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Candidate receives Sierra Club endorsement

Eric Hammer, who is campaigning for the 5th District seat on the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, announced Tuesday, Sept. 11, that he had received the endorsement of the Sierra Club.

 “I am incredibly honored to have received this endorsement from one of the leading environmental organizations in this area,” Hammer said in a statement. “This prestigious endorsement reinforces the reasons that I chose to run for office — to protect our environmental resources, improve county services and strengthen resources for our children and families."

David Casterson, the vice chairman of the Santa Cruz group of the Sierra Club and chairman of its political committee, announced the endorsement. He lauded Hammer’s “well-thought-out pro-environmental positions on a variety of issues facing our county,” as well as his record of community involvement.


Boulder Creek author publishes short story

Julia Huff, a Boulder Creek resident and author, recently released a noir short story, “Horse Two.”

The self-published e-book is available through Apple's iBookstore for $1.99 for the iPad and iPhone.

Eight original linocut pictures accompany the story, which is set at a horse track in the mid-1930s.

A teaser can be viewed at:


Local gardens featured on tour

As part of the 2012 Master’s Gardens Tour, Monterey Bay Master Gardeners will host “Gardens of the 99 Percent: Inspiring Gardens within Your Reach,” described as a showcase of a diverse range of garden designs, plants and styles of display to inspire home gardeners of all persuasions.

The tour will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 22, a Saturday, and will visit seven unique private gardens and two public garden spaces.

To purchase tickets, contact

For information:


Coyotes spotted in Whispering Pines

Residents have reported seeing a family of coyote pups in the Whispering Pines neighborhood of Scotts Valley. The coyote family has reportedly taken to roaming the neighborhood between 8 and 9 p.m.

For safety, small animals should be kept indoors at night.


D.A.’s office warns of loan modification scams

The Santa Cruz County District Attorney’s Consumer Affairs team recently issued a warning to county homeowners that loan modification scams have been targeting people whose homes are at risk of foreclosure.

According to a report, homeowners from both Santa Cruz and Watsonville have reported that salespeople have been going door-to-door in some neighborhoods, enticing homeowners to pay them their mortgage payment, claiming it will stall or prevent a trustee sale of the home. The district attorney’s office warned homeowners not to make a loan payment to anyone other than the lender.

Television and newspaper ads frequently entice homeowners to make advance payments to companies who promise to obtain loan modifications or do “loan audits.” 

Advance payments for loan modifications are illegal, and most have no positive results.

For information: Consumer Affairs office, 454-2050.

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