The Santa Cruz Sentinel is reporting that Barry Swenson Builders has reached a deal with the Soquel Creek Water District to provide water service for the new Aptos Village. This is another critical milestone for the project, which is one of the largest developments in the district’s history. According to Barry Swenson Builders, residences in the new development will feature high-efficiency water fixtures and appliances, and landscaping will require little or no irrigation.
Many Aptos residents were today alerted via text message on their phones that AT&T had completed the upgrade of the Cabrillo College cell tower to support faster “LTE” networking. The plan to upgrade the cell tower had been approved in late 2012, with considerable protest coming from community members concerned with increased levels of EMF radiation.
For those residents not concerned with higher EMF levels, the increased speed will likely be seen as a blessing, with upload and download speeds rivaling what is available locally with a broadband cable connection.
The California Public Utilities Commission has reversed its initial finding and has now decided – to the relief of many Aptos and Corralitos residents – that a proposed new 115kv power transmission project will require an environmental impact report. They will be holding a Public Meeting regarding the project on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Corralitos Grange Hall, 165 Little Corral Way.
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The word is out – Aptos is in! So in, in fact, that two of the biggest stars in the music industry came to spend a day and night at our very own Seascape Resort.
HollywoodLife.com is reporting that none other than Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez were in Aptos on January 6 2014 and spent the night at the Seascape Resort. The pair were spotted walking outside the resort by local residents, both wearing big dark sunglasses. Selena was sporting a blonde wig to hide her natural brunette hair.
Just and company were also spotted at Manresa State Beach Campground, but Justin only spent a few hours there tooling around on the Segway before heading off to Seascape.
The Biebs also posted a video of his dad falling down on a Segway – reportedly this video was shot somewhere in Santa Cruz, where other people reported seeing Justin and his clean.
The Soquel Creek Water District has been over-pumping water from the Soquel-Aptos groundwater basin, and as a consequence, the water supply is threatened by salt water intrusion. Pumping needs to be cut back immediately by at least 35%, and that is going to have a significant impact on customers. This shortfall will have to be remedied by a combination of methods, including:
- Improved efficiency
- Waste Water Recycling
- New groundwater and surface water sources
Most of these options incur cost – waste water recycling and desalination, could, for example, cost between $100,000,000 and $200,000,000 to the Soquel Creek Water District. There are only 15,000 or so water hookups in the district, so the cost per hookup (household) could be between about $6,700 and $13,400. Some of this money may be paid for by a bond issue, but a lot of it is likely to be passed on to consumers in the form of higher water rates.
The Soquel Creek Water District needs your input! They are planning a series of meetings to discuss the options. The next meeting is to be held on January 7 at 7 PM at the Capitola City Council Chamber and the topic will be Mandatory Water Rationing/Demand Reduction Options. Concerned citizens are encouraged to get involved. For more information, visit our Aptos Water Supply project page, which has a list of dates of upcoming meetings and a link to the relevant page on the Soquel Creek Water District web site.
Pregnant Mare Rescue, an Aptos horse rescue ranch, is seeking funds to help make it through the winter, according to the Santa Cruz Sentinel. Pregnant Mare Rescue has been awarded “Verified” status by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, signifying that they meet the criteria of a true equine sanctuary.
Don’t have any money to donate? Pregnant Mare Rescue is always looking for volunteers to help feed and care for the horses.
Aptos High School teacher Deb Tracy has won Educator of the Year! Deb was one of 11 local area teachers who were nominated for this award, granted by the California League of High Schools. Congratulations are in order to Deb – keep up the good work, and thanks for being a part of our community!
Read all about it in the Santa Cruz Sentinel.
The Silicon Valley Business Journal recently published a great article about the efforts of Aptos resident and Supervisor Zach Friend to improve the quality of Internet broadband to Santa Cruz county.
The article quotes Supervisor Friend as saying “Our available residential internet access is one step above a joke,” referring to his home in Aptos, which as residents know offers few options for Internet connectivity.
The Santa Cruz Sentinel is reporting that a house on the 9700 block of Monroe Avenue burned to the ground last night. The Aptos/La Selva Fire Department rated it a second alarm fire, and a total of eight fire engines were called to the scene. Three people resided in the home; two of them escaped the blaze, but a third resident died and his body was later recovered.
Our hearts are with the family who has suffered a great loss.
The Santa Cruz Sentinel is reporting that the Aptos Cinema has completed a $250,000 upgrade featuring new seating and a digital screen with 3D technology. This despite the fact that the Aptos Cinema may only have another two years in its future, as the redevelopment of the Rancho del Mar shopping center does not have a theater in the plans.
The amount of seating at the Aptos Cinema has dropped sharply (by almost 50%), as the new seats take up much more space than the old ones. Moviegoers though will have much more legroom now and won’t have to stand up to let others pass by them.