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S C NEEDLE COUNT UPDATE - 06/11/14 17:00 S.S.

A NEEDLE COUNT UPDATE HAS BEEN RELEASED BY THE TAKE BACK SANTA CRUZ’S NEEDLES SOLUTION TEAM. IT SHOWS THAT MORE THAN 5 THOUSAND NEEDLES HAVE BEEN FOUND IN PUBLIC SPACES IN SANTA CRUZ COUNTY IN THE PAST YEAR-AND-A-HALF. SOME OF THOSE PLACES INCLUDE THE SANTA CRUZ BEACH BOARDWALK, COWELL BEACH, AND THE SANTA CRUZ MUNICIPAL WHARF. PEOPLE WHO FIND DISCARDED NEEDLES ARE ENCOURAGED TO CALL 9-1-1 (SO THE NEEDLES CAN BE PROPERLY DISPOSED OF), AND THE TO GO ON-LINE TO:
www.TakeBackSantaCruz.org,   AND CLICK ON THE LARGE NEEDLE REPORT BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE. THE LOGS (THAT ARE GENERATED FROM SUCH REPORTS) ARE GIVEN TO THE SANTA CRUZ CITY COUNCIL, AND THE SANTA CRUZ COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, ON A MONTHLY BASIS.

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EXTENSION FOR F-O-R-A - 06/11/14 16:50 S.S.

AN EXTENSION HAS BEEN GRANTED ON A LOAN TO THE FORT ORD RE-USE AUTHORITY. THE 19 MILLION DOLLAR LOAN (FROM RABOBANK), WHICH WAS SECURED BY THE PRESTON PARK HOUSING AUTHORITY, WAS SCHEDULED TO COME DUE ON SUNDAY. THE LOAN HAS NOW BEEN EXTENDED FOR 6 MONTHS.

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STAND-OFF IN WVILLE - 06/11/14 18:30 S.S.

SOUTHBOUND HIGHWAY 1 WAS SLOW GOING FOR SEVERAL HOURS THIS AFTERNOON DUE TO POLICE ACTIVITY ON THE 100 BLOCK OF WEST BEACH STREET IN WATSONVILLE. THE SUSPECT IN A JUNE 3RD SHOOTING ON GRANT STREET IS STILL SAID TO BE HOLED-UP IN A HOME THERE. LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS DON’T KNOW IF 26 YEAR-OLD RAMIRO CASTILLO IS ARMED, SO THE ARE ASKING PEOPLE TO AVOID THE 100 BLOCK OF WEST BEACH STREET IN WATSONVILLE.    THE AREA HAS BEEN BLOCKED OFF SINCE SHORTLY AFTER 1 P-M, AND WILL REMAIN THAT WAY UNTIL THE CURRENT STAND-OFF IS OVER. THE SANTA CRUZ S-W-A-T TEAM WAS CALLED IN TO ASSIST, AND SEVERAL NEARBY HOMES WERE EVACUATED (AS A SAFETY PRECAUTION). ANYONE ALREADY IN THAT AREA (WHO WAS NOT CONTACTED TO EVACUATE), IS ASKED TO STAY INSIDE.

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EDGAR IBARRA - NO CONTEST - 06/11/14 08:49 S.S.

A 21 YEAR-OLD MAN HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO SERVE 8 YEARS IN PRISON FOR HIS INVOLVEMENT IN A 2013 SHOOTING IN WATSONVILLE. EDGAR ERNESTO IBARRA WILL GET CREDIT FOR TIME-SERVED, AND GOOD BEHAVIOR. THE VICTIM OF THAT MAY 3RD SHOOTING (NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF SUDDEN STREET AND EAST LAKE AVENUE) SUFFERED NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES.

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TENURE RULED UNCONSTITUTIONAL - 06/11/14 10:33 S.S.

A LOS ANGELES COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE HAS RULED THAT CALIFORNIA’S “TENURE PROTECTIONS” FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS ARE UNCONSTITUTIONAL. 9 STUDENTS SUED THE STATE, SAYING THAT TENURE HAS MADE IT VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR SCHOOL PRINCIPALS TO FIRE BAD TEACHERS; WHILE LAWYERS FOR THE TEACHERS SAY THE CHANGE COULD MEAN THAT TEACHERS COULD BE FIRED “ON A WHIM”, AND THAT TENURE HELPED ATTRACT TALENTED TEACHERS TO A POORLY-PAID PROFESSION.

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