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A student housing development project at UC Santa Cruz is seeing pressure to reconsider building on the East Meadow on campus. The mounting pressure comes as the university looks to create more affordable student housing while limiting environmental impacts. University officials are extending the comment period for the project to June 27. Two more public hearings are set for June 6 and 7. Comments can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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A Moss Landing couple received the 2018 Making a Difference National Volunteer Lifetime Achievement Award from the Bureau of Land Management for their work at Fort Ord National Monument. For more than 15 years, David and Jane Styer led birding trips, took inventory of plants and developed a list of the plant species at the National Monument. The couple are among eight honorees receiving the award.

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High levels of fecal bacteria were found in the waters off Lover’s Point in Pacific Grove. Monterey County Health officials posted signs on Monday warning would-be swimmers from going into the water until further notice. For updates and information, call the beach condition hotline at 800-347-6363.

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The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office Gang Enforcement Team arrested a 34-year-old Santa Cruz resident Tuesday morning on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and illegal possession of ammunition. David Gomez was in a Santa Cruz hotel room on the 100 block of Ocean Street when deputies served the warrant. He was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail and his bail was set at $25,000.

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The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office Gang Enforcement Team arrested a 43-year-old Capitola man and seized 10 illegal guns on Monday when they served a search warrant at a home on the 1700 block of 48th Avenue in Capitola. Seth Niles was arrested on suspicion of possession of assault weapons, manufacturing and distributing assault weapons and conspiracy to commit a crime. Weapons seized included illegal assault guns in the process of being built and deputies also found tools and firearm parts used to build the illegal weapons.

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