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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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Taylor Farms construction ramps up in downtown

The massive Taylor Farms project is entering a new construction phase that will involve the temporary closure of the parking lane on the west side of the 100 Block of Main Street. Starting the first week in June, Taylor contractors will be tearing out the existing (asphalt) sidewalk and installing all new sidewalk, storm drains, street trees, street lighting and other right-of-way improvements. The building façade will start to go up, as well. Construction of the new streetscape is expected to take approximately 2 ½ to 3 months and the parking lane will be closed for the duration.  The two lanes of traffic on the 100 Block, and the parking lane on the east side of the street will remain open.
 

MST summer youth GoPass on sale now

Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) is again offering its Summer Youth GoPass. The pass provides youth unlimited rides on all MST's routes from June 1 through August 31 for $38. That's a savings of $247 as compared to the purchase of three 31 Day Super Discount GoPasses.

The pass is a good way for those 18 years and under to get around to their favorite places for one low price. This year's Summer Youth GoPass can only be purchased online at www.mst.org and at MST customer service locations including; the Bus Stop Shop in Monterey, Marina Transit Exchange, and Salinas Transit Center.

For more information, visit www.mst.org or call Monterey-Salinas Transit at 1-888-MST-BUS1

Drug and alcohol counselor job fair

Phoenix Houses of California is hosting a job fair on in Salinas for certified drug and alcohol counselors.
Immediate positions available for qualified individuals who have experience providing cognitive behavioral therapy services in a correctional environment.

Successful applicants will be employed in a new program at the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad.

To find out about these immediate job openings: 

Phoenix House Job Fair

Wednesday, May 21st

1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Laurel Inn and Conference Center

801 West Laurel Drive, just off the 101 Freeway in downtown Salinas, conference Room 100.

For more information call 818-686-3040, That's 818-686-3040.

Phoenix Houses of California provide equality of opportunity to all who are protected against discrimination by law, regulation or executive order, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.