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Enterovirus now confirmed in California

Enterovirus now confirmed in California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. 4 confirmed cases of the Enterovirus D68 have been reported to the California Department of Public Health. 3 cases in San Diego County and 1 in Ventura County are the first confirmed cases in California in 2014.

While other specimens are still being tested in the state, Dr. Ron Chapman with the CDPH says. ““We are not surprised to find EV-D68 causing some illnesses in California given the apparent widespread nature of this virus in other parts of the country.”

More cases are anticipated in the coming weeks. CDPH has asked local health departments to submit samples from all rhinovirus/enterovirus positive specimens from hospitalized children less than 18 years of age for further typing. Several specimens have been received by CDPH for testing, and testing is underway.

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Be ready for the next earthquake, fire, flood, or other emergency

To be ready if fire, earthquake, flood, or some other disaster strikes, what’s the best place to keep an emergency kit? How much water should you have on hand? If you have to go to a shelter, what will you do with your pets? Get guidance and tools to help you answer those questions and others at the Emergency Preparedness Fair, Saturday, September 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Del Monte Center in Monterey.

More than a dozen agencies and organizations will have booths with information on emergency kit essentials; safe food and water; communication sources; home safety; fire extinguisher use; shutting off natural gas; smoke detectors and telephones for deaf and hard of hearing; fire-safe landscaping; navigating roads safely; how the Community Emergency Response Team works; and more.

Save Our Shores needs your help!

Save Our Shores needs your help!
Santa Cruz, CA - Save Our Shores (SOS), the leader in ocean awareness, advocacy and action on the Central Coast, will coordinate the largest community cleanup of the year from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Sept. 20, as part of Annual Coastal Cleanup Day. The event spans the globe, with volunteers in more than 100 countries removing garbage from beaches and waterways. Locally, SOS is leading cleanups at more than 70 sites located throughout Santa Cruz and Monterey counties, as well as an offshore cleanup conducted via SUPs and kayaks. SOS expects at least 3,000 community volunteers to participate on Saturday. SOS uses data collected during Annual Coastal Cleanup Day to analyze the health of the Central Coast.

Fire Safe Council for Monterey County launches awareness, fundraising campaign

In light of wildfires plaguing other parts of the state, the Fire Safe Council for Monterey County wants to get the word out about their programs.

Monterey County is especially vulnerable to wildfires because of its abundance of forested lands and hot, dry weather in its inland areas.

The Fire Safe Council is a nonprofit agency based in Monterey that works to educate residents and businesses about fire safety, manage and reduce vegetation that fuels fires, and partner with various fire agencies.

The Monterey County Community Wildfire Protection Plan, signed in 2010, enables communities at-risk to apply for fuel-reduction project grants from the federal government.

The Fire Safe Council helps residents and businesses apply for these grants.

In addition to fuel-reduction projects and chipping programs, the council hopes to sponsor grants for smoke detector and carbon monoxide installations, evacuation routes, education programs, and more.

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Low-income families to get help paying water bill

Central Coast Energy Services, Inc. (CCES), in partnership with the Community Action Partnership of Monterey County, will provide drought-affected, low-income households in Monterey County with a one-time payment assistance benefit on residential water bills.

The Drought Water Assistance Program, a $600,000 Community Services Block Grant, was distributed to 10 California counties where the unemployment rate is higher than the 2013 statewide average, the share of agricultural workers is higher than the state as a whole, and which are experiencing "exceptional" drought conditions according to the U.S. Drought Monitor Classification System. The 10 counties include Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz.

Abandoned building burns in Former Fort Ord

MARINA, Calif. -  A fire burned an abandoned building in Marina on the former Fort Ord. This is the second fire in less than three months in the area, where a vacant building was heavily damaged.

     The Marina Fire Department responded to the area south of Patton Parkway on Hayes Circle near 4th Street just after 8 p.m.  They stayed on scene late into the night mopping up.  The building has been nearly destroyed.

     The challenge for firefighters in this area is that there is no water due to damaged and vandalized infrastructure.  The structure fire is within the Cypress Knolls Project area of Marina and is proposed to be demolished. In June, another vacant building caught fire in Marina just blocks away.

$8.7 million in grants awarded by TAMC; infrastructure improvements planned

$8.7 million in grants awarded by TAMC; infrastructure improvements planned

SALINAS, Calif. Several infrastructure projects in Monterey County will move forward with the awarding of $8.7 million. Included in this funding are downtown Salinas’ street improvements and the new roundabout on the Holman Highway at Highway 1.

The Transportation Agency for Monterey County Board of Directors recently approved the competitive grant funding to transportation improvement projects throughout Monterey County.

Each project submitted by local cities and the County of Monterey is designed to improve safety, reduce congestion & provide access and direct links to communities & business; and in some cases, enhance alternative modes of transportation or stimulate redevelopment.

Some the projects included in this grant funding include the Seaside West Broadway urban village infrastructure improvements project and the King City First Street bicycle and pedestrian improvements south of First Street bridge.