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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  weaponassault  with  a  caustic  chemicaltrespassing,  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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