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February 28, 2021

Updated public safety sales tax coming to voters in March 2020

WATSONVILLE—The Watsonville City Council on Tuesday placed the updated half-cent public safety sales tax on the March 3 ballot. The vote was as contentious as the hour-and-a-half discussion. The decision passed 4-3, with Mayor pro-tem Rebecca Garcia and councilmembers Trina Coffman-Gomez and Ari Parker dissenting. Those...

Man shot outside Motel 6

A man was shot outside the Motel 6 on Silver Leaf Drive and South Green Valley Road early Monday.

SC Police: man filmed girls at high school swim meet

A Santa Cruz man was arrested Thursday for allegedly inappropriately filming female high-school students during a swim meet at Santa Cruz High School.

Man darts across highway, killed by car

A Watsonville man died Monday after he bolted into oncoming traffic on Highway 1 and was struck by a vehicle near 41st Avenue.

PVUSD trustees to vote on rescinding Superintendent’s termination

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The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees late Friday night tabled an effort to appoint an interim superintendent after a trustee reconsidered an earlier vote to fire district Superintendent Michelle Rodriguez.

Capitola Library set for summertime opening

CAPITOLA—Work is moving forward on the Capitola Branch Library on the busy corner of Clares Street at Wharf Road. Currently, workers are installing mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems overhead and in-wall, said Megan Blackwell, marketing manager for Otto Construction, the general contractor for the job. Over...

All aboard | About Town

I took the METRO 69A bus from Santa Cruz into Watsonville Thursday and then again in reverse to get home at the end of the day. Riding the bus nowadays is a far different experience than it was prior to March 17. There are...

Pajaro Valley Pride returns Sunday

For the past four years, local non-profit organization Pajaro Valley Pride has held its very own celebration and march in downtown Watsonville, aiming to bring awareness to and support the LGBT+ community of South County.

Suspects ditch stolen car

Watsonville Police Sgt. Mish Radich works with Master Officer Burt Iles, K-9 officer Rocky and California Highway Patrol officer Robert Padilla Tuesday in searching for four men that reportedly fled from officers on foot.

Reward increased for information in kidnapping, murder case

SANTA CRUZ—A group of community members is offering a $200,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case of a man who was kidnapped from his Pleasure Point home and murdered on Oct. 1. The reward is the largest of its kind in...
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Cross country: Weekly roundup, Feb. 27

The Aptos High boys cross country team, once again led by its trio of standout seniors, defeated Monte Vista Christian to remain unbeaten in...
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