Community briefs, June 28, 2019

Watsonville High graduate Katrina Espinoza was one of 16 students recently awarded a $1,500 scholarship for academic achievement, community service and leadership by the Goulds Water Technology Professional Dealer’s Association (GPDA). — Contributed

Watsonville grad wins scholarship

Watsonville High graduate Katrina Espinoza was one of 16 students recently awarded a $1,500 scholarship for academic achievement, community service and leadership by the Goulds Water Technology Professional Dealer’s Association (GPDA). The scholarship is open to students in the U.S. and Canada.

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“These students represent the future of our industry. Goulds Water Technology values the opportunity to support them as they pursue higher education and build their careers through the GPDA scholarship,” said Susan O’Grady, Xylem Director of Marketing, Residential and Agriculture.

GPDA scholarship recipients are family members of GPDA members. GPDA is a network of independent water system professionals, established in 1969, and is the industry’s oldest and largest dealers association. Since the scholarship’s inception, the GPDA has awarded over $300,000 to 272 recipients.


Hospice of Santa Cruz County receives grant for Telehealth Program

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY — Hospice of Santa Cruz County recently received $166,895 in grant funding from the Central California Alliance for Health (the Alliance) to support the implementation of an innovative new telehealth system for palliative care services. 

This new technology will enhance patient access and experience and compliment the exceptional care and support provided by Hospice of Santa Cruz County. 

Patients will be able to opt into the telehealth application, TapCloud, which is a dynamic, patient-centric app that will help patients and their families with symptom management, medications and virtual doctor visits. 

Hospice of Santa Cruz County plans to integrate the new Telehealth application as an option for Palliative Care patients and families over the next few months with full implementation completed early this fall.

As a valued community partner, Hospice of Santa Cruz County cares for patients and families with serious illness, and those needing end-of-life-care and support, in the comfort of their home, or the location they call home. Using a team approach, members of the care team visit and communicate with the patient and family to address physical symptoms, provide emotional and psycho-social support, and spiritual care.  

“Telehealth brings a palliative care physician into the homes of medically complex patients, allowing better symptom management and enhanced discussion around goals of care,” said Dr. Charlea Massion, Hospice of Santa Cruz County’s Palliative Care Medical Director.


Senderos awarded California Arts Council ‘Youth in Arts Action’ grant

The California Arts Council announced a grant award of $16,950 to local nonprofit Senderos as part of its Youth in Arts Action program.

Youth Arts Action supports projects for youth from infancy through age 24 that operate outside of school time, in artistic venues and community settings as well as on school sites.

This program encourages relevant, dynamic and innovative community building and learning through youth-focused arts and culture projects. 

“Arts and culture are inextricably linked to our humanity,” said Nashormeh Lindo, California Arts Council Chair. “They serve as a universal touchpoint for understanding and addressing our societal issues—dismantling inequity, healing trauma, reframing justice, inspiring truth and shaping futures. The Council is humbled to support the vital work of Senderos and its passionate efforts to make a better California for us all.” 

For information about Senderos, visit or call 854-7740.


Capitola Plein Air

Forty professional artists will be selected to participate in the 5th Annual Capitola Plein Air event October 30-November 3 sponsored by the Capitola Arts and Cultural Commission. Artists set up their easels on the wharf, shore and streets of Capitola, to paint outdoors for four days. 

There will be a “Quick Draw” competition on Nov. 2. On Nov. 3rd all completed paintings will be on display, judged and for sale. The first and second place pieces will be purchased by the City of Capitola.

This is a juried show and artists must register on line by Aug. 1 to paint in this event.

Visit for more information.


Residents urged to prepare for PG&E power outages

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


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