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East Salinas explores solutions to trust issues with police

SALINAS, Calif. - More than 100 people came together at Emmanuel Bilingual Baptist Church on Wednesday night to discuss violence on the streets and a lack trust in law enforcement in East Salinas.  Participants said it was just the first step to moving beyond the fear, frustration and anger following recent officer-involved shootings.

"We want our voices to be heard as residents.  But we want to do it in a way that's gonna impact others and its gonna benefit the community as well, not just harm it," said resident Sylvia Ramirez.

Ramirez said protestors that marched on the streets one week ago, aren't reflective of everyone in East Salinas.  Outrage poured onto the pavement following recent officer involved shootings and a peaceful protest turned into violence toward police. 

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Thousands pedal for AIDS awareness this weekend

This weekend, 2,300 riders with the AIDS/LifeCycle will pass through the area traveling from San Francisco to Los Angeles on a seven-day journey expected to raise $15 million to fight AIDS.

State funding coming in to help maintain local roads

The California Transportation Commission has allocated $1.3 billion in transportation funding for maintaining California's 50,000 lane miles of highways.

The infusion of funding will help with two significant safety projects in Monterey County:

$2.2 million to install a high tension cable median barrier to reduce the severity and frequency of cross median collisions on U.S. Highway 101 near Soledad from north of Hudson Road to the Salinas River Bridge in Monterey County.

$109,000 to install median rumble strips on State Route 1 from Carmel Valley Road to north of Carpenter Street in Monterey County to reduce the potential for cross median collisions.

 

Monterey Bay Aquarium now on Google Maps Street View

A virtual walking tour of the Monterey Bay Aquarium is now just a click away. The award-winning aquarium is now featured in Google Maps Street View, and is the first aquarium on the iconic site to offer both interior and exterior images.

The aquarium joins other prominent natural wonders, architectural landmarks and museums around the world. Other notable collections include the White House, the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower, St. Mark's Square in Venice, the Gálapagos Islands, the Art Institute of Chicago and the San Diego Zoo.

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Salinas police identify man killed in Wednesday night fracas

Salinas police identify man killed in Wednesday night fracas

The man shot and killed Wednesday night in Salinas has been identified as 23-year-old Constantino Garcia, who'd recently moved to the city with his wife and child. Salinas police estimate there were approximately 100 people in the area who presumably witnessed the shooting in the area of Del Monte, but at this time, no witnesses have come forward with information. Those who may have witnessed this incident are urged to contact Detective Zuniga or Detective Gonzalez of the Salinas Police Department Investigations Bureau at 758-7929 or 758-7127. You can also call the anonymous tipline at 775-4222 or the We-Tip-Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Early Thursday morning, police investigators and protestors have cleared the area along Del Monte Avenue in east Salinas. 

The command center was also broken down. 

Still no word from police on the officer taken to the hospital after being hit in the head with a bottle. 

Salinas police identify man killed in Tuesday's officer-involved shooting

Salinas police identify man killed in Tuesday's officer-involved shooting

The day after a crowd of protesters demonstrated in the street, Salinas police held a press conference to discuss the officer-involved shooting that has many community members outraged. It was the second fatal officer-involved shooting in less than two weeks, with both incidents occurring in broad daylight in front of numerous citizens.Chief Kelly McMillin identified the man killed by officers Tuesday afternoon as Oscar Mejia, a 44-year-old El Salvador native. Prior to Tuesday, McMillin said officers had arrested him in October for being drunk in public and in January for being drunk in public, resisting arrest and assaulting an officer.

On Tuesday, 911 dispatchers received a call from a resident who reported a man trying to break into her home and threatening her and her dog. She told dispatchers he was also making sexual remarks to her and had a large pair of scissors or garden shears.

DMV puts Salinas on the ‘Hot List’ to fight repeat DUI offenders

DMV puts Salinas on the ‘Hot List’ to fight repeat DUI offenders

SALINAS, Calif.  A program to keep the worst of the worst off the streets when it comes to driving under the influence is getting traction in the state and now the Central Coast. “Research shows a staggering 75 percent of drivers who are convicted of DUI continue to drive despite being suspended or revoked,” says Jean Shiomoto, DMV Director. 

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