(15:07) MONTEREY BAY- The Save Our Shores Earth Day clean-up took place on Saturday. Five hundred and thirty three volunteers from Santa cruz and Monterey Counties focused on cleaning up debris at 11 locations. The volunteers removed 921 pounds of trash in Santa Cruz County and another 244 pounds in Monterey County. The clean up effort is one of several carried out during the year for information about future clean ups visit: saveourshores.org
(14:49) SANTA CRUZ- An estimated four thousand people gathered at Santa Cruz City Hall, on Saturday. The gathering was the beginning of A March for Science event organized to coincide with Earth Day. Participants carried signs and wore lab coats as part of a nationwide movement alleged protesting fake news regarding climate change by the new administration.
(14:28)SALINAS- The last day to request a vote by mail ballot for the City of Greenfield Special Parcel Tax Election is tomorrow (Tuesday). Ballots can still be requested in person at the Monterey County Elections office in Salinas, until Election Day. Voters can also return the ballots in person at the Greenfield City Hall drop-off box or the Elections office by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. Ballots sent by mail must be postmarked by Election Day. For more information, call (831) 796-1499.
(14:16) MONTEREY- This week the next stage of construction for the Highway 68 Roundabout project begins. During this stage of construction, additional congestion is expected in the eastbound direction along Holman Highway 68 because the loss of a dedicated right turn lane towards the southbound Highway 1 on-ramp. Also there will be no left turn out of the Pebble Beach Highway 1 Gate for 5 weeks. Motorists are advised to find alternate routes of be prepared for delays.
Another benefit is coming up for the first all-inclusive playground slated to be constructed in Santa Cruz county. The Capitola-Aptos Rotary plans to host a dinner (and roast) of 2nd District Santa Cruz County Supervisors Zach Friend. All proceeds will go to Leo’s Haven, which is planned for an area of Chanticleer Park. For more information e-mail:
A Salinas woman in her 50’s, who violated the terms of her probation, is expected to be sentenced next month. Annette Banda (aka Annette Vink), who was convicted last march of committing 4 felony counts of on-going lewd acts on a 14 year-old boy. Banda is due to be sentenced May 23rd.
A 25 year-old marina man is expected to be sentenced to spend 18 years in prison, and have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. Peter Moore did not contest charges that he forcibly molested a 13 year-old girl back in 2015. Moore is now scheduled to be sentenced June 1st (in a Monterey county court room).
THE PUBLIC'S ASSISTANCE IS BEING SOUGHT IN FINDING A SALINAS TEENAGER, WHO WENT MISSING WEDNESDAY. LEILANI GONZALES WAS REPORTEDLY LAST SEEN WALKING NEAR CENTRAL PARK IN SALINAS (NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF HOMESTEAD AND CENTRAL AVENUES). THE TEEN WAS LAST SEEN WEARING A GREY SWEATSHIRT, BLACK JEANS AND BLACK SHOES. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ABOUT HER WHEREABOUTS IS ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT THE SALINAS POLICE DEPARTMENT.
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