Scotts Valley City Council voted unanimously to continue, with an annual review, to match an incentive offered by the Scotts Valley Water District to people who put in water-efficient fixtures.
“(Low-flush units) will pay for themselves and minimize city’s water usage,” Councilman Jim Reed said. “We have reduced our water usage even though city has grown; that’s due to conservation.”
In July, the water district halved the amount of its rebate for low-flush toilets, citing the decreasing average price of the units and the matching rebate offered by the city’s wastewater fund.
Gift-wrapping for grad night
San Lorenzo Valley High parents and students will be wrapping gifts at K-Mart in Scotts Valley to raise money for the annual Safe and Sober Grad Night at the high school.
The gift-wrapping trailer will be in the K-Mart parking lot from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 11, 12, and 18 through 23. Donations are accepted.
For information: Rhonda, 408-334-8542.
Church brunch to support school’s breakfast club
St. Michaels Catholic Church in Boulder Creek will host a Sunday brunch from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 12 at the parish hall, 13005 Pine St., to help feed hungry students at Boulder Creek Elementary School.
“This year, we have noticed a sharp increase in the number of students arriving at school hungry,” breakfast club parent volunteer Russell Cole said.
Proceeds from the brunch, which will feature pancakes, eggs, ham, sausage, potatoes and fruit, will help pay for food served by the school’s breakfast club
For information: Russell Cole, 338-8075.
County fair selects theme
“Dancing with the steers for 200 years” was selected as the theme for the 2011 Santa Cruz County Fair by the fair’s board of directors.
2011 marks the 200th anniversary of the first recorded county fair in the United States, and the Santa Cruz County Fair’s theme nods to that legacy.
"Dancing with the Steers for 200 Years ties our fair to local farming and ranching activities and reminds us all that we have been celebrating with some sort of a county fair here in the valley since 1885," fair manager Michael Bethke said.
The theme will be used by high school and college artists who will work to create the art for the fair’s poster. Information on the poster contest will be available in mid-December online at www.santacruzcountyfair.com.
The fair will be Sept. 13 through 18 in Watsonville.
Eshoo bill quiets commercials
Congress has approved the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act, which will prevent television ads from playing at a noticeably higher volume than the programs they accompany.
Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, sponsored the bill, which passed in the U.S. Senate on Sept. 29 and the House of Representatives on Dec. 2. It needs only the president’s signature before it becomes law.
“Consumers have been asking for a solution to this problem for decades, and today they finally have it,” Eshoo said in a prepared statement. “The C.A.L.M. Act gives consumers peace of mind, because it puts them in control of the sound in their homes.”
Since the 1960s, the Federal Communications Commission has received consumer complaints about commercials being louder than television shows. The law seeks to level the volume of all programming and commercials.
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