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The Santa Cruz County Office of Education is accepting applications for its next Inside Education cohort. The group will meet once a month from September to May to learn about the public education process. Participation comes at no cost and community members with an interest in local education are encouraged to apply. For information and applications, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Valley Churches United is starting its 28th annual Bucks for Hunger fundraiser for its food pantry efforts. The nonprofit serves homes in the San Lorenzo Valley, Scotts Valley and Bonny Doon. Donations can be made online at vcum.org or in person at 9400 Highway 9 in Ben Lomond. In-person donations can be made from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays

More than a year after Monterey Peninsula College was put on probation by an accreditation commission; the college announced the probation would be lifted. The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges put the college on probation in 2017 after it found the institution out of compliance with 22 issues. The college was charged with fixing the issues by March of 2018, which it met. The commission granted accreditation to the college for 18 months and a follow-up report is set for Nov. 1.

Agencies in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties received more than $3 million in state grants to stop illegal tobacco sales to minors. In Santa Cruz County, the sheriff’s office, Watsonville Police Department and Santa Cruz Police Department each received about $369,000 and $567,000 in funding. In Monterey County, the Monterey County Sheriff’s office, North Monterey County Unified School District and Carmel Unified School District each received $536,000 to $1.6 million. Each recipient will execute different strategies including hiring school resource officers, stronger enforcement of tobacco regulation and license inspections.

Tours of the City of Santa Cruz’s recycling center are being offered throughout the summer. The Resource Recovery Center at 605 Dimeo Lane is hosting the tours to show the public what happens to the tons of recycled material collected each day. Tour dates are on June 20 and 21, July 18 and 19 and Aug. 22 and 23. Reservations are required and can be made by visiting cityofsantacruz.com/recycleright.

Hundreds rallied together in Watsonville City Plaza on Thursday to push back against the federal government separating immigrant parents from their children when trying to illegally cross the Mexican border. The Watsonville demonstration was one of at least four held on the Central Coast that day. Those demonstrations are part of a larger outcry across the nation over President Donald Trump’s order to prosecute more illegal immigrants. Migrant children separated from their parents are often put into temporary shelters.

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission approved several proposals at a meeting yesterday (Thurs). The commission approved a new two-phase contract with Progressive Rail to extend existing freight rail service and add a passenger service in the second phase of the contract. Also approved was up to 50 thousand dollars to study the viability of upgrading or replacing the Capitola rail trestle to accommodate both rail and trail.

Seaside police are recommending prosecution in connection with June 5th fire at McDonalds.  The fire was caused when a vehicle driven by 34 year old Joseph Roy Wineman crashed into the building on the 15 hundred block of Canyon Del Rey Boulevard. The crash ruptured a gas line causing a fire that destroyed the fast food restaurant. The case has been forwarded to the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office, recommending prosecution for Wineman who is alleged to have been intoxicated at the time of the incident.

 

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