A new study estimates that a new soda tax, would generate federal funding to prevent childhood obesity. assembly bill 669, introduced by Assemblyman Bill Monning, is predicted to raise 1.7 billion dollars statewide. The 1-cent-per-ounce tax, if adopted, could raise 9.3 million dollars in Santa Cruz County and 16.4 million in Monterey County. The bill would generate $233 per student, and send 35% of the money to schools to promote nutrition and physical activity, 35% to community initiatives to prevent overweight children, and 20% to state-run programs targeting obesity.
The Seaside Police Department has launched their new text message tip line. The service enables officers to receive an anonymous tip, sent by citizens, via a text message. Informants remain anonymous through an encrypted text message that’s routed through several secure servers. The officer will then be able to return the message without ever knowing who initially sent it.
Highway-1 at Rocky Creek reopened to all traffic last night in the Big Sur area, with one-way traffic controls and no wait restrictions. Highway-1 at Alder Creek, meanwhile, still remains closed in both directions. Caltrans say geologic instability along with debris falling onto the highway, has delayed the road’s reopening. Any unnecessary travel in this area, is discouraged especially during overnight hours. Pedestrian escorts through this area ended on Saturday April 16th.
The monterey county board of education has approved an extension, that will allow more time to find a site for a new charter school. initially supporters of bay view academy charter school only had until april 29th to secure a site, but now they have until august 3rd.
Free soccer clinics for children are now scheduled to be held every friday afternoon in salinas. The clinics, which are slated to begin at 2:30 p.m., will be held at the cesar chavez library at 615 williams road. The free classes are designed for children age 8-14, who want to learn the basics of play. no experience is needed, however, appropriate soccer gear (cleats, shin guards, and shorts) is encouraged.
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