(10:00) Central Coast - According to the National Weather Service, California received 25 percent of its average annual rainfall in just 11 days. The central coast has three new systems approaching this week. Wednesday and Sunday are expected to bring 1 to 2 inches of rain in the lower areas and in the Santa Cruz Mountains those numbers are expected to increase. The Uvas Reservoir in Gilroy and Loch Lomond Reservoir in the Santa Cruz mountains are currently over 100 percent capacity. Santa Cruz Public Works is advising residents in areas that are prone to flooding to pick up sandbags.
(09:00) Marina - Environmentalists, scientists and activists came together yesterday (Monday) morning to protest the Cemex plant in Marina. Ten months ago the California Coastal Commission ruled that sand mining operations violated state regulations. A recent study shows that the Cemex has doubled their mining without notifying the coastal commission. Protestors like Save Our Shores and the Surfrider Foundation are concerned that if sand mining doesn’t stop that sand will become a depleted resource and coastal erosion will affect Highway 1. The California Coastal Commission is working with Cemex to negotiate a settlement.
(08:00) Santa Cruz - 1 northbound lane on highway 17 will be closed today. Caltrans will be installing a net wall near vine hill road in an effort to prevent further rock slides. The northbound slow lane will be closed between 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Motorists can expect delays up to 15 minutes. For lane closure information on this project and for traffic updates on other Caltrans projects in Santa Cruz County, residents can call the District 5 toll free number at 831- 423-0396.
(07:15) Aptos - A secondhand store in Aptos has donated 275-thousand dollars this year to children’s local programs. The founder of Caroline’s Thrift Shop, Christy Licker, has donated over 1 million dollars to 19 local nonprofits since she opened the store in 2010. Licker was inspired to open the nonprofit thrift shop after her daughter, Caroline Licker, died in 2007 at the age of 16 from complications related to scoliosis surgery. Licker’s daughter was cared for by local organizations such as, Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care, Hospice of Santa Cruz County, Jacob’s Heart and Special Parents Information Network. Caroline’s Thrift Shop consists of furniture, art, clothing and jewelry and is located at the corner of Trout Gulch Road and Soquel Drive in Aptos.
Some of the residents in the Lovers Lane area of Hollister area being warned that their well-water may have been contaminated by flood waters from Pacheco Creek. The area involved is from 7011 Lovers Lane to Highway 152; and homes from 6805 to 7210 San Felipe Road. Bottled water should be used until each of those impacted wells are tested by a professional service (and cleared of contaminants). Only wells that made contact with flood water are impacted.
2 people suffered serious injuries this evening, in a head-on crash on Fairview Road. The 6 P-M accident took place between Highway 156 and orchard road in the Hollister area. Both drivers, 1 of whom suffered major injuries, had to be extricated from their vehicles.
The superintendent of the San Benito High School District has resigned from his job. John Perales resigned Friday, the same day he appeared in court and pleaded “not guilty’ to brandishing a firearm in Gilroy last month. Perales confronted the driver of an unfamiliar vehicle in his neighborhood, after there had been a rash of property thefts there. The school district has appointed Shawn Tennenbaum to serve as the district’s interim superintendent until a new superintendent is chosen.
Reverend Martin Luther King Junior was honored at events around the nation today, and one of those was in Seaside. A parade and speeches took place. When asked, many there expressed concerns about what might happen to their civil liberties once president-elect Trump is inaugurated this coming Friday. Other people marched in support of the environment and diversity. In Salinas advocates for the poor marked M-L-K Day by calling for an end to poverty, and the creation of a New Poor People’s Campaign.
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