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CAPITOLA MOBILE HOME PARK LAWSUITS 03-16-11 07:00 a.v.

3 separate lawsuits are being filed against the City of Capitola. The city is being sued by 3 different mobile home parks for not being able to raise rent prices. Surf and Sand Mobile Home Park has 2 lawsuits against them, Castle Mobile Home Park has one, followed by Cabrillo Mobile Home Park, whose case is currently pending. Meanwhile, the city, has spent nearly 2-million dollars in litigation fees, money, city leaders say, is being taken away from Capitola residents. City officials are expected to talk about amending the rent control ordinances.

 

 

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WVILLE MULTIPLE DRUG ARRESTS 03-16-11 06:30 a.v.

3 people were arrested and another was cited on drug related charges yesterday in Watsonville. 31-year old Juan Meras was arrested around 4 p.m. after he was seen selling Heroin in a parking lot of a market on the 14-hundred block of Freedom Boulevard. He was found with 6-grams of Black Tar Heroin along with drug paraphernalia. Officers then stopped the vehicle who Meras was seen having contact with, and arrested 24-year old Maksym Arestin and 26-year old Veronica Carrillo on multiple charges including drug possession and parole violation. Officers then used Mera’s cell phone to set up a reverse buy operation and cited 35-year old Jesus Avalos Colimonte for a misdemeanor violation of soliciting to purchase narcotics.

 

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SALINAS APPROVES BUYOUT PKG 03-16-11 05:30 a.v.

Salinas Council members unanimously approved a buyout program to be offered to the city’s municipal workforce in an attempt to avoid layoffs and lower costs and . Despite the green light to move ahead with the program, city officials have yet to discuss the proposal with city union leaders, those talks are planned for today. Yesterday’s council vote comes as the city continues it’s negotiations with 9 employee groups for concessions to fill a $7 million dollar budget deficit for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

 

 

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NEW LEAF EXPANDS TO SANTA CLARA COUNTY 03-15-11 20:00 a.v.

A locally owned natural foods store will be expanding to Silcon Valley soon. New Leaf Community Markets has signed a 15-year lease to open a 25,000 square-foot market this fall in San Jose at Canyon Creek Plaza. The new store, expected to open this fall, will be staffed by 75 to 100 employees, and a remodel is planned to offer a fresh salad bar, a hot food bar and a juice bar. The market, which is recognized for supporting local farmers and non profits, has grown to 5 stores in Santa Cruz County and one in Half Moon Bay in San Mateo County.

 

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SALINAS CITY WORKERS BUYOUT PKG. 03-15-11 19:30 a.v.

Salinas officials are considering offering buyout packages to it’s 540 person municipal workforce in an effort to lower costs and avoid layoffs. Salinas City Manager, Artie Fields says the program is a back up plan only, whether layoffs happen or not. The City Council is expected to vote on the incentive program during it’s meeting today. The incentive package would offer 24-months of city-paid health insurance for city employees, and an eligible dependent, or the cash equivalent paid on a monthly basis.

 

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