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Senate Bill 54, also known as the sanctuary stae bill has passed through the California senate.  On Friday SB54 was passed by a 50 to 25 vote. The legislation deters law enforcement agencies from acting on a subject’s immigration status. The bill now moves to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.

A Capitola teenager is missing after apparently running away from home early Saturday. Authorities say that 15 year old Melia Betancourt was last seen leaving home at 5 a.m. near 41st Avenue in jeans, a white sweat shirt and black shoes. She may be in the downtown Santa Cruz area. Anyone with any information on her whereabouts is encouraged to contact police.

(09:55) Soledad - Soledad City Officials have announced they will be installing cameras and a wireless network throughout the City of Soledad.   This addition will consist of 11 new cameras being installed at areas deemed hot spots for crime. These cameras will be fully integrated with the City’s existing cameras at City Hall and the Police Department. City officials believe that this technology will help law enforcement to have a more proactive role in preventing crime in the Soledad Community.

(09:00) There is an ongoing investigation on phone scams in Santa Cruz County.   The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office reported that the Perpetrator is calling victims using names of members within the Sheriff's Office, in order to solicit money.   The call consists of a request for funds by mentioning that a loved one has an outstanding warrant.   The offender has previously asked for payment via a green dot card.   The public is encouraged to report this scam by calling the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office AT 831-454-7600.

(08:40) Monterey County - The Monterey Jazz Festival will be celebrating its 60th anniversary beginning today at the Monterey County Fairgrounds.   The festival that has hosted many jazz legends over the years holds the title for the second ever produced Jazz music festival, and still functions by its original goal as a not-for-profit, funding education and outreach.   The festival begins tonight at 6:00 p.m. at the Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairground Road.   For tickets and a schedule of performances go to Montereyjazzfestival.org. 

(07:40) Scotts Valley - The 4th meeting of the Scotts Valley General Plan Advisory Committee will be held on Monday.   Those who attend will be given the opportunity to review a draft vision and guiding principles of the plan as well as an initial discussion regarding updates to the current infrastructure.   This meeting comes after more than 800 local people have participated in a web-based community survey.  Results and more information can be found at scottsvalleygeneralplan.com.   The meeting is scheduled to take place on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Scotts Valley City Hall, 1 Civic Center Drive.   

(07:15) Monterey County - Hundreds of law enforcement officers from all over the state and the country visited Monterey County this week, for a gang symposium in Salinas.   This event is held annually as a means to update officers on issues of drug and gang violence as well as to share information on how to address these problems.  New topics were discussed such as the impact of social media tools and their effect on current trends in violent crime.   This event is invaluable for bringing many agencies together to develop new ideas, helping officers to do their jobs more safely and effectively

(06:50) Monterey - The Monterey County Health Department announced the beach advisory at Monterey Municipal Beach has been lifted, after it was placed on Monday due to high levels of bacteria.   The advisory was lifted yesterday evening when follow up samples revealed that bacteria subsided to levels considered safe for recreational contact.

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