(11:25) Santa Cruz County - State Superintendent of Public Instruction released a new website designed to help communities across the state access information on how K-12 districts and schools are doing in educating students. The California School Dashboard site features reports on multiple measures of school success, including English learner progress, high school graduation rates, college/career readiness, and suspension rates. The new Dashboard site can be accessed at CaSchoolDashboard.org.
(09:40) Live Oak - The County of Santa Cruz has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the National Park Service to help build the first phase of Chanticleer park in live oak. The new park, will contain LEO’s Haven, the first inclusive playground in the county the county. in addition to the playground, the park will include restrooms, parking, pathways and improvements to the existing community garden, bike pump track and off leash dog areas. The park is estimated to cost 4.7 million dollars, and 2.1 million of that has been raised so far. If you would like to donate go to santacruzplaygroundproject.org
(08:20) Santa Cruz - A Second public forum will be held tonight to solicit opinions on what the replacement for Chief Kevin Vogel should look like. The new chief will oversee 124 employees, including 104 sworn officers, and a $26 million annual department budget. City Officials are asking the public to fill out a survey at the meeting or to fill one out on line at surveymonkey.com. The survey can also be found on cityofsantacruz.com. The meeting will be from 7 to 9 tonight at Beach Flats Community Center, 1333 Leibrandt Avenue. The event will be in English and Spanish.
(07:35) Aptos - The Aptos Little League will be hosting a pasta night fundraiser this Saturday. The recent storms have created damage to the campus fields and have put a huge financial strain on the league. The Aptos Little League Pasta night will be at 5:00, this Saturday at the Corralitos Community Center, 35 Browns Valley Road. The cost is 20 dollars for adults, 10 dollars for children between the ages of 5 and 16, and free for children under 5 years old.
(07:00) Salinas - The Salinas Police Department is still investigating the motive for Servando Silva stabbing and killing pastor Herbert Valero. The incident happened Tuesday night on the 1500 block of Verona Court. If anyone can provide information related to the murder they are encouraged to call Detective Byron Gansen at 831-758-7137. Or you can call the anonymous, tip line at 831-775-4222.
(06:35) Prunedale - A man driving drunk caused a fatal accident on Tuesday night. The incident happened at 11:20 on San Miguel Canyon Road in Prunedale. The driver, 20 year-old Bryan Garcia, crossed over the double yellow lines and collided head on with 20 year-old Elizabeth Guiterrez. Garcia had two passengers, his female passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. Garcia, his other passenger and Guiterrez are all suffering from major head injuries.
AAA Of Northern California is working to keep impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel and driving after they have imbibed alcohol. To that end the company is once again offering Tipsy Tow Service to inebriated people, who might otherwise drive. People do not need AAA coverage to take advantage of the Tipsy Tow offer. The service will run from 6 p.m. Friday night, until 6 a.m. Saturday morning. To get one of the free rides home, people can call 1-800-AAA-HELP, and state that they need a Tipsy Tow.
AAA estimates that a first-time misdemeanor D.U.I. conviction in California can cost more than $15,000…..for just the fines.
Last year the San Luis Reservoir (out on Highway 152 between Gilroy and Los Banos) was at just 10 percent capacity…..and now it’s full. Last year, the reservoir (that was christened by President John F Kennedy back in 1962) was at its lowest level in nearly 3 decades. In the last 7 months though, the water level has risen 192 feet. The lake holds 2 million acre-feet of water, which is enough water for 10 million people for a year. The reservoir, which is the 5th largest in the state, holds 5 times as much as Hetch-Hetchy near Yosemite, and 100 times as much as the Lexington Reservoir (which is off Highway 17, near Los Gatos).