The California Transportation Commission today (Thursday) approved more than $830 million to repair highways and bridges and improve the state’s growing network of pedestrian, bicycle and mass transit routes.
This investment includes more than $600 million in allocations for State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP) projects, Caltrans’ “fix-it-first” program aimed at preserving the condition of the State Highway System.
Monterey County will receive:
- $8 million to upgrade the northbound and southbound Camp Roberts Roadside Rest Areas along US 101 near Bradley in Monterey County. This project will result in upgrades to wastewater and electrical systems.
Three California federal judges today (Thursday) joined in blocking President Trump's executive order excluding people in the U.S. illegally from being counted in this year’s census. The matter is already before the U.S. Supreme Court.
The federal judges issued a permanent injunction against the president's July order, saying it violates the U.S. Constitution, the federal Census Act and the separation of powers between the federal and state governments.
According to the Pew Research Center, California would lose a congressional seat if the president’s order stands. Pew estimates that 2.2 million of California’s nearly 40 million residents are in the country illegally, the most of any state.
The Salinas Police Department today hosted a joint press conference along with federal and state law enforcement agencies to announce that a federal judge had unsealed an indictment of an alleged "murder squad" that had been operating in Monterey County.
Six members of the squad have been indicted and charged with racketeering conspiracy, murder and related crimes.
Investigators say the murders are believed to be tied to gang activity inside and outside of the Salinas State Prison. Police reported that the orders for the crimes came from gang leaders inside local prisons in many cases.
According to federal prosecutors, between January 2017 and November 2018 eight people were shot and killed and more people were injured. Only one of the eight victims was connected to a gang.
The suspects were identified as: Siaki Tavale, 24, Andrew Alvarado, 29, John Magat, 33, Anthony Valdez, 23, Mark Anthony Garcia, 29, and Anelu Tavale, 24.
Because of the pandemic, some cemeteries will not be open for Dia de los Muertos celebrations October 30th and November 2nd. Officials said the purpose of the closures is to limit disease spread.
Some cemeteries are taking a more relaxed approach, still allowing visitors on the holiday.
The Monterey County Health Department has released the following guidelines for Dia de los Muertos celebrations:
- Don't gather with people outside your household
- Wear a face mask
- Maintain six-feet of distance with others
- Don't share food or drink
The Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History will be offering a number of virtual events in place of traditional Dia de los Muertos celebrations. To learn more, visit: www.santacruzmah.org.