County: No new measles cases
County health services agency spokeswoman Laurie Lang has good news for San Lorenzo Valley residents: No new measles cases have been found since the first two were confirmed Feb. 1.
The two cases involved an employee working in the office at New Leaf Community Market in Felton and the employee's daughter who had visited India.
Health officials immunized four market employees and have been checking workers daily for symptoms.
Stone to chair select coastal committee
Assemblyman Mark Stone, D-Scotts Valley, will head a new Assembly Select Committee on Coastal Protection, Assembly Speaker John Perez announced Tuesday.
Select committees are fact-finding bodies, and Stone -- who sought formation of the committee -- said it would explore issues relating to the environment and the coastal economy. While they cannot pass legislation, select committees often issue recommendations.
Stone, a former Santa Cruz County supervisor and vice chairman of the state Coastal Commission, said he wants the committee to look at ocean-based energy options, reducing marine debris, rising sea levels, a backlog of Coastal Act violations and updates to local coastal plans.
Museum presents event at Red on Wednesday
The Museum of Art & History invites you to bring something from a failed relationship to The Red (upstairs) at 200 Locust St. from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday for a "Pop Up Museum."
You can bring whatever you like -- art, old T-shirts, that CD you can't throw away -- and mend your heart. Red is offering $5 Happy Hour specials.
Ballot arguments due this week
Arguments for and against a proposed $90 parcel tax to benefit Soquel Union elementary schools are due by 5 p.m. Thursday at the County Clerk's Office, 701 Ocean St.
The funds would go toward improving New Brighton Middle, Main Street, Opal Cliffs, Santa Cruz Gardens and Soquel elementary schools to bolster academic and arts programs and reduce class sizes. Measure S will be part of a mail-only May 7 vote by those affected by the proposed tax.
Measure A, a separate ballot measure on reorganizing the Lakeside Joint Union School District, is also part of the May 7 election.
Alejo water bills sail through hearing
Bills aimed at clean drinking water passed unanimously out of the Assembly's Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee, committee chairman Luis Alejo, D-Watsonville, announced Tuesday.
The first, AB1, authorizes $2 million for use by the Greater Monterey County Regional Water Management Group to develop a water quality and wastewater treatment plan for disadvantaged communities in the Salinas Valley. The second, AB21, sets aside funds for drinking water emergencies in disadvantaged communities. Both are authored by Alejo.
Gas prices up 40 cents in a month
AAA Northern California said Tuesday that conversion to summer-blend gasoline, statewide refinery issues and a rise in crude oil prices have sent California gas prices higher.
The price in Santa Cruz averaged $3.91 per gallon, up 40 cents since Jan. 8.
Statewide, the price averaged $4.06, up 45 cents from a month ago and 22 cents higher than a year ago. The price topped $4 per gallon Friday, the first time since Nov. 3, 2012, according to Cynthia Harris, AAA Northern California spokeswoman.
There were long lines in the Northeast as drivers filled up their cars in advance of snowstorm "Nemo." Ultimately the storm is likely to push back demand for gas, as the snow continues to keep drivers off the road, according to the AAA.
AAA said it expects increases to the national average will slow as temporary production concerns are addressed.
Reservoir project work started this week
The Santa Cruz Water Department has contracted with Gateway Pacific Construction Inc. to build a water tank and associated infrastructure at the Bay Reservoir Site on Cardiff Place.
Excavation for installation of underground pipelines began Monday. Cardiff Place will be closed to through traffic between Iowa Drive and Cardiff Court during working hours only. It will be opened back up to allow two-way traffic at the end of each day.
Through traffic can drive around the closure via Bay Drive and High Street. Neighbors with driveways inside the closure area will be allowed access at all times as needed.
While every attempt will be made to keep construction disturbance to a minimum, city officials said area residents may experience traffic delays, restricted street parking and increased noise.
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