SANTA CRUZ

LAFCO meeting on UCSC water canceled

The Local Agency Formation Commission of Santa Cruz County has canceled its meeting scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday to hear applications related to extending water service to the North Campus of UC Santa Cruz.

As part of a 2008 settlement with the university over campus growth plans, the city of Santa Cruz applied to expand its sphere of influence and the university filed a related application for the new water service. The commission canceled the hearing after a state appellate court ruled an environmental analysis underpinning the applications was inadequate.

LAFCO will meet at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 9 in Room 525 of the County Governmental Center, 701 Ocean St., to determine the next steps. The Santa Cruz City Council will discuss the case in a closed session beginning at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday.

SANTA CRUZ

City Council to weigh housing addition

The Santa Cruz City Council will meet in a special session at 7 p.m. Tuesday to consider a 13-home project on nearly 1.8 acres at 272 DeLaveaga Park Road. The meeting will be in the City Council chamber, 809 Center St.

The infill project calls for variations in lot and site standards, as well as relocating 13 palm trees and removing 12 eucalyptus trees, all of which are heritage trees. The plans also call for sidewalk improvements, nearly 17,000 square feet of open space and a riparian restoration program to remove non-native species.

The Planning Commission voted Nov. 15 to recommend approval of the plans with some conditions. Neighbors have expressed concern about an 18-foot proposed water easement, which the commission said should be designed to preserve their privacy.

WATSONVILLE

PVUSD to acknowledge board members

The Pajaro Valley Unified School District will recognize former Trustee Sandra Nichols for her nearly 12 years of service at its meeting Wednesday.

Nichols resigned from her seat in August to launch a successful run for the Santa Cruz County Board of Education. She'll be sworn in to her new position Dec. 20.

The Pajaro Valley board also will swear in new Trustees Maria Orozco and Lupe Rivas and returning Trustee Karen Osmundson, who will start a third term. The board will meet at 7 p.m. at 294 Green Valley Road.

SANTA CRUZ

Holiday fair benefits Second Harvest Food Bank

A portion of the proceeds from a holiday fair Saturday on the Westside of Santa Cruz will go to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County. The event will be from 3-8 p.m. at New Leaf Community Market, 1101 Fair Ave.

A dozen artists and crafters will sell handmade gifts, and there will also be tastings offered by local wine- and beer-makers. Other activities will include pictures with Santa Claus, a Christmas tree sale, live music and a raffle.

A number of food trucks will sell items, and KPIG will broadcast live from 3-5 p.m. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will have adoptable pets to meet. Attendees who bring nonperishable food donations will receive a free raffle ticket.

CAPITOLA

Caroling in the village slated for Friday

The Soquel High Jazz Singers will lead holiday caroling in Capitola Village on Friday night.

Those who wish to participate should meet at 6 p.m. Friday at the Christmas tree at Capitola and Stockton avenues, in front of Quality Market.

The Jazz Singers will perform before strolling around the village. Warm coats and a flashlight are advised; songbooks will be provided along with refreshments from Shadowbrook Restaurant. Caroling is sponsored by Capitola Village and the Capitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce.

Visit capitolachamber.com or call 475-6522.