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.
Free admission, to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, is being offered to tri-county residents this holiday season. Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito county residents, who bring a photo id, and proof of residency (or students who attend any tri-county area university or community college) can visit the Aquarium between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
A man, who stole from a car dealership he had been fired from, has been arrested. The man faces possible charges of embezzlement and possession of stolen property. Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to contact the Morgan Hill Police Department.
A man was arrested at a Santa Cruz high school this morning. 27 year-old Milton Miller was arrested after he walked onto the Natural Bridges High School campus with a machete on his back. Miller was asked to leave the campus, and he was arrested nearby.
(08:55) Santa Cruz County - Caltrans announced daytime full road closures of Highway 35/Skyline Road in Santa Cruz/Santa Clara Counties for slip out repairs will continue through next Tuesday. The construction project is taking place between the junction of Bear Creek Road/Skyline and Thompson Road with full daytime closures weekdays from 6 am to 6 pm. For traffic updates in Santa Cruz County visit dot.ca.gov.
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