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2-1-1 funding bill 7/8/10 TDH

a recently-launched hotline could expand, if congress approves a bill that would increase funding to the program.   the 2-1-1 hotline is operating in santa cruz county, and elsewhere in the san francisco-bay area.   by calling 2-1-1, people who are in distress can be matched with a social worker who can help them.  a bill authored by representative anna eshoo would authorize 100-million dollars per year for the program, through 2014.   the funds would be used to match money already allocated for the hotline by local governments or non-profits.   united way funds the 2-1-1 hotline in santa cruz county.

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ALL EGG SUPPLIERS - 07/07/10 23:05 S.S.

Out-of-state  egg  suppliers,   (who  wish  to  sell  their  products  in  california  grocery  stores)    will  now  have  to  comply  with  the  state’s  2  year-old  law,   that  is  said  to  protect  egg-laying  hens.   This  week  Governor  Schwarzenegger signed  ab-1437 into  law.     The  measure  requires  that  all eggs  sold  in  california  stores  come  from  farm’s  that  comply  with  Proposition  2,   which  california  voters  approved  in  2008.

 

Prop 2 requires  that  cages  for  egg-laying  hens  must  be  large  enough  for  the  animals  to  be  able  to  stand  uplie down,  and  extend their  wings.

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OPEN STUDIOS 25TH ANNIVERSARY - 07/07/10 22:29 S.S.

THE CULTURAL  COUNCIL  OF  SANTA  CRUZ  COUNTY IS  CELEBRATING  THE  25TH ANNIVERSARY  OF  ITS  OPEN  STUDIOS  ART  TOUR THIS  YEAR, AND  THEY’RE  ASKING  FOR  PEOPLE  TO  SHARE  THEIR  PERSONAL  EXPERIENCES  FROM  PAST  OPEN STUDIO  ART  TOURS.    ANYONE  WHO  HAS  PARTICIPATED  (OR  ATTENDED)  IS  ENCOURAGED  TO  E-MAIL  THEIR  STORIES  OR  ANECDOTES.

 

MICHELLE  REYNOLDS AT  OS STORY ASKS  PEOPLE  TO  TYPE “OPEN STUDIOS  STORY” IN  THE  SUBJECT  LINE,   AND  THEN  E-MAIL THE  STORY TO HER.   THE  DEADLINE  TO  DO  SO  IS  FRIDAY  JULY  9th.

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AG AGAINST HUNGER - GLEAN THIS WEEKEND - 07/07/10 21:05 S.S.

A  SPECIAL  EVENT,   TO  HELP  FEED  THOUSANDS  OF  PEOPLE,   IS  SLATED  TO  BE  HELD THIS  WEEKEND.      AG  AGAINST  HUNGER REGULARLY  ORGANIZES  GROUPS  OF  VOLUNTEERS  TO  GO  OUT AND  GLEAN  the  PRODUCE  FROM  FARMER’S  FIELDS,   AND  THE  NEXT  SUCH  EVENT  IS  SCHEDULED  TO  TAKE  PLACE  THIS  COMING  SATURDAY.   ONCE  THE  FOOD  IS  COLLECTED,   LOCAL  FOOD  BANKS  CAN  MAKE  ARRANGEMENTS  TO  PICK  IT  UP.

 

ANYONE  INTERESTED  IN  HELPING  OUT,   OR  LEARNING  MORE  ABOUT  GLEANING,   is  ENCOURAGED  TO  CALL  AG  AGAINST  HUNGER,   OR  GO ON-LINE  TO:

www.agAGAINSThunger.org

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SAM FARR - Ag money - 07/07/10 20:55 S.S.

3  local  groups  received  A  TOTAL  OF  600  THOUSAND  DOLLARS.     THE  MONEY  IS  SLATED  TO  BE  USED  TO  TRAIN,  AND  GIVE  FINANCIAL  ASSISTANCE  TO,  PEOPLE  WHO  WANT  TO  FARM  IN  THE  TRI-COUNTY  AREA.    CONGRESSMAN  SAM  FARR,  WHO  PRESENTED  THE  MONEY,   SAID  “the  GOAL  IS  TO  CREATE  MORE  JOBS,  AND  INVEST  IN  AGRICULTURE”.

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