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As part of a cost saving move, Santa Cruz County offices will be closed this Friday. One Friday a month for the next year and for a week at the end of December, County offices will be closed as part of 15 planned furlough days. Some Santa Cruz County Superior Court offices and services will be closed during the county furlough days. The Watsonville courthouse will be closed, however, the clerk’s offices at the Santa Cruz courthouse, at 701 Ocean Street, will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., while a drop-box will be available until 5 p.m. on furlough days.


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CA. STUDENT EXIT EXAM RESULTS 08-25-10 07:00 a.v.

New data released yesterday in California shows an increase in students passing the high school exit exam required for graduating. Almost 420-thousand students, that’s about 94.5% of seniors in the Class of 2010, passed the exam, which focuses on Math and English skills. That number is up from 93.4% last year and 90.4% in 2006, the 1st year seniors were required to pass the exam. In Santa Cruz County, slightly more sophomores passed the exit exam last year than the year prior, 82% passed the English portion and 81% passed the math test portion. Meanwhile, in Monterey County, 78% of 10th graders passed the math portion and 75% of the sophomores passed the English portion of the test.


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Several fires broke out yesterday in the hills of California stretching from north to south due to high temperatures and dry brush. In Kern County, a wildfire, known as the “Post Fire” is burning out of control in the northwest area of Los Angeles, West of Highway I-5. Over 1,300 acres have burned since it was 1st reported at 12:15 p.m. yesterday, right now 40 to 50 structures are being threatened. About 500 firefighters are on scene from multiple agencies, and an evacuation order that was in place yesterday, has been lifted.

In Contra Costa County, the “Curry Fire”, also broke out yesterday afternoon around 4 p.m. between Clayton and Black Hawk on Curry Canyon Road and Morgan Territory Road. The fire is 80-percent contained and has burned 375 acres. No structures are being threatened and no injuries have been reported in either fire.

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3 teens were arrested yesterday after search warrants were served at 2 Las Lomas residences. 19-year old Lucas Moreno Pena, and 18-year olds Jose Israel Medina and Vincent Pena were booked into Monterey County Jail on multiple charges in connection with a gang-related shooting earlier this month in North Monterey County. The warrants were served at the homes on Miller Road and Las Lomas Drive around 7 a.m. where officers also seized 11 weapons, cocaine, methamphetamine and gang paraphernalia.


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After a unanimous vote yesterday, the city of Salinas will now host an anti-gang operation center in hopes of decreasing the area’s gang activity. The headquarters will be shared with county, state and federal law enforcement partners which include, among several, the Monterey County Joint Gang Task Force, the F-B-I, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Immigrations Customs Enforcement, the California Department of Justice Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement, the Bureau of Alcohol, and Tobacco and Firearms. The F-B-I is expected to cover the full cost of rent and utilities for the Center.

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