Erika Mahoney

New Bridge Reconnects Big Sur Community

A long-awaited ribbon cutting tomorrow will mark the opening of the new Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge. The bridge on Highway 1 in Big Sur has been closed for eight months after winter storms damaged it beyond repair. This literally divided the community.

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Sacramento, CA – After several news reports and three audits suggesting the University of California system abused its own pay rules, several state lawmakers called Wednesday for the resignation of UC President Robert Dynes. The reports and audits show UC administrators gave senior officials millions of dollars of bonuses and perks. KAZU's Ben Adler speaks with one of the most visible lawmakers on this topic has been State Senator Abel Maldonado, a Republican who represents the Central Coast.

Salinas, CA – More than 10-thousand people marched through the streets of Salinas Monday, rallying for immigration reform in the city's biggest organized march since the days of Cesar Chavez. The march emptied the fields, closed businesses and made East Salinas look like a neighborhood celebrating a major holiday. KAZU's Ben Adler reports.

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Salinas, CA – "Salinas is seen as almost a mystical place by the NF. It's sort of - I wouldn't equate it with Mecca, so much, but it is Salas - S-A-L-A-S. You see Salas tattooed on a gang member, he's got immediate credibility."
-- From the documentary "Nuestra Familia: Our Family"

Monterey, CA – The Monterey County Herald will have a new owner this summer - Denver-based MediaNews. Knight Ridder agreed to sell all of its newspapers - including the Herald and San Jose Mercury News - to the McClatchy Company last month. McClatchy announced Wednesday it would re-sell four of those papers. MediaNews will pay a billion dollars in cash - with backing from the Hearst Corporation. KAZU's Ben Adler reports.

Monterey, CA – There appear to be at least three groups eyeing the Monterey County Herald.

The local paper was put on the auction block once again earlier this month when The McClatchy Co. announced it would sell 12 of the 32 papers it had just agreed to acquire from Knight Ridder.

Bids on the 12 papers, including the Herald, San Jose Mercury News and the East San Francisco Bay Area's Contra Costa Times closed at 5pm Tuesday, and three groups have clearly expressed an interest:

San Jose, CA – A federal judge has blocked the Monterey County General Plan Initiative from going on the June ballot. A Thursday ruling from U-S District Court Judge James Ware in San Jose says the initiative violated the federal Voting Rights Act, which requires that county voters receive all election materials in English and Spanish. Signature gatherers only circulated the text of the initiative in English. KAZU's Ben Adler talks with Salinas Californian reporter Dawn Withers.

Salinas, CA – When Salinas voters passed the half-cent sales tax known as Measure V at last November's election, most assumed the city's budget crisis was solved. But while the city's libraries are likely safe, they still have to compete with other departments - including police, fire and parks and recreation - for a limited amount of new revenue. As KAZU's Ben Adler reports, that set off a funding battle among the departments at two recent city council meetings, including one earlier this week.

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