POWER WAS KNOCKED OUT, SEVERAL TIMES, TO ABOUT 500-WATSONVILLE RESIDENTS LAST NIGHT. THE FIRST POWER LOSS WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 3:30 NEAR LEE AND HARKINS SLOUGH ROAD, WHILE THE SECOND OUTAGE WAS REPORTED JUST BEFORE 5:30 NEAR HARKINS SLOUGH ROAD AND OHLONE PARKWAY. THE CAUSE OF THE OUTAGES ARE STILL BEING INVESTIGATED. POWER WAS COMPLETELY RESTORED AS OF 8:50 LAST NIGHT.
Pacific Grove is looking for other ways to manage the city’s golf course. Council members voted Wednesday to receive proposals for the management of the Pacific Grove Golf Links. In addition, the city also wants proposals for the maintenance of city parks, sewers, storm drains, ball fields and the El Carmelo Cemetery. The city is also seeking proposals for custodial service at the City Museum, Library and for street-marking crews. Officials say about 30 full-and-part-time city employee jobs are at stake.
Police are investigating the death of a man found shot to death last night in a Salinas Auto Body Shop. Police say 35-year old Juan Carlos Rodriguez, the co-owner of Exclusive Auto Body on 518 East Alisal Street, was found at 5:40 p.m. with multiple gun shot wounds in the upper torso and possibly in the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police have no motive at this time and no witnesses have come forward, however it has been determined the fatal shooting is gang related. The death marks the 22nd homicide of the year for the City of Salinas.
THE MONTEREY CITY COUNCIL VOTED TO BAN SMOKING ON FISHERMAN’S WHARF. THE COUNCIL VOTED 5-TO-0 EARLIER IN THE WEEK TO ADD THE WHARF TO THE LIST OFF PLACES THAT INCLUDES CITY BEACHES, SOME PARKING FACILITIES, AND RECREATION TRAILS. THE VOTE WAS HELD AT THE REQUEST OF THE WHARF ASSOCIATION, WHICH CITES THE LITTER CREATED BY DISCARDED CIGARETTE BUTTS AS THE PRIMARY REASON FOR THE BAN. THE WHARF WILL BE ACTIVELY PLACED ON THE BANNED LIST BEGINNING IN DECEMBER.
THE BORINA FOUNDATION IS TRANSFERRING OWNERSHIP ITS ASSETS TO THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SANTA CRUZ COUNTY AS IT WINDS DOWN ITS PHILANTHROPIC OPERATIONS, IT IS ALSO SELLING 8 RANCHES TOTALING 563 ACRES OF EASEMENT PROTECTED FARMLAND. THE LAND SELL OFF IS LARGEST IN THE PAJARO AREA IN YEARS. ALTHOUGH THE LANDS WILL HAVE TO BE USED AS FARMLAND SOME LOCALS ARE CONCERNED THE LAND WILL BE BOUGHT BY OUTSIDE CORPORATE FARMING CONCERNS WITHOUT THE KNOWLEDGE OFF LOCAL WATER CONCERNS.
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