Free trolley tours of the Santa Cruz Recycling Center and Wastewater Treatment Facility are being offered this week by the city as a part of National Public Works Week. The recycling center tour shows what happens to the tons of recycled material each year and the treatment facility tour will show how 7 million gallons of wastewater are treated daily. Tours begin at noon and trolleys depart from the southwest corner of Lincoln and Cedar streets.
Aptos residents can expect traffic delays on Clubhouse Drive between St. Andrews Drive and the lower section of Seascape Golf Course because of a construction project. From May 29 to June 18, delays up to 15 minutes of are expected between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The construction is part of a water main replacement project by the Soquel Creek Water District. More information can be found at www.sccroadclosure.org.
Truck traffic at the intersection of Highway 1 and Rio Road will continue to be high this week as crews continue construction vehicles continue to cross every five to 10 minutes. The project is part of the Highway 1 climbing lane project. Drivers looking to avoid the intersection can detour through Carmel Valley Road and Carmel Rancho Boulevard. For information, call 831-755-5025.
How a state-mandated groundwater management plan will affect private well owners in Scotts Valley and San Lorenzo Valley is the focus of a May 31 meeting. The Santa Margarita Groundwater Agency is hosting the meeting to talk about how the state plan impacts private well owners and how owners can voice their concerns. The meeting runs from 7 to 9 p.m. on May 31 in the Santa Margarita Community Room at the Scotts Valley Water District on 2 Civic Center Drive in Scotts Valley.
Students from Monterey Peninsula College’s Green Building Design course expect to present information on a ‘tiny house village’ for the Veterans Transition Center this week. They’ll be showing their proposed design plans for a “pocket house” that can be moved around, from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday at the M.P.C. Art Gallery. The hope is that these pocket houses can be used to house veterans in transition (who would otherwise be homeless) in a low-cost, sustainable, housing community on designated vacant land in the city of Marina.
Due to recent vegetation fires in San Benito and Monterey counties, all Burn Permits have been suspended in the state and local responsibility areas (that are under contract with Cal-Fire in both counties). That bans all residential burning of landscape debris, including leaves and branches. Statewide, Cal Fire and firefighters have already responded to more than 950 wildfires, that have burned over 5800-acres since January 1st . More information on how to prepare for, and prevent, wildfires can be found on-line at:
Progress has been made in 3 homicide cases that took place between 2006 and this January in south Monterey county. A warrant has been issued for Noel Palaez Valentin, who is believed to have been the man who fatally stabbed 21 year-old Jose Cruz Rojas in King City on February 23rd of 2006; on July 5th of 2007 42 year-old Martin Macareno was found lying on his King City garage floor with fatal injuries; and a 3-thousand dollar reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person (or people) who killed 16 year-old Luis Cuevas, who was shot and killed January 4th, on the 1000 block of Oak Street in King City.
3 men were arrested this morning in connection with an April 7th shooting in Salinas. The shooting occurred on the 600 block of Towt Street. 19 year-old Jimmy Aquirre and Miguel Jimenez, and 25 year-old Mark Anthony Valenzuela, have been booked into Monterey county jail. All 3 face charges of Attempted Murder, Conspiracy, and Gang Enhancements.
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