The city of Salinas is pushing forward with action to remove City Councilman Jose Casteneda from his seat on the Alisal School District board. Other council members have pointed out that by holding both positions Casteneda is breaking California Code meant to prevent conflicts of interest. The city has hired a private law firm to determine which actions to take. They are currently deciding whether to ask the California Attorney General to take action against Casteneda, ask her whether they can take him to court themselves, or take no further action.
The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s office is conducting an investigation into a Monday night shooting that involved a San Jose Police officer. Shortly after 6:30pm last night, officers saw a suspicious vehicle near White Road and pulled the car over. The driver attempted to run over one of the officers, and was shot once by police. He later died at the hospital from the gunshot wound. None of the officers were injured.
The trial for the men accused of the 2009 murder of Richard Campos has been delayed as the result of a public defender developing pneumonia. Nancy de la Pena is the defender for 20-year-old Jose Luis Meza, the youngest of the 3 men on trial. 25-year-old Angel Antonion Moreno Torres and 33-year-old Joel Sanchez are also accused to shooting Campos as he sat in his parked car on Roache Road more than 3 years ago. On Monday, the presiding judge suspended the trial until Wednesday, or maybe next week, pending the health improvement of de la Pena.
A ceremony will be held Wednesday night at the California Museum in Sacramento celebrating 8 new inductees into the California Hall of Fame. One of those being included in the 7th annual ceremony is noted scientist, anthropologist, and former UCSC professor, Gregory Bateson. Bateson, who died in 1980, is being awarded posthumously for his contributions to research into schizophrenia, family cultural dynamics and a number of other subjects. Other inductees include actor Warren Beatty, activist Dolores Huearta, and the Warner Brothers.
The city of Hollister is again considering merging its police and fire services with the county. Last year city leaders voted against the move, but a $3.5 million deficit has made them reconsider the idea. The proposed combination would have the San Benito County Sheriff’s office take over city patrols, to allow the city’s police department to be eliminated, and the money repurposed. The city hopes to open two more fire stations as well, to decrease response times in the county and particularly in the city of San Juan Bautista. Discussions are ongoing.
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