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LOCAL PURCHASE ORDINANCE 04/19/12 10:10 DF

BUSINESSES IN THE CITY OF SANTA CRUZ ARE CELEBRATING THE PASSING OF A NEW LOCAL PURCHASE ORDINANCE.    THE NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION “THINK LOCAL FIRST” OF SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, COMPRISED OF NEARLY 600 BUSINESSES, HELPED TO SPUR THE NEW ORDINANCE.     THE ENACTMENT WILL PROVIDE A 2 PERCENT BIDDING ADVANTAGE FOR ALL LOCAL BUSINESSES, AND AN ADDITIONAL 4 PERCENT FOR LOCALLY OWNED BUSINESSES.    THOUGH SANTA CRUZ IS NOT THE FIRST CITY TO PASS AN ORDINANCE OF THIS KIND, ITS SUPPORT FOR LOCALLY OWNED BUSINESSES IS STRONGER THAN OTHER SIMILAR MANDATES.    THE ORDINANCE WILL GO INTO EFFECT ON APRIL 25TH.

GILROY TAX REVENUE UP 04/19/12 08:55 DF

THE CITY OF GILROY REPORTED POSITIVE GROWTH FOR THE EIGHTH QUARTER IN A ROW.     GILROY PULLED IN NEARLY 3.2 MILLION DOLLARS LAST QUARTER, A 3.9 PERCENT INCREASE.     THE PROFIT BOOST IS DUE TO AN INCREASE IN TAX REVENUE, HELPED IN LARGE PART BY THEIR OUTLET CENTER, AS WELL AS AUTOMOTIVE DEALERS.    THOUGH GROWTH IN GILROY DOESN’T MATCH THE MORE THAN 13 PERCENT GROWTH IN CITIES LIKE MORGAN HILL AND SANTA CLARA, THE NUMBERS INDICATE A SOLID ECONOMIC REBOUND.

. MOBILE HOME FIRE 04/19/12 08:40 DF

A SANTA CRUZ MAN NARROWLY ESCAPED DEATH YESTERDAY WHEN HIS MOBILE HOME CAUGHT FIRE,  AND THEN EXPLODED. THE MAN, WHOSE NAME HAS NOT BEEN DISCLOSED,  WAS SLEEPING WHEN THE BLAZE STARTED AROUND 6 P.M.    HE WAS AWOKEN BY A FIRE ALARM,  AND HIS NEIGHBORS,  WHO BEGAN BANGING ON HIS DOOR WHEN THEY SAW SMOKE CASCADING FROM THE MOBILE HOME.    FIREFIGHTERS SAID THE MAN ESCAPED JUST IN TIME,  AS IT EXPLODED SHORTLY AFTER HE EXITED HIS FLAMING RESIDENCE.   THE FIRE IS THOUGHT TO HAVE STARTED IN THE KITCHEN,  THOUGH THE CAUSE IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.

W.H.S. STUDENTS SCHOLARSHIP 04/19/12 07:49 DF

.TWO WATSONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS HAVE BEEN SELECTED FOR THE GATES MILLENNIUM SCHOLARSHIP AWARD.    EDGAR GARCIA AND DANIEL DA SILVA BOTH RECEIVED THE HONOR, MAKING THEM TWO OF JUST ONE THOUSAND NATIONALLY SELECTED STUDENTS.    ONE MORE STUDENT FINALIST FROM WATSONVILLE HIGH AWAITS THEIR DECISION.    GARCIA, WHO HAS ACCEPTED ADMISSION TO BROWN UNIVERSITY, WILL HAVE HIS ENTIRE COLLEGE COST COVERED BY THE SCHOLARSHIP.     HE PLANS TO PURSUE A DEGREE IN MEDICINE.

POSSIBLE M.A.S.C.A. EMBEZZLEMENT 04/19/12 06:25 DF

THE SAN JOSE BASED MEXICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY SERVICES AGENCY AWAITS A DECISION THIS MORNING ABOUT POSSIBLE EMBEZZLEMENT CHARGES.      THE SANTA CLARA COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE WILL HOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11A.M., TO ANNOUNCE WHETHER IT PLANS TO BRING CHARGES AGAINST FORMER GILROY CHARTER SCHOOL LEADERS CONNECTED WITH THE AGENCY.     THE SANTA CLARA DISTRICT ATTORNEYS WILL DECLARE THEIR DECISION ALONG SIDE THE PUBLIC INTEGRITY UNIT.     INVESTIGATIONS BEGAN IN 2009, AFTER CHARTER SCHOOL WORKERS DISCOVERED THAT THEIR EMPLOYERS MAY HAVE BEEN SKIMMING WAGES THAT WERE INTENDED FOR PENSION FUNDS