A Vacaville man faces 1 count of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the Sunday night shooting death of 19 year-old Vacaville resident Isaac Lopez. The 2 were sitting in a car with 2 friends when the shooting occurred. It has been determined that Lopez’ 18 year-old friend Javier Calvo was holding the gun when it went off. Calvo was booked into the Santa Cruz county jail on one count of involuntary manslaughter. His bail was set at a quarter-million dollars.
The California State Attorney General now has 5 days to appeal a California judge’s ruling that a 2016 law (allowing terminally ill people to end their lives) was unconstitutionally approved. The End Of Life Option Act allows terminally ill adults to obtain a prescription for life-ending drugs if a doctor has determined they have 6 months or less to live. Riverside county superior court judge Daniel Ottolia issued an oral ruling today saying lawmakers acted illegally in passing the law during a special session that was devoted to other topics. California was the 5th state in the nation to approve such a law. In California, the writing of such lethal prescriptions is completely voluntary.
The 15th annual Cesar Chavez Convocation will take place at UC Santa Cruz’s College Nine and 10 multi-purpose room at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The event is free to the public and honors the memory of the labor activist and features social justice speakers. This year’s guest speakers are activists in the 1968 East Los Angeles walkouts that fought against unequal treatment of Mexican-American students in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
The Boulder Creek Library is playing host to an abridged version of “Romeo and Juliet” at 1 p.m. Saturday. The play is put on by UC Santa Cruz students and the program Shakespeare to Go. The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the university’s arts department.
Adrian AJ Gonzalez pleaded not guilty for a second time on Monday. Gonzalez was 15 years old when he was charged with murder, kidnapping and rape of 8-year-old Maddy Middleton in 2015. A Santa Cruz Superior Court Judge ordered Gonzalez to be tried as an adult in October. But his attorneys are waiting for an appeal at the state appeals court that could see him tried as a juvenile and put him in a rehabilitation program. His next court appearance is scheduled for July 31 in Santa Cruz.
The Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency will begin tracking the statistical success of its Homeless Outreach, Proactive Engagement Services. The agency plans to study 33 areas that feed into the program’s success, including housing and hospital visits.
Watsonville’s City Manager Charles Montoya will leave his job after he announced Monday that he accepted a role to manage the city of Avondale in Arizona.
He is expected to start the job in late July, pending approval from the Avondale City Council. Montoya was hired by the City of Watsonville in 2015 and was under a contract that ran through 2021. City officials have yet to say when a replacement will be found.
A Monterey County deputy's patrol car caught fire during an emergency operation Monday morning. The deputy had arrived to the scene of a crash on Carmel Valley Road near Tassajara Road and was attempting to resuscitate the driver of a truck that had collided with a tree when the patrol vehicle caught fire. The driver, 67 year old Kenneth William Klein was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the vehicle fire is under investigation.
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