 2017 Employee Award Winners

Tina Musgrave, Cara Burke take top honors; Standout performers also lauded CAPITOLA — Bay Federal Credit Union (BFCU) honored its top performing employees and announced the winners of its esteemed Service Excellence Award at Embassy Suites in Seaside, Calif., on The top honors were awarded to Tina Musgrave, Marketing Development Manager, and Cara Burke, Employee E n g a g e m e n t Manager. Each were nominated by their peers and then selected by a group of past winners to receive Bay Federal’s most prestigious award. The Service Excellence Award goes to team members who consistently provide exceptional member service and live Bay Federal’s values of people helping people

an innovative member engagement campaign. Mrs. Burke’s championing of Bay Federal’s culture helped lead the Credit Union

regularly demonstrate their appreciation for their employees, and worked with them to create dynamic development plans for their own careers. Award, Bay Federal recognized 12 other standout employees that contributed to the success of the Credit Union, both on the


Bay Federal acknowledged 14 employees for their exceptional performances in 2017: Service Excellence — Tina Musgrave, Marketing Development Manager – Cara Burke, Employee Engagement Manager. Sales and Service — Nikki Correa, Capitola Branch, AVP/Manager – Kevin Fischer, Scotts Valley Branch Service Manager – David Torres, Home Loan Con-

savings to the Credit Union, her incredible work ethic kept multiple complex projects moving along, and she spearheaded

Member Service Representative – Adrian Vargas, Capitola Branch Financial Service Representative – Wimala Brown, Capitola

examples of what it means to be a team

have such a positive energy about them, and they truly care about those they work During



Bay Federal Credit Union’s President and CEO Carrie Birkhofer (center) celebrates with Cara Burke (left) and Tina Musgrave after Mrs. Burke and Mrs. Musgrave won their Service Excellence Awards in Seaside, Calif., on Sat., January 27. Branch Financial Service Representative – Manager, and Nick Plette, VP of Mortgage Lending. Specialist. Aleks Leiben, Technology Services Database Software 69,000 members and 1,200 local businesses Assistant Manager – Shaylene Schmidt, throughout Santa Cruz, San Benito, and MonHR Specialist – Ray Diep, Finance terey counties.

Free Citizenship Workshop at the Santa Cruz Downtown Library SANTA CRUZ — The Santa Cruz Public Library System (SCPL) will host a free Citizenship information session and application workshop at the Downtown Branch Library at 224 Church St. on March 3rd from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. The workshop will be conducted by

provides accessible immigration resources to the community. The event begins with a session designed to provide participants with information on the citizenship application process and the eligibility requirements to become an American citizen. Those who are ready to apply can register in advance for a free on-site one-on-one specialist who will help complete and submit the citizenship application (N-400);

behalf (if applicable). Afterwards and throughout the entire with the status of cases and serve as a repreTo register for the workshop please call (408) 658-9206 or email Kayla.Ladd@ or register online at According to Director of Libraries Susan Nemitz, the Santa Cruz Public the Library’s mission by providing space and information that connects people with resources to empower themselves and strengthen community networks. She says, overwhelming, and bringing this type of Workshop date: Saturday, March 3, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Aptos Times / February 15th 2018 / 7

Community News

New Members on PVCCA Board of Directors T he Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture (PVCCA) announced four new members to their Board of Directors. Each of these new Board members bring a wealth of business knowledge and experience as well as representing important sectors in our local community. Rob Allen is a lawyer in Watsonville selli, Ltd., focusing his practice in the areas of estate planning, trust and estate administration, and related transactional work. He was born at Dominican Hospital in 1970, and grew up in Corralitos, graduating Aptos High in 1988. Rob believes in community service and has sat or sits on the boards of several local

wife Christine, who he was lucky enough to meet in law school, have a son Sam who is 12 and a daughter Natalie who is 8. He outrigger canoes, coaching his children’s sports teams, taking them to swim meets, traveling and trying to cook. Dr. Bill MacLean has been with Kaiser Permanente since 1993, and is cur-

infrastructure, as well as more sustainable

Rob Allen

Dr. Bill MacLean

rently the Assistant Physician in Charge in Santa Cruz County and the leader MacLean is a native of the South Bay area, attended college at the University of California at Santa Barbara and medical school at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. After four years on the East Coast, he returned to Santa Barbara doing residency

Center in Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. MacLean currently lives in Los Gatos with his wife and son and is looking forward to being active in the Pajaro Valley. Robert Singleton is the current Executive Director for the Santa Cruz County

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advocacy organization that represents the 70 largest employers throughout the County. He also works as a Senior Marketing Strategist for Cruzio under their newly launched Santa Cruz Fiber brand and services, and was previously the GovCounty Association of Realtors. He is one of the founders of Civinomics, a software company that builds public outreach and engagement solutions for government agencies, and still serves on its Board of Directors. Additionally, he serves on the Boards of New Way group; and Bike Santa Cruz County, which advocates for greater bike and pedestrian

appointed to serve on the City of Santa Cruz Planning Commission. He currently lives in downtown Santa Cruz. Brian Spector, a resident of Santa Cruz County, is a Licensed Architect with more than 18 years of professional experience with the design and management of architectural projects. He has been involved on a wide spectrum of project types and sizes including industrial, commercial, public projects, healthcare facilities, education, tenant improvements, corporate interiors, housing, custom residential, multi-family residential, and mixed-use projects. depth of experience in client relationships, project management, design, construction coordination, construction administration, and regulatory agency approval process. Mr. Spector earned his Bachelor’s and Master degrees in Architecture from Tulane University. Community involvement and participation are priorities for him and his family.

Civil War Author to Speak at La Selva Beach Library


uthor Nick K. Adams will be appearing at the La Selva Beach Library on Friday, March 2, at noon to talk about his books featuring letters from his GreatGreat Grandfather, Civil War soldier David Brainard Griffin. What would a soldier write to his loved ones back

Nick K. Adams

My Dear Wife and Children: Civil War Letters from a 2nd Minnesota Volunteer offers a poignant look into that dark period in American history, when brother fought brother, and father fought son. These powerful, historical letters provide a fascinating insight into the everyday experiences of a common soldier fighting in the 1860s. This true story of endurance and loss during the American Civil War opens

with David Brainard Griffin’s farewell to his family, as he heads off to fight, promising to return to his farm in Minnesota. But Brainard never returns. His wife and their children, ages 7 years, 5 years, and 9 months, are left behind to run the farm on their own. Away at War is based on 100 letters Brainard wrote his family, mostly from Kentucky and Tennessee during his two years with the 2nd Minnesota. The letters ended with his death at the Battle of Chickamauga in Georgia.

Community News

70 Local Business Owners Recognized as Responsible Alcohol Merchant S anta Cruz County Friday Night Live Partnership youth announced the winners of the 16th Annual Responsible Alcohol Merchant Awards (RAMA) Program. RAMA recognizes Santa Cruz County alcohol merchants who actively work to restrict alcohol sales to minors and are compliant with alcohol beverage control regulations. Underage drinking cost Californians Institute for Research and Evaluation. These costs include medical care, work loss, and pain and with the multiple problems resulting from the use of alcohol by youth. Underage drinking leads to substantial harm due to

additional information, please contact FNL youth at: 454-5483. Sincere congratulations and thanks to these merchants for making Santa Cruz County a safer place for our youth:

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crime, unintentional injury, and risky sex. Youth violence (homicide, suicide, attributable to alcohol use by underage youth in California represent the largest costs for the State at $4.6 billion. For this reason, Friday Night Live (FNL) youth have partnered with alcohol retailers to actively discourage and limit youth access to alcoholic beverages by conducting on-site evaluations with merchants to assess their carding and training procedures, store layout and security measures to deter theft, and asked all participating merchants to sign and prominently display a “Merchant Committed” pledge that demonstrates the merchant’s dedication to not provide alcohol to youth. Merchants who met the highest grading criteria in all areas and have a clean Alcoholic Beverage Control record are being recognized as Exemplary Merchants. Funding for this program was pro-

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“Adams” from page 8 mementos his family had to remember him by were preserved and handed down over the past 150 years. Adams presents further generations a wonderful legacy that will keep these letters alive forever.

After retiring from a career in elementary education the author continues to speak at schools, libraries, service clubs, and Civil War Round Tables. Adams is also an avid Civil War re-enactor celebrating his great- great grandfather who wrote these letters as he fought to preserve the Union. Author website: Aptos Times / February 15th 2018 / 9

Community Briefs

family fun and honoring our veterans. GO WARRIORS!

Art of Communication Festival Saturday, February 24 Peace United Church, Santa Cruz onviolent Communication (NVC) Santa Cruz launches a new season of workshops and retreats with the Art of Communication Festival, on Saturday, February 24, at Peace United Church. NVC

in Santa Cruz County by educating,


Local Students Deliver “Kindness Cards” To Dominican Hospital Patients s a part of their participation in the annual Great Kindness Challenge, students from local Good Shepherd Catholic School and their Principal,


Hospital President Nanette Mickiewicz,

to share communication tools developed can sample the communication tools by selecting from nine mini-workshops during the day. Tim Hartnett is a local Marriage and Family Therapist who organizes the Family Heart Camp each summer. He will teach a workshop on Setting Limits With Compassion. Jean Morrison will lead a workshop on Expressing Regrets. Rick and Aviva Longinotti will lead a workshop on couples communication, Becoming Non-defensive. Armando Alcaraz will lead The Music of Needs. And Google communication trainer, Earl Wagner, will lead Pragmatic NVC, on communicating in the workplace. In its 12-year history, NVC Santa Cruz has conducted trainings at dozens of orgaPalo Alto Medical Foundation, UCSC, Cabrillo College Early Childhood Education, Homeless Services Center, Live Oak Family Resource Center. For more information, see

Exploring the San Lorenzo River The River Through Time Saturday, February 17, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Junction Park, Boulder Creek he San Lorenzo River watershed is


you and me! Explore the river ecosystem during the 2nd Annual Exploring the San Lorenzo River Series hosted by the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History and the Coastal Watershed Council. Learn from local naturalists, scientists and artists during this FREE weekly series, held at a

“SC Symphony” from page 6

urday now through April 21. Saturday, February 17: The River Through Time, Junction Park, Boulder Creek 13264 Middleton Ave, Boulder Creek The San Lorenzo River has always been essential to the people who have lived in this area. Take a journey through time and learn how this waterway has shaped local communities, and how in

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These hand-written and hand-drawn cards contain messages of kindness and encouragement, and will be distributed to patients across the hospital to help lift their spirits.

offenders to additional support systems providing quality, evidence-based practices (EBPs) which help participants learn about making low risk choices. resource center in Capitola, which is conveniently located across the street center is to give clients a convenient “one-stop-shop” to help them earn their restricted license after getting

program services in one convenient location.

prosperous 2018! tour will be lead by Lisa Robinson of the San Lorenzo Valley Historical Society. Pre-registration is required. Visit e v e n t / e x p l o r i n g - s a n - l o re n z o - r i v e rtour/ to register for this free event and to

SC Warriors Military Appreciation Night February 28 he Santa Cruz Warriors are hosting a Military Appreciation Night on February 28, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available


or online at www. groupmatics. events/SCWmilitary The game will be focused on honoring our military service members and some of the proceeds from the game Santa Cruz. The Santa Cruz Warriors are an American professional basketball team in the NBA G League, based in Santa Cruz, California. The team’s one-toWarriors, and they play their home games at the Kaiser Permanente Arena. We hope you will join for a night of



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Bad News: Valencia Road Opening Delayed Good News: Trout Gulch/Soquel Light Ready Feb 14 he County had previously planned to open Valencia Road on Feb 13. Unfortunately, it will be a matter of days beyond that though we’re not sure exactly how many yet. Thanks again for your extraordinary patience.


light at Trout Gulch and Soquel is scheduled to come online Wednesday, February 14. — Jason Hoppin, Communications Manager County of Santa Cruz What’s New at Janus DUI? ccording to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA, 2016), 29 people die in alcohol impaired vehicle crashes every day in the U.S. — that’s one

CYT Santa Cruz Presents Alice in Wonderland … Jr. Weekends: Friday, February 23 thru Sunday, March 4. Louden Nelson Community Theater 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz ravel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her madcap a d v e n t u re s . Featuring u p d a t e d songs from






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Tuesday, March 6, 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. Shadowbrook Dinner Fundraiser Shadowbrook Restaurant 1750 Wharf Road Capitola ine at Shadowbrook on Tuesday, March 6, and Shadowbrook will donate 33% of your check to the Symphony. Get a group together for a great evening of food and friends

C a l l Shadowbrook at 475-1511 to make your reservations, and be sure to mention the Symphony when you call.

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Restoration of Tidal Marshes

Community News

Pajaro River Sediment Used to Rebuild Lost Elkhorn Slough Salt Marsh Habitat MOSS LANDING — The Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (ESNERR) began earth-moving to restore 61 acres of lost coastal salt marsh in the Elkhorn Slough. The work, begun in January, adds soil from project to increase the elevation of drowned marshes. The restoration will improve marsh resilience to sea level rise, provide healthy habitat for sea otters, and capture greenhouse gases. “We’re excited that we are rarest habitat in California in an sustaining ecosystem,” states ESNERR Tidal Wetland Program Director Monique Fountain. The $3 million construction phase broke ground after years of planning, funding, and permitting. Now, earthmoving equipment is pushing soil staged on the adjacent hillsides onto the former marsh plain, restoring marsh habitat hour by hour. “This is a tremendous collaborative potential to restore critical habitats, counter the impacts of CO2 on our environment, and set the stage for continued salt marsh restoration in the Elkhorn Slough,” says Dave Feliz, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Senior Environmental Scientist Supervisor and Reserve Manager. One hundred years ago, the Elkhorn Slough area was dominated by grasslands and tidal salt marshes. By the 1930s, many adjacent marshes had been diked, drained, and “reclaimed” for farming and grazing. Once drained, the former wetlands sub-

sided and the soil compacted; when the dikes began to fail in the 1970s, the soil was too low in elevation to support marsh vegetation. About half of the salt marsh in Elkhorn Slough has been lost in the past century, largely due to this type of diking and draining. Though the Elkhorn Slough now features the most extensive salt marshes in California south of San Francisco Bay, its remaining marshes are sinking and, without restoration, are projected to drown within 50 years due to sea level rise. The current project at ESNERR’s Hester Marsh will revive one of these lost marshes. Soil addition will raise the elevation to a level that allows marsh vegetation to return and keep pace with sea level rise. “We see this as beginning an important chapter in the conservation of Elkhorn Slough with broad implications for work in estuaries throughout the nation,” states Elkhorn Slough Foundation’s Executive Director Mark Silberstein. “What we learn here will inform work at Reserves on both coasts and will provide insight to the vexing problem of reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide.” The earth-moving phase of restoration is expected to last another six months. Then, Reserve scientists will focus on monitoring the natural re-vegetation of the marsh. ESNERR researchers and local students have initiated research and will be conducting extensive monitoring and experiments at the restoration site. The Elkhorn Slough supports the highest density of Southern sea otters in California. Within the slough, habitat

otters. In the last twenty years, about 50 otters have colonized healthy salt marsh adjacent to the restoration site. The Hester Marsh restoration will double the available salt marsh habitat in a part of the slough where mothers and pups spend much of their time.

Integrated Water Resource Management Program, Wildlife Conservation Board and United States Fish and Wildlife Service National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Program. Led by ESNERR’s Tidal Wetland Program, the project has been developed

restored habitat, the marsh restoration breaking research on the role marshes play in greenhouse gas reduction by absorbing carbon dioxide. Recent research documented high rates of carbon being stored in the marshes of the Elkhorn Slough for thousands of years. Salt marshes are

advisors, environmental regulators, and community members. For more information on the Tidal Wetland Program visit tidal-wetland-program. The CDFW manages the 1,700-acre

“blue carbon” is incorporated into soils as marshes build upward, tracking sea level rise. “There have been many ‘back-of-the envelope’ calculations of potential ben-

an important foraging and refuge area for Research Coordinator Dr. Kerstin Wasson.

storage at the site before and after restoration. What we learn from this project will help make future coastal marsh recovery activities across the state more successful and sustainable.” This is particularly important to moderate changing climate. Some of the funding for this project came from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Wetlands Restoration for Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program, a statewide program that puts Cap-andTrade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The project has also been funded by State Coastal Conservancy, California Department of Water Resources

trails winding through a variety of rare habitats. In partnership with NOAA and the Elkhorn Slough Foundation, the Reserve conducts active education, research, stewardship, and volunteer programs. An active volunteer corps of nearly 100 community members supports the work of the Reserve. The Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve is one of 29 reserves established nationwide to support longterm research, water-quality monitoring, environmental education, and coastal stewardship. The Elkhorn Slough Foundation (ESF) is a community-supported conserve and restore the Elkhorn Slough and its watershed. ESF protects 4,000 acres of rare habitat including oak woodlands, maritime chaparral, and wetlands. Since of the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve. For more information on Elkhorn Slough Foundation and the Reserve, visit Aptos Times / February 15th 2018 / 11

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Showtime Pizza Returns! S howtime Pizza is serving its many customers from a new location – Aptos

E – just yards away from its old address. Last October (2017) Showtime had to center along with several other businesses because of the center’s remodel. At its new location, the well-liked local restaurant presents its daily specials – Meatball M o n d a y s , Cheesy Tuesdays, Lasagna Wednesdays, Spaghetti Thursdays and Ravioli Fridays – and more such as its Original Stromboli and Showtime Fetof pizza, pasta, sandwiches, salads, beer, wine. Showtime Pizza owner Jose Gonzalez has been an integral part of the business for over 22 years and 12 years ago bought the popular restaurant. took over the space at Aptos Village Square from Au Midi. This move made it much more spacious with 1500 square feet which is 400 square feet more that its previous location.

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Showtime Pizza hours are MondayThursday from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Call 831-662-3362 to order by phone and visit to see its complete menu.

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The Great Chili Cook-Off February 23


is a fundraiser hosted by the faith communities group, Mid-County Homeless Coalition (MCHC). All proceeds will be used to support the needs of homeless men, women and children in the Aptos, Soquel, and Capitola area. MCHC is has recently purchased a portable, twostall, shower trailer with funds from the

be used to further equip the showers and support the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the shower trailer. Faith Communities are invited to accept the challenge, turn up the heat and compete in The Great Chili rights will be awarded in three categories: beef chili, meat (other than beef) chili, and veggie chili. Winners will be decided by People’s Choice vote (bribery allowed!) and Blind Taste Test by celebrity judges. There will also be special honors for Most Spirited Chili Team. Churches and Faith Com-

munities interested in registering can call 831-325-9615 or email Live music will be provided by the band Backyard Birds with Linda Baker, Jean Shirk and June Coha on vocals, guitar and uke, Linc Russin, Mandolin, Larry Prather on bass and Tom Leitzke on drums.

Friday, February 23, 2018, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Resurrection Catholic Community Mtg. Hall, 7600 Soquel Drive, Aptos Donations: Adults $20, Children under 12 Free Entry tickets include chili tastings, cornbread, dessert and 20 People’s Choice voting tickets with each entry ticket. Extra voting boxes!) can be purchased for 1.00 each. The community is invited to an evening of chili, music, friends and fun! For tickets and more information: http://

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Aptos High School Scoreboard Basketball Girls Season Record: (21-3, SCCAL 12-0) Coach: Stefan Hocom Aptos 68 – St. Francis 49 (Feb 6, A*) Aptos 64 – Soquel 42 (Feb 1, H*)

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Boys Season Record: (17-8, SCCAL 8-4) Coach: Joseph Smith SCCAL Postseason Tournament Aptos 68 – SLV 45 (Feb 13) St Francis 56 – Aptos 53 (Feb 6, A*) Aptos 48 – Soquel 47 (Feb 2, H*)

Soccer Girls Season Record: (12-3-2, SCCAL 10-1-0) Coach: Jessica Perkin 2018 SCCAL Champions! Aptos 4 – St. Francis 0 (Feb 13, A*) Aptos 3 – Scotts Valley 0 (Feb 8, H*) Aptos 8 – Harbor 0 (Feb 6, A*)

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Aptos Real Estate Update Ruth Bates 831.359.2212 CalBRE # 01799929

In January, 21 homes sold in Aptos. As of 2/04, there are only 26 Active listings – about a one month inventory. Of the 26 listings, only 7 homes are listed for less than $1 million. INTEREST RATES: After four years on the job, Janet Yellen is stepping down as Fed Chairwoman and the Feds left the interest rates alone in January, hoping to continue to stimulate economic expansion. This ARM. (My parents had a 4.5% interest rate in 1956!). Rates are still “low” making real estate a good investment.

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County Groundwater Agencies Receive $4 Million in Grants SANTA CRUZ COUNTY — The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) on Tuesday recommended three grants in Santa Cruz County totaling $4 million to help the development of state-mandated groundwater sustainability plans. Once -

each receive $1.5 million. Funding for the

NEW 2018 LAWS: The annual “Fire Prevention Fee” (began July 1, 2013 - $120/year) charged to any responsibility area has been suspended. Statewide, it must be disclosed in writing by landlord/owner whether or not property is in a Flood Zone. A new Property Tax Fairness Initiative is trying to qualify for the 11/2018 ballot. This initiative would allow seniors 55+, disabled, and victims of natural disasters to carry their current Prop 13 tax basis to another home of any price anywhere in the state. This bill should help free up the housing market as most 55+ homeowners have not moved since 2000. SERENO GROUP – 1% FOR GOOD: I am a proud Sereno agent who contributes 1% of income to charity. In 2017, SCC-S agents gave $76,014 to four local charities: The Beat Within, Loads of Love, Leo’s Haven, and NAMI. Big Brother Big Sister of SCC is the Q1’18 recipient. I am an active “Big Sister” in the program. I meet with my “Little” for about 4 hours a week for the past 4 years; it is extremely rewarding and fun. Go to for more info on this great program. SELLERS – WORDS TO USE: Per CoreLogic, these words = higher price: “dual-pane windows” (if you don’t have them, this is one investment that you will return), “remodeled” (if anything in your home has been remodeled, let the buyer know). TOP 10 THINGS TO DO WHEN SELLING A HOME - #1- Call Me. (I’ll handle the other 9… and then some).

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2018 World Wetlands Day Was a Huge Success


he 9th annual World Wetlands Day celebration by Watsonville Wetlands Watch was a huge success thanks to the over 250 volunteers who a day of tree planting throughout Ramsay demonstration garden around the City’s Nature Center. In total 43 native and drought tolerant trees and hundreds of native plants were small feat! Volunteers get a lesson in tree planting from a local arborist as they prepare for planting throughout the park serenading volunteers as they planted. There were free educational games and booths encircling the Nature Center along with refreshments and prizes for all. World Wetlands Day is an international day of action in recognition of the

vital role that wetlands serve throughout the world. It commemorates the signing of the 1971 United Nations Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.

received a grant from the California and the California Climate Investment with the City of Watsonville.

our the Watsonville Urban Forest Revi-

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National Agriculture Day Spring Luncheon


he Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau in conjunction with the organization, Agri-Culture, will again host the

The luncheon will be held on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at the Heritage Hall located at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. One of the highlights of the National presentation of the Al Smith Friend of Agriculture Award. Al Smith was the founder of Orchard Supply Hardware and donated north coast to Cal Poly. The ranch has row crops, timber and even a one-third-scale railroad, which was Al’s hobby. The award is presented annually to an individual, business or organization not involved in production agriculture but one who has done much for the industry. This year’s award will be presented by last year’s honoree, Ted Burke, Owner, Shadowbrook Restaurant in Capitola. Farm Bureau and Agri-Culture cosponsor a poster contest (grades K-6) and poetry contest (grades 7-12) in Santa Cruz County and Pajaro Valley schools. The winning entries will be displayed during the luncheon and a placemat featuring the 6th grader from E.A. Hall Middle School in Watsonville will be used on the tables. Also on the placemat will be the 2017 poetry contest winning entry by Alyssa Burchell, 7th grader from Creekside School in Santa Cruz. Approximately 20,000 placemats

Ted Burke, co-owner of Shadowbrook Restaurant in Capitola. will be distributed to restaurants throughout Santa Cruz County. This year’s contest winners will be introduced at the luncheon. Another feature of the National presentation of the Jimmie Cox Memorial Scholarship. American AgCredit has teamed up with the Jimmie Cox Memorial Scholarship to double the award. It is now a $4,000 scholarship for a student entering or currently enrolled in college and majoring in agriculture.

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Daisy Mendoza (left), from E.A. Hall Middle School in Watsonville, won the poster contest. Alyssa Burchell, from Creekside School in Santa Cruz, won the poetry contest. Aptos Times / February 15th 2018 / 15

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California State Parks Awards SANTA CRUZ — Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks (Friends) announced that a Friends’ employee and three local State Parks employees have been honored by California State Parks for their contributions at a recent ceremony in Sacramento.

Parks Ranger; and Haidee Anderson, State Parks Senior Park Aid; received the Mott Award for Innovation for their work developing an Online Trail Camp System to connect eight trail camps within

four State Park units in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The Mott Award, named after William from and

1967-85 National

from 1985-87, was created to challenge park professionals to exciting ways to respond to change and accomplish the mission of California State Parks. Because state funding was not available, Tabone and Anderson and California State Parks, partnered with Johnson and Friends to create a modern trail camp reservation system. The online reservation system provides prospective campers with information about the backcountry trail camps, allow campers to check campsite availability and make a reservation online. The new system is estimated to assist thousands of park visitors annually. Brett Reid, State Parks Ranger, was

for Special Act or Special Service for saving two lives at Sunset State Beach. Reid, a 16-year veteran State Parks ranger, responded to a water rescue at Sunset State Beach the afternoon of Feb. 21, 2016. Five people had been trapped in a rip current. Three made it to shore on and were being tended to by another ranger, but two were still struggling about 40 yards

Reid put on a wetsuit and pulled both people to shore where waiting medical personnel provided care. Reid was not trained as a lifeguard and was not expected to make water Special Act or Special Service is awarded to those who perform an extraordinary act of heroism extending far above the normal call of duty. Attending the ceremony was a proud tendent Chris Spohrer.

“World Wetlands Day” from page 14 This funding source is designed to ameliorate the impacts of climate change throughout the State. Over the next two years we will be partnering with the City and other community partners to install a total of 300 new trees and hundreds of native plants on 10 park sites and 3 street corridors throughout Watsonville. We’ll also be hosting many public volunteer youth. It’s an exciting new project that will improve water quality in the Watsonville wetlands and the Monterey Bay, improve Watsonville’s air quality, streets, parks and trails for bicycling, walking and recreation, enhance native habitat throughout the City and sequester tons (literally!) of carbon from the atmosphere as the trees grow and mature. Wetland Stewards Corner WW is starting a new series in which we highlight some of the Pajaro Valley High School students participating in our Wetland Stewards program. Jesus joined Wetland Stewards because his sister was a part of the program last year and told him what a transformative experience she had. He even hopes to continue the legacy by inspiring his younger brother to join next year. Jesus is grateful for the skills he has gained in public speaking, communications and leadership and hopes to translate that into his next steps toward college after high school. Karen is no stranger to protecting lands in Watsonville as she came to the Wetland Stewards program after spending a year


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Wetland Stewards Jesus (from left), Karen and Nissa

in the Monterey Aquarium’s WATCH program. While she plans to pursue a career in nursing, she feels that her time working to preserve local habitats has inspired her to always be an active member of her community. Nissa joined Wetland Stewards because she feels passionate about youth education and the environment. She believes that a young age. She hopes to become a trauma surgeon in the future and greatly values the skills she has gained in multitasking and leadership as a mentor in the Wetland Stewards program. Be sure to say hi to these amazing young people when you see them!

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First Thursday Art Walk Inside Capitola Mall T hird Friday Art Walks at the Capitola Mall is GONE! Enter: First Thursday Art Walks at the Capitola Mall. March 1 is our grand Re-Opening. Join us 5:30-8:00 to view the works of local artists, music by Next Stage Productions and support the Santa Cruz SPCA. Every month we invite local music groups to perform and feature a Local charity. A portion of the participation fee goes to our featured charity. Capitola Mall is reaching out to the community. The recent town hall meeting hosted by Merlone Geier Partners was well attended. The mall management shared their dreams of making the mall a destination location. Changing the inside arrangements of the food court, making

use of open spaces into social hubs and so much more. Supporting their vendors, like Art of Santa Cruz, an art gallery showcasing 70 local artists and their work, is a way Capitola Mall management is reaching out to our community. Showcasing independent, budding artists once a month was a concept of an employee of Art of Santa Cruz in 2014. Merlone Geier Partners has joined with Art of Santa Cruz to continue with this tradition. Hours are spent reaching out to local new creations and to expose the general public to their work. Monterey Bay Area, largest concentration of Professional Artist

in the United States. These numbers do not include the cottage industry of artists which we see a huge number here in our you consider we follow New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Santa Fe. Artists create, they are not professionals at marketing. Putting your work

out for the public to appreciate and purchase is daunting to some. First Thursday is an intimate setting that artists can share the lovey they put into every piece of art. Support your local artists: put First Thursday on your calendar every month. Watch for new fun events at the Capitola Mall in the months to come.

National News Search Underway to Find Former USS Intrepid Crew Members, Memorabilia NEW YORK — August 16, 2018 will mark the 75th anniversary of the commissioning of the USS Intrepid (CVS-11), the World War II-era Essex class aircraft carrier that is now home to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City. To mark the occasion, the Intrepid Museum is putting out a coast-to-coast “all call” for former Intrepid crew members to be reunited in a special 75th Commissioning Anniversary Celebration Weekend from Thursday, August 16 to Sunday, August 19, 2018 on board Intrepid. The homecoming weekend will feature a special ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of Intrepid’s com-

missioning on Thursday, August 16, honoring Intrepid former crew members who will reunite and share stories of their tours of duty. Throughout the weekend, the Museum of the ship and behindthe-scenes curator-led tours of the Museum’s collection. There will be a special former crew member dinner event with the United States Secretary of the Navy, Richard V. Spencer. For some former

they have been aboard their beloved ship since the completion of their service. Over 280 former crew members are currently

members and their family members can visit or email

family members. The Museum is also accepting donations of personal artifacts and memorabilia from former crew members and their families. Each item added to the Museum’s collection helps express and interpret Intrepid’s stories of service, and serves to educate and inspire more than one million visitors each year. Now a Museum and national historic landmark, the aircraft carrier Intrepid (CVS-11) was one of the most successful and stalwart ships in US history. Nicknamed “The Fighting I” by its

attacks and one torpedo strike. Intrepid later conducted submarine surveillance in the North Atlantic during the Cold War and served three tours the primary recovery vessels for NASA during the Mercury and Gemini missions, and retrieved astronauts Scott Carpenter, Gus Grissom and John Young after their respective orbits and splashdowns in the

To learn more about this weekend and for registration information, former crew Aptos Times / February 15th 2018 / 17

In Memoriam

Lisa Lorraine Stormoen of Aptos L December 1, 1964 ~ January 26, 2018

isa passed away at home in Aptos surrounded by love. She was born on December 1, 1964 in Oakland, Cali-

Susan Stormoen. She graduated from Armijo High married Donald Rutledge in 1987 and they had three children, Brandon, Erika and Natalie. Lisa was actively involved with her children’s school including as Mar Vista Elementary Home and School Club Pres-

Lisa is survived by her ident and as an assistant cheer children Brandon (Celia) Rutleading adviser at Aptos High ledge, Erika Rutledge, Natalie School. Locally her career path Rutledge and granddaughter was in the mortgage and title Alana Rose Lee. She is also surindustry. vived by her soon to be second Lisa was a proud Air Force grandchild due in June; her father mom, an avid Oakland Raiders Wallace Stormoen, step mother fan, enjoyed a good book, Friday Laurie Stormoen, sister Beth night pizza with her kids, a good Lisa Stormoen Nelson, brother Scott Stormoen, backgammon challenge, Saturday morning garage sales and especially Donald Rutledge, numerous aunts, uncles, spending time with her granddaughter nieces, nephews and cousins, her sister of the heart Linda Alameda-Strawn, the Alana.

Greg Schmitt: 54 Years in Aptos


Earning the respect of the numerous tenants at RDM, He was instrumental in the various improvements of the property and took a personal interest in all the up until his retirement in 2007. While managing the property, Greg could regularly be seen during holiday or rush hour shopping periods, standing in the entrances of Soquel Drive and the personality and negotiating talents with people are truly a lost art. He loved his job, and solving problems came naturally to him. Before Rancho Del Mar, Greg was a competitive salesman at AAA Insurance, Legend has it that Greg once sold a membership card to a Beagle!! Reason? Another agent was closing in for the monthly “Top Salesman.” A passionate golfer, he was a member of Seascape Men’s Club, and for many years, was a chairman of Little Helpers Celebrity Golf Tournament, which benArea sports heroes to participate. Greg attended St. Joseph’s Church in Capitola and as a youth was an altar server at St, Leo Church in San Jose. Greg is survived by his wife, Nancy Schmitt, his two sons and daughter-in-law, Robert Schmitt (Anna) and their three children, Morgan, Spencer and Liam, his son Dieter Schmitt; his two children Nancy and Greg. Also Greg’s Brother John Schmitt and his Sister Gretchen Cody. Greg was preceded in death by his stepson Scott Castillo in 2017, who gave Greg three grandsons, David, Nick, and Tom Castillo, and their families.

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Beach. To celebrate her beloved Raiders many attendees wore black and silver. The family requests any donations be made to Make A Wish Foundation.

Robert Lee Stotts

August 21, 1931 ~ January 30, 2018

riends and family are mourning the loss of a loving husband, father, grandfather, and all-around people person, Greg Schmitt who passed away at his Rio Del Mar home on Tuesday, January 30. Greg was born in San Jose, to Dr. Earl O. G. Schmitt and Isabelle (McChrystal) Schmitt. He graduated as Valedictorian of his Bellarmine Preparatory School Class of 1948 and later graduated from Stanford University in 1952. He served his country during the Korean War in the U.S. Navy. Stationed in San Diego, he played golf with Gene Littler and Billy Casper… who knew they would later become famous on the tour? Greg was a popular, well-loved and respected property manager for Rancho Del Mar Shopping Center in Aptos for more than 30 years. He was a familiar face in Aptos during the late seventies, eighties, nineties and early this century as he managed the popular shopping center.

Alameda Family and her beloved cat Bella. She is preceded in death by her loving mother Susan Stormoen. Her family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers from Hospice of Santa Cruz County for their wonderful care and compassion. There was a Celebration of Life held on

April 14, 1934 ~ February 1, 2018


obert died in Orange, California. He was 83. Robert was a graduate of Monte Vista Christian School (‘52) and dedicated the girl’s dorms in the name of my sister Renee Lynn Stotts who died in 1975 before having the chance to attend. The fourth of nine children, Robert was born in the midst of the Great Depression on April 14, 1934, at home on a dairy farm in Bridgeport, Arizona in the Verde Valley. He attended Cottonwood High School until his senior year, which was spent at Monte Vista Christian School in Watsonville, California. He stayed on at MVCS after graduating in 1952 and before enlisting in the U.S. Army. That summer he worked with the Price family who staked him to seed

Reneé was a gifted artist who enjoyed the outdoors and who would have treasured the beautiful campus nestled in the hills of Watsonville. Robert found fellowship and life-long friends in the church, many whom he knew since grade school. Robert’s good works and generosity touched the lives of family, friends, neighbors and strangers

(1966), daughter, Reneé Lynn Stotts (1975), brother, John Louis Stotts (2014) and sister, Ruth (Stotts) Ferguson-Rijke (2017). Robert is survived by his wife Donna Faye Stotts, daughter, Rhonda Kaye Moore (Rex Moore), son, Matthew Lee Stotts (Carol Sacks) and grandchildren, Gus, Grant, Amanda, Clyde, and Claire. Robert was a patriot and proud American — a supporter of our troops and an honored guest at local Veterans Day and Memorial Day events. He was a dedicated Christian and a steadfast supporter of the Evangelical Christian Church at every stage of his life. From his childhood church in Cottonwood, Arizona, to Monte Vista Christian High School in California to the many strong and committed Evangelical Christian communities he contributed to throughout Southern California.

from his buoyant outlook on life and his hard-earned life experience. Robert was preceded in death by wife, Ruth Nancy “Tongedahl” Stotts

the Renee´ L. Stotts Memorial Fund, c/o Monte Vista Christian School, 2 School Way, Watsonville, California 95076. Contributed by Matthew Stotts

acres of land at MVCS raising tomatoes. While he didn’t recall making much money cesses of his long life to the work ethic and Christian values instilled by his parents and reinforced at MVCS. The girl’s residence at MVCS is named for Robert’s daughter, Renee´ Lynn Stotts,

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GSP Advisory Committee Meeting P lease join us for the next GSP as well as the diversity of their perspective. The GSP Advisory Committee Advisory Committee meeting! The Santa Cruz Mid-County Environmental Groundwater Agency Representative (MGA) appointed its February 28 Groundwater Sus5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Agricultural Reptainability Plan (GSP) Advisory Committee Meeting Room Casale, Small Water on September 21, 5200 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz (Corner of Soquel Ave. & Chanticleer Ave.) System Management 2017. Advisory committee members will analyze groundwater sustainability questions and make policy recommendations to the MGA Board in regional groundwater sustainability in the Santa Cruz Mid-County basin. The committee is comprised of community volunteers and MGA board members. Each member was chosen for their experience

Kennedy, Private Well Representative Meeting materials will be available at least 72 hours prior to the meeting at this

link: http://www.midcountygroundwater. org/gsp-advisory-committee/committeemeetings

Please contact: Darcy Pruitt, Senior Planner at with questions.

Transportation Justice Conference at Cabrillo College Horticulture Building Saturday, March 17, 9:45 a.m. – 4 p.m.


he automobile revolution of the early 20th Century unfolded without a great deal of thought or planning to reduce its negative impacts. As a result, the domination of the automobile produced urban sprawl, creating a new distance between home and daily destinations that could only be overcome by ownership of a car. This virtual requirement of car ownership levied a huge cost on American households. Transportation is now the second largest expenditure of the average household. The coming autonomous vehicle and ride service revolution could go far to reduce social inequality if communities

start making decisions now to shape that revolution. Without community control, the revolution could result in a nightmare scenario of more urban sprawl, greenhouse gas emissions, and unhealthy communities. The keynote speaker at the Transportation Justice Conference is Elizabeth Deakin, professor emerita of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley, where she headed the UC Transportation Research Center. She’ll talk about the decisions that communities need to start making in order to ensure that new technology serves our needs. The Conference will also feature workshops on Public Transit for All; Advocacy

for Safe Bicycling and Walking; and

Adam Millard-Ball, UCSC Professor of tesino, former mayor of Watsonville and President of UTU (Bus drivers union)

City Council Member. Free admission (donations appreciated); $10 lunch by India Joze. Sponsored by the Campaign for Sensible Transportation.

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Swedish Virtuoso Trio Comes To Santa Cruz SANTA CRUZ — The Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay is presenting a performance by the acclaimed Swedish acoustic trio Väsen. They will be performing on Sunday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz. Väsen is a Swedish acoustic folk trio that is now in its 28th year of touring together. The three musicians have a singular sound, a playful yet accomplished interplay that seems to defy the laws of physics, intensity with a great sense of humor, and modernity rooted in tradition. ticated symphonic taste, an adventurous 12-string guitar, and a nyckelharpa (a tions of Swedish folk music. All three are instrumental virtuosos in their own right, and together they form a unique supernatural being. To experience Väsen is to The band’s origins are deeply rooted in the forests and rich earth of the Swedish

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countryside, in the centuries-old tradition of the folk music of Uppland. It’s a tradition spiced with consummate playing skills. But this is more than just a traditional sound. There’s playfulness to their music, joyousness, and a delight in making exciting new arrangements of centuries-old tunes, and new originals inspired by the tradition. Rock, jazz, traditional, and clastogether, making a music that’s beautiful but never cloying. You always hear the inspiration and improvisation of the moment. And we can promise that you’ll never know what will happen next. For more info, sights and sounds, visit Advance tickets are available online for $22. Reservations (pay at the door) are available online and by calling 831-4649778. Tickets from reservations and bought at the door are $25. Advance Child (13 and under) is $10 and $13 at the door. Celtic Society members receive a $2 discount.

Visit for tickets, reservations, and more information. The Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay has its origins in 1989 when it was formed to provide opportunities for local musicians and

promote Celtic music and culture around the organization, the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay has a reputation for bringing the best of Celtic music from across the globe to our area.

Don’t Overpay Your Taxes

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Commonly Overlooked Credits and Deductions You Need To Remember


ith tax season in full swing, take time to consider how to get the most out of your tax return,

deductions available to you. While many taxpayers claim common deductions, such as home mortgage interest and self-employment expenses, there are additional tax deductions that can refund. These often-overlooked tax breaks could potentially save you hundreds — maybe even thousands — of dollars if you itemize deductions. between tax credits and tax deductions. Tax credits reduce the amount you owe in taxes. In some circumstances, tax credits allow a refundable credit, meaning you may not only reduce the amount you owe to $0, but you can also get money back. Deductions, on the other hand, simply reduce your taxable income. Both can impact on your taxes and are include on your return. Some commonly overlooked credits include: 1. Child and Dependent Care Credit ou can claim a credit of up to $2,100 for day care for your dependents so you and your spouse can work. Qualifying dependents include children under 13 and parents who are no longer able to care for themselves.


2. Earned Income Tax Credit he Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a federal tax credit based on your income and the number of qualifying children living with you. Nearly 1 in 5 people who qualify fail to claim the credit, worth up to $6,318. Just because you didn’t qualify last year doesn’t mean you won’t this year; one-third of the EITC-eligible population changes each year based on


3. Saver’s Credit or the Retirement Savings Contributions Credit


Even if it is only $20 each pay cycle, make sure you are putting some money into a retirement fund. retirement savings plan, like a 401(k), it is usually in your best interest to participate. If your income is lower than $60,000, you can receive a credit of up to $1,000 for a contribution of up to $2,000 into an IRA or an employerprovided retirement account, such as a 401(k). The credit is in addition to any deduction or exclusion from income for the contribution.

Some tax deductions that allow you to reduce your taxable income include: 1. Moving Expenses f you moved for a job that is at least 50 miles away from your home and held this job for at least 39 weeks, you can claim


your moving expenses even if you don’t itemize deductions. 2. Tax-Preparation Fees lan for tax time. Tax laws change and so do life circumstances. Using a professional to help you


be a wise investment. For example, the tax pros at Jackson Hewitt can help you get every deduction and credit you deserve and the biggest refund possible. Plus, the cost of preparing your taxes can be claimed if you itemize your deductions. In fact, one missed credit or deduction could more than cover the cost of having your taxes prepared by a tax professional. 3. New Moms reast pumps and lactation supplies are considered medical equipment, which means they qualify for a possible deduction.


4. Career Corner ob hunting often means investing both time and money. However, you may be able to deduct some of the job-search expenses you incur. Costs such as preparing resumes, creating and maintaining websites, business cards, agency fees and travel expenses may be eligible.


5. Wedding Bells f you were married in a church or at a historical site during the past year, you may be able to deduct fees paid to the venue as a charitable donation.


6. Medical Fitness


workouts to improve general health are considered personal expenses, you may be able to deduct your gym membership as a medical expense. If a doctor diagnoses

physical or mental illness, and prescribes workouts or participation in a weight-loss program to treat your illness, the membership dues may be tax-deductible.

7. Road Warriors f you travel for business and aren’t reimbursed by your employer, those costs can qualify as a deduction.


Every possible tax credit and deduction can help when money is tight. You might qualify for at least one overlooked credit or deduction — and maybe more than one. Consult a tax professional to discuss how you can maximize your refund and learn more at JacksonHewitt. com.


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You can secure unclaimed credits and to avoid losing any unclaimed funds from as far back as 2014.


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deduction options and a lower tax rate schedule. Family Features Photos Courtesy of Getty Images Aptos Times / February 15th 2018 / 21

Local History

Aptos Village Gets A New Sign By Kevin Newhouse


n the east side of the Aptos Creek Bridge, directly across the street from the Parish Publick House, there is a sign that reads “Entering Aptos Village.” I have always loved this sign. It is simple, yet beautiful and makes me think of an era when Aptos was a quaint and quieter town. I recently embarked on a project that inspired me to learn about the sign. Its history is actually quite interesting! Some of you may be familiar with the name Lucile Aldridge. Lucile was a founding member of the Aptos Ladies Tuesday Evening Society, which was formed to celebrate the women who battled against plans for building a cement batching plant in the middle of Aptos Village. The ladies were successful and decided to have a parade as part of their celebration. That parade would become known as “The World’s Shortest Parade” and became an annual tradition on the 4th of July! They were also responsible for the creHowever, it has been replaced multiple times over the years due to wear and tear from weather, vandalism, and accidental damage. The original sign was similar to the one we have today except for a few small details. The bottom of the original included information stating that Aptos was established in 1851 and the population was 87. Seems like valid information right? Well this is where Lucile’s witty sense of humor makes an appearance. Let me explain. In 1964, Aptos was still a small town.

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In fact, there was a standing joke that the August. To play along with that joke Lucile decided to list the population of Aptos at 87, when in fact the population was much larger! This joke would eventually come back to haunt Lucile. Lucile was very active in the Aptos Chamber of Commerce, whose purpose is to support and promote local business. However, in 1972, business in Aptos Village was stagnant and in dire need of a boost. Lucile believed that the population number on the sign might be discouraging potential business development because the business owners see “Pop. 87” and come to the conclusion there are not enough customers to open a business in the village. In 1972, the Aptos Ladies replaced updated and more accurate population of 16,957. However, this new sign still maintained the “Est. in 1851” date. Let’s take a look at that next. events that played a part in the formation of our town but nothing really sticks out about 1851. So where did that date come from? This is once again a situation where Lucile’s sense of humor makes an appearance. The story that was told to me is that Lucile noticed signs popping up around Soquel that claimed it was founded in 1852. Lucille said, “1852 huh? We can do better than that!” and decided to declare a date of 1851. One year older. Take that Soquel! The truth is, “Est. in 1851” doesn’t really mean anything but it certainly makes for a great story! In 1985, the sign had to be replaced. It was hit by a truck and damaged beyond repair. Chuck Holcomb was responsible for replacing the sign. This time around, the remained. In 2000, the sign was replaced again. Jack Suter, a local artist donated his time and supplies to create the new sign. Jack maintained the integrity of the original type and design but also added a few touches of his own. He added a Victorian border and used a golden color to replace the white background that the previous signs had. Once again “Est. in 1851” was included. About a year ago, as I was driving over the Aptos Creek Bridge, I noticed the

New sign with Kevin Newhouse (left) and Scott Lesan.

sign was starting to look aged and needed to be replaced. I decided to do something about it. I told a friend of mine, Scott Lesan, who I’ve known since our freshman year at Aptos High, about my desire to replace the sign. He was immediately on-board and volunteered to help. Scott is incredibly talented and knew exactly what we needed to do. We cut the board to match the old design, sanded the edges, and used several coats of protective paint. We decided to go back to the classic look of a white background. We also decided to get some professional help with the lettering. Kris Kirby at Sign Wave was very helpful in

with keeping the “Est. in 1851.” However, as a historian, I feel responsible for pretrue. I asked the Aptos Chamber of Commerce and the Aptos History Museum Committee for advice. It was voted that we update the sign to include dates that makes sense. We decided to use the date of the Rancho Aptos land grant to Rafael Castro,

original as possible and she was also able to scan the Victorian border design that Jack Suter had added to the previous sign.

private ownership of land in the area. And since Aptos is a town, not an incorporated city, it also made sense to include the date of township, 1893. As we were mounting the new sign for its public debut, my friend Scott said, “It’s really cool to see a project through and to do something to help make this town a better place rather than just talking about it.” I couldn’t agree more.

Now I’m sure you’re wondering, what about “Est. in 1851”? Let me assure you, this was not an easy decision to make. As someone who lives in Aptos and loves the quirky stories of the past, I was totally okay

For more information about the Aptos History Museum, upcoming events, or becoming a member of the museum, please visit and follow us on Facebook and Instagram @aptos_history_museum.

The Power of Pets N

othing compares to the joy of coming home to a loyal companion. The unconditional love of a pet can do more than keep you company. Pets may also decrease stress, improve heart health, and even help children with their emotional and social skills. An estimated 68% of U.S. households have a pet. But who benwhich type of pet brings Over the past 10 years, NIH has partnered with the Mars Corporation’s WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition to answer questions like these by funding research studies. Scientists are looking at what the potential physical and

and cats.


increase feelings of social support, and boost your mood. The NIH/Mars Partnership is funding a range of studies focused on the relationships we have with animals. For example, researchers are looking into opment. They’re studying animal interactions with kids who have autism, tivity disorder (ADHD), and other conditions. “There’s not one answer about how a pet can help somebody with explains Dr. Layla Esposito, who oversees NIH’s Human AnimalInteraction Research Program. “Is your goal to increase physical activity? Then have to walk a dog several times a day and you’re going to increase physical activity. If your goal is reducing stress, sometimes

esearch on human-animal interactions is still relatively new. Some studies

results have been mixed. Interacting with animals has been shown to decrease levels of cortisol (a stress-related hormone) and lower blood pressure. Other studies have found that animals can reduce loneliness,

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NIH is funding large-scale surveys to and how their relationships with their pets relate to health. “We’re trying to tap into the subjective quality of the relationship with the animal—that part of the bond that people feel with animals—and how that opment expert at NIH. Animals Helping People nimals can serve as a source of comfort and support. Therapy dogs are especially good at this. They’re sometimes brought into hospitals or nursing homes to help reduce patients’ stress and anxiety. “Dogs are very present. If someone is struggling with something, they know how to sit there and be loving,” says Dr. Ann Berger, a physician and researcher at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. “Their attention is focused on the person all the time.” Berger works with people who have cancer and terminal illnesses. She teaches them about mindfulness to help decrease stress and manage pain. “The foundations of mindfulness include attention, intention, compassion, and awareness,” Berger says. “All of those


things are things that animals bring to the table. People kind of have to learn it. Animals do this innately.” Dogs may also aid in the classroom. One study found that dogs can help children with ADHD focus their attention. Researchers enrolled two groups of children diagnosed with ADHD into group of kids read to a therapy dog once a week for 30 minutes. The second group read to puppets that looked like dogs. Kids who read to the real animals showed better social skills and more sharing, cooperation, and volunteering. They also had fewer behavioral problems. Another study found that children with autism spectrum disorder were calmer while playing with guinea pigs in the classroom. When the children spent 10 minutes in a supervised group playtime with guinea pigs, their anxiety levels dropped. The children also had better social interactions and were more engaged with their peers. The researchers suggest acceptance, making them a calm comfort to the children. “Animals can become a way of building a bridge for those social researchers are trying to better understand

While pets may bring a wide range of for everyone. Recent studies suggest that early exposure to pets may help protect young children from developing allergies and asthma. But for people who are allergic to certain animals, having pets in the home can do more harm than good. Helping Each Other ets also bring new responsibilities. Knowing how to care for and feed an animal is part of owning a pet. NIH/Mars


human-animal interactions for both the pet and the person. Remember that animals can feel stressed and fatigued, too. It’s important for kids to be able to recognize signs of stress in their pet and know when not to approach. Animal bites can cause serious harm. “Dog bite prevention is certainly an issue parents need to consider, especially for young children who don’t always know the boundaries of what’s appropriate to do with a dog,” Esposito explains. Researchers will continue to explore

what’s not working, and what’s safe — for both the humans and the animals,” Esposito says. Aptos Times / February 15th 2018 / 23

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Ribbon-cutting at Biodiesel Plant Watsonville biodiesel plant closed in 2016 is reopening


n open house and ribbon-cutting celebration to mark the reopening of Agron Bioenergy, a biodiesel production facility in Watsonville, California. Western Iowa Energy, LLC recently purchased the plant. Biodiesel reduces greenhouse gases compared to fossil fuels, making it an important strategy to meet California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard. The plant also represents an opportunity to expand the city and state’s commitment to the environment and economy. It will provide about 18 full-time jobs to area workers. Ribbon-cutting Wednesday, Feb. 21 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Tours of facility and open house at

Agron Bioenergy, 860 West Beach Street, Watsonville, Calif. 95076 Attending will be Bill Horan, chairman of the board of directors, and Brad Wilson, president and general manager, Western Iowa Energy & Agron Bioenergy; Shelby Neal,

Biodiesel Board; Grant Kimberley, executive director, Iowa Biodiesel Board; Felipe Hernandez, councilmember and former City of Watsonville Mayor; and other dignitaries. Biodiesel is an advanced biofuel made

from agricultural byproducts and coproducts, such as soybean oil and recycled cooking oil. Since 2006, Western Iowa Energy has produced biodiesel; an environmentally friendly, renewable fuel that displaces imported petroleum.

Proposals Sought for Programs to Address Youth Homelessness


he Santa Cruz County Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program, Youth Advisory Board and Homeless Action Partnership are very pleased to release an Invitation for Innovative Proposals to address homelessness among local youth.

In January 2017, Santa Cruz County was one of 10 communities nationwide to receive a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program Grant. The $2.2 million award is meant to address homelessness among local youths and young adults age 18-24.

“Youth homelessness is a growing problem in Santa Cruz County and elsewhere. This grant will allow our community to take meaningful steps to address the problem at the local level,” said Louie Ugarte Jr., a member of the Youth Advisory Board.

Over the past year, stakeholders and local youth have created a Santa Cruz County Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project Coordinated Community Plan, which identifies priority housing and service projects that build upon past successes and targets critical service gaps. The County and its partners are now seeking innovative proposals to address those priority areas. The Coordinated Community Plan, Invitation for Innovative Proposals and more are available at YHDP. Letters of intent are due March 1, with full proposals due April 20. Questions may be directed to: Rayne Marr Homeless Services Coordinator rayne.marr@santacruzcounty. sultant 415-458-2460

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Treating the Common Cold with Medications, Part I By Ron Conte, Pharm.D.


y previous article concentrated on treating the common cold without medications. It is advisable to at least try the home remedies listed for various symptoms of the common cold before considering drug therapy. Most from a combination of a home remedy with medication. Remember,



less than twelve acetaminophen 325mg tablets per day. The risk of liver disease may increase, especially if there already exists an underlying liver condition. For children under the age of 12, there are guidelines as to how much acetaminophen can be ingested. Ask your pharmacist or visit a reliable web site such as www. dosage. Anti-inflammatory

include phenylephrine and oxymetazoline (generic Afrin). These agents are usually taken orally in tablet or liquid form. Some are administered by nasal spray, as with oxymetazoline. in your blood pressure. Patients can also experience some jitteriness or even

produce a numbing sensation on the lining of the throat. This also means that you may not be able to feel whatever else you try to swallow. Other forms of these products include gels, liquids, and oral pastes. Menthol is another ‘active’ ingredient in the mouth and throat but has not shown Acetaminophen (generic Tylenol) may also be a helpful oral medication in reducing pain associated with a sore throat. For adults, please limit the total intake to

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Let’s discuss each class of drugs used to treat the symptoms of the common cold. Sprays and lozenges for treating a sore throat. Benzocaine is the active ingredient for most of these products. Lidocaine (Xylocaine) and phenol are others. These agents

insomnia (inability to sleep). So, if you have high blood pressure, or some heart condition, please check with your physician or pharmacist before using a decongestant. If you are using a decongestant nasal spray, try limiting its use to 3 days.

treating pain due to a sore throat or aches associated with the common cold. These include ibuprofen (generic Motrin, Advil) and naproxen (generic Naprosyn). If it is possible produced by a sore throat, there is a chance to reduce the associated pain. The from these agents is upset stomach. These drugs should be taken with food. matory drugs may also be helpful in reducing fever associated with a common cold. However, keep in mind that a fever is your body’s way of telling you it is actively Decongestants





Sudafed) is the more potent decongestant. this drug at the pharmacy to purchase it. It has been abused. Other decongestants ACROSS

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Treating the Common Cold with Medications, Part II By Ron Conte, Pharm.D.


y last article addressed the use of local anesthetics, pain relievers/ fever reducers, decongestants, and antihistamines to treat various symptoms of the common cold. Let’s now concentrate on treating a cough due to a cold. A cough due to an upper respiratory infection as in a common cold may linger longer than any other symptom. Coughing is the body’s response to rid the respiratory system of any material obstructing normal

as Mucinex. Accompanied with increased water intake, expectorants can be very Antitussives, on the other hand, are drugs that suppress the cough. Prescription cough medications containing hydrocodone or codeine, two narcotics, are used as cough suppressants. Products containing these agents are used to prevent a hacking cough during the day or at night

use of steam or a cold mist vaporizer can

numerous, but the most common is drowsiness. That is why narcotic antitussives are usually prescribed for use at bedtime. Narcotic containing cough products should be limited to adults only. More and more evidence suggests that the risk of narcotic

productive cough into a productive one. Expectorants, or mucolytics, are the drugs that can help increase respiratory tract secretions. Guaifenesin is the most commonly used expectorant. It is usually in the form of a cough syrup or in tablet

twelve years of age. The most common non-prescription antitussive is dextromethorphan or the “DM” in many cough syrups. It is a suitable agent for mild to moderate (or hacking) coughs.

cough can be productive (rid the airway of mucous) or non-productive (not able to rid the airway of mucous). As mentioned in

I never really understood as a pharmacist the need for an expectorant and antitussive in the same product. It’s like the yin and yang of cough therapy. I would rather recommend an expectorant for day use if treating a non-productive cough and an antitussive for bedtime use to allow for sleep whether the cough is productive or not. This leads to another concern: a cold remedy product with multiple active ingredients. For example, Tylenol Cold and Head Severe Congestion contains a pain reliever, an antitussive, a nasal decongestant, and expectorant. Do you truly need all these active ingredients to treat your cold?! Remember, not everyone has the same cold symptoms. In

has taken care of your cough for several hours, you more than likely will still have nasal congestion. Moreover, the use of each active ingredient, whether you need

Cold remedies with multiple active ingredients may be helpful to treat some of your cold symptoms, but these products are very costly. Do check with your pharmacist as to which cold remedy is best suited to treat your symptoms. I have not addressed drug dosages nor frequency of use. For that information, please read the label of the drug product and/or consult with your pharmacist. Lastly, some people feel that if one pill works well, then two would be twice as

causing some harm. I recommend you purchase only those cold symptoms. Generic products are just

“Part 1” from page 25 There is a possibility of “rebound congestion” at which point the nasal spray Antihistamines are mainly used as allergy relief medication, but they are somewhat effective when treating a runny nose due to a cold. Diphenhydramine (generic Benadryl) and chlorpheniramine are first generation antihistamines. By way of an interesting mechanism of action, these drugs can 26 / February 15th 2018 / Aptos Times

dry up excessive nasal secretions. Both diphenhydramine and chlorpheniramine can cause drowsiness—not ideal for use while awake. These agents are also effective for motion sickness and as a sleep aid. The newer antihistamines, such as cetirizine (Zyrtec), and loratadine (Claritin) are better suited for treating allergies rather than for use as a nasal drying agent. These two newer drugs usually do not cause sedation! All antihistamines are usually supplied as tablets

or nasal sprays. If you have diabetes, glaucoma, or prostate problems, please check with your physician or pharmacist before taking antihistamines. Incidentally, discharge from a runny nose sliding down the back of your throat may be the reason you also have a sore throat. Taking care of the runny nose may minimize or eliminate a sore throat. My next article will address treating a cough due to the common cold. I will also provide an opinion about cold remedies containing multiple ingredients.

from taking higher than recommended doses of drugs may increase exponentially all the time.

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The Train to Saving Lives

Hands-Only Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is the Ticket! By Ryan Peters, Fire Captain Aptos / La Selva Fire District


s the beat goes on in 2018, February is a great time to focus on things we can all do to help our community thrive and be the best it can be. It may be the second month of the year, but it’s never too late to decide and implement that New Years resolution you may have made back in December. Whatever that resolution may be, I hope you stick to the plan and achieve the positive results you are seeking. If you are still searching for an idea, might I suggest the following: Learn hands-only Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) in 2018! It’s easy, it’s safe, and most importantly, it save lives. Talk about bringing your A game in 2018! Learning CPR is just the kind of thing we can all do to make our community safer, stronger, and more well prepared. As a Fire Captain with the Aptos-La Selva Fire District, our crews and I have ilies endure when a loved one dies from heart attack, stroke, or other cardiovascular disease. As well-trained and prepared as our crews are, even with the latest advanced life support tools at our disposal, the sad reality is that without early bystander-CPR lators (AED) the prognosis for patients in cardiac arrest is still very poor. This is an issue that emergency medical providers are dealing with worldwide. One of the ways we are addressing this issue is by encourAccording to the American Heart Association (AHA), 6 million people die each year globally from cardiac arrest. The AHA has set a goal with other professional educators and providers to train 22 million people each year on how to respond and care for victims of cardiac arrest. Why not take a little bit of time to become one

of these lifesavers? Early bystander-CPR can double or even triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance for survival outside of the Emergency Room. That is an incredible statistic! Looking back on some of the cardiac arrest cases my crews and I have worked, we can attest that this statistic is unequivocally true! We have all had a case or two where a patient survived cardiac arrest, in which there was a return of spontaneous breathing, heartbeat, and a good blood pressure, because bystander-CPR was administered prior to our arrival on the scene. Due to the fact that the family or bystanders on scene took the time to become trained in hands-only CPR, that patient was given the best chances of survival outside the hospital setting. and AED training sessions, are all tools you and your family can train in and then place in your personal tool belts. Hands-only CPR training is designed and intended to be user friendly, safe, and encouraging for citizens to feel comfortable to start CPR if or when the time arises to use it. There are two steps to saving a life: Call 911, and then Push Hard and Fast! After making sure 911 fast in the center of the victims chest to the tune of 100 to 120 beats per minute (think of the song “Stayin’ Alive� by the Bee Gees). Don’t worry about the idea of mouth-tomouth resuscitation, simply continue to push hard and fast on the chest. The most important lessons here are these: don’t be afraid to use hands-only CPR. Your actions could very well save a life! Take the entire family and attend a hands-only CPR course. As I talked about in January, this is the year for all of us to bring our A game. Becoming trained in how to save lives with hands-only CPR is a great way to do exactly that! Let’s make our community the best trained and most prepared community in Santa Cruz County. The Aptos-La Selva Fire District provides free evening and morning classes generally once a month. There are also many other organizations in the area that also provide classes and training on CPR, vascular issues.

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Invisible/Alienated Grandparents Support Group

2:30 - 4 p.m., Christ Lutheran Church, 10707 Soquel Drive, Wednesday Feb. 21 Aptos ed by Dr. Pat Hanson author of 2018 Business Showcase hat is co-dependency? What is Invisible Grandparents: Leave “Passport to Success” enabling? What is this insanity? Am I the only one who feels this way? a Legacy of Love Whether You Can Be There or Not this will be 610 Clubhouse Dr. Aptos Join Nar-Anon, world wide resented by the Aptos and Cap- fellowship of relatives and friends of a safe structured environment for itola/Soquel Chambers. Register sharing stories if you so choose, now to be a part of this networking and learning healthy ways to deal someone else’s addiction. Please join opportunity to over 4000 people with separation from anyone. us at our Sunday evening meeting at Co-sponsored by Alienated at Sutter Hospital (Sutter Room) wp-content/uploads/2017/09/ Grandparents Anonymous www. Business-Showcase-Registration6:30 p.m. a national organiForm_2018.pdf Helpline: 831-291-5099 or contact zation that provide information For more information email Visit our Northern California website and support to grandparents who for meeting listings in our area and feel alienated or estranged to their region: grandchildren. Thursday March 8 Questions: pat@invisiblegrand norcal/meetings March Breakfast Meeting (831) 601-9195 7:30 - 9:00 a.m., Best Western




Ct, Aptos his month’s speaker is Susan True, CEO of the Santa Cruz County Community Foundation. Enjoy a delicious breakfast by Best


to bring plenty of promotional materials to network with other chamber and community members. Please call to make reservations 688-1467. Cost: $20 members/ $25 non-members

Sunday April 22

Fashion Show: Bloom into Spring!

11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Seascape Beach Resort, 1 Seascape Resort Dr. ave the Date! Local Fashion Show featuring: Fabulous lunch at the Seascape Beach resort and trunk shows with dozens of local boutiques selling beautiful merchandise! More Information to follow!


Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce Tuesday February 20 Freedom Blvd Plan Line Project Community Meeting

6:00 - 7:30 p.m., Civic Center Community Room A 275 Main Street, Watsonville elp the City of Watsonville decide how to Improve Freedom Blvd between Green Valley Road and Buena Vista Drive. The City is preparing a plan line document to guide future improvements to the road and sidewalk on this portion of Freedom Blvd.


Thursday February 22 Chamber Mixer

5 – 7 p.m., Farmer’s Insurance Freedom Blvd Ste 3 ome and enjoy their beautiful


appetizers. Bring a friend and don’t forget your business cards! CASA of Santa Cruz County.

Tuesdays & Thursdays

Last Wednesdays Each Month High Street, Santa Cruz

6 pm, 65 Nielson Street #121 Watsonville CA 95076 ASA volunteer Advocates receive 35 hours of specialized training. Court appointed special advocates are everyday people that, with just a few hours a week can have a lifetime of impact for a child who has been abused or neglected. If you would like to participate in the next Advocate training contact or (831) 761-2956

7-9 p.m., Katz Cancer Resource Center, 3150 Mission Drive, SC anta Cruz County Prostate Cancer Support Group has been an active group for over 20 years in the community. First meeting of 2018 will be February 28th.

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Noon, Elks Lodge at 150 Jewell St. Cabrillo Host Lions Club Third Fridays: 12-1 p.m. his statewide group of retired Meetings in Aptos men invites you to be our Writing/Discussion Meeting 6:30 p.m., Aptos Village Park, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Christ Lutheran guest at our monthly luncheon. 100 Aptos Creek Road. You’ll meet kindred spirits, have Mondays ant to make a difference in Soquel Dr., Aptos, CA 95003 (At a fine lunch and learn something Caregiver Support Group our community? Join the new from a top notch guest Hwy One and Freedom Blvd) 12-1 p.m., PAMF, 2850 ComCabrillo Lions Club twice every speaker. o you have a problem with mercial Crossing, Santa Cruz month and see what you can do Cost: $18. RSVP at 479-7096 atz Cancer Center, PAMF food? Please check out our to help in Santa Cruz County. and Hospice of Santa Cruz free, friendly 12-Step support County invite you to attend a group with the solution. All teens Second and Fourth Wednesdays Please RSVP cabrillolions@ Caregiver Support Group for and adults welcome! those caring for someone with For current times and locations of Wellness on the Cancer Journey 11-12:30 pm, Old Soquel Plaza Fridays a serious illness. When a loved other meetings: www.santaearn how to safely support one is seriously ill, it can be a Or call our Drop-in Grief Support your body and emotions challenge for the entire family. In Hotline at (831)429-7906. this ongoing support group, we through the journey of Cancer - 12-1 pm, Hospice of Santa Cruz will share stories, learn tools for from diagnosis to softening the County, 940 Disc Dr., Scotts Valley ospice of Santa Cruz County coping and receive support from Overeaters Anonymous impact of chemo, radiation, and 6:30-7:30pm Christ Lutheran recovering well from surgery. people who care. support group for adults grieving Church, 10707 Soquel Dr. Contact Hospice of Santa Cruz We’ll address nausea, low the death of a family member or a Aptos energy, weakness, digestion, friend. This group is a place where (831) 430-3078 o you have a problem with immune support, grief, stress you can share stories, learn tools food? Come Join us for a and more. for coping, and receive support friendly free 12-step support Overeaters Anonymous Feel free to bring your partner from people who care. group with the solution group 7:00pm-8:00pm, Soquel Congreor care team to this free class. For more information, please call gational Church, 4951 Soquel Dr. with the solution. Teens and Please come fed; water is (831) 430-3000. o you have problem with adults welcome. Includes available. food? Come join us for a compulsive overeating, anorexia Limited Seats. Please register all First Fridays each month friendly free 12 step support group and bulimia. attendees on Eventbrite — Wellness with the solution. Teens and adults Friday Shakespeare Club on the Cancer Journey or call 831welcome. It will be held in the Call 831-429-7906 if you have 254-3270 to RSVP. Address given 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Peace Anne Hutchinson Room. any questions United Church of Christ at 900 upon registration receipt. Any questions call (831) 429-7906

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Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia urious about Shakespeare? and Alzheimer’s Disease is The Friday Shakespeare Club a workshop for anyone who members discuss the life, times, and would like to know more about Alzheimer’s disease For information, call 831-684-2832, and related dementias. Learn or go to or about: symptoms and effects of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, how Friday Shakespeare Club Alzheimer’s affects the brain, causes and risk factors, how of Santa Cruz to find out if it’s Alzheimer’s 10 am - noon, Peace United Disease, the benefits of early Church, 909 High Street detection, how to address a his is the oldest women’s club in Santa Cruz. The club meets to diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, stages of the disease, treatment, study the life, works and times of William Shakespeare. Members share hope for the future, and ways group readings and insights, discuss the Alzheimer’s Association can history, and universal themes found help. RSVP to 800.272.3900 or email in his plays and writings. For more information please call this workshop, however donations 831-684-2832 are appreciated.




First Baptist Church Bible Study Saturday February 24 9:45 a.m: Bible Study Rose Pruning & Care Classes

11 a.m.: Worship 7565 Sunset Way, Aptos irst Baptist Church of Aptos welcomes you to join their bible study and worship every Sunday. Call (831) 688-5842 for more info


Overeaters Anonymous 9:05 a.m.-10:15 a.m., Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center, 2900 Chanticleer Ave., Santa Cruz vereaters Anonymous is a Free, Friendly 12-Step group for those who have a problem with food. Visit for current times and locations of other meetings, or call our Hotline at (831) 429-7906.


Dated Events

10 a.m., Alladin Nursery, 2905 Freedom Blvd, Watsonville he Monterey Bay Rose Society is offering free Rose Pruning & Care classes and demonstrations. The classes include: rose pruning demonstrations, caring for roses, pest and disease management, selecting the right rose for our area and a question and answer time. All classes are taught by American Rose Society certified Master Rosarians. No reservations are needed. All classes will happen rain or shine! For more information contact Janey at 831-722-7958.


Saturday February 24 Sunday February 25 Pajaro Valley Quilt

Saturday February 17 Association Show 7:30-9 p.m., Christ Lutheran Church, 10707 Soquel Dr. oprano Danielle Crook and pianist Leah Zumberge present an evening of sparkling late-romantic and impressionist-era classical music that will send portion of the proceeds to Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services. The program will feature favorites such as Debussy’s Clair de Lune, Beethoven’s “Moon-



he Pajaro Valley Quilt Association takes place at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds and will feature more than 350 quilts and guest speaker and author/collector, Roderick Kiracofe.

Wednesday February 27 Sons in Retirement

11:30 a.m. Severino’s Restaurant,

Old Dominion Court his month’s luncheon features renowned speaker and Silicon Valley entrepreneur Steve Blank, presenting on the “Secret History of Silicon Valley”. Learn why the Silicon Valley displaced the east Friday February 23 The Alzheimer’s Association coast as the tech capital of the U.S. He is the co-founder presents The Basics of E.piphany and currently 10 – 11:30 am, Alzheimer’s Association, 1777-A Capitola Rd, teaches courses in entrepreneurship at Stanford and Santa Cruz California Berkeley. lzheimer’s disease and For information, call Dick at related dementias are not 475-2972 or Jim 708-4133. a normal part of aging. The Moon from Rusalka, and Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5. Refreshments provided. Tickets: $20 general, $15 student. https://starrynightconcert.



Announcements Upcoming in April

Announcing a Santa Cruz production of a beloved classic of the American theater hornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize winning play “Our Town” comes to the Santa Cruz Art Center weekends this April. Produced and directed by Suzanne Sturn, who has performed widely both in the Santa Cruz/Monterey region and nationally and taught Theatre at several colleges/universities. The play will run April 6-22 on Center Stage, 1001 Center St., Santa Cruz; Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM; Sundays at 2 PM.


$10 (Students and teachers): event/3205509. Web page: www.


Arts and Entertainment

osted by Soquel Sports Foundation. Buy-In $15. Full snack bar available. First Tuesday of each month is special $25 buy in


Peninsula Banjo Band

7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Harry’s Hofbrau, 390 Saratoga Ave, San Jose orty-seven years of performing in the Bay Area, over 250 popular tunes. Come see our band for Free in Sunnyvale Every Wednesday. No cover. Contact Lee McLaughlin, Booking Agent, at 408-993-BAND (2263) for information about booking


(donations are tax deductible).

In Praise of Poetry

5:30pm to 7pm Feb 28-Mar 28 Capitola Community Center, 4400 Jade Street, Capitola Ageless Art Project oin this invigorating class where geless Art is seeking volunyou’ll explore and write several teers to facilitate art groups forms of poetry. From Acrostic to for seniors living in residential care facility. Our Volunteers guide Haiku—from Ode to Triolet—and a few other poetic forms—you’ll have residents through the creative fun while learning and creating. We’ll processes of painting, drawing look at work by experienced poets or crafting. As a volunteer you and discover how to put some of their will have the pleasure of seeing techniques and craft elements into residents experience meaningful practice. Gain exposure to new poets, feelings of pride and self-worth forms, and styles, while unearthing when completing their own art. your own voice. This inspiring class is To become an Ageless Art for anyone with an interest in poetry. volunteer call 831-459-8917 Novices as well as seasoned poets will ext.208 or visit Ageless Art at Register at: https://apm.activecommunities. Volunteers Needed for the com/capitolarecreation/Activity_ Monterey Symphony Search/in-praise-of-poetry/6488 he Monterey Symphony is seeking volunteers. If you love Thursdays music and want to be involved, Lucky Steppers Modern please call (831) 646-8511 or visit for Square Dance more information. 6:30 pm, La Selva Beach Clubhouse, 314 Estrella Ave., La Selva Beach, CA 95076 Cabrillo Youth Strings/ t’s fun and easy to do! Suzuki Music Program Friendship put to music; family new entry-level String Orchestra class 4th- 6th Grade friendly. Class takes place every Thursday Night at our new home Beginning Strings for violin, in La Selva Beach! (Take Mar Fridays, 4pm-5:15pm. Students Playa Blvd., turn right on Estrella) must provide their own instruFor more information, contact ments. For more information contact Nancy Sue Harris or Don Benson at Kvam: Cabrillo Youth Strings (831) (831) 726-7053 or e-mail at 479-6101 or (831) 426-6443.






Ongoing Events Third Monday each month

Stitchers By The Sea Meetings

and join us in a social tango dance to Science Sunday does not meet music from the Golden Age of Tango. in December. For more info visit Private instruction and classes by arrangement. For more information, call Michael (831) 239-2247.

First Friday Art Tour



Plein Air Watercolor Paintings “Like a Gypsy Would Do” Exhibition 2 p.m., 829 Bay Avenue, Capitola Noon-10 p.m., Mutari Chocolate House and Factory, 504 Front Street, Santa Cruz ptos Artist David Pfost’s plein air watercolor paintings of Santa Cruz County landscapes are on exhibit. Exhibit open until the end of December.


Second Saturdays Each Month

Tuesday February 20


2nd Saturday on the Farm

11 a.m.-3 p.m., Ag History Project Center at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds oin us every 2nd Saturday on the Farm for free family activities. Each month we select a new theme to highlight historical agriculture with games, activities, and demonstrations that relate. We often have guest appearances from farm animals like llamas, draft horses, sheep, goats, chickens, rabbits, and more! You



resented by the Mid-County Senior Center Choraliers, “Like a Gypsy Would Do” features Rocky Pase and Judith Buck and includes Terri Lesniak, Doug Myers, Herb Rossman, Carolyn Crocker, Chi-Cha Russo and Donna Silva.

Beatles vs. Stones A Musical Showdown

8:00 p.m., Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz he two greatest rock ‘n’ roll


hosts tributes to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Renowned tribute bands Abbey Road and Satisfaction — The International Rolling Stones Show engage in a musical showdown of the hits. “Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown” performs on February 20 at the entertaining for the whole family. Rio Theatre at. The show is family Check our website and Facebook friendly and appropriate for all ages. page for more details. FREE Tickets are $40/$60 and may be purchased online at www. Second Sundays Each Month or on the night of

Downtown Santa Cruz Antique Street Fair

9 a.m.-5 p.m., Lincoln St.


he “Original” Downtown Antique Faire is back! Vendors



Sunday February 18

he First Friday Art Tour is a Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Choraliers of Capitola Winter Show Arts event, managed in conjunction 2 p.m., Mid-County Senior Center with the participating art venues. The Theater, 829 Bay Street, Capitola he Choraliers of Capitola will event takes place year-round and present their winter show illuminates some of the most talented “Like a Gypsy Would Do.” In the local artists from local galleries. storyline, it features local vocalist Rocky Pase as George, a new Dean in a First Friday art tour, visit of Music at a small-town college. He has romantic problems that are galleries are open 12-9 pm for solved by the Choraliers. First Friday viewings.) Shows are videotaped for future viewing on CTV, on Channel 27. Fridays thru Sundays

unique items. Come and check it out! Browse through a wide assortment of treasures including books and phoFriendship Put to Music! tographs, vintage jewelry, clothing, 6:30 p.m., New Hall, La Selva Beach glass and ceramic collectibles, vintage Club House, 3124 Estrella Ave. Hawaiian kitsch, turquoise, original lasses every Thursday night. For artwork, and a whole lot of whatnot! more information call Sue Harris Weather Permitting! or Don Benson (831) 726-7053 or For more info, please call (831) email at 476-6940 or visit us on Facebook.

7 p.m., Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz, 1740 17th Ave., 95062 Last Thursdays each month titchers-by-the-Sea, the local Monthly Argentine Tango at Star chapter of the Embroiderers’ Bene Italian/Argentine Restarante Guild of America, holds regular 4:30pm-9:30pm, Star Bene meetings open to the public each Italian/Argentene Restarante, month. No admission fees. his is a night for true “Social Tango.” Order a wonderful meal Tuesdays from the Star Bene Argentine Menu, BINGO 6:30 p.m. Santa Cruz Elks Lodge, (or their well known italian menu), and enjoy the ambiance of Argentina 150 Jewell St.

Dated Events

First Fridays each month

Third Sunday of Every Month

Science Sunday

Santa Cruz, 95060 eymour Marine Discovery Center presents a public lecture from a marine scientist the third Sunday of every month. Topics are presented in an entertaining and easy-tounderstand format, with up-to-date photos, video, and discussion.


Thursday Feb. 22 thru Sunday Feb. 25

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

7 p.m., Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz gnite your passion for adventure, action and travel! The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories. Tickets go on sale December 15 at or in person at The Bicycle Trip in Santa Cruz


Saturday February 24 Sunday February 25

Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cook-off All Day, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk heck out the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk’s Annual Clam


compete on Feb. 24th and professional chefs compete Feb. 25. Proceeds from the tasting kits

Your February Horoscope Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20) also intrigued by the mysteries of life, and you prefer to make deep rather than trivial connections. Mid-month sees you taking the logical approach to communication, and your language skills tend This harmonious time is soothing for your soul. It’s nice to have close friends to lean on who will celebrate (instead of interfere with) your success.

Aries (March 21-April 20)

You may have just found the key to your happiness as the month begins. It’s anybody’s guess whether you’ll achieve the things you want most, but you feel happy to be ahead of the competition. Potential career and networking opportunities present themselves mid-month, but you must be willing to think outside the box to take full advantage of them. There is perhaps more riding on your decisions than you know. Choose wisely. Be careful of miscommunications near the end of the month, which could interfere with a scheduled teleconference or romantic date. Think carefully about what you say before you say it, because the repercussions of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time could last a long time.

Taurus (April 21-May 21)

outlook as you leave behind the negative. Yes, sometimes it really is that easy. Whatever you’ve committed to late in the month you’ll see through to the bitter end. Once you set your sights on something, quitting isn’t really an option you even consider.

Gemini (May 22-June 21)

The beginning of February is the time to get your thoughts in order. Enjoy the small daily tasks (like running errands and grocery shopping) that make your life go a little more smoothly. It’s okay to be the one to clean up after dinner or tidy the house. You’re something of an emotional roller coaster mid-month, which leaves people who don’t know you well scratching their heads and wondering what your deal is. You don’t owe anyone an explanation for your behavior, though, and as your mood settles down later in the month, everything will feel right again. Can’t we all just get along?

Cancer (June 22-July 22)

Beauty and charm are present in excess as the month begins, which you use to your full advantage. which will lead to happiness and success. Communication gets somewhat tricky mid-month. emotional diatribes. Misunderstandings and miscommunications are probably a given, so do the best you can. Relationships are on a rocky slope late in February, especially if there is any underlying (and unaddressed) sexual tension. It isn’t always easy to be direct about your desires, but you aren’t fooling anyone if you think you’re hiding them.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 23)

You may crave even more love and attention than normal as the month begins. The desire to create things is also there, but laziness and procrastination could get in the way of your big ideas. Don’t perhaps never done before, and you might be surprisingly good at it. Your ability to let go of your inhibitions and listen solely to intellect can help you succeed. You end the month as you started. Avoid sulking if your ego gets stepped on. With this many balls in the air, you’re bound to drop one.

Virgo (Aug. 24-Sep. 22)

high standards, but don’t expect everyone to conform to your quest for perfection. You’re in touch with your softer side mid-month; it’s kind of nice to be in tune with your emotions. Spend your spare time indulging your creative side. Increased tension in a close relationship late in the month will cause you to face life head-on. You’d do anything to avoid the unpleasantness that you fear is just around the corner, but sometimes pain cannot be avoided.

Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 23)

right with your world. As a bonus, you get an appealing dose of charm that may get you out You tend to consider all sides of an issue, but there’s too much up in the air to decide for sure right now. Late February brings a dose of nostalgia, and you reminisce about how things used to be. You can’t go back in time, but you can try to recreate a feeling you’ve been missing lately.

Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22)

A general feeling of contempt and random arguments plague you early in the month for unexplained reasons. Watch your demeanor and what you may be projecting to the world. Your look might be stopping people from even approaching you right now. Deception and lies are in the air mid-February, and you’ll have to work extra hard at deciphering people’s true intentions. This isn’t a good time to try to make any big decisions, especially when you don’t know who to trust. Miscommunications seem to be standard as the month nears its end, and you really don’t like looking foolish. Sometimes even the third time isn’t the charm, but you aren’t one to give up.

Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21)

You seek out justice and balance early in February, but you won’t be happy unless you have the last say. After all, what’s the point of taking a side if you aren’t going to win? Mid-month is a perfect time to try a new artistic endeavor. Acrylic or watercolor painting isn’t your thing? Try lengths at the end of the month to make sure your talents get noticed (whatever they may be). If you’ve ever wanted to put on a one-person show, do it now!

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)

You show you care about lovers and friends as the month begins by taking care of their everyday so many of them, but they all seem to have a downside one way or another. Do your best and have

Aquarius (Jan 21-Feb. 18)

You have a lot of varied interests, and you won’t be bored as the month begins. With all you have on your mind there’s never a dull moment. Your social calendar is likely to be full as long as you want. You may want to hesitate before accomplishing even the simplest of tasks mid-February, out that being productive is only a state of mind (and not as much work as you think), the but being overly focused on winning makes you miss the point of the contests. Seeing people as individuals, rather than faceless competitors, will help you enjoy the process.

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Serving you on County and Regional Commissions By Zach Friend


have the pleasure of serving our community as the Chair of the Board of Supervisors. However, I also serve on your behalf in a number of other capacities on local and regional commissions. Oftentimes constituents need help on specialty issues that might be associated with these commissions so I wanted to give you an overview of the other commissions I serve on, my role and their functions. Regional Transportation Commission (RTC): Board Member he RTC sets priorities for improvements to the transportation infrastructure and network of services including highways, major roads, bus and paratransit, rail and alternative transportation options. The RTC pursues and allocates funding for all of these transportation elements and adopts policies to improve mobility, access and air quality.


Flood Control and Water Conservation District: Zone 7: Chair one 7 was formed for the primary purpose of improving


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Monterey Bay Air Resources District: Chair he Air District is responsible for air monitoring, permitting, enforcement, long-range air quality planning and education related to air pollution as required by the California Clean Air Act and Federal Clean Air Act.


Santa Cruz Mid-County Water Agency (MGA): Board Member he MGA is an 11-member board that oversees the groundwater management activities of the Mid-County Basin Area in Santa Cruz County. The basin management goals are: ensure water supply reliability for current and future ben-


uses and prevent adverse environmental impacts. Library Financing Authority: Chair ncluding members from the cities and county, this joint powers authority exists for the purpose struction and improvement of public library facilities.


Oversight Board for the former Redevelopment Agency of the City of Watsonville and the City of Capitola: Chair fter the passage of Assembly Bill 1X 26, abolishing redevelopment agencies statewide, redevelopment agencies transferred assists to cities, which now serve now as a successor agency. The Successor Agency is required to take a number of actions to dissolve each agency, complete the Agency’s projects, and liquidate its assets and is overseen by an oversight board. I am the chair of these two local oversight boards. Later this year these boards will become one countywide consolidated board, which I will serve as an alternate member.


Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO): Board Member AFCO was created by state law in 1963 to regulate the boundaries of cities and special districts. LAFCO’s


service areas for services provided by cities, counties and special districts, to guide urban development away from prime agricultural lands and open space resources and to discourage urban sprawl. Santa Cruz County Sanitation District: Board Member he Sanitation District is responsible for the collection of wastewater within the district’s boundaries and environmental compliance.


California Film Commission: Board Member was appointed by the Governor to the California Film Commission in 2017. The Commission serves as a


commercial productions and government, administers the state’s Film and Television Tax Credit Program and provides location and production assistance including for productions in Santa Cruz County. The Commission is one of several economic development departments within the Economic Development working to attract, retain and expand business opportunities in California.

As always, I appreciate hearing your thoughts. If I can be of any help on these commissions or in my capacity on the Board of Supervisors please don’t hesitate to contact me at 454-2200.

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