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FEDS ALLOW LOGGING AFTER RIM FIRE- 08-28-14 10:30 SG

THE US FOREST SERVICE HAS RELEASED A DECISION THAT WILL ALLOW CALIFORNIA LOGGERS TO REMOVE DEAD TREES FROM AN AREA BURNED BY LAST YEAR’S RIM FIRE.    YESTERDAY (WED) FEDERAL OFFICIALS PERMITTED THE TIMBER INDUSTRY TO LOG 52-SQUARE-MILES OF BLACKENED TREES IN THE STANISLAUS NATIONAL FOREST.    THE DECISION FOLLOWED A STANDOFF WITH ENVIRONMENTALISTS WHO ARGUED THE TREES ARE NEEDED TO CREATE A HABITAT FOR ENDANGERED BIRD SPECIES. THE TIMBER INDUSTRY SAYS LOGGING WOULD PAY FOR REPLANTING TREES IN THE AREA.    THE SUPERVISOR OF THE STANISLAUS NATIONAL FOREST IS EXPECTED TO FINALIZE THE DECISION TODAY (THURS).

 

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MC COUNTY JAIL INMATES SEEK INJUNCTION- 08-28-14 10:00 SG

MONTEREY COUNTY INMATES ARE SEEKING A FEDERAL INJUNCTION TO IMPROVE JAIL CONDITIONS.   THE JUDICIAL ORDER PRECEDES A PLANNED 2015 TRIAL DUE TO THE CASE’S URGENCY.    ATTORNEYS REPRESENTING THE SICK AND DISABLED INMATES SAY THEIR CLIENTS’ LIVES ARE IN DANGER.    THE PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION ASKS THE COUNTY TO ADDRESS SIX PROBLEM AREAS IN THE FACILITY INCLUDING PROVIDING ADEQUATE TREATMENT FOR DRUG AND ALCOHOL DETOXIFICATION AND FIXING CONDITIONS THAT PUT INMATES AT A HIGH RISK OF CONTRACTING TUBERCULOSIS.     NO DATE IS SCHEDULED YET FOR THE MAGISTRATE JUDGE TO CONSIDER THE ORDER.    IF THE CASE IS CERTIFIED AS A CLASS ACTION, IT WILL PROCEED TO TRIAL IN A SAN JOSE FEDERAL COURTROOM IN SEPTEMBER 2015.

 

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LA CADETS INVOLVED IN H&R IN SC- 08-28-14 8:00 SG

SANTA CRUZ POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING A HIT-AND-RUN INVOLVING LOS ANGELES COUNTY SHERIFF’S CADETS.    OFFICIALS SAY A WOMAN RETURNED TO HER CAR PARKED NEAR COWELL BEACH AROUND 3:30 PM AUGUST 4TH TO FIND THE SIDE OF THE VEHICLE DAMAGED.     THE PAINT TRANSFER ON THE CAR’S SIDE PANEL MATCHED THE COLOR OF THE VAN PARKED BESIDE IT.     OFFICERS FOUND THE VAN WAS REGISTERED TO THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE.     THE VICTIM LATER REPORTED RECEIVING A PHONE CALL FROM SOMEONE IDENTIFYING HIMSELF AS A DEPUTY, SAYING HE LOANED TO VAN TO CADETS SO THAT THEY COULD ATTEND A DANCE IN SANTA CRUZ.     THE CASE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

 

 

 

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SEASIDE HOLDS OFF ON POA COMPLAINT- 08-28-14 7:30 SG

SEASIDE OFFICIALS HAVE DELAYED AN INVESTIGATION INTO ALLEGATIONS AGAINST THE CITY’S POLICE CHIEF.    THE SEASIDE POLICE OFFICER’S ASSOCIATION FILED A HARASSMENT COMPLAINT AGAINST VICKI MEYERS LAST WEEK, CLAIMING SHE HAS USED PHYSICAL FORCE AGAINST HER EMPLOYEES.    DURING A MEETING LAST NIGHT (WED), COUNCIL MEMBERS WERE EXPECTED TO CONSIDER A RECOMMENDATION FROM THE CITY ATTORNEY TO TAKE LEGAL ACTION.    CITY LEADERS DECIDED TO DELAY THE DECISION.    OFFICIALS SAY THE CONSIDERATION WILL BE DISCUSSED IN A FUTURE MEETING.    THE POA, IN THE MEANTIME, HAS REQUESTED THE CITY PLACE MEYERS ON PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE.

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SC HS FOOTBALL FIELD UNUSABLE- 08-28-14 7:00 SG

A SANTA CRUZ HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM WILL NOT HOST GAMES THIS SEASON DUE TO THE CONDITION OF THEIR FIELD. THE DROUGHT HAS LEFT THE CARDINALS’ FIELD HARD AND UNEVEN, MAKING IT UNSAFE FOR USE.   THE CITY’S WATER DEPARTMENT HAS ALLOWED THE SCHOOL TO USE MORE WATER THAN ALLOWED TO RESTORE THE FIELD.    OFFICIALS AT THE HIGH SCHOOL ARE CONSIDERING A TURF FIELD AS THE DROUGHT CONTINUES.

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TAINTED BREADED CHICKEN RECALL- 08-28-14 6:30 SG

THE USDA HAS REPORTED A RECALL OF OVER 8,000 POUNDS OF BREADED CHICKEN DUE TO POSSIBLE LISTERIA CONTAMINATION.     THE NEW JERSEY FIRM TNUVA USA IS PULLING ALL 28.8 OUNCE OR 1.8 POUND BAGS OF ‘MOM’S CHICKEN EXTRA THIN CUTLETS’ PRODUCED ON AUGUST 18TH, 2013.     THE COMPANY HAS RECEIVED NO REPORTS OF ILLNESSES. THE FOOD SAFETY AND INSPECTION SERVICE WILL SOON POST A LIST OF STORES THAT SELL THE PRODUCT AT FSIS.USDA.GOV.

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