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August 7, 2020

Salvation Army Shelter temporarily closes after 8 Covid-19 cases arise

WATSONVILLE—Eight people at the Salvation Army Shelter in Watsonville tested positive for Covid-19 last week, forcing the site to temporarily close for cleaning Friday.  Santa Cruz County health officials were notified that a resident of the Salvation Army Shelter...

Distance learning for all Santa Cruz County students in fall

Watsonville school Covid-19 closures
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Every school district in Santa Cruz County will be required to begin the 2020-21 school year with distance learning, Santa Cruz County Superintendent of Schools Faris Sabbah announced Monday. The announcement came after the county on Monday...

Wetlands Watch marches forward through Covid-19 restrictions

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WATSONVILLE—Like other nonprofits in Santa Cruz County, Watsonville Wetlands Watch has had to adapt to a new normal amidst the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. When shelter-in-place restrictions went into effect in mid-March, the organization immediately started working on putting all...

PVUSD to begin 2020/21 school year online

pvusd distance learning
WATSONVILLE—Pajaro Valley Unified School District will begin the year with distance learning for all students when classes begin on Aug. 17, a measure meant to keep students and staff safe from Covid-19 as the virus continues to spread throughout the state.

Transportation advocates touting rail-trail project

Rail Trail Santa Cruz County
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—A group of local transportation organizers is hoping that, within the span of a decade, a passenger rail will run from Watsonville to Santa Cruz, making stops at hubs where busses will whisk passengers to further destinations. 

METRO gets $20M CARES Act grant

Santa Cruz metro
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Santa Cruz METRO received a $20,560,417 federal grant on July 9 to help deal with the coronavirus crisis.  The money comes from the recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which directs the Federal...

Newsom cierra los servicios interiores en restaurantes y otros negocios

Watsonville coronavirus
SACRAMENTO—Gob. Gavin Newsom ordenó el Lunes un cierre estatal de los servicios interiores en restaurantes, teatros, bodegas, museos, zoológicos, salas de juegos y centros de entretenimiento familiar. Newsom tambien dijo que las cantinas deben cesar todas las operaciones.

Newsom closes indoor services in restaurants, other businesses

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SACRAMENTO—Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday ordered a statewide closure to indoor services in restaurants, theaters, wineries, museums, zoos, card rooms and family entertainment centers. Bars must cease all operations.  In addition, 30 counties on California’s county watchlist must also...

Evictions rise in first month without moratorium

Watsonville evictions
WATSONVILLE—Tenant advocates saw a modest increase in eviction notices in June, the month immediately following the Watsonville City Council’s decision to allow its citywide eviction moratorium to expire. The council at its May 26 meeting voted 5-2—Mayor Rebecca Garcia...

PVUSD delays decision on school opening plan

PVUSD Covid-19 plan
WATSONVILLE—The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees on Wednesday unanimously voted to delay a decision on how to resume classes in August, to give district officials time to investigate all of their options. Still undetermined is which...
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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...