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A resolution declaring a water shortage emergency was unanimously approved by The San Benito County Water District yesterday.   The declaration, which goes into effect immediately, asks large water users to voluntarily cut-back on water usage by 15-percent.   those who use more water than they’re allocated will also be fined an additional 12-hundred dollars in overuse fees.    The water emergency resolution applies mostly to farmers, ranchers, golf courses and industrial parks. 

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A long time street performer will no longer be a fixture in the Santa Cruz area due to The recent passage of several downtown ordinances.    after 17-years, Jim Lima also known asthe Great Morgani, announced yesterday that he will no longer perform on Pacific Avenue citing the current laws which were passed by the Santa Cruz City Council to reduce panhandlers, are too restrictive.  Lima, a former stockbroker who plays the accordion in homemade costumes, issued a statement about his departure stating that instead of receiving a $300 fine for performing or spending a night in jail, he plans to quietly leave the downtown scene meanwhile thanking all of his supporters.

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Two teens were arrested in Seaside yesterday in connection with a stabbing that took place at the Buffalo Wild Wings eatery Monday.    Police say 18-year olds Jorge Luis Mendoza and Cesar Velasquez Hernandez were seen on the restaurant’s video surveillance throwing gang signs at customers just before a fight ensued.   Police say the altercation continued outside when a 30-year old man was stabbed at around 11:15 p.m.  The victim is expected to recover.  Mendoza and Hernandez were booked into Monterey County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder.

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The identity has been released of a Carmel Valley man who died after crashing his minivan into a tree over the weekend.   The Monterey County Sheriff’s Coroner's Unit identified the man as 78-year old William j. Fischer.     Fischer was traveling westbound on Carmel Valley Road near Via Mallorca at about 5 p.m., when for unknown reasons, he veered to the left and hit a tree in the center divider.   According to The CHP Fischer may have had a medical condition at the time of the incident.

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A small wildfire was extinguished yesterday morning at Wilder Ranch State park just North of Santa Cruz.  The 9:30 a.m. blaze burned about 100-square feet.  No one was injured and no buildings were burned.   Firefighters remained on the scene for nearly two hours preventing any hot spots from occurring.   The cause remains under investigation.  

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