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monte vista ipads 03/28/11 0730 E.A.

A LOCAL SCHOOL HAS IMPLEMENTED IPADS, INCLUDING THE IPAD 2, IN THE CLASSROOM.  MONTE VISTA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL NOW HAS NEARLY 500 IPAD UNITS TO ASSIST STUDENTS WITH THEIR STUDIES.  THE UNITS INCLUDE EDUCATIONAL APPLICATIONS AND TEXTBOOKS THAT ARE QUICKER AND MORE EFFICIENT.  HEADMASTER STEVE SHARP HOPES TO ISSUE AN IPAD 2 TO EACH INCOMING FRESHMAN IN THE FALL.

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ceiba PREPATORY ACADEMY 03/28/11 0830 E.A.

A WATSONVILLE PREPARATORY SCHOOL COULD BE HOUSED IN PORTABLES AT WATSONVILLE HIGH WHILE A NEW LOCATION IS FOUND.  A SOLUTION FOR A NEW LOCATION TO HOUSE CEIBA COLLEGE PREPATORY ACADEMY HAS PROVED UNSUCCESSFUL THUS FAR.  THE PAJARO VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES APPROVED A RESOLUTION THAT WOULD ALLOW THE SCHOOL’S 9TH GRADE STUDENTS TO MOVE TO 3 PORTABLE CLASSROOMS IN A REMOTE PART OF THE WATSONVILLE HIGH CAMPUS COME FALL.

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CHINATOWN DRUGS - SALINAS 03/28/11 0730 E.A.

THE SALINAS CITY COUNCIL IS EXPECTED TO APPROVE A NEW ORDINANCE DESIGNED TO HELP COMBAT DRUG SALES IN CHINATOWN.  BY SETTING UP SPECIAL NO-PARKING AND NO STOPPING ZONES, OFFICIALS HOPE TO DISCOURAGE ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES, BY GIVING POLICE OFFICERS PROBABLE CAUSE TO MAKE CONTACT WITH PEOPLE LOITERING AROUND TARGETED STREETS LATE AT NIGHT. THE PLAN CALLS FOR NO PARKING OR NO STOPPING SIGNS EVERY 100 FEET ALONG MARKET WAY, EAST LAKE STREET, LAKE ALLEY AND SOLEDAD STREET. THE CITY COUNCIL IS EXPECTED TO DECIDE ON THE ORDINANCE AT THEIR MEETING AT 4 P.M. TUESDAY.

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hwy 68 shoping center 03/28/11 0730 E.A.

THE MONTEREY COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS IS EXPECTED TO MAKE A DECISION ON A PROPOSED SHOPPING CENTER ON HIGHWAY 68.  THE SHOPPING CENTER WOULD BE LOCATED AT HIGHWAY 68 AND CORRAL DE TIERRA ROAD, AN AREA WITH WATER USAGE RESTRICTIONS.  THE DEVELOPER IS ASKING FOR THOSE RESTRICTIONS TO BE LIFTED AND FOR ZONING CHANGES.  THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS IS SLATED TO HEAR THE PROPOSAL AT 1:30 ON TUESDAY IN THE MONTEREY COUNTY ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING.

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Capitola Emergency Meeting, Flooding 03/27/11 10:30p.m. TDH

Capitola City Leaders met on Sunday to declare a state of emergency in the city, a day after more flooding occurred in Capitola Village.  A ruptured drain pipe underneath Bay Avenue at Noble Gulch Creek sent an estimated 3-feet of water gushing through the streets, causing damage to businesses and residences.  Damage estimates are still being tallied, however replacing the drain pipe is expected to cost 1-million dollars alone.  City officials have contracted with Granite Construction for that project, and hope to have a new pipe installed by the end of the week.   The emergency declaration also eased some parking restrictions in Capitola Village for those doing clean-up.  The city is also preparing to file for Federal Emergency Aid.

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