THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION IS NOW ABLE TO ISSUE LOANS TO SOME NON-FARMING BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY THE DECLARATION OF THE STATE-WIDE DROUGHT DISASTER IN CALIFORNIA. SMALL BUSINESSES DEPENDENT ON FARMERS AND RANCHERS, AGRICULTURAL CO-OPS, AND SMALL AQUACULTURE BUSINESSES ARE AMONG THOSE ELIGIBLE FOR THE LOW-INTEREST FEDERAL DISASTER LOANS DESIGNED TO OFFSET REDUCED REVENUES CAUSED BY THE DROUGHT. APPLICANTS MAY APPLY ONLINE AT DISASTER LOANS DOT S-B-A DOT G-O-V OR BY CALLING (800) 659-2955
THE SANTA CRUZ COUNTY HUMAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD TWO HEALTH FAIRS THIS WEEK FEATURING WORKSHOPS ABOUT THE LOW-OR NO-COST INSURANCE THROUGH COVERED CALIFORNIA AND MEDI-CAL. THE COUNTY ESTIMATES THAT NEARLY 8 THOUSAND NEW MEDI-CAL CLIENTS AND 20 THOUSAND COVERED CALIFORNIA CLIENTS WILL ENROLL OVER THE NEXT 2-3 YEARS. THESE WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD FROM 1PM-5PM ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22 AT CALVARY EPISCOPAL, 532 CENTER ST IN DOWNTOWN SANTA CRUZ, AND 12PM-5PM ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 24TH AT THE VETERAN’S HALL, 215 E. BEACH ST IN WATSONVILLE.
Two people were shot at in Salinas last night but neither one received any injuries. Police say the gang related shooting occurred on Glendora and Redondo Ways shortly after 8 p.m. Authorities are searching for a suspect vehicle, that was described as an early 90s model green Honda, possibly an Accord, seen leaving the scene. Natividad Medical Center reports someone checking in with a gunshot wound, however police have not yet confirmed whether the two incidents are related.
The founder of Valley Churches United Missions in Santa Cruz County has died. Annette Marcum died over the weekend after battling long time complications of lung disease. The 75-year old Ben Lomond resident began organizing emergency relief efforts in the San Lorenzo Valley in 1982 following the Love Creek mudslides. The organization provided food and assistance to over 7,000 county residents last year, and raised 10-million dollars annually with it’s Christmas project. Marcum has one biological daughter along with 10 developmentally challenged foster children. Services will be held on February 8th at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Boulder Creek.
A 6-month-long search for a Greenfield police chief is now over. Police Commander Adele Frese has been selected as the new chief. Frese worked in Texas for the Corpus Christi Police Department since 1994. She begins her new position once her P.O.S.T background is complete, and the city approves an employment agreement. Former Salinas Police Chief Daniel Ortega has been serving as the city’s interim police chief since last September after the city announced that Joe Grebmeier was being placed on administrative leave in September of 2011.
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