Community briefs, May 31, 2019

Highway 1 improvements begin Sunday

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY – A project to resurface Highway 1 from the North Aptos undercrossing to the junction with State Route 9 will begin on June 2. 

This project will include upgrades to Americans With Disabilities (ADA)  Ramps, bridge rail replacement at the Fish Hook and Ocean Street bridges, improvements to electrical systems, bridge deck treatments and the replacement of concrete barriers.

The installation of construction signs began Monday during the daytime hours followed by the beginning of concrete barrier replacement the week of June 2.

The resurfacing of the highway is expected to begin next year.

Construction will occur each week Sunday night through Friday morning from 9 p.m. to no later than 6 a.m. 

Motorists will encounter intermittent closures of the Hwy. 1/17 connector ramps. Caltrans will announce in advance when these ramps closures will occur.

The contractor for this $22 million project is Granite Construction of Watsonville.

This project is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.


Child Care Developer Fee loan program applications available

The Santa Cruz County Human Services Department will open the application process for child care providers to apply for a forgivable loan to increase, expand and improve child care facilities in Santa Cruz County.

Funding for the loans is available through the Child Care Developer Fee trust fund, which, since 1991, has awarded $2.4 million to family care homes and child care centers. For this year’s application process there is approximately $170,000 available for loan awards.

Child care providers interested in applying for a Child Care Developer Feel loan, must attend one of three mandatory application workshops that will be held in both English and Spanish on the following dates at the indicated locations:

• June 4, 6-7:30 p.m., Human Services Department Application Center, 18 W. Beach Street, Watsonville

• June 6, 6-7:30 p.m., Santa Cruz County Office of Education, 400 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz

• June 11, 5:30-7 p.m., Scotts Valley Library, 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley

For information, contact Gary McNeil at 454-5459, or at [email protected]


Assembly approves Stone bill to protect borrowers

SACRAMENTO—Assemblymember Mark Stone’s (D-Monterey Bay) Student Loan Bill of Rights, or AB 376, successfully passed the Assembly Floor. The bill seeks to strengthen protections for California’s 3.7 million student loan borrowers by ensuring that those with student loans receive accurate information and access to repayment programs. 

AB 376 sets new standards for student loan servicing while also creating tools that allow individual borrowers, the California Attorney General and the Department of Business Oversight to stand up against practices that hurt borrowers. The measure also enables greater transparency and oversight by establishing regularly published report cards that student compare loan servicing companies on their business conduct.

The measure now moves to the Senate.


Pediatric Center for Excellence receives grant from Dominican

SANTA CRUZ – Santa Cruz Community Health Centers (SCCHC), a leading nonprofit provider of high-quality, affordable and comprehensive health services, recently received a $125,000 grant from Dignity Health Dominican Hospital for its Pediatric Center for Excellence. The funds support the hiring of a new pediatric nurse to serve as a Healthy Steps specialist. Healthy Steps is an evidence-based model to improve care and outcomes for birth-to-3-year-old children.

The Pediatric Center for Excellence is part of a comprehensive system of care to improve the lives of the more than 4,000 children served by SCCHC. Currently, 95 percent of the families served live at or below the poverty level and more than 180 of the children served are homeless. 


County Parkinson’s group welcomes Dr. Halpern

The Santa Cruz County Parkinson’s Group will welcome Dr. Casey Halpern to its Thursday meeting at the Congregational Church of Soquel to speak about Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) and current research. The meeting will start at 2 p.m.

Dr. Halpern, MD, is Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and, by courtesy, of Neurology and Psychiatry at Stanford University Medical Center. He is the Director of Epilepsy Surgery at Stanford University as well.

Dr. Halpern received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he also completed his residency in Neurological Surgery and a fellowship in DBS. He focuses on the surgical treatment of movement disorders and epilepsy and has particular interest in minimally invasive surgical approaches, as well as non-invasive neurostimulation procedures.


Triple P running meetings throughout 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


Float builders needed for Lighted Nautical Parade

The Capitola Beach Festival is looking for creative float builders for the Lighted Nautical Parade on Sept. 28 at Soquel Creek. This year’s theme is “Light Up Capitola.”

The festival will provide 8x12 feet floating barges to the first 10 groups who sign up.

At home, construct a simple frame or parts to anchor your creative light display onto the barge. On parade day, attach your lights to the barge at a small designated site along the creek and watch the watery reflections as you float from the trestle under the Stockton Bridge to circle the beach lagoon. All materials added to the barges must be removed by the float builders after the parade.

Visit the Capitola Beach Festival website or call 239-1611 for information and to sign up to decorate a barge.


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