A 32 year-old woman has been sentenced to spend 3 years in prison. That after Linda Zabala pleaded guilty to stealing from the Seaside Home Depot Store, and trying to return stolen items (for cash) at the Salinas Home Depot Store. Zabala also pleaded guilty to threatening a loss prevention officer at the Seaside store.
A 15 year old boy was arrested by Santa Cruz Police after being found in possession of a gun and drugs. While patrolling the Beach Flats neighborhood on Saturday afternoon the teen ran in front of a cop car which avoiding hitting him and tried to talk to him. The suspect then ran away and threw his backpack which was found with a pistol, an ounce of marijuana, and evidence of gang involvement. The teen was caught, and is facing several charges including possession of a concealed firearm and participation in a criminal street gang.
An earthquake struck northeast Gonzales yesterday. The USGS says it was an aftershock following the previous days 4.7 quake that has cause at least 50 minor aftershocks. No damages have been reported as of today.
King City council members are proposing a tax on guests who stay more than 30 days at local hotels and motels. Currently any guest who stays at a hotel pays a 10 percent Transient Occupancy Tax upfront and after 30 days guests do not pay it. The new tax being discussed Tuesday night would change that. The first part would limit stays to 30 days, after which guests would need to check in again and pay the T.O.T. Hotel owners fear the tax will deter long-term guests, such as farm workers, losing valuable customers.
The city of Santa Cruz 2017 overlay project work will occur on king street, Escalon, natural bridges drives, Delaware, Goss avenues, and Morrissey Boulevard from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on various days through Friday. The project is funded by Measure H tax dollars and is intended to repair local streets that have seriously eroded. The overall project is expected to be completed by December 22. For more information visit cityofsantacruz.com.
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