Workers at the addiction treatment center Janus of Santa Cruz are negotiating for higher wages, asking for $16 an hour. The rate of $16 an hour — which is about $33,400 per year — is the minimum for employees of companies that contract with Santa Cruz County. The nonprofit is under contract with the county to give substance abuse treatment. The National Union of Healthcare Workers is negotiating on behalf of the workers who unionized for the first time in 2017.
Five members of U.S. Congress, including Congressman Jimmy Panetta from the California 20th District, introduced a bill Tuesday that would prohibit Department of Homeland Security officials from separating children from parents. HR 6135 is called the Keep Families Together Act and comes as immigrant families are being separated at the southern border as part of a larger effort by President Donald Trump’s administration to deter illegal crossings.
The Salinas City Council voted 4 to 3 on Tuesday to ban oversized vehicles from parking in city streets and public places. The new ordinance classifies oversized as vehicles more than 20 feet long or 7 feet high. Included in that ban are recreational vehicles, the number of which has been on the rise in the city. The ordinance goes into effect in 30 days, after which Salinas police will begin citing vehicles.
A fireworks show is set for the City of Seaside come the fourth of July. It is the first time the city is hosting the event and officials say they want the show to help reduce the amount of illegal fireworks set off in the area. Fireworks are banned in Seaside and come with a fine of $2,500. The free event will run from 4:30 to 10 p.m. at Bayonet Black Horse Golf Course at 1 McClure Way in Seaside and will feature a live music, crafts and food vendors.
A hiring event is slated to be held in the live oak area of Santa Cruz on Thursday. Performance food service, which used to be known as Ledyard, is looking to hire class a drivers, transportation routers, supervisors, warehouse supervisors and area sales managers. The hiring fair is scheduled to run from 4 -7 p.m., at 1047 17th Avenue.
More information can be found on-line at: pfgc.com/careers
Santa Cruz County Public Works crews expect to be doing roadwork on Kings Creek Road this Thursday morning. To that end, the road will be closed between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Crews plan to do some geotechnical drilling, so they can complete storm damage repairs in that area.
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.
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