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Gourmet Grazing on the Green

Gourmet Grazing on the Green, Santa Cruz County’s premier event for local food and artisan libations, will be held October 6 in Aptos Village Park from Noon–4:00p.m. Celebrating the unique culinary flavor, local fresh ingredients, and diversity of Santa Cruz County, Gourmet Grazing on the Green brings together local community farmers, chefs, winemakers, brewers, spirits distillers, artisans and restaurateurs to celebrate community and enjoy great food and drink. Full Story page 4

Aptos Chamber Awards Dinner

Honoring those in our community who are making a difference! In a society where there never seems to be a time for much of anything, someone who finds time for others is a rarity. The Aptos Chamber of Commerce invites

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Parks Department Strategic Plan Adopted

The Santa Cruz County Department of Parks, Open Space and Cultural Services is pleased to announce the completion of its first Strategic Plan. Full Story page 15



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Cover Aptos Chamber Awards Dinner 4 7 8 9

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Community News Gourmet Grazing on the Green ‘Our Community Reads’ Begins its Second Year! • Bay For Breath Crossing: 28 Miles Santa Cruz to Monterey Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival Returns • Opportunity as New Pajaro Valley Arts Executive Director Aptos Library’s New Preschool Storytime • CAL FIRE Bans All Outdoor Burning • CACA Volunteers • Monterey Mushrooms Awards $235,000 in Academic Scholarships • Rural Development Federal Grants Oasis High School Shearwater to Receive Ornithology Award Ben Battles On – Jacob’s Heart September’s Child of the Month Family Fun: Elkhorn Slough Reserve Open House Parks Dept. Strategic Plan Adopted Thriving With ADHD • SC Museum Of Natural History Recognized for Excellence In Sustainability Bay Fed Pledges $1.5M to Habitat for Humanity McCaslin Returns to Monterey Jazz Festival, by Jon Chown County Clerk Urges Voters to Verify DMV Registration • Aptos High’s Rosalie Jimenez Selected for 2018-19 PVUSD Student Trustee Open Auditions for 2018 ‘The Nutcracker’ Santa Cruz County Bank Hires Dunton • County Accepting Hosted Rental Permit Applications Sheriff’s Unmanned Aerial Systems: Drones • Forum Announced to Discuss Efforts to Improve County Broadband Service Caltrans Releases 2018 CalState Rail Plan • PVUSD’s Early Literacy Classroom Reading Challenge Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge Competing For National Award

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Gourmet Grazing on the Green

Fund Raising for Santa Cruz County Cancer Support Services SANTA CRUZ — Gourmet Grazing on the Green, Santa Cruz County’s premier event for local food and artisan libations, will be held October 6 in Aptos Village Park from Noon – 4:00 p.m. Celebrating the unique culinary flavor, local fresh ingredients, and diversity of Santa Cruz

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“Chamber Awards” from page 1

The Chamber‘s annual Awards Dinner will take place Friday, Oct. 26 at the Seascape Beach Resort. Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. and the event is expected to last until 10 p.m. The Chamber is proud to announce the 2018 Honorees: Man of the Year Dan Haifley an Haifley has a long history of advocating for the protection of the ocean: he helped establish Save Our Shores in 1978 and became Executive Director in 1986. He was also an instrumental player in establishing the Monterey Bay National Dan Haifley Marine Sanctuary, working to get communities to pass ordinances that prevented offshore oil drilling companies from building processing facilities along the coast. He is retiring in December after nearly 20 years as Executive Director of O’Neill Sea Odyssey, a nonprofit that gives 4th-6th grade students hands-on lessons about Monterey Bay marine life.


Woman of the Year Michele Bassi ichele Bassi is Senior Vice President of Production and Business Development at Lighthouse Bank and has over 26 years of banking experience. She is currently President of the Board at Digital Nest, an outstanding Michele Bassi resource for assisting youth in learning technology to obtain well paying jobs. Working with Capitola-Aptos Rotary, she has managed major fundraisers over


County, Gourmet Grazing on the Green brings together local community farmers, chefs, winemakers, brewers, spirits distillers, artisans and restaurateurs to celebrate community and enjoy great food and drink. Gourmet Grazing on the Green is

the ultimate foodie festival, featuring an afternoon of tasting fine local wines, refreshing handcrafted beers, delicious food from top local chefs, and live music!

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Outstanding Achievement Mark Dorfman ark is retiring after serving as the Athletic Director at Aptos High School for 27 years. He has been an exemplary teacher, leader, mentor, coach, friend and colleague for so many students, athletes and Aptos teams that have found remarkable success under Mark’s leadership. This success goes Mark Dorfman beyond wins and losses. Students past and present mention his dedication, compassion for all athletes regardless of their on-the-field contribution; his unwavering commitment to the school, team or program, his intellect, his sense of humor, commitment for high achievement in the classroom, and the long hours he dedicates to Aptos High School.


Organization of the Year Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired ista Center’s mission is to empower individuals who are blind or visually impaired to embrace life to the fullest through evaluation, counseling, education and training. Vista Center services help people who are blind or visually impaired to learn new skills and strategies to overcome the emotional impact of sight loss and remain independent. “We are honored to be recognized by the Aptos Chamber of Commerce for the impact we are making in people’s lives,” says Christy Tall, Vista Center Santa Cruz Branch Manager. “We are excited about the growth in services we are providing, and the direction our organization is taking.”


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Business of the Year Seascape Village Fitness im and Kathy Tucker have over fifty years combined experience in Health Care and together they own Seascape Physical Therapy and Village Fitness Center. They were chosen Business of the Year for participating in numerous events to benefit the community, and raising thousands of dollars per year to support community organizations.


Community Hero Aptos Feed and Pet Supply ptos Feed and Pet Supply is a familyowned store that is successful because of its quality products and genuine care for its customers, pets and humans alike. In the words of one customer: “Aptos Feed is the best — period.” Damian Delezene and his crew always go out of their way to help and make you feel like you’re part of the family.” Damian and his staff are a wonderful resource for customers and Aptos Feed is a frequent supporter of animal rescues, shelters, and community events. ••• Please help the Aptos Chamber of Commerce honor these individuals and organizations at the Aptos Chamber Annual Dinner and Awards Night on Friday, October 26 at the Seascape Beach Resort. n Cost: $85 per person – RSVP by October 19. Please call (831) 688-1467 for reservations. Cover Photo: Doug Deaver receives the 2017 Man of the Year award. He’s joined by (from left) Jimmy Panetta, Mark Stone and Zach Friend


“Gourmet Grazing” from page 4 This year’s event features over 75 local wineries, restaurants and breweries and is a must stop for Santa Cruz foodies. Experience the talents of some of Santa Cruz’s best chefs and taste specialty creations for the event, using locally grown produce and products generously donated by sponsors New Leaf Community Markets and Coke Farms. Gourmet Grazing on the Green is a charitable fundraising event of Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit  Group (SCCBG), a non-profit dedicated to improving the quality of life for people living with cancer in the Santa Cruz community. Working with a dedicated group of volunteers and partners, SCCBG raises community consciousness through events and outreach and provides vital financial support for several Santa Cruz  beneficiary organizations: Hospice of Santa Cruz County, Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Association, Katz Cancer Resource Center, WomenCARE Cancer Advocacy, Researchers from the University of California at Santa Cruz and the Teen Kitchen Project. Over the last decade, SCCBG has distributed more than  $1.5 million to directly support the Santa Cruz community. Gourmet Grazing on the Green Saturday, October 6, Noon – 4 p.m. Early Bird Tickets $55 thru August 24,  $65 thru

Snowman Sculpting and Other Life Lessons October 5 and $70 per ticket at the door Aptos Village Park, 100 Aptos Creek Road, Aptos. Purchase tickets at or New Leaf Community Markets Downtown, Capitola and Westside locations. Tickets are on sale now – and include admission to the event, special souvenir wine glass and a day of food, wine and beer tasting. For over  20 years, the Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group has been dedicated to improving the quality of life for people living with cancer in the Santa Cruz community, by raising money to support beneficiary organizations and fund new research that will provide possible cures and better solutions for treating cancer. n ••• To learn more about Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group go to  or  follow them on Facebook at SantaCruzCancerBenefitGroup.  To make a donation mail to SCCBG P.O. Box 2564 · Santa Cruz, CA 95062. Voicemail (866)-826-1193.

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‘Our Community Reads’ Begins its Second Year! T he idea behind “OCR” is to foster community by having as many people at one time reading the same book. Through a planned series of events that draw on the themes from the book, people have the opportunity to gather and share ideas. Last year when the program was unveiled, the book selection was “Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah. Over a 6-week period there were 14 events including films, discussion groups, Trivia Night, art exhibitions, and a poetry slam among others. The goal is to engage the entire community, including high school and college students. This year ’s book was selected at a reception hosted by the Friends of the Aptos Library. It was held on September 5, 2018 and attended by more

than 45 members of the community, including civil servants, educators, and business owners. After each “nominee” was presented, the audience voted from a choice of 4 candidates. This year there were 2 fiction and 2 non-fiction choices. Death and Life of Monterey Bay, by Stephen R. Palumbi and Carolyn Sotka; The Circle by Dave Eggers; Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O’ Neil; and Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. The theme of Our Community Reads this year is “The Future” in that each book deals with a different aspect of what the future could bring ranging from technology as it pertains to personal privacy, the impact of algorithms on our daily life, the health and preservation of the Monterey

Bay, and how an apocalyptic event could affect our society. The winning book will be announced the 1st of October. Events will begin midJanuary and run approximately 6 weeks. The Friends’ of the Aptos Library intends to make Our Community Reads an annual event. Stay tuned! n

••• For information on how you can become involved please contact friendsoftheaptos Find out more about this and other projects of the Friends of the Aptos Library on their website: http://www.friendsof

Bay For Breath Crossing: 28 Miles Santa Cruz to Monterey


n 2017 Rocky Snyder and Sabine Dukes decided to paddle across the Monterey bay for their 50th birthdays. They both decided they wanted their efforts to be turned into a fundraiser for The Living Breath Foundation, which they both had a personal connection with. On September 29, 2017 Rocky and Sabine, along with Brian Peterson, Matt Kannely, Paul Ludington and Kevin Scott crossed the Monterey Bay and raised $20,000!!!

The foundation’s mission is to raise funds and awareness for individuals living with Cystic Fibrosis. Grants are awarded in the forms of scholarships, financial assistance, transplant assistance, care packages, gas cards and bereavement assistance. Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disease affecting multiple systems in the body, primarily the lungs and digestive system. Seventeen local Prone and Stand-Up (SUP) paddlers will set out to cross the Bay, 28 miles in total, from Santa Cruz Harbor to Del Monte Beach in Monterey this September. Their purpose is to raise awareness and funds for a local nonprofit, The Living Breath Foundation as many of the paddlers have a close connection with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and lung transplants. The fundraising goal is $50,000.

Paddlers to cross Monterey Bay to raise money & awareness for Cystic Fibrosis Benefiting The Living Breath Foundation

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Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival Returns


Radical Reels Night • September 21 at 7 p.m. • Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz

et stoked and grab your tickets to this year’s presentation of adventure films from the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival and beyond. This showing of Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is dropping in at the Rio Theatre on September 21 at 7 pm. Bike tough trails, climb challenging terrain, ski steep slopes, and hang on to your seats for the best adventure mountain sport films! This year’s event will feature Stumped (Reel Rock 11) and other great adventure films. Check details regarding film listings before you purchase your tickets if you have any concerns about content and ratings. For more information & list of films visit ( Check details regarding film listings before you purchase your tickets if you have any concerns about content and ratings. Tickets available online at https://

3509013 Local Sponsors: Adventure Sports Journal, Apex Adventures, Bicycle Trip, Giro, Fox, Pacific Edge Climbing Gym, Solar Technologies, Seabright Brewery, Dream Inn, Good Times and SantaCruz. com ••• Radical Reels Night Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour ••• Surf The Line (2016, France, 3 minutes) Classification: General or The Flying Frenchies, thinking out of the box isn’t a choice – it’s a way of life.


Kilian (2016, Canada, 14 minutes) Classification: General ilian Jornet is considered the greatest mountain runner ever. But he doesn’t consider himself a runner. Join Kilian in his new backyard in Norway as he attempts to ski and run the Seven Summits of Romsdalen in a single day, a 77-kilometer route with 9,000 meters of elevation gain.


Tour Of Ara (Tour Edit) (2016, South Africa, 22 minutes)  Classification: PG – Coarse Language here are few more challenging cycle races on the planet than the Tour of Ara in South Africa. The 800-kilometer quest takes place annually over six days, pri-

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marily driven on gravel roads while riding vintage steel bikes. Winter On The Blade (Tour Edit)  (2017, Australia, 30 minutes) Classification: Coarse language and Nudity t’s not the tallest mountain in the world, it’s not even the tallest in Australia, but fewer people get to the summit of Tasmania’s Federation Peak these days then get to the summit of Mt Everest. And Mark Savage and his intrepid team of climbers hope to summit during the wettest winter on record.


Imagination: Tom Wallisch  (2017, Canada, 5 minutes) Classification: General ave you ever been that little kid sitting in the back seat of your parents’ car, wishing you were somewhere else? So you imagine a skier on the side of the road, your fingers commanding back flips and roof drops, improbable rail slides and huge airs. Well, what if your imagination came to life?



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Aptos Library’s New Preschool Storytime Expands Early Literacy Offerings for Children up to 6 Years Old he Santa Cruz public Libraries are pleased to announce expanded early literacy programming at the Aptos Branch. The new preschool storytime is a 45 minute program for ages 3 to 6 years featuring simple crafts, songs, and of course, reading. Preschool storytime takes place every Friday at 10 a.m. at the Aptos Library, 7695 Soquel Dr. For infants and toddlers up to 3 years of age, the Aptos Branch offers a 60 minute Toddler Time program on Thursdays at 10 a.m. Toddler Time incorporates stories, music and play, important prerequisites to developing the ability to read. For a full list of programs at the Aptos Library or at any branch, visit our online calendar at


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••• CAL FIRE Bans All Outdoor Burning FELTON — As of Tuesday, September 11 at 8:00 a.m. the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) San Mateo – Santa Cruz Unit has banned all outdoor burning. This ban affects all state responsibility area lands within the counties of San Mateo and Santa Cruz and all CAL FIRE contract areas within same counties. All campfires, open pit fires, open pit cooking fires, warming fires and ceremonial burns are prohibited.

“Bay for Breath” from page 7 The Living Breath Foundation is a local non-profit whose mission is to assist individuals with Cystic Fibrosis and their families with the added expenses of living and coping with the disease. The Foundation was started by parents Chris and Lori Pappageorgas in 2008, after both of their children were diagnosed with CF. The Foundation’s programs range from Transplant Assistance Grants, Financial Assistance Grants, Scholarships, Care Packages, Gas Cards and Bereavement Assistance Grants.

They review records, research information, and talk to anyone involved with the child, including parents, extended family members, doctors and teachers. Although there is a great need for bilingual and male volunteers, we always encourage people from all cultures and professions and of all ethnic and educational backgrounds to learn more. Upcoming Informational session Wednesday, September 19, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at CASA, located at 813 Freedom Blvd. in Watsonville Learn more at www.casaofsantacruz. org and click on “Volunteer.” ••• Monterey Mushrooms Awards $235,000 in Academic Scholarships  WATSONVILLE — Monterey Mushrooms presented 127 children of its employees with $235,000 in scholarship awards for the 2018-19 academic year. Dependent children of full-time employees are eligible to apply for a scholarship up to $3,000 and for up to four years. The company’s scholarship program began in 1992 and honors Carl Victor Fields, the company’s past vice president of marketing. Since inception, 2,118 grants have been awarded for a total of more than $2.8 million. Scholarships are awarded to those who pursue higher education degrees at accredited colleges, universities and vocation/technical schools. To apply, the student shares their educational background, academic goals and aspirations, school activities, work experience and personal achievements.

The paddlers’ endeavor is an exercise in gratitude to health. They do not take for granted the lungpower it takes to even consider the 28 mile crossing; part of which is some of the deepest ocean in the world. Team Captains: Rocky Snyder, Sabine Dukes and Brian Peterson. Participants: Kali’a Alexiou, Kenny Boyd, Bryson Drake, Alex Heinz, Thea Liskamm, Leisl & Paul Ludington, Matt Kannely, Jenny Roth, Kevin Scott, Jacob Walding, Vanessa Wennstrom, and Chris White. n ••• The Living Breath Foundation www. living 9 / September 15th 2018 / Aptos Times

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Shah Kazemi, president and CEO, is committed to giving the next generation of decision makers the tools needed to be successful in society and the workplace. “We don’t just grow mushrooms; we grow people,” Kazemi said. “Education is the key to opening opportunities.” For more information about the company visit www.montereymushrooms. com. ••• Rural Development Federal Grants SALINAS  — Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) announced that two rural development grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have been awarded to California’s 20th Congressional District. The El Pajaro Community Development Corporation received a grant totaling $40,000 and the Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association received a grant totaling $38,000 from USDA. The grants will be used to increase economic security in the region, and provide skill building and business education opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs.  “In order for the central coast of California to remain the Salad Bowl of the World, investments must be made to ensure that the next generation of farmers, ranchers, and small business owners have the resources that they need to succeed,” said Congressman Panetta. “These grants will help our agricultural industry and rural economies continue to thrive by providing opportunities for entrepreneurs on the Central Coast.” The grant received by the El Pajaro Community will help underserved microentrepreneurs, small business owners, and farmers in Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties. The grant received by the Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association will help create ten new jobs and save twenty rural jobs in the area. n

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Oasis High School O asis is a WASC-accredited high school designed to meet the needs of students who benefit from a personalized learning program. Oasis High School is one of the Santa Cruz County Office of Education Alternative Education programs and is located on the Cabrillo College campus. Students work with their parent or guardian, teacher, and counselor to design an educational plan. These plans typically include: • Weekly one-on-one meetings with an Oasis teacher on the Cabrillo Campus • Online courses offered by Oasis  • Dual enrollment in Cabrillo College courses, which may be online or on the campus • Tutoring with additional subject-specific teachers • Regional Occupational Program career technical education courses • Service, academic, or vocational internships • Oasis students can, if they choose, fulfill the requirements for admission to a CSU or UC through a combination of Oasis and Cabrillo coursework.

Within the welcoming and encouraging environment of Oasis, students refine their academic goals and develop the skills to achieve them. If you are interested in learning how to enroll in Oasis High School, please contact the County Office of Education, Alternative Education Office: (831) 466-5728 Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Oasis High School Distinguished Students Awards  he above photo is from our most recent award ceremony, which was at the


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Santa Cruz County Office of Education board meeting in June 2018. Oasis High School, located at Cabrillo College, is the early college high school program of the Santa Cruz County Office of Education. Oasis High School serves Santa Cruz County student who benefit from a personalized learning environment. Back Row (from left): Tylar Penny, Editor and Artist of the calendar “Women of Color” • Oonagh Nichols, Student Ambassador, attending CSU Long Beach • Leo Ransler, Student Ambassador, attending the University of Nevada, Reno • Cameron Mendez, U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Chief Petty Officer, First Place Leader of the Region 12 Seamanship Challenge •  Bianca Hernandez, Oasis Yearbook Co-Editor, Student Ambassador, to be in the Cabrillo Business Information Worker Certificate Program • Michael C. Watkins, Superintendent of the Santa Cruz County Office of Education • Laine Otto-Rognlie, Student Ambassador and volunteer coach • Aiden Connor accepted into the Minneapolis College of Art and Design summer program • Faris Sabbah, Superintendentelect of the Santa Cruz County Office of Education. Front Row (from left): Marea Verdugo, College of Arts and Sciences Merit Scholarship to study biology at New York University • Nyla Young, Representative to the Brown University Leadership Institute on Social Justice • Ella Tyler, recipient of the Society of Women Engineers Scholarship, Cabrillo Student Senate Trustee, attending UC Berkeley as an engineering major • Lillie Reynaga, Smithsonian Student Adventures Peru Andes Community Development Project, photo-journalism fellowship through the Smithsonian Program • Ellie Murphy, U.S. Representative for Study, Volunteer Work in Traveling School in Africa • Kirin Khalsa, Cabrillo College Honors Student, performed in Cabrillo Spring Dance concert, attending the University of Arizona • Bianca Dootson, National Scho-

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lastic Surf Association Regional Champion in Women’s Longboard • Hunter Avant, dual-enrolled student, Representative to Cabrillo College Black Student Union • Emma Compton, Student Ambassador, water polo and swim coach, national scholarship to the Kode with Klossy Summer Computer Coding Camp • Jeanne Milnes, Oasis High School teacher • Audrey Renois, Student Ambassador, Oasis Yearbook Co-Editor • Haley Azevedo – scholarships: State Cabrillo Civic Clubs of California, Cal Poly SLO Edward Leopold Wrasse, Native Daughters of the Golden West attending Cal Poly SLO • Kathleen Proffitt, Oasis High School Instructional Aide. Not Pictured: Lorena Dominguez, recipient of the Cabrillo College American Dream Scholarship, Marine Biology Internship with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, attending Cabrillo College • Thea Petrocelli, Gralen Eidam Wilson Youth Ambassador to Japan, Cabrillo Math Learning Center Volunteer Tutor, three year high school completion with over 70 college credits continuing at Cabrillo College • Shane Winand, Cabrillo College Cybersecurity Certification • James Winand, Cabrillo College Cybersecurity Certification, Music Teachers Association California Talent Bank Competition Award for Piano • Sarah Aronow, Student Ambassador, completed community college general education sequence while in high school • Alena Bellue, Student Ambassador and Volunteer Lab Technician at the UCSC Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology Lab • Ruby Reynaga, Full Merit Scholarship, acceptance to UC Merced • William Glommen, Culinary Mentor and Lead Cook at 1440 Multiversity • November Williams, Cabrillo College English Department College Composition Award, enrolled in the Grace Hopper Software Development Program at Fullstock Academy in New York. n


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Aptos Real Estate Update

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Fall is upon us and Real Estate has slowed down a bit. 30 homes sold in August. High sale was 101 Verona in the Uplands - sold in 38 DOM at $2,250,000 on list of $2,329,000 (3/2.5/3345sf). Low sale was 412 Bonita sold in 10 DOM for $570,000 (2/1/840sf). Median List Price – $1,059,500, Median Sales Price – $976,500, Average DOM = 34. Only one Townhome sold – 190 Carrera Circle – 4 DOM – $835,000 (3/2.5/1450sf), and one Condo sold – 2623 Willowbrook #115 – 16 DOM – $575,000 (2/2/1170sf). As of 8/30, there are 64 Active Listings with an average of 77 DOM (overpriced if not moving in 30 days or less). HOMEOWNERS — FALL HOME MAINTENANCE — Now is the time to make sure your home is in good shape for the winter. Exterior checks: inspect outside walls for peeling paint, have licensed roofing professional check the condition of your roof, clear out gutters and downspouts and point downspouts away from the foundation. Interior checks: apply weather stripping where needed on windows and doors, have a licensed heating contractor check your heating system including ducts and furnaces, have a licensed chimney sweep clean the chimney, test and change batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. In the yard: clean and store your summer garden tools and hoses, shut off sprinkler systems, and inspect and fill all bird feeders – don’t stop just because it is winter. BUYERS — APPRAISALS — With 20% or less to put down, getting an appraisal that comes in at the agreed-upon purchase price is critical. Here are some steps to take when an appraisal comes back to low. 1) Comb the appraisal for any small errors — sometimes appraisers miss a bedroom or underreport the home’s square footage. 2) Check the comps — sometimes there are better comps that could be introduced. 3) Request a second opinion — if the appraiser will not revise the report, ask your agent or lender to plead with underwriter for a second appraisal. 4) Renegotiate your sales price — a low appraisal means lose/lose for buyer and seller. Ask Seller to reduce price to match lower appraisal, sometimes this actually does work! 5) Help close the gap – try having Seller give some on price and you the Buyer provide a little more down to make the appraisal work. Always try to work with a local lender to get the best results.

Community News

Shearwater to Receive Ornithology Award

Presentation at the 14th Annual Monterey Bay Birding Festival WATSONVILLE — The Monterey Bay Birding Festival Association is honored to announce that our own, Debi Shearwater, will be presented the American Birding Association’s Ludlow Griscom Award for Outstanding Contributions in Regional Ornithology at the 2018 Monterey Bay Birding Festival on Saturday, September 29. The American Birding Association bestows the Ludlow Griscom award to individuals who have dramatically advanced the state of ornithological knowledge for a particular region. This may be through their long-time contributions in monitoring avian status and distribution or through the force of their personality, teaching and inspiration. As founder of Shearwater Journeys, Inc., Debi Shearwater has collected avian data for over four decades on Monterey Bay and many other places along the California coast. On her pelagic seabird trips, species new to California have been discovered and documented. Indeed, species of seabirds never before found anywhere in North America have been recorded on her trips, including

White-capped Albatross, Great-winged Petrel, and Bulwer’s Petrel to name a few. It is perhaps, her long years of record keeping that might prove the most valuable for the conservation of certain seabirds, especially Ashy Storm-Petrel. Over 70,000 nature lovers have joined her at sea to witness seabirds from far flung areas of the world’s oceans. Jeffrey Gordon, President of the American Birding Association, said, “Debi Shearwater, with her boundless dedication to and passion for the seabirds of Monterey Bay and indeed all the world’s oceans, has done pioneering work that has greatly increased our understanding of the status, distribution, and conservation of these wonderful and mysterious birds. She has also done a great deal to raise awareness and appreciation of seabirds far beyond her home region, serving as a leading spokesperson for the amazing, ever-surprising birdlife of the seas.” Debi is a world traveler, leading expedition voyages to remote places such as the Russian Far East, Galapagos Islands, Svalbard, and Antarctica. She is a past Director of the American Birding Association. She lives in Hollister with her beloved Great Pyrenees and is involved in conservation projects in San Benito County. This year’s Monterey Bay Birding Festival takes place from Friday, September 28, through Sunday, September 30. Liz Deluna Gordon, Events Coordinator of the American

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Community News

Ben Battles On Jacob’s Heart September’s Child of the Month


’d like you to meet the one and only Ben — a spunky, happy 7-year-old who has been part of the Jacob’s Heart family since his diagnosis with brain cancer at age two. Despite Ben’s battle with cancer, he is the life of every party — with a smile that just lights up the room! Ben’s type of brain cancer can often reappear; he’s fought it twice since 2014. Now, Ben every three months Ben goes in for an MRI, which creates anxiety for him and his family. But, even with the constant concern the cancer might return, Ben and his family choose to live their lives with joy and love, grateful for each day they have together. Ben and his family are a living example to the essence of Jacob’s Heart: that we can get through the unimaginable and use our own hardships to serve others.  Ben’s older siblings, Griffin and Serafina, are shining examples of this. Even when times have been tough for their family, Griffin and Serafina continue to support the Jacob’s Heart teen group, host their famous cupcake fundraisers, and are always available to comfort and mentor other childhood cancer siblings.

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Ben’s family believes that life is precious, and that every moment should be enjoyed to its fullest. So, as we celebrate Childhood Cancer Awareness this month, let’s join Ben and his family in making every moment count. Lori Butterworth, Founder and Executive Director Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services “Help’ is the hardest word a parent can say, but I’ve found it’s ok to accept help ... ask for it and give it. Asking for help doesn’t make us weak it makes us human.” — Ben’s Mom. Last year Ben was honored as the Beau of the Ball at the Kidrageous Golden Gallop, one of our three fun-filled community events celebrating National Childhood Awareness Month. “My favorite things about Jacob’s Heart are ... fire trucks — when they come: Santa — when he came in the monster truck: and the duck I played with at camp!” — Ben, September Child of the Month. n

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Aptos Season Record (3-0, League 0-0) Coach: Randy Blankenship Aptos 35 – Monte Vista 0 (Sep 7, H) Aptos 56 – Aragon (S.Mateo) 21 (Aug 31, A) Aptos 54 – Templeton 6 (Aug 24, A)

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Aptos Season Record: (2-1, League 0-0) Coach: Lake Merchen Aptos def Monte Vista Christian (3-0) (25-16, 25-19, 25-22) (Sep 6, A) Aptos Stats: Jillian Rodriguez 10 Kills; N. Ackerman 8 Kills; Peyton Dueck 7 Kills; Gabby Giuffre 4 Kills; Chloe Manor 1 Kill; Rylee Mennie 1 Kill San Benito (Hollister) def Aptos (3-1) (Sep 4, A) Aptos def Carmel (3-1) (Aug 30, H)

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Community News

Family Fun: Elkhorn Slough Reserve Open House Estuaries Week • Saturday, September 22 • 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

ELKHORN SLOUGH — The Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve welcomes the community to its 2018 Open House on Saturday, September 22, to celebrate National Estuaries Week with a variety of events and activities. Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville. California 95076. Activities and presentations are scheduled from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Since the official designation of National Estuaries Week in 1988, dozens of sites throughout the coastal United States have hosted gatherings, field trips,

events, and seminars to celebrate the extraordinary richness of our nation’s estuaries and the National Estuarine Research Reserve system that supports stewardship, research, education, and training at 29 Reserves nationwide. 2018 Elkhorn Slough Reserve Open House, celebrating National Estuaries Week. Enjoy guided walks and chat with scientists and ecological experts, get your hands dirty with land stewardship team, paint your face or a model of wetland wildlife, create a community mosaic with Elkhorn Slough Artist in Residence Denise Davidson, or magnify the weird and wonderful wildlife in a teaspoon of slough water at the microscope Learning Lab. FREE and open to the public Hosted by the conservation partners of the Elkhorn Slough Reserve. Presenters include environmental educators, researchers, and land stewards from the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (ESNERR), the California Department of Fish and Wildlife

(CDFW) and the Elkhorn Slough Foundation (ESF). Local food vendors will be on site all day selling fresh tacos, burritos, and beverages. Administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and managed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (ESNERR), is one of 29 reserves established nationwide to support long-term research, water-quality monitoring, environmental education, and coastal stewardship. For 36 years, Elkhorn Slough Foundation (ESF) has worked in partnership with the Reserve, and is the only nonprofit organization solely dedicated to protecting Elkhorn Slough and its watershed

forever. ESF has conserved and restored nearly 4,000 acres of critical habitat — approximately 9% of the watershed. For information, please visit: n ••• For event details, please visit www. or call the Elkhorn Slough Reserve Visitor Center at (831) 728-2822.


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Community News

Parks Dept. Strategic Plan Adopted T he Santa Cruz County Department of Parks, Open Space and Cultural Services is pleased to announce the completion of its first Strategic Plan. Available in English and Spanish and focused on Equity, Stewardship and Well-Being, the Strategic Plan draws on a year of community input from hundreds of participants, and was recently adopted by the Santa Cruz County Parks & Recreation Commission. The plan fits within the broader County Strategic Plan goals of providing wonderful outdoor experiences, protection of natural resources, and promoting a safe and healthy community. To read the plan, visit Home/Parks/StrategicPlan.aspx. “People want safe, clean, well-maintained parks and open spaces. Our County Parks Department got this just right – they listened to our community and identified stewardship of the parks and open spaces under its care as a top priority,” said Terry Corwin, president of the Friends of Santa Cruz County Parks and former executive director of the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County. “I look forward to working with the Parks Department and our community to build the strong parks and open space legacy for our county that current and future generations deserve.” The Parks Strategic Plan establishes a Vision that reads: “A healthy and vibrant county where everyone is able to be active, explore, learn, play and connect, and where our diverse natural and cultural

resources are celebrated and protected for generations to come.” The Strategic Plan lays out some new directions for Santa Cruz County Parks and supports department improvement and stability for the future. Projects such as LEO’s Haven, a new South County Pinto Lake pump track, and the new Felton Library nature park, along with the County’s diverse parks programs and classes, help meet the goals set forth in the Plan. “This new plan represents the Department’s increasing commitment to equity,” said Santa Cruz County Parks & Recreation Commissioner Mariah Roberts. “Projects like the one I’ve worked on for the last several years – LEO’s Haven allinclusive playground at Chanticleer Park –is a great example of this. It shows that Santa Cruz County Parks is committed to working to improve the quality of life for all residents.” n


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Community News

Thriving With ADHD

Symposium for Those Whose Lives are Touched by Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder


DHD is REAL! ADHD affects one in 11 children, ages 4-17, according to the National Survey of Children’s Health, and 4.4 percent of adults aged 18-44. ADHD impacts school, jobs, relationships, and much more which is why ADHD Coaches, Judy Brenis, and Hannah Jones, are planning the second annual “Thriving With ADHD Symposium.” “But ADHD is not a curse and does not have to limit your potential,” Brenis says. “What it does mean is that you have access to an adaptive and unique type of brain wiring and once you learn how to focus on your strengths, and learn tools and strategies to minimize your challenges, you can succeed.” Keynote Speaker Laurie Dupar “The Gifts of ADHD” creator of the ADHD Awareness Book Project. Dupar is a psy-

chiatric nurse practitioner, senior certified ADHD life coach, mentor, and trainer. Her talk on “The Positive Qualities of ADHD, will help those with ADHD begin to appreciate their strengths and gifts that come with having this particular brain style such as creative problem solving, hyperfocus and a sense of humor! Closing Speaker Lawrence Choy, MD, “The Science and Neuroplasticity of the ADHD Brain: How to ‘Hack & Rewire’ the ADHD Brain” Medical Director of the Elite Focus Clinic. Choy will share his knowledge on the neuroplasticity of the ADHD brain as well as talk about his own personal story with ADHD. “The key to navigating a life with ADHD is to understand how our brain works,” Choy says. “The brain is the most complex system in the universe, so gaining an understanding of its fundamental structure and function is essential. By learning the basics of the brain, you can apply the knowledge

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toward optimizing and strengthening your brain’s abilities to enhance your life and build resilience.” Interactive Breakout sessions with experts in the ADHD field, including: • Judy Brenis, ADHD Coach and author of ADHD Heroes •  Hannah Jones,  ADHD and EF Coach at Seabright Coaching •  Dr. Gerard Chambers,  Santa Cruz Psychologist Specializing in ADHD  • Grace Friedman,  Founder of  and ADHD Youth Advocate  • Doug Barsanti, owner of Reinvention Fitness, Peggy

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Church, Counselor and Faculty Member, Cabrillo College Accessibility Support Center  • Deborah Smith,  Professional Organizer • and more! n ••• For more information and to register go to or contact Judy Brenis at Thriving With ADHD, Sunday, October 14, 1:00-6:00 p.m., Temple Beth El 3055 Porter Gulch Road, Aptos • $45 Early Bird Registration ends September 15! • Registration is $50/$55 at the Door

SC Museum Of Natural History Recognized for Excellence In Sustainability

SANTA CRUZ — The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History has received the Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Sustainability. The competition is the joint project of the California Natural Resources Agency and the California Association of Museums, and recognizes museums whose impact on sustainability serves as models for the field and their communities. The Museum was selected for its Earth Stewards Project, which aims to build the next generation of environmental stewards by providing STEM education to alternative education high school students through outdoor experiences. The award aims to highlight outstanding achievements in sustainability for California museum projects in two areas: public education and internal operations. John Laird, Secretary for the California Natural Resources Agency, recognizes the importance of this award and the museum community. “Museums help to shape community identity,” said Laird, “and can inspire and impact environmental sustainability and stewardship. These inaugural awards for excellence in sustainability underscore the important role California museums play in advancing the concepts of conservation, natural resource protection, and resiliency.”

Established in 2006, the California Association of Museums started the Green Museums Initiative to inspire California museums to develop green business practices, eco-friendly facility management, and sustainable programming. “We’re delighted to receive this recognition,” said Heather Moffat McCoy, Executive Director at the Santa Cruz

Museum of Natural History, “and more eager than ever before to continue providing the education and opportunity for our next generation of stewards to flourish.” One member of that next generation is Isaac, a high school student who was offered a paid position on the Santa Cruz City Parks and Recreation’s summer trail

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crew after demonstrating strong leadership in his internship with the Museum’s Earth Stewards Project. “Earth Stewards helped me learn to be a part of a team,” said Isaac. “I learned how to manage and motivate people. Working together brought us closer. I felt pride in getting the job done.” In addition to developing his leadership skills, Isaac also said he learned a great deal about the natural world he’s working to steward. “I never knew there were more than a thousand species of grass!” The 2018 awardees of the inaugural Secretary’s Award are: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History - Earth Stewards Project During Earth Stewards Project, the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History engages alternative education high school students in immersive outdoor experiences that teach STEM subjects, nurture an appreciation for nature, leave a positive environmental impact, build vocational skills, and cultivate the next generation of environmental stewards. n ••• Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, 1305 East Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz, CA 95062, (831) 420-6115 info@santacruz 

Community News

Bay Fed Pledges $1.5M to Habitat for Humanity SANTA CRUZ — As part of its commitment to champion affordable housing locally, Bay Federal Credit Union has pledged $1.5 million in low-interest financing for families in the Habitat for Humanity Monterey Bay program. Up until now, Habitat Monterey Bay has carried and serviced all the loans for its homes. Going forward, Bay Federal’s financial support will enable Habitat Monterey Bay to serve even more families as it looks to expand its portfolio of affordable homes by 30% over the next five years. With volunteer labor and often- discounted property, $1.5 million will translate into approximately five new dwellings. “Bay Federal is committed to this community and committed to advocating for affordable housing,” said Carrie Birkhofer, President and CEO of Bay Federal. “We’ve worked with Habitat for many years, and we were in a unique position to help. I’m confident that this partnership will make a real financial difference in the lives of local families.” While Bay Federal has worked with Habitat Monterey Bay in the past to provide families with counseling from a certified financial educator ahead of their home purchase, this is Habitat Monterey Bay’s first partnership for third-party financing. Third-party financing is a proven model at other Habitat for Humanity organizations across the nation, in which families take out loans at below-market interest rates with established lenders instead of carrying zero-interest mortgages through Habitat for Humanity. “Historically, Habitat for Humanity Monterey Bay has been building and financing two homes a year,” said David Foster, Executive Director of Habitat Monterey Bay. “Bay Federal Credit Union’s

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mortgage assistance enables Habitat to increase affordable housing production. This is what community partnerships are all about. Hurrah for Bay Federal Credit Union!” The Kirbys in Live Oak were the first Habitat Monterey Bay family to secure funds for their new home through Bay Federal. They moved in on June 16 after fulfilling their sweat equity commitment (an investment of unpaid labor) and undergoing training on personal finance and maintenance for homeowners, among other requirements. Habitat Monterey Bay serves individuals and families who earn 50%-80% of the Area Median Income according to the state, in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties. When evaluating applications, Habitat Monterey Bay considers ability to pay, location, willingness to participate in the building process, and need which can include overcrowding, safety, or rent that is unsustainable as a percentage of salary. Those who receive funding through Bay Federal must qualify according to the Credit Union’s underwriting requirements. Habitat Monterey Bay opens application windows when new builds are far enough along in the planning stages. It currently has an application window open, seeking a family with a mobility disability, until October 19. The three-bedroom, twobath home in Live Oak will be wheelchair accessible and fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Habitat Monterey Bay processes applications on a first-come, first-serve basis. Habitat for Humanity creates opportunities for families to transform their lives, gaining the strength, stability, and selfreliance they need to build a better future. Habitat builds homes with affordable mortgages, counsels first-time homebuyers, and revitalizes neighborhoods in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties. For more information, please call 831.469.4663 or visit Bay Federal Credit Union is a fullservice, not-for-profit financial institution that serves more than 71,000 members and 1,200 local businesses throughout Santa Cruz, San Benito, and Monterey counties since 1957. n



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Community News

McCaslin Returns to Monterey Jazz Festival


By Jon Chown

anta Cruz County native Donny McCaslin returns to the Monterey Jazz Festival this month, Sept. 21-23, to promote his new album “Blow,” scheduled for release in October. The festival will showcase jazz legends Dianne Reeves, Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, along with more contemporary artists such as Jon Batiste, Norah Jones, Lucinda Williams and many others. In fact, the festival advertises more than 500 artists in 120 performances. One of the most anticipated will be McCaslin’s Saturday night show at Dizzy’s Den, where he is expected to play cuts from his new album. Then, on Sunday night, McCaslin will appear on the Arena Stage as part of a tribute to the late Michael Brecker. McCaslin graduated from Aptos High School in 1984. He grew up in Santa Cruz County, first living on Cathedral

Drive in Aptos until his parents divorced, then moving to Happy Valley, where he attended schools. But he transferred back to Aptos High because of its jazz program run by Don Keller. McCaslin got his first taste of the Monterey Jazz Festival while still in high school, playing in the Next Generation Orchestra, the festival’s high school band, three times. After graduation, he moved to Boston to attend the Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship. During his senior year, he was invited to tour with one of his instructors, Gary Burton. Burton is a jazz pioneer who developed the four-mallet technique of playing the vibraphone. After touring the world with Burton, McCaslin moved to New York and his career began to take off.

He played in several groups, including the Gil Evans Orchestra, and began to make a name for himself as both a soloist and bandleader. His early stuff is mostly acoustic, but as he as delved further into using electronic instruments, he has created his own distinct sound, which he describes as “an exploration of the intersection of electronica and improvisation.” Through it all, he’s produced 11 albums and been nominated for three Grammys. McCaslin’s big break, though, came in 2016 when David Bowie enlisted him for “Blackstar,” Bowie’s final album, which was released two days after the rock star’s death from liver cancer. McCaslin said he treasured the time he had with the rock legend. “Right away, when I walked in the room and first met him, he was very warm, a very cordial person, just wonderful to be around,” McCaslin told the Aptos Times in 2016. “It was great hearing him talk about his history; he talked about literature, politics. He was always generous and a treat to be around. An inspiring person.” Now, McCaslin says Bowie was an influence in many ways. McCaslin says that the whole experience marked a new beginning for him. He released the album “Beyond Now” soon after, which featured two songs by Bowie. But because it was released so soon after “Blackstar,” Bowie’s influences had fully taken effect as of yet. It took months of touring and writing before it all sank in. Bowie urged him to create “different loops and textures” and “that really stuck with me,” McCaslin said. “It’s such a big part of what I’m doing now, how I integrate the electronics and the saxophone.” And “Blow,” he says, fully realizes Bowie’s influence and his new artistic direction. “The direction of this record is something I wouldn’t have imagined myself doing 10 years ago,” McCaslin is quoted on website. “But having the opportunity

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to play so much and then see where my creative imagination would go, and to be in that space for a lot longer, led me down this new pathway.” And he says Blow is still just another stop in his journey. “The live show is really evolving,” says McCaslin. “It’s going to continue to evolve and we have this vision of how it’s going to evolve. It’s going to be much different from what it has been … Going all in with new territory is really stimulating to me.” McCaslin told the Aptos Times in 2016 that, as a teen, his goal was to be as good John Coltrane. “I was young enough to think anybody could be as good as John Coltrane. Of course, I got older and my dream evolved to wanting to be able to pursue my artistic goals through music,” he said. “I wanted to be able to have a chance to work with some of the masters in music.” On a late September night, McCaslin will be one of those masters, playing on possibly the most prestigious stage for jazz on the West Coast. n ••• More information and tickets for the Monterey Jazz Festival are available at www. n

County Clerk Urges Voters to Verify DMV Registration F ollowing a voter registration snafu at the California Department of Motor Vehicles impacting an estimated 23,000 California voters, the Santa Cruz County Clerk is advising residents who may be impacted to verify their voter registration information online. Following a state audit of 1.4 million records transmitted to the Secretary of State’s Office between April 23 and August 5, DMV officials determined that due to a clerical error, some voters’ party affiliations, vote-by-mail options, or language preferences were incorrectly entered into the voter registration database. In Santa Cruz County, 210 voters may have had their voter preferences incorrectly entered into the voter registration system, and 12 voters have been identified that were erroneously registered to vote in Santa Cruz County. The DMV is sending letters to voters impacted by the errors.  However, the Santa Cruz County Election Office encourages voters who visited the DMV between April 23 and August 5 to confirm their voter registration information. Voter may go to to verify their voter information online or call 831-454-2060. “It’s unfortunate this error has occurred,” County Clerk Gail Pellerin said. “But the good news is, in California, there

are easy remedies to voter registration problems.” Voting materials will begin to be mailed to voters in early October. If voters do not receive voter information, they should contact the Elections Office immediately to confirm they are registered to vote or go online to verify. Corrections to voter records can easily be made from a phone call from the voter. Voters who need to re-register to vote can easily do so online at www.registertovote. California also has Same Day Registration where voters who miss the October 22 deadline to register to vote, may still register and vote after the deadline up to and including Election Day.  Same Day Registration is available at the Elections Department and other designated locations. In Santa Cruz County, Same Day Registration centers include the Santa Cruz County Elections Office, located at 701 Ocean St., Room 310, in Santa Cruz, and the Watsonville City Clerk’s Office, located at 275 Main St., 4th  Floor in Watsonville. We also offer a Same Day Registration Center at UCSC’s Bay Tree Conference Center from Saturday, November 3 through Tuesday, November 6. n ••• For more information, please contact the Santa Cruz County Elections Office at 831454-2060 or email

Aptos High’s Rosalie Jimenez Selected for 2018-19 PVUSD Student Trustee WATSONVILLE — The Office of the Superintendent of Pajaro Valley Unified School District interviewed six students representing four schools for the Student Trustee position. The interview team was inspired by the commitment and involvement of student candidates. PVUSD is excited to introduce Ms. Rosalie Jennifer Jimenez of Aptos High Rosalie Jimenez School as Student Trustee for the 2018-19 school year. At the meeting of September 12, 2018, President of the Board, Leslie DeRose, will introduce and administer the symbolic oath of office to Ms. Rosalie Jimenez. “Ms. Jimenez will bring high school students’

collective voice to our board meetings as she will collaborate with students at each site throughout the year. Having student participation at meetings is a project that the Board has been working on for several years and it is rewarding to see our students engaged in board governance,” stated President DeRose. Student voices are important and the Board is pleased to have committed students at every one of its high schools who actively participate in school government. PVUSD is pleased to welcome Ms. Jimenez the Board of Trustees. n 19 / September 15th 2018 / Aptos Times

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Santa Cruz County Bank Hires Dunton SANTA CRUZ — Santa Cruz County Bank (OTC: SCZC), a locally owned and operated full-service bank, headquartered in Santa Cruz County, today announced that Brent Dunton has joined the Bank as Vice President and Business Banking Officer. Mr. Dunton has a 14-year career in finance and banking, extending from mortgage lending to business development Brent Dunton to treasury and wealth management. Most recently, Mr. Dunton was Vice President, Treasury Management Officer for Comerica Bank. Prior to his career at Comerica, Mr. Dunton was a loan officer for Santa Cruz Home Finance and Sales Manager at the Santa Cruz Seaside Company.  Mr. Dunton obtained a Master of Arts in Education as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications with a Minor in Business Administration from California State University of Chico. Mr. Dunton has been an active community volunteer who has served on the boards of the American Red Cross, Kennolyn Camp Foundation, and is a past President of the Aptos Chamber of Commerce and the Soquel Parent Education

Nursery School. He is a past member of Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary and served on the United Way of Santa Cruz Allocations panel for numerous years. President and CEO, David Heald commented, “Brent brings a wellrounded background and community minded approach to banking which is a direct fit with the culture of Santa Cruz County Bank. We welcome Brent and look forward to his contributions to the Bank and our community in the years ahead.” Mr. Dunton will be responsible for client relationship development in the greater Santa Cruz area. A Santa Cruz native, Mr. Dunton currently resides in Santa Cruz with his wife and three children. n ••• Santa Cruz County Bank, founded in 2004, is a locally owned and operated community bank with offices located in Aptos, Capitola, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley and Watsonville. For more information about Santa Cruz County Bank, please visit our website

County Accepting Hosted Rental Permit Applications


he County of Santa Cruz will begin accepting applications for new, hosted rental permits starting September 18. Hosted rentals can be a source of affordable vacation accommodations and a way for homeowners to supplement their income. Hosted rentals are short-term (less than 30 days) 1- or 2-bedroom rentals within an existing residence, require a permit, are limited to no more than 250 within Santa Cruz County, and are subject to certain geographic limits within the

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Live Oak, Davenport and Seacliff beach communities. Existing operators in operation since Dec. 5, 2017 will be grandfathered in to the program, as long as they apply for a permit by September 17. Beginning Sept. 18, the 250 permit limit will apply regardless of the duration of a hosted rental operation. Applicants must meet the regulations in the hosted rental ordinance approved by the Board of Supervisors on February 6, 2018. “Rental Permits” page 25

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Sheriff’s Unmanned Aerial Systems: Drones T he Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office has released a Surveillance Impact Report for the acquisition of an Unmanned Aerial System. A 30-day public comment period is open from September 12 to October 12, 2018 and the Sheriff’s Office will hold public meeting on September 26, 2018. The Sheriff’s Office regularly seeks public engagement when developing policies for the use of new technologies to increase community trust and access. The Surveillance Impact Report is based on a model developed by the American Civil Liberties Union of California and is consistent with the International Association of Chiefs of Police Technology Policy Framework. The Surveillance Impact Report is intended to give the community the information it needs to participate in the decision-making process. The Sheriff’s Office is seeking

public input on the issues contained in the Surveillance Impact Report. Comments may be provided in writing or in person at a public meeting. The Sheriff’s Office seeks to acquire an Unmanned Aerial System (commonly referred to as a drone) to enhance its ability to protect lives and property when other means and resources are not available or are less effective. Potential uses include searching for missing persons, responding to explosive or suspicious devices, responding to natural disasters, crime scene documentation, recovery of decedent operations and public safety emergencies involving threat to life. Written comments may be submitted by October 12, 2018 to the Sheriff’s Office, (Attn: Craig Wilson, Undersheriff, 5200 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 9502) or by email

Verbal comments may be provided at the public meeting on September 26, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office Community Room located at 5200 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062. n

••• The Surveillance Impact Report is available in the Transparency section of the Sheriff’s Office website: http://www.scsheriff. com/

Forum Announced to Discuss Efforts to Improve County Broadband Service


ontinuing efforts to expand highspeed Internet service throughout Santa Cruz County, the County of Santa Cruz is pleased to invite residents to a Broadband Service Forum where residents can directly hear from local broadband providers about upcoming services. Hosted by Supervisor Bruce McPherson, the forum will provide residents a brief overview of County efforts to expand broadband and introductions by broadband providers, followed by a chance for residents to interact face-to-face with providers to learn more about existing offerings and future expansion plans. Confirmed participants include AT&T, Comcast, Cruzio, Etheric Networks and Surfnet. “Access to information is becoming as important as access to basic utilities, such as electricity and water. Making sure all residents have universal access to broadband services is an issue of basic social and economic equality,” Andy

Constable, Santa Cruz County Economic Development Manager. The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors and Santa Cruz County Office for Economic Development have worked to improve broadband infrastructure throughout Santa Cruz County. In 2014, the Board adopted a “Dig Once” ordinance. ( EconomicDevelopment/Broadband Survey.aspx) Broadband development has a range

of beneficial uses, from public safety to economic development to health care delivery to home entertainment. However, service gaps remain despite billions of dollars of annual investments from the telecom industry. The County has taken a leading role in identifying solutions to close those gaps. The Broadband Service Forum will further the County’s efforts by connecting providers directly with potential customers in an effort to expand access. n

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••• Broadband Service Forum: Felton Community Hall, 6191 Highway 9, Felton, September 18, 6 - 8 p.m. A second forum is in the planning stages.

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Caltrans Releases 2018 CalState Rail Plan

SACRAMENTO — Caltrans released the 2018 State Rail Plan – a bold vision for state rail that aims to boost the economy, help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve safety statewide over the next 20 years. “Rail is a key part of the solution for addressing California’s transportation challenges,” said Caltrans Director Laurie Berman. “In this Rail Plan, we lay out the goals and investment strategies necessary in both the short and longterm for improving access, mobility and efficiency for both our passenger

and freight rail systems, while also making a major contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions related to the transportation sector.” With a vision to increase passenger rail travel by 92 million passenger miles per day, the 2018 Rail Plan presents a plan for an integrated system that will allow passengers to easily and efficiently transfer from local transit services to regional, intercity and future high-speed rail. The outcomes described in the Rail Plan will help California achieve its ambitious GHG emission reduction targets, boost the state economy, and potentially eliminate 250 fatalities and 19,000 transportation related injuries per year by 2040. The passenger vision will create a coordinated, statewide travel system to enhance multimodal access for residents across the state. The vision will allow people to: • Travel seamlessly across urban, suburban, and rural areas of the state with more trains to more places more often; • Save time with significantly  faster trips; • Enjoy the journey on  modern, safe, clean, and comfortable trains;

• Transfer quickly and easily at hub stations with coordinated arrivals and departures that significantly reduce wait times; • And plan an entire door-to-door trip and purchase a single ticket using a streamlined trip-planning portal. The freight vision provides a customer-focused system that will eliminate rail freight bottlenecks on transcontinental trade corridors by investing in dedicated rail freight capacity and passenger improvements that support rail freight

movement. The freight component also supports short line improvements, gradecrossing improvements at a corridor-level to address community safety needs, and integrating as much service as possible. Caltrans worked extensively with state, regional, and local partners to develop a consensus vision that supports increased efficiencies and connectivity across the state. n ••• The Rail Plan is available at www.california

PVUSD’s Early Literacy Classroom Reading Challenge

WATSONVILLE — PVUSD Superintendent Dr. Michelle Rodriguez has announced a new challenge to classrooms in preschool to 3rd grade using the early bilingual literacy app Step by Step, Growing Together. Since the implementation of this literacy app, PVUSD youngest students have read over 33 million words, an additional 15,000 hours of exposure to literacy! PVUSD will award a set of 10 iPads to the top three classrooms where students are reading the most words using this early bilingual literacy app outside of the regular school day in the following categories: • Preschool – TK 
 • Kinder to 1st grade 
 • 2nd – 3rd grade 

Dr. Michelle Rodriguez, Superintendent, remarks that, “Paso a Paso, Creciendo Juntos, Step by Step, Growing together is a strategy to accomplish our PVUSD Target for Student Success, and is integral to helping every child read on grade level by 3rd grade. We are pleased to support our students and future students in becoming successful readers through Paso a Paso. Early access to literacy is key to fostering a love for reading and we are pleased to see the momentum continue in this community.” It is gratifying to know that our students read every day, and continue their exposure to early literacy at home and during free time at school using this valuable program. n

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The Weather In Texas


s of this writing, Florence, a category 5 hurricane is headed for the Carolinas. Storm surges, high winds, and flooding will pummel their coast. After Florence wreaks havoc, there are other dire weather situations making their way towards the Gulf Coast. In fact, several tropical storms are about to turn into the H word, headed for you-know-where... Texas, my future home. I just read that there is a Texas Hurricane Handbook. A handbook?? I need to order one, stat. Typically, Texas hurricanes are from June through November; however, the most active months are August and September. I never thought I would need a swim ring at my age. Yes, I have experienced other natural phenomenon like earthquakes, especially the one in 1989, which scared me silly. During earthquakes, I absolutely freeze in the moment. I cannot run, hide, move, speak, or scream because I am so terrified. I cry. No amount of coaxing will get me under a table or door-jam. I’m curious to see what will terrify me more, hurricanes or earthquakes. When hurricane Harvey hit Texas in August of 2017, my son’s family barely escaped the floodwaters. Their town of Friendswood had 53 inches of rain in a four-day period. A few times the water reached the tops of my daughter-in-law’s tires, whereas just one to two blocks away,

By Janet Payne-Downs

houses were completely flooded. The only reason my son and his family were fine was because they had “good drainage.” They were extremely lucky. Neighborhoods used Facebook to ask for emergency supplies and to announce where they could be rescued. Despite the chaos, nearby residents were there to deliver what they could. There were many heartwarming stories of generosity. And if thoughts of impending hurricanes weren’t enough to curl my hair, there is always that Texas summer heat. Let me share with you that my favorite daily temperature is 68 degrees. No ifs, ands, or buts. When I walk my dog Charlie, I do not want my body to flop over, or my pulse to exceed my weight, which I can assure you will happen if I walk in the Death-Valley-Like-Heat. Summer temperatures in Texas are ghastly, often reaching 105 degrees (not counting the humidity factor). Many people have said to me: “Oh, you’ll get used to the weather.” Well, actually, I won’t. Ever. I may get used to cowboys, big hair, $400 boots, people saying “y’all,” very warm ocean water, smoked everything, and men with Stetson hats and enormous trucks, but I will LOATHE the sweltering summers. I wish I could embrace my impending move more. I am aware that right now I feel scared when I think about this huge change. I am trying to change my attitude

for the better. The trade-off in leaving Santa Cruz is that there are three small grandchildren, not to mention my son, Michael and his wife, Najla, who want me to be a part of their lives. And I want to be a part of theirs. Hurricane Janet is on her way! n ••• I invite y’all to mosey on over for my next column, “What’s Love Got To Do With It?”

Civil War


“Rental Permits” from page 22 Permits cost $145.20 and may be obtained over the counter from the County’s Planning Department. To be eligible, applicants must submit an application form and documentation of having paid Transient Occupancy Taxes. Approximately 100 Hosted Rental permits have been issued so far, with about 150 permits still available. However, the County is approaching the limit on permits in the Live Oak beach community. New hosts are encouraged to apply for a permit as soon as possible starting September 18, 2018. Complete applications will be processed in the order received. n

••• For more information, email the Planning Department at Planning.ZoningInfo@ or call (831) 454-2580. Information is also available at: http://www.

1. Rodeo garb 6. Prefix for prior 9. a.k.a. leaf cabbage 13. Conversation starter 14. “____ the land of the free ...” 15. Drunks 16. Tree in Latin 17. Exec’s degree 18. Full of emotion, in slang 19. *Meeting at Appomattox Court House 21. *Major Civil War issue 23. Sun in Mexico 24. Recover 25. *It was split during the Civil War

28. ____book 30. Be in the right place 35. Botticelli’s Venus, e.g. 37. Soccer ____, pl. 39. Excessive sternness 40. Orthodox artwork 41. Homeless cat’s home 43. Presented at customs 44. Galactic path 46. Desperate 47. Like never-losing Steven 48. Vital 50. Grannies 52. “C’____ la vie!” 53. “At ____, soldier” 55. Casual attire 57. *Spielberg’s 2012 movie 61. *”American Nightingale” 64. Remote in manner 65. Between Fla. and Miss.

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11. Displeasure on one’s face 12. Grammy of sports 15. Melville’s “Pequod,” e.g. 20. “Is Your Mama a ____?” 22. Dr. Frankenstein’s workplace 24. Bottom of a dress 25. *Divided, it cannot stand DOWN 26. Sugar in Paris 1. Repeated Cuban dance 27. PDF reader step 29. *”____ Mountain,” 2. Flavor-giving plant Charles Frazier’s novel 3. “Fantastic Four” star 31. Like SNL 4. Land chunks 32. Nose of a missile 5. Somewhat 33. Olfactory organs 6. Fleshy fruit 34. *General and post7. *Johnny’s other Civil War President nickname 36. Children’s author ____ 8. Clear the chalkboard Blyton 9. Chicken ____ 38. “Will be” in Doris Day 10. Initial stake song 67. IRS’ threat 69. Middle Eastern rice dish 70. Hi-____ graphics 71. Part of a whole 72. ____ Mall, in London 73. Cry of horror in comics 74. Ruhr’s industrial center

42. Busybody, in Yiddish 45. Start a hole 49. Indian restaurant staple 51. Colorful Mexican wrap 54. Animal catcher 56. Lady’s pocketbooks 57. Nordic native 58. Pelvic parts 59. Steelers’s Chuck 60. *___ Torpedo, used by Confederacy against steam engines 61. Lounge, like in the sun 62. Words from Wordsworth 63. French Riviera city 66. *Commander of the Confederate States Army 68. Base of the decimal system © Statepoint Media

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A Drug’s Journey Through the Human Body

— Part Two By Ron Conte, Pharm.D.


n my last article I discussed how acetaminophen’s absorption and metabolism occurs in the human body. Although some metabolism of a drug occurs immediately after absorption, it does not mean that metabolism only occurs at that one time throughout the journey. Like distribution and excretion (or elimination), these pharmacokinetic actions occur randomly. Distribution nce acetaminophen enters the blood stream, it is now in the distribution phase of the journey. The blood stream acts as a super highway, allowing the drug to reach various tissues and organs, including the brain where it produces its desired effect, pain relief. While in the blood stream, most drugs, including acetaminophen, are bound to proteins. When a drug is bound to protein, leaving the blood stream is off limits.


The percent of drug-protein binding varies for each drug. While bound to protein, drugs, including acetaminophen, are inactive. An inactive drug in the blood stream cannot enter other tissues or organs. The unbound or free portion of acetaminophen is active and travels freely to specific tissues and organs. Not all tissues and organs allow drug entry due to the particular chemical and physical properties of a drug. If a patient has low specific protein fractions in the blood, more drug would exist in its active form. This could be very critical since more drug is unbound and is now available to work at its site(s) of action. With more than usual active drug producing an effect, there is a possibility of more toxicity. For specific reasons too complex to explain in this article, a drug traveling through the blood stream appears at times

as a foreign entity in the human body. It Most of the remaining 475 milligrams will be attacked by defense cells within has been metabolized into inactive chemthe blood, creating what is termed an icals. When you consider the amount of allergic reaction. Some allergic reactions acetaminophen unchanged after absorption are mild manifesting with hives, itching, and metabolism, there should be no traceable and/or redness of amount of acetaminthe skin. Occasionally ophen in the body after The blood stream acts an eight-hour period. there may be a more severe reaction In addition to the as a super highway, which includes some allowing the drug to kidneys, drugs can be or all of the folby way of reach various tissues excreted lowing: hives, trouble the liver, feces, sweat and organs, including glands, and even breathing, swelling of the lips and/or the brain where it pro- through the lungs. tongue, swelling Unlike acetduces its desired effect, and/or tightness of aminophen where one pain relief. the throat, nausea, dose may produce vomiting, and/or some pain relief, other diarrhea, dizziness or fainting, an increase drugs require a dosing period. For example, in heart rate, a decrease in blood pressure, certain antibiotics need to be taken by mouth and stomach pains. This type of severe every eight hours to produce a lasting, allergic reaction is defined as anaphylaxis desired effect to kill bacteria. Not adhering and is life-threatening. to such a regimen, can produce undesirable Excretion drug effects, directly or indirectly. If a person takes too much acetamincetaminophen, like other drugs in its active form will continue to make a ophen, that person may be susceptible to circuitous route through the blood stream liver damage. As for antibiotics, too much until it returns to the liver for additional too soon, could lead to the development of metabolism, or reaches its site of action, superinfections—super bugs that are not or is excreted out of the body. Based on easily eradicated. If a person misses doses pharmacokinetic studies done in healthy of antibiotics with a prescribed regimen, individuals, during phase I and II of drug he or she may develop resistance to the development (see one of my previous same antibiotic when it is used to treat an articles), less than 25 milligrams of the infection in the future. n original 500 milligram acetaminophen dose ••• will be excreted out of the body through In my next article, I will address specific the kidney. antibiotic drug therapy issues.


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Fall Means Stepping Up Our Wild Land Fire Safety

It’s the 4th Quarter and We Have the Lead. Let’s Finish Strong!


arly this morning as I left the house to come to work, I definitely noticed crispness in the air as is typical for mid September. Summer is winding down and fall is on its way. Schools are in session, football is back, and some of the warmest weather we see annually is still to come. It’s in this late summer season where we see the highest risk of wildland urban interface fires within our community in which the elements conducive to dynamic fire growth are most aligned. Off shore wind events, dry fuels, and low relative humidities are locally common this time of year. In recent years past here in California, we’ve witnessed critical fire weather and red flag warnings lasting into the early part of the winter season. Up until the Mendocino Complex Fire this Summer, last year’s Thomas Fire was the largest wild land fire in California history which, you may recall, occurred in December! When it comes to wild land urban interface fire mitigation, preparation and response, you’ve been working hard with our crews to address risk since early spring. The Aptos-La Selva Fire District has seen the community and property owners do great work in mitigating the

By Ryan Peters, Fire Captain, Aptos-La Selva Fire District

risk of wild fires. But now, in the 4th quarter, when fall fire weather and the fire environment present its toughest challenges, we need to finish fire season strong and safe! So much of what we do in the Fire Service is about effective planning, setting objectives and goals, and working with you to make sure our community is safe and prepared. Without a working relationship with the public, the Fire Service will not be effective in mitigation efforts nor will the community be properly prepared for the risk of fire. This will have a negative effect on response and recovery efforts. Each of these elements represents a key component of incident management in which we work together to address and plan for before the incident occurs. Our crews, you and your family, and your neighbors can partner to tackle the following issues to assure our community is taking the steps to mitigate the risk of Fall wild land fire. Preparation is the name of the game! First, consider teaming up with your neighbors and homeowner associations to identify areas of risk within your neighborhood. Having defensible

space between dry fuels and your home is key. Ensuring clearance of private roads and driveways is critical for Fire Service vehicles to make access to homes during a wild land fire event. In 2005, California State law mandated that homeowners maintain 100‘ of defensible space around their homes. Begin by taking this 100’ and divide it into two separate zones. A 30‘ foot zone closest to your home, and a second 70‘ zone outside of that first zone. Inside that first 30’, the fuel management should be “lean, green, and clean.” There should be no weeds, or dry fuels in this area. Landscaped, fire resistive plants and certain types of trees are acceptable as long as they are properly limbed and maintaining a fire safe distance. Pine needles and dry leaves should be cleared from decks, roofs, eaves, and rain gutters. The second outer zone should extend 70‘ (or to your property line) and should focus on the clearance of all light, flashy fuel types. Maintained landscaping and trees are ok. Weed whip all light fuels to approximately 4” in height. Be careful not to disturb root systems as this will help prevent mudslides and slip outs once the rainy season returns. If your property is set on a hillside, elect to manage all fuels downhill of your home first. Fire burns more quickly and intensely as it moves uphill. Make downhill fuels your top priority. Our fire crews are all about your safety.

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We ask that everyone post highly visible address numbers (at least 4” in height) on a contrasting background. This helps us locate you faster and get to work more quickly in a dynamic fire event. There are many driveways in our area that are well over 100’ in length. Please make sure that these long driveways are vertically cleared to at least 15’. This allows us to get our fire engines and vehicles up to your home safely and efficiently. In areas where water supply is limited, homeowners who have access to rural water supplies can help the Fire Service by making sure there is adequate access to tanks and proper hook ups for vehicles to utilize water as needed. Fire Service resources assigned to firefighting duties in our rural areas are going to need easy access to water in order to defend structures and property. Even though the community has done a tremendous job in mitigation efforts this fire season, the game isn’t over yet. While it is late in the game, and while fall rains may be around the corner, we should commit to finishing the 2018 fire season off on the strongest and safest note possible. n ••• For more information on fall fire safety or any other community safety concerns, citizens are welcome to view our website at www. or stop by one of our three fire stations. Our on duty crews are always happy to help answer your questions!

Community Calendar Aptos Chamber of Commerce Tuesday Sept. 18

Sand Rock Farm Mixer


County invite you to attend a Caregiver Support Group for those caring for someone with a serious illness. When a loved Friendship Put to Music! one is seriously ill, it can be a lasses every Thursday night starting January 7th at 6:30 p.m. challenge for the entire family. In this ongoing support group, we at the New Hall, La Selva Beach will share stories, learn tools for Club House, 3124 Estrella Ave. coping and receive support from For more information call Sue people who care. Harris or Don Benson (831) Contact Hospice of Santa Cruz 726-7053 or email at caller4u@ County Grief Support Program. (831) 430-3078


5:15 - 6:45 p.m., Sand Rock Farm Bed & Breakfast, 6901 Freedom Blvd, Aptos njoy the hospitality of Derek Hagglof & Jennifer Hagglof! Tours, Delicious food and Networking at the Volunteers Needed for the beautiful Sand Rock Farm! Monterey Symphony Cost: $5 members/ $10 General. he Monterey Symphony is Call the Aptos Chamber to seeking volunteers. If you love RSVP! 831-688-1467 music and want to be involved, please call (831) 646-8511 or visit for Wednesday October 3 more information.



Comerica Ribbon Cutting & Grand Reopening

5:30 - 7:00 p.m., Rancho Del Mar Shopping Center, Aptos oin us as we celebrate the reopening of Comerica Bank! Food & Gift Card Giveaways! Cost: FREE!


Cabrillo Youth Strings/ Suzuki Music Program


new entry-level String Orchestra class 4th- 6th Grade Beginning Strings for violin, viola and cello will be offered on Fridays, 4pm-5:15pm. Students must their own instruments. Thursday October 11 provide For more information contact Nancy October Breakfast Meeting Kvam: Cabrillo Youth Strings (831) 7:30 - 9 a.m., Best Western Seacliff 479-6101 or (831) 426-6443. Inn, 7500 Old Dominion Ct, Aptos oin us for our September Breakfast Meeting. Come hear this month’s speaker: Carlos Palacios, Santa Cruz County Administrative Officer. Call 688-1467 to make reservations. Cost: $20 members/ $25 nonWeekdays members


Friday October 26 Annual Chamber Dinner Awards & Auction

5:30 p.m., Seascape Beach Resort, 1 Seascape Resort Drive, Aptos oin us as we honor the Man, Woman, Business, Organization and Outstanding Achievement of the year at the beautiful Seascape Beach Resort! Adult Admission $85 per person Table Sponsor for eight: $850 includes to the event, name recognition on your table and in the official program. Call 6881467 to make reservations.


Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce

Friday October 12

Deadline for the Man, Woman, Business, Organization and Event of the Year Nominations

ominations are being accepted N now through Oct. 12 for who YOU think should have the honor

of being named the Man, Woman, Business, Organization and Event of the Year. Honors will be awarded to those who have enhanced our community’s quality of life, economic vitality and image. Please return completed form (www. to the Pajaro Valley Chamber: Mail: P.O. Box 1748, Watsonville, CA 95077. Fax: 831.728.5300. E-mail: Info@ Save the date for Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, for the 57th Annual Awards Dinner and Auction as we celebrate

Ongoing Events

CASA Orientations to Become Advocates for Children

ASA empowers volunteers C to directly influence lifechanging decisions affecting

Overeaters Anonymous

7:00pm-8:00pm, Soquel Congregational Church, 4951 Soquel Dr. o you have problem with food? Come join us for a friendly free 12 step support group with the solution. Teens and adults welcome. It will be held in the Anne Hutchinson Room. Any questions call (831) 429-7906


Second Mondays

Invisible/Alienated Grandparents Support Group

2:30 - 4 p.m., Christ Lutheran Church, 10707 Soquel Drive, Aptos ed by Dr. Pat Hanson author of Invisible Grandparents: Leave a Legacy of Love Whether You Can Be There or Not this will be a safe structured environment for sharing stories if you so choose, and learning healthy ways to deal with separation from anyone. Co-sponsored by Alienated Grandparents Anonymous www.AGA-FL. org a national organization that provide information and support to grandparents who feel alienated or estranged to their grandchildren. Questions: pat@invisiblegrand • (831) 601-9195 grandparent


children in foster care. 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 Third Monday each month neglected. More info www.casaof santacruz. Stitchers By The Sea Meetings org or call (831) 761-2956 XT.102 7 p.m., St. Stephens Lutheran Church, 2500 Soquel Ave, SC. ••• titchers-by-the-Sea, the local First Mondays: 2-3 p.m., chapter of the Embroiin Watsonville derers’ Guild of America, Second Tuesdays: 5:30-7 p.m. holds regular meetings open to the public each month. No in Capitola Third Wednesdays: 5:30-7 p.m. admission fees.


in Watsonville Third Thursdays: 2-3 p.m. in Santa Cruz Third Fridays: 12-1 p.m. in Aptos

Mondays & Tuesdays


12:30 - 2 p.m. omenCARE ARM-in-ARM support group for women with advanced, recurrent and Mondays metastatic cancers. Meets weekly Pajaro Valley Toastmasters Mondays & Tuesdays, with a 6-7 p.m. Old City Council Chamber, separate meeting every First and Third Tuesday every month. 250 Main Street, Watsonville Registration required. Call 457ome join a dynamic, supportive group of people 2273 for more information and to register. No cost to attend. at all levels of experience from beginners to more advanced. We’re here to help you discover Mondays & Wednesdays your voice and share it effectively. Everyone is welcome! Alzheimer’s Association For more info: (831) 663-1628 or lzheimer’s Association (831)783-8047. has free support groups for family caregivers at 1777-A Capitola road Caregiver Support Group 2nd & 4th Mondays 2-3:30pm 12-1 p.m., PAMF, 2850 Comfacilitated by Jill Ginghofer, mercial Crossing, Santa Cruz 1st & 3rd Wednesdays 5:30-7pm atz Cancer Center, PAMF facilitated by Francie Newfield & and Hospice of Santa Cruz





Kathleen McBurney. Call 800 272 3900 for more information.



6:30 p.m. Santa Cruz Elks Lodge, 150 Jewell St. osted by Soquel Sports Foundation. Buy-In $15. Full snack bar available. First Tuesday of each month is special $25 buy in (up to five packs). Join us!

For more information contact Lisa M. Algee, Ph.D., via e-mail:, or call (831) 227-9847


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 Writing/Discussion Meeting 6:30-7:30 p.m., Christ Lutheran Agent, at 408-993-BAND (2263) for information about booking Church, Gazebo Room, 10707 Soquel Dr., Aptos, CA 95003 (At the band for Non-profit events (donations are tax deductible). Hwy One and Freedom Blvd) o you have a problem with food? Please check out our In Praise of Poetry free, friendly 12-Step support group with the solution. All teens 5:30pm to 7pm Feb 28-Mar 28 Capitola Community Center, and adults welcome! For current times and locations of 4400 Jade Street, Capitola oin this invigorating class where other meetings: www.santayou’ll explore and write several Or call our forms of poetry. From Acrostic to Hotline at (831)429-7906. Haiku—from Ode to Triolet—and a few other poetic forms—you’ll have Business Debtors Anonymous fun while learning and creating. We’ll look at work by experienced 5:15-6:30pm, Calvary Episcopal poets and discover how to put some Church, Parish Hall, 532 Center of their techniques and craft eleStreet, Santa Cruz. ments into practice. Gain exposure e specifically focus on to new poets, forms, and styles, recovering from debting on while unearthing your own voice. one’s business. This inspiring class is for anyone For more information: 831-425-3272. with an interest in poetry. Novices as well as seasoned poets will find the class enriching and fruitful. Overeaters Anonymous 6:30-7:30pm Christ Lutheran Register at: Church, 10707 Soquel Dr. Aptos o you have a problem with recreation/Activity_Search/ food? Come Join us for a in-praise-of-poetry/6488 friendly free 12-step support group with the solution group In Praise of Poetry with the solution. Teens and adults Feb. 28 thru Mar. 28 welcome. Includes compulsive pm to 7 pm, Capitola Community overeating, anorexia and bulimia. 5:30 Center, 4400 Jade Street, Capitola Located in the Gazebo Room. n this invigorating class you’ll Call 831-429-7906 if you have explore and write several forms any questions of poetry. From Acrostic to Haiku; from Ode to Triolet — and a few Tuesdays & Thursdays more — you’ll have fun while learning and creating. Gain Orientations to Become exposure to new poets, forms, and Advocates for Children styles, while unearthing your own 6 pm, 65 Nielson Street #121 voice. This inspiring class is for Watsonville CA 95076 anyone with an interest in poetry. ASA volunteer Advocates receive 35 hours of specialized Novices as well as seasoned poets will find the class enriching and training. Court appointed special advocates are everyday people that, fruitful. Telephone FMI: (831) 475-6115 with just a few hours a week can have a lifetime of impact for a child who has been abused or neglected. Geezer Golfers If you would like to participate in 8:15 a.m., Valley Gardens Golf the next Advocate training contact Course, 263 Mt. Hermon Rd., or (831) Scotts Valley 761-2956 eeling over par? So are we, the Geezer Golfers of Santa Tuesdays, Thursdays Cruz. You’re invited to join us at & Saturdays 8:15am every Wednesday at the beautiful DeLaveaga golf course Summer READ Program 1-4 p.m., Pregnant Mare Rescue, at 401 Upper Park Rd. We enjoy Larkin Valley Road, Aptos a special rate for 9 or 18 holes. Reading • Equine • Art • Duo Questions? Call Jim at 831-685n this fun, unique program, your 3829. child will experience: • Nurturing environment to Aptos Noon Toastmasters strengthen reading skills • Grounding energy that a horse 12:00-1:00p.m. Rio Sands Hotel, 116 Beach Drive naturally emits • Increasing reading compreome join a dynamic, hension through art (imagery) supportive group of people • Trusting bond which supports at all levels of experience from social and emotional development beginners to more advanced.











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We’re here to help you discover, or call 831-818-9619. your voice and share it effectively. Everyone is welcome! Third Wednesdays Follow us on Facebook: Facebook. Edward Jones Financial com/AptosNoonToastmasters or Advisor Sponsors Coffee Club more info: (831) 236-1171 10:00 a.m., 2121 41st Avenue, Suite 209, Capitola Nar-Anon Watsonville eremy Geels, a local Edward Jones 6:00 p.m., Lutheran Community financial advisor, hosts a monthly Church, 95 Alta Vista Avenue, coffee club for local advisors to Watsonville (Adam Dan Hall in talk about the industry and recent back of the church) market updates. ar-Anon is a twelve step “I look forward to keeping support group for families individual investors informed about and friends of addicts. There the current market and economy, as are no dues or fees to join. Just well as have fun and get to know come to a meeting. You will hear some of my neighbors,” he said. others, who are going through Seating may be limited. To reserve similar problems, talk about how a seat, call Sharon Smith at 831they cope and find recovery. 462-8242. To locate additional times and locations of meetings, and to learn Last Wednesdays Each Month more about Nar-Anon, please go to our website at www.nar-anon. Santa Cruz County Prostate Cancer Support Group org or call 831-200-3756. 7-9 p.m., Katz Cancer Resource Center, 3150 Mission Drive, SC Second Wednesdays Cruz County Prostate Santa Cruz Sons in Retirement anta Cancer Support Group has been Monthly Meeting an active group for over 20 years Noon, Elks Lodge at 150 Jewell St. in the community. his statewide group of retired First meeting of 2018 will be men invites you to be our February 28th. guest at our monthly luncheon. You’ll meet kindred spirits, have a fine lunch and learn something Thursdays Lucky Steppers Modern new from a top notch guest speaker. Square Dance Cost: $18. RSVP at 479-7096 6:30 pm, La Selva Beach Clubhouse, 314 Estrella Ave., La Second and Fourth Wednesdays Selva Beach, CA 95076 fun and easy to do! Wellness on the Cancer Journey t’s Friendship put to music; 11-12:30 pm, Old Soquel Plaza earn how to safely support family friendly. Class takes place every Thursday Night your body and emotions through the journey of Cancer at our new home in La Selva — from diagnosis to softening Beach! (Take Mar Monte off of the impact of chemo, radiation, Hwy 1, turns into Playa Blvd., turn right on Estrella) and recovering well from For more information, contact surgery. We’ll address nausea, low energy, Sue Harris or Don Benson at (831) 726-7053 or e-mail at weakness, digestion, immune support, grief, stress and more.





Feel free to bring your partner or care team to this free class. Please come fed; water is available. Limited Seats. Please register all attendees on Eventbrite — Wellness on the Cancer Journey or call 831-254-3270 to RSVP. Address given upon registration receipt.

ADHD Support Group

6:30-8 p.m., Aptos Fire Station, 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos he Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay Branch of CHADD hosts monthly support group meetings for anyone who would like to learn more about ADHD or has questions or concerns. Come share with those who understand. Second Wednesdays’ meeting is for parents of children, teens, and young adults with ADHD. The group for adults with ADHD, spouses, partners of someone with ADHD meets fourth Wednesdays of every month. Contact: Judy Brenis, jbbrenis@




Friendship Put to Music!

6:30 p.m., New Hall, La Selva Beach Club House, 3124 Estrella Ave. lasses every Thursday night. For more information call Sue Harris or Don Benson (831) 726-7053 or email at caller4u@


San Lorenzo Community Band Practice Sessions

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


Second and Fourth Thursdays

Cabrillo Host Lions Club Meetings

6:30 p.m., Aptos Village Park, 100 Aptos Creek Road. ant to make a difference in our community? Join


the Cabrillo Lions Club twice every month and see what you can do to help in Santa Cruz County. Please RSVP cabrillolions@gmail. com

Last Thursdays each month

meets to study the life, works and times of William Shakespeare. Members share group readings and insights, discuss history, and universal themes found in his plays and writings. For more information please call 831-684-2832

Monthly Argentine Tango at Star Fridays thru Sundays Bene Italian/Argentine Restarante Plein Air Watercolor 4:30pm-9:30pm, Star Bene Paintings Exhibition Italian/Argentene Restarante, 21245 East Cliff Dr. his is a night for true “Social Tango.” Order a wonderful meal from the Star Bene Argentine Menu, (or their well known italian menu), and enjoy the ambiance of Argentina and join us in a social tango dance to music from the Golden Age of Tango. Private instruction and classes by arrangement. For more information, call Michael (831) 239-2247.


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

2nd Saturday on the Farm

11 a.m.-3 p.m., Ag History Project Center at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds Fridays oin us every 2nd Saturday Drop-in Grief Support on the Farm for free family 12-1 pm, Hospice of Santa Cruz activities. Each month we select County, 940 Disc Dr., Scotts a new theme to highlight hisValley ospice of Santa Cruz County torical agriculture with games, activities, and demonstrations is offering a drop-in grief support group for adults grieving that relate. We often have guest appearthe death of a family member or ances from farm animals like a friend. This group is a place where you can share stories, learn llamas, draft horses, sheep, goats, chickens, rabbits, and tools for coping, and receive more! You are sure to find support from people who care. For more information, please call something fun and entertaining for the whole family. (831) 430-3000. Check our website and Facebook page for more details. First Fridays each month FREE



First Friday Art Tour


he First Friday Art Tour is a Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Arts event, managed in conjunction with the participating art venues. The event takes place yearround and illuminates some of the most talented local artists from local galleries. To find out where to participate in a First Friday art tour, visit (Most galleries are open 12-9 pm for First Friday viewings.)

Friday Shakespeare Club

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Peace United Church of Christ at 900 High Street, Santa Cruz urious about Shakespeare? The Friday Shakespeare Club members discuss the life, times, and influence of William Shakespeare. For information, call 831-6842832, or go to fridayshakespeare. org or


Friday Shakespeare Club of Santa Cruz

10 am - noon, Peace United Church, 909 High Street his is the oldest women’s club in Santa Cruz. The club



First Baptist Church Bible Study

Community Calendar

clothing, glass and ceramic collectibles, vintage Hawaiian kitsch, turquoise, original artwork, and a whole lot of whatnot! Weather Permitting! For more info, please call (831) 476-6940 or visit us on Facebook.

Downtown Santa Cruz Antique Street Fair

9 a.m.-5 p.m., Lincoln St. (Between Pacific and Cedar) he “Original” Downtown Antique Faire is back! Vendors offer an eclectic blend of antiques and unique items. Come and check it out! Browse through a wide assortment of treasures including books and photographs, vintage jewelry,





Dated Events

thru Sunday Sept. 16 Santa Cruz County Fair: Bounty of the County


he 2018 Santa Cruz County Fair opens September 12 with annual favorites and some new surprises. There will be quilts, jams and jellies, giant pumpkins, award winning photographs and artwork, rides for the kids, The Agricultural History Project and many, many more exciting things to do and see! Visit www.santacruzcountyfair. com to buy tickets in advance. n



Second Sundays Each Month

A Taste of Soquel

11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Downtown Soquel 0th Annual A Taste of Soquel ~ Food & Music for the Common Good! A Benefit for Second Third Sunday of Every Month Harvest Food Bank co-hosted by the Congregational Church Science Sunday of Soquel and Capitola-Soquel Starts at 1 p.m., 100 Shaffer Chamber of Commerce. Featuring Road, Santa Cruz, 95060 Soquel Restaurants + Wineries + eymour Marine Discovery Breweries + Live Music Center presents a public lecture from a marine scientist the third Sunday of every month. Topics are presented in An Evening with an entertaining and easyFriends of Hospice to-understand format, with 4 p.m. – 9 p.m., Corralitos Hills up-to-date photos, video, and n Evening with Friends is a discussion. new fall event presented by the Science Sunday does not meet Friends of Hospice. Join us for savory appetizers, tasting local wine and craft in December. For more info beer, and dance the night away with visit Extra Large! A raffle, live and silent auctions will all take place to support Hospice of Santa Cruz County. For more information please call 831.713.6082 or visit www. Sept. 12 evening-with-friends/

9:45 a.m: Bible Study 11 a.m.: Worship Sunday September 16 7565 Sunset Way, Aptos irst Baptist Church of Aptos Spotlight on the Symphony welcomes you to join their bible 2:00 p.m., Samper Recital Hall, study and worship every Sunday. Call (831) 688-5842 for more info Aptos ecital series featuring musicians of The Santa Cruz Symphony. Overeaters Anonymous Madeline Jarzembak is the Principal 9:05 a.m.-10:15 a.m., Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center, 2900 Harpist of the Santa Symphony. A graduate of the Curtis Institute Chanticleer Ave., Santa Cruz of Music, Madeline has also vereaters Anonymous is a Free, Friendly 12-Step group performed as a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra and San for those who have a problem Francisco Symphony, among others. with food. Visit www.santacruzsymphony. Visit for org for more information. current times and locations of other meetings, or call our Hotline at (831) 429-7906. Saturday Sept. 22


Contact: Kristi Boosman 831-647-9890 or visit www.

An Evening on the Red Carpet Soroptimist International

5:30 p.m. pend a fun filled evening helping to raise money for Soroptimist International of Watsonville! Our mission is to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. For more information contact Lisa Cottle at or Mary Kashmar at


Saturday Sept. 29 Sunday September 30

Capitola Beach Festival he First Capitola Beach Festival kicks off with something for everyone to enjoy! The community event will include a 5k Fun Run, Horseshoe Tournament, Lighted Nautical Parade, Fishing Derby, Sand Sculpture Contest, Chalk Art Event, Rowboat Races and more! For more information visit www.


Sunday September 30 Music at Skypark

2:30 pm - 6 pm, 361 Kings Village 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s Road, Scotts Valley pend your afternoon enjoying Registration: 8:30 a.m. • Ceremony: good music and food and 9 a.m. • Walk: 10:00 a.m., Seascape concession from local businesses. Resort and Park Visit ake the first step to a world for more information. n without Alzheimer’s



Your September Horoscope Times Publishing Group, Inc. Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 23)

Caution and moderation are important as September begins, and you might have to slow down your pace to pay attention to the details. Taking more time to finish things is preferred over rushing and missing something important. Distractions may prevent you from giving things your full attention mid-month, so don’t make any final decisions at this time. You’re feeling strong and courageous late in the month. Once you get the ball rolling on key projects, you should be able to rely on others to pick it up and run with it.

Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22)

Your energy is up early in the month. Your desire to be close with others makes it easy to be deeply hurt when they disappoint you, making it hard not to take their actions personally. Mid-month finds you looking at possible changes, but even though they seem positive, you’re not quite ready to take the leap. Preparing for a potential change is enough for now. Late September you have a deep understanding of what’s driving you. Now that you’re aware of your own motivations, you can continue conquering everything in your path!

Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21)

Logic, order and structure are ruling you at the beginning of the month, not leaving much room for excitement and fun. If you have to give a speech or you have a date planned, you’ll want to prepare some interesting stuff beforehand so you don’t bore your audience! MidSeptember favors forward thinking; what do you see when you look ahead? It’s never too early to start making plans because “someday” is going to be here before you know it! Your mental agility seems to be on point late in the month, helping you concentrate on the task at hand. Other people will be amazed by your ability to shut out distractions and focus on what needs to be done.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)

You have an abundance of energy as September begins and are ready to get back to work. Putting that energy into practical, meaningful applications is what you need to do now; waiting for the outcome after won’t be hard. Teamwork is essential as you move into the middle of the month. You kind of prefer to work on your own, but stepping out of your comfort zone is important to get your current project done. Keep trying new methods as you approach the end of the month. Whatever path your project takes, working at it until you get it right is the only way to succeed.

Aquarius (Jan 21-Feb. 18)

You are always working to expand your mind, and the beginning of the month is no exception. There are many new possibilities, but you could have some difficulty deciphering what you should act on and what should remain just a thought. Mid-month brings opportunities to break free from the restrictions you resent, but you have to know where the line is. Being creative and free-spirited goes over way better in some environments than it does in others. And you can definitely tell the difference. The end of September brings an enthusiastic note. Starting new projects seems to be a good idea. The driving force inside of you is strong.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)

It’s impossible to ignore reality early in the month, so why not just embrace it? It’s time to complete a project that’s been on the back burner for a while. Cutting corners won’t be an option, but if you stay focused, you should be able to meet the deadline and turn in a nearperfect product. Everything is called into question mid-September, threatening to undo all the hard work you’ve put in. Self-doubt can be a real bummer, especially when you aren’t sure who you can trust to tell you the truth. A bright spot comes late in the month and life becomes a little more peaceful. The darker moments are still there, but choosing to look at the light makes you so much happier.

Aries (March 21-April 20)

Precision is in your blood as September begins. You’re not in the mood to waste time or energy on excess frills. There are still a lot of pesky details to deal with, but you handle them like a pro. Mid-month finds your rebellious side pulling you in a different direction, but you still have stuff you need to do. Perhaps thinking before you act is a good thing anyway. Your confidence is boosted late in the month, giving rise to new projects. Begin with the most difficult tasks and move your way down the priority list.

Taurus (April 21-May 21)

Tension is in a relationship early in the month. You find yourselves competing against each other, and both need to avoid the desire to gloat or not be a good sport. Passions are on the rise midmonth, and jealousy can be a problem. You want to trust people so badly, but blind faith isn’t likely (or advised) right now. Your ego takes a hit late in September, but you thrive on being challenged. You’ll come out on top eventually, and getting to say “I told you so” will be very, very sweet.

Gemini (May 22-June 21)

The beginning of the month finds you in harmony and gives you a welcome break from stress you’ve been feeling. This is a good time for finishing busywork, with an emphasis on schoolrelated tasks, paperwork, and bills. Catching up on the small things while you’re relaxed will help you reach your goals more effortlessly in the future. Mid-September is a great time to call in favors. Your communication should be very persuasive, allowing you to debate and bargain until you get what you want. Your innate dual nature comes to the forefront late in the month, allowing you to see both sides of every story, making you an excellent and trusted mediator.

Cancer (June 22-July 22)

September starts your month on a fun and positive note. Your charm comes in handy when asking for favors. Never one to take something for nothing, you always offer whatever you can manage in return. You find yourself limiting your indulgences mid-month, making it a good time to evaluate your goals and reprioritize your to-do list. Wasting time is one of your worst pet peeves, so you’re only interested in doing what’s necessary to get the job done. You find yourself in the perfect mood late in the month to do research and interviews. Spending your free time having long discussions about a variety of topics is your idea of a good time, and why wouldn’t it be?

Leo (July 23-Aug. 23)

Are you ready to get busy? The month begins with you excited to work hard. Taking shortcuts shouldn’t even be an option, but as the first week progresses, you find yourself beset by insecurity and discouraging thoughts. Try to retreat to a safe place where you know your skills are valued and appreciated. You feel your intuition coming through mid-month, but one wrong move or decision could send you back to the starting line. This can be a time of some positive transformation if you accept your limitations. Your character continues to be tested late in September, but if you do everything you’re supposed to do, no one can question your dedication.

Virgo (Aug. 24-Sep. 22)

Your charming nature comes forth at the beginning of the month, affecting all areas of your life. This might be a good time to ask your boss for a raise or look for a new car. Your concentration is up mid-September, helping you in areas like studying and planning. The future holds some pretty great stuff, and this helps you visualize it now so you can obtain it later. The time to put your ideas out in the world is late in the month. Find someone who can help you take them beyond the planning stages and turn them into reality.

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Measure D Update


Fully employed, quiet, middle-aged woman seeks studio or room to rent with private entrance if possible. Can be small as I spend almost all day at work in Aptos (outside).

Amy 831-332-6204

hen voters approved Measure D in the end of 2016 it was the first new infusion of road and transportation funds in the County in quite some time. The tax measure started collection and distribution in 2017 and enough funds have been collected for the first set of road repairs to be completed in our district. Now that that the first set of road work is complete (in La Selva), I have been receiving questions from constituents about when their neighborhood might be next. So I wanted to provide you some information about how much funding Measure D provides for local road projects in our district each year, the criteria by which roads are repaired, and what is planned for the next few years. What Does Measure D Fund? he aim of the tax measure was to include a balanced mix of projects. Projects would be geographically dispersed and focus on everything from road and highway improvements to bus, pedestrian, bike and school safety investments. It included mobility access funding (for senior and disabled transit service), coastal rail/trail funding and rail line maintenance and economic and environmental analysis of the line.


Neighborhood Projects he largest portion of the measure, 30 percent, is dedicated to neighborhood projects. Specifically, this element includes local road repair, school/neighborhood safety projects. Public Works departments from the County and cities developed five year plans for targeted investment in this area. Then these plans were




call our offices 831.688.7549

By Zach Friend

adopted by the Board of Supervisors for the unincorporated area and by local city councils for the area cities. Highways arge ticket items, such as the highway, need multiple years of sales tax collection to have enough funds for construction and, while it doesn’t seem fast enough, the next phase of highway widening (after environmental, design and pre-construction work is completed) is slated for 2020/2021.


Local Streets owever, enough funding is collected from the tax to allow for road (local streets) work to be completed annually in each district. The total amount for our district each year from Measure D (for local road repair) is approximately $800,000. This allowed for the first set of streets to be completed in La Selva about a month ago with road projects planned in Rio Del Mar and Seacliff, Pleasant Valley and Corralitos (as well as in the Green Valley Road corridor) within the initial 5 year plan.


How were the streets selected for repair? oads were chosen through a set of criteria that took into consideration a road’s condition, it’s location and then what is possible with the funding amount. This funding is primarily focused on neighborhood roads (as opposed to arterial roads such as Soquel) since those roads haven’t received any funding in quite some time. Second, every road has a Pavement Condition Index (PCI) score. As I’ve written in previous columns, the PCI for many of our County’s maintained roads are average, below average or poor. Roads with a failing PCI are much more expensive to repair (since they require a rebuild) than roads with a higher PCI. As a result, you can fix a lot more roads that are actually in average to good condition than you could roads in poor or failing condition - preserving those roads from falling into poor or failing condition. Very roughly speaking you can repair about 4 times the amount of distance in average to good condition roads than you could in failing roads with the same amount of money. With nearly 200 square miles of roads in our district and significant


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deferred maintenance, clearly $800,000/ year won’t be able to fix them all. But one of our main goals is to do as many roads as possible since most haven’t been fully repaired in decades.

Three Selection Elements he first step to was review the PCI to determine which roads we could preserve and how many we could rebuild with the amount of funds we had. From there, we look at Adjacency when possible - meaning, once equipment is mobilized it’s cheaper to do the cross street (even if we wouldn’t normally have done it based on PCI) than it would be if we did it on its own. All of this was combined with input we’ve received (and Public Works has received) historically about roadwork that’s needed and also roads that are within our Capital Improvement Program for long term investments. These three elements led to the selection of roads that were completed. I know that much more needs to be done. In many areas we have decades of deferred maintenance on our local roads and each year it becomes more expensive to repair roads that fall into greater disrepair (making the $800k/ year fix less than it would otherwise). Measure D alone won’t fix all of these roads in our district but it did provide a much-needed infusion as well as the possibility of leveraging state funding. Over time (If SB 1 isn’t repealed in November through Proposition 6) there will be funds available for these repairs that haven’t been there historically. I’ve heard from many of you that road repair is a priority and your support of Measure D was essential in beginning to address this issue. n ••• As always, I appreciate hearing your thoughts. Please feel free to call me at 454-2200 or visit me in my weekly open office hours.


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Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge Competing For National Award

Public’s online votes for Big Sur Bridge will determine winner

Marlene: Nothing like a Fuzzy Bunny

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Marlene (ID #A248869) is an outgoing and relaxed little bunny. She is about a year old and the volunteers think she is mellow and easy to be around. Her daily antics include nudging balls and toys around the room, running around in our cardboard castles, and eating greens. She has been learning how to use a litter box and keeps improving. She is looking for a home that can give her attention and time to play. Could that be you? Marlene is a spayed, white Shorthaired Rabbit. To adopt your new friend, visit one of the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter locations, or their website at n ••• Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter has two full-service, open-admission shelters: Santa Cruz Location (Public Entrance): 1001 Rodriguez St., Santa Cruz, 95062 Hours: Daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Wednesdays: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Watsonville Location: 580 Airport Blvd, Watsonville, CA 95076
 Hours: Monday – Saturday
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (closed 12-1) Closed on Sunday SCCAS Main line: 831-454-7200. Animal Control: 831-454-7227. After-Hours Emergency: 831-471-1182

SACRAMENTO — Caltrans is asking the public to vote for the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge project in Big Sur, one of 12 projects competing nationally for the Socrata People’s Choice Award for the nation’s best transportation project. “This is exciting! We’re very proud of this project,” said Caltrans Director Laurie Berman. “The Big Sur community was cut off. We needed to make sure that the bridge was replaced as soon as possible — and we did.” The project was completed in just eight months, a process that would normally take about eight years. The national competition is sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Socrata, AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Public voting is the final phase of the 11th annual America’s Transportation Awards competition. The 12 competing projects were winners in four regional competitions. The three highestscoring projects in each regional contest became the competition’s Top 12 and now compete for the national Grand Prize and the Socrata People’s Choice Award, both of which come with a $10,000 check for a charity or a transportation-related scholarship of the winners’ choosing. Caltrans has selected the California Transportation Foundation (CTF) to receive the prize money if the Pfeiffer Bridge replacement project wins. CTF

is the leading charitable transportation organization in the state and supports California’s transportation community in many ways, including scholarships for students pursuing transportation careers and financial assistance to workers injured on the job and to the families of transportation workers who were killed on the job. “CTF has been a great support to people working in, and students pursuing careers in, the transportation field,” said Berman. “CTF has helped so many of our workers and their families, and we would be honored to present them with a $10,000 check so they can continue their great work.” Watch Caltrans News Flash #152 to learn more about the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge replacement. You can vote for the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge Replacement at: gallery/rounds/10/details/1580 Anyone can vote on any number of projects, once per day. You can vote again for the same project(s) after 24 hours. Voting will close September 22 at 11:59 p.m. eastern time. n ••• Online votes will be weighted to each state’s population, allowing for greater competition between states with larger and smaller populations. Winners will be announced September 23.

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The new Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge on State Route 1 in Monterey County that replaced the original bridge after it was damaged in a landslide during 2017’s record storms. Photo by Caltrans senior photographer Scott Lorenzo. 31 / September 15th 2018 / Aptos Times

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Serving Our Community for Over 25 Years

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Serving Our Community for Over 25 Years