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Simitian Flips on High-Speed Rail 07/09/12 AF

Senator Joe Simitian says he’s just not convinced that the plan he co-authored 10 years ago to build a high-speed rail, is right for California right now.      A vote was held in the senate Friday about whether to go forward with the $69 billion project, and passed by a single vote.   It was thought Simitian’s vote could make or break the project, but to great surprise, the senator gave no vote.   Simitian shares his concerns with a growing number of Californians – increasing costs and uncertain funding have created apprehension around the plan.    Simitian says he hopes his doubts are disproven and that the project will be a success.

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Hit-and-Run Suspect Pleads “Not guilty” 07/09/12 AF

The Morgan Hill woman charged with the critical hit-and-run of Joshua Valdez is June, pleaded not guilty to the charges at an arraignment Friday.   28-year-old Sandra Arias originally admitted to hitting Valdez on June 16th near Butterfield Boulevard, and even told Morgan Hill Police she had been drinking on the night of the accident.   However, during her brief arraignment on Friday, a lawyer for Arias entered her plea as not guilty.   Arias has not been in police custody since her arrest.   She is scheduled to appear again in court on August 10th.

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Attempted Sexual Assault 07/09/12 AF

Santa Cruz County Sherriff’s deputies are on the lookout for a man they say attempted to sexually assault a teenage jogger on Thursday.    The 17-year-old girl was jogging near Seascape Park in Aptos around half past 5, when she passed by a man standing at the rear of a car.    As the victim approached, the man exposed himself and attempted to grab her.    The girl was able to run away, and called 9-1-1 from Seascape Park.    The man is described as being in his 30’s, with short brown hair and a beard, around 6 feet tall, and approximately 250 pounds.    Anyone with information about this or similar events is asked to contact the Santa Cruz County Sherriff’s Office.

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Boat wrecks, spills diesel 07/08/12 6:30p.m. TDH

An estimated 45-gallons of diesel fuel spilled into the monterey bay Saturday morning, when a fishing boat was damaged.   At 7:20 a.m. The 28-foot boat got caught in the surf (off of moss landing), causing the boat to break apart.   The only occupant was not injured, and was able to make it to shore without assistance.   Investigators with the U.S. Coast guard are expected to try to determine what caused the boat to break apart.

 

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Union, store, agree to mediation 07/08/12 6:30p.m. TDH

A looming strike by employees at save mart has likely been averted, following an agreement to enter mediation.   Members of the united food and commercial workers union had threatened to strike if no agreement was reached.   The mediation process involves an independent, 3rd-party negotiator that can establish the company’s finances and a fair offer to employees.   A deadline for an agreement was set for july 10.   Meanwhile, members of the U-F-C-W remain in contract negotiations with safeway and raley’s.   local members have already authorized a strike at raley’s, however no action has yet been taken.

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