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FARR TO VISIT S.C. HARBOR SAT. 03-18-11 17:00 a.v.

Congressman Sam Farr is slated to tour damaged areas of the Santa Cruz Harbor tomorrow morning. Mr. Farr’s visit comes nearly a week after a tsunami surge struck the harbor after an 8.9 earthquake devastated the coast of Northern Japan on March 11th. After touring the Harbor, Mr. Farr will also meet with Santa Cruz port director, Lisa Ekers and port commission members to discuss potential federal assistance.

 

 

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MCO FREE LIBRARIES CLOSED 03-18-11 16:00 a.v.

All branches of the Monterey County Free Libraries are closed all day today, and will be closed again next Friday. The library closures are for staff training on a new online library catalog slated for April which would provide new features, including smart-phone access to the services, and e-mail notifications of items being held or items due. Online services, however, will be available at www.montereycountyfreelibraries.org.

 

 

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CAL.AM.WATER CO. INCREASE RATE 03/18/11 E.A.

CRITICS OF A PROPOSED RATE INCREASE FOR WATER AND SEWER USAGE ALONG THE MONTEREY PENINSULA SAY THAT THE INCREASE WAS BASED ON INFLATED COST PROJECTIONS. THE PROPOSED INCREASE BY CALIFORNIA AMERICAN WATER COMPANY IS ABOUT 27 PERCENT OVER 3 YEARS FOR WATER SERVICE, WHICH IS ABOUT 8 DOLLARS A MONTH FOR THE AVERAGE CUSTOMER. THE DIVISION OF RATEPAYER ADVOCATES SAY THAT THE INCREASE IN RATES WOULDN'T FUND PIPE REPAIR OR SERVICE MAINTENANCE. THE COMPLAINT WILL BE HEARD BEFORE A JUDGE, WHOSE RULING WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE CALIFORNIA PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION IN DECEMBER.

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HWY 1 BIG SUR CLOSURE – UPDATE 03/18/11 E.A.

A 2-MILE SECTION OF HIGHWAY 1 NORTH OF BIG SUR WILL CONTINUE TO BE CLOSED AFTER A PORTION OF THE HIGHWAY FELL INTO THE PACIFIC OCEAN WEDNESDAY NIGHT. CAL-TRANS OFFICIALS HAVE ANNOUNCED THAT IT WILL BE AT LEAST A MONTH BEFORE A TEMPORARY REPAIR CAN BE MADE. ALL BUSINESSES IN BIG SUR REMAIN OPEN, OFFICIALS RECOMMEND HIGHWAYS 101, 68, AND 46 AS ALTERNATE ROUTES DURING THE CLOSURE.

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SALINAS MOTHER DUI CRASH/ARREST 03-18-11 08:00 a.v.

A Salinas mother was arrested early this morning on DUI charges. Police say 41-year old TamiTauanui was traveling southbound on Highway 101 near the Laurel Exit around 3:30 a.m. when she crashed her vehicle causing it to flip. The woman’s 1-year old child, who was inside of the vehicle during the time of the incident, was airlifted to a Bay Area hospital.

 

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