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green valley mobile home dispute 08/23/11 0700 e.a.

the watsonville city council is set to hear a claim today from a mobile home park owner who says the city owes him more than 400-thousand dollars in lost rent.  the claim stems from a proposal to more than double rents for most tenants at the green valley village mobile home park. park owner albert vierra says that the city had wrongfully determined that homeowners had initiated a challenge, and so the increase should have gone into effect on may 1st.  the city council now must approve a resolution to reject the claim.

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slv immunizations 08/23/11 0700 e.a.

as classes in the san lorenzo valley school district start today, officials are checking to make sure all students are properly immunized for whooping cough.  as of 3 weeks ago, only half of students in the district have turned in the immunization forms.  district officials have announced that most of the forms have now been turned in, and the schools have received no waivers at this time.

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s.c. ob-gyn reprimanded 08/23/11 0700 e.a.

a local obstretician  has been issued a public reprimand by the state medical board.  a state investigation recently concluded that dr. adwoa christy failed to act on a concerning fetal heart pattern in a timely manner and failed to switch to a cesarean section after 3 attempts at VACUUM delivery were unsuccessful. the baby’s brain was deprived of oxygen, resulting in SIGNIFICANT developmental delay. a reprimand is the mildest form of discipline against a physician.

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redistricting hearing 08/23/11 0600 e.a.

a hearing to discuss the county redistricting proposal has been scheduled for today by the santa cruz county board of supervisors.  the newest proposal rejoins the city of scotts valley, after a recent proposal split the city along highway 17.  the board of supervisors is set to meet at 10:45 a.m. today at the santa cruz county governmental center.

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HARBOR RAPE TRIAL 08/23/11 0600 e.a.

a santa cruz man accused of robbing and raping a barista at a coffee shop near the santa cruz harbor in 2008 faced a preliminary hearing on monday.  21 year-old elvis lorenzo garcia faces life in prison if convicted. garcia was arrested after dna from his father matched evidence at the crime scene, one of california’s first hits utilizing familial dna. a second arraignment is slated for september 22nd. he is being held on 1-million dollars bail.

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