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Elections clerk to provide update at League of Women Voters event

Santa Cruz County elections clerk Tricia Webber will update the community on the March 5 primary election on Saturday, Jan. 27, 10:15-11:30am at the Felton Branch Library, 6121 Gushee St., in Felton. 

Webber will discuss the 2024 ballot, November elections, voter registration and the effects of new legislation.

Sponsored by the League of Women Voters Santa Cruz County, light refreshments will be served at the event. No registration is required.

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Scotts Valley’s Spring 2024 Citizens Academy seeks applicants

Have you ever wondered how much of your taxes stay in Scotts Valley? Do you know where funds come from for schools, library, water or fire service? Are you curious about what’s happening with parks, streets or new development projects?

If these questions interest you, the City of Scotts Valley invites interested residents to apply to participate in the Spring 2024 Citizens Academy. 

This City-hosted educational series will take place across seven Tuesday evenings, starting Feb. 13 and ending on March 26. Participants will hear from each of the City’s departments as well as the school, fire and water districts.

Each evening will be packed with information — with talks about budget, services, priorities, projects and an inside look at how local government functions. The program will include tours of facilities, games and activities to help participants better understand how government works.

The City will be accepting between 15 and 25 participants to ensure that everyone has time to ask questions and fully participate in activities. It will be important that participants commit to all sessions and arrive on time. A light dinner will be served with each session, starting at 5pm and wrapping up by 8pm.

Applications are due by Feb. 2, and can be found at Contact [email protected] with any questions.

Applications due soon for 2024 Master Recycler Volunteer Training Program

The City of Santa Cruz is now accepting applications for its 2024 Master Recycler Volunteer Training Program.

Over five Tuesday evening and two Saturday morning sessions from Feb. 6 to March 5, participants will train to become “Master Recycler Volunteers” in areas related to waste reduction and recycling. The interactive classes are taught by City of Santa Cruz Resource Recovery staff and local discard management professionals.

Class topics include: the 6 Rs of Sustainability; Food Waste Prevention; Diversion, Collection and Processing of Food Waste; Rethink Your Habits; and Green Businesses amd Zero Waste. 

Saturday field trips will provide a behind-the-scenes tour of the Recycling Center, where 30 to 50 tons of material is recycled every day, and a trip to the Grey Bears campus for a presentation on “Rethinking Your Purchases.”

Course graduates will emerge with agreement to put their new skills into practice through a minimum of 20 hours of community service.

They will be invited to staff education and outreach tables and discard stations at special events, support Earth Day and serve as community champions with the knowledge and confidence to educate and empower friends, neighbors, schools, businesses, local groups and others to waste less, rethink their habits and “recycle right.”

Advanced application and confirmation of registration is required. Applications will be accepted until 4pm on Thursday, Jan. 25. Space is limited; priority consideration will be given to people who reside or work within the City of Santa Cruz. Participants must be at least 18 years of age.

Applications are available at Questions may be addressed to Waste Reduction staff at [email protected].

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