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SB HWY 1 2-CAR DUI ACCIDENT (SUN) 09-23-2013 09:45 av

A DRUNK DRIVER CAUSED A MAJOR ACCIDENT THAT CLOSED A PORTION OF SOUTHBOUND HIGHWAY-1 FOR ABOUT AN HOUR YESTERDAY NEAR THE FISH HOOK.   THE 7:20 A.M. INCIDENT WAS CAUSED BY APTOS RESIDENT, 26-YEAR OLD DAVID FAIRBANKS, WHO CRASHED HIS MITSUBISHI INTO ANOTHER VEHICLE.   THAT VEHICLE CAUGHT FIRE AND BOTH OVERTURNED.   SEVERAL PASSENGERS IN THE MITSUBISHI SUFFERED INJURIES, WITH ONE OF THEM BEING AIR LIFTED TO AN AREA TRAUMA CENTER.   FAIRBANKS WAS ARRESTED FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE, WHILE THE 71-YEAR OLD DRIVER IN THE OTHER VEHICLE SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES.

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SC FINALIZES NEW DOWNTOWN RULES 09-23-2013 07:00 av

NEW LAWS RESTRICTING ARTISTS AND PERFORMERS IN DOWNTOWN SANTA CRUZ ARE EXPECTED TO GET FINALIZED THIS WEEK.   COUNCIL MEMBERS ARE SLATED TO MEET TOMORROW TO IMPLEMENT THE NEW RULES AFTER CHANGES TO THE CURRENT ORDINANCE WERE APPROVED IN A 5-TO-2-VOTE EARLIER THIS MONTH.   SOME OF THE NEW REGULATIONS INCLUDE SHORTENING THE OVERALL SPACE IN WHICH PEOPLE CAN SELL THEIR WARES OR PERFORM FROM 18 TO 12 TOTAL SQUARE FEET.  THE NEW REGULATIONS ALSO LIMIT THE SPACE BETWEEN DISPLAYS TO 12-FEET AND PROHIBITS BLANKETS FOR SHOWING ITEMS.  THE COUNCIL IS ALSO EXPECTED TO FINALIZE AN EXPANSION OF A NO SMOKING ZONE ON PACIFIC AVENUE, TO INCLUDE SIDE STREETS IN EITHER DIRECTION FOR ONE BLOCK, FROM WATER TO LAUREL STREETS.

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9TH ANNUAL COASTAL CLEANUP REVIEW 09-23-2013 07:00 av

THOUSANDS OF POUNDS OF TRASH WERE COLLECTED OVER THE WEEKEND AS PART OF AN ANNUAL CLEAN UP EFFORT ON THE COAST.   THE 39TH ANNUAL COASTAL CLEANUP DAY NETTED ROUGHLY 17,150 POUNDS OF WASTE ON BEACHES IN BOTH SANTA CRUZ AND MONTEREY COUNTIES.  OVER 3,000 VOLUNTEERS COVERED NEARLY 80 SITES IN BOTH COUNTIES.   STATEWIDE, VOLUNTEERS COLLECTED DEBRIS AT MORE THAN 850 SITES IN 53 OF CALIFORNIA’S 58 COUNTIES.  LAST YEAR 17,000 POUNDS OF TRASH WAS PICKED UP IN BOTH COUNTIES. 

 

 

 

 

MEANWHILE, CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN ANNOUNCED SATURDAY A BILL HE SIGNED TO HELP PROTECT AND PRESERVE THE STATE’S COASTLINE.

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DEBATE NONNATIVE TREES-9/22/13-21:35-PMD

THE SANTA CRUZ CITY COUNCIL IS SET TO DEBATE CHANGES TO THE CITY’S HERITAGE TREE ORDINANCE.    AS IT STANDS THE HERITAGE TREE ORDINANCE PROHIBITS PROPERTY OWNERS FROM REMOVING LARGE OLD TREES OVER 44 INCHES IN DIAMETER, INCLUDING ACACIAS AND BLUE GUM EUCALYPTUS.  SOME RESIDENTS FEEL THAT BECAUSE THE TREES ARE CONSIDERED HIGHLY FLAMMABLE AND NOT NATIVE TO CALIFORNIA, THEY SHOULD NOTBE PROTECTED BY THE HERITAGE ORINANCE. THE MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY AT 7 P-M IN THE CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS.

 

 

 

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SC BANK ROBBERY-UPDT-9/22/13-19:44-PMD

 A MAN ROBBED THE WELLS FARGO BANK AT THE CORNER OF THURBER LANE AND SOQUEL DRIVE  ON FRIDAY.  THE INCIDENT OCCURRED AT ABOUT 3 P-M, WHEN A WHITE MALE IN HIS MID TWENTIES, DRESSED IN SHORTS, WEARING SUNGLASSES AND A BACKPACK WALKED INTO THE BANK AND DEMANDED CASH. THE MAN DIDN’T BRANDISH A WEAPON DURING THE CRIME.  IF ANY ONE HAS ANY INFORMATION ON THE ROBBERY THEY ARE URGED TO CONTACT THE SANTA CRUZ COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT.

 

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