County of Santa Cruz

Response to Strike


Date:                March 13, 2006

Release:            Immediately

Contact:            Dinah Phillips

                        Public Information Officer



SEIU Local 415 has announced that they will strike March 14, 2006. This information is provided to lessen disruption to the public and is subject to change due to staff availability.



Agricultural Commissioner: 763-8080

Critical services will be provided, including pest inspection and pesticide reviews

175 Westridge will be open limited hours

640 Capitola Road will be closed


UCCE (Agricultural Extension): 763-8040

            Will provide services, but office will not be open


Animal Services: 454-7303

Mandated services will be provided, including rabies control, animals involved in depredation of livestock, and housing of stray or abandoned animals.


            Shelters in Scotts Valley and Watsonville will remain open to the public if sufficient staff are available. In the event of inadequate staffing, only intake of stray or abandoned animals will take place, with no adoptions, dog license sales or general visitation.


Child Support Services:  454-3700

All services will be available at the Santa Cruz office. The Watsonville office will be closed.


Health Services Agency: 454-4000

The following services will be available:

Psychiatric Emergency, Crisis & Medication Services

Public Guardian

Clinic Medical Care including basic pharmacy and lab services

Environmental Health Emergencies including hazardous waste services and other unforeseen emergencies

Public Health Communicable Disease Services

Burial Permits

Jail and Juvenile Hall Health Services


The following Health Services Agency buildings will be open:

1400 Emeline Ave., Santa Cruz for mental health care

12 West Beach, Watsonville, for mental health care

1080 Emeline Ave., Santa Cruz for medical care services

9 Crestview/1430 Freedom, Watsonville for medical care services

701 Ocean Ave., Environmental Health 3rd Floor


Human Resources Agency: 454-4045

The following services will be provided at reduced staffing levels:

Child Protective Services (CPS): screening and investigating only: 454-4222

Adult Protective Services (APS): screening and investigating only: 454-4101

In-Home Support Services (IHSS): No new referrals/applications: 454-4101

Multipurpose Senior Services Program (MSSP): No new referrals: 454-4600


The following Human Resources Agency offices will be open:

1400 Emeline: Child Protective Services, Adult Protective Services, IHSS, MSSP

842 Front Street: Veterans Services: 458-7110

1020 Emeline, Santa Cruz: Benefit Services: 454-4165

119 W. Beach Street, Watsonville: Benefit Services: 763-8583

18 W. Beach, Wats: CareerWORKS, open with EDD services only: 763-8700

Capitola Career Center: open with EDD services only: 464-6286


The following services will not be provided:

Foster Home Licensing and Adoption Services

Careerworks, WIA, CalWORKs Welfare to Work


The following Human Resources Agency offices will be closed:

12 W Beach Street, Watsonville: Adult Services, IHSS

215 E. Beach Street, Watsonville: Veterans Services: 458-7110

1040 Emeline, Santa Cruz: CareerWORKS: 454-4080


Parks Department: 454-7900

All parks will be open, and the majority of park restrooms will be closed. The After school Recreation sites will be open.

Simpkins Swim Center will be closed.


Personnel Department: 454-2600

The office on the 3rd floor of the Government Center will be open and will accept employment applications. The offices in Watsonville and on the 5th floor of the Government Center will be closed. The clerical exam test scheduled for 5:30 in the cafeteria will occur as scheduled.


Planning Department: 454-2580

Zoning Counter: Appointments will be canceled and rescheduled. Plans and appeals will be accepted.

Aptos and Felton Permit Centers: Closed

Building/Grading Inspections and BP Finals will be conducted as staffing permits


Probation Department: 454-3812

            303 Water Street, Santa Cruz: Closed

1432 Freedom Blvd, Watsonville: Closed

3650 Graham Hill Rd, Felton: Open for Juvenile Hall, Juvenile Court, and intake

962 East Lake Blvd, Watsonville,: Open for Evening Center


Public Works Department: 454-2160

Brommer Yard (Roads) and Lode Street (Sanitation) dispatchers will field normal emergency calls at both facilities.

One employee will staff public counter (Room 410) for general information only, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

No development review services will be available (no services related to design/developments, recording of maps, surveyor questions, fees, etc.).

All design projects will be placed on hold, including coordination with outside agencies and the public.  The public will not be able to process encroachment permits, road bump requests, transportation permits, sewer connection permits, or other non-emergency traffic-related inquiries.

Construction inspection of ongoing DPW contract projects will be handled by management staff.

Landfill and Transfer Station will be open during normal operating hours; however, no Household Hazardous Waste or Construction and Demolition Recycling will be available.

Room 410 Government Center phone and counter will be open for normal working hours, but staffing levels will be limited.


Recorder: 454-2800

The following limited services will be available from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm:

Recordation of documents presented over the counter, acceptance of orders for copies of birth, death, and marriage certificates and copies of official records, limited assistance to the public in searching records


The following services will not be available

Preparation of copies of birth, death, and marriage certificates and copies  of official records with a pre- 1997 date

Grantor/grantee indexes. Information on newly recorded documents will not be available

Microfilming or newly recorded documents. Copies of these documents will not be available. 



The following offices which serve the public will also remain open with reduced staffing:

Auditor-Controller: 454-2500

Assessor: 454-2002

Board of Supervisors: 454-2200

District Attorney: 454-2400

County Clerk/Elections: 454-2060

Redevelopment Agency: 454-2280

Sheriff-Coroner: 471-1121

Treasurer-Tax Collector: 454-2510


The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission will be closed.