In an effort to mitigate the local housing shortage, Santa Cruz City Council members are slated to discuss a possible Rent Freeze during their meeting this evening. Council members are also expected to look at how they can encourage the Santa Cruz Riverfront Association to keep its apartment complex on Blaine Street as a Section 8 subsidized housing project….as it has been for more than 3 decades. This evening’s meeting, that starts at 7 p.m., is slated to be held at Santa Cruz City Hall…..which is located at 809 Center Street.
(08:15) Santa Cruz - Cal Fire announced a Prescribed Burn is scheduled for today and tomorrow at UC Santa Cruz. The prescribed burn will take place on the upper campus and the Natural Reserve. There will be a temporary road closure along Chinquapin Road during the burning operations. The prescribed burn is a cooperative project with UC Santa Cruz and Cal Fire for reducing the threat of wildfire and enhancing natural resources.
(07:00) Salinas - A man was arrested yesterday in Salinas, after officers served a search warrant at a residence and found drugs, guns and ammunition. A search warrant was served on the 100 block of Marigold Way. During the search, officers located a bottle of Promethazine, packaging material, a scale with cocaine residue, 40 rounds of ammunition and a rifle. 23 year-old Jesse Jimenez, was booked into Monterey County Jail for weapons and drug violations along with child endangerment and gang enhancement.
(07:50) Salinas - The City of Salinas Volunteer and Neighborhood Services Program announced a special meeting will be held this week to help residents create a safer and more united neighborhood. The "One Neighborhood at a Time" discussion will be from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at Martin Luther King Jr. Academy, located at 925 N Sanborn Rd, in Salinas. For more information visit: cityofsalinas.org.
The public works department of Santa Cruz County has announced that a new traffic light is becoming operational. The light has been installed at the high traffic intersection of Soquel Drive and Trout Gulch Road. Motorists can expect the traffic signal to be in use, starting on Wednesday, February 14th.
A Watsonville man died in a traffic accident in Monterey county last week. Authorities say the collision took place at about 6:30 p.m. on Friday, on San Juan Road near Allison Street where 65 year old Pedro Senties drifted into oncoming traffic and collided head on with another vehicle. Senties was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the accident is under investigation.
167 ACRES OF LAND HAVE BEEN TRANSFERRED FROM CAL-TRANS TO THE ELKHORN SLOUGH FOUNDATION. THE DEDICATION OF THE PRISTINE WOODLANDS AND WETLANDS, KNOWN AS THE ELKHORN HIGHLANDS RESERVE, TOOK PLACE TODAY. THE PARCEL OF LAND INVOLVED, WHICH IS NORTH OF MANZANITA PARK IN PRUNEDALE, INCLUDES THE LARGEST ACREAGE OF PREVIOUSLY UNPROTECTED MARITIME CHAPARRAL IN MONTEREY COUNTY, AND IT IS ALSO HOME TO SEVERAL RARE AND SENSITIVE NATIVE PLANT SPECIES.
A Santa Cruz man was arrested in a Watsonville motel room yesterday (Monday). An investigation by Santa Cruz Sheriff’s deputies led to the search of a motel room where officers seized 13 ounces of methamphetamine, cash, and packaging equipment. At about 11 a.m. 55 year old Michael Rodgers was arrested on possession and sales charges along with parole violations.
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