Organizers demonstrated a rally on Monterey Road to last Monday. The group conducted the protest to oppose the white supremacy attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, and dozens stood on the overpass above Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey with protest signs. Law enforcement was present at the rally, stating it was to ensure that everyone was given the opportunity to express their first amendment rights. Jimmy Panetta was quoted at a town hall meeting nearby, that the first step to change is to speak out against domestic terrorism.
Traffic on highway 68 between Salinas and Monterey Peninsula has increased in congestion. About 30,000 travelers drive on that road every day, and transportation planners stated the commute time is unreliable. They also expect the traffic to become ten percent worse over the next 25 years. TAMC is looking at a series of new roundabouts to solve the traffic problem. The estimate for the roundabout project is at about $48 million dollars, and they will vote on this plan at the TAMC Board of Directors meeting on August 23rd.
On Lapis road, north of Marina, illegal campers were given violation notices in order to evacuate them by the end of august. Local deputies along with members of social service organizations went out to offer resources to the people camped out on this road and will be doing so until the deadline. The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office, along with Waste Management, are reviewing the waste on the road and the magnitude of the cleaning that will need to happen. Monterey County District 4 supervisor Jane Parker and her aide Wendy Askew are looking to establish a safe parking program for homeless people in Monterey County.
A Santa Cruz man was arrested after he assaulted someone with rocks, an aerosol can, and a pipe. 26 year-old Alexander Ptucha was charged with aggravated assault after he assaulted a tenant from a studio apartment he had been evicted from. Ptucha has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon, assault with a caustic chemical, trespassing, and resisting arrest.
A New Mexico man is due back in a Santa Cruz county court room this Friday for his Preliminary Hearing. 62 year-old Judson Swallow is accused of threatening to “Shoot Up” Dominican Hospital last week. Although his attorney requested that Swallow be released without bail, a Santa Cruz County Superior Court judge denied that request.
Santa Cruz County Bank ranked as the top bank in California….for the 2nd quarter of the year. That’s according to the Financial Management Consulting Group, which ranks banks quarterly…..based on 8 metrics. Locally-owned Santa Cruz County Bank has actually ranked in the top 10 banks in California for the last 8 quarters consecutively.
This afternoon’s lockdown at a high school in Castroville was lifted after the campus was deemed safe. North Monterey County High School was placed on lockdown around 1 p.m., (after a threat was called-in), and school was back in session by 3 p.m.
The First Court Of Appeals in San Francisco has ruled that Martin’s Beach must be re-opened to the public IMMEDIATELY. They say that Vinod Khosla violated the California Coastal Act when he closed off public access to the beach, after he purchased the 89-acre parcel that surrounds the beach. Martin’s Beach is located south of Half Moon Bay.
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