I Knew That Hear-Old Bill Was Fake

The price was too good to be true.

Fake bills for newspaper subscriptions have been mailed to residents in Monterey County and elsewhere in the state, and the California Attorney General’s Office is warning residents not to pay them.

The mailings may appear to be legitimate renewal notices from a local newspaper such as the Santa Cruz Sentinel or Monterey Herald, but the notices come from companies such as Magazine Payment Services, Lake Shore Publishers Service and Magazine Billing Network.

I Knew That Hear-Old Bill Was Fake

Oh Those Cute Sea Otters!

Two otter stories making the news – first is the otters at the Fish Jail get their own PG Remodel.

mural otters

After six long months with no sea otter exhibit, aquarium administrators say the beloved endangered species will return for public view Saturday.

The exhibit is one of the aquarium’s most popular, but after 25 years it started to show its age. Among other issues, the rock platform and stones in the water, which otters like to pick up, had become deteriorated by the saltwater.

Yeah, otters. They are amusing and cute. Until the males try and rape sea lions..

mural otters

Trying to find refuge from what appeared to be a sexual assault by a male sea otter, the sea lion hopped aboard a kayak in the Moss Landing Harbor.

Powell said she had gathered a group of kayakers into a “raft” to discuss safety before leading them past a dock where sea lions hang out near the Highway 1 bridge last Saturday morning when she noticed what appeared to be two sea otters mating about 50 feet away. Before she could advise the kayakers to move off, what turned out to be a sea lion broke away and made a dash for the kayaks, the otter in pursuit.

Aquarium Reopens Otter Exhibit

Sea Lion Assaulted By Otters

Tax Loving Bill Monning Loses On Sugar Tax

Does the tax on alcohol prevent DUIs and other drunken crimes? This is just another money grab.
Soda tax

Amid outcry from business organizations, restaurant and beverage groups, grocers and more, an Assembly taxation committee effectively killed the bill. Sponsored by Assembly member Bill Monning, D-Carmel, whose district includes parts of Santa Cruz County, it would have taxed sodas, energy drinks, sweet teas and other sugary beverages, directing the money toward youth education and obesity-prevention programs.

Tax Loving Bill Monning Loses On Sugar Tax

D.L.I. Student In Court On Child Porn Charges

The judge also scolded Knutson for chewing gum in court.

Keegan Knutson

Keegan Knutson has pleaded not guilty to a charge of possession of child pornography, and he appeared in Santa Cruz County Superior Court on Monday wearing Army fatigues.

In the October police raid of the four men and teenager, authorities seized thousands of online images and videos that were shared but not sold, Santa Cruz police spokesman Zach Friend said in October.

D.L.I. Student In Court On Child Porn Charges

Watsonville Crime Takes A Turn For The Funny

Ever since a writer from Watsonville commented on getting stopped by our police I’ve paid more attention to that town that I can’t for the life of me credit with anything but gang crimes. This is one that has nothing to do with gangs, and comes from good old W’ville

Watsonville resident Laurence Roscoe Gregory, 65, was fighting with the clerk because he believed his tickets were winners, when in fact they were not, according to Sgt. Saul Gonzalez. The officer talked with Gregory outside the store, located on the 100 block of East Lake Avenue, around 8 a.m. and explained that Gregory hadn’t won.

Then the officer asked Gregory, who was wearing “bulky” clothing, if he had any weapons on him and Gregory revealed the 3- to 4-foot-long sword under his coat. He told the officer the sword was part of his attire, Gonzalez said.

Watsonville Crime Takes A Turn For The Funny

Sean Connors Must Really Hate Cell Phones By Now

(Santa Cruz Sentinel)
Popped by a citizen via cell phone.

A Monterey man whose driver’s license was suspended from a past driving under the influence conviction was arrested early Wednesday in South County after someone called 911 to report a possible drunken driver, the California Highway Patrol reported.

Sean Joseph Connors, 24, allegedly was driving erratically on Highway 1 near Airport Boulevard around 2:40 a.m., the CHP reported. He was pulled over and arrested on suspicion of DUI and driving with a suspended license.

Sounds like it’s the same guy that left his phone behind after breaking into a car.

Sean Connors Must Really Hate Cell Phones By Now

Mexico Will Ban California Produce – LBAM

Was anyone thinking about others’ fears? Want to think global or not?

Mexican officials have banned all strawberries from the Central Coast if they are within 1.9 miles of a light brown apple moth meaning strawberries from fields like these off San Andreas Road likely won’t be going to Mexico.

If the ban stays in effect through this year’s strawberry season, it could cost county growers about $1.9 million in lost revenue, according to local estimates. Virtually no Santa Cruz County strawberries — by far the county’s largest crop — would be allowed across the border.

Mothra

Mexico Will Ban California Produce – LBAM

CheckMate Not Likely Cause Of Illness

(Santa Cruz Sentinel)

Mothra

Illnesses reported by Monterey Peninsula residents after September’s spraying to combat the light brown apple moth likely weren’t caused by CheckMate products, according to a study released Friday.

Findings released Friday by the Department of Pesticide Regulation suggest that exposure to a high dose of airborne CheckMate microcapsule particles could cause eye, skin or respiratory irritation. But the report said that the application of the product over Monterey County was extremely low, and it is unlikely the low levels could result in health problems.

The application of pheromones that took place was done at rates that fell below the proposed rate of 20 grams of active ingredient per acre, the report states.

CheckMate Not Likely Cause Of Illness