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[Santa Cruz County] Grand jury looks at homeless foster youth

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY — The County of Santa Cruz should do more to support its homeless young people, as well as those in foster care and who are about to age out of the foster care system, according to a report released Tuesday by the county’s Grand Jury.

The report focused in particular on homelessness among foster youth.

[Santa Cruz County] SLVWD: board of director Eric Hammer resigns

Blog note: this article copiously references a 2017-18 grand jury report on the SLVWD.

At a special meeting of the San Lorenzo Valley Water District (SLVWD) Board of Directors convened at 3:30 in the afternoon last Friday, June 1, the board formally accepted the resignation of Director Eric Hammer, submitted by email on May 23 that was effective immediately. At the meeting, the board approved a schedule for applications, interviews and appointment of Hammer’s successor.

[Santa Cruz County] SLVWD: board of director Eric Hammer resigns

Blog note: this article copiously references a 2017-18 grand jury report on the SLVWD.

At a special meeting of the San Lorenzo Valley Water District (SLVWD) Board of Directors convened at 3:30 in the afternoon last Friday, June 1, the board formally accepted the resignation of Director Eric Hammer, submitted by email on May 23 that was effective immediately. At the meeting, the board approved a schedule for applications, interviews and appointment of Hammer’s successor.

[Santa Cruz County] San Lorenzo Valley Water District challenged by grand jury findings

SANTA CRUZ >> The San Lorenzo Valley Water District since 2016 has struggled to address divisive issues, management of Lompico Assessment District capital projects and support for the Lompico Citizen Oversight Committee, the Santa Cruz County civil grand jury reportedThursday.

[Santa Cruz County] Pajaro Valley High classes on schedule after threat investigated

Blog note: this article references a recent grand jury report and the responses to it.

SANTA CRUZ >> The poorly punctuated threat was written in small, red letters on a Pajaro Valley High School bathroom wall this week.

“There will be a shooting in PV Friday 2:30 warning don’t come to school,” Sgt. Mish Radich said, reciting graffiti that ended with a smiling face — all drawn in permanent marker.

[Santa Cruz County] Grand jury report on mental health

A grand jury report called on the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency to integrate its personnel into emergency responses. The county’s Behavioral Health Division collaborates with law enforcement agencies, the grand jury wants the division to expand its role and respond to 911 calls for people in crisis. That response could reduce load on law enforcement responding to the calls.

May 21, 2018

KSCO News

 

Santa Cruz County Grand Jury recommends county mental health team to help law enforcement

SANTA CRUZ >> Santa Cruz County law enforcement agencies are the front line for 911 calls involving behavioral-health crises that might warrant involuntary 72-hour psychiatric confinement.

But 70 percent of those 911 calls involve people who are not a threat to others — cases suited for the Santa Cruz County Behavioral Health acute-crisis intervention team that accepts only non-threatening clients referred by medical or school workers, the Santa Cruz County Grand Jury reported Thursday.

[Santa Cruz County] Letter: Read the grand jury report on threats in local schools

On April 11, the grand jury issued the report, “Threat Assessment in Our Public Schools: Committed to Keeping Our Children Safe,” a follow-up to last year’s threat assessment report.

[Santa Cruz County] Santa Cruz County Civil Grand Jury calls on schools to rehearse campus-violence response tactics

 

 

SANTA CRUZ >> A new threat-assessment plan for Santa Cruz County schools lacks guidelines for rehearsing campus-safety tactics during threats of violence, the Santa Cruz County Civil Grand Jury reported Thursday.

The grand jury has legal authority to examine special districts, and city and county governments; its findings are meant to improve government operations.