Alba Schoolhouse Ben Lomond California Community Fire Recovery 

Rebuilding Community in Ben Lomond: The Historic Alba Schoolhouse to be Rebuilt

By Julie Horner It’s full steam ahead for rebuilding the historic Alba Schoolhouse in Ben Lomond, which was destroyed in the 2020 CZU fire. Last August, the San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to replace the structure, which has served as a school, a library, and most recently as a community center for the mountain… Read More
PGE Wood Haul Program County of Santa Cruz Fire Recovery Local News 

PG&E Wood Haul Program 1/12 Meeting and 1/31 Deadline

PG&E will begin implementing their Wood Haul Program with an informational meeting on Wednesday, January 12. The program is PG&E’s solution to a PUC complaint in response to CZU fire victim outrage at the utility’s post-fire tree removal operations. The program is opt-in and application must be made by the property owner by January 31, 2022. Details on the program… Read More
home hardening Columns Fire Recovery Real Estate 

SLV Homes: Defensible Space and Home Hardening

By M.C. Dwyer Given the one year anniversary of the CZU Lightning Complex Fire, here’s a summary of the Santa Cruz Association of Realtors Fire Safety and Prevention Panel, presented by Mark Bingham, Boulder Creek Fire Chief; Mike Ayers, Ben Lomond Assistant Chief; Mike DeMars, Fire Marshall Central Fire District; and Greg Vandervoort, Fire Prevention Captain at Scotts Valley Fire… Read More