Volunteers are being sought to help out with the Volunteer Center’s Of Santa Cruz County’s Transportation Program. The Program matches volunteer drivers with disabled people (and ambulatory seniors) so they can make essential trips to doctors, grocery stores, the bank, etc. Rides are provided throughout Santa Cruz county.
Drivers can choose their own hours and destinations, and the rides are provided on weekdays….during business hours. Drivers receive a small mileage reimbursement.
Firefighters have responded to a wildfire burning near the south Monterey county town of Parkfield. By 4 p-m, the Ranchita Fire had burned 10-acres, and was burning near the intersection of Ranchita Canyon Road and Cross Country Road.
A new health insurance option has been rolled-out for people to choose from. It’s for small businesses, and self-employed people, who want fewer benefits and lower premiums. It is supposed to retain some of the same protections for people with pre-existing conditions, older workers, and women, that large company plans now have.
The cause of a Friday fire, that displaced 4 people on the Westside of Santa Cruz, has been determined to have been an electrical malfunction in a back bedroom. The 10:30 a.m. blaze did about $100,000 worth of damage to the single-story structure on Younglove Avenue. None of the residents were home at the time the fire broke out.
The westbound lane of Highway 129 is shut down. That’s because the trailer of a big-rig caught fire near Highway 101, around 11:30 this morning. Firefighters were able to put out that fire, (and the 3 little brush fires it started). No injuries have been reported in connection with this, and no structures have been damaged.
The 215-acre Beaver Fire, burning in San Benito county, is now 98 percent contained, while the Dinosaur Fire, burning off Highway 152 and Dinosaur Point Road in Merced County is 80 percent contained. The Dinosaur Fire began this morning, and has burned 180 acres.
A number of schools in Salinas are continuing to serve lunches throughout the summer. The Seamless Summer Feed program is open to those people who are 18 years-old or younger. There is no enrollment paperwork, or income qualifications, required to get the free meals that are served at: Sherwood, Natividad, Boronda Meadows, Henry F Kammann, Roosevelt And Mission Park Elementary Schools and Hacienda Community Center.
The Veterans Transition Center in Marina is working to create permanent housing for eligible veterans. The 30 million dollar development is being called Lightfighter Village. It’s located on a 2.38 acre parcel of land that is expected to include a 3-story, 71-unit structure, that will enable currently homeless veterans to live there in perpetuity. They would also be able to continue to access their supportive services.
There are also plans for some Higher Density Housing, as well as some room for a Tiny Home Village nearby.
Lightfighter will be open to all veterans who meet program guidelines that include income limits for Low (and Extremely-Low) Income Housing, Homeless Status, and the Prioritization Of Need…as determined by the Veteran’s Administration.
If all goes as planned, construction could begin on the project in the Fall of 2019.