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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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Storm  repair  is  scheduled  to  begin again Sunday night  on  Highway 17.    This  time  workers  will  be  constructing  a  soil nail  wall  (to repair eroded  slopes)  on  the  southbound  side  of  the  roadway  south  of  East  Main Street  in  Los  Gatos.   1  lane  is  slated  to  be  closed  between  10 p.m.  and  5  a.m.  on  weekdays,  and  between  midnight  and  7  a.m.  on  weekends.     Changeable  message  signs  are  scheduled  to be  in place  to  alert  drivers  to the roadwork.    Motorists are advised to use caution when traveling through the area and please “slow

For the cone zone.”

A  bill  by  local  Assemblymen  Mark  Stone  was  approved  today  by  the  housing  and  community  development  committee.      If  signed  into  law,  Ab-1269  would  establish  a  process  for  the  investigation  (and  mediation)  of  the Mobile  Home  Residency  Law.     More than  700-thousand  people  in  California  are said  to  live  in  mobile  home  parks,  and  this  could  give  them  a  way,  other  than  litigation,  to  get  their  potentially  substandard  living  situations  cleared  up.   AB-1269  goes  next  to the  Assembly  Appropriations  Committee.

A  30-day  extension  has  been  granted  so  a  warming  center  in  Salinas  can  remain  open  for  a  while  longer.   The  shelter  has  always  been  designed  to  be  a  short-term  solution,  for  a  long-term  need.      The  extension  was  granted  by  board  members  of  the  Transportation  Agency  Of  Monterey  County,   which  owns  the  property  where  the  shelter  is  located….which  is  at 20  West  Market  Street.

A  45  year-old  Salinas  man  has  been  sentenced  to  spend  more  than  61  years  behind  bars.     Tyrone  Fowler  was  found  guilty  of  raping  a  15  year-old girl  in  his  home,  while  his  wife  was  not  there.   Fowler  had  reportedly  been  out  on  parole  for  a  year,  after  a  murder  conviction,  when  committed  the  sexual  assault  of  the  teen. 

(14:45) Live oak -  A man on a motorcycle was arrested during a traffic stop in Live Oak today.  A Deputy conducted a records check on the motorcycle and determined it was stolen. The motorcyclist was identified as Bryan Tennyson, who had an unrelated warrant for his arrest. Tennyson was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail.

(10:55) Monterey County - The county is requesting an extension on the Monterey County's homeless shelter contract, which is up at the end of this month.    The shelter is located on Market Street in Downtown Salinas. The shelter was always meant to be a temporary solution, and was scheduled to be knocked down in September for the railway extension project.  The purpose of the project is to bring a commuter service to Salinas.   The county has requested a lease extension on their dollar per month lease through June, then month to month afterward.  Salinas Valley Chamber and Salinas City Center are against the lease extension.   The Transportation Agency for Monterey County owns the building and will meet today to make their decision. 

(10:15) Congressman Panetta sent a letter to President Donald Trump yesterday urging him and his administration to collaborate with congress to improve our nation’s immigration system.  The bipartisan letter highlights the critical role that immigrants play in California’s agriculture industry, which feds the world.  To view the full letter sent to President Trump visit: pantetta.house.gov.   

(08:55) Salinas - CSUMB will be hosting a discussion on immigration in Salinas today.  The panel discussion will be held from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at the National Steinbeck Center, located at 1 Main Street, Oldtown Salinas.   The discussion is free and open to the public.

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