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Pilot Program For Last Chance 05-13-21 08:00 S.S.

Owners  that  want  to  rebuild  their   off-grid  homes  in  the  Last  Chance  area of  Santa  Cruz  county  are  getting  some  assistance.    The  county has  a  pilot  program  that  would  allow  displaced  residents  to  rebuild   dwellings  that otherwise  wouldn’t  be  up  to  code,    The Limited-Density  Owner-Built  Rural  Dwellings  Plan  reduces  the  amount  of  red  tape  owners  need  to  go  through.   More  than  1400  structures  were  destroyed  by  the  86,000  acre  CZU  Lightning  Complex  Fires,  and  supervisors  have been  working  hard  to  create  new  ways  to  get  ‘shovels  in  the  ground’.

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Man Tried In Wife’s Murder 05-13-21 07:50 S.S.

A  Watsonville  man,   accused  of  killing  his  wife  last  year,   is  due  back  in  a  Santa  Cruz  county  court  room  later  this  month.     47  year-old  Cesar  Hernandez  is  accused  of  killing  25 year-old  Brenda  Becerra  in  their  Watsonville  home,  and  then  leaving  her  body  in  the  family  car  not  far  from  where  she  worked  at Dominican  Hospital.     He  then  dropped  their  2 young  children  off  with  Becerra’s  family  at  2  a.m.,  and  fled  to  Mexico.      He  was  arrested  a  few  days  later,  as  he  tried  to  cross  back  into  the  U.S.  

Hernandez  is  scheduled  to  return  to  Santa  Cruz  County  Superior  Court  May  25th.  

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Tri-County Vaccines Availability 05-12-21 20:01 S.S.

Residents   in  Santa  Cruz,  Monterey,  and  San  Benito  counties,   who  would  like  to  get  the  Covid-19  vaccine  can  call,  the  Bridges  To Access Vaccine  Helpline.      Both  Spanish  And  English  translations  are  available  at  (831)  728-0222...and  then  choose  Option  7.     People  can  also  text  “VAX”  to  (831)  728-0222.     A  team  member  will  return  the  call  within  48  hours.   

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Moving Forward With Covid-19 05-12-21 18:50 S.S.

If  there  is  no  big  bump  in  cases  of  Covid-19  in  California,  it  is  still  expected  that  the state  of  California  will  end  the  Mask  Mandate  June  15th  when  the  state  is  full  re-opened.     That  will  mean  that  masks  are  no  longer  required....unless  people  are  taking  part  in  very  large  indoor  gatherings....with  people  from  around  the  world.     There  will  still  be  Guidance  Recommendations,  but  no  mandates,  or  restrictions  on  businesses.    California  currently  requires  the  use  of  masks  in  indoor  settings  outside  of  one's  home....including  on  public  transportation,  regardless of  vaccination  status.

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Broadband Program 05-12-21 18:28 S.S.

Applications  are  being  accepted   for  low-income  households  to  get  access  to  high  speed  internet.     The  Emergency  Broadband  Benefit  Program  is  an FCC  Program  that  will  provide  discounts  of  up  to  50  dollars  per  month  on  broadband  service.      To  be  eligible,  the  household  income  must  be  at  or  below  135  percent  of  the  federal  poverty  level  and  or  participating  in  programs  such  as  SNAP,  Medicaid, or  Lifeline.    To  apply  for  the  program,  you  can  contact  your  broadband provider,  GetEmergencyBroadband.org  or  call  833-511-0311  for  a  mail-in application.

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