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Santa Cruz to Vote on New Pot Rules 01-28-14 07:30 av

A proposal to ban outdoor medical marijuana grows throughout parts of Santa Cruz County is expected to go before a vote today.   County Board of Supervisor Chairman Zach Friend is proposing the initiative, which would ban outdoor grows in Aptos, Corralitos and a part of Capitola, but it would set a limit on the amount of acres grown in mountainous regions in the county, and would also allow for indoor grows.   If approved, the exception would apply to the county’s Second district.

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Hollister Security Camera Proposal 01-28-14 07:00 av

Hollister is expected to follow in the steps of another Central Coast city and consider a plan to install security cameras in it’s downtown area.  A proposal submitted by the city’s police department, calls for 40 cameras to be installed on city buildings and light poles.  The surveillance system would cost taxpayers about $300,000.   Council members met last night and expressed support for the idea, and plan to vote on it in upcoming months.  The proposal comes after Seaside approved plans this month to install 22 cameras in the city. 

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Bixby Bridge Crash ID 01-27-14 19:15 av

Monterey County Police have identified the woman who died after driving off the Bixby Bridge in Big Sur last week. 20-year old San Jose resident Nina Shizumi Sakima was driving a blue Honda northbound on Highway 1 on the morning of January 19th, when she crossed over into the southbound lane, crashed into a metal guardrail before the car flipped 400-feet off the Bridge.   Sakima was ejected from the vehicle mid-air before landing on the rocks below.  25-year old passenger, Daniel Gowans, also of San Jose, was thrown from the car.   He’s currently in a coma in a Bay area Trauma Center.    

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Santa Cruz County Jobless Rate 01-27-14 018:30 av

Unemployment numbers for Santa Cruz County are up compared to a month ago.    According to the Employment Development Department, the jobless rate jumped to 9.2% in December from 8.6% in November.   Good news is the number is still below the 11.2% figure a year ago.   Statistics show nearly 98,000 jobs in Santa Cruz County, a loss of 3,000 farm jobs and 100-non farm jobs from the previous month.    Compared to a year ago, the farm sector is up 400-jobs and retail trade is up 300 jobs.   

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Capitola Shooting/Robbery Arrest 01-27-14 018:00 av

A Salinas man who was arrested earlier this month in connection with a string of marijuana robberies, is now linked to another marijuana robbery and shooting in Capitola.   Police identified 21-year old Vincent Leonard Turner Jr. in the shooting of a 35-year old man on Capitola Road on December 27th.    Turner is said to have shot the man in the arm and torso during a drug deal.    The victim survived.   Turner, who is already in jail and linked to a December 9th medical marijuana robbery outside Dominican Hospital, is expected to face additional charges.

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