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Homeless skateboarder wins civil award for crash on Soquel Avenue hill

From the Mercury New

Civil court jurors Thursday awarded $387,000 to a homeless man struck by a car while riding his skateboard on Soquel Avenue and Capitola Road more than three years ago, in a case that has attorneys for the skateboarder and driver accusing one another of greed and damaging smear campaigns.

Jurors originally awarded 41-year-old Shawn Erwood more than $600,000, but reduced it after finding he was 37 percent responsible for the accident, attorneys said.

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Flood Advisory Issued for San Benito, Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif - The National Weather Service-San Francisco Bay has issued and urban  and small stream flood advisory for Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito and Santa Clara Counties starting at 9:00 am Thursday until 5:00 pm Thursday.

Mondels are indicating a moderate to strong frontal system will approach the Central Coast region on Thursday morning bringing the potential for moderate to locally heavy rainfall to the advisory area.

Two More Storm Systems on the Way

A breezy and wet start to your Wednesday. There will be some locally heavy rain. Rainfall amounts generally less than an inch around the Bay and up to 2 inches in the mountains through Wednesday. Rain will change to showers by afternoon, with a chance of thundershowers which could bring lightening and hail to the forecast. Expecting winds anywhere from 10 to 30 MPH. The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the Central Coast for Wednesday until 4pm.  The biggest concern is excess runoff from already saturated soil which could cause mud and land slides.

Storm number two arrives on Thursday morning and will bring rain to the Central Coast again and change to showers during the day. Rainfall amounts will generally range from an inch around the Bay to 2 to 3 inches in the mountains. Showers will taper off Thursday night.

Skies will be partly cloudy on Friday as we get a break between storms.

Rockslide Traps Families in Scotts Valley

Rockslide Traps Families in Scotts Valley

A rockslide in Scotts Valley has been reported off of Nelson Road near Skymeadow Lane. Neighbors say that 26 families are trapped on one side of the slide.  Click here for more updates on this story

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Third Annual Toyota Farm to Table Tour Will Be Hosted by the Aptos Farmers’ Market

Santa Cruz, CA – March 17, 2011–The Aptos Farmers’ Market, one of the top 10 farmers’ markets in California, and the flagship of the Monterey Bay Certified Farmers’ Markets, will host the Toyota Farm to Table Tour on Saturday, April 9 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.  

Now in its third year, the Toyota Farm to Table Tour brings together notable local chefs and farmers to showcase the vital connection between farmers, farmers’ markets, chefs, and the communities they serve. During the event, a dozen top Santa Cruz County chefs will prepare thousands of complimentary bite-sized tastings featuring fresh, local ingredients. This event will provide market visitors a great opportunity to learn more about the market, its specialty farmers and vendors, chefs, and ways to eat and shop locally.

Meet Capitola's Management Team

This is a great opportunity to meet the “Management Team” for the City of Capitola.  It is a casual open forum, a chance for people to ask questions and get to know the leaders of Capitola.  The following department heads will be attending the forum:


Jamie Goldstein, City Manager

Mike Card, Chief of Police

Steve Jesberg, Public Works Director

Derek Johnson, Community Development Director



You’re invited to join us at:

Mr. Toot’s 231 Esplanade Suite #100

Tuesday March 29, 2011

4pm- 6pm

New Safety Guidelines for Child Car Seats

New child safety seat guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics urge parents to keep their infants in rear-facing car seats until they're 2 years old.

The academy's previous guidelines, last updated in 2002, recommended rear-facing car seats for infants until they reached the maximum weight or height allowed by the seat's manufacturer, or were at least 1 year old and weighed 20 pounds.

As a result, many parents switch their children to a forward-facing car seat as soon as they celebrate their first birthday.

But a 2007 study in the journal Injury Prevention found that children under age 2 were 75 percent less likely to die or be severely injured in a crash if they rode in a rear-facing seat rather than a forward-facing one.

The new guidelines, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, are meant to encourage parents not to rush transitions from one type of car seat or restraint to the next, said Dr.