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January 19, 2021

Freedom McDonald’s undergoing complete rebuild

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WATSONVILLE—McDonald’s restaurant, one of the business pillars of the Freedom Boulevard corridor in Watsonville since 1974, was torn into by a demolition crew Monday. Armed with a massive excavator, the team from A&S Metals grabbed hunks of the building starting at 8:15am inside a chink-link...

Cabrillo sees enrollment drop following fires, pandemic

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APTOS—When Covid-19 began to sweep the U.S.—and brought with it an economic recession—Cabrillo College officials expected a jump in enrollment that typically comes with a battered economy. But the college is now seeing a significant drop in those numbers, which it pins on the double...

Santa Cruz police investigating county’s 3rd homicide of 2021

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SANTA CRUZ—A man died of multiple injuries early Sunday on Emeline Avenue at Highway 1. Around 6am Santa Cruz police were called to the 700 block of Emeline Avenue just under the Highway 1 overcrossing, according to the Santa Cruz Police Department. They found a...

Farmer’s Market keeps ticking | About Town

I stopped by the watsonville Certified Farmers Market today, my first such visit in months. While I was glad to see the market up and running, the skimpy showing of people was a bit disheartening. However, I was there before 1:30pm and figured it...

Santa Cruz County’s vaccine distribution slowed by limited doses

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—At least 5,600 doses of vaccinations for the novel coronavirus have been distributed throughout Santa Cruz County, a number that county health officials at a Friday press conference said has been significantly impacted by plodding distribution from the state. Overall, the county has...

Success of Holiday Lights drive-thru launches others at Fairgrounds

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WATSONVILLE—Following an enormously successful fundraiser for the Fairgrounds Foundation—the first-ever Holiday Lights drive-thru tour during November and December—more events are now being lined up with a similar footprint. Next in line: The first-ever Drive-Thru Crab Feed, slated for March 6. “Holiday Lights was a resounding success,”...

A sunset scene | About Town

I covered a shooting in Santa Cruz yesterday by Dominican Hospital. Witnesses said it was a young Latino male. They said they heard three of four shots and then saw a black BMW sedan tear away. The Sheriff’s Office said it appears the victim...

County’s ‘Equity’ measures show Watsonville’s struggles to quell Covid-19

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WATSONVILLE—Current positivity rates in Santa Cruz County’s low-income and disadvantaged communities are among the worst in the state and Bay Area region, according to data reported by the California Department of Public Health. The county’s so-called “Health Equity Quartile Positivity Rate” was 22.7% on Wednesday...

Second stimulus bill to support arts and culture venues

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—On March 10, 2020, the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz held a live performance, complete with a large audience, full band, and an open kitchen and bar. What staff, musicians and patrons didn’t know at the time was that the concert would...

Man expected to survive shooting on busy Soquel Drive

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A man was shot Wednesday afternoon on Soquel Drive near Winkle Avenue at about 4:15pm at the Emerald Bay Apartments.

35 years is long enough for immigration reform

By Manuel Perez and Luis A. Alejo  Jan. 20 will mark a significant day, not only for the United States as Joe Biden is sworn...