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October 23, 2020

City approves moratorium on Covid-19 evictions

Watsonville evictions
WATSONVILLE—In a surprise end-of-meeting redux, the Watsonville City Council approved a moratorium on Covid-19 related evictions, reversing a decision it made just hours prior during Tuesday night’s meeting. The council was preparing to wrap up the virtual session when...

County’s budget cuts to Sheriff’s Office eased

County of Santa Cruz budget
SANTA CRUZ— The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved an $874 million budget for the coming year that includes cuts and position reductions to every department in the county. According to County Budget Manager Christina Mowrey,...

Fires, pandemic present new challenges for gardeners

One facet of the stay-at-home, and work-from-home coronavirus ordeal is an uptick in home gardening and landscaping. With extra time spent around the home, some folks are putting more time, and money, into the land that surrounds their homes.

Community Foundation aids farmworkers during dual crisis

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—With a continuing housing crisis on the horizon due to Covid-19, residents from nearly every background and region of the county are facing dire straits.  But perhaps the hardest hit have been farmworkers—many of whom were struggling...

Supervisors approve eviction moratorium, Labor Day beach restrictions

Santa Cruz Labor Day beaches
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a temporary moratorium on evictions in the unincorporated parts of the county through Sept. 30. The board also unanimously approved a plan to restrict beach access...

Santa Cruz County off state watchlist, for now

Santa Cruz County
SANTA CRUZ—Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday pulled Santa Cruz County off the state Covid-19 watchlist, a move that could allow the easing of some restrictions put in place to slow the spread of the virus. Santa Cruz County Health...

Santa Cruz County reports two new Covid-19 deaths

Watsonville coronavirus
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Santa Cruz County health officials announced Friday that two more county residents have died of Covid-19 complications, bringing the local death toll to eight. One was a man in his early 60s and the other was a...

PVUSD Trustees approve Virtual Academy positions

WATSONVILLE—The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees on Wednesday unanimously approved new job descriptions for several teachers, administrative workers and a principal that will staff the new Virtual Academy, an all-online school approved July 23. The trustees...

Local organization raises $80,000 for young people and families

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Founder and executive director of FoodWhat Doron Comerchero said he is constantly impressed by the strength and resilience of the young people his organization serves. The food justice nonprofit announced on July 30 the allocation of $80,000...

County proposes several budget cuts to health services, law enforcement

Santa Cruz county budget cuts
SANTA CRUZ—The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors on Monday held the first of a four-day series of talks that will lay out how the county will allocate its $878 million budget, a task made more complex by the financial impact of...
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Big winds on the way; Red Flag warning set for Sunday

Cooler temperatures continue to run the show, both along the coast and inland. Brayden Murdock, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service...