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Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Planned Visit To Carmel Valley Inspires Protest

Joe Arpaio, self-proclaimed “America’s toughest sheriff”, will speak at a sold-out luncheon in Carmel Valley tomorrow. His visit has inspired a protest.

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Santa Cruz, CA – The city of Santa Cruz - long known for its liberal politics - is debating a sharp increase in the minimum wage. Activists are gathering signatures to put a measure on the November ballot that would raise the minimum wage $2.50 to $9.25 an hour - with future increases depending on the rate of inflation. As KAZU's Ben Adler reports, the initiative is causing a battle among the city's progressives.

Monterey, CA – California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger brought his 200-billion-dollar Strategic Growth Plan to the Monterey Peninsula today. He spoke to a gathering of school superintendents from throughout the state this morning and then toured Seaside High School. Later, Schwarzenegger met with local officials to discuss the impact of his series of bond measures on the Monterey Bay Area. KAZU's Ben Adler reports.

Seaside, CA – It's the hottest political scandal in Washington right now. The investigation into who leaked the name of CIA officer Valerie Plame has already led to the indictment of Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, Scooter Libby, and could bring more indictments in the coming weeks. Plame's husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson, says the Bush Administration leaked her name as retribution for an op-ed piece Wilson wrote in The New York Times rebutting one of the administration's arguments for the war in Iraq.

Salinas, CA – The Transportation Agency of Monterey County (TAMC) will ask voters to approve a half-cent sales tax at the June 2006 primary election. TAMC says it's part of a 14-year strategic plan for what it calls "important safety and congestion relief projects."

Incoming TAMC Chair and Monterey County Supervisor Butch Lindley tells KAZU's Ben Adler why he believes the tax is necessary.

Santa Cruz Republican McPherson to run for full term as Calif. Sec'y of State

Monterey Bay Aquarium

So two penguins walk out of an elevator...

Monterey, CA – The Monterey Bay Aquarium's annual "Meet the Penguins" event is a chance for visitors to see a couple of penguins without a pane of glass in the way ... and a chance for the penguins to get out and about.

Monterey County general plan battle heads for ballot box

Panetta: Schwarzenegger, Calif. Dems must work together

Pacific Grove, CA – Former Monterey Bay Area Congressman and White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta joins KAZU's Ben Adler on Morning Edition to discuss the impact of the Nov. 8 special election on California politics

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