Community briefs, Feb. 6: PV Chamber welcomes new board members

PV Chamber welcomes new board members

WATSONVILLE — The Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture announced four new members to its Board of Directors: Rob Allen, Dr. Bill MacLean, Robert Singleton and Brian Spector.

Allen is a lawyer in Watsonville with the law firm of Allen, Allen & Caroselli, Ltd., focusing his practice in the areas of estate planning, trust and estate administration, and related transactional work. He was born at Dominican Hospital in 1970, and grew up in Corralitos, graduating Aptos High in 1988. Allen has sat or sits on the boards of several local not-for-profit corporations. He is married to Christine, and they have a son, Sam, 12, and a daughter, Natalie, 8.

MacLean has been with Kaiser Permanente since 1993, and is currently the Assistant Physician in Charge in Santa Cruz County and the leader of the Watsonville Medical Office. He is a native of the South Bay area, attended UC Santa Barbara and medical school at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. After four years on the East Coast, he returned to Santa Barbara doing residency in General Surgery. His final four years of residency were at the UC Irvine Medical Center in Head and Neck Surgery. MacLean currently lives in Los Gatos with his wife and son. 

Singleton is the current executive director for the Santa Cruz County Business Council, a nonprofit political advocacy organization that represents the 70 largest employers throughout the county. He also works as a senior marketing strategist for Cruzio under their newly launched Santa Cruz Fiber brand and services, and was previously the government affairs director for the Santa Cruz County Association of Realtors. He is one of the founders of Civinomics, a software company that builds public outreach and engagement solutions for government agencies, and still serves on its Board of Directors.

Spector, a resident of Santa Cruz County, is a licensed architect with more than 18 years of professional experience with the design and management of architectural projects. He has been involved on a wide spectrum of project types and sizes including industrial, commercial, public projects, healthcare facilities, education, tenant improvements, corporate interiors, planned unit development, affordable housing, custom residential, multi-family residential, and mixed-use projects. Spector earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture from Tulane University.


Events lined up for reading program

APTOS — Our Community Reads, a project of the Friends of the Aptos Library, has a number of events lined up this week centered around its book for 2018, “Born a Crime.”

On Tuesday night, the program will host a trivia night at Seascape Golf Club, 610 Clubhouse Drive in Aptos, from 6-8 p.m. Attendees are welcome to show off their knowledge of facts from “Born a Crime.” The emcee will be County Supervisor Zach Friend. To RSVP, email [email protected]

On Wednesday, students from Delta School will present artwork in an exhibit titled “Reflections of Born a Crime.” The exhibit will take place at Pizza 1 on Center Drive in Aptos at 6 p.m.

The Aptos Library Book Group will host a discussion on “Born a Crime” from 1-2:30 p.m. on Thursday, led by Judy McNeely.

The week wraps up on Saturday from 3-5 p.m. with the screening of “Blazing Saddles,” a 1974 satirical western comedy by Mel Brooks. Film educator Mark Hull will introduce the film.

More events are scheduled throughout the month. For information, visit


Candidate filing for judges ends Wednesday

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY — Candidates for Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge are required to file a Declaration of Intention with the County Clerk by Wednesday if they want to run for office in June 2018.

Incumbent judges and challengers must pay the entire filing fee of $2,000.42 at the time of filing their Declaration of Intention represented by money, signatures or any prorated combination of money and signatures. The filing fee is non-refundable.

There are two Superior Court Judges up for election in June:

• Jeff Almquist, who has announced that he is not running for re-election

• Kim Baskett                                                       

Only incumbents and challengers to the Office of Superior Court Judge must file a Declaration of Intention by 5 p.m., Wednesday. If the incumbent does not file by Wednesday, the deadline to file the Declaration of Intention is extended to Feb. 12.

Candidates for all other offices, including judges, are required to file Nomination Documents and Declarations of Candidacy during the filing period from Feb. 12 to March 9.

A “Candidate’s Handbook” detailing filing fees, candidate qualifications, deadlines, candidate’s statements of qualifications, and other candidate information for the June 5, 2018 Primary Election is available from the Santa Cruz County Clerk/Elections Department at 701 Ocean St., Room 310, Santa Cruz or online at The office is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.


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