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(07:50) Santa Cruz County - Dignity Health Dominican Hospital announced the first phase of the $4.3 million Healing Courtyard project has been completed.    Phase one includes: The Norman and Maureen Benito Courtyard, The Monterey Peninsula Foundation Rehabilitation Garden, the central surgery lounge, and a consult room.   The goal is to reduce stress and promote healing for patients, their loved ones and hospital staff.   Phase two is expected to begin in spring, and will include a Family and Newborn Care Courtyard and a Meditation Garden.

(07:15) Santa Cruz County - Motorcycle officers from Santa Cruz CHP, Scotts Valley PD, Watsonville PD and Capitola PD combined forces with the Santa Cruz Police Department in a citywide traffic enforcement initiative yesterday.   The BADGES (Before Aggressive Driving Gets Everyone Stopped) operation addresses road traffic offenses, enforcement and education.   There were 90 Citations issued, 24 Warnings, 4 Towed Vehicles, 1 Vehicle versus fire hydrant crash, and 1 Arrest for possession of drugs and driving on a suspended license. 

UC Santa Cruz has announced it has chosen new head coaches for 3 positions that opened last June. Former Cross Country and Track And Field coaches were unexpectedly released from their contracts before they were set to expire. The University stated they wanted to go in a different direction,  and now they have promoted their Assistant Coaches  into  the  Head  Coaching  positions  instead: David Klech for Cross Country and Track And FieldLauren Nadler for Women’s Soccer; and  Matt Nauman for Swim And Diving Teams.  Track and soccer will start next week,  while swim will start  in  early September. 

A thousand animals were found at an illegal boarding facility in Soledad.     The Spca and the Monterey County Building And Planning Department inspected the building on Metz Road August 9th .      The SPCA took the animals that were in the most severe conditions to a veterinarian for medical treatment.    The Monterey County Building And Planning Department has ordered the owner to shut his facility down.     The SPCA is contacting the owners of the animals.

Some  Salinas  High  School  students  are  traveling  to  the  “path   of  totality”  with  their  teacher.    The  astronomy  students  are  going  with  Philip  Deutschle  to Oregon,   to  witness  next  Monday’s  total  eclipse  of  the  sun. 

The  Salinas  City  Council  has  passed  a  new  resolution  about  how  commercial  cannabis  permits  will  be  issued.   Council  members  have  included  an  increase  in  the  number  of  locations  where  cannabis  can  be  grownmanufactured,  and/or  dispensed.   How  the  city  plans  to tax  the  business,  once  the  state  law  goes  into  effect,  was  also  addressed. 

A  Santa  Cruz  County  Superior  Court  judge  is  working  to  determine  whether  to  try  17  year-old  A.J. Gonzalez   as  an  adult,  or  a  child.   Gonzalez  has  been  charged  with  7  felonies  in  connection  with  the  2015  killing  of  8  year-old   “Maddy”  Middleton.    The  little  girl  is  believed  to  have  been  lured  into  her  neighbor’s  apartment  before  she  was  attacked,  and  stabbed….and  then  her  body  was  tossed  into  a  recycle  bin  at  their  apartment  complex.     The  question  is  whether  the  treatment,  and  rehabilitation  services,  offered  in  juvenile  court  fit  Gonzalez’  needs  at  this  point.

A  man,  who  illegally  dumped  trash  in  Boulder   Creek  this  morning  has  been  arrested.    Nicholas  Gullicksen,  who  was  spotted  dropping   trash  along  Bear  Creek  Road,   was  found  to  be  driving  on  a  suspended  license….and  had  an  active  warrant  out  for  his  arrest.     He  was  booked  into  Santa  Cruz  County  Jail. 

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