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The  city  of  Hollister  has  received  a  Notice  Of Violation.     That’s  because  of  a  couple  of  spills  that  were  discharged  into  the  San  Benito  River  in  2016.    The  first  of  those  spills  (which  was  purportedly  due  to  the  valve  failure  of  a  slide-gate),  was  in  mid-July;   while  the  second  was  the  same  valve  failing  again  in  early  September.    The  document  further  states  that  the  unauthorized waste discharges were  in  violation  of  the  United  States  Clean  Water  Act

A  study,   published  recently,   indicates  that  Dungeness  Crabs  are  likely  to  face  a  serious  threat  when  oceans  become  more  acidic  as  the  carbon-dioxide  levels  increase.      That’s  because  the  ocean  acidification  will  cause   a   decline   in   food  sources  for  the  Dungeness  Crab.    That  doesn’t  bode  well  for  the  West  Coast’s  Dungeness  Crab  Fisheries…which  are currently  valued  at  $220  million. 

The  names  of  the  2  people,   who  were  shot  and  killed  in  Salinas  last  Thursday  night,   have  been  released.     25  year-old  Alejandro  Ramirez  and  27  year-old  Jose  Luis  Flores-Vargas  were  killed  in  the  shooting   in  which  2  others  were  injured. The  4  were  outside  a  family  gathering  on  the  500  block  of  Sunrise  Street  when  they  were  shot.    Anyone  with information  about  this  fatal  shooting  is  encouraged  to  contact  the  Salinas  Police  Department.    The  3  people  initially  detained,   have  since  been  released.

Fire  restrictions  have  been  lifted  in  the  Los  Padres  National  Forest.     That’s  because  officials  say  there’s  been  enough  rain  to  once  again  allow  campfires  and  charcoal  barbecues..…preferably  in  a  designated  campfire  site.      Prohibitions  on  smoking  and  target  shooting  in  the  national  forest  have  also  been  lifted.     Spark  arresters  are  still  required  on  all  off-highway  vehicleschainsaws, and  other  internal  combustion  engines…..and  tracer  ammunition  and  fireworks  are  prohibited  at  all  times.

Starting  in  March,   California  American  Water Company  plans  to  add  a  surcharge  onto  its  customers’  bills.     The  average  single-family home  will  see  their  bill  go  up  almost $30  this spring.     A  spokesperson  for  the  company  said  that  their  customers  did  such  a good  job  conserving  water  during  the  drought,  that  the  company  is  out  40  million  dollars  in  revenue.

(10:25) San Benito - San Benito County City officials will be holding a meeting tonight for those who have been affected by the recent Pacheco Creek flooding.     Residents are encouraged to come to receive information and ask questions.   Attendees will also be asked to fill out a survey so that organizers can gather information on flood damage and losses.  The information that is collected will help the county as it seeks additional benefits and services from the state and federal government.  The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. tonight at 6501 Lovers Lane.

(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.

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