Community briefs, April 26, 2019

Bay Federal recognized in 2019’s Bay Area Best Places to Work

CAPITOLA — Bay Federal Credit Union has been recognized as a winner of the 2019 Bay Area Best Places To Work, an awards program presented by the San Francisco Business Times and the Silicon Valley Business Journal. This is the fifth straight year the credit union has been selected.

Employers from the Bay Area were named winners of the awards program, held on April 18. These winning organizations were honored for having created exceptional workplaces that their employees value highly.

Award applicants were evaluated and ranked in five categories, which were based on the number of Bay Area employees. The ranking found companies in the region whose employees rate them as the highest on such values as fun, collaborative culture, solid compensation and benefits offerings and other amenities, as well as management practices.


SCBHS welcoming comments for Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY — Santa Cruz Behavioral Health Services the Santa Cruz County Suicide Prevention Task Force is seeking input on its draft Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan, which was released earlier this month.

The plan envisions a system of prevention, intervention and postvention through priorities that include the establishment of new programs and services, an improved understanding of local strengths and needs and better information sharing and collaboration.

View and download the plan at under “Suicide Prevention Draft Strategic Plan 2019.”

Comments on the draft can be submitted through May 16 directly through that website under “Submit a Public Comment” or at 763-8203. The Task Force will hold a town hall meeting to receive additional feedback May 16, 5:30-7 p.m. at 1400 Emeline Ave., Building K, Room 206-207, Santa Cruz.


Natividad Family Medicine Residency program among best in the nation

Natividad’s Family Medicine Residency Program has been awarded the highest level of accreditation offered by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) — a status achieved by less than 20 percent of residency programs in the country. 

The ACGME accreditation was achieved through a process of evaluation and review based on published accreditation standards. The ACGME is a private, 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization that sets standards for U.S. graduate medical education (residency and fellowship) programs and the institutions that sponsor them, and provides accreditations based on compliance with these standards. In academic year 2017-2018, there were approximately 830 ACGME-accredited institutions sponsoring approximately 11,200 residency and fellowship programs in 180 specialties and subspecialties.

One of the first hospitals in California to recognize the need for training the future generation of primary care doctors, Natividad established its Family Medicine Residency in 1974. Today the program is affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco and trains a total of 30 residents at a time. There are 10 residents in each class, or cohort, and each have primary clinical responsibility for all their patients, accounting for nearly 20,000 patient visits each year at the Laurel Family Practice Clinic. Residents also practice in multiple settings throughout the hospital.

The program places a special emphasis on underserved and rural communities, where the shortage and access to quality primary care is most in jeopardy. Residents train with Natividad for three years, and after graduation, many stay to serve the Monterey community.


Cinco De Mayo Party

Celebrate Aptos’ Mexican heritage on May 5 from 2-4 p.m. at the Best Western Seacliff Inn and visit the Aptos History Museum across the street. There will be games, salsa dance lessons, fabulous hors d’ oeuvres, including cheese quesadillas, mini ceviche tostadas, chips, salsa and guacamole, taquitos, mini tacos — carne asada and chicken, with flour tortillas — jalapeno poppers, veggie platter, fruit kabobs, and a surprise dessert.

There will be a silent auction with unique items, including bottles of Marilyn Merlot and Norma Jean collector’s wines, a split-the-pot raffle and music provided by the Soquel High Jazz Band. Tours of Aptos History Museum are also available. Tickets are $40 for general admission and $35 for museum members. For tickets and information call 688-1467.


$35,000 in grants available from NMCF

The Northern Monterey County Foundation (NMCF), an affiliate fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County, has $35,000 available to grant in 2019. Nonprofit organizations and groups serving the Northern Monterey County communities of Aromas, Bolsa Knolls, Boronda, Castroville, Elkhorn, Las Lomas, Moss Landing, Oak Hills, Pajaro, Prunedale, Royal Oaks or Santa Rita are encouraged to apply.

Grant applications are due May 31, 2019 by 5 p.m. and decisions will be announced in late July. Applications can be found online at Grants are expected to range from $1,000-3,000. For questions contact Brian Thayer, Community Foundation for Monterey County Senior Philanthropic Services Officer, at 375-9712 x144 or [email protected]


Pacific Coast Charter School 20th anniversary

Pacific Coast Charter School will hold its 20th anniversary celebration on May 16 at the school from 5-8 p.m. The event will include games, food, a student drama performance and a student work showcase.

For information, visit


Students invited to apply for city internship program

WATSONVILLE — City and school district officials are inviting high school students to apply for the Summer in the City internship program.

This program gives incoming juniors and seniors enrolled in a Pajaro Valley Unified School District high school an inside look of the inner-workings of local government, while preparing them to enter into the workforce.

A total of 21 students will be selected to participate in the program.

The internship runs weekdays on June 17 through July 5. The program runs from 9 a.m. to noon, with the internship taking place from 1-5 p.m.

Participants will receive a $500 stipend, and 2.5 elective credits.

For information, call Elizabeth Padilla at 768-3018 or [email protected]


Micro-Business Summit returns

 APTOS — The fourth annual Micro-Business Summit, the largest small business event in Santa Cruz County, will return to Cabrillo College’s Aptos campus on May 3.

The summit, which will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature more than 40 speakers, and several valuable sessions on topics important to local small business owners looking to grow their profiles.

Tickets are available at The price is $49.

Enrollment is limited to 300 participants.

The event includes an afternoon mixer with door prizes, and a complimentary breakfast and lunch.


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