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June 21, 2016: Santa Cruz County Holding Candidate Information Nights

(08:00) SANTA CRUZ COUNTY – The Santa Cruz County Elections Department is holding several candidate information nights this month. Anyone interested in running for city office, school district or special district in November is encouraged to attend. One meeting will be held at the Watsonville Civic Center Wednesday night, from 6 to 7:30. A second and third meeting will take place at the Capitola Community Room on June 29 and the Santa Cruz Council Chamber on June 30. The candidate filing period begins on July 18 and ends on August 12. For more information, visit votescount.com . (S.G.)


June 21, 2016: Scotts Valley Seeking Participants for Fourth of July Parade

(07:51) SCOTTS VALLEY – Scotts Valley officials are looking for floats, bands, and marching groups to participate in the city’s 50th Fourth of July parade. This year, the procession will take a different route, starting at the corner of Scotts Valley Drive and Carbonero Way. The parade will then make its way up to Willis Road before making a U-turn and returning to the start. Those interested in participating in the parade can find the application at scottsvalleychamber.com . (S.G.)










June 21, 2016: Salinas Man Convicted for Killing Girlfriend

(07:42) MONTEREY COUNTY – A Salinas man has been convicted of fatally stabbing his estranged girlfriend. In July 2014, 38-year-old Florencio Anselmo attacked Maria Ceja outside her apartment, stabbing her twice in the chest. Ceja was pronounced dead shortly after. Anselmo was arrested the following day after confessing to the crime. He faces life in prison when he is sentenced on July 28. (S.G.)


June 21, 2016: Nurses to Begin 2-Day Strike at Watsonville Community Hospital


(07:19) WATSONVILLE – Nurses at Watsonville Community Hospital will begin a two-day strike on Wednesday to protest worsening patient care standards and working conditions. The nurses argue that the hospital’s administrators have ignored and denied reports of unsafe patient care conditions, including understaffing. The protesters claim these practices are continuing, despite having reached a joint resolution with the city council in October 2015, demanding the corporate owners of the hospital take steps to improve working conditions. The strike is expected to begin at the hospital at 6:45 Wednesday morning and continue until 6:45 p.m. Thursday. A march and vigil for safe patient care standards will also take place on Wednesday at noon, starting at St. Patrick’s Church and ending at Watsonville City Plaza. (S.G.)

June 21, 2016: Wildfire Contained in Gilroy

(06:45) GILROY – Crews put out a vegetation fire that broke out in Gilroy Monday night. The blaze was reported around 8 p.m. near Monterey Road. The fire burned about 600 feet of grass before crews got it under control. The blaze was fully contained by 10 p.m. No injuries were reported and no structures were damaged. (S.G.)