State education officials announced today that the California Department of Education is releasing 34-million dollars of federal funds to more than 1-thousand schools around the state. The list includes several schools in the Monterey Bay area. The awards include roughly 115-thousand dollars to distribute among 6 Santa Cruz County schools, about total of 260-thousand dollars to 19 Monterey County schools, as well as 24-thousand dollars to 4 San Benito County schools, and about 650-thousand dollars to 30 schools in Santa Clara County.
Governor Schwarzenegger today(fri) ordered some California National Guard members to be deployed to the Mexican border. The move is part of a federal effort to station a total of 12-hundred National Guard troops along the southern U.S. border. The Obama Administration had asked California to contribute 224-guard members to the force. The deployment follows a similar effort conducted in 2006.
According to new information released today, local unemployment rates are on the decrease. In Santa Cruz County, the unemployment rate fell from 11.5% in May to 11.3% in June. In Monterey County the unemployment rate declined from 11% in May to 10.8% last month, and in San Benito County, the rate also decreased last month from 17.6% in May to 15.7%. The statewide unemployment rate also fell slightly last month from 12.4% in May to 12.3%.
A Seaside man was acquitted yesterday of assault to commit rape and attempted rape for a 2009 crime. 54-year old Richard Lansing was charged with pushing a woman to the ground then punching and kicking her after she refused to have sex with him. Lansing, meanwhile, has been convicted of assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury for the August 14th incident. He awaits sentencing slated for July 22nd, and faces a maximum 11-year prison sentence.
Firefighters are mopping up a structure fire that broke out early this morning at the Carmel Valley Athletic Club. The fire was reported just after 3:30 a.m. on the 1st floor of the Rancho San Carlos Road facility. Locker rooms in the tennis center were fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on scene, so far causing an estimated $500,000 in damages. Officials with the club say the main part of the athletic club will still open today around noon, however the tennis courts and pools with remain closed. No foul play is suspected, no injuries reported and investigations into exactly what caused the blaze continue.
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