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Central Coast counties will receive food assistance beginning in May

Central Coast counties will receive food assistance beginning in May

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Counties on the Central Coast will get significant aid as the drought continues. With the hot, dry months approaching and extreme drought grips much of the state, the California Department of Social Services’ has announced that food banks in 24 drought-affected counties will be receiving shipments of food assistance. The first $5.1 million in food assistance will begin to hit food bank shelves in early May, delivered directly to drought-impacted communities.

“Communities are feeling the impacts of the drought, and this assistance will help families put food on the table,” said CDSS Director Will Lightbourne. “As the drought persists, we’ll continue delivering assistance to where it is most needed.”

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Capitola Police Take Back Rx Drugs

The Capitola Police Department and the DEA are hosting a prescription drug drop-off event.

When: Saturday, April 26th

10am -2pm

Where: Capitola Police Department

422 Capitola Ave, Capitola 

What: They will accept any pill or patch; no needles, liquids or sharps

The Take Back Program is anonymous.

Santa Cruz Harbor celebrates 50th birthday

The Santa Cruz Harbor is celebrating its 50th birthday this weekend.

A re-dedication ceremony took place Friday with a special "pop-up museum" event planned for Saturday, April 19.

The Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History and the port district invite members of the public to come share harbor-related memorabilia -- photos, documents, other artifacts -- at the Mariner Park Lawn in the harbor for public viewing from 1 to 3 p.m.

Woman taken to hospital after being hit by car

Woman taken to hospital after being hit by car

A woman was taken to Dominican Hospital then flown to a Bay Area trauma center with minor injuries after she was hit by a car Wednesday night.

California Highway Patrol says it happened on Brommer Street and Seventh Avenue just after 7 p.m.

Witnesses say the woman was crossing Seventh Avenue when the car had the right of way when he turned from Brommer onto Seventh and hit her.  Several witnesses said the sun was in such a position that the glare could have been in his eyes.

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Think twice before you buy a bunny for someone for Easter

News release provided by the Monterey County Health Department.

Baby chicks, bunnies and ducks may seem like the perfect Easter basket addition, but think twice! These cute babies grow up into large, adult animals requiring full-time care.

Rabbits make wonderful pets, but they aren't care-free pets. They have to be taken care of just like you would a dog or a cat. Rabbits commonly live for 8-10 years, and can live as long as 15, depending upon the breed, so it is a long-term commitment. Other factors to consider include the fact that not as many vets are experienced with rabbits, so your veterinary costs could be higher than you might expect to pay for a dog.

Santa Cruz man arrested by FBI faces federal weapons charge

A Santa Cruz County man taken into custody by the FBI Wednesday was arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of firearms, according to court records.

Giraldo Angelo Sultana was arrested in an early morning raid at his 37th Avenue home Wednesday. FBI agents were assisted by members of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office.

Report: Violent crime in Watsonville reaches lowest rate in 10 years

The rate of violent crimes in the city of Watsonville reached its lowest rate in a decade last year, according to the Watsonville Police Department.

The rate was 4.6 violent crimes per 1,000, according to the department's 2013 annual crime statistics report, which was released Monday.

The report is compiled using the FBI crime index statistics. The FBI crime index includes the violent crimes of murder, non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault. It also includes the property crimes of larceny-theft, burglary, vehicle theft and arson.