(10:30) Monterey - The Transportation Agency of Monterey County is setting up a new account that will be used to make transportation safety improvements. Beginning April 1st measure X will go into effect, which states that 3/8 of a percent sales tax will be used for Transportation Safety & Investment Plan. For a list of the projects that will started in the next year visit TAMC website.
(09:50) Salinas - A Salinas man who allegedly killed both of his parents last month, covered his mother and father with paintings after he bludgeoned them to death. The new information was released from a search warrant yesterday (Wednesday). Police are still searching for 25 year-old Ellin Omar Escamilla. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is encouraged to call the Salinas Police Department.
(09:30) Watsonville - The 2nd Saturday on the Farm will be held this weekend. The family fun event offers unique interactive educational activities while learning about agriculture. Some of the activities include wooden cow milking and a kid-driven tractor. The event will be held this Saturday at the Agricultural History Museum, 2601 East Lake Avenue.
(08:20) Santa Cruz - The city of Santa Cruz is making an effort to increase safety throughout the community. A $200,000 improvement project for the San Lorenzo Riverwalk is slated to begin next month. Some of the improvements that will be made are improvements on lighting, installation of security cameras, and increasing patrols. The city has also received over a $900,000 grant to make improvements to 21 intersections. Santa Cruz Public Works will begin that project in spring.
Once again local health departments are warning people to be very cautious about which wild mushrooms they gather and eat. That’s because, as usual (once it starts to rain on the central coast, and mushrooms start popping up all over the place), local hospitals have seen an increase in the number of cases of mushroom poisonings. Health officials recommend that people who experience abdominal pain, cramping, vomiting, and/or diarrhea (after eating wild mushrooms) seek medical attention….because that type of poisoning can lead to death.
The light exhibit known as Lumination will be staying at Gilroy Gardens for a little while longer. The exhibit was supposed to end in November, but is now expected to stay there into the new year. Gilroy Gardens will remain open from 6 -10 p.m. most evenings between now and when Lumination closes January 8th. For more information, people are encouraged to either call Gilroy gardens, or go on-line to GilroyGardens.org
The city of Salinas has won a 10-million dollar grant to help increase the area’s water supply. The money would be used to get Pure Water Monterey up and operational. It’s a collaborative effort to take different water sources (such as agricultural run-off, storm water and produce wash water), and put them through a 4-step advanced purification process. The purified water would then be injected back into the local groundwater basin. Once P-W-M is working at capacity, it’s expected to be able to supply 35-hundred acre-feet of drinking water, and an additional 44-hundred acre-feet of water for agricultural uses.
A Santa Cruz man has pleaded not guilty to 3 felony charges related to the making and selling of the L-S-D that 15 year-old Luke Smith allegedly took before he stabbed his father and uncle (in Corralitos). 28 year-old Nathaniel Trecaso is scheduled to return to a Santa Cruz County court room January 11th, for a preliminary hearing on those charges. Smith was killed in an officer-involved shooting that took place after he refused to put down the knife (he had reportedly used in the stabbing), and kept advancing toward law enforcement officers. That shooting is still being investigated.
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