Monterey County authorities are concerned about possible future mishaps at the Bixby Bridge in Big Sur. The iconic bridge is a popular attraction for base jumpers and tourists. The structure has limited safety features and spans a 260 foot chasm. The sport of base jumping from the Bixby Bridge is not technically illegal at this time. Warning signs have been posted at the site while the county examines other safety measures.
A rally in support of a new rail line contract was held on Friday. The rally was staged on a section of rail in the Live Oak area by the Friends of the Rail and Trail, who support the possible contract with Progressive Rail. Members of The Greenway Organization were also on hand to oppose any use of the tracks for train traffic. The Regional Transportation Commission will vote on the proposed contract this Thursday.
The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office arrested three people caught tagging gang graffiti on a building in Live Oak. The incident took place Wednesday afternoon, when deputies from the Gang Enforcement Team spotted Enrique Rocha, Norberto Gonzalez and Olivia Danthon tagging a building along the railroad tracks between 17th and Chanticleer Avenue. All three suspects were arrested for vandalism and other felony charges.
The County of Santa Cruz has announced the release of a proposed Strategic Plan. The document is based on input from thousands of residents and County employees, and outlines a six year strategy. The plan will be considered by the Board of Supervisors June 12. Once approved, it will be used as a blueprint to guide County operations and resources for the next six years. The Proposed Strategic Plan may be downloaded at co.santa-cruz.ca.us/VisionSantaCruz
Salinas police have arrested two murder suspects. On Wednesday investigators arrested 19 year old Santos Longoria Fonseca for the June 2nd murder of Lorenso Gomez Acosta on Klamath Drive and the June 5th murder of Ernesto Garcia Cruz at El Dorado Park. Acosta’s girlfriend, 18 year old Alekzandra Romayor was also arrested on one count of murder for the killing of Cruz at El Dorado Park, and one count of accessory to murder for the killing of Lorenso Acosta. A 17 year old juvenile female was also detained but then released to a guardian.
A 10 acre blaze near Greenfield was started by a lawn mower. Cal Fire officials say that the fire broke out the intersection of Arroyo Road and the 36000 block of Elm Avenue at 11:41 a.m. on Thursday when a property owner was attempting to mow dry grass. Air and ground crews were utilized to extinguish the fire. The property owner will be held financially responsible for the response.
Santa Cruz is seeing an influx of insects after thousands of oak moths hatched this week in a larger than normal bloom. The brown bugs will strip trees but won’t do any long-term damage. Experts say it is one of the largest blooms and the moths can be seen in cities along the California coast