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Outdoor burn ban begins May 1

The Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District announced that Thursday, May 1 marks the end of the backyard burning season in Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito counties.

According to a news release, burning of dry yard trimmings, as well as fires to dispose of dry vegetation cleared from construction sites, are prohibited until Dec. 1.

The ban on burning comes as the risk of wildfires and air pollution increases during the summer months.

The ban does not include agricultural burning, prescribed burns, campfires, fireplaces, and outdoor barbecues.

For more information, visit


Poll workers sought for June election

The Santa Cruz County Election Department announced that it needs 150 people to volunteer to serve as paid poll workers for the Tuesday, June 3 election.

According to a news release, the Elections Department needs 33 people to be in charge of a polling place by serving as its Inspector. In addition, 47 tech-savvy people are needed to manage the voting equipment on Election Day. Finally, 70 people are needed to serve as election clerks who assist voters on Election Day.

To serve in the polls, a person must be a registered voter, a legal resident, or must be a high school student, age 16 or over, a U.S. citizen, with at least a 2.5 grade point average.

Poll workers are paid $75 for clerks and $100 for inspectors, plus an additional $20 for attending the training class if they complete their service at the polls.

For more information or to apply, contact Lynn Stipes at the Santa Cruz County Clerk Election Department at 454-2416, e-mail her at, or call Jana Vargas at 454-2513.


Library friends announce Spring Book Sale

Some 20,000 books, CDs, DVDs, and books on tape will be available for purchase on Saturday, May 17, when the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries will hold its Spring Book Sale in the parking lot beside the Downtown Library in Santa Cruz.

The sale opens for Friends members at 10 a.m. and for the general public at 11 a.m., then runs until 5 p.m.

The sale, which has been happening since before 1968, is one of the biggest and longest-running used books sales on the Central Coast.

Most books sell for $3 or less. All are in “gently used” condition.

For more information, call 831-427-7707, ext. 7796 or visit


SLVWD's water shortage restrictions take effect


Beginning Thursday, May 1, the San Lorenzo Valley Water District will implement Stage 2 water shortage restrictions in response to ongoing drought conditions.

According to a news release, Stage 2 mandatory restrictions aim to reduce overall water demand District-wide by 20 percent by focusing on reductions in outdoor water use.

Stage 2 outdoor water restrictions include:

- No watering or irrigating between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

- No outdoor watering on Monday.

- Outdoor irrigation is permitted only 3 days a week: if your address ends in an even number, water only on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday; if your address ends in an odd number, water on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

- On your watering days, limit irrigation to 15 minutes per station.

- Do not wash down hard or paved surfaces.

- Do not initially fill, or drain and refill residential swimming pools.

- Drinking water will only be served at restaurants upon request.

- Shut-off nozzles are required on all hoses.

More information is available on the District’s website and Facebook page,

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