A 21 YEAR-OLD KNOWN GANG MEMBER WAS ARRESTED TODAY IN WATSONVILLE . THAT AFTER HE WAS SEEN DITCHING A LOADED HANDGUN AS HE RAN FROM WATSONVILLE POLICE OFFICERS. THAT OCCURRED AFTER HE WAS SEEN FIGHTING WITH ANOTHER MAN ON BOCKIUS STREET. GUSTAVO CHAVEZ WAS CAUGHT AND ARRESTED. HE WAS BOOKED INTO SANTA CRUZ COUNTY JAIL.
4 S C SUPPORTS CIG FILTER BAN - 01/28/14 17:00 S.S.
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY SUPERVISORS HAVE REPORTEDLY AGREED TO SUPPORT A PROPOSED LAW THAT WOULD PROHIBIT FILTERS IN CIGARETTES. ASSEMBLY BILL 15-04 WAS AUTHORED BY FORMER SANTA CRUZ COUNTY SUPERVISOR MARK STONE, WHO IS NOW THE ASSEMBLYMAN FOR THE 29TH DISTRICT. WITH CIGARETTE BUTTS THE MOST PREVALENT ITEM PICKED UP DURING BEACH AND RIVER CLEAN-UPS, STONE SAYS GETTING RID OF THE PLASTIC FILTERS THAT TAKE FOREVER TO BIODEGRADE IS THE ONLY THING THAT MAKES SENSE.
A DOG WAS SAVED BY FIREFIGHTERS LAST NIGHT. THAT AFTER HIS TOYS AND A LEASH REPORTEDLY FELL ONTO A HEATER ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF A 2-STORY VICTORIAN HOME IN SANTA CRUZ. THE BLAZE BEGAN AROUND 9 P.M. ON THE 400 BLOCK OF CENTER STREET. THE DOG WAS FOUND IN A BATHTUB ON THE FIRST FLOOR. A NUMBER OF PEOPLE WERE DISPLACED BY THE FIRE.
A proposed ballot measure to raise the controversial vehicle license fee, so that money comes in to help pay to repair the state's pothole-filled roads and maintain train systems, will not go before voters after all. That after the group pushing to get the measure on the November ballot, said the timing isn’t right, and they won’t continue to pursue it at this time. The California Road Repairs Act would have increased the vehicle license fee by a quarter percent a year for four years.
This would have been the first statewide transportation measure since a $20 billion bond was approved by voters in 2006. It would have been used exclusively for road, bridge and transit system maintenance, as well as rehabilitation and replacement of transit vehicles. None of it would have gone to widen highways or extend transit lines.
The group now plans to look at other ways to raise money. Up first could be a legislative effort to lower the threshold for approving countywide sales taxes from two-thirds to perhaps 55 percent of voters.
DRONES GROUNDED TODAY 01/28/14 1601 S.S.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection grounded its fleet of unmanned aircraft today, after losing one worth 12 million dollars in the Pacific Ocean. The unarmed aircraft reportedly suffered a mechanical failure while on patrol off the California coast. The majority of the aircraft is submerged. The Coast Guard is assisting in recovering any floating pieces.
The agency lost a smaller unmanned aircraft in 2006.
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