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THE DAY WORKER CENTER OF SANTA CRUZ COUNTY CELEBRATES ONE YEAR IN OPERATION THIS MONTH. THE CENTER OFFERS A SAFER ALTERNATIVE TO PICKING UP DAY LABORERS ON THE STREET. IN ADDITION, THE CENTER HELPS ENSURE A SAFER, MORE RESPECTFUL WORK SITE FOR THE LABORERS. THEY HOLD CLASSES SUCH AS SAFETY TRAINING, ENGLISH, AND CARPENTRY. ACCORDING TO RECORDS, MORE THAN 300 WORKERS ARE REGISTERED WITH THE CENTER AND MORE THAN 500 EMPLOYERS HAVE HIRED A WORKER AT LEAST ONCE OVER THE PAST YEAR. THERE WAS SIGNIFICANT OPPOSITION TO THE CENTER INITIALLY AS SOME LIVE OAK RESIDENTS WERE CONCERNED ABOUT ISSUES SUCH AS LOITERING, HARASSMENT OF STUDENTS WALKING TO SCHOOL, CRIME, AND TRAFFIC. WHILE THESE ISSUES HAVE NOT BEEN THE REALITY, SOME RESIDENTS STILL BELIEVE THE DAY WORKER CENTER SHOULD BE IN A MORE COMMERCIAL AREA AS CROWDS OF DAY LABORERS STILL FREQUENT RIVER ST IN SANTA CRUZ AND 41ST AVENUE IN SOQUEL/CAPITOLA.

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TODAY, TUESDAY, APRIL 15TH IS THE DEADLINE FOR FILING STATE AND FEDERAL TAX RETURNS. LOCAL TAX PREPARERS WARN PROCRASTINATORS THAT THE I-R-S DOES NOT CONSIDER “HAVING TROUBLE PULLING TOGETHER DOCUMENTS” AS A VALID REASON FOR NON-PAYMENT OF TAXES. EVEN IF YOU FILE FOR AN EXTENSION, YOU ARE REQUIRED TO SEND PAYMENT TOMORROW WITH YOUR REQUEST. MANY PREPARERS ON THE CENTRAL COAST WILL HAVE EXTENDED HOURS IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE. CONTACT PREPARERS DIRECTLY TO FIND OUT HOURS OF OPERATION AND AVAILABILITY OF STAFF. IF YOU ARE MAILING YOUR RETURN, MOST LOCAL POST OFFICES WILL HAVE NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS, HOWEVER THE LUNDY LANE BRANCH IN SAN JOSE WILL BE OPEN UNTIL 8:30 P-M.
THE I-R-S EXPECTS 35 MILLION RETURNS TO BE FILED IN THE LAST REMAINING DAYS AND ANOTHER 12 MILLION WILL REQUEST A SIX MONTH EXTENSION.

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A NEW PROGRAM IN SALINAS WILL TEACH GIRLS AGES 7 TO 13 THE JOYS OF MOUNTAIN BIKING. LITTLE BELLAS CO-FOUNDERS, OLYMPIC MOUNTAIN BIKER LEA DAVISON AND HER SISTER SABRA, WILL EXTEND THEIR PROGRAM (ORIGINALLY STARTED SEVEN YEARS AGO AND INTRODUCED TO THE CENTRAL COAST DURING THE SEA OTTER CLASSIC.) LOCAL BRIANNE SPIERSCH WILL BRING HER EXPERIENCE WITH THE NATIONAL INTERSCHOLASTIC CYCLING ASSOCIATION TO THE PROGRAM AS CHAPTER DIRECTOR. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PARENTS IN SALINAS ARE ENCOURAGED TO VISIT LITTLE BELLAS DOT COM.

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SALINAS POLICE RESPONDED TO THE 700 BLOCK OF LEESE DR AT 4:20 A-M THIS MORNING ON REPORTS OF SHOTS FIRED. UPON ARRIVAL, THE OFFICERS FOUND RAY ESPINO, 27, IN THE GARAGE OF THE HOME WITH A SINGLE GUNSHOT WOUND. REPORTEDLY, THE RESIDENT OF THE HOME WAS WOKEN BY NOISES OUTSIDE HIS HOME, SAW ESPINO ENTER HIS GARAGE, ARMED HIMSELF, AND WENT TO INVESTIGATE. WHEN HE ENTERED THE GARAGE, THE RESIDENT WAS STARTLED BY THE INTRUDER AND FEARING FOR HIS SAFETY, SHOT ESPINO ONE TIME. ESPINO WAS TRANSPORTED TO A BAY AREA HOSPITAL AND REMAINS IN CRITICAL CONDITION. SALINAS POLICE ARE STILL CONDUCTING AN INVESTIGATION AND ENCOURAGE ANYONE WITH ANY INFORMATION TO CONTACT THEM.

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A BIG-RIG CARRYING 30 THOUSAND POUNDS OF FROZEN SQUID FLIPPED ON NORTHBOUND HIGHWAY 1 NEAR THE FISH HOOK IN SANTA CRUZ AT APPROXIMATELY 10:50 A-M TODAY. (MON) THE DRIVER WAS REPORTEDLY GOING TOO FAST FOR THE INTERCHANGE AND LOST CONTROL OF THE SEMI WHEN THE WEIGHT OF THE LOAD SHIFTED. CREWS ATTEMPTED TO RIGHT THE TRUCK AND CLEAN UP THE PARTIALLY SPILLED CARGO, WHILE HEALTH OFFICIALS INSPECTED THE REMAINING LOAD FOR SAFETY. ALL LANES OF TRAFFIC REMAINED OPEN ON HIGHWAYS 1 AND 17 IN BOTH DIRECTIONS AND THE DRIVER WAS NOT INJURED. THE OFFICIAL CAUSE IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.

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A HEARING AT THE SACRAMENTO SUPERIOR COURT FRIDAY ADDRESSED A CAMPAIGN AGAINST A CO-ED BATHROOM BILL. THE DISPUTE IS OVER WHETHER OR NOT COUNTIES CAN WITHHOLD OVER 130-THOUSAND SIGNATURES THAT ARE IN FAVOR OF OVERTURNING A-B 12-66.    EARLIER THIS YEAR, OFFICIALS SAID THE REFERENDUM FAILED DUE TO A LACK OF VALID SIGNATURES, BUT UPON FURTHER INVESTIGATION, MANY OF THE ELIMINATED SIGNATURES WERE FOUND WRONGLY DISQUALIFIED.    THE STATE IS ARGUING THAT THE SIGNATURES CANNOT BE TURNED OVER DUE TO VOTER CONFIDENTIALITY.  THE CO-ED BATHROOM BILL ENACTED LAST YEAR WOULD ALLOW STUDENTS TO CHOOSE BATHROOMS BASED ON THEIR SELF-IDENTIFIED GENDER. ARGUMENTS WILL CONTINUE THIS FRIDAY.

 

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SANTA CRUZ COUNTY IS PILOTING A NEW DRUG THAT HELPS CURB HEROIN CRAVINGS.    THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG CALLED VIVITROL BLOCKS OPIATE RECEPTORS, PREVENTING USERS FROM GETTING HIGH ON NARCOTICS SUCH AS HEROIN AND OXYCONTIN.  THE SANTA CRUZ COUNTY DRUG AND ALCOHOL PROGRAM HAS INTRODUCED VIVITROL TO ADDRESS THE CITY’S REVOLVING DOOR PROBLEM.    THE PROGRAM CURRENTLY HAS FIVE ACTIVE PARTICIPANTS RECEIVING AN INJECTION ONCE A MONTH.    THE DRUG HAS BEEN INTRODUCED IN A NUMBER OF COUNTIES IN CALIFORNIA.

 

 

 

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A PROPOSED MONTEREY COUNTY RESORT HAS BEEN APPROVED.  DEVELOPER ED GHANDOUR HAD BEEN SEEKING APPROVAL FOR HIS PROPOSED SAND CITY HOTEL-CONDOMINIUM RESORT FOR TWO DECADES.   LAST WEEK, THE COASTAL COMMISSION ACCEPTED A MAJORITY OF THE PLAN’S REVISIONS.   THE COMMISSION VOTED 10-2 TO APPROVE THE PROJECT AT A MEETING IN SANTA BARBARAON FRIDAY.   THE MONTEREY BAY SHORES RESORT WILL BE SITUATED ON FORTY ACRES OF DUNES JUST SOUTH OF FORD ORD STATE BEACH.

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