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February 28, 2021

County Health’s vaccines now available to certain occupation groups

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Covid-19 vaccinations for Santa Cruz County residents are being expanded to include workers in education and childcare, emergency services, and food and agriculture industries, the county announced today. Eligibility will be based on occupation definitions from the California Department of Public Health, according to the...

Watsonville cancels most of its annual events, mayor says

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WATSONVILLE—The city of Watsonville has canceled most of its annual events slated for this year because of the ongoing pandemic, Mayor Jimmy Dutra said Friday evening. The events canceled include the Spirit of Watsonville Fourth of July Parade, The Fire in the Sky Firework show...

Should the Feds guarantee you a job?

By Eduardo Porter, of The New York Times What should the president do about jobs? For 30 years, Democratic administrations have approached the question by focusing on the overall economy and trusting that a vibrant labor market would follow. But there is a growing feeling...

PVUSD’s budget improves, charter school granted more classrooms

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WATSONVILLE—Pajaro Valley Unified School District’s budget has improved somewhat since the summer, when grim projections showed the district possibly unable to meet expenses for the next three years. The district’s Board of Trustees heard the news in a budget update on Wednesday. That situation, known as...

County health director urges prioritization of older adults in vaccine distribution

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WATSONVILLE—Less than four days before the County of Santa Cruz was set to inoculate 1,000 people in a mass Covid-19 vaccination clinic at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, county health officials canceled every appointment on the docket. They did so because about two-thirds of those...

PVUSD classroom closures extended to April, superintendent says

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SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Teachers throughout Santa Cruz County are getting their Covid-19 vaccines, a daunting task that is moving the needle a tiny bit closer for a plan to return students to the classroom. But with unpredictable vaccine supplies, thousands of educators and school employees still...

City budget buoyed by sales tax revenue ‘bubble’

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WATSONVILLE—Despite the economic shutdowns resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, the city of Watsonville’s overall sales tax revenues have held steady thanks to a myriad of reasons, including a sharp rise in online and local shopping. That’s according to Administrative Services Director Cindy Czerwin who at...

Local groups support older adults during pandemic

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WATSONVILLE—The County of Santa Cruz recently announced the opening of a new mass vaccination center in downtown Watsonville, and officially welcomed residents 65 years and older to sign up for their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. The new OptumServe site, located at the old...

Centro de vacunación de Watsonville abierto

Un sitio de vacunación Covid-19 para personas mayores de 65 años y personas en la Fase 1A en Watsonville ahora está abierto en el antiguo Ayuntamiento. Las vacunas están disponibles solo con cita previa. Una asociación entre la División de Salud Pública del Condado de...

Creative masks still a hot item

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WATSONVILLE—Battling the pandemic for nearly a year now has spurned a wealth of creative avenues to keep Covid-19 at bay. From crafty outdoor dining patios, equipped with heaters, sun umbrellas and all kinds of tents and landscaping, to attention-getting homemade signage, face shields and...
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Man shot in Watsonville housing complex

WATSONVILLE—A man was shot in a housing complex off of Ohlone Parkway in Watsonville early Sunday afternoon. Watsonville Police Department Sgt. Mish Radich said police...
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