The Santa Cruz City Council is expected to meet next week to consider the first step towards approving water rationing. The city’s Water Commission has voted to recommend increasing a Stage-1 water alert, that has been in effect for nine months, to a Stage-3 Water Emergency. The new limits would increase customer water limits along with impose financial penalties if exceeded. Conservation will increase from a voluntary 5% to mandated levels of up to 25%. Landscape and golf course irrigation would see the greatest reduction in water delivery. The council plans to meet on February 11th.
Beginning this month, the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office will limit immigration holds, by no longer helping federal officials conduct immigration sweeps. Requests for immigration holds will still be honored for those convicted of serious and violent felonies, and for registered sex and arson offenders. Deputies, who will no longer be able to take part in “ICE” roundups of residents, will still be able to assist U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on request during emergencies, officer-safety situations and criminal investigations.
Salinas City Manager Ray Corpuz Jr. is expected to be offered a 3-year extension on his employment contract with the city. The city council decided this week to extend Corpuz’s contract at the conclusion of his employment evaluation. Corpuz, who makes just over $300,000 annually in salary and benefits, will not receive an increase in salary along with the extension.
A Soledad man is listed in critical condition after suffering multiple gunshot wounds yesterday. Police arrived to the 800-block of Toledo Street just before 8 p.m. to find a man who had been shot in the head and torso lying on the sidewalk. No arrests have been made. The suspect, who was last seen fleeing south on Toledo Street, is described as a teenage male with a medium to a thin build wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and gray nylon shorts.
A driver traveling northbound on Highway 17 near Laurel Curve yesterday, caused a minor traffic delay when his car overturned. According to the CHP, no one was injured in the 9:15 a.m. wreck. Officers say it’s unclear what caused the incident, but say the weather was likely a factor. There were no lane closures and the vehicle was removed by 10 a.m.
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