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June 3, 2020

A giant falls: Fire destroys Aptos radio tower

Aptos fire antenna
APTOS—A blaze that Aptos/La Selva Fire said was likely started by a homeless person seeking warmth has felled one of the towers that once reached into the sky alongside Highway 1 in Aptos. The tower was part of a...

County’s young people invited to spend ‘Noon in the Park’

Santa Cruz County noon in the park
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Families across Santa Cruz County are invited to participate in Noon in the Park, a free, virtual program featuring community leaders singing, reading books and creating art. Each day is different.  Kate Pavao and...

Locals join nation in protests following death of George Floyd

Watsonville protesters
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Thousands took to the streets in Watsonville and Santa Cruz over the weekend in bold protest of the death of George Floyd, an African American man who died in Minneapolis May 25 when a police officer knelt on his neck...

Photos: Watsonville resident celebrates 100th birthday

Mitsuye Katsuyama
Mitsuye Katsuyama (center) celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday at her Watsonville home. Dozens of family members from around the Bay Area drove by her home and stopped for a few minutes on the driveway to say "Happy Birthday," her son Virgil...

Watsonville affordable housing project scores $2M loan

Watsonville affordable housing
WATSONVILLE—A 53-unit affordable housing development planned for the heart of Freedom Boulevard received a $2 million loan thanks to Monterey Bay Economic Partnership and Housing Trust Silicon Valley, the agencies announced Thursday evening. The development will bring much-needed affordable...

State gives Central Coast counties ​green light to open dine-in restaurants​, barbershops

Covid-19 watsonville
WATSONVILLE—The California Department of Public Health approved Covid-19 County Variance Attestation forms for both Monterey and Santa Cruz counties, the counties announced Saturday morning.  The acceptance will allow the neighboring counties to advance further into Stage 2 of the...

WPD Chief condemns​ ‘disgusting​’ killing of George Floyd

Watsonville Police chief David Honda
Watsonville Police Chief David Honda on Friday released this video condemning the May 25 killing of George Floyd. In a video that has been viewed by millions of people around the world, Minneapolis, Minn. police officer Derek Chauvin...

Watsonville businesses keep serving

In Watsonville today my wife Sarah and I stopped in at Monterey Bay Caterers, 152 West Lake Ave. Owner Ken Schwan helped me preorder two take out dinners a few days ago—their beef Wellington and a chicken Cordon Bleu. Ken said you...

Photo: First phase of ‘Watsonville Brillante’ unveiled

Watsonville Brillante
Workers with Nor-Cal Scaffolding on Friday morning finish up their work for the first phase of "Watsonville Brillante," a 1,200-square-foot section of a larger mosaic on the six-story garage abutting Watsonville's Civic Plaza. When complete, the mosaic, spearheaded...

Supervisors approve application to open dine-in restaurants, barbershops

County of Santa Cruz
SANTA CRUZ—The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors at Friday’s emergency meeting voted unanimously to approve a Stage 2 variance application under the state’s so-called Resilience Roadmap which would allow local restaurants and barbershops/hair salons to begin expanded services.
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Watsonville High’s seniors clear personal, societal hurdles en route to diplomas

WATSONVILLE—Sometimes a blunt reality check can completely change the trajectory of a person’s life. A strong support system also helps.