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The future of plants in the Central Coast is at the heart of a UC Santa Cruz art exhibit opening at the university’s arboretum. The exhibit, by Newton Harrison and his late wife Helen Mayer Harrison, is titled “Future Garden” and simulates conditions for climate change to show how plants would grow in the environment. The opening reception is 4-6 p.m. on Saturday and is free to the public.

Recycled Records in Monterey is up for sale with the asking price of $100,000. Owner Sean McCann is looking to move closer to his family in Arizona but wants to keep the shop local. The store has been open since 1975 and carries records and a variety of sound equipment.

The number of tick-related calls in Montery County has tripled compared to previous years. This is according to the county’s mosquito abatement district. Most of the ticks brought in have been dog and deer ticks. If people are bitten by ticks, officials encourage them to remove the insect quickly.

The Monterey Regional Airport is playing host to the Wings of Freedom Tour, an exhibition of historic planes. Four World War II era planes and a Vietnam War era plane are on display. The exhibit charges $15 for adults and $5 for children to tour the planes. The exhibit is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon Friday.

A complaint alleging Santa Cruz City Councilwoman Sandy Brown’s had conflict of interest in voting for rent control has no ground. This is according to an impartial state commission charged with enforcing governmental ethics. The complaint charged Brown with not disclosing her relationship with leaders of the Santa Cruz rent control movement by not saying they were her landlords. Brown was originally cleared to vote on the issue when the commission advised city officials in January.

A 25-year-old was arrested Wednesday after Salinas Police found a loaded handgun and methamphetamine pipe in a car Wednesday. Miguel Sebastian allegedly had the gun in a blue bag on his lap when officers approached him on the 1000 block of East Alisal Street. He was booked into Monterey County Jail.

Dispatchers  are  being  sought  for  the  Monterey  county  office  of  the  California  Highway  Patrol.    To  that end,   an  informational  meeting  is  slated  to  be  held  tomorrow  night  in  the  C-H-P  Headquarters  in  Salinas.   Applicants  need  to  be  at  least  21  years-old  and have  a  high  school  diploma  or  equivalent,  but  it  is  also  helpful  to  have  a  higher  education,  and  to  speak  multiple  languages.     


Anyone  interested  must  first  fill  out  an  application  by  next  Monday  (May  21st),   then  a  test  will  be  held  July 9th.

The  Santa  Cruz  County  Sheriff’s  Office  has  received  a  2-year  grant  to  help  deputies  reduce  “Underage  Tobacco  Usage”.   The  more  than  350-thousand  dollars  will  be  used  to  educate  the  under  21  year-old  population,  and  enforce  “minimum  legal  age” laws  for  the purchase  of  tobacco  products.  

The  money  comes  from  revenue  generated  by  2016’s  Proposition  56.

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