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Enterovirus now confirmed in California

Enterovirus now confirmed in California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. 4 confirmed cases of the Enterovirus D68 have been reported to the California Department of Public Health. 3 cases in San Diego County and 1 in Ventura County are the first confirmed cases in California in 2014.

While other specimens are still being tested in the state, Dr. Ron Chapman with the CDPH says. ““We are not surprised to find EV-D68 causing some illnesses in California given the apparent widespread nature of this virus in other parts of the country.”

More cases are anticipated in the coming weeks. CDPH has asked local health departments to submit samples from all rhinovirus/enterovirus positive specimens from hospitalized children less than 18 years of age for further typing. Several specimens have been received by CDPH for testing, and testing is underway.

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Save Our Shores needs your help!

Save Our Shores needs your help!
Santa Cruz, CA - Save Our Shores (SOS), the leader in ocean awareness, advocacy and action on the Central Coast, will coordinate the largest community cleanup of the year from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Sept. 20, as part of Annual Coastal Cleanup Day. The event spans the globe, with volunteers in more than 100 countries removing garbage from beaches and waterways. Locally, SOS is leading cleanups at more than 70 sites located throughout Santa Cruz and Monterey counties, as well as an offshore cleanup conducted via SUPs and kayaks. SOS expects at least 3,000 community volunteers to participate on Saturday. SOS uses data collected during Annual Coastal Cleanup Day to analyze the health of the Central Coast.

National Voter Registration Day is Tuesday, Sept. 23

On September 23, 2014, Americans will celebrate National Voter Registration Day (VVRD) with a massive 50-state effort to register voters before Election Day on November 4.

In Santa Cruz County, the County Clerk has partnered with county libraries to offer online voter registration or paper voter registration cards to persons wanting to register or re-register to vote. 

Library locations and hours on Tuesday, September 23 are:

UC Santa Cruz #6 on Playboy's "top party schools" list

UC Santa Cruz is number 6 on Playboy's latest "top party schools" list.

Topping the list is the University of Pennsylvania. The Ivy League school is followed by:

2. University of Wisconsin

3. West Virginia University

4. University of Arizona

5. University of Iowa

The full list is here: http://time.com/3378603/playboy-party-schools/

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Volunteers sought for 30th annual Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday

Save Our Shores is seeking volunteers to participate in this year's Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday. The event, now in its 30th year, is the largest community cleanup of the year.

Save Our Shores will lead cleanups at 70 spots in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties from 9 a.m. to noon.

The event spans the globe, with volunteers in more than 100 countries, and about 3,000 community volunteers are expected to participate locally.

"Due to drought conditions, we have the unique opportunity to clean exposed shoreline at the Loch Lomond Reservoir,” said Rachel Kippen, Save Our Shores program manager. “I am hopeful for volunteers' assistance, as it is a priority for healthy water quality.”

Cleanup sites will include Davenport Main Beach, Panther Beach, Cowell/Main Beach, San Lorenzo River, Sunny Cove, Aptos Creek, Soquel Creek, Watsonville Slough, Elkhorn Slough and Sand City Beach.

Low-income families to get help paying water bill

Central Coast Energy Services, Inc. (CCES), in partnership with the Community Action Partnership of Monterey County, will provide drought-affected, low-income households in Monterey County with a one-time payment assistance benefit on residential water bills.

The Drought Water Assistance Program, a $600,000 Community Services Block Grant, was distributed to 10 California counties where the unemployment rate is higher than the 2013 statewide average, the share of agricultural workers is higher than the state as a whole, and which are experiencing "exceptional" drought conditions according to the U.S. Drought Monitor Classification System. The 10 counties include Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz police officer stabbed in leg

Santa Cruz police officer stabbed in leg

A Santa Cruz police officer was stabbed in the leg Monday by a suicidal subject he was trying to apprehend, according to Deputy Police Chief Steve Clark.

Two officers responded around 6 p.m. after the family of Michael Paquette, 27, reported that he was suicidal and had cut his wrists before fleeing.

The two officers located Paquette hiding in some bushes behind a store on Soquel Avenue. He was bleeding from the wrists and not responding to officers' commands.

The officers approached and attempted to take Paquette into custodyf for treatment, but he lashed out with a pocket knife, stabbing one of the officers in the leg, just below the knee. He tried to stab the other officer in the face, but she was able to deflect the knife.