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August 7, 2020

New housing program helps farmworkers during Covid-19 pandemic

housing for the harvest
WATSONVILLE—Gov. Gavin Newsom on July 24 revealed a new temporary housing program that aims to help agricultural workers across the state better protect themselves and their families during the Covid-19 pandemic. Housing for the Harvest will offer temporary hotel...

Temporary aid inbound for PVUSD budget

PVUSD
WATSONVILLE—The road has been rocky this year for the Pajaro Valley Unified School District, as the state went from a rosy pre-coronavirus budget surplus in January to the potential of $19 million in reductions in May. Those numbers have...

Santa Cruz County extends shelter-in-place through May 3

Santa Cruz County
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Santa Cruz County residents will have to stay home for at least another month. County Health Officer Dr. Gail Newel on Tuesday night extended the county’s shelter-in-place order through May 3. The order, first...

Goodwill Central Coast adapts, looks ahead

Goodwill Central Coast
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—For many, Spring has always been the season to clear out unused and unneeded items from garages, attics and closets. And with people at home during shelter-in-place, Spring cleaning has increased exponentially. “People are cooped up with...

County officials monitoring coronavirus outbreak

County of Santa Cruz
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—The World Health Organization on Thursday declared the spread of coronavirus a global health emergency, saying that its spread can still be halted if all countries take strong countermeasures. “...all countries should be prepared for containment, including...

Watsonville leaders rally to protect ‘vulnerable’ population

WATSONVILLE—Watsonville Mayor Rebecca Garcia had a request during a conference call with Santa Cruz County leaders: don’t forget our Spanish speaking population. The longtime outspoken community activist now in charge of the county’s most densely populated city and largest...

Watsonville faces grueling economic recovery from Covid-19 shutdown

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WATSONVILLE—It took roughly a decade for Watsonville to fully recover from the Great Recession, and officials fear the Covid-19 pandemic’s mass closures could send the city into a similar financial quagmire. As restaurants and shops have closed, and auto...

Online services help keep the faith

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—While scores of agencies and organizations, from food banks to senior centers, grapple with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, area faith groups are also finding new ways to redirect their message.  Online services, thanks to live streaming, Zoom...

COVID-19 Daily Update: More than 70 cases in Santa Cruz, Monterey counties combined

Watsonville coronavirus
A majority of the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Monterey County are in people 49 years old or younger. That’s according to data released by county officials Saturday, which provided new details on the age, gender and region of residence...

Return to recycling produces long lines in Watsonville

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WATSONVILLE—A huge line of vehicles is almost constant now in front of A&S Metals on West Beach Street. It’s one of few spots the public can cash in its recyclables, which, for some, have been piling up around the...
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Bell ringing honors lives lost in bombing of Hiroshima, Nagasaki

WATSONVILLE—The simultaneous ringing of bells in sister cities across the United States and Japan on Wednesday marked 75 years of peace since...