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City of Capitola and police agree to five-year labor pact

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By   351 days ago

CAPITOLA — The city of Capitola has settled contract negotiations with the Capitola Police Officers Association, agreeing to a five-year contract that keeps police officers’ pay the same this year, but increases it by 3.5 percent each year after.

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Woman arrested for suspected gang shooting in Watsonville

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By   351 days ago

A 25-year-old Watsonville woman was arrested Wednesday night by Watsonville police for a suspected gang shooting earlier in the evening in front of Ramsay Park.

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Forbes.com ranks Santa Cruz 6th in nation for expected job growth

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By   351 days ago

With mostly cities in Texas both behind it and in front, Santa Cruz ranked sixth in Forbes.com latest list of cities in the United States with high expected job growth.

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Is a ‘parks tax’ on the horizon for Santa Cruz County?

By   352 days ago

Santa Cruz County parks lost $280,000 in yearly funding when a parcel tax expired in June. Now, county officials are looking at how they might reinstate and even increase the $6.58 annual tax, reports the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

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Suspect in Mission Street shooting has history of felonies

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By   352 days ago

The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that the man arrested in Aptos Sunday in connection with Friday’s murder on Mission Street in Santa Cruz is an alleged gang member who has been convicted of felony battery, drug possession and grand theft in the past three years, according to court records.

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Verve Coffee Roasters featured on SF Chronicle’s website

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By   352 days ago

Inside Scoop SF, a product of the San Francisco Chronicle, puts the spotlight on Verve Coffee Roasters in Santa Cruz.

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Suspect in multiple local murders, Oscar Cabrera, being extradited from Mexico

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By   353 days ago

A suspect in multiple local murders is being extradited from Mexico.

Authorities say they aren’t sure when he will get here, but Oscar Cabrera is expected to eventually arrive in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties to face charges on four murders, reports the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

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Shots fired into Watsonville home narrowly miss children

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By   354 days ago

WATSONVILLE — Shots were fired into Watsonville home in the early morning hours of Monday, nearly striking children as they slept in their beds.

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Inmate says prison purposely exposed him to HIV, sues

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By   94 days ago

A Salinas Valley State Prison inmate claims his jailers purposely placed him with an HIV-positive bunkmate to expose him to the deadly virus and has filed suit in Monterey Superior Court.

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Agha has new proposal for hotel at Holman Building

The Holman Building in Pacific Grove.

By   351 days ago

Monterey businessman Nader Agha has a new proposal to place a hotel at the site of the Holman Building in Pacific Grove and the PG City Council created a subcommittee Thursday to look at the proposal.

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Public meeting to discuss buyout of Cal Am

Water rates might triple in the near future for Monterey Peninsula residents.

By   352 days ago

Public Water Now is hosting a public forum Thursday night to discuss a possible buyout of California American Water Company.

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Mecum auction in Monterey returns this month

TV personality Wayne Carini rolls to the stage at the Mecum Auction on Friday in his 1958 Chevy Corvette convertible.

By   353 days ago

The Mecum Monterey Daytime Auctions are returning to Monterey later this month. Here is a preview of what is to come.

The 5th annual Mecum Monterey sale will be headlined by the 1955 Porsche 550/1500 RS Spyder; 1954 Ferrari 750 Monza; 1964 Shelby 289 Independent Competition Cobra; 1984 Lotus Type 95T John Player Special; 1990 Ferrari F40; 1938 Delage D8-120 Aerosport Coupe; 1982 Jaguar XJR-5 GTP; 1985 March Buick 85G GTP; 1909 Locomobile Model 40 Type I Demi Tonneau; among others.

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Salinas police puzzled by recent string of shootings

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By   353 days ago

Four have been killed and five others wounded in three separate shootings that took place in Salinas Sunday and Monday. According to a story in the Monterey Herald, police say the violence might be unrelated gang battles that occurred last week in Salinas.

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Suspect in multiple local murders, Oscar Cabrera, being extradited from Mexico

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By   353 days ago

A suspect in multiple local murders is being extradited from Mexico.

Authorities say they aren’t sure when he will get here, but Oscar Cabrera is expected to eventually arrive in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties to face charges on four murders, reports the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

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Pebble Beach home sale sets county record

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By   354 days ago

A home just a few doors down from The Lodge at Pebble Beach sold last week for $28 million, reports the Carmel Pinecone. That sets a Monterey County record.

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Environmental review ordered on Monterey County ‘fracking’

By   355 days ago

Environmentalists are claiming a victory after the Bureau of Land Management announced Friday it would review current oil and gas production practices, including hydraulic fracturing, in Monterey County and elsewhere in California.

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Vanity Fair has exclusive coverage of Big Sur celebrity wedding

By   351 days ago

Social media barons, entertainment icons and others gathered in Big Sur for the Sean Parker/Alexandra Lenas wedding. Vanity Fair is boasting exclusive coverage of this “wedding of the year.”

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Fun things to do with kids in Santa Cruz

By   355 days ago

The San Jose Mercury News lists the top 10 things to do with kids in Santa Cruz.

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Huffington Post blogger pumps Monterey music festival

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By   355 days ago

Huffington Post blogger Brian Bolton Henderson has great things to say about the upcoming First City Music Festival coming to the Monterey County Fairgrounds on Aug. 24-25

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Feast of Lanterns celebration under way in PG

By   365 days ago

Pacific Grove’s annual celebration the Feast of Lanterns is under way. It’s a terrific, free event for families.

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Upcoming shows in the Santa Cruz area

By   469 days ago

The Santa Cruz Sentinel offers its Best Bets for entertainment on the north end of the bay.

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Local Bands and their Links

By   469 days ago

Where is your favorite local band playing next? Find links to their websites or calendars here:     Jonah and the Whalewatchers                       Sambadá

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Great week of music on Monterey Peninsula

By   471 days ago

Mac McDonald of the Monterey Herald outlines all the wonderful musical acts that will be appearing on the Monterey Peninsula in the week ahead.

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‘Menopause the Musical’ at the Sunset Center

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By   476 days ago

The Monterey Herald features “Menopause the Musical,” playing at the Sunset Center in Carmel.

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Woman arrested for suspected gang shooting in Watsonville

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By   351 days ago

A 25-year-old Watsonville woman was arrested Wednesday night by Watsonville police for a suspected gang shooting earlier in the evening in front of Ramsay Park.

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Salinas police puzzled by recent string of shootings

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By   353 days ago

Four have been killed and five others wounded in three separate shootings that took place in Salinas Sunday and Monday. According to a story in the Monterey Herald, police say the violence might be unrelated gang battles that occurred last week in Salinas.

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Suspect in multiple local murders, Oscar Cabrera, being extradited from Mexico

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By   353 days ago

A suspect in multiple local murders is being extradited from Mexico.

Authorities say they aren’t sure when he will get here, but Oscar Cabrera is expected to eventually arrive in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties to face charges on four murders, reports the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

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Shots fired into Watsonville home narrowly miss children

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By   354 days ago

WATSONVILLE — Shots were fired into Watsonville home in the early morning hours of Monday, nearly striking children as they slept in their beds.

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Monterey Herald police reports

By   355 days ago

A hiker was rescued at Pinnacles and other news.

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Woman robs Santa Cruz bank

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By   355 days ago

Much like janitor, bank robber is generally thought of as a male profession, but Santa Cruz police are searching for a female suspect in the armed robbery of Bank of the West on Saturday.

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Gun battle leaves one dead in Santa Cruz

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By   355 days ago

A gun battle between moving cars along Misssion Street in Santa Cruz late Friday night left one man dead, according to Santa Cruz police.

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Carmel Pinecone’s police log

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By   469 days ago

The Carmel Pinecone’s latest police log.

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Palma grad, now a junior at UCLA, prepares for U.S. amateur

By   351 days ago

Palma grad Matt Pinizzotto, now a junior at UCLA, is preparing for the U.S. amateur, and he won’t be the only local boy there, reports the Monterey Herald.

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SC Warriors defeat Ants

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By   470 days ago

The Santa Cruz Warriors started their playoff campaign with a 124-118 win over the fifth-seeded Fort Wayne Mad Ants in the first game of the first round of the NBA D-League playoffs.

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Mad Ants say they’re ready for Santa Cruz

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By   473 days ago

The Fort Wayne Mad Ants are one of the hottest teams in the NBDL and, according to Wayne.com, they are ready for Santa Cruz when the two teams tip off in the first round of the NBDL postseason.

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SC County’s top baseball prospect makes Triple-A debut

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By   473 days ago

Scotts Valley High alum Robbie Erlin made his Triple-A debut Saturday night for the Tucson Padres, giving up three earned runs in 3 1/3 innings.

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Nat Young talks about surfing, where’s he’s been and what’s next

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By   476 days ago

Nat Young talks about surfing, where’s he’s been and what’s next

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Ravens end contract of SC High alum Brendon Ayanbadejo

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By   477 days ago

He might be back with the team soon, but on Thursday, the Baltimore Ravens terminated Santa Cruz High School alum Brendon Ayanbadejo’s contract.

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Warriors lose to Reno Bighorns

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By   478 days ago

RENO, Nev. – The Santa Cruz Warriors fell to the Reno Bighorns 104-89 Tuesday night in a game where every Warriors player on the active roster scored.

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Nat Young places second at Bells Beach event

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By   479 days ago

Rookie Nat Young of Santa Cruz placed second at the 2013 Rip Pro Curl Bell Beach in Australia.

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EIG Endorses “Secure the Promise” – Vet Cemetery

By   355 days ago

EIG Endorses “Secure the Promise” – Vet Cemetery

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A respite from revenge, retribution or reprisal

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By   443 days ago

Recently, I came across a story in a small daily newspaper in Hagerstown, MD, The Herald-Mail, about Bryan May, a 45-year-old Boonsboro, MD man, who was implicated in a tragedy when his car drifted over the center divide, crashing into and killing Bradley Christman, 28, of Waynesboro, PA.

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Pinecone says discount, not waiver, for nonprofits

By   469 days ago

The Carmel Pinecone airs its opinion on the city’s recent decision to waive fees for an annual art festival.

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You’d think a $4.8 million bill from the state would be bigger news

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By   472 days ago

Emilio Martinez, Watsonville’s ex-city councilman turned watchdog, has updated his website with a pointed review of how the local media covered the recent news that the state is asking for $4.8 million from Watsonville.

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Dodge’s idea to pave farmland lacks good sense

By   475 days ago

Dave Cavanaugh, an outspoken Pajaro Valley nursery grower, submitted this bright editorial regarding the idea of paving the Sakata-Kett farmland off of Highway 1.

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Monterey Herald editor blasts Pine Cone owner/editor

By   475 days ago

Monterey Herald Editor Royal Calkins blasts Paul Miller, owner/editor of the Carmel Pine Cone in his latest editorial.

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No more “illegal aliens” or “undocumented workers” in the news

By   477 days ago

Monterey Herald’s editor Royal Calkins expounds on the Associated Press announcement that it is changing its style guide to eliminate the phrase “illegal immigrant.”

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Peter Funt’s take on downward trend in news

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By   479 days ago

Fake news is being reported as real news more and more often, and Peter Funt’s latest column isn’t just talking about what you see on Fox News or MSNBC.

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Wheelchairs won’t slow these women down

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By   523 days ago

After a busy year in 2012, with a new national TV show, Sundance Channel’s “PUSH GIRLS,” and a touring dance troupe, Team Hotwheelz, Chelsie Hill and her roommates Kaitlyn Staten and Maria Gast are expecting an even more exciting 2013.

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Finding and offering happiness in a birdhouse

Brian lIes, known locally as “the birdhouse guy.”

By   582 days ago

Helpful, kind acts make local man ‘feel good’

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Christmas tree to light up Watsonville City Plaza

A living 35-foot Aptos blue Sequoia tree arrives at the Watsonville City Plaza on Wednesday. The tree was brought from Bonfante Gardens and donated by an anonymous local businessman.

By   611 days ago

Anonymous donor steps forward to pay for lighting ceremony after Snow Day ends

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Helping across the world from home

Clare Campbell in her Felton shop displaying pants made by girls in Siem Reap, Cambodia

By   611 days ago

Felton business helps Cambodians find their own entrepreneurial spirit

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Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance raises $1.25 million for charities

This 1938 Steyr 220 Glaser Roadster drew many admiring looks at the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance in August. The event included shows and auctions.

By   611 days ago

It was the seventh year in a row that charitable donations have topped $1 million

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Monterey Bay celebrates Halloween

Laura Palmer and her daughter Micaela, 4, try to win a prize in a bowling game at the Oldemeyer Center in Seaside on Halloween night.

By   624 days ago

Gang threat spooks some residents

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‘Night of the Living Dead’ — dead on!

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By   638 days ago

With a large appreciation for the ghouls, ‘Dead’ scares the bejeebers out of you

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