The Monterey County branch of the NAACP has issued a request to Seaside city officials. The organization is asking to be a part of the hiring process for a new police chief. Recently, Chief Robert Jackson resigned as he was placed on administrative leave following his reposting of a politically and racially biased article on a social media site. The NAACP is also calling for citizen review committees and other protocols.
(09:20) Salinas - Salinas City Officials announced yesterday new plans for the Chinatown neighborhood. The new development at 21 Soledad Street, will include retail spaces, artists’ lofts and housing units. City plans include 90 affordable housing units, 40 of which will be set aside for high-need populations, including the homeless. The project is expected to break ground in about six months, and should be completed in Fall of 2019.
(08:25) Santa Cruz - A man was arrested in downtown Santa Cruz on Wednesday after he was seen carrying knives. 27-year-old Milton Miller ignored a park ranger’s request to put the knives away. Officers located Miller in a downtown parking lot and a taser was deployed. Miller was arrested for outstanding warrants, carrying a concealed dagger, resisting arrest, and assault with a deadly weapon on an officer.
(08:00) Watsonville - New video information surfaced in a case involving a Watsonville Tae Kwon Do instructor performing lewd acts upon a minor. The Watsonville Police Department arrested Nemesio Estrada-Alfaro yesterday for new charges including: Lewd acts with a minor, Oral copulation of a minor, Sex acts with a minor, and Video recording sex acts with a minor. Estrada-Alfaro was arrested in May of 2016 for similar charges including: Annoying/ Molesting a child under 18, Oral Copulation of minor, Lewd acts with a minor, and Continual sexual abuse of a child. The 3 victims in these cases were all minors and students of Estrada-Alfaro’s. He was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail without bail.
An earthquake struck near Morgan Hill yesterday (Thurs). The USGS is reporting that a 2.8 magnitude quake took place at about 10 a.m. The epicenter was 7 miles east of Morgan Hill and 8 miles north Gilroy. No damages have been reported.
A Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office investigation has concluded that a student had no plans of carrying out a shooting at Soquel High School On Tuesday night deputies began investigating reports of a school shooting threat on social media. Officers interviewed a 16 year old student and his family and determined, that despite making disturbing comments, the student had not issued a threat to the campus an does not have access to firearms.
THE MONTEREY REGIONAL AIRPORT HAS RECENTLY INSTALLED MORE THAN 23 HUNDRED SOLAR PANELS. THE SOLAR ARRAY PRODUCES 1.5 MILLION KILOWATTS OF POWER ANNUALLY, AND WILL PROVIDE 95 PERCENT OF THE FACILITIES ENERGY NEEDS. THE AIRPORT BEGAN CONSERVING POWER IN 2004 WHEN IT BEGAN INSTALLING LED FIELD LIGHTING AND RUNWAY LIGHTS.
The City of Santa Cruz is holding a ribbon-cutting for the Branciforte Creek Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge and Multi-Use Trail Project. The public is encouraged to attend the ceremony at noon next Thursday. The project is part of the Go Santa Cruz initiative , and is a central part of Santa Cruz’s ongoing effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and play an active role in addressing the issue of climate change. The program promotes numerous transportation options within the City of Santa Cruz . The bridge has been in use since September 1st.