Community briefs, June 7, 2019

Sunday’s Open Streets event in Watsonville flooded Brennan and Union streets with hundreds of people, many of which were on their bikes. — Tony Nunez/Register-Pajaronian

PV Water announces June 12 meeting on Watsonville Slough System Projects

The public is invited to attend a public scoping meeting on Wednesday at 4 p.m. in the Watsonville Civic Plaza Community Room for the proposed Watsonville Slough System projects, involving Harkins and Struve Sloughs. 

Attendees may offer comments about what should be studied in the proposed Projects’ Environment Impact Report (EIR), to help meet the water supply needs of Pajaro Valley agriculture.

Comment deadline for the College Lake Draft EIR has been extended to June 21 at 5 p.m.


Summer meal program back in county

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY — With summer right around the corner, it’s time to think about keeping children healthy while school is out. The Summer Meals Program makes sure all children can eat healthy food during the summer months.

During summer vacation, many food-insecure children lose access to free or reduced priced meals, but this valuable program provides no cost and convenient access to meals for kids in need. Free lunches will be provided to all children, without eligibility documentation, who are 18 years of age and younger. Some programs may require registration for participants. 

To make the program welcoming and accessible, meals are served at locations where kids congregate during the summer, such as playgrounds, summer schools and community centers. Summer meals are offered at a total of 25 sites throughout the county.

For more information, text FOOD or COMIDA to 877-877 or call 211 for a location near you.


50 Year class reunion Watsonville-Aptos-Mora Class of 1970

The 1970 graduating classes of Watsonville, Aptos and Mora high schools are planning a 50-year reunion on Sept. 19, 2020 at the Seascape Golf Club in Aptos.

Class members are encouraged to visit to update contact information and spread the word about the event.

For addition information email [email protected]


Congressman Panetta announces June Mobile Office Hours

Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) announced dates and locations for staff mobile office hours for the month of June.

Congressional staff members will be available in Hollister, Watsonville, and Soledad to assist with issues concerning Social Security, Medicare, federal employee retirement, immigration services, veterans’ services, passports, searching for military records and any other federal matters. 

To schedule a meeting, call Congressman Panetta’s Salinas office at 424-2229. 

June 19 – Watsonville

Santa Cruz County Immigration Project

406 Main Street

Watsonville, CA 95076

Time: 10 a.m. – noon


Triple P running meetings in June

Triple P Parenting will run workshops throughout June in both english and Spanish.

On June 12, it will run a Spanish workshop on how to talk to kids about drug use.

On June 18, Triple P will host an English workshop on what to do when your teen is rude and disrespectful.

And on June 25, it will conduct a Spanish workshop on how to teach kids to share.

All three workshops will run from 6-7:30 p.m. at La Manzana Community Resources, 18 West Lake Ave., Suite E in Watsonville.

To register contact Sandra Rodelo at 724-2997 or at [email protected] Registration is also available online at


County Clerk to demonstrate new voting system

The next time Santa Cruz County voters cast their ballots, they will be using a new voting system. The Santa Cruz County Clerk invites the public to learn more about the new equipment during three public demonstration events of the new voting system:

June 20, 10 a.m.-noon: Santa Cruz County Government Center, 701 Ocean Street, 3rd Floor PLH Conference Room.

June 20, 6-8 p.m.: Simpkins Swim Center, 979 17th Avenue in Santa Cruz.

June 21, 10 a.m.-noon: Watsonville Civic Center, 275 Main Street, 4th Floor Community Room

The County’s existing voting system is obsolete and cannot be used after February 27, 2020. New systems must comply with the California Voting Systems Standards and be approved by the Secretary of State.

Three voting systems currently meet the standards and are available for use in California. The Santa Cruz County Clerk has selected Dominion’s Democracy Suite, with the company having provided voting equipment to Santa Cruz County voters since 2006.

The County Clerk plans to go before the Board of Supervisors in June with a contract to lease the new voting system using State matching funds appropriated to upgrade and replace aging voting systems throughout California. The total annual cost of $206,000 will be split between the County and State.

The new system will be in place during the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election. The new system is also paper-based, with the process of marking a ballot changing slightly to require filling in a bubble rather than marking a line to indication a selection..


Santa Cruz Sea Scouts host Winemakers Dinner fundraiser

The Santa Cruz Sea Scouts and their beloved ship, the S.S.S. Steeves, are currently rebuilding their program. To do so, they are partnering with the Elkhorn Yacht Club to host a Winemakers Dinner and raise funds to support the summer cruise.

The Winemakers Dinner will be held on Saturday at the Elkhorn Yacht Club at 2370 Highway 1 in Moss Landing, on the Monterey Bay.

The featured winemakers represent Wargin Wines, Satori Cellars, Villa del Monte Winery and Armitage Wines.

The Sea Scouts have collected numerous items for donation for their silent auction to be held during the dinner. It will include meal prepared by Chefs Beverlie Terra and Brian Ackerman of the Elkhorn Yacht Club.

Contact Skipper Kevin Melrose at [email protected] to make a donation or to get involved with the program. 

For information or to RSVP for the event contact Krista Brassfield with the Fundraising Committee at [email protected] or 331-0432.


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