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Newsom On 19 Counties 07-01-20B 15:29 S.S.

Governor  Gavin  Newsom  has  ordered  certain  businesses  in  19  counties  to  dial  back  on  their  “re-opened” status....prior  to  this  coming  3-day  weekend.    The  triggers  that  caused  him  to  require  that  the  following  counties  close  the  indoor  portions  of  certain  businesses  are  that  those  19 counties  have:  elevated  disease  transmissionincreasing  hospitalizations,  and  limited  hospital  capacity

The  19  counties  are:     Contra Costa,  Fresno, Glenn, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, Merced, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Joaquin, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Solano, Stanislaus, Tulare, and  Ventura.

The  business  that need  to  close  their  inside  operations  in  those  counties  are:  restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers,  zoos and museums....and cardrooms.    Bars  in  those  19  counties  are  asked  to  temporarily  close  completely.

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New SC Library Approved 07-01-20 11:40 S.S.

The  plans  for  a  new  library  in  downtown Santa Cruz has been approved by the Santa Cruz City Council.     The  project,  which  would  also  include  housing  above  the  library,  and  a  parking  garage  adjacent  to  the  first-floor  library.     The  location  for  the  new  facility  would  be  the  parking  lot  where  the  downtown  farmers  market  has  been  held  for  years....and  the  farmers  market  would  be  moved  to  the  parking  lot  at  the  intersection  of  Front  and  Cathcart Streets.

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25 Cent Surcharge Delay 07-01-20 11:11 S.S.

The  25  cent  surcharge,  that was  supposed  to  go  into  effect  in  Santa  Cruz  county  today,  will  not  be  doing  so  until  at  least  next  January.     That’s  because  Santa  Cruz  County  Supervisors  unanimously  decided  yesterday  to  delay  the  start  of  the  disposable  cup  fee.   Their decision was  based  on  Covid-19-driven  sanitation  restrictions  and  guidelines.     The  new  fee  would  have applied  to  433  businesses  in  the  unincorporated  portions  of  the  county.

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Newsom - Covid-19 Surge 07-01-20 10:58 S.S.

Due  to  a  surge  in  the  number  of  cases  of  Covid-19  in  California,  Governor  Gavin  Newsom  said  he  plans  to  toggle-back  on  the  state’s  re-opening  plan  prior  to  the  upcoming  3-day  weekend.     He  further  said  he  will  announce  the  new  restrictions  today.    Governor  Newsom  also  said  that  family  gatherings  are  one  of  the  areas  of  highest  concerns  because  people  often  take  down  their  guard when  with  family  and  friends.

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Recycling Fraud Ring 07-01-20 10:36 S.S.

9  people  have  been  arrested  in  connection  with  a  recycling  fraud  ring  that  was  operating  in  Arizona  and  California.   The  multi-state  network  of  buyers  sellers,  baggers,  loaders and  drivers  are believed  to  have  been  responsible  for  smuggling  semi-truck  loads  of  ineligible  out-of-state  containers  into  California  so  they  could  fraudulently  redeem  them  in  California.   The  defendants have  been  charged  with  felony recycling fraud, conspiracy, and grand theft.    Additionally, the truck drivers involved may face suspension of their commercial driver’s licenses and impounding of their tractor-trailers.

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