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August 19, 2022

Community briefs, Oct. 26: Greenway hosting presentation on rail corridor

Greenway hosting presentation on rail corridor

WATSONVILLE — Santa Cruz County Greenway, a nonprofit organization that is advocating for a trail-only path along the 32-mile rail corridor, is holding a presentation at Second Street Cafe, 28 Second St. #100 in Watsonville, on Monday from 7-9 p.m.

Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a question-and-answer session after the presentation.

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission is currently seeking the public’s input on the Unified Corridor Investment Study, which looks at a series of investments that could be made on three parallel routes in the county: Highway 1, Soquel Avenue/Drive and Freedom Boulevard, and the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line.

A list of six scenarios to study includes such things as a dedicated bus lane on Freedom Boulevard, passenger rail service, a trail-only option on the rail corridor, and more.

For information, visit sccrtc.org/projects/multi-modal/unified-corridor-study.

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Abelskiever event approaching

WATSONVILLE — Lutheran Community Church, 95 Alta Vista Ave. in Watsonville, will hold its annual Abelskiever event on Nov. 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

An Abelskiever is a small, round Danish pancake served with jam, jelly, syrup or powdered sugar.

Breakfast is $10. The event will also include a silent auction, drawings, homemade baked goods and more.

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Community Foundation makes two new hires

APTOS — Community Foundation Santa Cruz County has hired Ana Espinoza and Kevin Heuer for its program staff.

Espinoza is a new program officer. She leaves the City of Watsonville where she held various posts including director of parks and community services, recreation superintendent and senior administrative analyst. She was also executive director of Familia Center (now part of Community Bridges), where she oversaw services for families in the Lower Ocean Street and Beach Flats neighborhoods of Santa Cruz.

Espinoza is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz. She, along with her husband Jerry Lopez, is also a donor to the Community Foundation.

Heuer, after three years as a Community Foundation program associate, left in 2011 to become director of institutional giving and then chief operations and program officer for Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County. Heuer holds a Master of Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco. He takes over as program officer – grants manager.

“As the Community Foundation grows, both in terms of grantmaking and nonprofit leadership services, having a strong program team like this one benefits everyone,” Program Director Christina Cuevas said.

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