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    (16:21) SOQUEL- Soquel San Jose Road will remain closed indefinitely. As of Saturday ,the roadway surface had sunk roughly another foot, north of Olsen Road. Public Works officials say that Read More
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    (16;07) BEN LOMOND- The Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a Ben Lomond man. At about 11:30 a.m. Saturday Emergency crews responded to reports of man submerged Read More
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    (15:49) CAPITOLA- The city of Capitola sent out text messages to residents while the Public Works Department set up signs warning drivers of road hazards on Saturday. The department says Read More
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    (15:25) APTOS-Valencia Elementary School students will be attending classes on other campuses tomorrow (Tuesday). School district officials have decided to relocate the students due storm damaged roadways leading to the Read More
  • Salinas Homicide-2/19/17-1300-PMD

    (15:00) SALINAS- Salinas police are investigating a fatal shooting that took place on Saturday. Shortly after 10:30 p.m., patrol units responded to reports of gunfire on the 300 block of Read More
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Flooding, Road Closures As Heavy Rains Fall On Saturated Ground

After years of praying for rain, Santa Cruz County has had more than its fill. Looking for something to bet on now that the Super Bowl is in the past? Try betting on whether 17 will stay open!

Take A Look At Some Local Flooding

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The following is a KSCO commentary.  Here is Kay Zwerling:

          No one can disagree that ours is the most generous nation in the world when it comes to helping other countries – especially if they are the recipients of very bad luck – like Haiti, for example, when one year ago an enormous earthquake devastated the entire country. 

          Throughout this year, we have been reminded via TV that in Haiti millions became homeless, streets are filled with mud, safe drinking water is still not available, much sickness prevails, and as we speak, now the disaster remains exactly the same as it was one year ago.

          What is wrong?  Compassionate Americans, as usual, early on have given millions to help the Haitians – yet they are still homeless and nothing has been rebuilt. 

          Clearly the answer must be – the money sent to the leaders went into the pockets of corrupt people and not to the suffering victims. 

This despicable scenario happens every time.  We are too trusting, and we never learn.   

I submit – we Americans must never again send money to the leaders of an injured or destroyed country. 

Instead, we should use those millions meant to help the poor with American builders to go to Haiti and rebuild everything themselves.

This way, the Haitian people can have homes built for them, water made safe for them, streets, schools, and hospitals built for them, in a timely manner.

Also, our government sent many trucks to help clear the enormous debris.   According to U.S. media, they have never been used in this entire year.  They remain in ports because the Haitian government demands import taxes like 40% to allow the trucks into the country.   How can the Haitians be helped when their own leaders create such insane restrictions?  

Let’s stop being naïve and stupid when dealing with various disasters in other countries, and let’s stop trusting corrupt leaders.   There is a simple solution.  Let’s never again send money.  Instead, send workers and materials.

For KSCO, this is Kay Zwerling.

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