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Be Ready for a Natural Disaster

Be ready for the next earthquake, fire, flood, or other emergency

Free fair on September 20 will help you prepare


MONTEREY, Calif. — After events like the weekend earthquake in Napa, many of us think about whether we would be prepared if disaster strikes. Unfortunately, many of us don’t get past the thinking stage.      


What’s the best place to keep an emergency kit? How much water should you have on hand? If you have to go to a shelter, what will you do with your pets? Get guidance and tools to help you answer those questions and others at the Emergency Preparedness Fair, Saturday, September 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Del Monte Center in Monterey.


Seaside man called police after being shot

Seaside Police Officers said a man called and reported being shot just before midnight Sunday. Officers said the victim had several gunshot wounds. The shooting occurred at the corner of Kimball Avenue and Wheeler Street. The victim was taken to a bay area hospital for treatment of his injuries, which do not appear to be life threatening. The shooting is believed to be gang related. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact Seaside Police at one of the following numbers:

Anonymous Tip-Line - (831) 899-6282

Seaside Police Department - (831) 899-6748

Non-Emergency Dispatch - (831) 394-6811

CHP Monterey region receives 3 new patrol units

The California Highway Patrol's Monterey region is rolling out new patrol units. Three brand new Ford Explorers are now out on the highways, replacing the old Ford Crown Victorias.

Using voice activation, officers can now activate their lights, talk to dispatchers and check license plate numbers hands-free.

Officers have been getting trained to drive and operate the units, which cost the department roughly $26,000 each.

It's a statewide effort to phase out all of the old Ford Crown Victorias, which have exceeded their mileage warranty.

The new SUVs get better gas mileage.

The Monterey region is one of the last to get the new rides.

"For the most part, it will keep our officers more safe out there in a safer vehicle and it will assist us in performing our duties," said Officer Jaime Rios with the California Highway Patrol.

The CHP Monterey region hopes to phase out all of the old cars in the next year.

New Seaside police officer to be sworn in

The Seaside Police Department will swear in its newest police officer Friday at 11:15 a.m. in the Seaside Council Chambers and the public is invited to attend.

Police Officer Eric D. Woodlief is a native Californian and joins the Seaside Police Department with 2 ½ years of experience as a police officer with the Napa State Hospital which employs approximately 108 sworn officers. Officer Woodlief is described as a dedicated professional who is analytical, remains calm during a crisis, and excels or exceeds standards and expectations.


Officer Woodlief graduated from the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Academy and the Napa Valley Police Academy, with an overall score of 92%. His formal education includes coursework at Merced College and Modesto Junior College.


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International School of Monterey gets world status

The International School of Monterey in Seaside will celebrate its authorization by the International Baccalaureate as Monterey County's first IB World School on Tuesday. A drone on the school's front lawn will take a photo of the students and then Congressman Sam Farr, U.S. House of Representatives, will headline a short program recognizing the school's new status as an IB World School at 11:30am. He will be joined by Dr. Nancy Kotowski, Superintendent, Monterey County Office of Education; Dr. PK Diffenbaugh, Superintendent, Monterey Peninsula Unified School District; and Dr. Sunder Ramaswamy, President, Monterey Institute of International Studies and Vice President, ISM Board of Trustees. Following the program at 12:00pm, students will install a directional sign pointing to other IB World Schools around the globe at 1720 Yosemite Street in Seaside.


CHP to crack down on speeding, aggressive driving in Santa Cruz, Monterey counties

The California Highway Patrol is planning a crackdown on speeding and aggressive driving in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties.

Between Aug. 28 and Sept. 1, extra CHP officers will be deployed along Highway 1, Highway 101, Highway 9 and numerous county roadways.

This increased enforcement is joint effort to reduce the number of fatal and injury traffic collisions attributed to aggressive driving, unsafe speed, unsafe passing, and improper turning movements along with other moving violations.

This joint enforcement effort was made possible through the Reduce Aggressive Driving Incidents and Tactically Enforce Speed II Grant. Funding for the RADIATES II Grant was provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Multi-million dollar cars draw tighter security for Monterey Car Week

MONTEREY, Calif.-Armed guards and a undercover security are patrolling the Monterey Peninsula as cars worth millions of dollars are making an appearance for this year's Car Week.  Security is tight because there's a lot at stake for the auction companies.

Last year Monterey police said a 1961 Chevy Impala Super Sport was stolen right off the Russo and Steele auction lot near Fisherman’s Wharf.  That car was one of four stolen last year.  That's why auction houses said they're taking a few extra steps to avoid a repeat. 

"The value of the number of cars that are here is substantial.  In the hundreds of millions of dollars, not just in our auction room but all auction rooms and concourse on the Peninsula," said RM Auctions Vice President Alain Squindo.

Squindo said the company pulls out all the stops to ensure these cars are kept safe from start to finish.