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THE VALLEY GUILD CELEBRATES 40 YEARS 1/13/14 1845 OG

IN JANUARY 1973, THE HOME IN WHICH JOHN STEINBECK WAS BORN, STOOD IN DANGER OF BEING TORN DOWN.     THE VALLEY GUILD, A VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION, BANDED TOGETHER AND PURCHASED THE HOME.  NOW CELEBRATING ITS FORTIETH ANNIVERSARY, THE GUILD OPERATES THE 15-ROOM STEINBECK HOUSE AS A GIFT SHOP AND LUNCH RESTAURANT, WHICH RECEIVES VISITORS FROM AROUND THE WORLD WANTING TO HONOR THE RENOWNED NOVELIST BORN IN SALINAS IN 1902.     

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WATSONVILLE POLICE DEPT GRANTED 1/13/14 1745 OG

THE WATSONVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT IS ONE OF 266 DEPARTMENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT HAVE BEEN AWARDED A COMMUNITY ORIENTED POLICING GRANT BY THE U-S DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE.     THE GRANT GIVES THE WATSONVILLE P-D  3 HUNDRED SEVENTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS TO HIRE 3 OFFICERS FOR 3 YEARS.   HOWEVER, THE CITY OF WATSONVILLE MUST CONTRIBUTE A MATCH OF MORE THAN 6 HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS TO COVER THE FULL COST OF SALARIES AND BENEFITS.     POLICE CHIEF MANNY SOLANO IS LOOKING TO RETURN HIS STAFFING TO PRE-HIRING FREEZE NUMBERS WITH A GOAL OF 75 OFFICERS.     WITH THREE VACANCIES, THE DEPARTMENT CURRENTLY OPERATES WITH 65 OFFICERS .     THE CITY COUNCIL IS SCHEDULED TO REVIEW THE GRANT AND DISCUSS REVENUE OPTIONS TODAY (TUESDAY).

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PLEASURE POINT DRUG ARREST 1/13/14 1630 OG

58-YEAR OLD JOSEPH GEORGE WATTS, A SANTA CRUZ RESIDENT, WAS ARRESTED ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON BY SANTA CRUZ COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES.     WATTS, WHO WAS ON PROBATION, WAS FOUND WITH 58 GRAMS OF HEROIN AND 20 GRAMS OF METHAMPHETAMINE WHEN DEPUTIES WERE ON PATROL NEAR 32ND AVENUE AND PORTOLA DRIVE.     HE WAS BOOKED INTO COUNTY JAIL ON SUSPICION OF POSSESSION OF DRUGS FOR SALE AND EVADING AUTHORITIES.     HIS BAIL IS SET AT $10,000

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PEDESTRIAN HIT ON 17 IDENTIFIED 1/13/14 1630 OG

THE PEDESTRIAN HIT AND KILLED EARLY SATURDAY MORNING ON HIGHWAY 17 HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS 21-YEAR OLD IVAN MERCADO OF SANTA CRUZ.     MERCADO STEPPED FROM THE CENTER MEDIAN INTO THE ROAD AND WAS HIT BY A 30-YEAR OLD DRIVING SOUTHBOUND.     THE C-H-P HAS NOT YET DETERMINED WHO WAS AT FAULT.

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PRUNEDALE WILDFIRE CONTAINED 1/13/14 15:45 og

A WILDFIRE THAT BROKE OUT TODAY (MONDAY)ABOUT 12:30 P-M ON MORO ROAD IN PRUNEDALE IS NOW FULLY CONTAINED ACCORDING TO NORTH MONTEREY COUNTY FIRE OFFICIALS.     THE HALF-ACRE FIRE BURNED DOWN A FENCE AND BRUSH IN THE AREA BUT NO HOMES WERE DAMAGED AND NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED.     THE FIRE IS BELIEVED TO BE STARTED BY A HOMEOWNER WHO DUMPED FIREPLACE ASHES OUTSIDE.

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