A vote was unanimously approved last night by Monterey City council members on a traffic plan that is expected to bring an economic boost into city coffers. The new plan, which was selected from 3 possibilities, is expected to make the city’s center more accessible to tourists. According to city planners, the maze of 1-way streets was steering traffic away from the downtown area, thus dissuading visitors to the area. The new design plan is expected to revitalize and develop road ways in the downtown and waterfront areas.
A 72 YEAR-OLD MAN WAS ARRESTED AFTER HE CHALLENGED A 73 YEAR-OLD MAN TO FIGHT….AND THEN BRANDISHED A KNIFE. MICHAEL KENNEDY POLLOCK WAS CARRYING THE 9-INCH LONG KNIFE IN HIS WAISTBAND. THE INCIDENT OCCURRED IN THE 100 BLOCK OF WEST BEACH STREET IN WATSONVILLE. POLLOCK WAS BOOKED INTO SANTA CRUZ COUNTY JAIL.
A WHITE POWDER SCARE CAUSED THE EVACUATION OF THE SANTA CRUZ WASTE DISPOSAL FACILITY ON DIMEO LANE, AS WELL AS NEARBY RESIDENTS. THE “SCARE” BEGAN WHEN THE SUSPICIOUS MATERIAL, WHICH TURNED OUT TO BE TILE GROUT, WAS BROUGHT TO THE HAZARDOUS WASTE PORTION OF THE FACILITY IN A BOX LABELED “HIGH EXPLOSIVES”. THE MATERIAL WAS TESTED, FOUND TO BE INERT, AND AREA RESIDENTS WERE ALLOWED TO RETURN TO THEIR HOMES.
A new recommendation was released this week by state health officials regarding vaccinations against whooping cough. The California Department of Public Health warns that the epidemic continues to grow, and as of last week, the current rate of increase is 5 times higher now over the same period last year. So far, 5 Californians have died of whooping cough this year. State officials say those targeted for vaccinations are mostly seniors and women in child-bearing years.
A 35-year old Watsonville man was taken into custody on drug charges Friday night. Officers served a search warrant for the home of Manuel Alfaro and arrested him after 26-grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, along with fake social security cards and $3,500 in cash, were seized from his home. Alfaro was arrested for drug possession charges as well as an outstanding warrant related to unlawful sex with a minor.
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