A Courthouse Fixture Fights to Stay Afloat

Dec 12, 2014
Julie Reynolds

Randy Henson has been a fixture in Monterey County courts for 32 years. Henson runs the courthouse snack bar. Like scores of other vendors in courthouses and government buildings around the state, he is legally blind.

“The central vision loss was instantaneous,” he said. It happened in fifth grade. “I came back in after recess and the teacher asked me to read something from the history book and I was like plunking along.”

He discovered he had something Stanford scientists call Wolfram’s Syndrome, which he says mimic diabetes in addition to causing blindness.

A powerful storm moving through the Monterey Bay Area has downed trees, flooded roadways and knocked out power throughout the region.

The California Department of Parks and Recreation has closed several state parks in Santa Cruz and Monterey County due the storm.

In Santa Cruz County, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, New Brighton State Beach, Seacliff State Beach and Sunset State Beach are closed now, and will likely remain closed through next Wednesday, December 16th.  

Krista Almanzan

At a time when the Department of Defense budget is under pressure, some military bases are re-examining how they operate to find ways to save.  And increasingly, they’re looking to the Monterey Peninsula. 

About 15 years ago, Congress passed pilot legislation allowing the Army to partner with the Cities of Monterey and Seaside  to share operating services as a way to cut costs.  More recently Congress authorized that all military installations could enter these intergovernmental services agreements with state or local governments.

Krista Almanzan

The Saturday before Thanksgiving is Survivors of Suicide Loss Day.  Established by Congress 15 years ago, at the urging of Senator Harry Reid who lost his father to suicide, it’s a day when people affected by suicide can gather for support and understanding.  Locally events are being held in La Selva Beach and for the first time on the Monterey Peninsula.