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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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 up, lie down, and extend their wings.
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.
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:
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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