A Hepatitis A outbreak in Monterey County has been declared over. Monterey County health officials cite the lack of new cases over a two incubation time period for the announcement. San Diego, Los Angeles, and Santa Cruz Counties experienced similar outbreaks in the homeless populations during 2017 and 2018.
A Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputy arrested a suspected car thief early Thursday. A deputy doing extra patrols in the parking lot of Home Depot on 41st Avenue at around 3:00 am when he found Corey Clarke sleeping in a 2018 Dodge Challenger. The license plate on the vehicle belonged on a different car, a VIN check determined the car was stolen. A search of the vehicle uncovered a small amount of meth and heroin as well as identity theft materials. Blank credit cards, about a dozen fake ID’s, and credit card making equipment were among the items found. Clarke was arrested and booked into Santa Cruz County jail
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the inland areas of Monterey County, San Benito County, Santa Clara County and the Santa Cruz Mountains. The heat advisory will be in effect from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. The NWS forecasts temperatures will generally be 15 to 20 degrees above normal on Saturday. Residents are advised to drink plenty of fluids and make sure pets have access to water and shade.
The Santa Cruz County Civil Grand Jury is calling on county officials to address the hundreds of unaccompanied homeless youth and young adults. A 2017 county survey identified 588 homeless youth, which marked large increase compared to 2015 numbers. The group urged the county to develop a homeless youth outreach program and to create an emergency shelter for homeless young adults and homeless unaccompanied minors. To view the full report and a list of other recommendations, visit the county’s website at co.santa-cruz.ca.us.
A new city manager is set to take over in Watsonville on Tuesday. Matt Huffaker was unanimously voted into the position by the city council on June 12 and replaces outgoing manager Charles Montoya. Montoya resigned from the position May after he announced he was accepting an offer as city manager in Avondale, Arizona.
A community workshop on Highway 218 safety is set for Thursday, with comments guiding a study to make Canyon Del Rey Boulevard safer. The workshop is hosted by the Transportation Agency for Monterey County, the city of Del Rey Oaks, the city of Seaside and Caltrans. Participants will hear a presentation about the area and fill out a survey. The workshop runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Oldemeyer Center at 986 Hilby Ave. The survey can also be found online at bit.ly/canyondelrey.
California will have 5.4 million travelers during the Fourth of July weekend, according to estimates from AAA. That estimate marks a 5.3 percent increase from last year. A majority of those will drive to their destinations, even though the average cost of gas is up 70 cents from this time last year.
Old mattresses and box springs can be dropped off for free on Saturday in Santa Cruz. That is part of the Bye Bye Mattress state program that began collecting in Santa Cruz in 2016 to reduce the number of mattresses illegally dumped. Drop offs will be at 207 Natural Bridges Drive from 8 a.m. to noon. Mattresses can also be dropped off for free from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday at the Resource Recovery Facility at 605 Dimeo Lane.