Following a recent arrest of local gang members, anti-police fliers, calling for “hood unity”, were found this week at a Santa Cruz Apartment Complex. Police say the inflammatory fliers, which show gang sympathy, calls Santa Cruz police a Neo-Nazi gang" and describe police and immigration officers as ‘common enemies’ who will be resisted. Law enforcement officials say the ones responsible for the fliers have not broken any laws yet, but would, if anyone decides to act out the threats. A spokesman with the Santa Cruz police department, says the goal of the department is to keep the public safe. An officer-safety warning was issued after the fliers were reported Wednesday.
While investigations continue into the Santa Cruz May-Day riots, a city grant program is helping business owners replace damaged storefronts. The funds stem from the Façade Improvement Program, an economic-development initiative launched 16-years ago to update ageing storefronts. The program provides up to $10,000 per project, will match up to another $5,000 in redevelopment money and can not go towards maintenance work. The proposed work needs to meet city approval. Businesses must be in the downtown area, have at least 3 years remaining on their lease and a building cant have received a grant in the past 10-years.
Sentencing continued for a Pacific Grove businessman after he was assaulted by 3 inmates at the Monterey County Jail today. A Monterey County judge found 50-year old Tom Pollacci guilty of raping a woman inside of his father’s liquor store 2 years ago. PollaccI was assaulted by the inmates at 12:30 p.m. while in a holding cell waiting to be transported to the Monterey County courthouse. Sentencing is expected to be continued tomorrow after the Monterey County district attorney announced 2 additional rape charges would be filed against Pollacci, who has pleaded not guilty to both of the additional rape charges. He faces 8 years in prison.
Monterey officials confirmed cuts to battle the city’s 5-million dollar budget deficit this week. Some of the cuts include a 1-day-a-week closure for the Monterey Pubic Library, laying off part-time library employees, along with foregoing it’s annual 4th of July fireworks and parade. The library board is expected to consider reducing it’s operating schedule during it’s June 23rd meeting. The city now plans to begin a process known as program budgeting, that involves the public in setting priorities for spending.
Next year’s fiscal budget was passed in Scotts Valley last night. City leaders expect to continue the cuts made last year, such as existing work furloughs and hiring freezes, however the city council was considering whether to give $5,000 requested by United Way of Santa Cruz County to help fund a countywide 2-1-1 hotline, a clearinghouse for social services. Council members agreed on a 4-to-1 vote to give $1,200 to the service, which is slated to start this summer. The city’s 6.7-million dollar budget is a slight increase over last year, and is the last for Measure C, a quarter-cent sales tax that is expected to bring in about $500,000 for the city’s general fund.
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