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May 30, 2020

Flyover honors first responders, essential workers

Covid-19 flyover
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—A team of six pilots took the sky over Santa Cruz County Saturday in a first-ever local aerial tribute to those giving to their community during the Covid-19 pandemic. Lightning Formation Airshows (LFA), with support from Watsonville...

Gov. Newsom: mail-in ballots for all voters in November

Newsom online voting
SACRAMENTO—Every registered voter in California will receive a vote-by-mail ballot for the November election after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order on Friday. The order requires that each county’s elections officials send vote-by-mail ballots for the Nov. 3...

Site hopes to increase local testing capacity

Watsonville covid-19 testing
WATSONVILLE—The County of Santa Cruz had a soft opening for a new Covid-19 testing site at Ramsay Park Thursday.  The site will initially focus on frontline health care workers, first responders and employees working in essential services and roles,...

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...

Retailers allowed to open for pick-up orders Friday

Watsonville covid-19 businesses
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Salvador Orozco’s days have been different since Santa Cruz County officials ordered residents to stay home and forced most businesses to shutter their doors to slow the spread of Covid-19. The owner of Foreverfly Skate and Apparel...

PVUSD students grapple with closed campuses

pvusd students covid-19
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—When Calabasas Elementary School fourth-grader Rosinely Resendez isn’t doing schoolwork in her tiny house in Watsonville, or independently teaching herself algebra online through Khan Academy, she is helping her mother care for her three siblings, including a 2-month-old sister.

‘Major modifications’ coming to local summer programs, camps

Youth Now
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—When Santa Cruz County Health Officer Gail Newel revised her shelter-in-place order on May 1, she relaxed restrictions on summer programs such as daycare and day camp, allowing families to begin planning activities for their kids after months of restrictions.

Second Harvest Food Bank facing financial strain

second harvest food bank
WATSONVILLE—Gov. Gavin Newsom announced increased funding for the Farm to Family Program on April 29. The program directly connects farmers and ranchers to food banks to feed Californians around the state. The state intends to seed a $15 million campaign with $3.64...

Santa Cruz County to revise rules for retail

Santa Cruz County
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Santa Cruz County Health Officer Gail Newel said she will revise her shelter-in-place order later this week, after Gov. Gavin Newsom releases information about slightly loosening statewide restrictions. Newsom is expected to launch Stage 2 of his...

CHP calling on drivers to follow speed limits during Covid-19 crisis

CHP covid-19
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Though there is far less traffic nowadays with the stay-at-home order, the California Highway Patrol is reminding people it doesn’t mean there are now fewer laws.  “We are experiencing people traveling at higher speeds, but we are...
Watsonville Police chief David Honda

WPD Chief condemns​ ‘disgusting​’ killing of George Floyd

Watsonville Police Chief David Honda on Friday released this video condemning the May 25 killing of George Floyd.

County begins to open