(16:30) Salinas - The groundbreaking of 90 unit apartment building in the Chinatown area of Salinas is scheduled for next month. The new development will include a combination of artistic and retail spaces as well as health and wellness programs on the bottom floor, with three floors of residential units above. This speedy development by company Midpen Housing is taking many efforts to ensure they will be a good fit for the community, claiming it will be affordable and reserve 20 units for individuals who are homeless or have experienced homelessness. The project is expected to be completed in October of 2019.
(16:30) Salinas - A Salinas man was arrested in Marina in connection with vehicle burglaries in Monterey. Suspect Claudio Morales Navarrete was arrested during a vehicle check in the 3200 block of Dunes Drive. Navarrete was found to be in possession of numerous stolen items including credit cards and I.D.s as well as approximately $2,000 worth of new tools and clothing which had been purchased with credit cards that had been stolen from a vehicle. Navarrete was booked into Monterey County Jail.
(16:00) Salinas - The Salinas Police Department held a STING operation today on East Laurel Drive and Williams Drive in Salinas. The operation wherein a decoy officer would cross the street while another officer monitored if pedestrians would yield led to an estimated 70-80 ticketed citation over the course of the morning. As well as at least one arrest of a driver with a suspended license and an outstanding arrest warrant.
(11:10) Santa Cruz - An Information Session for Prospective Court Appointed Special Advocates is being held in Santa Cruz next week. CASA of Santa Cruz County seeks adult volunteers to advocate for children that have been abused, neglected or abandoned. The meeting is scheduled to be held next Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m. at Live Oak Family Resource Center, located at 1740 17th Avenue, in Santa Cruz. For more information or to register visit: casaofsantacruz.org.
(11:00) King City - Applications for King City July 4th fireworks booths are now available online at the City’s website www.kingcity.com. The deadline for submitting applications is March 7, at 5 p.m. 3 permits will be available for non-profit organizations to utilize for community fundraising. Fireworks may be sold from noon June 28th through July 4th. For more information contact city hall at 831- 386-5925.
(10:30) The City of Scotts Valley unanimously adopted a resolution opposing new offshore drilling off the coast of California, following on the heels of similar action by the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea on Monday. With action by the cities of Carmel-by-the-Sea and Scotts Valley, 31 municipalities in California formally oppose offshore drilling activities off their shores, joining more than 185 municipalities on both the West and East coasts. For more information go to www.oceana.org/ProtectOurCoast.
(08:20) Monterey - The Former President, Barack Obama, arrived in Monterey yesterday afternoon to attend a private AT&T leadership conference on the Monterey Peninsula. Obama's plane landed just after 5 p-m and he was seen walking into the Monterey Plaza Hotel. Obama is not scheduled to make any public appearances.
(08:00) Monterey - The City of Monterey has joined with more than 180 cities throughout California in the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Cities Campaign. The HEAL Cities Campaign aims to reduce and prevent obesity by engaging municipal leaders to champion healthy eating and active living in their communities through adoption of policy and promotion of opportunities for residents and municipal employees. The campaign provides coaching and technical assistance to support this process. To learn more about the HEAL program visit: healcitiescampaign.org
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