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Rancho Cielo was created by Superior Court Judge John M. Phillips, who wanted to find an alternative to the cycle of crime and jail he saw happening to at-risk Salinas youth on a daily basis.

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Governor Moves to ‘Transform’ San Quentin as State’s Prison Population Shrinks


San Quentin housed California’s death row for decades. Now Gavin Newsom wants the prison to emphasize rehabilitation and helping inmates re-enter society.

Monterey Peninsula Unified Settles With Juul


Monterey Peninsula Unified School District’s recent settlement, after three years of litigation, with Juul Labs Inc. will expand the district’s resources to educate and deter youth nicotine use among students.

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Automated police cameras put Monterey County at the frontline of the debate over safety vs. privacy.

The past month has seen local cities double down on automated police surveillance equipment that promises to reduce crime and assist short-staffed forces – but which has also raised privacy concerns among citizens and civil liberties advocates.

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Salinas Police receive more than $1M for new technology as city honors slain officer

SALINAS — U.S. Reps. Jimmy Panetta and Zoe Lofgren recently visited the Salinas Police Department to highlight new federal funding for the department to deploy technology that will improve efficiency, officer safety and community transparency. Salinas Police Department received $1,165,000 …

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Planning gets underway for South County Family Justice Center

MONTEREY COUNTY — Community members are invited to attend a strategic planning event for South Monterey County’s Family Justice Center later this month. A team from the Family Justice Center Alliance, a project of Alliance for HOPE International, is helping …

Image caption: The AB 3121 Task Force to Study and Develop Reparations Proposals for African Americans meets in Oakland on Dec. 14, 2022.
Reparations Task Force Seeks More Than Dollars

The task force members are discussing monetary and nonmonetary reparations ideas to compensate for slavery and racism. Some say they want policies to prevent future harms against Black Californians.

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Seaside PD clamps down on speeding drivers on Hilby and other residential streets.

Seaside police are cracking down on speeding drivers, particularly on residential streets, in response to concerns from residents and in advance of a city-commissioned traffic calming plan currently in the works for Hilby Avenue.

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SCOTUS Takes on Section 230, the Online Free Speech Law

The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday heard arguments in a potential landmark case that could roll back Section 230, the 27-year-old law that protects free speech on social media and other online platforms. Which way were the justices leaning?

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Former King City police chief returns to fill vacancy

KING CITY — Former King City Police Chief Robert “Bob” Masterson is returning to the city, but this time as interim police captain. King City Police Department announced Masterson’s appointment Feb. 10.  “I am pleased that Bob agreed to return …

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Seaside prayer vigil in honor of Tyre Nichols focuses on a message of community action.

A prayer vigil held in honor of Tyre Nichols turned into a call for community action on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

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Low staffing forces Salinas PD to prioritize calls, meaning not all will trigger a police response.

With staffing levels thin, the Salinas Police Department has changed the way it prioritizes call responses. On Jan. 26, Salinas PD implemented a new process when deciding whether to send a police officer to a reported crime.

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County law enforcement officials are coordinating to crack down on the worsening “ghost gun” problem.

Two recent arrests in Monterey County have brought further attention to untraceable, homemade firearms known as “ghost guns,” with local law enforcement officials saying they’re coordinating to crack down on the problem.

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