ACCORDING TO THE NEEDS SOLUTION TEAM, 14,620 NEEDLES HAVE BEEN DISCARDED IN PUBLIC OVER THE PAST 4 1/2 YEARS IN SANTA CRUZ COUNTY. SYDNEY FISHMAN HAS MORE FOR KSCO.
VOICER: SANTA CRUZ COUNTY TOOK OVER AND IMPLEMENTED CHANGES IN 2013, BUT SYRINGES HAVE BEEN FOUND AT MANY BEACHES. MORE THAN 550 NEEDLES WERE FOUND LAST MONTH. ONE 6 YEAR OLD CHILD MISTOOK A SYRINGE FOR A THERMOMETER AND PUT IT IN HER MOUTH, ANOTHER 11 YEAR OLD CHILD STEPPED ON A SYRINGE ON SPRING STREET WHILE SWIMMING IN A LOCAL POND. EVEN IF ADULTS AND CHILDREN DON’T GET SICK, THEY OFTEN NEED TO BE TESTED TO MAKE SURE THEY DIDN’T CATCH ANYTHING. THE GIRL WHO PUT THE SYRINGE IN HER MOUTH WAS TESTED FOR HEPATITIS B AND C.
OQ.......STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT NEEDLE EXCHANGE PROGRAMS CAN REDUCE POLLUTION, AND JASON HOPPIN, A SPOKESMAN FOR SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, HAS STATED THAT THE COUNTY HAS STOPPED ALLOWING DRUG USERS TO GET NEEDLES WITHOUT TURNING IN AN EQUAL NUMBER OF USED ONES.
THIS PAST WEEKEND, 73 ANIMALS WERE BROUGHT INTO THE SPCA ANIMAL SHELTER IN MONTEREY COUNTY WHICH IS A HIGH NUMBER. IT IS AN OPEN ADMISSION SHELTER AND THEY DO NOT TURN PEOPLE AWAY. SUMMERTIME IS WHEN THE SHELTER SEES THE MOST ‘SURRENDERS’ BECAUSE THIS IS THE TIME WHEN PEOPLE ARE OFTEN MOVING WITHOUT THEIR ANIMALS. IT HAS BEEN DIFFICULT FOR THE FACILITY TO FIND HOMES FOR THEIR EXOTIC ANIMALS, LIKE HORSES, BIRDS, AND OTHERS. IF YOU WANT TO HELP YOU CAN ADOPT APET, DONATE MONEY, FOSTER AN ANIMAL, AND MAKE SURE YOUR PETS ARE SPAYED AND NEUTERED.
NEAR THE MOUNTAIN WINERY IN SARATOGA, A FIRE WAS REPORTED AT ABOUT 3:10 PM ON MONDAY. SYDNEY FISHMAN HAS MORE FOR KSCO.
BY 10 PM, THE FIRE BLAZED 10 ACRES AND WAS 75 PERCENT CONTAINED. THE FLAMES BURNED AWAY FROM HOMES AND TOWARD THE MOUNT EDEN VINEYARDS. POWER WAS OUT IN THE ORCHARD MEADOW DRIVE REGION, BUT NO INJURIES OR DAMAGED STRUCTURES WERE REPORTED. THE CREWS WERE AIDED BY LIGHT WINDS BUT HIGH VOLTAGE POWER LINES HAMPERED EFFORTS TO CONTAIN THE FIRE, AND THE FIRE HELICOPTER WAS FORCED TO LAND AFTER A DRONE WAS SPOTTED IN THE AIR. ALSO, AN ALERT WAS SENT OUT FOR LOCALS TO TAKE SHELTER, BUT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT JUST WANTED PEOPLE TO AVOID THE ROADWAY BECAUSE OF FIRE EQUIPMENT.
H.R. 2690, called the blue card bill, was introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein in may. Representative Jimmy Panetta and Representative Luis Gutierrez along with 44 other congressman, are pushing to put undocumented agriculture workers on the path to citizenship. Under the agricultural worker program act, farm workers will have to show employment over the past 2 years, pay a fine and pass a thorough background check to receive a blue card. The current co-sponsors of H.R. 2690 are democrats. Panetta is also reaching out to republicans who represent agriculture hubs to get their support.
(08:55) Santa Cruz County - Applications are being accepted for The 9th Annual Santa Cruz Neighbors’ City-wide Block Parties 2017. One of the goals of Santa Cruz Neighbors Block Party is to reduce the potential for conflicts by promoting familiarity and open communication among neighbors. The block parties are scheduled for Sunday, September 24th. To fill out an application or for more information visit: www.santacruzneighbors.org
(08:40) The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office will be taking part in several community events throughout the county next month. The 2017 National Night Out was created to help the community to get to know their neighbors. National Night Out will feature K-9 demonstrations, an Astro Jumper, climbing wall, petting zoo, crafts for kids, a free BBQ, and a fire truck, ambulance, and police cars. The event will take place on Tuesday, August 1 in several locations from Boulder Creek to Watsonville.
(07:35) A San Jose woman who died after she fell off a cliff, north of Santa Cruz, has been indentified. 20 year-old Jennifer Diaz Ocampo fell more than 150 feet at 4:00 on Monday afternoon from Davenport Beach. Witnesses reported that Ocampo was standing one foot away from Cliff’s Edge, when the ground crumbled away. Ocampo succumbed to her injuries as she was being transported to a trauma center.
(06:55) King City - A man was shot in the arm in a gang related shooting in King City last night. The shooting took place on the 500 block of Van Nort Street. Witnesses described the suspect’s car as a grey SUV, which was spotted a short time later on the 600 block of Oates Avenue. Officers detained all four passengers in the SUV.