Monday is Earth Day, workers encouraged to ‘Skip the Commute’

Each Earth Day, workers who drive to their place of business are encouraged to seek other means to commute, such as carpooling, riding the bus or their bike. This year, the push is on for folks to telecommute, if they can. To help with that Santa Cruz County’s flexible workspace centers, Nextspace and Cruzio in Santa Cruz and the Satellites in Felton, Scotts Valley and Los Gatos are teaming up to offer a county-wide “Skip the Commute” Earth Day, Monday, April 22. Commuters are invited to earn $1 for working that day at the Satellites in Felton, Scotts Valley and Los Gatos; or at Cruzioworks or Nextspace in Santa Cruz. All participants have to do is provide information that accurately calculates their commute distance. At the end of the day, each work center will publicize the Vehicle Miles Avoided and CO2 emission savings from removing all those cars from county roads and highways. Work space is available on a first come first served basis. For information, contact the Satellite at or 222-2100; Nextspace at or 420-0710; or Cruzioworks at or 459-6301. Big Basin Bus Line Returns Speaking of Earth Day and getting out of your cars, last week, the Metro Board of Directors voted voted to restore the summer weekend service to Big Basin State Park. The service will start the weekend of June 8 and continue until the late Fall. SCPD memorial process video returns to YouTube A video shot on a CHP motorcycle during the funeral procession for slain Santa Cruz Police officers Sgt. Loran “Butch” Baker and Det. Elizabeth Butler is back on YouTube, at The CHP edited the video down from 7 minutes to two minutes 42 seconds. It features pictures of Baker and Butler, music and mourners standing along Ocean Street and nine freeway overpasses between Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties. "We made some minor modifications of it in an effort to highlight law enforcement's appreciation of the support displayed by the community and as a lasting tribute toOfficer Butler and Sgt. Baker and the sacrifice they made," said Fran Clader, spokesperson for the CHP headquarters in Sacramento. "The video was shared with the Santa Cruz Police Department and copies provided to the officers' families." The video bares the words, “When a peace officer is killed in the line of duty, it is an attack on the moral fiber of our society. But these attacks will never define us. For what defines us is what unites us. Detective Butler and Sergeant Baker were protectors and colleagues, neighbors, friends, a mother and father and beloved members of our community. On behalf of the law enforcement community, thank you for your support." Santa Cruz police officials appreciate the gesture. "What a great idea from CHP," said Deputy Chief Steve Clark. "The video shows a unique perspective and captures the overwhelming outpouring of support. We are grateful to the CHP for producing this video, it is one of our most treasured remembrances." CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow personally delivered copies of the video to SCPD Police Chief Kevin Vogel and Clark last week, Clark said. "We have a great working relationship with the CHP," said Clark. "Commissioner Farrow and his staff have been incredibly generous to us throughout this tough time. "
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