The seawall in Pacific Grove won’t be fixed any time soon. That’s because the California Coastal Commission has denied the Coastal Development Permit Waiver that would have allowed the 31-foot section of seawall to be repaired. It runs between Lovers Point and Sea Palm Park on Ocean View Boulevard. Commissioners say they denied the permit because some locals expressed a concern over the lack of a Shoreline Management Plan.
Construction is due to begin this Thursday to replace the Casserly Road Bridge. The 11-foot long bridge (between Casserly and Smith Roads) is considered to be a key connecting route for south county residents and businesses. It is expected to be closed to all traffic between Thursday June 22nd and Friday August 11th. A detour route is expected to be put in place before the bridge replacement work begins.
A recovery plan, to reduce threats to the threatened population of Central California Tiger Salamanders, has been released by the U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service. One guideline includes combating the introduction of the non-native Texas salamander, and another the restoration and conservation of their habitat….especially in and around the vernal pools on the former Fort Ord. U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service Recovery Plans provide guidance and voluntary planning ideas to help federally listed species recovery….they are not regulatory documents. Raptor species, such as Owl and Red-Tail Hawk, and vernal pool-dependent species, including Western Spadefoot Toad and Vernal Pool Tadpole Shrimp, could also benefit from the plan.
Although a Santa Cruz county judge determined today that Doctor James Kohut will be able to post bail, the doctor won’t be able to do so until after his June 28th hearing in a Santa Cruz county court room. Kohut, who pleaded not guilty to 11 felony charges, could face 165 years-to-life in prison if he is convicted on all of the charges against him. The judge has also suspended Kohut’s medical license to practice in California.
(13:45) Monterey - A Monterey County Sheriff's Deputy recovered 14 pounds of methamphetamine and more than $19,000 cash during a traffic stop yesterday. The drug bust occurred just after 5:30 p.m. on Highway 101 south of Salinas. 47-year-old Maria Guzman and 43-year-old Cayetano Guerrero were both arrested and booked into Monterey County Jail.
(14:30) Salinas - A man was arrested at a Mall in Salinas, after being caught with narcotics. The incident took place today at Northridge Mall when the Salinas Police Department and Monterey County Probation confronted a man in a parked car. During a search of the vehicle, officers found several thousand dollars and an ounce of methamphetamine in the center console. The man was arrested for transportation and sales of narcotics. The Salinas Police Department is investigating the case.
(09:45) Salinas - A man pleaded guilty to false imprisonment by violence against his mother, and resisting arrest while disarming an officer. On June 5th 2015, 30 year-old Jose Velasco, of Salinas, beat his mother and dragged her by the neck through a street. Police used a taser to control Velasco’s violent behavior, but it was ineffective. 5 officers then used their batons in an effort to detain Velasco. Toxicology tests showed Velasco was under the influence of methamphetamine during the incident. Velasco will be sentenced to 4 years in state prison on July 13.
(09:15) The National Weather Service of San Francisco and Monterey Bay has issued a heat advisory from now until Thursday. Strong high pressure over California will continue to produce hot temperatures across inland areas. The hot weather will create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and avoid leaving pets or family members in hot cars. The heat advisory remains in effect until 9 p.m. on Thursday.
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