A BEACH FLATS APARTMENT BUILDING ON THE 400 BLOCK OF LEIBRANDT AVE. WAS EVACUATED YESTERDAY AFTER A FIRE BROKE OUT. NO ONE WAS INJURED IN THE BLAZE, WHICH STARTED IN A GARAGE BELOW THE 20-UNIT APARTMENT BUILDING. CREWS CONTAINED THE FIRE TO THE GARAGE, WHERE THE CAUSE WAS FOUND TO BE ONE OF THE CARS PARKED THERE.
CAPITOLA CITY COUNCIL HAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED A PLAN FOR TEMPORARY PARKING AT THE LOWER PACIFIC COVE LOT, WITH A MAXIMUM BUDGET OF 500 THOUSAND DOLLARS. THIS IS PART OF AN EFFORT TO BRING RECREATIONAL USE BACK TO PACIFIC COVE, AND THE PARKING LOT WOULD BE AROUND FOR TWO YEARS WHILE A PARKING GARAGE IS BUILT IN THE UPPER LOT. THE PROJECTED MAXIMUM SIZE OF THE LOT IS 223 SPACES, BUT WITH THE BUDGETARY CONSTRAINT IT’S EXPECTED TO BE LOWER.
THERE ARE 3 EVENTS SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE THIS WEEKEND, AND THEY ARE EACH EXPECTED TO IMPACT TRAFFIC IN THE GREATER MONTEREY BAY AREA….
Today through Sunday, organizers are projecting roughly 140,000 spectators will attend three days of the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
The Gilroy Garlic Festival, which runs today through Sunday, has been known to draw six-figure crowds and back up traffic on 101 in both directions.
People headed to Sunday’s Moss Landing Antique Street Faire (traveling on Highway 1 along the coast) also draws thousands and is expected to compound traffic headed to the raceway. The local C.H.P. office is getting help from other area officers (including Santa Cruz) to patrol Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito counties.
The traffic this weekend is expected to be especially heavy in the morning (and later afternoon) hours, in areas near Laguna Seca, such as Highway 68, Canyon Del Rey and General Jim Moore boulevards.
MEMBERS OF AN INVASIVE SPECIES HAVE BEEN FOUND IN MORGAN HILL. 3 ORIENTAL FRUIT FLIES WERE DISCOVERED IN THE AREA OF TENNANT AVENUE AND MONTEREY ROAD. THE PEST, WHICH IS NOT NATIVE TO THE UNITED STATES, HAS THE ABILITY TO INFEST MORE THAN 200 HOST PLANTS (FROM STONE FRUITS TO PEPPERS AND CUCUMBERS).
THE ORIENTAL FRUIT FLY, WHICH IS ABOUT THE SIZE OF A HEAD OF A PIN, IS USUALLY FOUND IN URBAN AREAS (BECAUSE IT HITCHHIKES IN FROM INFESTED AREAS….SUCH AS HAWAII OR THE PHILIPINES).
THE NEXT STEP IS TO SET TRAPS IN THE AREA SURROUNDING THE TENNANT AVENUE AND MONTEREY ROAD AREA.