Soledad becomes 'Gateway to Pinnacles'
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.
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#1 Mar 2, 2013
What slogans would those be? "shIT'S HAPPENING IN SOLEDAD!"? Pinnacles is awesome, it's not going to save a slum like Soledad.
#2 Jul 21, 2013
It's happening in Chole! Drive-bys, prostitution, gangs, poverty, y mucho mas.
#3 Sep 15, 2014
Read the comments below and it shows you exavtly what Soledad is---an armpit full of ticks. Ticks of all kinds and sizes, white ones and Mexican-AM (the laziest and the biggest of all ticks--as well as the most embarassing--- to The Latino culture). Starting with gang members which I refer to as the dumbest, ugliest,and thee most disrespectful ,bullying, COWARDS AND RRRAAATTTZZZZ,YES, RRRAAAATTTZZZZZZZ, EVER!!!!!oh, i forgot, they have a shitload of closet gay boys too......gangs run in numbers because seoarated you have individual cowards incapable of living life outside of jail and are puppets to those with higher ranking. You soldiers are all pee ons used by those guys. They have you suckung their dick because you believed their lies, you kno, the lies.....why do you think they kill their drop outs? Because the drop outs wised up and wanted a better life , they didnt want to suk those guys' dicks anymore like you guys that continue. Its funy you think ur all men and none of u even come close to being a man..because you have a penis does not mean your a man, it means u have a penis, and your a male, a sperm donor. A man is something way different most of you cock -sucking cowardly bitches and puppets will NEVER be.....you and the bitches that are too stupid and suffer such low esteem like you guys do as well, are all embarassing and a disgrace to the rest of hard working law abiding citizens with morals who actually work instead of sucking from the government and reoroducing children you view as more money from the taxpayers and who you dont even raise as good people but as worthless fucks just like yourselves---Soledad, full of ticks and losers, haters and lowlifes, a town that got infested with embarrassing dumb useless fat and ugly good for nothing cowards. You contribute to an increasing prison overcrowding problen, an increasing jobless rate, increasing gov spending,overweight population,increasing crime rate, increasing violence, increasing theft,increasing ghettos,slums,barrios,oublic housing,section 8,,you view pubic aassistance ad a way of life instead of temporary help while you get back on ur feet and back to work, your supposed to be embarassed you ask for hand outs instead you talk about it shamessly and expectingly, as if its owed to u. Well now more people will get to kno what soledad is and why pinnacles is not and never will be as popular as other national parks,even those not as great as Pinnacles really is. Now people will see that the problems are not the migrant workers,key word is workers, the problem has always been the mex-am . The ones that speak spanglish, beat up thr hatd working migrants, steal their hard earned money, the ones you are racist against despite being your own blood, you all suk and you all should be put on a spaceship and sent out to anywhere in space without a map and enough fuel only to get you out but not back in. This would be a much prettier,smarter,wealthier,hap pier place to live.
#4 Sep 27, 2015
Yeah and notice all the trash the locals leave on the side of road on the way to Pinnacles? Disgusting lazy ticks is right!! Trash belongs in the trash, the dump. Animals are not trash. And actresses and old tv's don't belong on the side of the road. You make an entire town look bad when u do that. Stop doing that. Worthless scrum.
#5 Sep 27, 2015
Nice sentiments , just as I beat and humiliated the Indians, you and am now a Saint, you should also be canonized for learning how to use big words
#6 Sep 27, 2015
Soledad Gang Leader Gets 42 Years For Shooting Deaths Of 2 Former Members
July 19, 2014 3:34 PM
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SOLEDAD — The head of a criminal street gang in Soledad was sentenced Friday to 42 years in prison in the murders of two men in 2008 and 2010, according to the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office.
Superior Court Judge Russell Scott imposed the prison term on 25-year-old Armando Garza Canchola, who pleaded guilty to two counts of voluntary manslaughter with the use of a gun and a gang enhancement, Deputy District Attorney Steve Somers reported in a statement.
The 42-year sentence was the maximum penalty Scott could have ordered based the charges against Canchola, Somers said.
According to prosecutors, on July 2, 2008, Canchola, then 19, fired multiple shots at close range that killed 28-year-old Cesar Vasquez while the victim sat in the passenger side of a car on a street in Soledad.
The driver of the car was able to identify Canchola, who was arrested and charged, but the district attorney’s office had to dismiss the case when eyewitnesses moved to Mexico, according to Somers.
On Oct. 6, 2010, Canchola fired the shots that killed Victor Martinez Soledad, 25, who was a passenger in a van at a street corner in Soledad, according to Somers.
Canchola’s gunshots struck Soledad in the head and upper spine, he said.
Investigators believed that Canchola killed both men because they had quit the street gang he operated in Soledad.
Soledad police compiled evidence linking him to both homicides, which led the district attorney’s office to file two murder charges.
He was tried for the murders in Superior Court in May and June of 2013 but the jury deadlocked on a verdict after prosecutors were unable to produce eyewitnesses to either of them.
Canchola ultimately pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter with a gun and the gang enhancement.
The felony convictions amount to two strikes under California law and Canchola will have to serve at least 85 percent of his 42-year sentence, Somers said.
Meanwhile, he also faces felony charges for taking part in an attack by a group of inmates against a sheriff’s deputy at the Monterey County Jail, according to Somers.
Canchola could face a term of 60 years to life if convicted of charges in the attack, Somers said.
#7 Oct 10, 2015
what does this have to do with Pinnacles ?
#8 Feb 21, 2017
I'm new to salinas where can I buy some blue shorts
#9 Feb 6, 2018
What big words? I would say that was an honest rant as opposed to "sentiments". There are better and less offensive ways to express one's point, however. Either way, the truth is hard to hear most of the time. Don't bring the Indians into this. Hold onto your race card to pull out another day.
#10 Feb 6, 2018
First of all, that punk was never the head of any gang. He wanted "in"., but was never the leader of any gang and he never will be cus that bitch is never going to see the light of day again. 42 years plus the additional term for beating on an officer. And for what? Where are his "brothers" now? Where is his "familia por vida"? Yeah they dont seem to be around much. No letters, no visitors, no care packages, no nothing. Solitary confinement probably isnt much fun, is it Armando?
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