Monterey, CA – Brad Damitz stands on Wharf Number two in Monterey. He's gazing at the wide sandy beach that arcs north toward Moss Landing. As an environmental policy specialist for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, he knows that each crashing wave is slowly eroding that beach. Scientists estimate that the coast is receding by 6 to 8 feet a year in some spots, especially during the harsh winter storms of El Nino years.
Moss Landing, CA – Friday is Earth Day. And in California Earth Day is more than just a day lightly noted on the calendar. Locally it inspires environmental action from beach clean-ups to collecting signatures for a plastic bag ban. KAZU's Krista Almanzan spoke with Rebecca Dmytryk of Wild Rescue in Moss Landing. The group is organizing a Worldwide Fishing Line Clean Up.
Monterey, CA – If the federal government shuts down at midnight tonight, it's not entirely clear what will happen next. Local federal employees, especially those in defense, may have to show up to work on Monday to find out whether their job is considered essential.
Salinas, CA – Today a delegation from Salinas will be speaking at Summit in Washington DC on Preventing Youth Violence. The city is one of six selected to develop a comprehensive plan to fight youth and gang violence. The others are Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Memphis and San Jose. Salinas' comprehensive plan was developed by CASP, Community Alliance for Safety and Peace, a coalition of government and community groups. KAZU's Krista Almanzan spoke with Salinas Mayor Dennis Donohue about the plan.