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Huerta Avoiding Recall 06/12/12 AF

Greenfield mayor John Huerta may narrowly avoid a recall after a count of the votes showed a narrow 42 vote difference in his favor on Monday.     However, more than 6,000 votes remain uncounted, and with just 51.7% voting “no” in the recall, it is still too close to call.    Two other Greenfield board members were recalled by a landslide in the June 5th elections.    If Huerta is recalled, two-time former mayor Leonard Dart is prepared to take the seat.

UCSC Graduations 06/12/12 AF

More than 2,500 UCSC students will attend commencement ceremonies this weekend.      Students from the University’s 10 colleges will gather on the East and West fields from Friday to Saturday to receive their degrees; most will be awarded with Bachelors degrees, but a select number will receive Masters and Doctorate degrees.     Among the speakers slated to be present at the commencement ceremonies are author Johnathan Franzen, NPR reporter Richard Harris, and former Santa Cruz mayor Ryan Coonerty.    Though new graduates will be entering a tough job market, with the California unemployment rate at nearly 11% in April, plenty of enthusiastic cap-throwing is expected.

Library Budget Approved 06/12/12 AF

The Santa Cruz Public Libraries Joint Powers Authority board approved a budget for the new fiscal year at a meeting on Monday.    The unanimously approved budget provides $11.5 million for the year beginning July 1st.    It is anticipated that 2/3 of the budget will be spent on personnel next year, up nearly a million dollars from last year.     This will allow the library system to re-hire some of the staff that were laid off in December.       In addition, 8 of the 10 libraries in the system will extend their hours between 4 and 6 hours a week.

Road work, SC 06/11/12 8:40p.m. TDH

Some street work near seabright state beach in santa cruz could cause slight traffic delays in the area this week.   Known as the “Spring 2012 cape seal project,” the work will involve the application of chip-seal and slurry seal to guard against weather and vehicle wear-and-tear. The work is scheduled to be performed through next monday, (june 18th), at the beach-end of seabright avenue.   the project will then move to re-seal portions of broadway avenue and Frederick street.

P.V. shelter director retiring 06/11/12 8:40p.m. TDH

The director of the homeless-assistance center “pajaro valley shelter services” has announced her retirement.  Susan olson has served has been working to assist the homeless for more than 2-decades, and has helped build the local shelter service into a robust organization with a board of directors and a strategic plan to address local homelessness.   Parajo valley shelter services now has a network of 20-houses throughout the area.   olson is expected to step down as director at the end of the month.