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Public Hearing Wednesday Night for the Santa Cruz Warriors Arena

Public Hearing Wednesday Night for the Santa Cruz Warriors Arena

SANTA CRUZ, Calif - The Santa Cruz City Council postponed a decision Tuesday evening that would clear the way for a new arena for the Warriors basketball team. 

City leaders met again Wednesday afternoon during a closed session. They decided to hold a public hearing Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at 809 Center Street.

A spokesperson for the Warriors says the decision was postponed at Tuesday's meeting because neighbors expressed concerns, and that the city wanted to ensure everyone's voice was heard.

The decision came on the same day the team released new pictures of what they hope the arena will look like.The stadium would cost $5.4 Million, seat nearly 3,000 fans, and would sit between the downtown area and the beach.

The Warriors are scheduled to play their first home game December 23rd.

 

Taking Down a Piece of Boardwalk History

Taking Down a Piece of Boardwalk History

By Jasmine Viel - email

SANTA CRUZ, Calif.- Officials with the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk have begun dismantling the "Hurricane" roller coaster.

All was quiet at the boardwalk when the deconstruction began last week, only the sound of machinery was at work instead of screaming kids or throngs of people waiting in line for the rides or the sinfully delicious food.

On Friday, boardwalk representatives snapped photos of the progress. They say its going to take months to take down the roller coaster completely.

It was a "hurricane" of a ride for 20 years. It's out with the old and in with the new. A new thrill is coming to town called "The Undertow."

The "Hurricane" will be shipped to an amusement park in New Mexico.

Gilroy Interim Fire Chief Caught Selling Alcohol to Minor

By Tom Jones - email

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -- A high ranking public official for the city of Gilroy has been cited after being caught selling alcohol to a minor.

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department, along with the Santa Cruz Police Department, were conducting an underage sting operation where a teenage decoy would offer money in return for an adult to buy them alcohol.

Interim Fire Chief Roger Bloom fell for the bait.

The decoy-teenager offered the Interim Fire Chief $10 extra for buying the minor some booze and Bloom was cited for a misdemeanor.

Roger Bloom has been with the Gilroy Fire Department since last month, when the former Fire Chief Dale Foster retired.

Manhunt Monday, September 10, 2012

Manhunt Monday, September 10, 2012

Mark Dickson is wanted on an outstanding warrant for drugs and resisting arrest.

Call 911 with information that requires immediate attention or the tip line at 831-420-5995.

Manhunt Monday, September 10, 2012

Manhunt Monday, September 10, 2012

Kerry Abela is wanted for possession of controlled substances and he has a Felony Warrant for $250,000, said police.

Call 911 with information that requires immediate attention or the tip line at 831-420-5995.

Man Captures Fiery Big Rig Crash

Man Captures Fiery Big Rig Crash

By Jasmine Viel - email

SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS, Calif.- Russell Clash was driving on Highway 17 late Wednesday night when he came across an intense and fiery big rig crash near the summit.

He captured it all on his cell phone, showing the flames and explosions of the truck. Clash said he had to stand behind the guard rail, below the embankment.

"I went through a lot to get the photos, including taking a twenty foot drop off the highway into the steep terrain, being put in an ambulance, losing my car keys, having car towed with my dog locked inside, but what an explosion," said Clash in an email to Central Coast News.

Big Rig Fire Closes Highway 17, Now Reopen

 

By April Valencia - email

All lanes of Highway 17 were shut down Wednesday night after a nitrogen truck caught fire near Summit Road.

The fire erupted around 10pm, on the winding highway between Santa Cruz and San Jose.