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LAND TRUST CONSIDERING CEMEX ACQUISITION 10-03-2013 10:30 BP

SEMPERVIRENS FUND WANTS TO CONVERT THE FORMER CEMEX INDUSTRIAL PLANT IN DAVENPORT INTO A PROTECTED NATURAL RESERVE.    THOUGH THE LAND-TRUST DOESN’T NORMALLY WORK IN RE-PURPOSING CONTAMINATED INDUSTRIAL LAND, IT HAS RECEIVED A 10-THOUSAND DOLLAR GRANT FROM THE CENTER FOR CREATIVE LAND RECYCLING TO LOOK INTO THE POLLUTION PROBLEM.  CEMEX IS NEGOTIATING WITH SANTA CRUZ COUNTY ON A PLANT CLOSURE PLAN, WHICH WON’T LIKELY BE APPROVED UNTIL NEXT YEAR. CEMEX SAYS IT WON’T ENTER NEGOTIATIONS WITH INTERESTED BUYERS UNTIL IT’S PLAN WITH THE COUNTY IS FINALIZED.

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M’TRY COUNTY OFFICER CONGRESSIONAL AWARD 10-03-2013 09:30 av

A MONTEREY COUNTY OFFICER HAS RECEIVED CONGRESSIONAL RECOGNITION FOR WORK IN CLEANING UP HOMELESS CAMPS.  VEHICLE ABATEMENT OFFICER TAMMY YOUNG RECEIVED THE AWARD FROM CONGRESSMAN SAM FARR FOR HER ROLE IN ADDRESSING AND CLEANING UP ENCAMPMENTS LONG THE PAJARO RIVER LEVEE.    ACCORDING TO THE MONTEREY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, THE AREAS WERE CREATING AN ECOLOGICAL HAZARD AFFECTING THE HABITAT OF MANY SPECIES ALONG THE LEVEE.  YOUNG WAS PRESENTED WITH THE AWARD SATURDAY.  

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APTOS MAN FOUND DEAD 10-03-2013 08:30 av

AN APTOS MAN WAS FOUND DEAD THIS WEEK AFTER POLICE BELIEVE HE EITHER FELL OR JUMPED FROM THE APTOS CREEK BRIDGE.  SANTA CRUZ COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES RECEIVED A CALL TUESDAY AT 5:40 P.M. REPORTING A MAN IN THE CREEK NEAR THE 8,000 BLOCK OF SOQUEL DRIVE.  EMERGENCY RESPONDERS ARRIVED AND PRONOUNCED THE MAN DEAD AT THE SCENE.  NO FOUL PLAY IS SUSPECTED AT THIS POINT.

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GILROY STAND OFF (WED) 10-03-2013 08:00 av

A NEARLY 6-HOUR STANDOFF ENDED YESTERDAY IN GILROY AFTER A MAN WAS ARRESTED ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGES.    POLICE SAY THE INCIDENT BEGAN AT 11:30 NEAR GILROY HIGH SCHOOL, WHEN THEY RESPONDED TO A REPORT OF SPOUSAL ABUSE.   POLICE ALONG WITH A SWAT TEAM, SURROUNDED THE AREA UNTIL 5 P.M., ENDING THE STAND-OFF BY THROWING TEAR GAS INTO THE HOME.  THE SUSPECT, RICHARD CASTENEDA SURRENDERED AND WAS ARRESTED ON A PREVIOUS WARRANT FOR SPOUSAL ABUSE AND PROBATION VIOLATION.    POLICE SAY AT LEAST TWO OTHER WOMEN AND ONE CHILD WERE INSIDE THE HOME DURING THE STANDOFF.

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FELTON HOME DAMAGED IN BLAZE 10-02-2013 19:00 av

ONE MAN WAS LEFT HOMELESS AFTER A FIRE DESTROYED A TWO-STORY HOME IN FELTON TODAY.   MULTIPLE AGENCIES RESPONDED TO THE 100-BLOCK OF GLENGARRY ROAD AT AROUND 1:25 P.M., TO FIND THE HOME FULLY ENGULFED IN FLAMES.   CREWS WERE ABLE TO CONTAIN THE BLAZE IN ABOUT AN HOUR.  FIRE OFFICIALS SAY THE REAR OF THE HOUSE BURNED FIRST, ALONG WITH A BARBECUE PROPANE TANK THAT REPORTEDLY EXPLODED.   NO ONE WAS INJURED, AND DAMAGES ARE ESTIMATED AT $400,000. THE CAUSE IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.

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