Tomorrow(tues), the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to consider giving final approval to a measure that would impose a fee on certain requests for public records. The fee would be charged for any request that took more than an hour to fill, and would vary depending on how long it took to complete, and what agencies were involved in the effort. State law gives any citizen the right to request public records, although it is usually media organizations that make the requests. The law also allows government agencies to recoup any costs associated with requests. Most recent requests in Santa Cruz County reportedly would not be subject to the fee. Supervisors gave preliminary approval to the measure last week, and are expected to make the move official, when they meet at 9 a.m. at 701 Ocean Street, in Santa Cruz.
A 24-year-old man was shot in Salinas late Friday night. The incident occurred in the parking lot of an apartment complex on the 700-block of Garner Avenue. Salinas Police say the victim was shot in the upper body, after an unknown suspect approached him and began arguing with him. The victim was flown to a Bay-area hospital to be treated for his gunshot wound. The suspect fled the area after the shooting, and has not been located.
Members of Santa Cruz County's largest public union voted to approve new contract stipulations last week. About 16-hundred workers represented by Service Employees International Union, or S.E.I.U., agreed to take 15 unpaid furlough days in the next fiscal year, which begins July 1st. That's 2-more days than union members took off this year. The union also agreed to a wage freeze, however county leaders agreed to cover any increase in health insurance costs. The 1-year-contract is estimated to save the county about 7.1-million dollars, and the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors is expected to give its final approval on Thursday.
Fire crews in northern Santa Clara County are trying to get a handle on a wild-fire that is burning near Interstate-580. The blaze has grown to about 200-acres, and is burning near Graham Line Road and Altamont Pass Road, east of Greenville. A variety of equipment, including air-support, has been called in to battle the fire.
The Salinas Police Department is preparing to cut its gang-task force by about half, as the department faces budget cuts. The cuts have eliminated 19-vacant officer positions. That’s forcing police officials to transfer 10 of the officers assigned to the city’s Violence Suppression Unit to regular patrol duties. The specialized unit is expected to continue operating in collaboration with state and federal agencies to tackle on-going gang activity in the area. The re-shuffling move is expected to be made July 1st.
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