City offices closed for holiday
Except for public safety and some other services, city offices will be closed Saturday through Jan. 6. Most employees will be on furlough.
Refuse and recycling will operate as usual, even on holidays, for customers inside city limits whose refuse service is provided by Santa Cruz Municipal Utilities.
Holiday trees will be picked up from Jan. 1-14 on the regular collection day.
The Dimeo Lane dump will be open until Monday and Dec. 31 until noon, then closed Tuesday and Jan. 1. Otherwise, it will operate 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and closed Sundays.
Other services and facilities will be available at times.
For a list, go to www.cityofsantacruz.com.
Rental car bill introduced
The Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Safe Rental Car Act, named in memory of two girls who lived in Santa Cruz, was introduced Friday in the Senate by Sen. Charles Schumer.
Joining Schumer as co-sponsors are Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Sen. Barbara Boxer, Sen. Claire McCaskill, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Sen. Bob Casey and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
"This is another major step toward enactment of the final bill," said Rosemary Shahan of auto safety group CARS in Sacramento, who has been working
The Houck girls died in 2004 when their rental car crashed; they rented a PT Cruiser, which was under safety recall, from Enterprise.
"It's remarkable that the bill has garnered bipartisan support in the Senate," Shahan said. "It's the same bill that the rental car industry and CARS and other consumer groups agreed upon before the election."
Cabrillo vice president interviews scheduled for January
Interviews for a permanent vice president of instruction at Cabrillo College will begin the first week of January, with administrators hoping to fill the slot by February.
Citing health issues, Renee Kilmer, who previously held that position, stepped down in October, and the post is now being shared by Wanda Garner, dean of the Natural and Applied Sciences division, and Kathie Welch, dean of Health, Athletics, Wellness & Kinesiology.
A search committee also is working to fill the position being vacated next month by Brian King, Cabrillo's president, who starts a new position Feb. 1 as chancellor of Los Rios Community College District.
Officials will discuss naming an interim president at the Board of Trustees meeting Jan. 14, according to Cabrillo spokeswoman Kristin Fabos.
Dance academy to perform Nutcracker ballet Saturday
Agape Dance Academy will present "The Nutcracker Ballet" at 4:30 p.m. and 7;30 p.m. Saturday at the Scotts Valley Community Center, 360 Kings Village Road.
Cost is $12.50. For information, go to www.agapedance.com or call 359-0850.
Last minute boutique sale set
The holiday boutique at Valley Churches United Missions, 9400 Highway 9, will be open this weekend 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for last-minute shoppers.
For information, call 336-8258.
Animal shelter benefits from Peet's sales
The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter will benefit from Peet's Coffee & Tea's 27th Holiday Donations Program, which ends Monday.
As part of the program, Peet's collects donations at its stores and match up to $1,000.
Its store on Pacific Avenue has selected the shelter as this year's beneficiary. The store is at 1409 Pacific Ave.
For information, call 831-457-8170.
Council to discuss goals Jan. 3
The Capitola City Council plans a special workshop at 6 p.m. Jan. 3 at the Capitola Community Center, 4400 Jade St., to hear presentations on council operations and discuss council goals.
Presentations are planned by city attorney John Barisone on open government issues, Sentinel Editor Don Miller on dealing with the media and Dave Mora of the International City/County Management Association on the role of a local elected official.
Mayor Stephanie Harlan will preside. There will be time for public comment.
The first regular council meeting will be 7 p.m. Jan. 10.
Red Cross to host blood drive
The local Red Cross chapter will host a blood drive 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 7 at the Scotts Valley Community Center, 360 Kings Village Road.
Donors are asked to RSVP. Go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code "scottsvalley" or call 800-733-2767. ID is required to donate.