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SHARK FIN BAN UPHELD - 03/26/14 10:01 .S.

A FEDERAL JUDGE HAS UPHELD THE CALIFORNIA BAN ON THE SALE OF SHARK FINS, TOSSING OUT A CHALLENGE THAT SAID THE BAN UNFAIRLY TARGETED THE CHINESE COMMUNITY. U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE WILLIAM ORRICK SAYS THE LAW APPLIES EQUALLY ALL AROUND THE STATE, AND DOES NOT TARGET ANY ONE GROUP. THE BAN WENT INTO FULL EFFECT IN JULY . THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CHINATOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION SAYS THEY PLAN TO APPEAL JUDGE ORRICK’S RULING.

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BICYCLIST KILLED SETTLEMENT - 03/26/14 08:01 S.S.

A CIVIL LAWSUIT (OVER A FATAL ACCIDENT) HAS BEEN SETTLED OUT OF COURT. 63 YEAR-OLD NAVINDRA JAIN, AND TESLA MOTOR COMPANY, WERE SUED AFTER JAIN HIT 40 YEAR-OLD BICYCLIST JOSHUA ALPER, WHEN FELL ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL OF HIS NEW TESLA MODEL S, AS HE DROVE NORTHBOUND ON HIGHWAY 1 NORTH OF SANTA CRUZ LAST NOVEMBER. IN THE CRIMINAL CASE, JAIN (WHO HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH MISDEMEANOR VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER) FACES 1 YEAR IN JAIL IF HE IS CONVICTED IN SANTA CRUZ COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT.

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2 INJ IN WVILLE ACC - 03/26/14 07:45 S.S.

2 PEOPLE WERE INJURED IN A 5 P-M ACCIDENT IN WATSONVILLE LAST NIGHT. THE CRASH OCCURRED ON WESTBOUND RIVERSIDE DRIVE NEAR INDUSTRIAL ROAD, WHEN THE DRIVER OF A MAZDA PROTÉGÉ INADVERTENTLY RAN A RED LIGHT, AND IT HIT 2 OTHER CARS BEFORE BECOMING WEDGED UNDER A BIG-RIG. THE DRIVER OF THE MAZDA WAS TRANSPORTED TO WATSONVILLE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL WITH A COMPLAINT OF STOMACH PAIN, AND THE DRIVER OF ONE OF THE OTHER CARS SUFFERED A CUT TO HER FACE.

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CEMEX LAND USE- 03-25-14 20:00 SG

THE LAND TRUST OF SANTA CRUZ COUNTY WILL BE HOLDING TWO MEETINGS TO DISCUSS FUTURE USES OF A LOCAL REDWOODS AREA.    THE WOODED LAND WAS FORMERLY OWNED BY CEMEX, AND IS NEAR A FORMER PLANT OFF HIGHWAY ONE IN DAVENPORT.    THE LAND TRUST IS ENCOURAGING THE COMMUNITY TO ATTEND THE MEETINGS AND SHARE THEIR IDEAS ON HOW TO USE THE CEMEX LAND.  OFFICIALS HOPE TO HAVE A PLAN BY AUTUMN. THE FIRST MEETING WILL BE HELD TOMORROW NIGHT AT HOTEL PARADOX ON OCEAN STREET IN SANTA CRUZ FROM 6:30 TO 8:30 P-M.

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CAPITOLA BANK ROBBERY- 03-25-14 19:30 SG

A CAPITOLA BANK WAS ROBBED THIS MORNING.  OFFICIALS SAY A CAUCASIAN MAN ENTERED THE CITIBANK BRANCH ON 41ST AVENUE SHORTLY AFTER 1 P-M.    HE GAVE THE TELLER A NOTE DEMANDING MONEY, WAS GIVEN CASH, AND THEN FLED IN A TAN VEHICLE.    THE MAN HAS BEEN DESCRIBED TO BE IN HIS EARLY THIRTIES,   AROUND 5-FEET 9-INCHES TALL, WITH A MEDIUM BUILD AND A TATTOO ON THE BACK OF HIS NECK.    HE WORE A WHITE TEE-SHIRT,    BLACK SWEATSHIRT, AVIATOR SUNGLASSES,   AND A BLACK HAT.    ANYONE WITH ANY INFORMATION IS ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT CAPITOLA POLICE.

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