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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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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 1995
A moderate earthquake along the San Andreas Fault 20 miles southeast of Salinas, measuring magnitude 4.3, was felt throughout the Salinas Valley at 9:44 a.m. Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. No injuries or damage resulted from the temblor near Pinnacles National Monument.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2014 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO -- A top Monterey County prosecutor confirmed Tuesday that a group of former and current King City police officials -- including the longtime former chief and acting chief -- have been arrested in connection with a district attorney's investigation. Chief Assistant Dist. Atty. Terry Spitz declined to release details of the arrests and charges before a 2 p.m. news conference in Salinas, the county seat. King City, an agricultural town with a population of about 13,000, sits 50 miles to the south on Highway 101 in the Salinas Valley.
NEWS
November 7, 1994 | MARIA L. La GANGA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
People in these parts still think of Floyd Griffin as a bit of an outsider, a Johnny-come-lately to the Kingdom of the Crispheads. He's only lived in the Salad Bowl of America since 1968--the kind of place where you sure can grow vegetables but you sure can't buy land. His "recent" arrival in itself is a minor black mark in this tight little fraternity of four-generation farm families. And then there's the way he feels about iceberg, the king of crops in the land of lettuce: He eats it.
NEWS
September 17, 1998 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In this agricultural valley, lettuce is king, one town holds a broccoli festival, another bills itself as the artichoke capital of the world, and people tend to be slow to speak and economical with their words when they do. Until you ask about water. Then they get downright loquacious. And testy. Real testy. Some say that if there is a seventh level of hell in California's water wars, it lies here in the Salinas Valley.
BUSINESS
March 13, 1995 | MICHAEL PARRISH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
High winds and pounding rains during the weekend caused heavy damage to California's already-soaked crops, particularly in the central part of the state and in San Diego and Ventura counties, farm experts said Sunday. The worst hit apparently have been farmers around Salinas who have already lost millions of dollars worth of crops and likely much more in damage to their land under the heaviest flooding in decades. "There's water extending clear across the Salinas Valley. . . .
TRAVEL
October 4, 1998
I enjoyed the "Steinbeck Country" (Sept. 6) story, especially since my wife and I spent our early years together around Monterey and the Salinas Valley. By far the most picturesque way to visit Steinbeck's Salinas is aboard Amtrak's Coast Starlight. It departs Los Angeles Union Station every morning, with a dinner-time arrival at Salinas' depot, about a block from the Steinbeck Center. From its Pacific Parlour Car dome, I enjoyed wine and hors d'oeuvres while the train traced a lonely path along the Pacific Coast, over the mountains and down the Salinas Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A sleep lab technician at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital has been arrested on suspicion of the sexual battery of three male patients. Lacanalale Amorsolo Jr., 32, faces arraignment Thursday on one felony count of sexual battery in a hospital and two misdemeanor counts of sexual battery. Free on $10,000 bail, he could be sentenced to three years in prison if convicted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2013 | By Lee Romney and Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO - Citing evidence of doctor shortages, treatment delays and "denial of basic necessities, including clean underwear," a federal judge on Thursday ordered an in-depth probe of conditions at prison-based mental health facilities run by the California Department of State Hospitals. U.S. District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton has been overseeing mandated improvements of care for mentally ill prisoners throughout California, treatment that the courts 18 years ago deemed so substandard as to be unconstitutional.
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.
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
July 12, 2013 | By Lee Romney and Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO - Citing evidence of doctor shortages, treatment delays and "denial of basic necessities, including clean underwear," a federal judge on Thursday ordered an in-depth probe of conditions at prison-based mental health facilities run by the California Department of State Hospitals. U.S. District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton has been overseeing mandated improvements of care for mentally ill prisoners throughout California, treatment that the courts 18 years ago deemed so substandard as to be unconstitutional.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2013 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
SOLEDAD, Calif. - For decades the slogans have sought to entice motorists who pull off Highway 101 in this Salinas Valley farm town - usually for gas or a cup of coffee - to stay and visit a while. "It's Happening in Soledad," declares a billboard that looms over the asphalt artery. "Soledad: Feel the Momentum" urge the stone markers planted at the town's highway exits. PHOTOS: Soledad's success rests on Pinnacles Now city officials think they have seized on an idea to provide the economic boost the community desperately needs: "Gateway to the Pinnacles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2012 | By Sam Allen and Hector Becerra, Los Angeles Times
A Monterey County public hospital district did $21 million in business over the last five years with firms in which its chief executive and board members held financial interests, according to a state audit released Thursday. The audit was launched in response to a series of articles in The Times last year that highlighted the huge supplemental pension and severance package, totaling nearly $5 million, that the hospital's former chief executive received. The audit found that the Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System regularly did business with firms that the board and top officials had financial stakes in — in some cases in apparent violation of state conflict-of-interest laws.
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.
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
May 2, 2011 | By Sam Allen, Los Angeles Times
A state Assembly panel next week will consider launching an audit of a public hospital district in Salinas that awarded its retiring chief executive officer nearly $4 million in retirement payments in addition to his regular $150,000-a-year pension. "I find these excessive benefits unconscionable," said Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville), who is proposing the audit. "It certainly appears their priorities are all wrong, to give these million-dollar benefits at the expense of patient care.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 2010 | By Margot Roosevelt, Los Angeles Times
Pinnacles National Monument, a landscape of massive spires and sheer-walled canyons east of Salinas Valley, would become California's newest national park under legislation introduced in Congress recently. Rising out of the chaparral-swathed Gabilan Mountains in central California, the 26,000-acre area of volcanic rock formations is a nesting place for the endangered California condor, North America's largest soaring bird, with wingspans up to 9 feet. Pinnacles now gets about 165,000 visitors a year who are drawn by the condors, caves, challenging rock climbs and spectacular wildflowers.
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