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6 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ARRESTED IN 2 DIFFERENT CASES. IN BOTH THEY IMPORTED EMPTY BEVERAGE CONTAINERS FROM WASHINGTON STATE, SO THE CONTAINERS COULD BE USED REDEEMED FOR THE CALIFORNIA REFUND VALUE. CALIFORNIA’S C-R-V IS ONLY SUPPOSED TO APPLY TO BEVERAGES PURCHASED WITHIN CALIFORNIA. THE AMOUNT OF FRAUD INVOLVED IN THE 2 CASES EXCEEDED 400 THOUSAND DOLLARS.

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THE SANTA CRUZ COUNTY CLERK’S OFFICE IS LOOKING FOR POLL WORKERS TO ACT AS CLERKS AND INSPECTORS AT THE ONE HUNDRED THIRTY NINE POLLING PLACES IN SANTA CRUZ COUNTY OPEN ON ELECTION DAY, JUNE 3, 2014. TO QUALIFY, A PERSON MUST BE A REGISTERED VOTER, A LEGAL RESIDENT, OR A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT, 16 OR OLDER, WITH AT LEAST A 2.5 G-P-A, WHO IS A U-S CITIZEN. WORKERS CAN EARN ANYWHERE FROM SEVENTY FIVE DOLLARS TO ONE HUNDRED TWENTY DOLLARS DEPENDING ON ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES. ANYONE INTERESTED IS ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT THE SANTA CRUZ COUNTY CLERK/ELECTION DEPARTMENT BETWEEN 8 A-M AND 5 P-M, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY.

 

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THE SANTA CRUZ CITY COUNCIL WILL CONSIDER WHETHER OR NOT TO HIRE STRATUS CONSULTING AS A NEXT STEP IN THE EXPLORATION OF A DESALINATION PLANT. STRATUS WOULD ACT AS TECHNICAL CONSULTANT TO THE WATER SUPPLY ADVISORY BOARD FOR A FEE OF THREE HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS. TODAY’S REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEETING WILL BE HELD AT 4 P-M AT CITY HALL

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IN A PRESS CONFERENCE HELD YESTERDAY (MONDAY), SANTA CRUZ COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY BOB LEE ANNOUNCED A NEW APPROACH TO REPEAT OFFENDERS. IN THIS NEW SPECIALIZED COURT PROCESS, LEE REPORTEDLY SEEKS TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEM WITH WHAT HE CALLS “VERTICAL PROSECUTION”, WHERE PEOPLE WHO REPEATEDLY COMMIT MISDEMEANOR CRIMES WILL GET HELP FROM SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCIES IN THE COUNTY FOR ISSUES SUCH AS HOMELESSNESS, DRUG ADDICTION, AND MENTAL HEALTH. THE 8 MONTH PILOT PROGRAM RECEIVED ONE DEDICATED STAFF PERSON FROM EACH AGENCY INVOLVED AND ALL THE CASES WILL BE HANDLED BY JUDGE DENINE GUY. THE FIRST 5 ARRESTEES WHO MAY QUALIFY FOR THE PROGRAM WILL BE ARRAIGNED IN COURT TODAY (TUESDAY).

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POLICE IN SALINAS ARRESTED 35-YEAR OLD CANDIDO ARROYO-GONZALEZ WHEN THEY RAIDED HIS HOUSE ON CIRCLE DRIVE FRIDAY. AUTHORITIES FOUND MORE THAN 500 MARIJUANA PLANTS, ROOMS SET UP WITH HIGH-POWERED GROW LIGHTS, AS WELL AS, A .45 CALIBER PISTOL AND SKS ASSAULT RIFLE. ACCORDING TO WITNESSES, AT LEAST TWO CHILDREN WERE ALSO LIVING AT THE HOUSE. ARROYO-GONZALEZ WAS BOOKED INTO MONTEREY COUNTY JAIL ON DRUG, WEAPONS, AND CHILD ENDANGERMENT CHARGES.

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