The cost of a parking ticket in Salinas is expected to rise, as the City Council will vote on an increase tomorrow(tues). The move to raise all types of parking tickets by $3, is being made to offset an increased fee from the state. Parking for too long in a timed space will result in a $32-ticket, up from $29 , if the hike is approved. Council members are also expected to vote on increasing the cost of parking an aircraft at Salinas Municipal Airport, by 3-percent. That increase would raise an estimated 17-thousand dollars annually, to ensure that the airport remains self-funded.
A defamation lawsuit filed against Monterey County was dismissed on Friday. Pebble Beach residents Angelo Benjamin Amadio and Ralph Kennaugh filed the suit after a 2009 press conference held by Monterey County Sheriff’s officials suggested that the men had filed a false police report. The 2 reported in September 2009 that several pieces of artwork had been stolen from their home. They claimed the value at 27-million dollars, however authorities believe the claim was a hoax. Amadio and Kennaugh maintained that allegation defamed them, but a judge disagreed. The 2 now could face an order to pay the County’s legal bills, meanwhile, the art theft remains an open case.
State authorities have approved a $500,000 grant, to help fund The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center (currently under construction in Santa Cruz). Members of the State Coastal Conservancy authorized the money last week for the center, which will feature exhibits intended to educate visitors about the National Marine Sanctuary. Construction began last summer, and is expected to be completed sometime late next year.
A judge gave his final approval today on an application to extend city water service for housing construction on the north end campus of U.C. Santa Cruz. Opponents of university growth plan on appealing the matter to the 6th District Court of Appeals in San Jose. The judge announced today that he had been un-swayed by further arguments he allowed the community water coalition to make since the parties met in court last month. The coalition filed a lawsuit 7 months ago arguing the university should not be the sole applicant for extra-territorial water service.
A trial date was set today for 2 Santa Cruz County residents accused of killing a Los Angeles man during a botched drug deal over a year ago. 40-year old Kenneth Clamp, and 30-year old Adam Hunt face murder, kidnapping and robbery charges for the death of Elias Sorokin. Both Clamp and Hunt were arraigned today following a preliminary hearing last month. A trial readiness conference is set for January 26th prior to the tentative trial set for Februay 1st. The pair allegedly beat Sorokin unconscious on July 20th 2009 after stealing marijuana from him during a drug deal in a Felix Street garage, and then dumped him off a cliff on the North of Santa Cruz. Sorokin’s remains have not been found.
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