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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  driverstransportation  routerssupervisorswarehouse  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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