(18:14) MONTEREY- A decision by The California Public Utilities Commission has cleared the way for Monterey Peninsula water rate hikes. The commission approved a request by CalAm, the water provider to the area to raise rates by up to 26 dollars a month for the next five years. The company claims the rate hikes are needed to maintain water system infrastructure, and that revenues are down due to water conservation.
(17:36) SANTA CRUZ- A six story library and parking structure project goes before the Santa Cruz city council on Tuesday. The proposed construction would take place at the city owned lot at Cedar, Cathcart and Lincoln streets into a six-story structure, with a single-floor library with 2 floors of combined office space and parking along with three floors of parking only. The meeting ill also discuss sites for a permanent downtown farmers market.
(16:58) SANTA CRUZ- A UCSC hitchhiker was held against her will early Thursday morning. Shortly before 1 a.m. a female student hitchhiking from the campus to Santa Cruz accepted a ride from a man , described as an intoxicated latino male in his 20’s from the Kresge College area. When the driver reached the hitchhiker’s destination he ignored repeated requests to stop. The woman was able to escape when the vehicle slowed for a turn she opened the door and jumped from the moving vehicle sustaining minor injuries. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact UCSC police.
(16:41) HOLLISTER- A Hollister woman has been hospitalized in serious condition following an industrial accident. Hollister Fire Department emergency crews responded to a 9:30 a.m. report of a detonation and injury on the 3600 block of Union Road. At the scene a female victim was decontaminated for lead oxide exposure before being flown to a bay area facility for further decontamination and treatment.
(11:55) Santa Cruz - A Santa Cruz Startup will appear on the ABC show, Shark Tank, tomorrow night. The startup, Inboard Technology, is a motorized skateboarding company. About 80 people tried the M1 electric skateboard on West Cliff Drive last June. The motorized skateboard will be on the ABC show, Shark tank, tomorrow at 9:00 p.m.
(09:30) Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito Counties - The Monterey Bay Aquarium would like to thank the community for its continuous support and will be offering free admission for local residents this month. Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito residents will receive free admission to the Aquarium between Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 11th. The admission is valid for all aquarium exhibits and programs.
(08:50) Monterey - Monterey County Public Works have made some changes to help protect the endangered Sea Otters. The changes came after an iconic sea otter, Mr. Enchilada, was hit by a car and killed on Moss landing Road. Monterey Public Works have added Sea Otter Crossing signs that reinforce the speed limit. There is also discussion about adding additional fencing to the area.
(07:20) San Jose - The two inmates that escaped from the San Jose Jail last week have been arrested. 26 year-old Laron Campbell was found at his sister’s house late Tuesday night. While Police were searching the home Laron came crashing through the attic. The sister, 24 year-old Marcaysha Alexander, was also arrested on suspicion of harboring a fugitive. The second inmate, Rogelio Chavez, was found yesterday at home in San Jose. Detectives heard Chavez in the attic while they were searching the home of karla Fernandez. After a seven-hour standoff Chavez was taken back into custody. Fernandez was also arrested on multiple charges.