(09:15) Watsonville - A trial date for eight defendants in a shooting that left an 8 year old girl and 33 year old man dead in Watsonville has been set. The eight men face murder and gang-related charges in connection with the shooting that killed 33 year-old Ramon Rendon and 8 year-old Jaelyn Zavala. The incident took place almost three years ago on October 10, 2014 outside a Main Street restaurant. Rendon, a rival gang member, was shot in the parking lot from two different angles. Zavala, who was waiting in the restaurant for her mother, when she was shot and killed by a stray bullet. A trial date has been set for September 25, in Superior Court.
(07:35) Santa Cruz County - A curve realignment project near Aromas will continue on a ½-mile section of eastbound and westbound Highway 129 near the Santa Cruz/San Benito County line. The five-day full closure will begin Sunday, April 30 at 9 p.m. until Friday May 5 at 11 p.m. Motorists are advised to take an alternate route or use detour map. This project will improve traveler safety by realigning the high way to increase the curve radius and sight distance. For lane closure information on this project and for traffic updates on other Caltrans projects in San Benito County, residents can call the District 5 at 1-831-423-0396
There are plans to renovate the nature lodge museum at Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Although many of the current exhibits are likely to be kept, the $1.1 million facelift is expected to include interactive exhibits, as well being designed to inspire and promote citizen science. The museum, which originally opened in 1948, was designated as an Historic Resource a number of years ago.
Registration is now open for a local micro business summit, which is scheduled to be held later this month. The summit is designed to help small businesses thrive in Santa Cruz county. The event is slated to take place from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. April 28th at Cabrillo College. More information can be found on-line at: MicroBusinessSummit.com
Coming up May 1st, new “Green Cards” (that are issued) will look different. The Permanent Resident Cards, which have new graphics, are said to be more tamper-resistant. It will still be green, and will include images of the Statue Of Liberty and the U.S. Flag. newly re-designed Employment Authorization Documents are also expected to be released May 1st.
The city of Salinas has tied with several other cities for its air quality. A spokesperson for the American Lung Association says that Salinas tied for cleanest city (as far as air quality) based on its zero unhealthy ozone days, and one of the lowest particle pollution levels. The city is said to benefit from its coastal influence, as well as some other factors.
Pacific Grove city council members are expected to approve a new tide pools project when they meet tonight. If the project is approved, funds would be used to re-work a section of the local coastline (along Oceanview Boulevard) that connects Lovers Point With Asilomar State Beach. Tonight’s meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
Construction management firms Griffin Structures and Swinerton Builders, as well as architects from LPA incorporated, have been chosen by the Salinas City Council to work on the new Salinas Police station. The new public safety center will be located at 312 East Alisal Sreet. It will replace the existing station that was built in 1958 on Lincoln Street. The development team and city are working toward opening the new facility in October of 2019.
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