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illegal lodging – santa cruz 03/30/12 0630 e.a.

a man was sentenced to nearly 2 years in jail after being convicted of illegal lodging in santa cruz, but part of the sentence was suspended.  47 year old gary johnson was arrested 4 times in december and january after refusing to pack up his sleeping bag from outside the santa cruz county courthousejohnson was sentenced to the 84 days he’s already spent in jail, with an additional sentence of 236 days in jail, which was suspended.  if johnson violates the illegal lodging law again, he will have to serve that time. 

jelly exhibit - aquarium 03/30/12 0630 e.a.

there may not be any peanut butter, but plenty of jelly will be hitting the monterey bay tomorrow.  the jellies experience at the monterey bay aquarium is set to open to the public saturday.  the exhibit features interactive projections of jellyfish, a light show and a touch screen “make your own jellies” experience.  this is the aquarium’s 3rd special jellyfish exhibit since 1985. 

Nominations sought, deadline mon. 03/26/12 8p.m. TDH

Officials with the santa cruz county chapter of the American red cross are seeking nominations for a local “heroes breakfast”.  The deadline is this Monday,[april 2nd] to nominate someone for 1 of the several awards that are set to be presented to outstanding members of the community.    The 2012 heroes breakfast is scheduled to be held on may 16th, at cocoanut grove in santa cruz.  For a list of categories, and to fill out a nomination form, visit the chapter’s website, at: WWW.SCCREDCROSS.ORG

S.V. weekly sold 03/29/12 8p.m. TDH

The sale of the weekly newspaper “the scotts valley press-banner” has been approved.   A bankruptcy judge had to approve the sale, because the parent company, tracy press, filed for bankruptcy protection in 2010.   the sale to texas resident h. lee Wilcox included 2-other California weekly newspapers: “the patterson irrigator,” and “the Tracy press.”     Wilcox bought all-3 for a total bid of more-than 1-point-2 million dollars.   the sale is expected to be close on april 30th.

 

GRANT, N’TL GRD JOBS 03/29/12 8p.m. TDH

A 500-THOUSAND DOLLAR STATE GRANT HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED FOR A PROGRAM TO HELP CALIFORNIA MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL GUARD FIND JOBS.  THE GRANT WILL BE USED TO FUND A PILOT PROGRAM, CALLED “WORK FOR WARRIORS.”  THE PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO MATCH THE WORK SKILLS AMONG NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERS WITH HIRING NEEDS OF EMPLOYERS.   THE GOAL IS TO REDUCE UNDER-EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT AMONG CALIFORNIA GUARDS MEMBERS BY 25-PERCENT WITHIN A YEAR.  IN THE LONG-TERM, OFFICIALS HOPE THE PROGRAM WILL REDUCE UNEMPLOYMENT AMONG GUARDS MEMBERS TO 5-PERCENT OR BELOW.