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Fires in California - 07/28/14 11:22 S.S.

The Sand Fire, that started in Amador County around 4:30 p-m Friday, is considered to be 80 percent contained. So far it has destroyed 13 homes and 38 outbuildings. 515 structures are still threatened. Some evacuations are still in place, although others have been lifted. This wildfire is believed to have been caused by a vehicle driving on dry vegetation. Nearly 2 thousand firefighters are working to contain this fire, and they expect to have full containment by Friday.

The French Fire has burn about 2 thousand acres in the Sequoia National Forest so far. That blaze broke out around 5:45 a-m yesterday (Monday). Rock Creek, Soda, and Fish Creek Campgrounds have been evacuated.

The El Portal Fire in Yosemite National Park and the Darkhole Fire in Stanislaus National Forest have burned more than 27 hundred acres of the Sierra Nevada so far. The El Portal Fire began around 3:15 p-m Saturday. Crane Flat and Yosemite Creek Campgrounds have been closed. Bridal Veil Campground is being used for fire operations. 1 structure has been destroyed in Foresta, California. More than 700 firefighters are working to quell these wildfires.

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ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY - 07/27/14 11:05 S.S.

A MAN WAS ARRESTED IN SOUTH MONTEREY COUNTY SUNDAY. JEFFREY VANDERVORT WAS ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON, STALKING, POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, AND COMMITTING A FELONY WHILE OUT ON BAIL. HE WAS BOOKED INTO MONTEREY COUNTY JAIL.

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SALINAS MAY TAX CELL PHONES - 07/27/14 09:27 S.S.

THE CITY OF SALINAS ALREADY HAS A PROPOSED 1-CENT SALES TAX THAT WILL BE ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT, AND NOW THEY ARE CONSIDERING TAXING PEOPLE’S CELL PHONE SERVICE (BY WAY OF A UTILITY TAX. THE MONEY BROUGHT IN BY THAT TAX IS LIKELY TO GO INTO THE GENERAL FUND, JUST LIKE THE 1 PERCENT SALES TAX INCREASE. PEOPLE, WHO ARE 65 AND OLDER, WOULD BE EXEMPT FROM ALL UTILITY TAXES.

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ILLEGAL FIREWORKS IN SALINAS - 07/29/14 08:23 S.S.

NEARLY A TON OF ILLEGAL FIREWORKS ARE BEING STORED IN SALINAS, BECAUSE THEY CAN’T BE DISPOSED OF IN CALIFORNIA, AND THE STATE DOESN’T HAVE THE MONEY TO DESTROY THEM. SALINAS OFFICIALS ARE WAITING FOR THE STATE FIRE MARSHALL TO COME COLLECT THE FIREWORKS (SOME OF WHICH ARE FROM LAST YEAR).

IN AN EFFORT TO CONSOLIDATE THE PICK-UP LOCATIONS AROUND THE STATE, SEVERAL OTHER CENTRAL COAST CITIES HAVE ADDED TO THE COLLECTION.

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MONTEREY STAND DOWN AT FORT ORD 7-28-14 1840 og

THE 2014 MONTEREY COUNTY STAND DOWN BEGINS FRIDAY. THE HOMELESS VETERANS OUTREACH EVENT WILL BE HELD AT FORT ORD FROM FRIDAY, AUGUST 1ST THROUGH SUNDAY, AUGUST 3RD. THE EVENT WILL PROVIDE MEALS, NEW CLOTHING, ACCESS TO MEDICAL CARE, AND OTHER SERVICES. IN ADDITION, CONSTRUCTION CREWS WILL ERECT A TENT COMMUNITY THE VETERANS CAN STAY IN FOR THE WEEKEND. THE ATTENDEES WILL BE BUSSED, FREE OF CHARGE, TO THE REGISTRATION AREA.
DONATIONS (WHICH ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE) ARE STILL NEEDED FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT MONTEREY STAND DOWN DOT ORG.

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