A new office is set to open on pacific avenue in santa cruzthis march, was announced at tuesday’s city council meeting. The district attorney’s office announced the new office which will also house probation, mental health and city officials as the implementation of an 8 month pilot program looks at the 1-hundred chronic offenders list. The santa cruz county superior court has also appointed a judge to handle cases, so that offenders with 3 or more infractions will be issued a bench warrant. They will then be evaluated by the new office for how best to resolve the chronic citation issue.
A NEW ANALYSIS HAS REVEALED PROPOSED GOVERNMENT SPENDING ON THE CSU AND UC SYSTEMS FOR THE 2014-15 YEAR. THE ANALYSIS, PUBLISHED BY THE CALIFORNIA BUDGET PROJECT, SHOWS THAT THE GOVERNOR’S PROPOSED BUDGET WILL GRANT EACH SYSTEM 142 MILLION DOLLARS. HOWEVER STATE SUPPORT WILL BE 25 PERCENT BELOW PRE-RECESSION LEVELS. THE REPORT ALSO REVEALS MARKED INCREASES IN TUITION FEES AND STUDENT LOAN DEBT.
A NEW PROVOST AND VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS HAS BEEN APPOINTED AT CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY MONTEREY BAY. BONNIE IRWIN WILL START JULY 7TH, SUCCEEDING FORMER PROVOST DR. JULIO BLANCO. IRWIN WAS PREVIOUSLY A DEAN OF THE COLLEGE OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES, AND AN ENGLISH PROFESSOR, AT EASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY. AS PROVOST, IRWIN WILL OVERSEE ALL ACADEMIC PROGRAMS AND WILL WORK ALONGSIDE THE UNIVERSITY’S PRESIDENT TO IMPROVE THE MONTEREY INSTITUTION.
RACING WILL CONTINUE AT THE SANTA CRUZ COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS, ALBEIT WITH A SHORTER SEASON, EARLIER CURFEW, AND SOME OTHER MODIFICATIONS. THAT’S BECAUSE OFFICIALS WITH BOTH OCEAN SPEEDWAY, AND A COMMUNITY GROUP (KNOWN AS C-A-F-A (THE COMMUNITY ALLIANCE FOR FAIRGROUNDS ACCOUNTABILITY), HAVE COME TO AN AGREEMENT ON WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO MITIGATE THE NOISE ISSUE C-A-F-A MEMBERS HAD COMPLAINED ABOUT.
EACH GROUP WILL PONY-UP 25-THOUSAND DOLLARS TOWARD A PRIZE….THAT WILL BE GIVEN TO THE PERSON (OR GROUP) THAT DESIGNS THE BEST NOISE- CANCELLING MUFFLER).
THE WATSONVILLE CITY COUNCIL HAS VOTED TO PUT A MEASURE ON THE JUNE BALLOT, THAT COULD RAISE THE CITY’S SALES TAX. TWO-THIRDS OF THE CITY’S VOTERS WOULD HAVE TO VOTE FOR THE HALF-CENT INCREASE. THAT WOULD PUT THE CITY’S SALES TAX AT 9 PERCENT….WHICH WOULD BE THE HIGHEST IN SANTA CRUZ COUNTY.