Car week and the return of the Monterey Jazz Festival. Plane crash in Monterey. School mask mandates.


Welcome to the KAZU Weekly News Digest for 07/16/21. Here you’ll find the best local stories of the week and some national stories from NPR.

The Monterey Jazz Festival is almost here – tickets went on sale Thursday. The three-day festival begins September 24 at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. The festival will feature 21 hours of performances by 22 artists, including legends like Herbie Hancock, George Benson, Pat Metheny Side-Eye and more. Due to COVID-19 security protocols, the arena will be limited to 50% of its capacity and total ticket sales will be capped at 2,500. Tickets for the three-day festival start at $ 220.

Investigations continue after a twin-engine Cessna plane crashed into a house near the Monterey regional airport on Tuesday, killing both the pilot and the passenger and setting the house on fire. Firefighters responded quickly, containing fires caused by the crash in the one-eighth acre community of Monterra Ranch. No one was inside the house at the time of the accident. Authorities identified the pilot as the owner of the plane, Mary Ellen Carlin. His passenger was Alice Diane Emig. The National Transportation Safety Board has still not determined the cause of the accident.

Are California Kindergarten to Grade 12 students required to wear masks indoors or not? California Department of Public Health guidelines appeared to cover the issue this week, when the first reiterated its mandate for masks in K-12 schools, then tweeted that he would leave the app to school districts.

Some have read this clarification as a reversal of the mask’s mandate. But Faris Sabbah, the Santa Cruz County school superintendent, said the mandate remains clear: masks are mandatory indoors for all K-12 students in California, regardless of their immunization status. . The clarification was not whether to apply the mandate, but how. The original CRPD guidelines included a recommendation that educators remove unmasked students from school property. But Sabbah said the agency later removed those guidelines because enforcement is generally left to the discretion of school districts. “The requirement is set by the state,” he said. “We have to figure out how to apply it.”

The Monterey County Office of Education website also has declares that masks will be compulsory for all students.

About immunizing children and youth against COVID-19, the Monterey County Office of Education and Natividad Hospital are hosting an online “town meeting” on Tuesday, July 20 from 5 pm to 6 pm. virus. Registration is at The webinar will be recorded in English and Spanish for later viewing.

It is the 70th anniversary of the Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach this year, after a pandemic interruption. The event is scheduled for August 12-15 in the final days of Monterey County Car week, which begins August 5. The past Car Weeks drew up to 85,000 attendees, with events scattered across the Monterey Peninsula. Anticipating typical traffic challenges, Monterey County has developed a useful but somewhat confusing online map. The map includes event locations and links to traffic cameras to help residents and visitors navigate the peninsula. Click the tabs at the top of the map to see each day’s events and select an event to see more details. To view the traffic camera for a particular area, click a black arrow on the map and follow the “More Info” link in the pop-up window.

Speaking of traffic, downtown Santa Cruz drivers can expect traffic disruptions in the coming months., as a construction on the eight miles Soquel pure water pipe keep on going. The pipeline will extend from the Santa Cruz Wastewater Treatment Plant to the Soquel Valley River Basin District. Construction crews in Santa Cruz are currently installing the pipe along California Street. Beginning in August, the project will continue along Laurel Street from its intersection with California Street to the western end of the Laurel Street Bridge. Rebecca Rubin, spokesperson for the Soquel Creek Water District, said construction of the downtown area is expected to take about two months.

A soon-to-be-built treatment facility at the intersection of Soquel and Chanticleer avenues will purify wastewater and pump purified drinking water to three groundwater wells in Capitola and Aptos. Rubin said the project would help prevent saltwater intrusion into the severely exposed water basin and add a “reliable, sustainable and drought-resistant water supply to our central county area.” The pipeline is expected to be completed in 2022.

Monterey County’s new Registrar of Electors to oversee its first statewide election in less than two months. Gina Martinez took up her new duties on Monday July 12. She was previously Deputy County Registrar and replaces outgoing Registrar Claudio Valenzuela. Martinez is the county’s first Latina registrar and will oversee the statewide gubernatorial recall on September 14. She joined the Elections Department in 2007 and has served as Deputy Registrar of Electors for the past seven years.

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