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CHP offering driver safety programs in Santa Cruz County

The California Highway Patrol is offering driver safety classes for senior citizens and teenage drivers.

The Age Well, Drive Smart program helps senior citizens to drive safer, longer. The program is designed to:

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Faith-based community holds prayer vigil amid immigration crisis

The Watsonville community said it's putting politics aside and coming to the aid of thousands of undocumented children crossing the border every day into the United States. A vigil was held Sunday in support of those children trying to supply them with the most basic needs.

Usually a hotly-contested political battle over immigration reform featured the softer side of Americans who just want to help.

"It's not about politics. It shouldn't be about politics when you're talking about children in need of help," said Watsonville Mayor Karina Cervantez.

Mayor Cervantez, the daughter of poverty-stricken immigrant parents, organized a charitable movement by combining the churches and the community in her city.

"I do think this is a humanitarian aide condition and I do think the United States has had a long history of reaching out and helping refugees and helping out those that are struggling and having to flee their country," Cervantez said.

Santa Cruz Police PRIDE Program, BASTA get $25,000 donation

Santa Cruz Police PRIDE Program, BASTA get $25,000 donation

The Santa Cruz Police PRIDE Program and BASTA have received a $25,000 donation.

The donation comes from Randy and Janet Krassow, owners of Santa Cruz Memorial. It's through a private foundation established by Randy Krassow and attorney Larry Brenner to fund local youth programs.

Hike-Bike for Hospice

Hike-Bike for Hospice

August 23rd, 2014

10:00am-2:00pm

Registration begins at 9:00am

Roaring Camp Big Trees and Henry Cowell State Park

hikebike.hospicesantacruz.org

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Suspected car thief sought by authorities in Santa Cruz, Monterey counties

 Suspected car thief sought by authorities in Santa Cruz, Monterey counties

Authorities in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties are seeking a 28-year-old man suspected in numerous auto thefts, vehicle burglaries and possible identity theft in both counties.

Matthew Clark is approximately 5’9’, 150 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. There is an active $50,000 warrant for his arrest in Monterey County.

If you have information regarding Clark’s whereabouts, authorities ask that you contact the Santa Cruz County Auto Theft task force tipline at 465-7433.

Two arrested after major pot bust near Santa Cruz County creek

 Two arrested after major pot bust near Santa Cruz County creek

Two people have been arrested after authorities raided an illegal marijuana grow near Bonny Doon that they say was diverting water from an endangered salmon stream.

Officers from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office and other agencies arrested the two, cut down marijuana plants and removed hazardous materials near San Vicente Creek on July 15.

Acting on anonymous tip, officers raided the site in the upper reaches of the south fork of San Vicente Creek off Robles Drive near Bonny Doon, according to the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife.  The site had been set up on private property without the landowner’s permission and was diverting water from the creek.

Affordable Care Act Workshops

WHAT: A United Way outreach educator will be available at Santa Cruz Public Libraries branches throughout the county in July and August to answer questions about the Affordable Care Act and provide on-on-one support in navigating California’s healthcare marketplace/exchange - Covered CA. Help is provided in English and Spanish.
  • Get information on changes in healthcare brought on by the Affordable Care Act
  • Get help understanding how to navigate California’s healthcare marketplace/exchange - Covered CA
  • Get help determining your eligibility and compare plans
  • Get referrals to free Certified Enrollment Counselors for enrollment assistance
WHO: United Way outreach educator Rosalina Solinas offers drop in assistance to anyone who needs help.