A BILL MEANT TO PROHIBIT HEALTHCARE DISTRICTS FROM PENSION DOUBLE-DIPPING (AND OVERLY GENEROUS RETIREMENT BENEFIT PROMISES), HAS BEEN SIGNED INTO LAW BY GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN. THE BILL WAS INSPIRED BY THE CONTROVERSIAL 2009 RETIREMENT PAY OF FORMER SALINAS VALLEY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL C-E-O SAM DOWNING.
A STATE AUDIT REVEALED THAT DOWNING RECEIVED A 2-POINT-ONE MILLION-DOLLAR GROSS PAYMENT AND A 917-THOUSAND DOLLAR ROLL-OVER INTO A RETIREMENT ACCOUNT, ALL WHILE CONTINUING TO DRAW A HIGH THREE-FIGURE SALARY FOR TWO MORE YEARS.
A man accused of stealing electronics from the Cruzio Building has been arrested.
30-year-old Gerald Wayne Elliot II, was arrested by San Francisco Police last week.
He is thought to be the man captured on security cameras last May, breaking into and taking electronics from the building on Ceder Street.
He will be brought to Santa Cruz when his warrant clears.
THE FAMILY OF ROGELIO “ROGER” SERRATO JR. WILL BE PAID 2 POINT 6 MILLION DOLLARS BY THE COUNTY OF MONTEREY TO SETTLE TWO SEPARATE LAWSUITS FILED AFTER HIS JANUARY 5, 2011 DEATH. IN THE PROCESS OF SERVING A SEARCH WARRANT, A MONTEREY COUNTY SWAT TEAM THREW A FLASH-BANG STUN GRENADE INTO SERRATO’S GREENFIELD HOME WHICH IGNITED TWO COUCHES. Serrato died of asphyxia due to smoke inhalation.
FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS CASES HAVE BEEN FILED OVER THIS INCIDENT ON BEHALF OF THE FAMILY AS WELL.
A Scotts Valley man who is a suspect in a 2012 homicide investigation has been sentenced to jail.
50-year-old Colin Sean Tisdale was sentenced to 9 years in jail Tuesday. In August of last year during a traffic stop, he was found to be in possession of 200Methadone pills.
Eight hours before the traffic stop, the body of 28-year-old Jeffery Smith was found shot to death in his driveway on Nicasio Way.
Authorities did not release any other information about the murder investigation and declined to state if Tisdale would be charged with the murder.