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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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.
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.
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.
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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