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 low, very low, and low-income seniors. The project, which is located near downtown businesses, the library and many senior services will include a community room, an 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.
(11:15) Santa Cruz - The City of Santa Cruz Public Works Department and Roaring Camp Railroads has contracted with H&H Engineering Construction Inc. to upgrade the railroad crossing on Fern Street in Santa Cruz. Fern Street will be closed to through traffic for the duration of the project from River Street/Highway 9 to Limekiln Street. Project work includes removing the track, ballast and ties, and installation of concrete crossing panels and new asphalt. Construction is planned to begin on Monday, March 27, and continue through Friday, March 31. Encinal and Coral streets are available alternate routes to access the Harvey West area and Highway 9.
(10:15) Monterey County - The Salinas City Council will hold its first vote on whether to join Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) at tomorrow nights meeting. MBCP, a Community Choice Energy (CCE) program, aims to increase renewable energy use by purchasing renewably sourced power and distributing “clean energy” through the existing power grid. Profits are distributed back into the communities rather than benefiting the shareholders of privately held utility companies like PG&E. The counties of San Benito and Santa Cruz have voted twice to participate, and tomorrow will mark the second vote for Monterey County. The meeting will be tomorrow at 4:00 at the Salinas City Hall, located at 200 Lincoln Avenue.
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