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May 17, 2021

EVs for Everyone connects drivers to electric vehicles

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SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—A new program aims to make electric vehicles accessible to drivers without breaking the bank. Tyler Port-Gaarn works as a teacher in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District. He doesn’t drive far for work, but an electric vehicle always seemed too expensive and...

Buddhist Temple presents virtual theater production May 22

WATSONVILLE—On May 22 the Watsonville Buddhist Temple will virtually present Hiroshi Kashiwagi’s two-act play “The Betrayed.”  “The Betrayed” centers around a couple living at the Japanese-American concentration camp near Tule Lake, California in the 1940s. They become at odds when the controversial Loyalty Oath is...

Acosta recall effort advances

WATSONVILLE—A group formed for the sole purpose of recalling Pajaro Valley Unified School District Trustee Georgia Acosta announced Wednesday that they have gathered the required signatures to officially begin the process. The group, called The Committee to Recall Georgia Acosta, made the announcement during the...

Monolith installations urge community to vaccinate against Covid-19

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SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Over the past few weeks, monolith displays urging residents to get vaccinated against Covid-19 have popped up across Santa Cruz County. The installations were organized by Crush Covid, a local group of volunteers made up of retired women (many with backgrounds in health...

Five gang members arrested in connection to two attacks

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WATSONVILLE—Watsonville police have arrested five gang members believed to be responsible for two separate violent attacks that left several people injured, WPD spokeswoman Michelle Pulido said. The first attack occurred on March 26 outside of a liquor store on the 1100 block of Freedom Boulevard....

Dozens sound off on food trucks in community forum

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WATSONVILLE—Dozens attended Tuesday night’s Watsonville City Council meeting to rebuke reported complaints lodged to the City Manager’s office about mobile food vendors. This included about a half-dozen food truck operators gathered on one device that took turns grilling the City Council and staff holding the...

Bridge Street median project nears completion

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WATSONVILLE—A three-phase, two-year project to beautify the lengthy median strip that divides the east and westbound lanes of Bridge Street will wrap up Thursday. Michael Johnson of Watsonville’s landscape water conservation program said the project began in 2019 at Bridge Street and Joyce Drive. It...

Portuguese television correspondent visits Watsonville

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WATSONVILLE—On Tuesday morning, author, documentary filmmaker and Portuguese National Television correspondent Nelson Ponta-Garça was busy setting up a video camera in the Watsonville City Council Chambers.  He was there to interview Watsonville Mayor Jimmy Dutra for a special segment about Portuguese communities in California. The...

Community Bridges, Salud Para La Gente join forces in vaccination effort

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SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Community Bridges and Salud Para La Gente are joining forces in order to help individuals looking to get an appointment for the Covid-19 vaccine.  Through Community Bridges’ (CB) bilingual Bridges to Access Vaccine Helpline and Salud Para La Gente’s vaccination clinics, the agencies...

Mustangs gallop to victory over Wildcatz | Weekly Roundup

WATSONVILLE—Aggressive base running and an explosive five-run fifth inning helped lead the Monte Vista Christian baseball team to victory against inner-city rival Watsonville High on Saturday. Armando Vasquez-Green batted 2-for-2 and notched two RBIs in an 8-2 win at home against the Wildcatz in Santa...
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Heard a loud boom Thursday? Here’s what experts say was responsible

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—The loud boom that echoed over much of Santa Cruz County late Thursday evening—and the fireball streaking across the sky that accompanied...