Community briefs, June 21, 2019

Residents urged to prepare for PG&E power outages

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY — As residents prepare for the upcoming fire season, the County of Santa Cruz is asking residents who depend on electricity for medical and mobility devices to be aware of the likelihood of extended power outages during certain weather conditions.

To help mitigate the risk of catastrophic forest fires, Pacific, Gas & Electric plans to proactively de-energize portions of the electricity grid during periods of high temperatures and extreme winds. PG&E is warning Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) could last 1-2 days or longer than a week, depending on the severity of the weather event. Individuals relying on ventilators or respiratory devices, dialysis, feeding devices, motorized equipment and refrigerated medication at all at risk during extended power outages.

To identify and help residents prepare for Public Safety Power Shutoffs, the County is asking residents who rely on such equipment to fill out a brief survey. The survey is available at Filling out the survey assures that County officials have accurate contact information for vulnerable residents should an extended power shutoff occur. Information will be kept confidential.

The County encourages impacted residents and their families to be prepared by keeping a list emergency phone numbers, securing alternative power supplies such as safe generators, and being prepared to relocate if necessary. During an actual event, supplies and communications may be limited, and residents are encouraged to act now. Eligible residents are also encouraged to sign up for PG&E’s Medical Baseline Program.

During a Public Safety Power Shutoff event, some advanced notice is expected. The County Office of Emergency Services encourages people to sign up for emergency notifications by visiting and following the prompts, or by downloading the CodeRed app.

For more on PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoffs, visit


SACO celebrates 40 years at annual July barbecue

CORRALITOS — The Slavic American  Cultural Organization is hosting its annual July Picnic at the Corralitos Community Center/Padres Hall, 35 Browns Valley Road, on July 7 from noon to 4 p.m. to celebrate its 40th Anniversary.

Musical entertainment will be provided by Petra Tulic from Los Angeles, and scholarship recipients will be introduced. The menu includes steak or chicken, pasta, salad and desserts.

Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children under 12. No tickets will be sold at the door and reservations must be made by July 1. 

For information and to RSVP call Susan at 722-3268


Afternoon Caregiver Support Group in Santa Cruz

If a family member has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia, a caregiver support group can offer you an opportunity to find out more about available community resources, learn from others going through similar experiences, and obtain additional educational materials.

Our afternoon Santa Cruz caregiver support group meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 2-3:30 p.m. at 550 Water Street, Ste L2, Santa Cruz, without a fee. Open to family members.

For information about the this group and other support groups in the area, call 800-272-3900.


Bay Federal Credit Union receives 5-Star Superior rating  

CAPTIOLA — Bay Federal Credit Union received a 5-Star Superior rating by BauerFinancial Group, the highest possible rating offered by the group. This rating is based off of Bay Federal’s financial data as of March 31.

BauerFinancial is an independent firm that has provided ratings on financial institutions since 1983. The firm determines ratings by using the same strict barometer to rate all banks and all credit unions across the country.

Bay Federal’s 5-Star rating is an improvement from their prior 4-Star Excellent rating. Institutions that are rated 4-Stars or above are recommended to consumers by BauerFinancial Group. The credit union recently announced that they hit $1 billion in assets on March 31.


Census Training: June 27, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Join the Community Action Board for a one-hour training  in the Watsonville Public Library to learn about the Census and how to get involved in spreading awareness in your community.

They are looking for people to help with tabling, as well as acting as a Census ambassador for neighborhoods and organizations. Sign up using this link:

Save the date for future trainings!

• Thursday July 25th, 2-3 pm

• Thursday, August 29th  10:30-11:30 am

• Thursday, September 26th 2-3 pm

• Thursday, October 24, 10:30-11:30 am


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