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Flooding, Road Closures As Heavy Rains Fall On Saturated Ground

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AN  18 YEAR-OLD  KING  CITY  HIGH  SCHOOL  STUDENT  WAS  SHOT  NEAR  THE  SCHOOL  AROUND  11:00 A.M. TODAY.   THAT  LED  TO  OFFICIALS  INITIALLY  PUTTING  THE  SCHOOL ON  LOCKDOWN,  AND  THEN  LATER  CHANGING  THAT  TO  A  “CLOSED CAMPUS”  STATUS.    2  GUNMEN  ARE STILL  BEING  SOUGHT IN  CONNECTION  WITH THIS  MORNING’S  SHOOTING ON MILDRED  AVENUE,  NEAR BROADWAY  NEAR THE  SCHOOL’S  AUDITORIUM.  THE STUDENT WAS REPORTEDLY SHOT TWICE, AND FLED FROM HIS ATTACKERS BY DRIVING HOME.  ANYONE  WITH  INFORMATION  IS  ENCOURAGED  TO  CONTACT  THE  KING  CITY  POLICE  DEPARTMENT

(10:40) Monterey - A jury trial for Former Monterey Peninsula Unified School District Superintendent, against the city of Monterey began yesterday.  Former MPUSD Superintendent Marilyn Shepherd filed a lawsuit in 2015 after she fell in a pothole.   Shepherd said she broke her left ankle and sprained her right one while she was on Webster Street.  Shepard has been in negotiations with Monterey representatives for months and is seeking $800,000 in damages.   The trial is expected to last at least a week.

(10:15) Monterey - Authorities reported that a suspect in a November fatal shooting on Cannery Row, was extradited from Mexico and is now in Monterey County Jail.  21 year-old Jorge Mendoza, of Marina, fled to Mexico after 28 year-old Raul Melendez was shot and killed in the Cannery Row parking garage, on November 23rd, 2016.   Police requested help from the U.S. Marshals Service, which worked with the local authorities in Mexico that ultimately made the arrest last Thursday.  On Saturday, Mendoza was booked on murder charges and his bail was set at $1.3 million dollars.

 

(09:10) Aptos - California Highway Patrol has reported several accidents in the Aptos area this morning.   At 5:49  a truck rolled over while traveling northbound on highway 1.  At 8:30 a car, also traveling northbound, was involved in a hit and run near Mar Monte Exit.   No injuries have been reported.  Traffic begins to clear at Bay/Porter  and 41st Exits.

(07:15) Watsonville - The Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County employment programs, Alcance and Day Worker Center are offering job-seekers opportunities to meet with 14 local employers that are ready to hire.   The “Work With Us” Job Fair will include:  Santa Cruz County, Lakeside Organics, Safe at Home, Driscoll’s, Fox Racing, Michael’s Transportation, New Leaf Markets, First Alarm, Watsonville Police Department, Chartwell Staffing and Nova Staffing.  The Job Fair for youth and adults will take place from 1-5 p-m on Thursday, March 30, at Workforce Santa Cruz County Watsonville, 18 West Beach St.

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  lowvery  low,  and  low-income  seniors.   The  project,  which  is  located  near  downtown  businessesthe  library  and  many  senior  services  will  include  a  community rooman  exercise  room  and  a  large  patio.   It  is  expected  to  take  nearly  a  year  to  complete.

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