1 Community Resource Center in Santa Cruz county, and 2 in southern San Mateo county have been opened to help some area residents. They are available to people who’s homes are without power at this time, so they can charge their electronic and medical devices. An ADA-accessible restroom and hand-washing station is also available, as is Wi-Fi, bottled water and snacks. Electronic vehicle charging is not available at this time. These sites are located in Scotts Valley (at the Enterprise Technology Center at 100 Enterprise Way), Pescadero (at Pescadero High School on Butano Cut-Off) and La Honda (at the La Honda Fire Brigade on the 8900 block of La Honda Road). These Community Resource Centers will be open during the daytime.
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Santa Cruz police are seeking the reason for the city’s first homicide of the year.
The victim of the Sunday homicide on Emeline Avenue Sunday has been identified as 37-year-old Daniel Worth Hartley. Police say he is originally from Pennsylvania and may have only lived in the Santa Cruz area since 2019.
Hartley’s living conditions are not known, but police say they believe he was unsheltered. He died from blunt force trauma to the head.
Salinas police are investigating a homicide today (Wednesday). Police say detectives have been on Russell Road investigating the scene.
Police have asked for the public's help. Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators at 831-758-7321. To remain anonymous call the tip line at 831-775-4222.
A judge has ruled that the city of Santa Cruz may not clear a homeless camp at San Lorenzo Park. That is because of the danger posed by COVID-19. Magistrate Judge Susan Van Keulen ruled against the city and today (WED) granted a temporary injunction against closing the park and displacing dozens of people who have lived there since last year.
This is unlikely to be a final ruling in the case and both sides—the city and homeless advocates – are due back in court on March 9th.
COUNTY, SAFEWAY FORM VACCINE PARTNERSHIP
The County of Santa Cruz is pleased to announce a partnership with local Safeway stores to assist in the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to frontline health care workers.
Distributing vaccine to 14,700 Phase 1A health care workers within Santa Cruz County is a key step to wider vaccine distribution to local residents. While supplies remain highly limited, the County is committed to the equitable distribution of vaccines in accordance with state and federal guidelines.
“Our goal is to distribute vaccine supplies as quickly as possible, and doing that demands that we rely on the strength of our local partnerships with health care providers, including Safeway pharmacies,” said Mimi Hall, Health Services Agency Director for Santa Cruz County. “Ending this pandemic will take our entire community working together, and we are grateful for the partnerships we have as well as those we will form in the coming weeks and months.”
As part of the partnership, Safeway has committed to providing the County assistance with upcoming mass vaccination clinics by providing scheduling and vaccination support to accommodate up to 500 individuals per day at a location to be announced at a later date, beginning with health care workers.
The County has already established partnerships with local hospitals, community clinics, and health care providers, and is exploring expanding its vaccination network through partnerships with local pharmacies, EMTs, dental offices, and more, and has activated its Emergency Operations Center for assistance with logistics and planning for mass vaccination sites. Mass vaccination clinics are a key component of the County’s vaccine distribution plan.
In addition, the County has provided 1,200 doses of vaccine to be distributed to four local Safeway stores to be used for specific populations eligible to receive the vaccine immediately. These points-of- distribution are not open to the general public, and eligible populations will be contacted directly.
For more information on the County’s COVID-19 response efforts, please visit https://www.santacruzhealth.org/coronavirusvaccine. For more information on Safeway’s COVID- 19 response efforts, please visit https://www.safeway.com/pharmacy/covid-19.html.
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