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Flooding, Road Closures As Heavy Rains Fall On Saturated Ground

After years of praying for rain, Santa Cruz County has had more than its fill. Looking for something to bet on now that the Super Bowl is in the past? Try betting on whether 17 will stay open!

Take A Look At Some Local Flooding

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(09:10) Aptos - California Highway Patrol has reported several accidents in the Aptos area this morning.   At 5:49  a truck rolled over while traveling northbound on highway 1.  At 8:30 a car, also traveling northbound, was involved in a hit and run near Mar Monte Exit.   No injuries have been reported.  Traffic begins to clear at Bay/Porter  and 41st Exits.

(07:15) Watsonville - The Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County employment programs, Alcance and Day Worker Center are offering job-seekers opportunities to meet with 14 local employers that are ready to hire.   The “Work With Us” Job Fair will include:  Santa Cruz County, Lakeside Organics, Safe at Home, Driscoll’s, Fox Racing, Michael’s Transportation, New Leaf Markets, First Alarm, Watsonville Police Department, Chartwell Staffing and Nova Staffing.  The Job Fair for youth and adults will take place from 1-5 p-m on Thursday, March 30, at Workforce Santa Cruz County Watsonville, 18 West Beach St.

The  CALIFORNIA  ASSEMBLY  has  approved  ASSEMBLY  BILL  18.  The  California  Park  Bond  will  now  advance  to  the  state  senate.   This  is  the  first  such  bill  in  15  years.     AB-18  is  also known  as  the  California  Clean Water,  Climate  And  Coastal  Protection And  Outdoor  Access  For All  Act  Of  2018….and  was  drafted  to  address  the  need  to support  funding  for  our  state  parks  and  outdoor  recreational spaces.

A  workshop  is  scheduled  to  be  held  later  this month  to assist  people  with  planning  ahead  for End-Of-Life  Care  for  their  pet (or pets).   Doctor  Gabby  Ravina,   who  runs  Peaceful  Paws Veterinary  Hospice,   will  lead  a discussion  on  people's  options  for  their  pets. ‎the  meeting  is slated  to  run  from  5-6  p.m. Sunday  March  26th,   at  the  Santa  Cruz  County Animal  Shelter at  2200   7th   Avenue.‎

The  first physical  steps  are  being  done  toward  the  construction  of  the  Van  Buren  Senior Affordable  Housing  Project  in  Monterey.    Demolition  began  last  week  with  the  removal  of  buildings  on  the  city-owned  properties  where  the  housing  will  be  constructed.    The  18  brand  new  affordable  rental  units  will  be  for  extremely  lowvery  low,  and  low-income  seniors.   The  project,  which  is  located  near  downtown  businessesthe  library  and  many  senior  services  will  include  a  community rooman  exercise  room  and  a  large  patio.   It  is  expected  to  take  nearly  a  year  to  complete.

Cadaver  dogs  were  used  yesterday  to  go  through  a  Salinas  building.    That  after  the  abandoned  Soledad  Street  building  was  destroyed  by a  3-alarm fire  on  Saturday.     The  building  was  known  as  “the  swinging  door”,   and  although  it’s  been  officially abandoned  for  decades,  homeless  people  have  been  known  to  camp-out  inside  it.    The  cadaver  dogs  were  used  to make  sure  there  were  no  human  remains  inside.    The  cause  of  the  3-alarm  blaze  is  still  being  investigated.

The  attorney  of  a  former  U.S.C.S.  student  is  trying  to  get  the  charges  against  the  student  reduced.       19  year-old  Lynnea  Hernandez  was  the  driver  of  a  car-full  of  college  students  on  their  way  to  Big  Sur  for  Easter  Break  last March,  when  she  lost  control  of  her  car  on  highway 1.      Her  car  crossed  into  a  northbound  car  near  Moss  Landing,   instantly  killing  the  24  year-old  Prunedale  man  who  was  driving  the  other  car;   and  fatally  wounding  one  of  Hernandez’  passengers.      Hernandez  and  her  attorney  are  scheduled  to  return  to  a  Monterey  county  court  room  in  April.

The  name  of  the  Watsonville  man,  who  is  believed  to  have  shot and  killed  his  daughter  and  himself  at  Capitola  Mall  yesterday,   has  been  released.    36  year-old  Carlos  Garcia  and  his  daughter  (who  attended  Mintie  White  Elementary School),  were  found  fatally wounded  in  their  family  car  in  the  parking  lot  near  Macy’s.     People  who  are  considering  suicide,   are  encouraged  instead  to  call  the  24-hour  Suicide  Crisis  Line  at 1-877-663-5433.   Grief  counselors  were  on-hand  today  at  Mintie  White  Elementary  School  today.    gofundme.com/yaxtel-funeral.

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