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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.

 

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.

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CALTRANS works to reduce water use in drought

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY – Caltrans is installing “smart irrigation” controllers, a recycled-water pipeline, and low-flow fixtures to cut its water use along state highways throughout the Central Coast.

“As the drought intensifies here in California, we are making every effort to lead the way conserving the state’s precious water supplies,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.

Caltrans plans to install more than 30 “smart irrigation” controllers – which can reduce water usage as much as 50 to 60 percent – at various locations along U.S. Highway 101 and State Route 1 from Santa Barbara County to Santa Cruz County. The smart irrigation devices monitor plant health and apply water only when absolutely necessary. They automatically turn off when it rains and when it is forecast to rain. They also shut off and notify the water manager if the system malfunctions.

Dear Jon: There’s hope for pet owners who can’t afford care

 Dear Jon: There’s hope for pet owners who can’t afford care

You may have been in a situation where your pet had a life threatening condition, but you couldn't pay for care due to one reason or another. It's a really tough situation to be in, the thought of losing your pet to a lack of funds. Shelly wrote to me and asked, “Dear Jon, my pet has a serious medical condition, but I can't pay for care, is there any hope?”

Yes there is hope and one resource I’ve located here on the Central Coast is called the BirchBark Foundation.

Marina man arrested on gang, gun charges

Marina man arrested on gang, gun charges

Marina Police Department officers and the Peninsula Regional Violence and Narcotics Team conducted a probation search in the 3100 block of Bayer Street in Marina and arrested Tobias Jones.

Officers said he had a loaded stolen pistol inside his dresser along with other personal items and gang indicia. Jones is a Seaside Crip gang member.  

Jones was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition, possession of stolen property and violation of probation.