A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Friday in Monterey County for a new site aimed at providing low income families with income tax assistance. Congressman Sam Farr and Salinas Mayor Dennis Donohue were on hand at the Alisal Family Resource Center in East Salinas to kick off the new program there, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, or also known as VITA. Low income families, who earn less than $49,000, can receive help on how to fill out tax returns on a first come first served basis for free. The new site on 1441 Del Monte Avenue is in addition to 7 other sites in Monterey County.
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A SETTLEMENT HAS BEEN REACHED BETWEEN THE COUNTY OF SANTA CRUZ AND THE CITY OF WATSONVILLE. THE LAWSUIT WAS FILED OVER FUTURE DEVELOPMENT PLANS OF THE ATKINSON LANE AREA. UNDER THE TERMS OF THE SETTLEMENT, THE LAWSUIT WILL BE DISMISSED AND THE CITY OF WATSONVILLE WILL COMPLETE ITS OWN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT IF IT WISHES TO DEVELOP THE AREA, AS OPPOSED TO THE COUNTY COMPLETING THE REPORT.
A SALINAS COUPLE HAS FILED A LAWSUIT AGAINST SEVERAL SKYDIVING OPERATIONS AFTER THEIR DAUGHTER WAS KILLED IN A FAILED PARACHUTE JUMP. 40-YEAR-OLD JENNIFER McCOUN DIED FROM INJURIES SUSTAINED IN A FAILED JUMP NEAR HOLLISTER IN 2009. THE LAWSUIT, FILED BY JAMES AND MARILYN McCOUN ALLEGES FRAUD AND GROSS NEGLIGENCE. THE McCOUNS ALLEGE THAT THE ACCIDENT WOULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED IF THE EQUIPMENT HAD BEEN PROPERLY MAINTAINED.
Future plans for the historic Rispin Mansion in Capitola are on hold as council members wait to see where state funding stands. Council members met last week in an effort to discuss whether to demolish the structure, which is currently owned by the city, or restore it through a private/public partnership with a San Jose Builder. Since Governor Jerry Brown has proposed to eliminate the state’s redevelopment agencies, further plans for the Wharf Road structure that was built in 1921, are still on a wait and see basis.
Salinas residents are expected to share their ideas this evening on safety issues plaguing their city and on how to tackle the budget. Tonight’s meeting falls on the heels of an announcement Salinas Mayor Dennis Donhue made last week when he addressed the city’s budget challenges saying the city faces a 7-million dollar budget deficit and it will require “shared sacrifice” to balance the books. Salinas’s police chief, Louis Fetherolf is also expected to attend tonight’s meeting and address community concerns about gang crime and safety. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at Roosevelt Elementary School in Salinas on 120 Capitol Street.
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