A 15 year old boy was arrested by Santa Cruz Police after being found in possession of a gun and drugs. While patrolling the Beach Flats neighborhood on Saturday afternoon the teen ran in front of a cop car which avoiding hitting him and tried to talk to him. The suspect then ran away and threw his backpack which was found with a pistol, an ounce of marijuana, and evidence of gang involvement. The teen was caught, and is facing several charges including possession of a concealed firearm and participation in a criminal street gang.
An earthquake struck northeast Gonzales yesterday. The USGS says it was an aftershock following the previous days 4.7 quake that has cause at least 50 minor aftershocks. No damages have been reported as of today.
King City council members are proposing a tax on guests who stay more than 30 days at local hotels and motels. Currently any guest who stays at a hotel pays a 10 percent Transient Occupancy Tax upfront and after 30 days guests do not pay it. The new tax being discussed Tuesday night would change that. The first part would limit stays to 30 days, after which guests would need to check in again and pay the T.O.T. Hotel owners fear the tax will deter long-term guests, such as farm workers, losing valuable customers.
The city of Santa Cruz 2017 overlay project work will occur on king street, Escalon, natural bridges drives, Delaware, Goss avenues, and Morrissey Boulevard from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on various days through Friday. The project is funded by Measure H tax dollars and is intended to repair local streets that have seriously eroded. The overall project is expected to be completed by December 22. For more information visit cityofsantacruz.com.
The Monterey County Board Of Supervisors tackled illegal vehicle camping on tuesday, with the passage of a Safe Parking Pilot Program. Supervisors unanimously approved the program at the District 4 Supervisor’s Office in Marina. The program allows up to 15 cars and RV’s to park between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. starting on December 1. It’ll cost the county $150,000 to pay for private security patrols, case management, portable toilets and a dumpster for a year.
The Rancho Los Robles housing division has been approved by the California Coastal Commission…even though Coastal Commission Staff Members recommended against it, due to North Monterey County water overdraft issues. The 54-unit subdivision is slated to be constructed on 33.6 acres off Sill Road, in the Las Lomas area.
Although the majority of the trails and recreation sites have been re-opened in the Soberanes Fire closure area of the Los Padres National Forest, some are still closed. 3 trails, and 5 recreation sites, are expected to remain closed until repairs can be made to areas that have suffered fire and/or storm damage. The 3 trails that are still closed are: Pine Ridge, Terrace Creek, and Ventana Camp; while the closed recreation sites are Barrow Flats, Sykes, Redwood, Terrace Creek, And Ventana. The Forest Service plans to strictly enforce these closures. The penalties for trespassers include 5-thousand dollar fines, and the possibility of spending 6 months in jail. Portions of some other state parks, in the Big Sur area, also remain closed as the result of the damage done by last winter’s storms. They are Garrapata, Julia Pfeiffer Burns, Pfeiffer Big Sur and Andrew Molera. Due to the threat of severe winter weather, campsites in the open areas will be available on a first come, first serve basis….as conditions allow.
Pacific Grove city council members are expected to weigh-in on a variety of issues when they meet tomorrow. Among other things, they are looking into the formation of a Regional Joint Powers Authority, to handle future fire services in the city; whether the Architectural Review Board, or the Historic Resources Committee, will handle future issues on historic sites in Pacific Grove; and if there should be a new policy (or ordinances) created regarding the use of leaf blowers in the city.
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