(12:10) Santa Cruz - The Monterey Bay Economic Partnership and the Santa Cruz Warriors have teamed up to launch a new program, MBEP Scholars, to encourage youth to go to school and get an education. Students who show an improvement and consistency in their attendance will qualify to win Santa Cruz Warrior tickets. The MBEP Scholars program includes elementary and middle schools in the Santa Cruz City schools, Live Oak School District and Soquel Elementary School District. The Warriors will recognize MBEP Scholars at each home game.
(11:00) Salinas - Dozens of homeless were forced to relocate along highway 101 today. Caltrans gave the homeless a 72 hour notice to pack-up and relocate so that they could begin their cleanup, on both Laurel Drive on-ramps in Salinas. Although the new Chinatown Health Services Center has benefited the Salinas community, there are still not enough shelter beds available to accommodate the homeless.
(10:10) Santa Cruz - A bicyclist was hit by a car on Soquel Drive and died last night (Wednesday). The incident took place on Soquel Drive near Rosedale Avenue around 10:30 p.m. CHP reported an 18 year-old man, of Soquel, was driving and struck the 31-year-old bicyclist from behind. The bicyclist died at the scene. It is unclear at this time if drugs or alcohol were a factor. Anyone with information on the incident is encouraged to contact THE Santa Cruz Police Department.
(09:35) Santa Cruz - A man under the influence of drugs and alcohol died in car crash on Highway 1 last night (Wednesday). The incident took place around 6:30 on Highway 1 north of Upper Swanton Road. CHP reported that the 59- year-old Santa Cruz man drifted his car into the path of a semi-truck; The driver of the semi-truck suffered minor injuries. The identity of the man who died is being withheld pending notification of his family.
(08:55) Monterey County - The health advisory for rock crabs and bivalve shellfish has been lifted by the California Department of Public Health. The advisory was put into place in August for the Monterey Bay and portions of Half Moon Bay due to the traces of domoic acid. Recent tests show that the domoic acid has declined to low or undetectable levels. For updated information about shellfish poisoning and quarantines call 1800-553-4133.
KING CITY - Starting next Tuesday, the King City City Hall building will be open 5 days a week. November 1st is when City Hall will go back to being staffed Monday through Friday from 9 – 5 p-m, (although it will only be minimally staffed on Fridays for now). The new business hours will be in effect for the King City Police Station as well.
SALINAS - The Forbes Ag Tech Summit will be returning to Salinas next summer…for the 3rd time. That information was announced today at an event in Salinas that addresses issues facing the agricultural industry. The Forbes Ag Tech Summit merges agriculture and technology to help both (and the economy).
HOLLISTER - Political vandalism was reported in Hollister. That after both of a family’s cars’ windows were smashed, there home was egged, and political signs were stolen from their lawn. The family’s American flag was also found burned and dumped on the lawn.
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