Water district's general manager announces retirement
The general manager of the Scotts Valley Water District will retire at the end of December, according to a news release issued Thursday.
Charles McNiesh, who has held the position for the last seven years, previously served as general manager of the Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency, according to the release.
His last day will be Dec. 28, but he will continue to work with water district officials on an as-needed basis, focusing on grant projects and other key programs while officials search for a replacement.
Democratic Women's Club to analyze election results
The Democratic Women's Club of Santa Cruz is holding a luncheon Friday to discuss state and local results from the Nov. 6 general election.
Former Santa Cruz Mayor Mike Rotkin will dissect and discuss lessons from the election and what the impacts will be on the local community. The gathering begins at 11:30 a.m., with lunch beginning at noon. The event is being held at the Garfield Park Village Clubhouse, 721 Bay St. The cost is $8 with a reservation, or $10 at the door.
To RSVP, call Pat Shand at 688-2931.
Television auction show filming at Clearwater Bazaar Friday
Travel Channel's "Baggage Battles" will film the owner of Clearwater Bazaar, an antiques and thrift shop at 2131 Portola Drive, appraising vintage collectibles Friday.
"I think they just cold-called me," owner Joseph Jakubowski said. "I've never seen the show before."
The caller asked if he knew anyone who does appraisals, and Jakubowski suggested himself.
The shop formerly known as Cherish the Thought has been on Portola for 21 years. Jakubowski bought it nearly three years ago.
"I was an eBay seller for 10 years," he said. "I was laid off from a dot-com and this opportunity came along."
Clearwater Bazaar has a Facebook page or call 465-0630.
Blessing of the tartans Saturday
The Feast of St. Andrew will be celebrated at 6 p.m. Saturday at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 101 Riverside Ave. with a traditional Scottish blessing of the tartans, followed by dinner, bagpipe music and Scottish dancing.
Proceeds from the event will be given to Valley Churches United Missions. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and children, $25 for families. For information, call 336-5994.
California Highway Patrol plans maximum enforcement
The California Highway Patrol has planned a maximum enforcement period from Nov. 21-25 in part because of recent road deaths around Thanksgiving.
In 2011, 32 people died in collisions on state roads around Thanksgiving and two-thirds of those people were not wearing seat belts, said CHP spokeswoman Jaime Coffee.
The enforcement begins 6 p.m. Nov. 21 and ends 11:59 p.m. Nov. 25.
Drivers are encouraged to report unsafe or impaired drivers by calling 911.
California Highway Patrol to accept new applications
The California Highway Patrol plans to accept new applications online from Jan. 3-5, 2013.
It's the first time in three years that the CHP has accepted applications, which can be submitted online at www.chpcareers.com.
Candidates must be 20- to 35-year-old U.S. citizens who hold a high school diploma and have no felony convictions.
Applicants must take written and physical tests and pass a background check, panel interview, and medical and psychological evaluations.
For information, go to www.facebook.com/chp.recruiting.