Governor honors Ecology Action
Local nonprofit Ecology Action was honored Tuesday with the Governor's Environmental & Economic Leadership Award at a ceremony in Sacramento.
Ecology Action is the first two-time winner. It first received the award in 2003.
From 2002 through 2011, Ecology Action delivered energy efficiency services in California equivalent to removing 15,792 cars from the road or planting 17,172 acres of trees.
The award recognized Ecology Action for "Enhanced Environmental and Economic Leadership," a category specifically for prior award recipients who sustain exceptional leadership.
"It's gratifying to have years of hard work, innovation and partnerships recognized by Governor Brown," said Jim Murphy, who heads Ecology Action.
City seeks community development chief
The city of Capitola plans to advertise for a full-time community development director, a position with a pay range of $110,000 to $132,000. The new hire, expected to start in April, will complete the update of the general plan and zoning regulations and prepare a new housing element for the general plan.
The position has been vacant since October 2011, and then filled by a part-time person working on a contract.
In the past, the community development director has supervised 3.67 full-time equivalent employees in community development and building, but staff has been downsized.
The associate planner was laid off in 2010-11 and the housing and Redevelopment Agency project manager was not replaced when he left.
With benefits, the cost to the city for a hire at the top step would be $160,000.
Free screening of Bracero documentary
The documentary film "Harvest of Loneliness, the Bracero Program" will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Kresge Town Hall at UC Santa Cruz. The screening is free and open to the public.
Under the Bracero program, from 1942 to 1964, several million men were imported to the U.S. to work in the fields for one of the largest state-managed migrations in history. The film tells the story of the men who came to the U.S. and their wives and families who were left behind in Mexico.
After the showing, one of the filmmakers, Gilbert Gonzalez, professor emeritus of Chicano/Latino studies at UC Irvine, will lead a discussion of the film and the Bracero program. A reception will follow.
Volunteers pack 24,000 pounds at food bank
Twelve people from Notre Dame Mission Volunteers AmeriCorps joined community volunteers on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to pack 24,000 pounds of food for distribution in Santa Cruz County.
The project at Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County will provide approximately 18,750 meals to local families. Bags of fresh produce packed by the group will be distributed immediately through two of Second Harvest's nutrition programs, Passion for Produce and Food for Children.
Monday's holiday marked the 18th annual national day of service in honor of civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Volunteers throughout the county and the nation participated in a variety of community service projects in honor of his legacy.
Quilt Association hosts annual show
The Pajaro Valley Quilt Association is hosting its 35th annual Quilt Show 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 23 and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, 2601 E. Lake Ave.
The event will include an exhibit of more than 400 quilts, dolls and clothing.
In addition, there will be ongoing demonstrations, a live auction, a merchant mall, flea market and featured speaker Gloria Loughman.
Admission for both days is $8 general, $7 seniors, $6 advance. For information, call 831-722-8558 or email email@example.com.
Women's center receives grant
The Walnut Avenue Women's Center recently was awarded a $750 grant from the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County.
The grant will go toward the organization's children's program, Kid's Club.
It will provide funds for the children's art show, "Express Yourself," to be held at the Santa Cruz Art League in May.