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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

August 1, 2019
Quality Journalism

Gone

Ask Nicole: Transitioning from Summertime to Schooltime

Our Police Speak

"Safety and Security at the County Fair"
Fun Events!
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  Quality Journalism

(0 A July 2019) ParadiseFireAfter.jpgLike it or not, living in the West, we must concern ourselves with fire as a potential threat to our families and communities. We bring you a startling article, well researched and compellingly written, on the history of fires in California. Reading it is  well worth the knowledge gained, not to mention an excellent example of ethical, fact-driven journalism.

When families and communities suffer murder tragedies for inexplicable reasons it's normal to experience sadness, anger and hopelessness. It's especially galling when the victims are young. It's terribly painful for their loved ones.  And so we do what we can to ease their extreme pain and a little of our own. We make financial donations. We talk with our children. We tell them we will keep them safe. Sometimes we think, "Should we stay home instead of going out," yet we assert our right to go. We wonder, " What could I do to make a difference so this will not happen again." The answers are not easy. We do the best we can and carry on.

It's August, a month still full of summer activities with the beaches, redwoods and summer events beckoning. Just around the corner, school awaits.  Hold onto the summer and quietly think ahead about how you will transition smoothly to school schedules. Nicole has some practical suggestions.

Please share our newsletter with new friends so they won't miss a few tidbits of wisdom from our author contributors, and as always our many fun events!

Have a wonderful weekend with family and friends!  Parmalee

 

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  Gone

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By Mark Arax
award-winning author whose books on California have been compared to the "great social portraits" by William Saroyan and Joan Didion. Whether in the pages of a newspaper, magazine or book, Mark is considered one of the finest journalists of his generation.

Decades of greed, neglect, corruption, and bad politics led to last year's Paradise fire, the worst in California history. It should never have happened. It will happen again.

Excerpt: "I don't think we could have managed the forests any worse," he told me by way of greeting. His voice was strained, but he was still sturdy and rawboned, and only recently had his full head of hair gone to gray. Back in 1972, when he stood next to Governor Ronald Reagan to celebrate the state law that would protect the Eel, Wilson was the one who looked like the movie star. After a lifetime fighting battles both here and in Sacramento, he was feeling worn-out, he said, but one cause still roused him each morning: a saner and safer way of treating the forest.

"The Indians gave us the natural forest. Much of it was patchy, and the trees grew to differing heights," he said. "This combination of open ground and uneven canopy kept the fires from raging. Now the fires are raging. They're racing from forest to suburbia, and we're scratching our heads trying to figure out why.

"Remember," he said, "fire is a natural event in a healthy forest. It starts by lightning strike and usually burns itself out quickly. But before it does, it scorches the forest floor and thins out lower branches and shrubs. This helps tame the next fire. This allows new trees to generate. The timber companies could have worked inside that natural cycle and harvested a sustainable amount of wood. Instead, they were allowed to clear-cut the old growth and plant new trees one on top of the other."

He was talking about how industrialized agriculture had come to the mountain. "So the trees are just another crop?" I asked.

"That's right," he said. "The growth is so uniform that when fire hits it, it becomes a blowtorch. The trees are nothing but matchsticks. Get a spark up, and she's gone."

"You're saying we've turned our forest into easy kindling. But what about the kindling of all these houses?" I asked.

"Even though I was the head of state Forestry and Fire, I couldn't stop it. When I left the agency, I wrote that these were "unprecedented patterns of human settlement' in areas that John Muir had called God's wildness. The settlement patterns resulted in perhaps the most rapid and massive disruption of natural fire regimes and watersheds ever experienced on earth."

He wanted to make clear that he wasn't an environmentalist. He had nothing against them - we ignored their warnings at our own peril - but he was an old-school conservationist.

Read the entire article>>>

 

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  Ask Nicole: Transitioning from Summertime to Schooltime

By Nicole M. Young, MSW

Summer is almost over, and we're getting ready for a new school year. My son will return to college soon (sniff, sniff), and my husband and I will go back to figuring out the daily puzzle of carpool, sports, school, and work schedules. Neither of my kids will say they're ready for summer to end - and it will be a shock to their systems when they have to set an alarm and wake up early again - but I can feel the anticipation and excitement starting to build. As hard as it is to leave behind the relaxed pace of summer, the start of the school year represents new opportunities and experiences that can be just as meaningful and memorable as summer vacations.

Dear Nicole, My 6- and 7-year old kids are enjoying their summer break because my partner and I have been really lax about bedtime, chores, and screen time. We've also been spending a lot of family time together, which is hard to do when our schedules are so hectic during the school year. It's been nice, but now I'm worried that getting them back into the school routine will be a rough transition! What can I do now to ease them back into the school schedule? Frank

Dear Frank,

I love that you're planning ahead for the transition! That will make a big difference. Transitioning from a relaxed summer schedule to the structured school routine is difficult for many children and families. Taking a few steps now can make it easier for everyone when school starts again. Here are a few tips to try:

Talk about school. Start having casual conversations about the new school year. Ask your kids what they're looking forward to, which friends they'll be happy to see, and what they're excited to learn. If your kids express fear or worries, encourage them to talk about why they feel that way. Listen, and reassure them that a lot of kids feel nervous or anxious about starting school. Let them know that sometimes the feeling goes away when school starts, and other times, kids need support to learn ways to handle their feelings. Let them know you're available to talk and offer support any time.

Re-establish your family rules. Talk with your children and acknowledge that summertime was a fun "break" from the family rules, and now it's time to get back into your usual routines. Take small, steady steps to re-establish the rules. This helps prevent power struggles and gives your kids plenty of time to adjust before school starts. For example, gradually reduce the amount of screen time they get each day so that by the time school starts, following the family rule about screen time limits doesn't feel like a sudden or drastic change.

(0 A July 2019) TripleP-Routine.jpgPractice your morning and evening routines. Talk with your kids about the steps to get ready for school - get up, eat breakfast, brush teeth, get dressed, etc. If they've been sleeping in during the summer, have them get up a little earlier each morning and go through their routine, beginning at least a week before school starts. Give descriptive praise when they follow the steps of their routines independently - "Nice job getting yourself up and dressed this morning!" Do the same with bedtime routines. Prepare your children by talking with them about their weeknight bedtime and the steps of their evening routine - brush teeth, pajamas, read, hugs/cuddles, etc. If they've been staying up late during the summer, have them start their evening routine a little earlier each night, beginning at least a week before school starts.

Continue spending quality time together. Transitioning back to the structured school routine might be hard no matter how much you've planned ahead or prepared your kids. Spending quality time together makes children feel safe, secure, and loved, which can help make difficult transitions and big emotions a little easier for them (and you) to manage.

Final Thoughts: Even children who love school can have a hard time transitioning from summertime to schooltime. Taking small steps now to prepare children for the transition will help them enjoy what's left of the summer and be ready to start the new school year with a positive attitude and eagerness to learn.

Nicole Young is the mother of two children, ages 15 and 19, who also manages Santa Cruz County's Triple P - Positive Parenting Program, the world's leading positive parenting program. Scientifically proven, Triple P is made available locally by First 5 Santa Cruz County, the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency (Mental Health Services Act) and the Santa Cruz County Human Services Department. To find a Triple P parenting class or practitioner, visit http://triplep.first5scc.org or contact First 5 Santa Cruz County at 465-2217 or triplep@first5scc.org.

 

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  Our Police Speak

Watsonville Police Department

In light of the tragic event at the Gilroy Garlic Festival this past weekend, the Watsonville Police Department has added additional security measures for the upcoming Watsonville Strawberry Festival.

Community members can expect to see additional officers, bike patrol and a command center during this weekend's community event. We have also teamed up with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office to provide additional resources for the community's safety.

Santa Cruz Police Department

ACTIVE SHOOTER: WARRIORS ARE NECESSARY
Many citizens wonder what the Santa Cruz police are doing to prevent or respond to mass casualty events such as an active shooter. We want our community to know that over the years, SCPD has trained and is well prepared to respond to active shooters. We study, debrief, and prepare for these events. Our officers are equipped physically, intellectually, and operationally to respond immediately to the threat, engage the person(s) and end the violence. SCPD is able to switch from guardian to warrior instantly. Tactical metamorphosis is essential in our gun laden, mental health impacted society.

SCPD practices with our local partners to ensure the highest possible interoperability and capability when responding to an incident.  Our law enforcement efforts are fully integrated with the life-saving protocols of SCFD and EMS.  Policing is chockfull of men and women who live a life of valor and are ready, willing and able to respond. 

More importantly, SCPD has created and formalized a protocol for interrupting those people intent on killing others. Our Mass Casualty Threat Assessment Tool has been used and is continuing to guide our steps.  This tool created by Santa Cruz police officers is the first of its kind for local law enforcement.  The Mass Casualty Threat Assessment tool is a mixture of academia, historical data points, and good old fashion investigative experience.  The tool has already proven successful here in Santa Cruz.

The Threat Assessment tool is useless without you. Many shooters tip or leak their intent on social media, loose talk among friends, or through preoperational behavior such as probing likely targets.  If you see something that concerns you, you must say something to the police! You can report tips to THREATS@cityofsantacruz.com. #See Something Say Something!

Through the Threats email mechanism, you can submit URL's, screenshots, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter accounts of concern. However, if an attack is imminent, you must call 911.  Please, don't be the person who could have prevented a mass shooting, but kept silent because you did not want to get a friend in trouble. #SeeSomethingSaySomething!

Be assured that SCPD is taking appropriate precautions for local events. We carefully examine each event and examine the likelihood of a mass casualty incident. Once we have made a determination as to the safety of the event, operational plans are put into place and personnel is deployed when needed. You may or may not see our preparations, but when needed, Santa Cruz Police Officers stand ready, willing and able to protect you and your loved ones.

 

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  "Safety and Security at the County Fair"

The Santa Cruz County Fair family sends our thoughts and prayers to all those affected by the shooting at Sunday's Gilroy Garlic Festival.

David Kegebein, Fair Manager, added "We wish to remind everyone who plans to attend our 2019 Fair this coming September that security and (0 A July 2019) sccf-poster.jpgpublic safety have been, and will always be, a large part of how we plan and operate Santa Cruz County's premiere annual community event.  As we learn more about the Garlic Festival incident our team will analyze potential adjustments to our security protocols and implement improvements as identified."

E-mail questions to info@santacruzcountyfair.com

The Santa Cruz County Fair celebrates the rich agricultural history of our community and people, and invests heavily in bringing this heritage to our youth.  The 2019 Fair will be held September 11-15 at the Fairgrounds located on Highway 152 just east of Watsonville.  Information on the Fair, and the Fairgrounds - a year round entertainment and event venue, can be found at santacruzcountyfair.com.

  Fun Events!

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CATS, CATS, CATS!

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Kitty-inspired art is what it's all about! The kiddos have been asking for this one, so we have lined up more feline-based art than we know what to do with. We can't wait for this camp, August 5-9, 9am-3pm,
Ages 5-7 & 8-12.

 

The Art Factory
Aptos

 

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Santa Cruz County Gives!

 

Gilroy
GoFundMe

 

Stephen Romero Family


Kayla Salazar Family


Trevor Irby Family

 

Gabriella Gaus

 

Help Gilroy Garlic Survivors, "The Honey Ladies"

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Day Out with Thomas
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  Day Out with Thomas
Roaring Camp
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa (Jul 26-Aug 4)
Details: A train ride with ThomasTM, picture taking with Sir Topham Hatt,TM temporary tattoos, face painting, bounce houses, storytelling
Special Instructions: July 26-28, July 31-August 4
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Awareness & Safety
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  Awareness & Safety
Date:
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Church Street Fair
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  Church Street Fair
Cabrillo Music Festival
Date: Every day (Aug 3-Aug 4) from 11:00am to 7:00pm
Details: Non-stop world and ethnic music and dance on the outdoor Church Street Stage, and dozens of premier artists and craftspeople
Special Instructions: Church Street in front of Civic Auditor
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Family Concert
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  Family Concert
Cabrillo Music Festival
Date: 08/04/2019 at 1:00pm
Details: Come to the Civic Auditorium and make music with us! Perfect for all ages, this rousing experience begins with an up close Tour
Special Instructions: Church Street in front of Civic Auditor
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Free Open Rehearsals
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  Free Open Rehearsals
Cabrillo Music Festival
Date: Every day (Jul 28-Aug 9)
Details: You're invited to discover what increasing numbers of Festival fans have already realized-Open Rehearsals are a dynamic precurso
City: Santa Cruz County view all details >>
     
Capitola National Night Out
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  Capitola National Night Out
City of Capitola
Date: 08/06/2019 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Meet your neighbors and grow community...enjoy free BBQ, jump house, petting zoo, K9 demonstrations, plus meet local officers an
City: Capitola Village view all details >>
     
National Night Out
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  National Night Out
City of Watsonville
Date: 08/06/2019 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Details: Activities, information and food!
Special Instructions: See 17 different locations
City: Watsonville view all details >>
     
Strawberry Jam Fun Run 1K and 5K
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  Strawberry Jam Fun Run 1K and 5K
Friends of Watsonville Parks and Community Services
Date: 08/03/2019 from 7:45am to 10:00am
Ages: all ages
Details: FRIENDS OF WATSONVILLE PARKS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES ANNOUNCES THE"STRAWBERRY JAM FUN RUN" AUG 3RD.
City: Watsonville Phone: (831) 402-3712 view all details >>
     
Book Sale at Church Street Fair
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Library Central
Date: Every day (Aug 3-Aug 4) from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All Ages
Details: Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 427-7700 view all details >>
     
Citizen Science
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Library Central
Date: The 1st Th of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All
Details: A presentation and Q&A with local experts and researchers in the field discussing life science, ecology, geology, genetics, clim
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 427-7717 view all details >>
     
Storytime with Author Joyce Oroz
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Library Scotts Valley
Date: 08/02/2019 from 11:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: Families, ages 0-10
Details: Storytime with Author Joyce Oroz, "Annie Gets A Brother"
City: Scotts Valley view all details >>
     
Pinocchio!
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  Pinocchio!
Little People's Repertory Theatre
Date: Every day (Jul 24-Aug 4)
Details: Though he's just a puppet from a poor family, Pinocchio and his band of champions will rock you beyond your wildest expectations
City: Ben Lomond view all details >>
     
Open House
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  Open House
Santa Cruz Police
Date: 08/06/2019 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Details: Activities for kids and adults, station tours, and live demonstrations. Plus, the Santa Cruz Police Officers Association will ha
City: Santa Cruz County Phone: (831) 420-5844 view all details >>
     
Monterey Scottish Games
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  Monterey Scottish Games
The Scottish Society
Date: Every day (Aug 3-Aug 4) at 9:00am
Ages: All
Details: Come out and celebrate Scottish culture, traditions, athletic competitions and entertainment - fun activities for the whole fami
Special Instructions: Enter Gate 5
City: Monterey Phone: 831-372-5863 view all details >>
     
     
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