PENINSULA

Grant funds Safe Routes program

A $375,000 grant will fund a pedestrian and bike education program for elementary schools in Seaside and Marina.

The 21-month-long grant begins March 1 and will fund the Safe Routes to School program at Ord Terrace, King, Highland and Del Rey Woods schools in Seaside and Marina Vista in Marina.

The program will include assemblies and classroom presentations on topics such as crossing the street safely, and watching for unsafe drivers.

The grant was awarded to the Monterey County Health Department through the state Department of Public Health's Kids' Plate program.

MONTEREY COUNTY

Grover confirmed to appellate bench

Monterey County Superior Court Judge Adrienne Grover was unanimously confirmed Thursday as associate justice of the San Jose-based 6th District Court of Appeal.

Grover, a Democrat, will be replacing Justice Wendy Clark Duffy, who retired in October.

Grover, 50, of Carmel, served on the Monterey County bench since 2002.

Her appointment to the appellate court, announced by Gov. Jerry Brown on Nov. 29, was confirmed Thursday by the Commission on Judicial Appointments in San Francisco.

SALINAS

Rancho Cielo recieves class-action funds

Rancho Cielo has received more than $19,000 from an unusual source — funds from a settlement in a class action lawsuit in San Mateo County Superior Court.

Rancho Cielo was not involved in the lawsuit. Rather, the $19,334.39 "cy pres" award comes from funds that, for a variety of reasons, could not be distributed to the intended recipients of the settlement. Courts can instead distribute such awards to appropriate charitable causes.

Rancho Cielo said it was chosen for its reputation in providing education and vocational training to underserved youth in Monterey County.