Borders Bookstores has filed for chapter-11 bankruptcy protection, forcing the national chain to close about 2-hundred of its 6-hundred-42 stores. Among the stores slated for closure is the Borders on Pacific Avenue, in Santa Cruz. A date has not yet been announced for the bookstore’s closure, however clearance sales could start as soon as this weekend. Borders was forced to file for bankruptcy-protection as it faced reduced sales, increased competition from new electronic readers, and unsustainable debt.
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A plan to merge several fire departments on the Monterey Peninsula, has been delayed after a federal grant was awarded to the Seaside Fire Department. The nearly $812,000 grant would fund 3 firefighter positions for 2-years. The grant allows the fire department to reorganize however, Seaside city manager Ray Corpuz said this week that a possible merger is still an option. Seaside firefighters initially criticized the merger saying city residents would not receive adequate fire protection if the merger went through.
Monterey County supervisors decided to delay voting on building-permit expirations yesterday. A bid to set a deadline for acting on development permit applications, and to eliminate stalled development permits and applications, was postponed. Over 7,500 development applications (in various stages of the county Planning Department’s process) could have been affected by the proposed action. The permits cover everything from home-owners looking to add a garage to developers wanting to build subdivisions.
Monterey City officials warn residents to expect traffic delays in the coming weeks due to a planned sidewalk project. Traffic delays and detours are expected for Prescott Avenue between Jessie and Seaview Avenues. Controlled one way traffic, detours and access to homes will be maintained during the construction, which is expected to be completed by March 4th.
A man was arrested in Marina early this morning after he attempted to sexually assault a woman. The incident occurred on the 300 block of Reservations before 1:15 a.m. when a woman was being held inside of an apartment against her will. 52-year old Ellis Wilson was booked into Monterey County Jail for attempted rape and other sexual offenses.
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