A WATSONVILLE WOMAN DIED AS THE RESULT OF A SOLO-VEHICLE ACCIDENT ON HIGHWAY 1 THIS AFTERNOON. THE 12:45 P.M. ACCIDENT OCCURRED NEAR FREEDOM BOULEVARD. THE CAUSE OF THE FATAL CRASH IS STILL BEING INVESTIGATED.
An evacuation order was issued this morning for a Salinas flower nursery after a large nitric acid leak was detected. Firefighters and Hazardous materials experts arrived at Old Stage Greenhouses located at Old Stage Road and Herbert Road just after 9 a.m. to shut off the leak, which reportedly involved 500-gallons. no immediate threat to public health was reported. Fire officials say the nitric acid, which is used to make fertilizer, is maintained in a liquid form but vaporizes when it leaks. Containment was expected to take several hours.
Median home prices for Santa Cruz County were higher in October than they’ve been for the past 5-years. The median sales price for a single-family home was $649,000, compared to $500,000 a year a go and $470,000 in 2011. However officials say extremely low inventory is holding sales back. As of the first week of November, there were 648 listings, down from 683 a year ago, and the fewest listings for October in 13 years. Local real estate agents believe the decline is due to potential home buyers getting tired of needing to make multiple offers.
Nearly 100 low income residents at a Seaside apartment complex could be left homeless in the next few months due to increase in their rent. Manager’s at The Del Monte Manor apartments say they need to charge their tenants more after the federal government stopped paying the low income subsidies it said it would pay. Tenants who pay $260 a month for a one bedroom apartment, could pay as much as $400 more. Residents at the 98-room complex have been issued a 90-day notice with changes taking effect as of February 15th of next year.
A special meeting took place yesterday to discuss a proposal to separate Alisal from the City of Salinas. Salinas City leaders rejected the idea of the community known as “The Alisal” to split, citing costly reasons. Officials say in order for secession to happen, permission would need to be granted by the county’s Local Agency Formation Commision, and supporters would also have to pay $500,000 for studies and surveys.
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