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Aptos Beach Creek an Issue Again

RIO DEL MAR -- Aptos Creek may once again be threatening the stability of some million-dollar homes that sit on a bluff overlooking Rio del Mar Beach.

Residents again fear that their homes are on the verge of collapse.

Bob Neasham and his wife, Vivian, stood on the back patio of their beachfront home on a recent afternoon, peering over the edge of a low fence that sits close to the house.

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Report: School Buildings Not Earthquake Safe

MONTEREY, Calif - A report by California Watch, a non-profit investigative news organizartion, shows California State University policies do not mandate fixing the most dangerous buildings before building new ones.

The report said other rules in the CSU and University of California system even stop schools from using certain construction money on earthquake repairs.

The Central Coast just experienced a 4.5 earthquake starting from the San Andreas faultline this morning. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, if a building is really old and not up to date on certain safety requirements, even a mild quake could cause major damage.

"If you're right on top an earthquake, or a poorly built building, maybe a 4.0 could do some serious damage," said Leslie Gordon with the U.S. Geological Survey.

"When budgets are really tight, there may be other priorities.

Need a Job? Find Temporary Work on the Central Coast

SALINAS, Calif -- With tough economic times "Labor Ready" is helping place temporary workers  in jobs on the Central Coast.

Jobs depend on work available on any given day and job placement is not guaranteed. Labor Ready told Central Coast News the majority of the jobs available are in construction, hospitality and manufacturing. The jobs vary in pay depending on where an applicant is placed.  Labor Ready also encourages applicants to get to their locations to line up each day early to have a  better shot of placement.

In order to be placed in a job, an applicant must register with Labor Ready on Fridays starting at 10:00am at either of their two Central Coast locations.

5157 Soquel Drive, Soquel, CA 95073

911 North Main Street, Salinas, CA 93906

$2 Billion Available for Unemployed Homeowners

Phase one of state's "Keep Your Home California" program has kicked off. The program allows unemployed homeowners to get up to six months worth of mortgage payments at up to $3000 a month.

California is one of 18 states getting money for such programs from the treasury department's fund for states hit hardest by the mortgage crisis. Soaring foreclosure rates are adversely affecting California's families and neighborhoods.

The program is run by the California Housing Finance Agency, or CalHFA and only launched on Monday.

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Level One Responsible Beverage Service Training (RBS Training)

Sunrise House is pleased to announce that the organization will be providing Level One Responsible Beverage Service Training (RBS Training) for the Salinas/North Monterey County areas.  Training is required for service organizations, businesses or individual(s) that want to serve alcohol at a special event. Such events may include: The Salinas Airshow, Monster Truck Show, California Rodeo, the Castroville Artichoke festival, and other community events . The Salinas Police Department has mandated for all booths that serve alcohol at these events be trained in Responsible Beverage Service. Trainings will be available in English and Spanish. If your organization is planning on hosting a booth at a community event, or have any questions regarding Responsible Beverage Service, please call Sunrise House at (831)758-3313.

Memory Café: An interactive gathering for person’s with early memory loss

Memory Café is an interactive gathering for person’s with early memory loss, including Mild Cognitive Impairment, Early Alzheimer’s or just memory concerns.  It will feature a presentation on memory and interactive, fun memory exercises.

A simple phone screening and pre-registration is required to attend.  This presentation is not intended for persons living in the middle or later stages of Alzheimer’s.

Tuesday, Feb. 8th, 2011

2-3:30 pm

Elena Baskin/Live Oak Senior Center Annex

1777-A Capitola Road

Info: (831) 464-9982

 

Social media focus of Jan. 11 business workshop

The Small Business Development Center based at CSU Monterey Bay and the Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce will present a small-business marketing workshop on how to use social media and e-mail marketing to help build sales and business contacts.

The free workshop will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m on Jan. 11 at the Salvation Army, 2460 North Main St. in Salinas. A box lunch will be provided.

The seminar will cover key strategies and best practices on how to get the most out of social media marketing and how to incorporate those tactics into the business without losing productivity. Some of the social media outlets to be covered are Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and Yelp.

 

Pre-registration is required, and can be done online at http://bit.ly/sbdcworkshops  or by calling Ana Martinez at 675-7232.