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HOLLISTER GRAFFITI CLEAN-UP EFFORTS 12-29-10 11:20 a.v.

A recent spike of gang-related graffiti this past month, has caused thousands of dollars in damages in the city of Hollister . City officials say the graffiti has been aimed at city buildings mostly covering Dunne Park, Park Hill, the Hollister Community Center and Hollister City Hall. So far, clean-up efforts have cost the city up to 15-hundred dollars per day. Officials say the work to eradicate the graffiti takes workers away from other maintenance work around city streets.

 

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MCO SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT 12-29-10 11:00 a.v.

A sobriety checkpoint is slated for tomorrow night somewhere in the unincorporated area of Monterey County, and is expected to last through the early morning hours on Friday. The checkpoint is an effort reduce road hazards and fatal traffic collisions. Last year the Monterey office of the C-H-P investigated 21 fatal traffic accidents which resulted in the loss of 26 lives. Police say of these collisions, 4 were caused by someone under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

 

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CA. INTERNET IMPERSONATION LAW 12-29-10 10:30 a.v.

A new law targeting online impersonation will go into effect after the New Year. Senate Bill 1411, authored by State Senator Joe Simitian of Palo Alto, whose district includes parts of Santa Cruz County, becomes law on January 1st. The law updates the current California 19th Century Impersonation Law to the internet age, and makes it a misdemeanor to impersonate another person through the internet or other electronic means with criminal intent to harm, intimidate, threaten, or defraud. The penalties for online impersonation are up to 1-thousand dollars and/or one year in jail.

 

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S.C. SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE SWORN IN 12-29-10 09:50 a.v.

The new Superior Court Judge for Santa Cruz County was sworn in this week. Superior Court Judge John Gallagher was surrounded yesterday by friends and family members when he was officially welcomed to the bench during a formal investiture in a Watsonville Courtroom. Gallagher was elected to the bench in June for a 6-year term that was to start January 1st, but was sworn in earlier after former Superior Court Judge Robert Atack retired early. Gallagher, who was appointed to the seat in August, has worked for over 30-years on criminal and civil cases.

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VEGETABLE PRICES 12/29/10 0800 E.A.

THE RECENT WET WEATHER MAY AFFECT VEGETABLE PRICES ON THE CENTRAL COAST. FARMERS SAY THE HEAVY RAIN HASEN'T LEFT ANY DRY SOIL TO PLANT VEGETABLES FOR NEXT SEASON. IF FARMERS HAVE TO WAIT TO PLANT THE SEEDS, THE HARVEST WILL TAKE PLACE LATER, LIMITING THE AMOUNT OF PLANTS THAT WILL BE HARVESTED. THE COLD WEATHER ALSO IS SLOWING THE PLANTS GROWTH AND WILL LIMIT THEIR AVAILABILITY.

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