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November 27, 2020

Gov. Newsom announces month-long curfew for non-essential businesses

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Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday announced that starting Saturday all non-essential businesses, travel and gatherings will be subject to a month-long curfew. Counties in the “Widespread,” or purple, tier of the state’s Covid-19 reopening plan, will have to close...

LGBTQ community makes big strides in 2020 elections

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The 2020 U.S. Election saw a record turnout, with more Americans voting than in any election in more than a century. And with the high number of voters came plenty of landmark wins—including for LGBTQ candidates in all levels of government.

PVUSD’s back-to-school plan shelved, for now

Watsonville school Covid-19 closures
WATSONVILLE—After Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday moved most counties in California into the “Widespread” or purple tier of Covid-19 restrictions—saying he was pulling an “emergency brake” on efforts to reopen the state—school districts across the state followed suit. Pajaro...

Skaters asking for apology after unintended destruction of ramps

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WATSONVILLE—A group of local skateboarders is asking for an apology from the City of Watsonville after a set of skate ramps they purchased were unintentionally destroyed while being removed from the old Ramsay Park skatepark. Yuridia Alexa Cebada-Martell and...

Sheriff’s Office asking for help in solving 1995 Watsonville murder

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WATSONVILLE—The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office is reaching out to the community for help in solving a 1995 homicide in Watsonville. Gloria Hassemer Investigators say that Gloria Hassemer’s body was found along the Pajaro River...

Why a new transit plan supports Santa Cruz commuter train

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By Jacob Pierce, Good Times News Editor A new report on the future of passenger transit in Santa Cruz County looks at the future of transportation options for Santa Cruz’s coastal rail corridor in more detail than previous...

Company to streamline rebuilding permitting process for CZU victims

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SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Santa Cruz County will hire a company to handle the permitting process for residents rebuilding homes damaged or destroyed in the CZU August Lightning Complex fires.  The County Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved the plan to...

Mountain lion wanders into Capitola neighborhood

A 90-pound mountain lion is sedated and has a head wrap as officials prepare to deliver the animal back to the wild. —contributed photo A 90-pound wild mountain lion wandered into a neighborhood in Capitola Monday afternoon. Officials...

City’s youth art contest still open for submissions

WATSONVILLE—The City of Watsonville is currently holding a special art contest for local youth, and there is still a week left for pieces to be submitted. The “Thankful Youth Art Contest” aims to inspire young people in the Pajaro...

WHS teacher publishes Spanish-language book on education

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WATSONVILLE—Juan Carlos Pozo Block has spent the past two decades teaching in Watsonville, working with students from various backgrounds and levels of education. This year, that experience culminated in a new book in which the author, who goes by...

Church Christmas Tree Farms open for business

ROYAL OAKS—Last year, Church Christmas Tree Farms celebrated its 60th year. The family-owned business, now run by Glenn Church and his two...

Work continues on PV field