Dorothy’s Drop in Center, in the Salinas Chinatown area, though celebrating thirty seven years of service is at risk of losing the funding for services they offer to the homeless. Jill Allen, the Dorothy’s Place Executive Director says they serve about nine hundred people through the drop in center every year. Due to Monterey Counties budget challenges, Dorothy’s funding would be amongst the first to be cut. In 2015 there were more than two hundred fifty people living on the streets of Chinatown in Salinas. That number is now down to one hundred. If you, or someone you know is considering being a funding source for Dorothy’s place, please call 831-757-3838
Californians may be able to vote on a plan to split the state into three come this November. Cal 3 would start the process to divide California into “Northern California”, “Southern California” and just “California”. “Northern California” would consist of all the counties north of Merced County. “California” would include Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey and San Benito Counties. The remaining counties would be part of “Southern California”. The Cal 3 initiative already has six hundred-thousand signatures from residents wanting to see the state split. An initiative only needs 366,000 signatures to appear on the ballot. The reasoning behind the proposal is that California has gotten to big to be governed correctly. However, even if Cal 3 passes in November, it would still require congressional approval.
Monday saw all types of weather unusual for April on the Central Coast. The weather included rain, hail, sunshine and snow near Summit Road in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The Monterey Airport saw hail outbursts. The tri county area also experienced heavy showers and thunder through out the day.
Caltrans crews will be performing a pothole repair operation on both directions of Highway 68 on Wednesday. The roadwork will be between Highway 1 and Pacific Grove. Crews will be using a moving lane closure from 9 am to 2 pm. Motorists should find alternate routes or be prepared for delays not to exceed 10 minutes.
There has been a steep rise in detections of invasive mosquito species according to the California Department of Public Health,. The rise increases the risk of local transmission of imported diseases., such as Zika. The recent wet weather and easing of drought restrictions is increasing habitats for mosquitoes. For preventative information visit: cdph.ca.gov
The murder trial for Gonzalo Curiel entered into its 2nd week yesterday (Mon). Curiel is accused of the abuse, torture and murder of 3 and 6 year old Shaun and Delylah Tara. Yesterday testimony was heard from emergency room personnel who cared for the older surviving sibling. Since the beginning of the trial last week Curiel has been in altercations with other inmates and is now being housed separately for safety reasons.
The Monterey County Health Department is investigating an illegal dumping in Marina. On Thursday an Environmental team was dispatched to Lapis Road to examine to unsealed 55 gallon drums of what was found to be kitchen grease. Anyone with any information on this or other illegal dumping is encouraged to call 831-755-4505
4 people suffered minor injuries, and a 5th suffered major injuries, when a man driving southbound (in the northbound lanes of Highway 101), caused a 3-vehicle crash. The just before 9 p.m. Saturday night incident took place just south of Thorne Road, near Greenfield. 31 year-old wrong way driver Adolfo Bautista-Santiago, who suffered minor injuries in the crash, was arrested on suspicion of Driving Under The Influence And Causing Major Injuries, was booked into Monterey county jail.
The major injuries were suffered by a woman driving a Mazda out of Washington state
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