Although demonstrators are still on-hand at both entrances to U.C.S.C., people are being able to drive through today. The Bay Tree Book Store and The Express Shop are open, and ID Card Services remains closed. Because campus shuttles, and metro bus service, on campus are not functional today, the campus community is encouraged to sign up for Zimride…which is a private rideshare program.
Both entrances to the main campus of UCSC are open, with the demonstrations continuing at both entrances. The campus community is asked to drive carefully, and allow extra travel time in the event there’s congestion on roadways to campus. Campus employees are encouraged to immediately notify their supervisors if they feel threatened, harassed, or intimidated about crossing a picket line, or if they are prevented from working by picketers or striking employees. Because of the strike, some services will be limited or unavailable. Campus shuttles will not be running, though disability van service is available by calling 831-459-2829 to request service. Santa cruz metro buses will not come onto campus during protests. Metro will provide modified service, using bus stops on bay street near the main entrance or on high street near western drive.
Dining services is expecting to offer hot meals at the colleges 9 and 10 dining hall starting at 7 a.m.
Food service businesses in the city of Santa Cruz must now switch all “to-go” containers, lids, straws and cutlery to those that are compostable, biodegradable, or recyclable. That’s because the 6-month grace period is over for the new City Of Santa Cruz Environmentally Acceptable Food Packaging And Products Ordinance that was signed into law September 26th of 2017. Food providers in the city of Santa Cruz may only give straws, lids, cutlery and to-go condiment packages upon the request of the customer. Additionally, food service providers are encouraged to charge a take-out fee of 25 cents for disposable cups, lids, straws, stirrers and/or utensils, and they are also encouraged to provide a 25 cent credit for customers who bring their own reusable containers for to-go items. To view the revised ordinance, people can go on-line to: www.cityofsantcruz.com/polystyrene
Demonstrators are once again at the Main Entrance to the U.C.S.C. Campus, however so far they are allowing cars through. That is not the case at the West Entrance where by 5:30 this morning, demonstrators were reportedly preventing cars from going through. People are being asked to drive very slowly and carefully in those areas.
The Monterey County Board Of Supervisors Cannabis Committee plans to consider lowering the cannabis tax rate, when they meet later this month. That after local growers said the current rate (of 15 dollars per square foot of cultivation) will drive them out of business. The Cannabis Committee is expected to discuss the tax at their may 22nd meeting.
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