A series of events are being held on the state of youth homelessness in Santa Cruz County. The events are being held this evening (Fri) at the Museum of Art and History on Front Street in downtown Santa Cruz. There will be four separate half hour talks beginning at 6 p.m. and ending at 8 p.m.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers were in two Central Coast cities on Wednesday. Watsonville and King City police were notified that ICE agents would be conducting operation in the area. In Watsonville raids were made on East Lake Avenue and Alvarado Street. At this time it is unclear on how many individuals have been detained.
The Santa Cruz Harbor resume partial dredging operations. Beginning on October 2nd three locations in the upper harbor will utilize the new Twin Lakes Dredge. The smaller dredge Squirt will take over in the upper harbor when Twin Lakes moves to the harbor mouth in November.
Several Salinas schools were placed on lockdown following the detection of gunfire by the Shot Spotter system yesterday (Thursday). Shortly before noon the system detected six shots fired in East Salinas on Atlantic Street. Martin Luther King Jr. Academy, Jesse Sanchez Elementary and La Paz Middle School were all locked down as police investigated the incident. A car seen leaving the area was stopped and several juveniles were detained. The campuses were reopened a short time later.
A fire that broke out near Soquel yesterday (Thurs) has been fully extinguished. The fire broke out in a structure in the proximity of Amaya Ridge Road. The blaze had spread to surrounding vegetation until ground crews and air support were able completely extinguish the blaze by noon.
(12:15) Soquel - Cal Fire reported a small structure is on fire and is spreading into wildland in the Soquel area in Santa Cruz County. The fire started around 10:22 a.m. near Amaya Ridge Road and Soquel San Jose. Ground resources are gaining access to the flames.
(10:20) Santa Cruz - Concerns about parking in Pleasure Point have increased with the upcoming development of “The Lumberyard,” a three-story complex of retail stores and condos. Some 250 people signed petitions about raising concerns over traffic in the residential avenues, which are narrow and have no sidewalks. Current plans call for the constructions of 58 parking spots which locals believe will be inadequate and will lead to customers taking spots in front of homes. Residents will have that opportunity to voice their concerns about the commercial development from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at Live Oak Elementary School, 1916 Capitola Road.
(10:00) Santa Cruz- The retailer Target has recalled 175,000 four-drawer dressers from their popular Room Essentials line. The recalled dresser poses serious tip-over and entrapment hazards for children if not properly anchored to the wall. The recalled items were sold in Target Stores nationwide and online from January 2013 to April 2016. As of now no injuries have been reported, though the company has received 12 reports of dressers tipping or collapsing. Dressers can be returned to Target stores for a full refund.