November 30, 2022

Sunday morning news roundup

The Santa Clara County Office of Sustainability and the Office of Education are teaming up to plant 1,000 trees that will root in the ground on school campuses and surrounding neighborhoods across the county — designed to encourage an early sense of sustainability. environmental stewardship among students.

The first 27 saplings were planted Friday at the South County Gilroy Annex, an educational campus in a neighborhood largely short of trees.

The program in which the two county departments are partners is carried out in collaboration with Our City Forest, which carries out tree planting and training of tree keepers to ensure that new trees are properly maintained.

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved a three-year pilot program in 2020 with the goal of planting and nurturing 1,000 trees each year. Planting began in fall 2020, with over 1,300 trees now in place.

A project is currently underway that will create an underpass for wildlife under National Highway 17 to allow mountain lions and other wildlife to move safely between two large habitat areas, both separated four lanes of the busy traffic corridor.

Groundbreaking was Friday for the Laurel Curve Wildlife Undercrossing in the Santa Cruz Mountains. It will connect 460 acres of land on both sides of Highway 17 that has been preserved in a conservation easement by the Santa Cruz County Land Trust.

Construction crews have already begun constructing concrete supports under a 71-foot segment of the highway, and once the supports are in place, soil will be removed below the roadway to create a bridge for wildlife to cross under. The $5.4 million project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

A prescribed burn operation is scheduled for this week in rural Calaveras County, Cal Fire officials say.

Cal Fire will conduct a prescribed burn operation at the Winton-Schaad Vegetation Management Plan site, located in northeast Calaveras County, four miles north of Wilseyville near West Point.

Smoke may be visible during the prescribed burn, which is scheduled to begin Monday and last through Tuesday.

Additional prescribed burns in the project area are planned for later this year, depending on fuel and weather conditions.

Burning operations will take place between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Twenty-six new police recruits will soon be on patrol in the Bay Area’s third-largest city, graduating from the police academy on Friday to keep the streets of Oakland safe.

The Oakland Police Department on Friday welcomed the 26 new officers as members of the 187th Basic Recruit Academy, whose ceremony was held at the Scottish Rite Center.

Three public elementary schools in Oakland are being honored by the state for implementing an innovative practice in the 2021-22 school year when California required schools to offer distance learning due to the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19.

The schools, Cleveland Elementary, Lincoln Elementary and Peralta Elementary, receive the 2022 Pivotal Practice Awards, which replace the California Distinguished Schools Program.

The Oakland Unified School District is also recognized.

Contra Costa County firefighters are investigating two suspicious fires that started early Saturday morning along Interstate 680 in Martinez.

A spokesperson for the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District said Saturday the two fires broke out along the freeway between the Benicia Bridge and Pacheco Boulevard.

Firefighters were able to extinguish both fires within minutes.

The California Highway Patrol reports that State Route 25 south of Gilroy was closed in both directions for nearly two hours due to two separate sets of collisions about an hour apart, one late Saturday and another early Sunday. .

The two happened on the same stretch of Route 25 near Bolsa Road, according to incidents reported by CHP, which did not reopen northbound lanes until 1:03 a.m.

The first incident involved three vehicles around 11:17 p.m. Saturday and left several injured.

At 12:25 a.m. Sunday, the CHP received a report of a collision involving four vehicles, one of which ended up in a stream.

A pedestrian was struck and killed Saturday night in San Jose on Interstate Highway 680, according to a tweet from the San Jose Police Department.

The collision was reported at 6:36 p.m. on the freeway near Capitol Avenue. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, police said, and the driver remained at the scene and cooperated with officers.

Police reported it was the 28th traffic fatality, 30th casualty and 17th pedestrian fatality in the city in 2022.

The National Weather Service forecast for Sunday for the greater San Francisco Bay Area calls for continued warm temperatures with daytime highs ranging from the upper 60s to the upper 70s. Overnight lows on Sunday morning will range from the upper 40s to the upper 50s.

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