6:00 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Local Author Takes Readers Inside Salinas Gangs

Journalist and author Julia Reynolds and her new book.

Salinas has an estimated 3000 gang members.  Yet most the people who live there, work there or visit can carry on with their day unaffected by all that’s going on in the gang underworld.

But a new book titled Blood in the Fields: Ten Years Inside California’s Nuestra Familia Gang pulls back the curtain on one of the most violent gangs in America. 

It’s written by award winning journalist and Harvard Nieman Fellow Julia Reynolds (JR). She’s a reporter with the Monterey County Herald.

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3:16 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Salinas Looked at as a Model for Efforts in Reducing Youth Violence

A delegation from Washington D.C. follows Salinas Police Officer and PAL Executive Director Angel Gonzalez on a tour of the future of the Police Activities League (PAL).
Credit Krista Almanzan

Salinas has had no shortage of violence lately with two deadly shootings just last week.  But this week the city is being looked at as a model for its efforts in reducing youth violence.   

A delegation visiting from Washington D.C. spent Tuesday and Wednesday going to meetings, presentations and tours like one in the refurbished National Guard armory across the street from the Salina’s Police Department.

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11:09 am
Thu August 14, 2014

This Smart Machine is Leading the Way to the Future of Agriculture

Blue River Technology's LettuceBot thins a field in Salinas. Jorge Heraud follows the machine to monitor its decision making.
Credit Cindy Carpien, NPR

The Salinas Valley is getting a lot of attention from Silicon Valley lately.   A new tech incubator will soon open up in downtown Salinas hoping to grow the connection between agriculture and technology.

But even before that, one Silicon Valley start-up was already hard at work tweaking its version of a machine that thins lettuce plants.  It’s a job normally handled by human hands.  But this may be just the tip of the iceberg in a new era of smart machines in agriculture. 

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6:00 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Homeless Vets Gather At Stand Down

Tracey “Smitty” Smith sits on his bunk at Stand Down
Credit Doug McKnight

Military veterans represent just ten percent of the population, yet they make up 25-percent of our nation’s homeless.  For decades, the Veterans Administration and veterans support groups have been working to alleviate the problem.  One way is with an event called a Stand Down.   One was held this past weekend on the former Fort Ord and 400 homeless veterans came looking for help.

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4:48 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

How Could Passenger Rail in Santa Cruz County Serve You

The Santa Cruz Branch Line is 32 miles of freight rail between Davenport and Watsonville.
Credit Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission

Talk of bringing passenger rail to Santa Cruz County goes back decades.  But it seems the idea is finally at the point where the talk may turn into reality. 

About two years ago, the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) purchased the Santa Cruz Rail Line. It’s a 32 mile freight line that runs from Davenport to Watsonville. 

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