Library board to get new members
The nine-member Joint Powers Authority Board for the Santa Cruz Public Libraries will welcome new members in coming weeks.
On Monday, the board interviewed two applicants, Martha Dexter of Santa Cruz and James Anastas of Live Oak, to replace outgoing citizen member Leigh Poitinger. On Feb. 13, the board is expected to make an appointment, select a chair and vice chair, and welcome two representatives still to be named by the county Board of Supervisors.
The previous chair, Capitola Councilman Sam Storey, was replaced on the board by Councilman Mike Termini. Outgoing Santa Cruz Councilwoman Katherine Beiers was replaced by returning Councilwoman Cynthia Mathews.
Remaining on the board are Santa Cruz Councilman David Terrazas, Scotts Valley Councilman Jim Reed, and citizen members Nancy Gerdt of Felton and Dick English of Aptos.
Panel supports renaming soccer field
The Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation Commission on Monday approved making a recommendation to the City Council to rename the soccer field at Depot Park for former Mayor Scott Kennedy.
Kennedy, who died in November 2011 and was a founder of the Resource Center for Nonviolence, was instrumental in securing land for Depot Park. He served on the council for three terms, sitting twice as mayor.
The field will be renamed if the council approves the commission's unanimous recommendation, likely at a meeting in February. Recreation Superintendent Carol Scurich said the suggestion to rename the field came from Kennedy friends Peter Klotz-Chamberlin and the Rev. Herb Schmidt.
Leaders to discuss water program, crosswalks
Scotts Valley leaders will decide whether to continue its annual rebate program for residents who install such water-saving features as low-flush toilets and side-loading washing machines at Wednesday's City Council meeting.
The Scotts Valley Water Department offers its own rebate program, so the city's rebate is "limited to the lesser of the rebate amount or the remaining eligible cost of the fixture" after the water department's rebate, according to a staff report. In 2011-12, the city paid out $10,356 for its rebate program, and $5,423 during the first six months of 2012-13.
Council members also will be asked to approve funds to install several new crosswalks on Kings Village Road. One would lead from the library to the community center and the second from the library to the skate park, at an estimated cost of $13,000. The third would be a midwalk crosswalk at the transit center, also on Kings Village Road, though costs have not yet been determined.
The meeting starts at 6 p.m. and will be held at 1 Civic Center Drive. For information, call 440-5602 or go to www.scottsvalley.org.
County wins environmental award
Santa Cruz County has been named a 2012 recipient of the prestigious Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award.
The county is one of eight winners being honored in a Sacramento ceremony on Jan. 22. It was singled out for waste management, which can include everything from landfill diversion to recycling programs.
Administered by the California Environmental Protection Agency, the awards program honors organizations, individuals or businesses that have contributed to the preservation of the state's natural resources.
Civil rights topic of talk Friday
Temple Beth El and NAACP member Maria Gitin will share firsthand accounts of the Civil Rights Movement at Social Justice Shabbat on Friday.
The 7:30 p.m. event at the temple, 3055 Porter Gulch Road, will include a discussion of Gitin's political activism. It includes volunteering for the Summer Community Organizing and Political Education project of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
Gitin attended an intensive training in Atlanta where she met the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders.
Her upcoming book, "This Bright Light of Ours," based on her original letters, conversations with co-workers, return visits to Alabama, and interviews with Wilcox County activists and their families, will be published by University of Alabama Press in 2014.
For information, contact Jane Sable-Friedman at 831-479-3444.
Toastmasters to host open house
Aptos Toastmasters, a President's Distinguished Toastmasters club for more three years serving greater Santa Cruz County, will hold a special open house noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at The Rio Sands, 116 Aptos Beach Drive.
Light refreshments will be served. For information, email LGET@D4TM.org or call 831-685-8800.