The Santa Cruz Volunteer Center is asking the community for their help this holiday season in supporting local families by adopting a family-in-need. Iindividuals, families, business, clubs or churches are invited to open their hearts by adopting one of the 400 struggling families dealing with poverty, homelessness or the effects of a slow economy to meet their basic needs by providing food and warm winter clothing. There are a number of ways to support the program. Contact The Volunteer Center Adopt a Family Project to find out how you can help, or visit them online at www.scvolunteercenter.org.
A public forum will be held tonight for local and state education leaders to hear from Salinas residents on how to invest funding from a new law. The event is part of the California Endowment’s School Success Express Tour, a 12-city series of community forums where parents and students are invited to help shape implementation of the recently passed Fair School Funding Law. The meeting will be held at Los Padres Elementary School, on 1130 John Street in Salinas at 6 p.m. and the public is invited.
A rash of counterfeit bills were being passed around multiple Capitola businesses last month. Police say the fake $100 bills were found from October 5th through the 28th at six shops on 41st Avenue and Clares Street. Clerks and business owners are being asked to exercise caution when inspecting currency, and to look for the president’s water mark on all bills made after 1996. The businesses included Togo’s, Radioshack, Trader Joes, BevMo! and August Moon Sushi Café.
A Pebble Beach man was formally charged today in a fatal DUI crash that killed two women 7 months ago. 30-year old Stuart Elder faces two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter for driving under the influence after Sharon Daly and Linda Larone were killed on April 7th when Elder’s 2009 Cadillac SUV crossed into oncoming traffic and crashed head-on with their Ford. Elder, who has been free on $430,000 bail since he was arrested, is slated to be sentenced on November 8th. If convicted, He faces a maximum sentence of 15-years to life in state prison.
A CYCLIST WHO WAS FATALLY STRUCK IN A CAR CRASH ON HIGHWAY 1 YESTERDAY HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED. AUTHORITIES SAY 40-YEAR OLD JOSHUA ALPER WAS RIDING WITH A GROUP OF CYCLISTS SOUTHBOUND ON HIGHWAY 1 NEAR DIMEO lANE, WHEN A NORTHBOUND 2013 TESLA COLLIDED WITH THE SANTA CRUZ RESIDENT. POLICE SAY ALPER, WHO WAS RIDING IN THE BIKE LANE AT THE TIME OF THE COLLISION, DIED AT THE SCENE. MEANWHILE, THE 63-YEAR OLD DRIVER OF THE TESLA STAYED AT THE SCENE AND COOPERATED WITH INVESTIGATORS. THE CAUSE OF the CRASH HAS NOT YET BEEN RELEASED.
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