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A preliminary layoff was approved last night by Salinas City Council members in an effort to reduce a 7-million dollar budget deficit. The layoff would affect as many as 53 Salinas employees in the coming month, as well as eliminate 66 positions, 14 of which are vacant – as part of the city’s 90-day layoff process. The layoffs would impact about 22 positions in the city’s Police Department, which would affect the agency’s anti-gang unit, as well as the city’s paramedic program, and library system.

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S.C. HARBOR UPDATE MTG. 03-30-11 06:30 a.v.

At a town hall meeting held last night to discuss recovery efforts for the Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor, Port Director Lisa Ekers gave updates on the harbor’s recovery process and also updated damage to the harbor’s infrastructure, which has now reached 28.5 million dollars. Ekers maintains the harbor’s overriding priority continues to be restoring service to live-abroad customers, and securing all other boats. She suggests those who were affected by the harbor damage, to contact the Small Business Administration as a conduit for federal aid, since the minimum for federal funding is 44-million dollars.

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A woman was hospitalized in Corralitos this afternoon with moderate injuries after her leg was pinned between her truck and another car. The woman was pulled over on the shoulder of the road near the 4-Corners Market at Amesti near Varni Roads around 3:30 p.m. trying to tie down some cargo, when a car traveling south around 10 miles per hour bumped her. A Cal-Fire official said the woman suffered a deep laceration to her leg, and is expected to be in the hospital for a few days.

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MAY HEARING FOR LAMB 03-29-11 21:0 a.v.

A hearing date was set in Monterey County today to determine whether a convicted sex offender will remain under state supervision. Under the state’s conditional-release program, 51-year old convicted child molester James Lamb, was being treated as an “out” patient for the past 2 years. A hearing is required by the state 30-days of the expiration period of the out-patient treatment, which is Sunday March 27th. The estimated 2-day hearing is slated to take place on May 26th . The case is said to return to court before then on May 3rd for a status update.

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S.C. COUNTY STORM DAMAGE 17M 03-29-11 20:30 a.v.

Santa Cruz County Officials estimate 17-million dollars in damages were caused by the recent heavy storms. The County is expected to seek declaration as a local emergency first before requesting state and federal aid. Unincorporated areas were deemed having roughly 7-million dollars in damages. Some of the damages include a slide near Scotts Valley last week that cut off access to over 30 homes. The town of Capitola is expected to separately seek funding for an estimated 10-million dollars in damages that occurred when a drain pipe ruptured underneath a Mobile Home Park causing water to flood into the village.


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