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January 31, 2010 | By Miriam Pawel
Salinas, the small city in the heart of the salad bowl of the world, ended the decade with two distinctions: a record number of homicides, and the imminent closure of the last bookstore in John Steinbeck's hometown. Signs at the B. Dalton bookstore read "50% off -- Non-returnable" as faithful customers stopped by to purchase one last book and pay respects, muttering indignantly about the idea that Salinans don't read. The sales clerk expressed relief that he had only four more days to watch over the near-empty shelves: "It's like dying a slow death."
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February 26, 2014 | By Lee Romney
The predawn arrests of current and former police officials Tuesday in the Salinas Valley town of King City accounted for nearly one-third of the small town's entire force. The acting chief, a former chief and other police employees were arrested along with the owner of a towing company -- some on charges connected to an alleged scheme to steal impounded cars that often belonged to Latino immigrants.  In that scheme, a police sergeant was allowed to take one impounded vehicle for every 10 to 15 he steered to a towing company owned by the brother of the acting police chief, according to the criminal complaint.
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NEWS
October 18, 2013 | By Ken Schwencke
A shallow magnitude 3.3 earthquake was reported Friday evening 13 miles from Soledad, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 9:02 p.m. PST at a depth of 5 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 24 miles from Salinas, Calif., 19 miles from Greenfield, Calif., 19 miles from Hollister, Calif., and 137 miles from Sacramento. In the last 10 days, there have been no earthquakes magnitude 3 or greater centered nearby. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service and this post was created by an algorithm written by the author.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- The indictments against state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon and former Assemblyman Tom Calderon on Friday initially drew a muted response from colleagues in the Legislature who huddled behind closed doors to decide what to do. The Senate Democratic Caucus scheduled an emergency meeting by teleconference Friday afternoon, and Senate leader Darrell Steinberg declined comment until he had a chance to meet with his members. More than two hours after the indictments, the only public comment had come from Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 2010 | By Scott Kraft, Los Angeles Times
The grass in Pocket Park is trimmed and fragrant, the jungle gym and swings freshly painted. It's the kind of place where parents exhausted after a day in the lettuce fields can let their children run free. But when dusk settled on that urban sanctuary one evening in March, the only people around were a few tattooed gang members wearing the signature blue of the Sureños . A car full of young men wearing the red colors of the rival Norteños drove past on East Laurel Drive, and a passenger fired a single shot.
BUSINESS
September 19, 2009 | Tiffany Hsu
A Salinas, Calif., company is recalling 1,715 cartons of recently harvested spinach after discovering salmonella, the California Department of Public Health said. The spinach was harvested Sept. 1 to 3 and packed in 12 to 24 bundles in each wire-bound crate or reusable plastic container. Distributor Ippolito International sold the greens to retail, food-service and wholesale buyers. The recall affects 1,515 cartons shipped under the Queen Victoria label to Canada, California and 11 other states.
NEWS
December 28, 1986
Thank you for the article regarding George Shirley. I heard the story a few weeks ago from a friend who teaches in Salinas. She had told me only what remarkable work he had done when I asked, "Have they fired him yet?" It was the obvious question. Your article implies that this is an isolated horror story. It is not. Good teachers without tenure are fired. For example, a math teacher whose students improved their test scores by an average of two years in six months was promptly fired.
NEWS
April 3, 1987 | Associated Press
A tornado ripped the roofs off greenhouses, injured two people and scattered debris as it whipped through a large nursery in a rural area this morning, authorities said. A number of other people were reported to be dazed by the twister that hit the 35-acre Sunnyside Nursery. The Weather Service predicted thunderstorms throughout Northern and Central California through tonight and said it expected more sightings of funnel clouds, which become tornadoes when they touch down.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 2011 | By Raja Abdulrahim, Los Angeles Times
As students at UC Irvine, Ricardo Cerros Jr. and his buddy Mike Clark often made plans to train together for the university's taekwondo team. When they did, Clark would sometimes show up early at the gym, hoping for a head start. But there would be Cerros, already an hour or more into the workout. Often, Clark would find Cerros on the treadmill in several layers of clothing, including a sauna suit, to make his workout more challenging. "He would train harder than everyone," Clark said.
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November 11, 2012 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
When the sculpture outside the Salinas rodeo arena was unveiled in 1982, bands played, Boy Scouts led a salute to the flag and the mayor presented sculptor Claes Oldenburg with a commemorative salad bowl. "Hat in Three Stages of Landing" was more than a monumental work by the world-renowned Oldenburg and his wife Coosje van Bruggen. It was a point of civic pride, a way to let the world know that Salinas was a place where art and culture thrived along with endless acres of lettuce and broccoli.
TRAVEL
January 3, 2014 | By Tom Bentley
Designated a national park just a year ago, Pinnacles can overwhelm with the sheer number of adjectives that leap to mind. "Mind-bending," "extraordinary," "wondrous" - all fall flat when you try to describe this surreal landscape of cloven cliffs, jagged spires and imposing boulders southeast of Salinas off the 101 Freeway. My sweetheart and I took a 10-mile trek through creek bed and cliff top there, earning our sighs of relief in the whirlpool tub that soon followed. The charge for our sweat equity?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2013 | By Diana Marcum
SALINAS, Calif. - This is a love story involving three hats, one town and the right shade of yellow paint. For decades a trio of giant hat sculptures in a scraggly grass field here had been treated like derelict pieces of playground equipment. Teenagers climbed to the top of what they knew as the "Salinas Hats. " The metal grew rusty and was scarred with gang graffiti. Few seemed to remember that this was "Hat in Three Stages of Landing" by well-known artist Claes Oldenburg and his wife, Coosje van Bruggen.
NEWS
October 18, 2013 | By Ken Schwencke
A shallow magnitude 3.3 earthquake was reported Friday evening 13 miles from Soledad, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 9:02 p.m. PST at a depth of 5 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 24 miles from Salinas, Calif., 19 miles from Greenfield, Calif., 19 miles from Hollister, Calif., and 137 miles from Sacramento. In the last 10 days, there have been no earthquakes magnitude 3 or greater centered nearby. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service and this post was created by an algorithm written by the author.
TRAVEL
October 6, 2013 | By Ryan Ritchie
Although writer John Steinbeck died 45 years ago, we continue to visit Salinas, Calif. - his birthplace - and surrounding Monterey County in search of the characters and settings found in his classics "The Pastures of Heaven," "East of Eden," "Cannery Row" and "Tortilla Flat. " Although we can't find Doc, Junius Maltby or Lee Chong's grocery store, the essence of the Salinas Valley lingers in the blend of cultures, overcast skies, farming communities and locals who combine a passion for their work with a penchant for libations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2013 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO -- Inmates are dying from inadequate medical care at the state prison in Monterey, even under the watch of the federal courts, a team of experts reported Friday. The reviewers told U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson that care in the Salinas Valley State Prison is "incomplete and fragmented” and "callous," with major abuse of opiates, nurses accused of pilfering drugs, and doctors who ignore patient needs. Clinics were described as "filthy," and emergency medical treatment was performed in hallways, the report stated.
NEWS
June 22, 2013
By Kari Howard This week I went to a show by a pop band where the opening act bravely came out solo. Just a young man and his guitar. As he bared his feelings  about the death of his father, the roar of idle chitchat almost drowned him out, and the theater was full of the firefly glows of people checking their email or Twitter feeds. The indifference of the crowd reminded me of the feeling I get sometimes when looking at the comments section on the Great Reads. The disdain, or outright hate, can be shocking.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2009 | Associated Press
Salinas city officials are expressing frustration over an outbreak of gang violence that has already left six dead and eight wounded in 2009. City leaders held an emergency meeting over the weekend to discuss ways to confront the surge in shootings in this Central Coast farming city of nearly 150,000. Councilman Steven Villegas said Sunday that he was concerned whether the city's police force was large enough to deal with the violence, especially given the city's tight budget. Police Chief Daniel Ortega told the City Council that the department is working with state and federal law enforcement agencies to help stem the bloodshed.
SPORTS
July 17, 1997 | STEVE KRESAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Vigilantes came within a couple of feet of pulling off a second consecutive ninth-inning rally but instead suffered a frustrating, 10-9, loss to Salinas in a Western Baseball League game Wednesday at Saddleback College. Many of the announced crowd of 1,944 left early, ushered out because Salinas scored seven runs in the fourth inning to open a 9-4 lead.
OPINION
June 20, 2013
Re "Political guns blazing," Column One, June 18 I have nothing but praise and admiration for Salinas City Councilman Jose Castaneda and his hero Tiburcio Vasquez, a relic of the Mexican- American War. Before the 1990s, Los Angeles' large Mexican American community was often called a sleeping giant, and rightfully so. Although we numbered in the millions, we had no political power or influence in city and county government. Much has changed since then. L.A.'s Latinos are no longer an afterthought, as evidenced by Antonio Villaraigosa's election as mayor in 2005 and that of his successor, Eric Garcetti.
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