New data released today, shows a drop in unemployment rates statewide as well as on the Central Coast. Statewide unemployment is down from 12.5% in April to 12.4% in May. Monterey County unemployment rates showed an 11% decline in May from a 12.7 percentage in April, San Benito County meanwhile, reported a 17.6% in May compared to 19.25% in April and in Santa Cruz County, unemployment went down from 13.5 percent in April to 11.5% in May. According to state records, Non-farm jobs in the state rose 28,300 in May.
The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk kicks off its annual summer concert series tonight. Starting tonight, bands from the 40’s to the early 90’s will perform for free at the Boardwalk bandstand every Friday night through September 3rd. Sixties pop group, Herman’s Hermits, known for hits such as I’m into Something Good and Henry the 8th I am, kicks off the series tonight with 2 shows at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. For more information on schedule of shows, go to w w w dot beach boardwalk dot com or call 831-423-5590.
Growers in Watsonville, who buy irrigation water produced by the city’s wastewater treatment plant, would pay 14% more under a new rate approved this week by the Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency. Officials say the new charge of $306 per acre foot of water, won’t go into effect unless property owners agree to a new rate on water pumped from their wells. A date of August 10th has been set for a mail-in election that is expected to determine whether the groundwater rate will be implemented. Meanwhile, board members also approved a 12-million dollar budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year that assumes the measure will pass and that the agency will receive 4.2 million dollars in grant funding promised by the state for completed water projects.
Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Deputies are asking for the public’s help in locating a convicted meth dealer wanted for evading police this week. 48-year old Donald Carl Peter, a former manager of a sober living environment, led sheriff’s deputies on a chase through Santa Cruz’s Westside Tuesday afternoon that ended after deputies thought the pursuit was too dangerous. Deputies attempted to serve an arrest warrant at the Escalona house where Peters rents a room, for a prior police chase, when he fled in an S-U-V reportedly driving recklessly through the neighborhood. Deputies ask anyone with information on Peter’s whereabouts, or see a 1996 maroon, Chevy Suburban with California license plate 5-F-E-E-3-5-0 to call 9-1-1.
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.
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