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Salinas Valley Prison Riot 06/19/12 5p.m. TDH

A riot broke out at salinas valley state prison tuesday morning.   terry thorton, the spokeswoman for California department of corrections and rehabilitation said at least 18-people were seriously injured in the fight that involved over 150-people.   No prison staff were hurt in the incident, which occurred in the exercise yard of a maximum security unit.   among the injured prisoners, 1-person was airlifted to an out-of-county hospital, while 7 were taken by ambulance to local hospitals, and 10 inmates were treated at the prison.     Thorton said numerous jail-made weapons were used in the fight.  Prison staff were able to quell the fight using non-lethal ammunition and a mace-like foam- spray.   Investigators are still trying to determine what sparked the riot.


Del monte plan approved 06/19/12 11p.m. TDH

Monterey county supervisors have approved the pebble beach company’s del monte forest development plan, after removing the requirement to build affordable housing as part of the project.  supervisors made the change tuesday, before unanimously giving the go-ahead for the 200-million dollar proposal.  The pebble beach company plans to build 1-hundred new houses and a 100-room hotel, expand the Inn at Spanish bay, and build a new equestrian center.  the deal preserves 635-acres of the forest, and calls for the company to pay 5-million dollars to help find another location for the affordable housing units.  If no usable site is found, the company would pay a 2-million dollar penalty.  If a site is found, then the deal calls for the pebble beach company to donate a 135-acre parcel of land to the county.  construction could begin as soon this year.  The project is expected to be completed in phases over the next 15-years.

Biden in montery/carmel 06/19/12 11p.m. TDH

It’s been 10 years since a sitting president or vice president visited the monterey peninsula, but that changed tuesday when Vice president joe biden arrived at monterey peninsula airport.  The vice president is set to attend a fundraiser in carmel wednesday morning for the obama re-election campaign.  Tickets for the speech at the sunset center (on san carlos street and 9th avenue) started at 100-dollars.    for a 15-thousand dollar donation, attendees will get some 1-on-1 time with the vice president.  Biden reportedly stayed at the hyatt regency monterey hotel and spa Tuesday night.  He is expected to leave the peninsula later wednesday.

Furloughs proposed for cal-fire 06/19/12 11p.m. TDH

Governor brown has announced a proposal to furlough state firefighters.   Brown wants fire fighters with       cal-fire to take 1-unpaid day off every month (except during peak fire season).  That would save an estimated     6-point-5 million dollars annually.   the furloughs would be implemented on a staggered schedule, so no fire station would ever go unstaffed.  response times are not expected to be affected under the proposal, which must be approved by firefighters.

Mcpherson leaves Republican Party 06/19/12 11p.m. TDH

Bruce mcpherson, candidate for Santa cruz county’s 5th supervisorial district, has switched his party affiliation…to “none.”   The previously registered- republican has announced that he has re-registered as having “no party preference.”   The former California secretary of state is just shy of avoiding a runoff election in november against opponent eric hammer.  The results must be made official by july 3rd.   county supervisors are officially non-partisan offices, so even though candidates can be registered for a certain political party, they do not represent the party on the board of supervisors.