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 vehicles, chainsaws, 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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