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FIREDISPATCH.COM WILL CONTINUE - 07/01/11 08:06 S.S.

A  WEBSITE,   THAT  PROVIDES  EMERGENCY  INFORMATION,   BUT  WAS  SCHEDULED  TO  SHUT  DOWN  YESTERDAY,  WILL  REMAIN  ACTIVE…AT  LEAST  FOR  NOW.    FIREDISPATCH.COM  IS  USED  BY  MANY  RESIDENTS,  AS  WELL  AS  EMERGENCY  RESPONDERS,  AND  SO  LEADERS  OF  THE  SANTA  CRUZ  COUNTY  REGIONAL  9-1-1  CENTER  HAVE  DECIDED  TO  FIND  A  WAY  TO  CONTINUE  TO  PAY  FOR  THE  SERVICE,  EVEN  THOUGH  THEIR  BUDGET  HAS  SHRUNK  OVER  THE  LAST  SEVERAL  YEARS.   FIRE  CHIEFS  PLAN  TO  MEET  JULY  11TH TO  DISCUSS  THE  WEBSITE.

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HIGHWAY 101 ACC NR GONZALES - 07/01/11 06:40 S.S.

Both  northbound  lanes  of  Highway  101 are  currently  closed  in  the  Gonzales area.      That  after   a  big  rig  trailer  hit  a  support  pole  at  5th street  around  3  o’clock  this  morning.      C.H.P. officials  are  saying  the  northbound  lanes  near  5th Street in  Gonzales  are  not  expected  to  completely  re-open  for  a  couple  of  hours….and  detour  signs  have  reportedly  been  posted  in  that area.

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NEW LAWS FOR JULY 1ST - 07/01/11 S.S.

1. The sales and use tax rate in California will be decreasing by one percent from 8.25 to 7.25.

2. Carbon monoxide detectors to be required in all single family homes with an attached garage or fossil-fuel source. The previous law only required detectors in newly constructed homes.

3. All students entering 7th through 12th grades must have proof of an adolescent whooping cough booster shot before starting school. The law goes into effect as of the 2011-2012 school year.

4. Stickers issued to owners of hybrid vehicles that allowed them to be driven in carpool lanes, will expire on July 1. Electric- and natural-gas-powered vehicles displaying white stickers may continue to drive in HOV lanes until Jan. 1, 2015.

5. Local jurisdictions are not allowed to enact or enforce any traffic ordinances that are currently covered in the California Vehicle Code. This law was enacted to ensure that all traffic violations are reported to the Department of Motor Vehicles.

6. If you attend traffic school it no longer means a violation is completely removed from your driving record. Now courts will keep records of tickets after completing traffic school. The records will continue to be withheld from the Department of Motor Vehicles databases, preventing points on drivers' records and higher insurance rates. The provision is to ensure that courts will have accurate accounts of individuals' traffic history.

7. The California Food Handler Card law requires all food handlers to enroll in a state-approved food safety course and pass an assessment. Food handlers are legally defined as any person involved in the preparation, storage or service of food in a food facility. The law covers nearly all restaurant positions including management, all kitchen staff, wait staff, and support staff such as people who clear tables. The law also applies to hot and cold beverage service, so bartenders and coffee shop employees will also have to obtain the card.

8. Grocery store employees, operators of temporary food booths and vendors at certified farmers' markets are not required to have a food handler card. Cafeteria workers at schools and health care facilities are also exempt.

9.Local jurisdictions are not allowed to enact or enforce any traffic ordinances that are currently covered in the California Vehicle Code.

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Clean air awards 06/30/11 7:45p.m. TDH

The organization breathe California central coast is marking its 1st annual clean air awards, by honoring 3-recipients.   Set to be receive the awards at a ceremony thursday night were carmel valley resident janet brennan, (who was recognized in the category of leadership), as well as the salinas valley solid wate authority, for technology, and monterey regional water pollution control, which was recognized in the category of global warming.   More information about the advocacy-organization can be found online, at:          breathe central dot org.

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Shooting victim released 06/30/11 7:30p.m. TDH

Santa cruz police are still looking for the suspect who shot a man in santa cruz last month.   The victim in that incident, jared floodman, has been released from the hospital.  He was shot on California street, on the night of june 12th.   Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact the santa cruz police department.  You can remain anonymous.

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