Governor Brown appointed 3 people today, and one of those was a Corralitos woman. 59 year-old Jody Belgard was appointed to the 14th District Agricultural Association, Santa Cruz County Fair Board Of Directors. This position does not require senate confirmation.
A starving sea lion pup was reportedly rescued recently by a Santa Cruz surf instructor. It was high tide when the little sea lion was spotted trying to make it to shore. The pup was then picked up by a volunteer of the Marine Mammal Center to be taken to their rehabilitation center. A Marine Mammal Center spokesperson suggests that contact between humans and marine critters be minimized, so the critters do not get used to people.
A 52 year-old Gilroy man died when his motorcycle crashed into an S-U-V in Gilroy Saturday evening. The driver of the S-U-V, and his 2 passengers, suffered minor injuries in the 5:25 p-m incident on Leavesley Road. The cause of the fatal accident is still being investigated.
A man who killed 2 of his estranged wife’s relatives in Salinas in 2015 has been sentenced. Samuel Ejaz, who Pleaded Guilty last month to trying to kill his wife (and 3 of her relatives), was ordered to spend the rest of his life in prison. The shooting took place outside the social security office in Salinas.
(11:30) Santa Cruz - Two of Santa Cruz's county supervisors have sent a letter to Assemblymember Eggman, to take Santa Cruz County off a pilot supervised injection services program. Assembly Bill 186 would allow heroin addicts to shoot up in a supervised injection site. In a letter to Assemblymember Eggman, Supervisors Ryan Coonerty and Bruce McPherson stated that Santa Cruz is actively working on strategies to address opioid addiction, but an injection services program is not part of the county’s approach. The Safe Injection Site Bill is scheduled to go before the state assembly public safety committee tomorrow.
(10:40) Nation Wide - Target has issued a recall for over 560 thousand water-absorbing Easter eggs and dinosaur toys. The Toys were recalled due to a serious ingestion hazard. The recall includes three specific products: Hatch & Grow Easter Eggs, Easter Grow Toys and Hatch Your Own Dino Eggs. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a warning that if the small toy is ingested, it can expand inside a child's body and cause intestinal obstructions, resulting in vomiting, dehydration and could be life threatening. The affected Hatch & Grow Easter Eggs and Easter Grow Toys have the model number: 234-25-1200 on the back of the packaging and the Hatch Your Own Dino Eggs have a model number of 234-09-0016, which can be found on the label inserted in the product's packaging. All products were sold at Target stores nationwide from February 2017 to March 2017.
(10:25) Santa Cruz - The California Highway Patrol reported a hit in run this morning in Santa Cruz. The incident took place at 2:30 a.m. on 41st and Soquel. A silver Sedan was on its side when CHP arrived. The driver and passenger were uninjured. The driver of the other vehicle has not yet been located. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact CHP
(09:10) Santa Cruz County - California Highway Patrol reported that the number of traffic crashes on Highway 17 rose last year. The increase in crashes is due people on their cell phones, an increase in traffic and driving too fast for weather conditions. There were 664 collisions in 2015 and 983 in 2016. Although there has been a significant increase in collisions, injuries and fatalities have not risen. In 2015 there were 187 injuries and in 2016 the number dropped to 126. In an effort to reduce collisions, injuries and fatalities a long term plan is underway. The $40 million plan will include a ban on left turns, to make roadside changes and build interchanges at places like Vine Hill Road.
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