(16:03) APTOS- A Watsonville man has been arrested for impersonating a police officer. Following an investigation into reports of a man claiming to be an undercover Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputy, 61 year old James William Heffner was taken into custody at an Aptos coffee shop. A search of Heffner’s vehicle uncovered four loaded firearms and a Phoenix Police Officer’s badge. On Tuesday, Heffner was booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail on charges of carrying a stolen firearm, receiving stolen property, and impersonating a law enforcement officer.
(11:00) California - The Annual Great American Shakeout Drill was today (Thursday). The drill is a reminder for people to be prepared when an earthquake occurs. At 10:20 a-m today people world wide participated in a drill “drop, cover, and Hold On”. The American Red Cross would like to remind people of some safety tips: If you are in bed stay there and hold on and protect your head with a pillow, If you are outside find a clear spot and drop to the ground and stay there until the shaking stops, If you are in a vehicle pull over to a clear location and stop.
(10:00) Santa Cruz - The Santa Cruz Warriors have set a goal to get 10,000 Central Coast young people and their families to join their program, Get Fit, in the coming year. The Santa Cruz Warriors teamed up with their fiscal sponsor Kaiser Permanente and the Mini Mermaids/Young Tritons Running Club yesterday (Wednesday) to kick off the Get Fit program. The Warriors next Get Fit event will be at the Food, What? Harvest Festival. The event is being held on October 28th at the UC Santa Cruz Farm from 10 a-m to noon.
(08:00) Carmel - The 8th Annual Carmel International Film Festival kicked off the 5 day event yesterday. The festival is expected to be the biggest yet bringing 300 film industry people in town. Some of the locations that will be screening films are: the Carmel Youth Center, Hidden Valley Music Seminars, Sunset Cultural Center-Main Theatre, Lighthouse Cinema and Carmel High School. Tickets are $10 dollars at the door and $5 dollars for military and students. For information about the films, passes, and screening times visit CarmelFilmFest.com
(07:00) Santa Cruz - The city’s planning commission will meet tonight to decide whether or not to approve a special permit that will allow two new rides to be built at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. The two rides, Shockwave and Typoon, are 20-25 feet above the city’s 40-foot height limit on the amusement park rides. One of the major concerns is the projects visual impact. If the two new rides are approved to be built the project is expected to be completed by summer 2017.
(06:35) Pacific Grove - The Pacific Grove Police Department has received approval to buy 20 body cameras. The department has been using them for months now but with the new budget, of $35,000 for next year, all officers will be equipped with the body cameras. The decision came after yesterdays (Wednesday) city council meeting when the police chief presented information regarding three officer-involved shootings that took place in the last week along the central coast. The Pacific Grove Police Department will begin wearing the cameras in the next few months.
MAVERICKS - This year’s Titans Of Mavericks - Big Wave Surf Contest will include a heat for 6 female surfers. The announcement was made this afternoon….just 2 days before the Titans Of Mavericks opening ceremonies. 21 men have been invited, as have 8 alternates, and 8 wild card candidates. The Window For This Winter’s Competition is from November 1st to March 31st. Titans Of Mavericks (is held not far from Half Moon Bay, at the Mavericks Surf Break) takes place when the waves are the biggest, and most dangerous, of the winter. Professional big wave surfers come from across the world to take part in the most risk-oriented event in North America. The 6 women surfers will be chosen by November 1st.
MONTEREY PENINSULA - The California Public Utilities Commission has given preliminary approval to Cal-Am Water Company to hike their rates by as much as 26 dollars per month (for an average single-family residential customer). The increased costs are designed to help recover the nearly $40-million of “under-collected revenues” (from 2013 and 2014). The new rate plan would also eliminate the current system, in which customers are billed based on the number of part and full-time people living in the household. The C-P-U-C is scheduled to revisit the proposed new Cal-Am Rate Plan when they meet December 1st.