A measure aimed at having public ownership of Calfornia Ammerican Water is now headed to the June ballot. The board of directors with The Monterey Peninsula Water Management District voted to place the proposed initiative on the June 3rd ballot. The board also approved a schedule for qualifying the measure for the ballot, and adopted a series of voluntary interim water conservation measures as well. The initiative would require a feasibility study on buying Cal-Am’s Monterey-area system, and create an acquistion plan within nine months of passage.
A preliminary hearing was set yesterday for a man accused of murdering a 17-year old on a Sand City recreation trail over a year ago. 22-year old Alejandro Hernandez-Delgado pleaded not guilty to the October 2012 murder of Antonio Luis-Garcia. He’s also being charged with an enhancement alleging the act was committed to benefit a criminal street gang. Delgado is scheduled to return on February 13th. He continues to be held on 2-million dollars bail.
Salinas’s Hartnell College celebrated the grand opening of it’s new Technical Training Building yesterday. The 6-million dollar, 16,500 square foot facility located on the school’s Alisal campus, houses the college’s auto, diesel and construction programs. The new facility is expected to help provide students with the skills and training for careers in auto and diesel technologies along with agricultural business and production.
The Monterey County Superintendent of Schools will be running for re-election on June 3rd. Nancy Kotowski formally announced her plans in a press release. Kotowski says she plans to continue on focusing on building a strong foundation for success that includes student achievement, fiscal accountability, student safety and health, and effective teachers and leaders.
Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a report of a fake shooting last night in Capitola. Deputies responded to the 600 block of 34th Street around 9 p.m. to find a vacant home under construction. Deputies received the call from a third party line, and were unable to trace the number back, but believe it came from someone affiliated with UC Santa Cruz. Deputies say the report is a hoax.
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