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Flooding, Road Closures As Heavy Rains Fall On Saturated Ground

After years of praying for rain, Santa Cruz County has had more than its fill. Looking for something to bet on now that the Super Bowl is in the past? Try betting on whether 17 will stay open!

Take A Look At Some Local Flooding

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(11:25) Santa Cruz County - State Superintendent of Public Instruction released a new website designed to help communities across the state access information on how K-12 districts and schools are doing in educating students.  The California School Dashboard site features reports on multiple measures of school success, including English learner progress, high school graduation rates, college/career readiness, and suspension rates.  The new Dashboard site can be accessed at CaSchoolDashboard.org.

 

(09:40) Live Oak - The County of Santa Cruz has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the National Park Service to help build the first phase of Chanticleer park in live oak.  The new park, will contain LEO’s Haven, the first inclusive playground in the county the county.   in addition to the playground, the park will include restrooms, parking, pathways and improvements to the existing community garden, bike pump track and off leash dog areas.    The park is estimated to cost 4.7 million dollars, and 2.1 million of that has been raised so far.   If you would like to donate go to santacruzplaygroundproject.org

 

(08:20) Santa Cruz - A Second public forum will be held tonight to solicit opinions on what the replacement for Chief Kevin Vogel should look like.  The new chief will oversee 124 employees, including 104 sworn officers, and a $26 million annual department budget.  City Officials are asking the public to fill out a survey at the meeting or to fill one out on line at surveymonkey.com.  The survey can also be found on cityofsantacruz.com.  The meeting will be from 7 to 9 tonight at Beach Flats Community Center, 1333 Leibrandt Avenue.  The event will be in English and Spanish.      

 

 

(07:35) Aptos - The Aptos Little League will be hosting a pasta night fundraiser this Saturday.  The recent storms have created damage to the campus fields and have put a huge financial strain on the league.  The Aptos Little League Pasta night will be at 5:00, this Saturday at the Corralitos Community Center, 35 Browns Valley Road.  The cost is 20 dollars for adults, 10 dollars for children between the ages of 5 and 16, and free for children under 5 years old. 

(07:00) Salinas - The Salinas Police Department is still investigating the motive for Servando Silva stabbing and killing pastor Herbert Valero.   The incident happened Tuesday night on the 1500 block of Verona Court.   If anyone can provide information related to the murder they are encouraged to call Detective Byron Gansen at 831-758-7137.  Or you can call the anonymous, tip line at 831-775-4222.

(06:35) Prunedale - A man driving drunk caused a fatal accident on Tuesday night.   The incident happened at 11:20 on San Miguel Canyon Road in Prunedale.  The driver, 20 year-old Bryan Garcia, crossed over the double yellow lines and collided head on with 20 year-old Elizabeth Guiterrez.   Garcia had two passengers, his female passenger was pronounced dead at the scene.   Garcia, his other passenger and Guiterrez are all suffering from major head injuries.  

 

AAA  Of  Northern  California  is  working  to  keep  impaired  drivers  from  getting  behind  the  wheel  and  driving  after  they  have  imbibed  alcohol.   To  that end  the  company  is  once  again  offering  Tipsy  Tow  Service  to  inebriated  people,  who  might  otherwise  drive.   People  do  not  need  AAA coverage  to  take  advantage  of  the  Tipsy Tow  offer.    The  service  will  run  from  6 p.m.  Friday  night,   until  6  a.m.  Saturday morning.     To  get  one  of  the  free  rides  home,  people  can  call  1-800-AAA-HELP,   and  state  that  they  need  a  Tipsy  Tow.    

AAA estimates  that  a  first-time  misdemeanor  D.U.I. conviction  in  California  can cost  more  than $15,000…..for  just  the  fines. 

Last  year  the  San  Luis  Reservoir  (out  on  Highway  152  between  Gilroy  and  Los  Banos)  was  at  just  10  percent  capacity…..and  now  it’s  full.      Last  year,   the  reservoir  (that  was  christened  by  President  John  F  Kennedy  back  in  1962)  was  at  its  lowest  level  in  nearly  3  decades.   In  the  last  7  months though,   the  water  level  has  risen  192  feet.     The  lake  holds  2  million  acre-feet  of  water,  which  is  enough  water  for  10  million  people  for  a  year.  The  reservoir,   which  is  the  5th  largest  in  the  state,   holds  5  times  as  much  as  Hetch-Hetchy  near  Yosemite,  and  100  times  as  much  as  the  Lexington  Reservoir  (which  is  off  Highway  17,  near Los  Gatos). 

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