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Monterey County to Host Town Hall on Battery Storage Systems


Since battery energy storage systems have been housed at the Moss Landing Power Plant site, there have been at least three incidents concerning the lithium ion batteries.

Common Building Flaw Brought Destruction in Turkey, Syria


As seismic engineers study the earthquakes that killed more than 20,000, it's becoming clear that a significant cause involved a building design common in California.

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Pajaro River breaches levee, prompting mandatory evacuations in the middle of the night.

The Pajaro River breached the levee upriver from the North Monterey County community of Pajaro early Saturday morning, March 11, just after midnight.

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Storm causes widespread closures of Monterey County schools, courts and businesses.

Amid widespread power outages and other storm-related hazards, various businesses and schools are closed throughout Monterey County on Friday, March 10.

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E. coli found in San Ardo water supply

SAN ARDO — San Ardo residents are still being advised to avoid drinking water from the town’s water system after testing confirmed the presence of E. coli bacteria. According to an update from Monterey County Health Department’s Environmental Health Bureau …

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While Chualar’s wastewater treatment plant is out of commission, Soledad is treating its wastewater.

During the recent winter storms, Monterey County’s wastewater treatment plant in the unincorporated South County community of Chualar was under water as the Salinas River flooded, and sewage was released into the river, according to a memo prepared by Soledad’s…

Image caption: View of the flooded San Lorenzo River Park Benchlands in Santa Cruz, California on New Year's Eve 2022.
Communicating During Disaster and Crisis

How to effectively communicate actionable information for preparation before extreme events, and to disseminate vital information during and after disasters.

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Officials issue an urgent reminder to abide by evacuation orders, describe Monterey Peninsula at risk of becoming an 'island.'

The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office issued new evacuation orders on Wednesday, Jan. 11, for communities located along the Salinas River near Monterey Bay—with Sheriff Tina Nieto warning that the Monterey Peninsula “may become an island” amid continuing storms that are…

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A tale of two creeks: As parts of Bolsa Knolls flood, neighbors blame lack of creek maintenance on county side outside city border.

Dozens of sandbags, like a small barricade, are outside of several homes and garages on the low side of Paul Avenue in Bolsa Knolls in North Salinas. On Monday afternoon, Jan. 9, the street has little water and there is…

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PHOTOS: Evacuation orders are widespread as rivers rise, but many residents opt to stay.

After a drumbeat of warnings and PSAs about potential flooding, along with a series of evacuation warnings, officials ordered evacuations of several Monterey County communities on Monday morning, Jan. 9, as river levels rose.

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2022 was a year that needed a lot of explaining. And California Local was there. Here are our 10 most important explanatory journalism stories from the year gone by, from immigration to cryptocurrency to wealth inequality and more.

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San Lucas students are driving force behind street improvements

SAN LUCAS — Children in San Lucas can now safely walk to school following the construction of new sidewalks and freshly paved streets in the South Monterey County town. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and resource fair took place Oct. 26 at …


View of the flooded San Lorenzo River Park Benchlands in Santa Cruz, California on New Year's Eve 2022.
Communicating During Disaster and Crisis
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