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December 2, 2016: Highway 17 Closed last Night

(07:55) Santa Cruz - A fire at a Homeless encampment caused both southbound lanes on highway 17 to close last night.  The California Highway patrol reported that heavy smoke caused unsafe driving conditions.  The area that was affected was north of The Cats in Los Gatos.  The lanes were closed for about twenty minutes until the smoke cleared out. There have been no reports of injuries in the fire.  

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Watsonville Bookstore Opening-12/1/16-1837-PMD

(18:37) WATSONVILLE- Watsonville will have a bookstore grand opening this Saturday.  The city has been without a bookstore for over half a year after Crossroads Books was forced to close to make room for Kaiser Permanente. The store’s owner Kelly Pleskunas will be opening a new store in the Watsonville Square shopping center at Main Street and Green Valley Road. A chamber of commerce ribbon cutting ceremony for Kelly’s Books will take place at 10 a.m.

 

 

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Pajaro Dunes Breached-12/1/16-1825-PMD

(18:25) WATSONVILLE- Work crews breached a sand bar on the Pajaro River yesterday (Thursday). Workers used heavy equipment to remove the sand bar at the river mouth near The Pajaro Dunes development. The procedure is performed annually to prevent flooding to agricultural fields and low eying housing.

 

 

 

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Monterey Water Rate Hikes-12/1/16-1814-PMD

(18:14) MONTEREY- A decision by The California Public Utilities Commission has cleared the way for Monterey Peninsula water rate hikes.  The commission approved a request by CalAm, the water provider to the area to raise rates by up to 26 dollars a month for the next five years. The company claims the rate hikes are needed to maintain water system infrastructure, and that revenues are down due to water conservation.

 

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SC Council to Examine Library Project-12/1/16-1736-PMD

(17:36) SANTA CRUZ- A six story library and parking structure project goes before the Santa Cruz city council on Tuesday. The proposed construction would take place at the city owned lot at Cedar, Cathcart and Lincoln streets into a six-story structure, with a single-floor library with 2 floors of combined office space and parking along with three floors of parking only. The meeting ill also discuss sites for a permanent downtown farmers market.

 

 

 

 

 

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